John Plasse, supervisor of District 1, gives the weekly Board of Supervisors meeting report.



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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 16:51

Press Release, Officer Involved Shooting

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a residence in Pine Grove reporting that a male who was distraught over a pending divorce, showed up at the house, confronted his estranged wife and family while brandishing a shotgun, and fled the scene in his personal vehicle.  Jopes was reported to be armed with an AR-15 rifle and was a trained military sniper.  A responding deputy located Jopes in his vehicle on Highway 88 in Pine Grove and activated his overhead lights in attempt to stop him near the intersection of Ridge Road and New York Ranch Road, but Jopes fled at a high rate of speed.  A Sutter Creek police officer and another deputy joined the pursuit.  Spike strips were deployed on Ridge Road near Running Gold Road, but Jopes swerved onto the north roadway shoulder to avoid them.  Jopes continued on west bound Ridge Road, through Sutter Hill, turning left onto Locomotive Lane, momentarily slowed at a stop sign on Boxcar Boulevard, and continued to the end of a cul-de-sac.


The deputy in the lead pursuit patrol vehicle noticed a sedan parked to the right of the cul-de-sac and radioed to the other officers that there were civilians in the car.  At this point, the Sutter Creek patrol vehicle and another Sheriff’s patrol vehicle had arrived blocking Jopes’s exit.  Another deputy pursuit vehicle arrived as well.  Fearing for the safety of the civilians, the deputy in the lead pursuit vehicle pulled his vehicle between the civilian’s and Jopes’s vehicle.  When this deputy exited his vehicle he observed through Jopes’s driver’s side window the barrel of a shotgun pointed upward inside the truck where Jopes was seated.  The deputy told Jopes to “Drop the gun!  Drop the gun!”  The other deputies and the Sutter Creek officer also commanded Jopes to “Drop the gun,” but Jopes ignored the orders. Jopes then opened the driver’s side door, turned to his left and looked at them while holding the shotgun up in front of his body with his left hand up and the right hand lower to the ground (port arms position).  Jopes then pointed the shotgun down so that his right hand was now higher and the left hand was lower to the ground (low ready position).  Jopes was holding the gun in a tactical manner that demonstrated his proclivity in the use of firearms.  Jopes said nothing during this time, maintaining a blank, glazed stare.  Jopes placed a cigarette in his mouth and lit it, which caused all the deputies concerns regarding his motivation.  All deputies repeated their command that Jopes drop the gun, which were again ignored.  At this point, all three deputies at the scene and the Sutter Creek officer believed that the two civilians and themselves were in immediate danger given Jopes’s actions and that deadly force may have to be deployed.  Jopes then stepped out of the truck in a deliberate and tactical manner with the shotgun still held in the low ready position pointed in the general direction of the deputies, causing all three deputies to fire.


Jopes fell to the ground, but was still holding the shotgun as he rolled underneath the truck.  Jopes lost his grasp of the weapon as he rolled, causing about a three foot separation between his body and the shotgun.  One of the deputies kicked the shotgun away from Jopes and pulled him out from under the truck and handcuffed him, whereupon they administered first aid for a gunshot wound to his right shoulder.  Jopes said that he wasn’t going to shoot the deputies, rather, he was going to shoot himself.  At the hospital, Jopes told District Attorney Investigator Ron Rios that he just wanted to harm himself.  Jopes claimed that he yelled out of his door that he wasn’t going to shoot the deputies, but they either didn’t hear it or perhaps he didn’t state it loud enough.  All three deputies, the Sutter Creek officer and the two civilians stated that they never heard Jopes say anything prior to opening fire.  Jopes admitted to Investigator Rios that the deputies were just doing their job.  “I had a fucking gun and I was acting crazy so they did what they had to do.”  Jopes acknowledged that he heard the deputies clearly state that he was to put the gun down.  While en route to the hospital, Jopes was overheard by a deputy to say that he was getting ready to put his gun on the ground.


At the time they fired at Jopes, the deputies had received information that a distraught Jopes had confronted his estranged wife and her family with a shotgun, had fled the scene while armed in his personal vehicle, and was a military trained sniper.  He thereafter engaged the deputies in a high speed pursuit, wherein he swerved to avoid spike strips meant to disable his vehicle.  Finally, at the cul-de-sac on Locomotive drive, cornered in, Jopes was seen to be in possession of a shotgun, refused orders to drop the gun, lit a cigarette, opened the driver’s side door, and exited in a deliberate and tactical manner while holding the shotgun in the low ready position.  He did not appear like a man who was about to surrender, but like a man who posed an immediate risk to the safety of all present. 


