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Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office


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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Media Release #14-03-03

March 25th, 2014

On March 16, 2014 at approximately 1648 hours an Amador County Sheriff's Deputy stopped a vehicle for expired registration on Hwy 88 near Melody Oaks Trailer Park. During the detention, on the passenger side floor board, the deputy observed several prescription bottles which were prescribed to subject not in or associated with the vehicle. A further search revealed several checkbooks and other identification in the same person’s name.

The occupants of the vehicle claimed the owner of the items was a friend and had left the items in the vehicle the previous day. As the deputy continued his investigation by attempting to contact the owner of the property, he noted via the mobile data terminal that the Jackson Police Department was simultaneously enroute to meet with the same person to take a theft report.
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Media Release #14-03-02

March 18th, 2014

On September 26, 2013 a Dish Network employee contacted the Amador County Sheriff’s Office to report that he had observed suspected child pornography on a customer’s laptop computer during a service call.

The employee reported that he went to a residence in the unincorporated area of Sutter Creek, to install television service. Upon arriving at the residence, he met with a subject who identified himself as Adam. The employee informed Adam he needed to download software on a home computer in order to complete the television service installation. Adam provided the employee with a laptop computer to download the software. As the employee downloaded the software, several questionable screensaver photographs of a juvenile female, estimated to be nine to eleven years of age were observed. Read more here>>>

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Media Release #14-03-01

March 12th, 2014

On June 17, 2013 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported armed robbery in Pine Grove. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies searched the area but were unsuccessful in locating the three suspects. Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives interviewed the victims and conducted the crime scene investigation and follow up.

The victims reported to detectives that they were suffering financial hardships and invited the suspects to their home to sell medical marijuana they had cultivated. Upon arrival after a brief period of socialization, the suspects produced firearms. The suspects then stole approximately four pounds of processed marijuana, marijuana smoking paraphernalia, cash, a .410 shotgun and a cellular telephone before fleeing the area. The victims were not physically injured. Read more here>>>

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