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Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office

Media Release #14-10-04

October 22nd, 2014

On October 19, 2014 at 2050 hours, an Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to detain a subject operating an ATV on Carson Drive in Pioneer. The subject failed to yield and led deputies on a pursuit from Carson Drive, onto Highway 88, and then onto Pioneer Creek Road.  The deputies ultimately lost sight of the ATV and terminated the pursuit.  Sheriff’s Deputies followed the dust trail from the ATV.  The deputies subsequently located the subject on a driveway off Sugar Pine Drive and attempted to detain him again.  The subject drove the ATV cross country until it became disabled in the manzanita.  The subject then fled on foot. 

An aircraft from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was requested.  The CHP aircraft utilizing F.L.I.R. located a heat signature in a nearby creek bed.  Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies searched the creek bed and located the subject who was arrested without further incident.  Upon searching the subject and the ATV, over a pound of marijuana was located.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #14-10-03

October 20th, 2014

On October 19, 2014 at 0707 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a report of indiscriminant shooting at 1515 Duck Creek Rd, Ione CA.  Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene and attempted to make contact with the residents at 1515 Duck Creek Road. 

When Deputies knocked on the front door of the residence, eight Hispanic males were seen running from the rear of the residence, jumping over the back fence and fleeing into the field behind the property.  The subjects were ordered to stop but did not comply. Read more here >>>


Media Release #14-10-02

October 16th, 2014

On October 9, 2014 at approximately 1926 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a group of hunters who reported that one member of their hunting party, 73 year old Fred Lantz of Esparto, was missing.  The hunters reported that they had been hunting in the Mud Lake area and had last seen their hunting partner at approximately 1600 hours.  Lantz was dressed appropriately but did not carry food or water and was unfamiliar with the area.  Lantz reportedly carried a cellular telephone and two way radio on his person.

The responding Sheriff’s Deputy requested the Amador County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) Team be activated.  That Amador County Sheriff’s SAR Coordinator and one SAR member responded to the scene and spent the night searching the area on ATVs.  Attempts to locate the subject through cellular telephone pings, by radio and by ATV were unsuccessful.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #14-10-01

October 9th, 2014

In June 2014 the Sutter Creek Police Department took a report of the possible molestation of a four year old male, by his 19 year old babysitter.  At the time of this report, it was unknown if the alleged molestation took place at a residence in the City of Jackson or in the unincorporated county.  

Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives and the Jackson Police Department initiated an investigation.  The victim’s mother reported that she had met the babysitter at the church where he was a youth leader.  She reported that he had only babysat her son for one hour per week for less than two months.  The victim was taken to a multi-disciplinary interview center (MDIC) for a forensic interview.  Based upon the totality of the investigation at that time, there was insufficient evidence to arrest the possible suspect.  The parents of the victim insured that there would be no further contact with the suspect and obtained a restraining order against him.  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>>>


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>>>


Media Release #12-03-05

March 29th, 2012

On March 25, 2012 at approximately 1337 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 emergency call from a resident on Buckeye Drive in Volcano. The caller reported that a friend had just arrived at his residence and had been badly beaten.  Read more here>>>


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