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Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office

Media Release #15-02-02

February 12th, 2015

On Thursday February 12, 2015 at approximately 0932 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting Hedy Ann Alvina Thompson as a missing person.  Thompson was last seen at her residence this morning at approximately 0730 hours in the Willow Creek area of unincorporated Amador County.  Thompson reportedly left the residence driving a green 2003 Toyota Tacoma pick up, California License #7E60937. 

Thompson is a 75 year old white female with grey hair, green eyes, approximately 5’6” tall and weighing approximately 135 pounds.  Thompson is suffering from various medical conditions, she may be confused and may have difficulty communicating.  Thompson left her residence without her medications. 

With the assistance of AT&T, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office began tracking her cellular telephone movement. Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-02-01

February 9th, 2015

On Saturday February 7, 2015 at approximately 1400 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a resident in the 11000 block of Clinton Bar Road in Pine Grove.  It was reported that a female’s estranged husband had unlawfully entered the residence, was armed with a shotgun and was threatening the residents with the firearm.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and while enroute were notified that the suspect had fled the scene driving a white pickup truck.  A Sheriff’s Deputy observed the pickup travelling west bound on Ridge Road.  The Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle.  The vehicle failed to yield, leading Sheriff’s Deputies on a pursuit towards Sutter Creek.  Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to utilize a tire deflation device to disable the vehicle west of Running Gold, however the suspect was able to avoid the spike strips.  The pursuit continued westbound on Ridge Road, then eastbound onto Locomotive Lane.  The suspect vehicle continued on Locomotive Lane until reaching the dead end. 

Upon stopping, the suspect immediately opened the driver’s side door and displayed the shotgun. 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>>>


Media Release #12_03_04

March 21st, 2012

On March 14, 2012 at approximately 0700 hours, an Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the report of a suspicious male subject at Hwy 88 and Lower Jackson Valley Road. The subject was reportedly yelling at vehicles travelling on Hwy 88.  Read more here>>>


Media Release #12-03-03

March 15th, 2012

On March 2, 2012 at approximately 1800 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Walmart Loss Prevention reporting that they had been the victim of a theft the day prior. The Loss Prevention Specialist reported that an unknown male and female subject entered the office supply area and opened a box containing a new file cabinet. The subjects opened the file cabinet drawer and then placed miscellaneous property, including a computer valued at $498.00 in the drawer. The subjects then closed the drawer and returned the file cabinet to its original box. The subjects then took the box to a cashier and purchased the file cabinet for $42.97.  Read more here>>>


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