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DATE: September 14, 2021
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Update on Homicide Investigation
On September 8, 2021, at approximately 7:04 pm, ACSO dispatch received multiple calls of gunshots heard in the 21000 block of Homestead Road in Pine Grove. Ultimately the Sheriff’s Office located three deceased people at the residence.
The investigation has shown that this incident started as a family dispute between a father and his son. Autopsies and notification of family members have been completed.
The two homicide victims have been identified as 75 year old male William Henry Dyer Sr. and 77 year old female Cheryl Dyer.
The manner of death for 46 year old male William Henry Dyer Jr. has been deemed a suicide.
Date: September 9, 2021
Type of Incident:: Homicide Investigation
On September 8, 2021, at approximately 7:04 pm, ACSO dispatch received multiple calls of gunshots heard in the 21000 block of Homestead Road in Pine Grove. One report stated they heard a female yelling, “You shot him!” after the gunshots were fired. ACSO deputies responded to the scene and began to establish a perimeter. As the initial deputies arrived, ACSO dispatch received a report from a 45 year old female, who said she witnessed her 46 year old boyfriend shoot his father at the residence on Homestead. This witness informed deputies that she immediately fled the scene and at that time there were three people inside the residence.
With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol and CHP helicopter, a perimeter was set and announcements were made into the residence. There was no response from the residence.
The ACSO Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) was subsequently activated and responded to the scene. After a methodical search of the property, SWAT personnel located a deceased female on the back porch of the main residence. After making entry into the main residence, SWAT personnel located two deceased males inside.
Once the scene was secure, ACSO Investigations and Crime Scene Investigations personnel began an extensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.
At this time, this is considered an active and ongoing investigation. The investigation has led the Sheriff’s Office to believe that there are no outstanding individuals and there is no public safety risk.
Manners and causes of deaths will be determined by forensic post examinations. The names of the deceased will not be released until confirmation of identity and notification of next of kin.
Attached is a link to an interactive map containing the location of evacuation warning/order areas, as well as road closure and shelter information.
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AMADOR COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CCW FEE INCREASE
Last year, the Amador County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) conducted a review of our CCW fees as they compare to our neighboring motherlode Sheriff's Offices as our fees have not increased in at least the last 15 years and our costs have steadily risen. Personnel costs, the increase in Public Record Act requests, and the amount of background work and reporting required by staff, led to this review and assessment of our current CCW fee structure.
State law provides that the issuing agency may charge up to $100 for their local processing fee in addition to the amount charged by the state Department of Justice. Currently we charge a total of $108 for the Initial CCW Application fee (893 goes to DOJ and $15 to ACSO). Our total CCW Renewal Fee is $57 ($52 to DOJ and $5 to ACSO). There is no CCW Modification Fee for adding or deleting information on an active CCW issued by our agency.
The average local agency CCW processing fees for our four neighboring counties of Alpine, El Dorado, Calaveras, and Tuolumne, are $92 for the initial CCW Application Fee, $22 for the Renewal Fee, and $10.81 for a CCW Modification Fee.
Based upon the above comparison, the desire to reduce the fiscal impact on our office, and the need to keep our fees reasonable for our valued CCW holders, we are increasing our fees while retaining the lowest CCW cost in our region.
Therefore, effective July 1, 2020, the ACSO CCW associated fees will be increased to the following amounts: the Initial Application Fee will increase to $30 for a total of$123 when including mandatory DOJ fees, the Renewal Fee will increase to $10 for a total of $62 including the DOJ fees. There will still be no Modification Fee charged.
MARTIN A. RYAN
What to do?
Vulnerable populations including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions must stay home as much as possible. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health or dental care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.
It is OK to go outside for walks or exercise if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing. The state has expanded the list of activities that are now allowed, each of which can be done while maintaining social distancing. Tennis, pickleball, basketball and volleyball courts may be used by members of the same household only. A volleyball team cannot meet and practice, but you can play a game with your children or siblings. Games that require balls or other equipment can only be played if the equipment isn’t shared outside of household members. For example, it is allowable to play “catch” with your children or siblings, but not hold a pickup game that involves more than one household. For the current list of allowable activities, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top and click on “Outdoor recreation.”
How long will we stay home?
The Order is in effect as long as health officials deem it necessary to slow the spread of COVID19. The Order is currently in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020. The Health Officer will be closely monitoring the situation in order to determine what adjustments make sense and advise the County through the process of planning for reopening.
To read all of the frequently asked questions for the revised Amador stay at home order, please click here.
To read the revised order itself, please click here.
This Revised Stay-at-Home Order, issued May 4, 2020, supersedes the previous Amador County Stay-at-Home Orders that were issued on March 20, 2020, April 3, 2020, and April 30, 2020. The Revised Stay-at-Home Order clarifies that Amador County remains under the State mandates contained in California Executive Order N-33-20 issued by the Governor on March 19, 2020.
Amador County Public Health Reports Additional Contact Investigation
Amador County, CA – The Amador County Public Health Department confirms that another contact investigation is underway related to a positive case of COVID-19. This individual is employed in Amador but does not reside within the county. During contact investigations all persons who were in close contact with a confirmed case are contacted, evaluated, and given further instructions.
“This is another reminder that COVID-19 is circulating throughout California, and of the continuous importance of social distancing measures detailed in the Stay at Home Order” says Dr. Rita Kerr, Amador County Health Officer. “It remains everyone’s responsibility to stay at home unless absolutely necessary, particularly when feeling ill. The vast majority of those who contract COVID-19 exhibit mild symptoms. We are concerned for more vulnerable members of our community who are at greater risk for severe illness.”
