Amador County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Amador County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 700 Court Street, Jackson, 95642 CA
  • Chief:
Phone: (209) 223-6500
Fax: (209) 223-1609

Amador County Sheriff's Office is located at 700 Court Street, Jackson, 95642 CA. The Amador County Sheriff's Office phone number is (209) 223-6500.

Amador County Sheriff's Office News

Cars and drugs don’t mix! Last weekend one of our deputies was driving along North Main Street in Jackson when he spotted a parked car with the driver’s door open and a man that appeared to be slumped over inside. Our deputy stopped to see if the man was alright and saw an empty hypodermic needle and several needle caps on the floorboard. We were able to wake the man, 30-year-old Jon Thomas Allen Eaton of Jackson, and could see a methamphetamine smoking pipe in his pocket. After speaking with Eaton, a search of his car turned up a digital scale, methamphetamine, heroin, loaded syringes, controlled prescription medications, cutting agents, and additional evidence of drug sales. Eaton was placed under arrest for possession of controlled substances for sale and for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. We are happy that Eaton was placed under arrest without incident and that no harm came to anybody on our roadways.

We are always on the lookout to hire the most eager, dedicated, and intelligent men and women to work at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office. We did that once again when Officer Kevin Gommeringer was hired to serve as a Correctional Officer. Kevin made us proud and represented Amador County well when he completed his Correctional Officer Academy with the highest academic average earning himself the Jay Jones Award. Great work Kevin and we all look forward to your future achievements!

Our K9 Deputy Vero was so happy to meet the children at Jackson Preschool! Vero’s handler made sure everyone got a Junior Deputy sticker after a presentation to the class. Then, everyone went outside to the patrol car where the kids patiently lined up to pet Vero and explore the K9 car (and yes, of course we played with the lights and sirens!). The Amador County Sheriff’s Office, and especially Vero, would like to thank the students and staff at Jackson Preschool for the meet and greet! Such fun and we look forward to next year!

Yesterday afternoon the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a pick-up truck that ran off Electra Road and came to rest upside down in the Mokelumne River. Two of our deputies responded and upon finding the truck partially submerged in the river they began shedding their gear in preparation for a rescue operation. Fortunately, the driver and sole occupant was cut free from the pick-up by a passing motorist and was sitting at the water's edge when we arrived. Our deputies noted the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. As this was in the unincorporated area of Amador County, the investigation was turned over to the California Highway Patrol. The driver of the vehicle, fortunate to have escaped with his life, was ultimately placed under arrest for driving under the influence. A good reminder to exercise caution in and around our waterways and certainly to never drink and drive.

Today we were fortunate to receive a reminder of how many lives were touched by our recently passed retired Sheriff’s K9 Sabo. Dr. Alison Pillsbury of Acorn Hills Animal Center served as Sabo’s veterinarian throughout his life and she was always one of his biggest fans. To honor Sabo, and his life of service to Amador County, Dr. Pillsbury had his remains divided into three commemorative boxes so he could forever be with the three handlers he worked with throughout his law enforcement career. Dr. Pillsbury also made a generous donation in Sabo’s name to the Companion Animal Memorial Fund at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Companion Animal Health. We are sincerely moved by the generosity and thoughtfulness of Dr. Pillsbury and are honored to have served alongside such an amazing partner. Sabo will be forever missed.

Nobody enjoys getting a flat tire. Yesterday afternoon, a young couple flagged us down when they discovered they did not have their lug wrench. We tried ours and thankfully it fit perfectly! Our deputy was able to help change the tire and get them back on the road. Please remember to check the equipment in your car on a regular basis to avoid being stranded on the side of the road. Safe travels!

If you’re going to drive a stolen vehicle, expect your ride to not work out so well. Yesterday afternoon, one of our patrol deputies was driving along Highway 49 near Amador City when he saw a black Dodge pick-up, with an attached trailer, stalled in the highway blocking traffic. It broke down, and our deputy decided to help. Then, he recognized the driver from previous encounters as 38-year-old Darren Randall. A quick records check showed the license plate on the pickup did not match. Another check showed the pickup was stolen from a parking lot in South Lake Tahoe. Another big clue something was fishy? The black paint on the pickup was still wet – it had been spray painted hours earlier. Randall was arrested for being in possession of the stolen truck and he was booked into Amador County Jail. The highway was cleared and we look forward to returning the stolen truck to the rightful owner.