Based upon the known facts and reasonable inferences to be drawn therefrom, all three deputies were legally justified in shooting Jopes.  They all acted in self-defense and the defense of civilians against an imminent and deadly threat posed by Jopes.  Under these circumstances, the deputies’ use of deadly force was both reasonable and appropriate, therefore, our office will take no criminal action against them.  All three deputies are to be commended for their cooperation, professionalism and patience during the course of this investigation. 

-Todd D. Riebe

District Attorney

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Supervisor Richard Forster discusses the topics from the board of supervisors report on Amador Live.

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 18:12

Plymouth Flea Market May 2

Plymouth Flea Market is to be help May 2, 2015. Rent a booth for $35.00 and get your stuff in front of thousands of customers. For more information go to or call 209 296-6262.


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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 22:37

Residential Burn Permits Required May 1st

Camino- Residential burn permits will be required beginning Friday May 1st. These permits are issued to the public FREE of charge, are valid for three years from the date of issuance and allows for the burning of dry vegetation (NOT household trash) that originates on the landowners property. You can pick up your FREE residential burn permit at most of the local staffed fire stations. “This year’s winter was one of the driest and hottest recorded, extreme caution should be exercised while landscape debris burning.”- Mike Kaslin Unit Chief Amador- El Dorado Unit CAL FIRE.

Don't forget that the use of burn barrels is no longer legal in Amador or El Dorado counties. For tips on residential landscape debris burning safety or other fire and life safety topics, please visit the CAL FIRE website at

Quick tips to landscape debris burning; Make sure pile is no larger than four feet by four feet Scrape a ten foot wide ring around pile down to bare dirt Have a shovel and water supply (garden hose) close by Make sure an adult is present at all times until pile is dead out Be sure to call to ensure it is a permissive burn day

Amador County (209) 223-6246El Dorado County (530) 621-5897 Sacramento County (916) 874-4800Alpine County (760) 872-8211 ext. 240


For alternatives to burning your piles, please contact the Amador Fire Safe Council at or the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council at for details on their available programs.

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Supervisor Brian Oneto and TSPN TV's Tom Slivick discuss the pre-agenda for the Board of Supervisors Report meeting held on April 27, 2015. Part One.

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Supervisor Brian Oneto and TSPN TV's Tom Slivick discuss the pre-agenda for the Board of Supervisors Report meeting held on April 27, 2015. Part Two.

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Monday, 27 April 2015 20:40

Missing Person

On Sunday April 26, 2015 at approximately 0145 hours the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a 911 Emergency call from a Pacific Gas and Electric employee.  It was reported that a male subject had just shown up at a cabin at Salt Springs Reservoir reporting that he and a friend went canoeing in the reservoir when their canoe capsized.  The male subject reported that he made it to shore but his friend did not.

ACSO Deputies, American Legion Ambulance and fire personnel responded.  Deputies contacted and interviewed Jakob Kent Marhefka, 34, of Pioneer.  Marhefka reported that he and 38 year old, Pioneer resident Daniel Robert Pedersen were camping in the area and decided to go for a late night canoe trip on Salt Springs Reservoir.  Marhefka reported that at some point the canoe capsized.  He said they attempted to paddle it to shore but were unsuccessful so they decided to swim for shore.  Marhefka said that as he swam to shore he lost sight of Pedersen in the dark.  

Marhefka took deputies to where he exited the water.  No sign of Pedersen was found.  A California Highway Patrol helicopter flew over the lake and around the shoreline.  The partially submerged canoe was located, however there was no sign of Pedersen.

ACSO Search and Rescue responded to conduct an area search around the lake.  A dive team from El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded with an 

underwater remote operated vehicle/camera system.   Pacific Gas and Electric Company is providing a vessel which will be utilized to ferry divers, and to deploy a specialized ACSO side scan sonar.  Canines certified in locating drowning victims have been requested via the California Office of Emergency Services.  

At this time Pedersen has not been located. 

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Event is at Sierra Ridge Winery on Ridge Road in Sutter Creek Saturday May 30th 6-10 PM

Lots of raffle items and some silent auction items as well.

The Box Music Family will give us great  music to listen to while we munch on appetizers then buffet dinner.

