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Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office

Media Release #15-04-03

April 23rd, 2015

At the 121st California State Sheriff's Association (CSSA) Annual Conference this past week in Pleasanton, CA, Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan was installed as the new President of CSSA for a one year term that runs through April of 2016. Since 1894 the CSSA has been supporting the role of the California Sheriff as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in each of our 58 counties.

The President of CSSA serves as the chief executive officer of the corporation.  He presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the members.  He issues calls for regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors.  He has, subject to general supervision, control and direction of the Board of Directors, the general and active management of the corporation and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect.  He shall have the general powers and duties of supervision and management usually vested in the office of president of a corporation.

In taking the oath of office from Governor Jerry Brown, Sheriff Ryan becomes the first Sheriff in the history of Amador County to ever hold this statewide position.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-04-05

April 26th, 2015

On Sunday April 26, 2015 at approximately 0145 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a 911 Emergency call from a Pacific Gas and Electric employee.  It was reported that a male subject had just shown up at a cabin at Salt Springs Reservoir reporting that he and a friend went canoeing in the reservoir when their canoe capsized.  The male subject reported that he made it to shore but his friend did not.

ACSO Deputies, American Legion Ambulance and fire personnel responded.  Deputies contacted and interviewed Jakob Kent Marhefka, 34, of Pioneer.  Marhefka reported that he and 38 year old, Pioneer resident Daniel Robert Pedersen were camping in the area and decided to go for a late night canoe trip on Salt Springs Reservoir.  Marhefka reported that at some point the canoe capsized.  He said they attempted to paddle it to shore but were unsuccessful so they decided to swim for shore.  Marhefka said that as he swam to shore he lost sight of Pedersen in the dark. 

Marhefka took deputies to where he exited the water.  No sign of Pedersen was found.  A California Highway Patrol helicopter flew over the lake and around the shoreline.  The partially submerged canoe was located, however there was no sign of Pedersen. Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-04-04

April 24th, 2015

On April 24, 2015 at approximately 0505 hours, Sutter Amador Hospital (SAH) Emergency Department staff called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reporting that two male subjects had just delivered a male subject, with multiple stab wounds, to SAH.  Officers from the Jackson Police Department (JPD) responded to the hospital and detained the two subjects as they were leaving.  Based upon preliminary information it was determined that the stabbing took place at a residence in the unincorporated county area outside of Pine Grove.  ACSO deputies responded to conduct the investigation. 

Deputies interviewed the victim, a 53 year old, resident of Sacramento.  They learned that the three men purchased a significant quantity of methamphetamine, which they then began to use at the residence in Amador County.  The victim stated the other two become paranoid that he was either stealing drugs from them or that he was somehow associated with law enforcement.  The victim said the two subjects then stabbed him multiple times.  He said he was tied up, beaten, and the two subjects discussed murdering him and various methods of disposing of his remains.  The victim said to avoid death, he was forced to record a statement, that he was attempting to steal their methamphetamine, and that he was stabbed, as they were defending themselves from his attack.  After making the recording, the subjects placed the tied up victim in a tarp and transported him to Sutter Amador Hospital where they dropped him off.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-04-02

April 23rd, 2015

On June 2, 2014, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a report of a residential burglary on Mariposa Avenue in the unincorporated area of Jackson.  A Sheriff’s patrol deputy responded to the call and learned that the home was burglarized between 9:45 AM and 11:30 AM while the residents were away.  The victims in this case reported numerous items missing, including a full size gun safe containing numerous firearms, jewelry, an ammunition safe containing live ammunition, cash, personal documents, prescription medications, cellular telephones, hunting bows, and hunting accessories.  The total loss reported as a result of the burglary was estimated at approximately $23,000. 

