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Media Releases

Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office


Media Release #14-10-04

October 22nd, 2014

On October 19, 2014 at 2050 hours, an Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to detain a subject operating an ATV on Carson Drive in Pioneer. The subject failed to yield and led deputies on a pursuit from Carson Drive, onto Highway 88, and then onto Pioneer Creek Road.  The deputies ultimately lost sight of the ATV and terminated the pursuit.  Sheriff’s Deputies followed the dust trail from the ATV.  The deputies subsequently located the subject on a driveway off Sugar Pine Drive and attempted to detain him again.  The subject drove the ATV cross country until it became disabled in the manzanita.  The subject then fled on foot. 

An aircraft from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was requested.  The CHP aircraft utilizing F.L.I.R. located a heat signature in a nearby creek bed.  Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies searched the creek bed and located the subject who was arrested without further incident.  Upon searching the subject and the ATV, over a pound of marijuana was located.  Read more here >>>

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Media Release #14-10-03

October 20th, 2014

On October 19, 2014 at 0707 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a report of indiscriminant shooting at 1515 Duck Creek Rd, Ione CA.  Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene and attempted to make contact with the residents at 1515 Duck Creek Road. 

When Deputies knocked on the front door of the residence, eight Hispanic males were seen running from the rear of the residence, jumping over the back fence and fleeing into the field behind the property.  The subjects were ordered to stop but did not comply. Read more here >>>

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Media Release #14-10-02

October 16th, 2014

On October 9, 2014 at approximately 1926 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a group of hunters who reported that one member of their hunting party, 73 year old Fred Lantz of Esparto, was missing.  The hunters reported that they had been hunting in the Mud Lake area and had last seen their hunting partner at approximately 1600 hours.  Lantz was dressed appropriately but did not carry food or water and was unfamiliar with the area.  Lantz reportedly carried a cellular telephone and two way radio on his person.

The responding Sheriff’s Deputy requested the Amador County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) Team be activated.  That Amador County Sheriff’s SAR Coordinator and one SAR member responded to the scene and spent the night searching the area on ATVs.  Attempts to locate the subject through cellular telephone pings, by radio and by ATV were unsuccessful.  Read more here >>>

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Media Release #14-10-01

October 9th, 2014

In June 2014 the Sutter Creek Police Department took a report of the possible molestation of a four year old male, by his 19 year old babysitter.  At the time of this report, it was unknown if the alleged molestation took place at a residence in the City of Jackson or in the unincorporated county.  

Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives and the Jackson Police Department initiated an investigation.  The victim’s mother reported that she had met the babysitter at the church where he was a youth leader.  She reported that he had only babysat her son for one hour per week for less than two months.  The victim was taken to a multi-disciplinary interview center (MDIC) for a forensic interview.  Based upon the totality of the investigation at that time, there was insufficient evidence to arrest the possible suspect.  The parents of the victim insured that there would be no further contact with the suspect and obtained a restraining order against him.  Read more here >>>

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Media Release #14-09-02

September 15th, 2014

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in the 9th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Amador County residents participating in the previous National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26, 2014 turned in approximately 160 pounds of medication at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.

In an effort to prevent increased pill abuse and theft, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at one location within Amador County. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-09-01

September 15th, 2014

On August 21, 2014 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a residential burglary on Delores Court in Pioneer. The victim reported miscellaneous items including jewelry valued at over $9000 had been stolen.

On September 2, 2014 an Amador County Sheriff’s Detective was performing follow up investigation and reviewed numerous transaction receipts from a secondhand dealer in Calaveras County. While reviewing the records, the detective noted that a subject that had previously been identified as performing work for the victim had recently pawned over 13 grams of “Gold-scrap.”  Read more here>>> 

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Media Release- ACCNET

September 9th, 2014

On September 3, 2014 at approximately 1529 hours, Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team (ACCNET) Agents assisted by the Amador County Probation Department executed a search warrant at the Justin Lawrence Brach residence in the 7600 block of Goose Hill Ranch Road in Ione. Brach’s residence was identified in June as being the location of a large indoor/outdoor medical marijuana cultivation site. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-08-04 UPDATED

August 22nd, 2014

Nicole Davis has been located, safe and unharmed.

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Media Release #14-08-04

August 22nd, 2014

On August 21, 2014 at approximately 0800 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an employee of a group home in Plymouth reporting that a resident was missing.

The employee reported that Nicole Davis, a white female, 33 years of age, 5’3” tall, weighing approximately 180 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes was last seen the night before at 2100 hours at the group home. Nicole is deemed “at risk” due to a developmental disability. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-08-03

August 20th, 2014

On August 13, 2014 at approximately 8:30 in the morning, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local electronics repair business requesting a deputy respond.

Upon arrival the deputy spoke with an employee and learned that on August 8, 2014 a subject dropped off a tablet for repair. The employee advised the deputy that upon troubleshooting the tablet the morning of the 13th , the employee located nude images of children and various images of child erotica.  Read more here>>>

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