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Media Releases

Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office


Wanted Person Update MR#16-05-02

May 24th, 2016

On May 14, 2016 at approximately 1608 hours, Steven Ward Little, 44, entered a Pioneer area business and requested to use their telephone. Little called 911, identified himself, said he was wanted and that he wanted to turn himself in. Little stated he still possessed a handgun and he was looking to disarm himself. Little provided the firearm to a patron of the business.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived moments later and arrested Little. Little was booked into the Amador County Jail on charges including false imprisonment, criminal threats, elder abuse, felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. Little’s bail was set at $135,000.00.  Read more here >>>

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Wanted Person MR #16-05-01

May 13th, 2016

On Thursday May 12, 2016 at approximately 0645 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a 66 year old female victim. The victim reported that she and her 44 year old son, Steven Ward Little, had moved into a residence on Vista Lane in Pioneer the week prior. The victim reported that she became involved in an argument with her son on Wednesday that turned physical and resulted in her son tying her up, beating her, choking her, brandishing firearms at her and threatening to murder her. The victim was ultimately able to escape the residence early Thursday morning.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies maintained constant surveillance of the residence on Vista Lane while detectives conducted the preliminary investigation and obtained search warrants for Little and for the residence.  Read more here >>>

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Media Release #16-03-05

March 17th, 2016

On the afternoon of March 7, 2016 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a residential burglary on Curran Road in the unincorporated area of Jackson Valley.

An Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the scene and learned that forcible entry had been made into the vacant home and numerous items had been stolen. The stolen property included multiple firearms, electronics, jewelry, collectible antiques, tools, and power yard equipment. The preliminary estimated value of the loss was approximately $15,000.

The responding deputy processed the crime scene. During the ongoing investigation evidence was located within the residence that identified a possible suspect. The deputy used Amador County Sheriff’s Office records to determine that the possible suspect had been a resident in the immediate area. Further follow-up investigation and interviews revealed that the suspect was recently evicted from his home in the Camanche Village and he was likely involved in the burglary on Curran Road.

Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives were advised of the case and assisted in the investigation. Detectives were able to determine that firearms stolen in the burglary had recently been pawned. The detectives were able to recover the stolen firearms along with evidence that the suspect was the person that pawned the stolen firearms. Read more here >>>

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Media Release #16-03-04

March 10th, 2016

On March 8, 2016 at approximately 1914 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a resident of South Lake Tahoe that her husband had gone snow machine riding with friends in the area of Tragedy Springs in Amador County and had not yet returned home.

An Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy checked the area and located the subject’s vehicles parked on Tragedy Springs Road. Amador County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team was deployed to the area to begin searching the known trails in the area. Read more here >>>

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Media Release #16-03-03

March 10th, 2016

On March 8, 2016 at approximately 0808 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a residential fire at the 19000 block of Woodridge Road in Pioneer. Callers also reported hearing possible gunshots associated with the fire.

An Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy responded and found the residence fully involved and unable to be entered. The deputy spoke with neighbors who reported that the residence may be occupied. The deputy could hear the sound of ammunition combusting and various household items bursting due to the heat generated by the fire.  Read more here >>>

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Media Release #16-02-01

February 17th, 2016

The Amador County Sheriff’s office has received an increasing number of reports of aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents.

Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They often alter their caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate and they may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official. Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may threaten arrest, deportation, or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money right away.

Below are a few things that the scammers often do that the IRS will not do. Read more here >>>

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Media Release #16-01-01

January 28th, 2016

On January 25, 2016 at approximately 0336 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a resident at the 15000 block of Ridge Road in the unincorporated area of Sutter Creek. The caller stated that her neighbors had been the victim of a home invasion robbery.


Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded. Upon arrival deputies contacted two male victims, a 66 year old father and his 34 year old son. Both subjects suffered blunt force trauma to the face. Fire and American Legion Ambulance personnel responded. The 34 year old was transported to Sutter Amador Hospital for treatment.


Based upon interviews of the two victims, it was determined that at approximately 0245 hours, four male subjects wearing masks to cover their faces, entered into the victims’ residence, beat the victims, and bound their hands behind their backs. One suspect was reportedly armed with a semi-automatic pistol and one suspect was armed with an axe handle. The suspects reportedly stole 10 to 12 pounds of marijuana, four firearms, approximately $1,000.00 to $1,200.00 in cash, a video game system and processed meat. The suspects fled the area, eastbound on Ridge Road, in a light color truck.  Read more here >>>

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Media Release #15-12-02

December 14th, 2015

On Friday December 11, 2015 at approximately 1300 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received an Emergency 911 call from a male subject reporting that he had accidentally shot himself. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies, American Legion Ambulance and Fire Personnel responded to the scene on Moonshine Lane in the unincorporated area of Sutter Creek.

Upon arrival deputies found a 57 year old male, suffering from an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound, that injured both of his legs. Ambulance and fire personnel tended to the subject’s injuries which ultimately resulted in him being flown by helicopter to a trauma center in Roseville for treatment. 

Deputies located a 9mm pistol which the subject said was the involved firearm. While at the scene deputies could smell the odor of cultivated marijuana. They also observed an outdoor marijuana cultivation area with a posted medical marijuana recommendation. Deputies were able to determine that the subject had a prior felony conviction which precluded his possession of firearms and ammunition.  Read more here >>>

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Media Release #15-12-01

December 3rd, 2015

On Wednesday December 2, 2015 at approximately 1556 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received notification of a silent bank alarm at the Bank of Stockton in Pine Grove. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and while enroute were updated that the bank had in fact been robbed.

The suspect was reported to be a white female, approximately 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 150 lbs., long dark hair, wearing a black beanie, sunglasses, grey jacket, dark leggings and boots. The suspect reportedly handed a teller a note demanding money and ordering her not to make any statements. After receiving an amount of currency, including recorded/documented bills, the suspect fled in a newer white Volkswagen Bug. A surveillance camera image of the suspect during the robbery is attached.

Roadways leading out of the area were surveilled by Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies, CHP Officers and by Jackson and Sutter Creek Police Officers.  Read more here >>> 

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Media Release #13-10-01

October 3rd, 2013

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in the 6th Nationwide Take-Back Initiative on October 26, 2013 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Amador County residents participating in the fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27, 2013 turned in more than 219 pounds of pills at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.  Read more here>>>

National Take Back Flyer

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