New ruling gives hope to dredgers
GOLD DREDGERS Rick Eddy, left, and Steve Tyler, right, stand on the bank of the American River in Coloma Tuesday Jan 20. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
A new ruling issued on Jan. 12 of this year is giving hope to suction dredgers that they will once again be able to ply their trade on California's waterways.
Issued by San Bernardino County Judge Gilbert Ochoa, the decision builds on a previous ruling by a state appellate court in the case of People v. Rinehart.
In that case, Brandon Rinehart successfully appealed his conviction for suction dredging without a permit when the Third Court of Appeals for California ruled the trial ... Continue Reading