Every week they deserve our thanks, but especially this week !! Join the Sheriff’s Office in recognizing Amador County’s hard working and dedicated Correctional Officers !! The first full week of May as National Correctional Officers & Employees Week. On a daily basis, Correctional Officers face dangerous situations that challenge their safety and the safety of others. They put themselves in harm’s way to advance the mission of protecting the public, staff, and inmates. We are grateful for the vital public safety service these men and women provide our county. “Historically, correctional officers have been viewed as ‘guards,’ occupying isolated and misunderstood positions in prisons and jails. In recent years, the duties of these officers have become increasingly complex and demanding. They are called upon to fill, simultaneously, custodial, supervisory and counseling roles. The professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited by these officers throughout the performance of these demanding and often conflicting roles deserve our utmost respect. The important work of correctional officers often does not receive the recognition from the public it deserves. It is appropriate that we honor the many contributions and accomplishments of these men and women who are a vital component of the field of corrections.” - President Ronald Reagan, National Correctional Officers Week Proclamation 5187, May 5, 1984 The Sheriff’s Office is always looking for outstanding people who want to make a difference to join our custody team. If you are interested in a career with the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, we encourage you to go to our website at www.amadorgov.org/government/sheriff-coroner

Want to free up cabinet space, protect your family, and save the environment all in one step? You can by ditching your old and unused prescriptions! And, we’ll make it easy! The Amador County Sheriffs’s Office is once again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration by participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Why is this so important? Because prescription medications left in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The rates of prescription drug abuse, along with the frequency of accidental poisonings and overdoses, remain alarmingly high. So, On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., everyone is invited to bring their unused, unwanted, and expired medications to the Sheriff’s Office for safe disposal. Unfortunately we do not accept sharps. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. We would like to thank our residents in advance for their continued participation in this event and for their support of our office in removing dangerous drugs from our community!

Don’t we have the cutest kids around?! This weekend, we were fortunate to take part in the 20th Annual Celebrate Our Children event put on by First 5 Amador and the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council. First 5 Amador helps promote, support, and enhance the development of Amador County children from zero to five years of age and the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council is a collaboration between the community and public agencies whose goal is to ensure all children live a healthy life free from violence and emotional abuse. Children from all over explored the Sheriff’s Office Thunder Jet boat, sounding the siren and communicating with each other using the integrated on-board headsets. Some children even got a chance to wear the dive team and swift water rescue gear. Our Marine Deputy gave the little ones water safety tips and special coloring books. It was a fun day for everyone and we were honored to be a part of the event. Thank you children of Amador County and we look forward to seeing everyone on the water this summer.

If you don’t know Thelma Clancy, you should! Today, the Sheriff’s Office was honored to recognize Thelma for her nearly two decades of volunteer service to our senior community. We often attend the Amador County Commission on Aging and Isolated Seniors Task Force meetings, but this one was special. Thelma was instrumental in the development of the Sheriff’s Office Hidden Key Program and for ensuring that the most vulnerable seniors in our community would not be forgotten. Thelma is holding a Sheriff’s Office challenge coin that we were so honored to present to her along with a plaque from the Commission on Aging. Both were recognition for her years of selfless service. Thelma is a big reason why we have such a wonderful community. We want to thank her…and we hope you do too!

Play ball? Well, not with the low snow! With Little League in full swing it's safe to say all our upcountry ball players will get an extra day of rest due to the low falling snow. For all those traveling in the higher elevations today please take your time and drive carefully!

It’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week! Since 1981, every year during the second week in April, telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. Here at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office we are saying THANK YOU to our amazing Dispatch personnel who do so much every day to keep our communities and our law enforcement personnel safe. Our Dispatchers handle all Amador County law enforcement related calls for service for the sheriff’s office, our three city police departments, probation, and medical calls for the ambulance service. They are also trained in Emergency Medical Response to provide interim medical instructions to callers prior to the arrival of American Legion Ambulance and fire personnel. To give a sense of the volume and intensity of this work, our Dispatchers answer approximately 12,500 emergency 911 calls and approximately 66,000 non-emergency calls every year! All this is accomplished by ten Dispatchers and one Dispatch Supervisor who cover all of these duties 24/7/365. They are truly an amazing group of dedicated professionals who deserve our gratitude. They protect our law enforcement personnel by rapidly providing requested information. They notify of potential threats, wanted person and warrant information, and criminal histories to those in the field. They regularly multi-task. Medical aids, calls for service, and 911 emergencies can all happen simultaneously AND they deal with citizens in crisis or distress every day. Our Dispatchers are critical and valued members of not only our Amador County Sheriff’s Office family, but our Amador County law enforcement team as well. Thanks to all of you for being there for us every day and night!

