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Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office
On May 20, 2016 at approximately 1554 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 emergency call from a 16 year old female caller. The caller reported that she was home alone and an unknown subject was prowling around her the residence. The caller reported that she had locked herself in a bathroom and that she had heard the door leading into the residence being closing.
Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence on Sutter Creek Volcano Road in unincorporated Sutter Creek. Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Deputies contacted a male and female subject attempting to flee the area in a tan Chevrolet pick-up. Deputies detained the vehicle and contacted the occupants.
Sheriff’s Deputies determine that the male subject had unlawfully entered the residence, went to a bedroom where he stole a wallet, checkbook, credit cards and a wedding band. As he left the residence he also stole a UPS parcel that had been left on the porch. A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine, heroin and hypodermic syringes. Read more here >>>
On May 23, 2016 at approximately 2145 hours, Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies were preparing to serve multiple arrest warrants on Matthew Jonathan David Roulet, a 23-year-old residing on Clinton Road, in the unincorporated area of Jackson. Roulet was wanted on confirmed warrants for violations of California Health and Safety Code (H&S) §11359 H&S; possession of marijuana for sales; §11360(a) H&S transportation of marijuana; §11377(a) H&S possession of a controlled substance; §11364(a) H&S possession of drug paraphernalia; California Vehicle Code (VC) 14601.2(a) driving on a suspended license; 2800.1(a) VC evading or attempting to evade a peace officer; and other traffic violations. Bail was set by Amador Superior Court at $130,000.00.
As deputies were waiting for an additional unit, Roulet emerged from his driveway on a motorcycle. Upon seeing the deputies, Roulet immediately fled eastbound at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued Roulet, however approximately one mile later Roulet lost control of his motorcycle and crashed through a fence near Butte Mountain Road. When deputies came to the corner they noted a cloud of dust and then observed the motorcycle and rider off the roadway. Read more here >>>
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 >>>
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 >>>
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 >>>
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 >>>
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 >>>
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 >>>
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 >>>
The Amador County Sheriff's Office is aware of recent incidents involving a potential internet fraud within Amador County. In these incidents, citizens receive a telephone call from an unknown subject who identifies themselves as being with the Microsoft Corporation and offering to install software that will enhance the performance of the personal computer of the person being called. The unknown caller then directs the subject to an internet site, which allows for the remote connection to the citizens computer.
To date, there have been no reports in Amador County of any personal information being compromised in this manner. However, this "service" is typically charged as a subscription paid on a monthly or yearly basis, but the software being installed is available free of charge on the internet.
The Amador County Sheriff's Office wants to remind all residents of the following internet tips:
If you are believe that you have been the victim of an internet fraud or scam, contact the Amador County Sheriff's Office.