10 FREE raffle tickets with each dinner ticket purchased

Tickets are $55.00

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On June 2, 2014, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) received a report of a residential burglary on Mariposa Avenue in the unincorporated area of Jackson.  A Sheriff’s patrol deputy responded to the call and learned that the home was burglarized between 9:45 AM and 11:30 AM while the residents were away.  The victims in this case reported numerous items missing, including a full size gun safe containing numerous firearms, jewelry, an ammunition safe containing live ammunition, cash, personal documents, prescription medications, cellular telephones, hunting bows, and hunting accessories.  The total loss reported as a result of the burglary was estimated at approximately $23,000. 

On the evening of June 3, 2014, at approximately 8:41 PM, the ACSO received a report of gunfire coming from the area of the Old Well Motel in Drytown.  Deputies responded to the area to investigate and heard shots being fired near a residence immediately north of the Old Well Motel.  Deputies approached the residence and noted the presence of expended shell casings and multiple subjects inside the home.  After knocking, the front door was opened by the resident of the home, 46 year old Robert Allen Jarrell Sr.  Jarrell was known to the deputies on scene from prior law enforcement contacts and denied knowing anything about shots being fired.  Jarrell told deputies that he was alone even though other people were observed inside the residence.  While inside the residence the deputy that investigated the June 2nd burglary noted the presence of a gun safe and an ammunition safe matching the description of those stolen in the previously reported burglary. 

Jarrell was placed under arrest for possession of stolen property, and the residence was secured so a search warrant could be obtained.  Jarrell was transported and booked into the Amador County Jail where he was later released after posting $20,000 bail.      

ACSO Detectives responded and drafted a search warrant for the residence.  Upon serving the search warrant, numerous items stolen from the residence on Mariposa Avenue were located, including the firearms, hunting bows, ammunition, and personal documents.    

ACSO Detectives conducted additional follow-up and ultimately submitted their case to the District Attorney’s Office recommending additional charges against Jarrell and two co-conspirators, 21 year old Michael Gaunt of Drytown, and 23 year old Nicholas Ray Carreira of Valley Springs. 

On April 2, 2015, an Amador County Superior Court arrest warrant was issued for Jarrell on charges of burglary, grand theft of a firearm, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, and possession of a stun gun by a felon.  The bail amount for Jarrell’s warrant of arrest was set at $100,000.  Additional warrants were issued for Gaunt and Carreira for charges of receiving stolen property and grand theft of a firearm.  Bail on the warrants of arrest for Gaunt and Carreira was set at $50,000. 

On the evening of April 5, 2015, at approximately 8:00 PM, the ACSO received a call from a resident on Diamond View Drive in Pioneer reporting that unknown subjects were at a neighboring home with flashlights, and the reporting party believed they had broken a window.  Deputies responded, contacted and detained three subjects including Jarrell, 53 year old Glen Milo Mohr of Jackson, and 23 year old Henry Ralph Ramirez Jr. of Drytown.  During the course of their investigation Jarrell advised deputies he came to the property to collect a debt from a former tenant.

At the conclusion of their investigation, deputies placed Jarrell, Mohr, and Ramirez under arrest for burglary.  In addition to the fresh burglary charge, Jarrell was arrested and booked on his arrest warrant, making his total bail amount $120,000.  Ramirez had outstanding warrants for state parole violation and a misdemeanor warrant out of Sacramento County for domestic battery and violation of probation.  Ramirez is being held without bail.  Mohr’s bail is set at $20,000. 

Following Jarrell’s arrest, Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team (ACCNET) executed an unrelated search warrant at Jarrell’s residence in Drytown. 

ACCNET Agents located evidence of a Butane Honey Oil (BHO) extraction lab, approximately 3.8 pounds of processed marijuana, methamphetamine, and evidence of drug sales including unused packaging materials and three scales. 

Jarrell was additionally charged with possession of marijuana for sales, manufacturing a controlled substance, and possession of methamphetamine.

While executing the search warrant, ACCNET personnel also observed numerous rabbits, chickens and birds found locked in filthy cages, many without food or water.  A goat was found tied to a stake with a two and a half foot long lead.  The goat had no access to food or water of any kind and was trapped on a small ledge with no room to move more than a foot in any direction.  Amador County Animal Control was notified and responded to the scene.  An animal control officer subsequently removed the endangered animals.  

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