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Media Releases

Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office


Media Release #16-08-01

August 4th, 2016

On August 4, 2016 at 1045 hours, the Amador County Jail booked Stockton Mayor Anthony Ray Silva, 41 into custody. Silva was arrested by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office at Stockton Camp at Silver Lake, Pioneer based upon Amador County Superior Court Arrest Warrant #16CR25061 alleging violations of Penal Code section 632(a); Penal Code section 272(a)(1); Penal Code section 273a(b); and Business and Professions Code section 25658. Bail was set at $20,000.00  Read more here >>>

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Media Release 16-07-03

July 21st, 2016

On Tuesday July 19, 2016 at approximately 2025 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a resident of the Melody Oaks Trailer Park on Hwy 88. The caller reported that an altercation had occurred and ended with one subject being stabbed and the other subject fleeing the area on foot.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and immediately located William David Dupont-Barnett III, walking westbound from the scene. Dupont-Barnett III admitted to being in an altercation with his mother’s 50 year old boyfriend. Dupont-Barnett III said he became angry over how the subject was talking to his mother, so he obtained a knife and stabbed the subject.

At the scene, Sheriff’s Deputies found the victim, who had been stabbed in the left eye and in the left upper chest. The victim was immediately transported to Sutter Amador Hospital by ambulance and then flown to Sutter Roseville Trauma Center. The victim is in the Intensive Care Unit and listed in stable condition.  Read more here >>>

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Media Release #16-07-02

July 21st, 2016

On July 2, 2016 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported burglary on the 16000 block of Lambert Road in the unincorporated area of Ione. The property owner said that he was away from the property for several days and upon return he found his 1997 Ford pick-up, a utility trailer and a Suzuki ATV had been stolen. Upon checking further, he found his 5th wheel trailer, a shipping container and a vehicle on the property had been burglarized. In addition to the vehicles and trailer, he reported welding equipment, computers and miscellaneous tools being stolen. He estimated the total value of his loss at approximately $19, 950.00.

On Saturday July 9, 2016 the victim contacted the Amador County Sheriff’s Office and advised he found new damage and property missing. The property owner reported that the driver’s side window of his SUV had been smashed and several personal items were taken from inside the vehicle. The victim also indicated that forced entry was again made into his 5th wheel trailer and the shipping container and he was missing computer parts, DVD players, television equipment and miscellaneous tools. He valued the this loss at $2, 700.00.  Read more here >>>

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Media Release 16-05-03

June 1st, 2016

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 >>> 

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Media Release #16-05-04

May 26th, 2016

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 >>> 

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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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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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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.

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