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

Do you find yourself staring at the clock all day, just waiting to leave work? Are you tired of that daily grind and working in a monotonous job? If so, come join our Dispatch Team! Every day brings new situations and challenges. We are looking to hire quick thinking, compassionate people to serve our community. Check out our flyer below because this career might be for you! For full details and application visit https://www.amadorgov.org/departments/human-resources

We need your help! Please share this video so we can catch this robber!! Last night, around 11:52 PM, a man armed with a black semi-automatic pistol entered the Pine Grove Stage Stop. The man was wearing a dark gray, zip-up style hooded sweatshirt, black plastic facemask, black sunglasses, black cargo pocket style pants and black shoes. The man was also seen carrying a dark blue canvas bag, with an unknown white logo on it. The man pointed his pistol at the clerk and demanded all the money. The clerk complied and the man ran from the scene with the cash, a blue zippered bank bag, and a brown metal cash box, which he had placed in his dark blue canvas bag. No vehicles were seen during the robbery. If you have any information about this crime, please contact the Amador County Sheriff's Office. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Amador County Secret Witness Hotline at 209-223-4900.

The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation (CPOMF) is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to recognize and honor California’s peace officers who gave their lives in the line of duty and provide support to the family members left behind. We are proud to share with you that the CPOMF, in partnership with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, will be releasing The California Peace Officers Specialty License Plate. Proceeds from the license plates will go towards advancing the CPOMF’s noble cause. Please take a moment to view the flyer and visit www.drivetoremember.org for more details.

Yesterday, Deputies Long and Milbourne had the opportunity to attend Argonaut High School's "College and Career Fair," where they spoke with students about the different career options available at the Sheriff's Office. For those of you who were unable to attend, the Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for the positions of Deputy Sheriff, Correctional Officer and Dispatcher. You can apply online using this link to the Amador County website https://www.amadorgov.org/departments/human-resources/employment-opportunities. Here are a few photos from the event and as you can see, K9 Pras was the main attraction.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone who attended the Howl-O-Ween Fur Fright event today at Andis Winery. Our K9 teams had a great time and here are a few photos from the event.

Congratulations to the Argonaut Mustangs on their win tonight over the Amador Buffaloes in The Big Game! Both teams played hard and there was a great show of support from the entire Amador County community. Two of our own local products got a chance to stop by and cheer on their alumni, but only one has bragging rights until next year!

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. In order to combat this epidemic the Amador County Sheriff’s Office will once again partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration by participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On Saturday, October 27, 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. 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. Please remember we do not dispose of hypodermic syringes.

Last night Deputies Springer and Quezada had fun handing out candy and stickers to the children at First 5 Amador's “Trunk or Treat” event. K9 Vero even tried dressing up like a firefighter, but not sure how much he liked his new hat!

Here is a video of a handler protection scenario at yesterday's K9 demonstration. A big thanks to Deputy Milbourne for acting as the decoy for the event.

Yesterday, Deputy Springer and Vero attended our annual K9 demo at The ARC of Amador & Calaveras. They were joined by members of the Amador County District Attorney's Office and CDCR. After speaking to the class, Deputy Springer and Vero conducted several apprehensions, with Deputy Milbourne acting as the decoy. Here are a few photos from the wonderful event.

The Sheriff's Office K9 teams would like to invite you to the "Howl-O-Ween Fur Fright" on October 27th at Andis Winery in Plymouth. This event runs from 11:00-4:00, with our K9 demonstration scheduled for 12:30. Don't miss your chance to meet our K9's, Pras and Vero. Follow the link below for more information. https://www.andiswines.com/events/Howl-O-Ween-Fur-Fright

Congratulations to Sutter Creek Police Officer Robert Harmon for Peace Officer of the Year and Lynda Smallenberger for Citizen of the Year. Please come join the ceremony and honor them for their service to our community.

This evening Deputy Long and K9 Pras had the opportunity to Meet-N-Greet with local families at the "Celebrate Pine Grove" event. Deputy Long answered questions from the crowd and allowed those in attendance the opportunity to pet Pras and take pictures. This was the third year in a row one of our K9 teams has attended the event and we look forward to next year!