Today, our local law enforcement family paid our final respects to retired Amador County Sheriff’s Office K9, Sabo. Sabo was laid to rest today after a lengthy battle with several health ailments. Sabo joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2007, loyally and courageously serving Amador County for the next eight years. Sabo was trained in narcotics detection, handler protection, tracking, and suspect apprehension. Due to his high performance and drive Sabo also received certification to deploy alongside our Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team during high-risk incidents. Sabo served with three different deputy handlers during his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office and all describe him as the most dedicated partner one could ever ask for. Despite his seemingly ceaseless drive on patrol, Sabo’s kind heart always shined through during community and school events. Sabo loved the attention he received from children and his adoring fans throughout Amador County, marching pridefully around loving his work in this community. Sabo would also make a point of trotting throughout the Sheriff’s Office on a daily basis to greet our front office staff and look for any potential snacks that may have been left within reach. Sabo’s retirement from active service left an obvious void at the Sheriff’s Office. Our current Sheriff’s Office K9 Vero has some big shoes to fill as he tries to live up the legacy Sabo left behind. Rest in peace Sabo and thank you for your tireless service to the Sheriff’s Office and the residents of Amador County.

We’ve got a significant storm coming in and we want everyone to be aware and safe! Here’s a message from the National Weather Service followed by some information on Amador County’s sandbag program: The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a wet, but warm storm system to impact northern California during the latter half of the week and into the coming weekend. Heaviest precipitation is predicted for Friday night - Saturday morning. There is a slight chance of Saturday afternoon thunderstorms. The warm and wet storm will likely increase snow melt runoff, especially at the lower mountain elevations. TIMING & STRENGTH (Thursday - Weekend): · Widespread precipitation for northern California · Heaviest precipitation Friday night and Saturday · Estimate on total rainfall amounts: 3-7" mountains, 1-3" Valley · Slight chance of thunderstorms Saturday afternoon · High snow levels (above passes) for most of the event. Accumulating snow mainly above 8000 feet until late Saturday when snow levels lower to around 5000 feet over the Sierra as precipitation generally tapers off · Periods of gusty southerly winds Friday and Saturday: 30-40 mph Valley and 50-60 mph or higher mountains IMPACTS: · Travel delays · Local flooding possible · Mud & rock slides · High elevation mountain snow FORECAST CONFIDENCE: · High for wet pattern · Medium for amounts COMMUNITY SANDBAG PROGRAM: The Amador County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services reminds residents of the Community Sandbag Program. Sandbags available for localized flooding emergencies are available to Amador County residents only, with a suggested (20) bag maximum limit on a self- serve basis at the Westover Field airport parking lot on Airport Road in Martell. All residents need to do is bring a shovel to fill the sandbags. The sand and bags are there for unplanned emergencies only. Please be safe & drive carefully!

While on a call at Lake Camanche this afternoon, two members of our patrol team came across an interesting group of campers. The group was comprised of high school aged boys and girls who are camping for the week as part of the Sacramento Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. We spoke with the program’s Lieutenant Commander, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Curtis Gant, and learned the kids are participating in a series of military training and team building exercises to prepare them for future military enlistment. The cadets greeted our staff in a polite and professional fashion, following the training of the program. The Sea Cadets place an emphasis on patriotism, courage, self-reliance, community service, and kindred virtues. It was great to see these hard-working young men and women spending their spring break preparing for their future serving our country. We hope the Sea Cadets enjoyed the natural beauty that Amador County has to offer.

Today was a day of celebration for the Amador County Sheriff’s Office as Sheriff Ryan administered the oath of office to Sergeant Jason Navarre in front of his friends, family, and co-workers. Sergeant Navarre began his career at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office on patrol in 2010. Sergeant Navarre later moved to the Investigations Bureau where he worked as a detective on numerous high profile cases involving violent crimes, child, and elder abuse. Sergeant Navarre also brought a wealth of outside experience to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office having graduated from California State University, Chico, and being previously employed in the high tech, retail, and pharmaceutical fields. The Amador County Sheriff’s Office thanks Sergeant Navarre for his years of hard-work and loyal service to Amador County and we look forward to watching his success as a supervisor within our agency.

