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Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office

Media Release #15-04-05

April 26th, 2015

On Sunday April 26, 2015 at approximately 0145 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a 911 Emergency call from a Pacific Gas and Electric employee.  It was reported that a male subject had just shown up at a cabin at Salt Springs Reservoir reporting that he and a friend went canoeing in the reservoir when their canoe capsized.  The male subject reported that he made it to shore but his friend did not.

ACSO Deputies, American Legion Ambulance and fire personnel responded.  Deputies contacted and interviewed Jakob Kent Marhefka, 34, of Pioneer.  Marhefka reported that he and 38 year old, Pioneer resident Daniel Robert Pedersen were camping in the area and decided to go for a late night canoe trip on Salt Springs Reservoir.  Marhefka reported that at some point the canoe capsized.  He said they attempted to paddle it to shore but were unsuccessful so they decided to swim for shore.  Marhefka said that as he swam to shore he lost sight of Pedersen in the dark. 

Marhefka took deputies to where he exited the water.  No sign of Pedersen was found.  A California Highway Patrol helicopter flew over the lake and around the shoreline.  The partially submerged canoe was located, however there was no sign of Pedersen. Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-04-04

April 24th, 2015

On April 24, 2015 at approximately 0505 hours, Sutter Amador Hospital (SAH) Emergency Department staff called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reporting that two male subjects had just delivered a male subject, with multiple stab wounds, to SAH.  Officers from the Jackson Police Department (JPD) responded to the hospital and detained the two subjects as they were leaving.  Based upon preliminary information it was determined that the stabbing took place at a residence in the unincorporated county area outside of Pine Grove.  ACSO deputies responded to conduct the investigation. 

Deputies interviewed the victim, a 53 year old, resident of Sacramento.  They learned that the three men purchased a significant quantity of methamphetamine, which they then began to use at the residence in Amador County.  The victim stated the other two become paranoid that he was either stealing drugs from them or that he was somehow associated with law enforcement.  The victim said the two subjects then stabbed him multiple times.  He said he was tied up, beaten, and the two subjects discussed murdering him and various methods of disposing of his remains.  The victim said to avoid death, he was forced to record a statement, that he was attempting to steal their methamphetamine, and that he was stabbed, as they were defending themselves from his attack.  After making the recording, the subjects placed the tied up victim in a tarp and transported him to Sutter Amador Hospital where they dropped him off.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-04-02

April 23rd, 2015

On June 2, 2014, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a report of a residential burglary on Mariposa Avenue in the unincorporated area of Jackson.  A Sheriff’s patrol deputy responded to the call and learned that the home was burglarized between 9:45 AM and 11:30 AM while the residents were away.  The victims in this case reported numerous items missing, including a full size gun safe containing numerous firearms, jewelry, an ammunition safe containing live ammunition, cash, personal documents, prescription medications, cellular telephones, hunting bows, and hunting accessories.  The total loss reported as a result of the burglary was estimated at approximately $23,000. 

On the evening of June 3, 2014, at approximately 8:41 PM, the ACSO received a report of gunfire coming from the area of the Old Well Motel in Drytown.  Deputies responded to the area to investigate and heard shots being fired near a residence immediately north of the Old Well Motel.  Deputies approached the residence and noted the presence of expended shell casings and multiple subjects inside the home.  After knocking, the front door was opened by the resident of the home, 46 year old Robert Allen Jarrell Sr.  Jarrell was known to the deputies on scene from prior law enforcement contacts and denied knowing anything about shots being fired.  Jarrell told deputies that he was alone even though other people were observed inside the residence. Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-04-01

April 7th, 2015

On Sunday April 5, 2015 at approximately 0843 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a residence on Flint Trail in the unincorporated area of Jackson Valley. The caller reported that she had come to the residence to see her family and found her mother in a chair unresponsive and her step father unresponsive on the floor.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and found Karen Lee Aadland, 53, deceased, with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Deputies also located Daniel Brian Aadland, 43, deceased, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-03-01

March 2nd, 2015

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public comments on their proposal for the 2014/2015 State of California Off-Highway Vehicle (OGV) grant program.  According to state requirements, public comments can be submitted from March 3 through April 7, 2015.

A two-step application process is required to allow public comment and feedback before final submittal.  The preliminary application is due March 3rd.  This will open a 30-day public review and comment period and will follow with final applications due on Monday May 4th.  The State is using an internet-based “On-Line Grant Application” process as the means to apply for the State funding.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office grant application is for law enforcement related activities.  The preliminary application will be available online by visiting the California State OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements program at  Hard copies may be requested by contacting Sgt. Mark Ham at 209-223-6785. For more information, go 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>>>


Media Release #12-05-03

May 8th, 2012

On March 28, 2012 at approximately 1930 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on West Mitchell Mine Road to the report of a 59 year old male that had been stabbed in the head by a 56 year old friend. The victim responded to being stabbed by acquiring a shotgun and shooting at the suspect as he accessed his vehicle to leave. The suspect was struck by the shot and fled the scene however he was later located on New York Ranch Road and subsequently flown to Mercy San Juan Hospital for treatment. Refer to Amador County Sheriff’s Office Media Release #12-04-01. Read more here>>>


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