You can run, but you can’t hide! Early this morning deputies responded to a disturbance at a residence in Pine Grove. Upon arrival, they learned a man with an active felony warrant had ran into the woods to avoid arrest. That’s when Deputy Long and K9 Pras showed up and went to work. K9 Pras conducted a track from the residence and a short time later Pras was alerting to an area of thick brush. After a K9 warning, the man surrendered making it very clear that he didn’t want any part of Pras! Great job by Deputy Long and Pras keeping Amador County safe.

This afternoon the Sheriff's Office K9 units teamed up with the Jackson Police Department K9 team to perform a demonstration for the Heartland RV Owners Club at the Jackson Rancheria Casino and Resort RV Park. Deputy Springer and K9 Vero, Deputy Long and K9 Pras, along with Officer Lewis and K9 Gunther put on a show for the group that included obedience, call-offs and apprehensions. After entertaining the crowd, all in attendance participated in a Q&A session followed by a meet and greet with the K9 teams. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Heartland RV Owners Club for their support and look forward to attending the event again next year.

*** UPDATE 9/19/2018 *** We found it! Yesterday we called upon our loyal Search & Rescue Team volunteers to assist us in locating the purse that was stolen from the elderly victim in this case. This purse was very important to the victim as it contained personal items and single copies of keys that she needed. After hours of searching, and miles of walking, the purse was located along Highway 88 about 8 feet off the roadway in the tall grass. We would like to thank our dedicated Search & Rescue Team for donating their valuable time and talents serving our wonderful community and for the closure they brought to the victim in this case. If you would like to become a member of our Search & Rescue Team please visit our website for more information and feel free to call the Sheriff’s Office and speak with a Search & Rescue Coordinator. *********************************************** Crime doesn't always go as you plan in Amador County. On September 17th, 2018 at around 2:44PM, Joseph Homer Modrall, age 34 of Sacramento and Gary Wayne Modrall, age 69 of Sacramento, decided to go shopping for a victim at Save Mart Grocery Store in Martell. While Gary Modrall waited outside in the parking lot, Joseph Modrall entered Save Mart and snatched a purse from a womans shopping cart. That's when the plan fell apart. Several concerned citizens chased after Joseph Modrall and a brief scuffle ensued outside, in and around the suspects vehicle. While witnesses called 911 a few people attempted to retrieve the stolen purse from Joseph Modrall. At some point, Joseph stated that he had a gun and the pair was able to flee in a silver colored Jeep Cherokee, striking one of the good Samaritans with the vehicle in the process. The people who witnessed the incident were able to provide a fantastic description of the suspects and their vehicle to dispatch. This was key to the eventual successful outcome of this case. Moments later, responding Sheriff's Deputies located the vehicle as it turned east onto Ridge Road from Hwy 88. Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle at Chevron Gas Station at Ridge Road and Hwy 49, but the vehicle fled the gas station back onto Ridge Road at a high rate of speed. Near the intersection of Ridge Road and Locomotive, the driver, Gary Modrall, stopped momentarily and Joseph Modrall exited the vehicle from the passenger side. Joseph was immediately taken into custody by a Jackson Police Officer and Amador County Deputies. Gary Modrall evaded responding law enforcement personal and fled in his vehicle, onto Westbound Hwy 88. Amador County Deputies pursued Modrall at speeds ranging from 55 to 80 mph, into San Joaquin County where he eventually ran out of gas. Gary Modrall was taken into custody without further incident. Joseph Homer Modrall was booked into the Amador County Jail for robbery, criminal threats, elder abuse/theft and violation of parole. Gary Wayne Modrall was booked into the Amador County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and evading law enforcement in a vehicle. One of the people that attempted to stop the suspects was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the hospital. Several items stolen from the victim were located in Modrall's vehicle and were returned to their rightful owner. In a community that looks out for each other, crime doesn't pay. While the Amador County Sheriff's Office appreciates the efforts of all of our good Samaritans, we strongly recommend that when possible, be an excellent witness, but leave the apprehension of criminals to us. A purse can always be replaced, our wonderful citizens can't.

Tonight the Sheriff's Office and Jackson Police Department worked together to help a stranded motorist, when her car stalled in the slow lane of Highway 88 in Jackson. After blocking a lane of traffic, we were able to jump start Sarah's car and add enough water to cool it down so she could continue her drive back to Sacramento. As you can see by the photo, Sarah was pretty relieved to get her car up and running!