The new confirmed case, who resides outside of the county, will not be included in the Amador County case count.
The best ways to stay healthy and reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses including COVID-19:
Amador County Public Health Confirms Four Additional Cases and Evidence of Community Transmission
Amador County, CA – The Amador County Public Health Department confirms four additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Amador County residents. At least one of these cases is a result of community transmission, meaning that this case is unrelated to travel and had no identifiable contact with a known case, indicating likely infection within our community.
The positive cases are isolated at home. All household members and close contacts of these new cases are being contacted, evaluated and provided further instructions.
These four individuals are within the 18-65 age range and none have been hospitalized. No further information on these cases will be released to protect patient privacy.
“Given that we now have evidence of community transmission of COVID-19, it is especially important for the community to comply with the Stay at Home Order that has been extended through the month of April,” says Dr. Rita Kerr, Amador County Health Officer. “In addition we are recommending that the general public cover their face with a cloth mask when out to do essential activities.”
The best way for all community members to reduce their risk of getting sick:
ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF AMADOR
REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS ENTERING CERTAIN LICENSED FACILITIES AND OTHER AGENCIES WHO ARE NOT A PATIENT, EXISTING RESIDENT, OR NEW RESIDENT; TEMPERATURE SCREENING AND SELFEVALUATION FOR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS; MASKING OF ALL STAFF WHILE IN FACILITY; AVOIDING STAFF WORKING IN MULTIPLE FACILITIES.
DATE OF ORDER: APRIL 8, 2020
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ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF AMADOR DIRECTING ALL INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE COUNTY TO REMAIN AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE EXCEPT THAT THEY MAY LEAVE TO PROVIDE OR RECEIVE CERTAIN ESSENTIAL SERVICES OR ENGAGE IN CERTAIN ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES, AND WORK FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES; DIRECTING ALL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES TO CEASE NON-ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS IN THE COUNTY; PROHIBITING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS; AND ORDERING CESSATION OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL
DATE OF ORDER: APRIL 3, 2020
Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code § 120295, et seq.)
Order of the Health Officer of The County Of Amador clarifying the Governor's March 19th, 2020 and the Health Officer's March 20th, 2020 'Stay At Home' Orders as they pertain to the use of Lodging Facilities in Amador County in response to COVID-19 Outbreak.
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On March 24, 2020, the Amador County Office of Emergency Services activated its Emergency Operations Center to support the Amador County Public Health Department Operations Center for the local response to COVID-19. It is imperative that Amador County stay ahead of the curve in regards to the health impacts to the community. The Emergency Operations Center will be coordinating efforts with state and local partners as we manage this incident.
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Date: February 24, 2020
Type of Incident: Coroner’s Investigation Update – Philip Haney
On February 22, 2020 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office released initial details regarding Philip Haney being found deceased in our jurisdiction. Mr. Haney was located in a park and ride open area immediately adjacent to State Highway 16 near State Highway 124. Highway 16 is a busy state highway and used as a main travel route to and from Sacramento. The location is less than 3 miles from where he was living.
Currently we have scheduled a forensic autopsy to be performed by forensic pathologists from the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. Additionally we have reached out to our law enforcement partners in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist in analyzing documents, phone records and a lap top that were recovered from the scene and Mr. Haney’s RV. We are currently in possession of his vehicle, the firearm located at the scene, and his RV and we will be requesting evidence processing assistance from the FBI on those items as well.
Our investigators conducted a neighborhood canvas and interviewed his RV park neighbors on the day of the incident along with checking key areas for any video surveillance that may exist from that time. The investigators are continuing to follow-up with the overwhelming number of persons who are calling our office from throughout the United States asking for detailed information on our investigation.
Unfortunately, there was misinformation immediately being put out that we have determined Mr. Haney’s death to be a suicide. This is not the case. We are currently in the beginning phase of our investigation and any final determination as to the cause and manner of Mr. Haney’s death would be extremely premature and inappropriate. No determination will be made until all evidence is examined and analyzed.
This investigation is still active and will be ongoing. No further details will be provided at this time.
We are seeking highly motivated and hardworking individuals for the position of dispatcher. Under general supervision, this individual must be able to receive and dispatch radio and telephone communications; dispatch law enforcement, emergency medical, and other public safety personnel; to maintain field communications during incidents; to process warrants; to perform office support assignments; and to do related work as required. For full details and application visit www.amadorsheriff.org.
Amador County Sheriff’s Office has implemented CodeRED, a high-speed emergency/community notification solution provided by Emergency Communications Network to help keep residents and businesses informed with important information that may immediately impact their safety. Learn more about this program here.
Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.
Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target:
Do not share things such as email addresses, usernames and passwords.
Do not use usernames or passwords that include your name, birthdate, important numbers, or where you live.
Keep your location safe. Never share where you live or where you are with anyone. It is important to keep the locations of others safe as well.
Do not share photos of you or your family members.
Do not use numbers that are personally identifiable such as your driver’s license number, wedding date, VIN numbers, locker combination, social security number, or any other type of number that can help predators identify you.
These preventions can be applied to all aspects of web use for communicating online, socializing, sharing images, gaming, purchasing products, identity theft, fraud, and others.
Never give out personal information such as where you live, your name, and your phone number when in a chat room.
Never send a picture of yourself without a parent’s permission.
Do not continue speaking with a person that has made you feel scared or uncomfortable. Tell a parent if this happens.
Without your parent's permission, don’t meet someone or have them visit you.
Do not trust anyone, they could be lying to you.
To be safe, keep the computer in a room used often by family members.
Speak out when you are being bullied. Telling an adult is not a sign of weakness. Tell a trusted adult if you are being bullied.