The California High School Rodeo Association’s Challenge of Champions was in full swing this weekend at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. While on patrol at the event, one of the rodeo's safety riders was kind enough to allow Deputy Franzen to work as a mounted unit for a few minutes when he offered up a ride on his horse, Bob. Our appreciation goes out to all those that made the rodeo such a successful event and to Bob for taking it easy on Deputy Franzen.

Fresh snow always adds another layer of beauty to Amador County. Early this St. Patrick's Day, Mother Nature decided our upcountry should wear white instead of green! If you decide to visit the snow today please remember to be prepared for the weather, remain alert, and drive carefully. Enjoy the day!

A quick thinking neighbor helped us catch a burglar yesterday in the Pine Grove area. It all started when when we got a call from a man who said someone was breaking into the new home he was building. The caller said someone had kicked in the front door and stole tile and other building supplies. A short time later, a neighbor called us to say he saw the burglar leaving the home, but not before he captured some video of the burglar driving away. Once detectives saw the video, they knew who to look for. Deputies arrived at the Pine Grove home of Jerry Adams, conducted a parole search, and found the same tile that was stolen from the victim's house. A big thanks to that alert neighbor! Adams was arrested and taken to the Amador County jail on burglary and vandalism charges. C1866

It was a great pleasure to meet two of our local residents, Max Lane and his mother Lacy. Max is five years old and wants to be a law enforcement officer when he grows up. Max was proudly sporting his law enforcement uniform and was able to spend some time with one of our deputies. In the end, Max was presented with an Amador County Junior Deputy sticker and posed for a picture. The Amador County Sheriff’s Office salutes you Junior Deputy Max Lane and thank you for spending time with us.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office and the Amador County Unified School District have always shared a great working relationship, with the safety of students and staff being our top priority. In addition to our safety patrols around the schools, we often get to have some fun interacting with the kids during special events. Yesterday, in celebration of “National Reading Month”, the Sheriff’s Office was invited to read a story to a group of first and second grade students at Pine Grove Elementary School. The children then entertained Detective Stone with their many questions, wild stories, and overall interest in our profession. We would like to thank Pine Grove Elementary School for inviting us to attend and the kids for being such good hosts!

Please be careful this week as another series of storms is heading our way! WEATHER SUMMARY - The National Weather Service is forecasting that Storm #1 will move in tonight and Tuesday with widespread rain, mountain snow, and breezy wind. Mountain travel will be impacted as snow levels drop on Tuesday to below pass levels. Storm #2 is forecast to bring additional periods of rain in the lower elevations, snow in the mountains, and gusty winds from late Wednesday into early Saturday. Snow levels lower to 3500-4500 feet. People planning to travel into the mountains this week should be prepared for hazardous driving conditions with slick roads and reduced visibility due to wind and heavy snow. TIMING & STRENGTH – • Storm #1: Tonight – Wednesday morning - Heaviest rain will be during the day on Tuesday - Rain - See attached graphics for amount - Snow levels initially above passes, dropping below passes on Tuesday to around 4000 feet on Wednesday - Breezy winds on Tuesday • Storm #2: Late Wednesday – Early Saturday - Colder than Storm #1 - Rain – See attached graphic for amount - Snow levels 3500-4500 feet with heavy accumulations at pass level - Periods of breezy winds - Afternoon thunderstorms possible with small hail ROAD INFORMATION - • Current road conditions and chain control information can be found at the following Caltrans website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel/chain-controls.html or by calling the Caltrans Highway Information Network (CHIN) at: 800-427-7623.

One of our former K9 handlers had the opportunity to have a furry partner in his car again today when he noticed a spunky little Chihuahua running through highway traffic in Jackson. The sergeant, with the help of several citizens, was able to corral this speedy little dog and take her on a brief K9 ride-along. The Chihuahua was identified as Piper by her collar and we were able to return her to her owner who was working nearby when Piper was able to sneak away. Our thanks to the many people that stopped to help Piper and to her owner for ensuring that Piper was wearing her collar with her phone number. Thanks for keeping us company today Piper!