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Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office


Media Release #14-07-03

July 24th, 2014

On July 22, 2014 at approximately 0019 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting an argument followed by several shots fired in the area of 20000 East Clinton Road, between Jackson and Pine Grove.

Upon arrival of Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies, Danny David Upton, 61, was located in the driveway, armed with a loaded handgun. Upton was detained without incident. A 55 year old male relative of Upton’s was also detained at the scene.  Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-07-02 (#14-07-01 Updated)

July 9th, 2014

With the notification of next of kin, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office can release the identity of the victim of the murder which occurred on July 7, 2014 on Pioneer Creek Road in Pioneer.

The decedent is identified as 26 year old Jacob Corey Stover, a resident of Pioneer, California.

The forensic pathologist’s examination of Stover is scheduled for July 10, 2014 at the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.  Read more here>>> 

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Media Release #14-07-01

July 7th, 2014

On July 7, 2014 at approximately 0240 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency Call from a 27 year old female resident of Pioneer stating that there had been an altercation at a residence located in the 15000 block of Pioneer Creek Road in Pioneer and that her 26 year old boyfriend was bleeding.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene and found the 26 year old male in the driveway deceased. The victim appeared to have sustained multiple stab wounds. The victim’s girlfriend was interviewed and provided an account of what had transpired, who was involved and a description of the vehicle used by the involved parties to flee the scene. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-05-01

May 5th, 2014

On May 5, 2014 the Amador County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a subject that had been 4-wheeling in the area of Pyramid Lake near Nixon, Nevada on May 3, 2014. The caller reported that while on a very rough dirt trail approximately 10 miles from the trail head he located a blue Honda Civic in a creek bed which appeared stuck on rocks. The vehicle was unoccupied, with the windows partially down and the car keys were on the seat. The subject took pictures of the car and marked the GPS location of the vehicle. The caller reported that this morning upon researching the vehicle on the Internet, he learned it was associated with 79 year old Pioneer resident, Warren Alford Hagyard, whose been missing since April 21, 2014. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-04-04

April 23rd, 2014

On April 21, 2014 at approximately 2230 hours, Katherine Amelia Hagyard called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office to report her husband, 79 year old Warren Alford Hagyard, of Pioneer, missing. Katherine told deputies that Warren was last seen leaving his son’s residence in Elk Grove at approximately 1500 hours. Katherine described Warren as being 6’1” tall, weighing 170 pounds, with grey hair and blue eyes. She stated Warren was driving his blue 2006 Honda Civic, California License 5UJM962.

After the preliminary investigation failed to locate Warren, Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies contacted the California Highway Patrol and requested a “Silver Alert” activation due to Warren’s qualifying medical conditions. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-04-03

April 23rd, 2014

On Monday April 21, 2014 at approximately 1423 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person at Bear River Reservoir. The caller reported that he, along with several friends, including 19 year old Lodi resident Anthony Davalos had spent Sunday April 20, 2014 at Bear River Reservoir fishing and kayaking.

The caller stated that early in the evening Davalos had said he wanted to walk around the lake and was last seen walking near the boat launch at approximately 2100 hours. The caller reported that he and several people in the party spent the night looking for Davalos but they were not successful in locating him and wanted to report him as missing. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-04-02

April 23rd, 2014

On April 19, 2014 at approximately 1553 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency Call reporting a possible drowning at Lake Camanche near the dam. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies, an Amador County Sheriff’s Marine Unit, Amador County Sheriff’s Dive Team members, East Bay Municipal Utilities District Rangers and a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Marine Unit all responded to the area.  Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-04-02

April 23rd, 2014

On April 19, 2014 at approximately 1553 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency Call reporting a possible drowning at Lake Camanche near the dam. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies, an Amador County Sheriff’s Marine Unit, Amador County Sheriff’s Dive Team members, East Bay Municipal Utilities District Rangers and a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Marine Unit all responded to the area.  Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-04-01

April 21st, 2014

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in the Nationwide Take-Back Initiative on April 26, 2014 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Amador County residents participating in the previous National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26, 2013 turned in more than 182 pounds of pills at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.

In an effort to prevent increased pill abuse and theft, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Read more here>>>

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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>>>

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