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>>>
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.
Read more here>>>
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>>>
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>>>
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 more here>>>
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>>>
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
Media Release #13-07-02
July 10th, 2013
During the July 4th holiday weekend, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center answered 146 911 Emergency calls, 926 non-emergency telephone calls and dispatched 328 law enforcement and medical aid calls for service, county wide. Read more here>>>
Public Service Message- Internet Scam
December 4th, 2012
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:
- Do not visit unknown websites by following links contained within emails
- Do not reply to emails from companies or persons you are not familiar with
- Do not receive or hold packages to ship to someone you meet on the internet
- Do not cash check or wire funds to an employer that you meet on line
- Do not cash checks or money orders received through online transactions without first confirming their legitimacy
- Never provide personal/banking information as a result of an email or phone notification
- Do not allow unknown subjects access to your computer without verification
If you are believe that you have been the victim of an internet fraud or scam, contact the Amador County Sheriff's Office.
Media Release #12-06-07
June 29th, 2012
Beginning around noon on June 28, 2012 telephone service to parts of Amador and Calaveras Counties was disrupted due to a system failure associated with AT&T. Both internet and phone service, both land line and cellular, have been impacted which has caused a failure in the 911 system in Amador County where the Amador County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center is the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). Early estimates were that 47,000 residents were impacted in affected area. Read more here>>>
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