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Media Releases

Media releases from the Amador County Sheriffs Office

Media Release #15-11-01

November 10th, 2015

On Saturday October 31, 2015 at approximately 0820 hours, an Amador County Sheriff’s Deputy contacted Christopher Gabriel Robles, 55, of Sacramento, parked at the Vista Point off Hwy 49, north of Jackson. Robles is on Post Release Community Supervision in Sacramento County which requires him to submit to search conditions.

A search of Robles’ Toyota Tundra revealed approximately 7 pounds of marijuana, a scale, packaging material, concentrated cannabis, a BHO lab to produce concentrated cannabis, methamphetamine, a methamphetamine smoking pipe and a large quantity of US Currency in small denominations.  Read more here >>> 


Media Release #15-10-01

October 30th, 2015

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Media Release #15-09-01

September 29th, 2015

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 26, 2015, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Over 2,411 tons of prescription medications have been collected during the previous nine Drug Take-Back events from 2010 to 2014.

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 at one location within Amador County. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States remain alarmingly high according to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). A large percentage of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  Read more here >>> 


Media Release #15-08-01

August 20th, 2015

On August 19, 2015 at approximately 2151 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a resident on the 4600 block of Roadrunner Drive in Jackson Valley. The caller reported that there was a 95 year old female at the residence that was unresponsive. American Legion Ambulance and Fire Department personnel were dispatched and responded to the scene. The female, who was actually 87 years old, was transported to Sutter Amador Hospital for treatment.

Upon arrival of the patient, Sutter Amador Emergency Room staff requested the Sheriff’s Office respond. Upon arrival, deputies found a malnourished, dehydrated, 87 year old female, partially covered in dried fecal matter, and suffering from a substantial number of infected, severe, subcutaneous ulcers.  Read more here >>> 


Media Release #15-07-04

July 28th, 2015

On July 21, 2015 at approximately 0218 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a resident in the 14000 block of Williams Road in Pioneer.  The 67 year old female caller reported that she had been asleep on the couch in her residence when she awoke to a subject standing near her watching her.  The subject fled out the rear of the residence.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the victim’s residence and conducted an initial interview and a search of the scene.  Deputies on scene were familiar with a subject that lived in an adjacent residence that they suspected was responsible for the offense.

Deputies contacted, William David Ehle, 32, of Pioneer.  Ehle denied involvement in the offense.  Ehle appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.  A probation search was conducted at Ehle’s residence.  Deputies located shoes in Ehle’s possession that had wet dirt on them and the sole pattern matched the footprints left by the suspect at the scene.  Deputies also located a sweatshirt matching the description provided by the victim.  This was located near a partially consumed bottle of alcohol.  This bottle matched a bottle located near the fence which had been pushed down at the victim’s property.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-07-03

July 20th, 2015

On Sunday July 19, 2015 at approximately 0023 hours, a resident in the 3000 block of Jackson Valley Road called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office via 911 to report multiple shots fired in the area.  The reporting party called back several minutes later stating a male subject was at his door asking for help and stating he had been shot.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence and contacted a 33 year old male that had been shot multiple times.  The victim said he was walking to a nearby residence when an unknown vehicle, possibly a black Toyota pickup truck, pulled up next to him and an unknown person, for unknown reasons, exited the vehicle and shot him multiple times.  The victim could not articulate if he was shot with a rifle or handgun.  The victim said the shooter did not say anything and he did not know if the shooter was a male or female.  The victim described the event as random and was adamant he did not know who was involved or why he was targeted.

Amador Fire Protection Agency and American Legion Ambulance personnel responded and provided medical aid to the victim who was ultimately flown from the scene to Sacramento via air ambulance.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-07-02

July 20th, 2015

On Friday July 17, 2015 at approximately 1450 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency call from a teller at the BBVA Compass Bank, located at 12200 Industry Boulevard, Martell.  The caller reported that the bank had just been robbed and that the suspect fled on foot. 

The suspect was described as a white male, late twenties to early thirties, wearing a baseball cap and blue shirt.  Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and were one scene within two minutes.  Officers from the Jackson and Sutter Creek Police Department also responded to assist.  A perimeter was established and the area was checked, however the suspect was not located.   

Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives responded and were assisted by deputies in conducting business checks, interviewing possible witnesses, reviewing surveillance video, searching for evidence and processing the crime scene.  Based upon those investigations, it was determine that the suspect had been driving a gold color minivan which he had parked behind a nearby business.  The suspect was a white male, in his late thirties, with a mustache, wearing glasses, a ball cap with an “R” emblem, blue shirt and blue pants.  He entered the bank, approached a teller, and stated he was robbing the bank.  He demanded $100’s, $50’s and $20’s.  He did not display a weapon, nor make any threats.  The teller provided him with an amount of US Currency, including documented bills.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-07-01

July 13th, 2015

On May 19, 2015, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a suspected child abuse report alleging that 35 year old Richard Paul Chapman Jr., of Pioneer, engaged in sexual intercourse and oral copulation with a 15 year old female.

Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives interviewed the juvenile who was friends with one of Chapman’s relatives.  The juvenile informed Detectives that she often spent the night at Chapman’s relative’s residence and that Chapman lived in a smaller residence on the same property.  The juvenile told Detectives that between January 2015 and April 2015, on several occasions, she and Chapman engaged in various sexual activities. 

A search of social media and other digital sources was conducted and produced evidence corroborating the victim’s allegations.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-06-02

June 24th, 2015

On Monday November 10, 2014 at approximately 2302 hours deputies from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Far Horizons 49er RV Resort, 18265 Hwy 49, Plymouth to the report of shots fired.  

Upon arrival at the scene, Sheriff’s Deputies found two victims, one 28 year old white male who had been shot in the head, and one 48 year old white male who had been struck with a blunt object in the head. 

A black Mercedes Benz that was observed fleeing the scene was detained on Hwy 49 South of Drytown.  The occupant, Lucia Magana Verduzco, 22 of Sacramento was ultimately arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted murder. 

Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives conducted interviews of the victims, witnesses and the arrestee; Sheriff’s Detectives and a Sheriff’s Crime Scene Investigator processed the scene and associated evidence; and substantial physical evidence was recovered by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team who combed miles of roadside.  Read more here >>>


Media Release #15-06-01

June 8th, 2015

On Friday June 5, 2015 at approximately 2317 hours, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Emergency Call reporting that a male subject had possibly drowned in the Mokelumne River approximately ½ mile west of the Tiger Creek Dam.

Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies and Amador Fire Personnel responded where they were directed to the subject who was fully submerged and entangled in a strainer. Due to the water flow, personnel on scene were unable to recover the decedent. Read more here >>>


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