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Thursday, 14 February 2008 05:25

Deadly Car Accident

slide4.pngThe California Highway Patrol reported two new accidents yesterday evening – one of them fatal. The fatal accident occurred around 5:50pm in Pine Grove. Jerry Hudson, a resident of Fair Oaks, was driving a 2007 Harley east bound on Pine Grove Volcano Road at an unknown speed and failed to negotiate a curve. He crossed the westbound lane and ran off the road. Hudson struck a dirt embankment and was ejected from the vehicle. Another accident occurred on Jackson Valley Road. The subject failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway and traveled onto the shoulder, striking a fence. No injuries were reported.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008 01:12

Wreck on 88 Near Carson Drive


Icy conditions contributed to the downfall of a 1971 Volkswagon Beetle Monday night. A Pioneer man was driving eastbound on Hwy 88 west of Carson Drive at about 35 – 40 mph – according to the Highway Patrol report, too fast for the icy roadway. The driver lost control of his car and began sliding back and forth over both lanes. Ultimately, the VW Bug hit the ditch and rolled onto its side. The CHP report says the driver complained of pain to his shoulder and back – he was taken to SutterAmador Hospital for treatment. The Bug looks to have suffered moderate injuries as well.

Thursday, 17 January 2008 10:23

Unbelted Passenger Injured in Minor Accident

An unbelted passenger was injured in a minor accident on Highway 88 near Carriage Way on Tuesday evening. According to the California Highway Patrol, a young Stockton couple were having an argument in their car Tuesday evening around 4PM when the 18-year old male passenger grabbed the car’s steering wheel and turned it sharply to the right. The female driver pulled the steering wheel back, causing the car to spin counterclockwise and run off of Hwy 88 and down an embankment. The vehicle had only minor damage, and the driver suffered only minor injuries. The passenger was not wearing his seatbelt and struck the dash with his chest. He was transported to Sutter Amador with moderate injuries.  Bill Lavallie contributed to this story


Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:09

E-Mail Scams Using FBI Logo

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center is issuing an alert that they have received an increasing number of reports of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting the FBI in e-mail messages – usually related to lottery endorsements and inheritance notifications. The fraudulent e-mails use pictures of the FBI Director, FBI seal, letterhead, and/or banners, making them look legitimate. Other scams representing the FBI claim to be from the FBI’s domestic as well as overseas offices. The schemes cover a range from threat and extortion e-mails, Web site monitoring containing malicious computer program attachments, and online auction scams. Using the FBI's name can be effective in intimidating and convincing the recipient the e-mail is legitimate. The FBI wants you to know that the agency does not send out emails soliciting information from citizens. Please be cautious of any unsolicited e-mail referencing the FBI, FBI Director, or any other FBI official endorsing any type of Internet activity. If you have experienced this situation, please notify theInternet Crime Complaint Center by filing a complaint at

Thursday, 13 December 2007 12:37

Big Rig Accident Ties Up Hwy 88

A big rig driver escaped injury yesterday morning when the loaded hay truck he was driving slid on icy pavement, overturned and was hanging off a cliff on Hwy 88. According to the California Highway Patrol, the Fresno driver was westbound on Hwy 88 near Mormon Emigrant Trail at a speed of 35 – 40 miles per hour. The driver said he saw the ICY warning sign and slowed, but it was too late. The truck began to slide and the driver lost control as the trailer flipped on its side. The tractor section of the truck then struck an embankment and overturned as well. The accident occurred at 5 am yesterday morning and the overturned truck blocked both lanes. It took crews a couple of hours to right the truck and clear the road for traffic.  There were several ice-related accidents last weekend, and now this accident yesterday. A warning to anyone driving in the upcountry- The very cold nights we’re having are creating extremely icy conditions on Hwy 88 – please allow plenty of time to reach your destination and driving carefully!



slide13CHP officials are now saying that a Honda Pilot that had drifted into oncoming traffic sideswiped the San Francisco-bound tour bus.  The Honda Pilot scraped down the length of the bus, causing the bus to veer out of control into the eastbound lanes, where it hit the 2008 Dodge pickup driven by a Stockton man head-on, the CHP said. The pickup driver, 75-year old James Wise, was killed and the bus overturned. After hitting the bus, the Honda spun out of control and hit head-on into a Toyota Camry traveling behind the bus.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 02:02

