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Media Releases

Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office


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 http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.  Hard copies may be requested by contacting Sgt. Mark Ham at 209-223-6785. For more information, go here >>>

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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 >>>

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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 >>> 

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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 >>>

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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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Media Release #14-12-01

December 9th, 2014

On December 8, 2014 at approximately 1314 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call reporting that there was a male chasing two other males on Hwy 88 near Martell Road.  While Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies were enroute, a second call was received that there was a minivan involved and it appeared there had been some type of explosion within the van.

Upon arrival deputies determined that two counselors from Rite of Passage, a youth services camp in Nevada, were transporting two 15 year old male juveniles to the San Joaquin County Probation Department.  The juveniles had been involved in a riot at the camp the day prior. 

The counselors reported that as they were driving through Martell on their way to Stockton.  As they came to the stop sign at Martell Rd. and Hwy 88 the juveniles sprayed the counselors with the vehicle’s fire extinguisher. Read more here >>>

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Media Release #14-11-02

November 12th, 2014

On Monday November 10, 2014 at approximately 2302 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 Emergency calls reporting a disturbance with shots fired at the Far Horizons 49er RV Resort, 18265 Hwy 49, Plymouth.   A caller reported seeing one victim shot and multiple males fleeing in a black Mercedes Benz and in a white sedan. 

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded, assisted by CHP, a Sutter Creek Police Officer and a Jackson Police Officer. 

Upon arrival at the scene, Sheriff’s Deputies found two victims, one 28 year old white male who had been shot in the head, and one 48 year old white male who had been struck with a blunt object in the head.  Plymouth Fire and American Legion Ambulance personnel responded to provide medical aid.  Read more here >>>

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Media Release #14-11-02

November 12th, 2014

On Monday November 10, 2014 at approximately 2302 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 Emergency calls reporting a disturbance with shots fired at the Far Horizons 49er RV Resort, 18265 Hwy 49, Plymouth.   A caller reported seeing one victim shot and multiple males fleeing in a black Mercedes Benz and in a white sedan. 

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded, assisted by CHP, a Sutter Creek Police Officer and a Jackson Police Officer. 

Upon arrival at the scene, Sheriff’s Deputies found two victims, one 28 year old white male who had been shot in the head, and one 48 year old white male who had been struck with a blunt object in the head.  Plymouth Fire and American Legion Ambulance personnel responded to provide medical aid.  Read more here >>>

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Media Release #14-11-01

November 6th, 2014

On October 30, 2014 at approximately 1926 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a concerned citizen who reported the gate to a neighboring business in Martell was left open.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area, whereupon they discovered that unknown suspect(s) had forced entry into the business.  Deputies entered the business and determined that nothing appeared to be stolen at that time.  Deputies searched the immediate area and were unable to locate any subjects.  Deputies identified and contacted the owner of the property, but the property owner was unable to respond to the scene.  Deputies then secured the business before leaving to respond to additional calls for service.

At approximately 2245 hours, Deputies returned to the business and found that forced entry had been made a second time and items had since been stolen from the business.  Deputies again secured the business and continued to monitor the business throughout the night. Read more here >>>

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Public Service Advisment #14-10-05

October 27th, 2014

Fall celebrations like Halloween are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats.  The Amador County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to be safe and to keep the following in mind while enjoying the holiday

Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.

• For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.  To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights. Read more here >>>

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