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Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office

Media Release #13-12-01

December 19th, 2013

On November 23, 2013, at approximately 0230 hours, a Pine Grove resident called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office to report that his residential garage on Dapple Court had just been burglarized by an unknown suspect. Several personal items were taken in the course of this crime, including a handgun, seventeen hundred dollars in cash, and a 2007 Toyota Tundra pick up. The total loss to the victim was approximately $25,000. The responding sheriff’s deputy conducted an initial investigation and gathered preliminary information from the victim regarding the stolen vehicle and property. Read more here>>>


Media Release #13-11-03

November 21st, 2013

Amador County is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) Update to their 2006 plan. The purpose of this LHMP Update is to guide hazard mitigation planning to better protect the people and property of Amador County from the effects of natural hazard events before they occur and to maintain eligibility for mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This Plan demonstrates the county’s commitment to reducing risks from hazards and serves as a tool to help decision makers direct mitigation activities and resources to decrease its vulnerability and increase its resiliency and sustainability to better serve the people of Amador.  Read more here>>>


Media Release #13-11-02

November 20th, 2013

On November 4, 2013, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the parents of a nine year old female reporting that their daughter was possibly the victim of a sexual assault by an adult male associated with the family.

An Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy responded and conducted an initial investigation wherein he learned that the nine year old female disclosed to her ten year old sister that she has been sexually abused over a period of several years. Read more here>>>


Media Release- PGE Power outage

November 13th, 2013

The Amador County area experienced a widespread power outage that started on 11/12/13 at 2:06 pm.

According to a Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) spokesperson, the situation was characterized as a major transmission outage affecting Calaveras County, San Joaquin County, and a large portion of Amador County. The PG&E spokesperson acknowledged the source of the power failure remains unknown at this time; however, they are actively investigating the cause. PG&E further estimated that based upon historical data, power was expected to be restored on 11/12/13 by 6:45 pm.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office - 911 dispatch center, as well as all emergency services, were unaffected by this outage and remained fully functional. Read more here>>>


Media Release #13-11-01

November 5th, 2013

On January 26, 2012 an Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy took the report of a theft of a 250 gallon propane tank valued at $2000.00 that was stolen from the OK Corral in Pioneer.

On October 30, 2013 the same deputy sheriff responded to a residence behind the OK Corral to take the report of vandalism to a car port. While doing so, he observed a propane tank concealed under the remains of the car port and trailer siding which appeared consistent with the one previously reported stolen. Read more here>>>


Media Release #13-10-02

October 30th, 2013

On October 14, 2013, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office was called to Wal-Mart in Martell to investigate the report of vandalism to several vending machines located in the enclosed vestibule area of the business. Based upon evidence at the scene and surveillance footage captured at Wal-Mart, the responding deputy sheriff determined the suspect inspected the machines to determine how they locked and then left the building to obtain a prying tool from his vehicle. The suspect returned a short time later and pried the machines open so that the coin box could be removed. During the course of this burglary the suspect obtained approximately $80.00 in coins and caused $1,600.00 in damage to the machines.  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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