Travel Trailer Accident On Highway 88

slide14.pngA travel trailer accident on Sunday blocked up traffic for over an hour on Highway 88. The dramatic scene was captured on film by TSPN’s contributing photographer Bill Lavallie. Late Sunday morning, an SUV hauling a travel trailer West bound on Highway 88 began to “fishtail” and the trailer tipped on its side. According to witness reports at the scene, the driver of the truck seemed to be regaining control of the trailer until he hit the rail road tracks, which caused the trailer to fishtail further and tip. Fortunately, there were no vehicles coming in the opposite direction and the SUV remained upright. There were no injuries in this accident, however, the accident resulted in a huge traffic jam in both directions due to the Sunday commute. It took over an hour to clear the roadway.
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 02:12

Inmate Firefighters To The Rescue

slide11.pngCalifornia’s fire-fighting efforts have gotten some much needed support from an unlikely source- inmate firefighters. An average of 2,200 to 2,700 adult inmates, many from Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, have performed some of the most dangerous fire-fighting tasks in return for reduced sentences. In addition, 260 to 290 juvenile inmates, wards of the California Youth Authority, have joined the fight. "These crews provide critical support to the state's firefighting response, going where bulldozers and heavy equipment cannot go," said Governor Schwarzenegger. Along with inmate fire crews, strike teams made up of fire captains, staff and fire engines have been deployed from fire departments at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi, California Correctional Center in Susanville, and Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, among others. Firefighters statewide have acknowledged the bravery of the inmates, many of whom have been on the front lines risking their life. So what’s in it for the inmates? "They get two days of credit (off their sentence) for every day served in the program," said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. "It's a privilege to be in the program." Inmates are carefully screened before joining the program. Inmates must have no history of violent crime, including kidnapping, sex offenses, arson or escape. The State’s latest estimates calculate that inmates comprise 20 percent of the total state fire-fighters, although the proportion sometimes is far higher.
Wednesday, 07 May 2008 02:06

The Long Road to Modernization

slide13.pngIn a round-table meeting, some key details were worked out regarding a sales tax initiative set for the November Ballot that would designate funding for the partial consolidation and modernization of Amador County’s fire fighting forces. Several top public officials joined the Amador Fire Protection Authority last Thursday to ask questions and debate with members of the AFPA board, who were discussing the draft county ordinance and relative ballot language for the funding proposal. At the start of the meeting, Supervisor Richard Forester put forth his concern that the County’s long adhered-to goal of a consolidated fire department had been abandoned,Amador County, but the first priority of the AFPA is to provide 24-hour paid fire personnel at each of the county’s fire stations, which will, for the time being, remain under various authorities.

“Right now, what we need is paid firefighters in Amador County. In the overall picture, these departments will merge as they get stronger. This is the first step,“ said Sutter Creek Fire Chief Butch Martin.Jackson, and the Amador Fire Protection District were also working on a Joint Powers Authority Agreement. The next step will be to take the draft ordinance back to the cities for review, and any comments or proposed changes are to be submitted to County Administrative Officer Terri Daly by May 29th. By June 10th, the ordinance should be ready to be submitted to the Supervisors, who have to approve it before it goes on the November Ballot. “I am excited about this proposal. I can see how it would benefit the whole county,” said Commissioner Lee Ard of Ione, at the close of the meeting.  which he felt would jeopardize voter support of the ballot initiative. AFPA members responded that consolidation is still a long term goal for Members of the board went on to indicate that the Ione and Jackson Valley Fire Departments were in the process of finalizing an agreement to merge, and Sutter Creek,

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 01:15

Holiday Weekend Brings Vehicle Accidents

slide13.pngA notable accident occurred on westbound 88 near Kirkwood. According to CHP reports, a Banta, California resident was driving his 2005 Ford Expedition at an unsafe speed for the slippery roadway surface. He lost control of his vehicle and began to slide out of control. The vehicle then proceeded across the westbound lane and through an open area in the snow bank. The vehicle rolled over on its roof and proceeded to “slide like a sled” approximately 100 to 150 feet through trees and forest. The vehicle came to an abrupt stop after striking a large tree. It was necessary to use a heavy tow truck to retrieve the vehicle from its resting place. Luckily, no injuries were reported, but either way—a close call.