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Media Releases

Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office


Media Release #14-03-04

March 28th, 2014

On March 27, 2014 at approximately 1701 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from the residents of a home in the 1800 block of Carbondale Road. They reported that their neighbor, 66 year old Jack Edward Souza had just shot their family dog. He reported that Souza then turned the rifle on him and his family, firing numerous shots at them as they attempted to hide in their residence.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene. Upon arrival to the area Souza opened fire on the responding deputies. The Amador County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiations Team immediately responded. CHP Units provided traffic control, while a CHP helicopter provided aerial support. Souza continued to fire on deputies as a perimeter was being established. Negotiators established communication with Souza as the Sheriff’s SWAT Team used an armored vehicle to evacuate the victims and adjacent neighbors. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-03-03

March 25th, 2014

On March 16, 2014 at approximately 1648 hours an Amador County Sheriff's Deputy stopped a vehicle for expired registration on Hwy 88 near Melody Oaks Trailer Park. During the detention, on the passenger side floor board, the deputy observed several prescription bottles which were prescribed to subject not in or associated with the vehicle. A further search revealed several checkbooks and other identification in the same person’s name.

The occupants of the vehicle claimed the owner of the items was a friend and had left the items in the vehicle the previous day. As the deputy continued his investigation by attempting to contact the owner of the property, he noted via the mobile data terminal that the Jackson Police Department was simultaneously enroute to meet with the same person to take a theft report.
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Media Release #14-03-02

March 18th, 2014

On September 26, 2013 a Dish Network employee contacted the Amador County Sheriff’s Office to report that he had observed suspected child pornography on a customer’s laptop computer during a service call.

The employee reported that he went to a residence in the unincorporated area of Sutter Creek, to install television service. Upon arriving at the residence, he met with a subject who identified himself as Adam. The employee informed Adam he needed to download software on a home computer in order to complete the television service installation. Adam provided the employee with a laptop computer to download the software. As the employee downloaded the software, several questionable screensaver photographs of a juvenile female, estimated to be nine to eleven years of age were observed. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-03-01

March 12th, 2014

On June 17, 2013 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported armed robbery in Pine Grove. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies searched the area but were unsuccessful in locating the three suspects. Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives interviewed the victims and conducted the crime scene investigation and follow up.

The victims reported to detectives that they were suffering financial hardships and invited the suspects to their home to sell medical marijuana they had cultivated. Upon arrival after a brief period of socialization, the suspects produced firearms. The suspects then stole approximately four pounds of processed marijuana, marijuana smoking paraphernalia, cash, a .410 shotgun and a cellular telephone before fleeing the area. The victims were not physically injured. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-02-02

February 26th, 2014

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public comments on their proposal for the 2013/2014 State of California Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant program. According to state requirements, public comments can be submitted from March 4 through April 7, 2014.

This year a two-step application process will be required to allow public comment and feedback before final submittal. The preliminary application is due March 3. This will open a 30-day public review and comment period and will follow with final applications due on Monday, May 5. The State is using an Internet-based “On-Line Grant Application” application process as the means to apply for State funding.  Read moere here>>>

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Media Release #14-02-01

February 20th, 2014

On February 4, 2014 at approximately 0855 hours an Amador County Sheriff’s Sergeant conducted a vehicle detention on Buena Vista Road near Hwy 88 for vehicle code violations. During the vehicle detention the sergeant established probable cause to search the vehicle. During the search nine baggies of methamphetamine packaged for sale, packaging materials, a large some of currency, a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a .357 revolver were located. The .22 pistol was reported stolen from Lodi and the .357 revolver was reported stolen from Stockton. Luis Alberto Soto, 23 of Linden and his passengers, Christina Marie Marshall, 29 of Stockton, and Jose Carmen Soto Orduna, 48 of Linden were arrested at the scene.  Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-01-03

January 23rd, 2014

On January 13, 2014 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a cabin located near Tragedy Springs had been burglarized. The victim was unable to respond to the scene that day.
The following evening, the victim met a deputy sheriff to assess the scene and establish what had been stolen. The victim reported that along with several personal items taken from the residence, an orange Snow Cat was stolen. The victim told the deputy the Snow Cat tracks led from his cabin toward the Mud Lake Road cabins then toward Plasse’s Resort. The deputy conducted an initial search of the area for the Snow Cat, but due to darkness and conditions the search was suspended until the following morning.  Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-01-02

January 15th, 2014

In January 2013, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a 22 year old female reporting that she had been sexually assaulted earlier that day while receiving a massage at a massage parlor in Martell. The victim reported that she paid for a full body massage, but during the session the masseur, identified as 41 year old Sacramento resident Phuong Duc Ngo, began to touch her inappropriately. She alleged that Ngo orally copulated and digitally penetrated her against her will during the encounter.  Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-01-01

January 6th, 2014

On December 27, 2013 at approximately 2034 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a resident of the Plymouth Mobile Manor on Landrum Street reporting a gunshot and seeing a subject armed with an “assault rifle” running down the street.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and upon arrival began checking the area. A subject matching the description was observed in the area. Upon seeing the patrol unit, the subject climbed under a fence and fled on foot. A deputy chased the subject towards the rear of a nearby residence. As the deputy came to the front of the residence, a male subject exited the residence stating that a male subject unknown to him had just entered his home, stated he was being chased by law enforcement, and was now hiding inside. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #13-12-02

December 19th, 2013

On December 16, 2013 at approximately 0111 hours, an Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy was patrolling the Amador Ridge Shopping Center. The deputy observed a white pickup truck parked in a poorly lit section of the parking lot. When the deputy illuminated the pickup he saw a white male slide down into the seat in an apparent effort to avoid detection. A registration check of the vehicle showed the registered owner had an active felony warrant of arrest. Read more here>>>

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