On the evening of June 3, 2014, at approximately 8:41 PM, the ACSO received a report of gunfire coming from the area of the Old Well Motel in Drytown.  Deputies responded to the area to investigate and heard shots being fired near a residence immediately north of the Old Well Motel.  Deputies approached the residence and noted the presence of expended shell casings and multiple subjects inside the home.  After knocking, the front door was opened by the resident of the home, 46 year old Robert Allen Jarrell Sr.  Jarrell was known to the deputies on scene from prior law enforcement contacts and denied knowing anything about shots being fired.  Jarrell told deputies that he was alone even though other people were observed inside the residence. Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-04-01

April 7th, 2015

On Sunday April 5, 2015 at approximately 0843 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a residence on Flint Trail in the unincorporated area of Jackson Valley. The caller reported that she had come to the residence to see her family and found her mother in a chair unresponsive and her step father unresponsive on the floor.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and found Karen Lee Aadland, 53, deceased, with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Deputies also located Daniel Brian Aadland, 43, deceased, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-03-01

March 2nd, 2015

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public comments on their proposal for the 2014/2015 State of California Off-Highway Vehicle (OGV) grant program.  According to state requirements, public comments can be submitted from March 3 through April 7, 2015.

A two-step application process is required to allow public comment and feedback before final submittal.  The preliminary application is due March 3rd.  This will open a 30-day public review and comment period and will follow with final applications due on Monday May 4th.  The State is using an internet-based “On-Line Grant Application” process as the means to apply for the State funding.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office grant application is for law enforcement related activities.  The preliminary application will be available online by visiting the California State OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements program at  Hard copies may be requested by contacting Sgt. Mark Ham at 209-223-6785. For more information, go here >>>


Media Release #15-02-02

February 12th, 2015

On Thursday February 12, 2015 at approximately 0932 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting Hedy Ann Alvina Thompson as a missing person.  Thompson was last seen at her residence this morning at approximately 0730 hours in the Willow Creek area of unincorporated Amador County.  Thompson reportedly left the residence driving a green 2003 Toyota Tacoma pick up, California License #7E60937. 

Thompson is a 75 year old white female with grey hair, green eyes, approximately 5’6” tall and weighing approximately 135 pounds.  Thompson is suffering from various medical conditions, she may be confused and may have difficulty communicating.  Thompson left her residence without her medications. 

With the assistance of AT&T, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office began tracking her cellular telephone movement. Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-02-01

February 9th, 2015

On Saturday February 7, 2015 at approximately 1400 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a resident in the 11000 block of Clinton Bar Road in Pine Grove.  It was reported that a female’s estranged husband had unlawfully entered the residence, was armed with a shotgun and was threatening the residents with the firearm.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and while enroute were notified that the suspect had fled the scene driving a white pickup truck.  A Sheriff’s Deputy observed the pickup travelling west bound on Ridge Road.  The Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle.  The vehicle failed to yield, leading Sheriff’s Deputies on a pursuit towards Sutter Creek.  Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to utilize a tire deflation device to disable the vehicle west of Running Gold, however the suspect was able to avoid the spike strips.  The pursuit continued westbound on Ridge Road, then eastbound onto Locomotive Lane.  The suspect vehicle continued on Locomotive Lane until reaching the dead end. 

Upon stopping, the suspect immediately opened the driver’s side door and displayed the shotgun. Read more here >>> 


Media Release 14-12-03

December 28th, 2014

On Wednesday December 24 at approximately 1236 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 Emergency call reporting that a small airplane may have crashed North East of Sutter Crest Estates off Shakeridge Road, east of Sutter Creek.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies, American Legion Ambulance and fire personnel responded. Sheriff’s Deputies located the remains of the yellow Cessna airplane in the area of 13000 Amador Road, outside of Sutter Creek. There were two subjects found deceased on board. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were notified of the incident. Read more here >>>


Media Release #14-12-02

December 23rd, 2014

On January 13, 2014 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report that a cabin located near Tragedy Springs had been burglarized.  Over the next three days, Amador County Sheriff’s Office personnel discovered nineteen additional cabins in the Silver Lake area that had been burglarized or damaged as a result of an attempted burglary.  The area was searched during that time but no suspect(s) were located. 

Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives and an Evidence Technician processed the numerous scenes.  Several items of evidence were recovered, including but not limited to latent fingerprint transfers and suspect DNA. These items were provided to the California Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Forensic Services for analysis.  The analysis identified finger print matches in single cabins for two local subjects.  The on-going investigation removed the two local subjects from suspicion.  DOJ also identified fingerprints and DNA found in multiple cabins matched those on record for Charles Jacob Steele 4/10/1977 of Sacramento.  Read more here >>>


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