***SPI PROPERTY: PUBLIC ACCESS CLOSURE REMINDER*** Please see the attached memo from Sierra Pacific Industries regarding the continued closure of SPI lands. Until access restrictions are lifted, individuals found on SPI lands will be subject to trespassing charges.

Last week we showed you what it looked like having a drunk driver come at you head on, well this week one of our deputies had another close call! The deputy was on patrol in the Pine Grove area when he noticed a truck and trailer coming at him in his lane, causing him to swerve to avoid a collision. After turning around and stopping the truck, he found out the driver was not under the influence, just tired from a lack of sleep. Tired or "Drowsy Driving" can be just as dangerous as drunk driving and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it accounts for an estimated 1550 fatalities each year. Please stay safe and alert while driving. If you feel yourself getting tired it's always best to pull over and rest.

*** UPDATE 9/5/2018 *** The Sheriff’s Office received the following additional information regarding the fatal incident at Get Ripped Nutrition. The California Highway Patrol Officer involved used his duty weapon to carry out the tragic events. The owner of Get Ripped Nutrition that sustained the gunshot wound to the shoulder is in stable condition and continues his recovery in the hospital. ********************************************************************************** Around 10:45 last night the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the owner of Get Ripped Nutrition in Martell. The caller reported he was locked inside his business with a woman and her husband was banging on the door to get inside. The caller told us that the man banging on the door was a California Highway Patrol Officer. Our deputies responded to the call, arriving within minutes as shots were being fired. Deputies located the owner of Get Ripped Nutrition with a gunshot wound to the shoulder and two deceased individuals in the parking lot of the business. The wounded man was airlifted to a hospital for treatment. Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives responded and conducted an initial investigation. According to the victim, and an unrelated witness who was on scene, a 42-year-old woman was inside Get Ripped Nutrition with the owner when her husband began banging on the door in an effort to get inside. The husband fired a handgun into the store window and was then able to enter the business. The owner of Get Ripped Nutrition was shot inside the business and a struggle ensued involving all three individuals. The altercation moved outside the business into the parking lot where the business owner was able to flee. The husband shot his wife several times in the parking lot resulting in her death before turning the handgun on himself. The husband, an off-duty CHP Officer, was identified as 45-year-old Brad Wheat of Sutter Creek. His wife was identified as 42-year-old Mary Wheat of Sutter Creek. The investigation is ongoing.

What does it look like to have a DUI driver come at you head-on? Well, check out this video – one of our deputies experienced it first-hand! He was on patrol in the Pioneer area when an oncoming SUV suddenly darted across his path and crashed into a row of mailboxes. It was close call but fortunately no one was injured. The CHP responded and ultimately arrested the driver for DUI. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, DUI driving results in over 10,000 fatalities a year. We’re glad this incident didn’t add to that sobering toll. Please stay safe!

It's never a good idea to steal from your local Walmart, or any business in Amador County! Last night our deputies responded to Walmart in Martell for a theft that just took place. It was reported that a man and woman left the store without paying for a cart full of merchandise worth approximately $574.00. The couple fled the scene in a white SUV with a tire on the roof. Just a few minutes later, another deputy on patrol in the Plymouth area spotted a white SUV with a tire strapped to the roof and conducted a traffic stop. Upon contacting the two occupants, the deputy could see several of the recently stolen items on the back seat of the SUV. After confirming the suspects’ identities through video surveillance and witness observations, both Thomas Burtt and Mary Adams of Reno were arrested for shoplifting, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, and outstanding warrants. All of the stolen property was recovered and returned to Walmart. Our sincere thanks to the Walmart staff and alert witnesses for helping us make these arrests possible.

It’s never a good idea to run from the cops! Late last night at about 11:30 PM two of our patrol deputies and a California Highway Patrol officer attempted to pull over the driver of a motorcycle that was reported as stolen out of Santa Clara. The driver of the motorcycle had other ideas as he led law enforcement units on a high speed chase westbound on Highway 88 from Dalton Road, reaching speeds up to 100 MPH. After leading the officers into Calaveras County from Middle Bar Road and losing control of the motorcycle, the driver fled on foot into the woods. The responding officers chased the driver on foot and caught him following a short foot pursuit. The driver was identified as 24 year old Jonathan Morris of Valley Springs and he was arrested for felony charges of evading police and possession of a stolen vehicle, with a bail amount set at $75,000. We are pleased that we were able to bring this pursuit to a safe conclusion and for the assistance provided by CHP!