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Crime Log: March 28-30

March 28 8:59 a.m. A burglary was reported on Malcolm Dixon Road in El Dorado Hills. 10:00 a.m. Qikuan Chen, 70, was placed under citizen’s arrest by security upon allegedly returning to Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs after being admonished for trespassing. The suspect was cited and released. 10:39 a.m. Deputies responded to a […]

Motorcycle fatality in Greenwood

A collision between a car and a motorcycle in Greenwood resulted in the death of a man on April 11. Franklin Jensen, 39, of Greenwood, was turning left onto Ricci Road from Greenwood Road at about 7:05 p.m. in his 1982 Toyota pickup, said CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson. Meanwhile, Garry Renner, 29, of Garden Valley, […]

Floating body not a body

A report of a floating body on Cascade Lake on April 9 was later believed to be a piece of wood. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a floating body at 2:51 p.m., a press release stated. The reporting party, born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, was hiking on […]

Crime Log: March 25-27

March 25 12:34 a.m. Roy Brown, 33, was investigated on Cimmarron Road in Cameron Park for possibly being associated with a call for service. A records check revealed the subject was on searchable probation. A probation search of his clothing allegedly revealed a substance that tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine. The suspect was booked into […]

DUI Log: Jan. 24-Feb. 25

JAMIE D. STEPHENS, 24, of Davis, booked by CHP on Jan. 24, bail listed as $2,500. ROGER A. BOTTIN, 54, of Meeks Bay, booked by CHP on Jan. 25, bail listed as $2,500. AYK TSATOURYAN, 38, of Rancho Cordova, booked by CHP on Jan. 25, bail listed as $7,500. JORDAN L. WALKER, 18, of Loomis, […]

Crime Log: March 19-24

March 19 1:08 a.m. Dating cohabitants were in an argument on Twin Oaks Road in Cameron Park that allegedly turned physical when the suspect slapped and scratched the 21-year-old victim. Katherine Nansen, 21, was subsequently arrested 2:26 a.m. John Trudeau, 24, was arrested on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs for alleged trespassing. 2:38 a.m. […]

Sanford trial keys off chain of evidence

More Department of Justice witnesses made up the bulk of day 11 of the Andrew Sanford murder trial on April 9. The day began with a demonstration, out of the presence of the jury, by defense attorney Erik Schlueter. He wrapped a styrofoam head in duct tape, as 16-year-old victim Richard Swanson might have been […]

Man barricaded in apartment arrested

A Shingle Springs neighborhood was partly evacuated as a man barricaded himself inside a residence Wednesday afternoon before ultimately being taken into custody. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an apartment at 4050 Sunset Lane at about 11:20 a.m. for a report of felony domestic violence, Sgt. Dan Thomas told the Mountain Democrat. The […]

Schwartzler gets life, maybe parole

The family of a man who pleaded to attempted murder filled one side of a courtroom during the man’s judgment and sentencing hearing April 4. Judge Daniel B. Proud announced that the court had received 13 character letters supporting Austin Schwartzler, who pleaded no contest to willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder on Feb. 28. […]

Duct tape pieced together

The 10th day of the Andrew Sanford trial concerning the murder of Richard Swanson in South Lake Tahoe in 1980 opened with a jewelry theft and closed Tuesday with trying to match pieces of duct tape together. The final witness of the day was Ricci Cooksey. Cooksey, a senior criminologist with the state Department of […]


In the article “Homeless camps: 2nd clean-up day planned,” Laura Clark’s quotation should read JP Lee and Family Excavating.

DNA evidence ‘could not exclude’ defendant

Days eight and nine of the Andrew Sanford murder trial focused on DNA evidence — of which Sanford could not be excluded as a contributor.

Jenna Weller continued her testimony from the previous day by describing Sanford as “curious, calm” while they had a conversation on whether God forgives murderers — possibly alluding to the 1980 murder of 16-year-old Richard Swanson at the South Y Shell gas station …

Crime Log: March 16-18

March 16 4:30 a.m. An alleged battery occurred on Cambridge Road in Cameron Park. 8:24 a.m. A burglary on Merrychase Drive in Cameron Park was reported. 4:46 p.m. An alleged attempted burglary on Coach Lane in Cameron Park was reported. 9:20 p.m. A male juvenile allegedly got into a physical altercation with an unknown male […]

Roommate asked ‘if God forgives murderers?’

Day seven of the Andrew Sanford trial concerning a 33-year-old murder began with evidence and ended with the defendant’s roommate telling the court Tuesday she thought the defendant might have killed someone in the past — possibly the victim. Richard Hartman, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department evidence technician and CSI at the scene of […]

Homeless camps: 2nd clean-up day planned

The Placerville Police Department will hold another Community Clean-up Day on Sunday, April 6 at 10 a.m. “The last clean-up day was such a success we would like to continue that momentum,” a press release from PPD stated. The focus of the day will be the upper Broadway area, with PPD supplying trash bags and […]

McCavitt gets 17-to-life: Victim’s family speaks before sentencing

A man found guilty of murder due to driving under the influence was sentenced to 17-years-to-life in state prison March 21.

After 10 minutes at the bench, defense attorney Arturo Reyes and prosecutor Michael Pizzuti went to their respective tables as Judge Daniel B. Proud announced he had received a Marsden motion filed by defendant Joshua McCavitt — a motion to dismiss his attorney. It was denied, Proud said.

He then announced that 14 letters from victim Denise Caldwell’s family and friends had been received. The county Probation Department was recommending 15-years-to-life in state prison for the charge of murder and 10 years for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, the second sentence to be stayed, and he was …

Crime Log: March 13-15

March 13 12:05 a.m. 
Unknown suspect(s) smashed a window to business on Green Valley Road in Cameron Park and stole items. 7:24 a.m. 
Deputies responded to a battery report on Barkley Road in Camino. The victim was contacted at Marshall Hospital receiving medical attention for his injuries. The suspect, Kirkland Visman, 27, was contacted, arrested […]

Sanford trial: No fingerprints found on duct tape used to kill victim

The fifth and six days of the Andrew Sanford murder trial of Richard Swanson in 1980 saw more testimony regarding the collection of and chain of custody of evidence, while the victim’s employer and a friend of the suspect also testified. The fifth day of testimony began with Howard Stoball, the co-owner of the South […]

Tahoe Ready Mix served with warrant

The City of South Lake Tahoe announced Thursday that Tahoe Ready Mix Inc. is currently under investigation for possibly issuing false contracts. After Public Works Engineers learned of the possibly false or fraudulent documents related to government construction contacts, they notified the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, a press release from the city stated. Chief […]

Bad Beard Bandit bagged

The bank robber known as the “Bad Beard Bandit” was captured by the FBI on March 27. The FBI arrested Gerardo Orozco Lopez, 28, of Half Moon Bay, a press release stated. Lopez is suspected of being the Bad Beard Bandit, known for wearing a “dark, poor quality costume beard” to hide his identity during […]

Shingle Springs school expanding

A Shingle Springs school will hold a groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow in anticipation of expanding after having received funding nine years ago. The California Montessori Project in Shingle Springs, at 4645 Buckeye Road, will hold the ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on a 10-acre parcel to the east of the school, an area Principal Kim Zawilski called […]

Crime Log: March 10-12

March 10 12:24 a.m.
 A formerly cohabitating couple were an argument on Braden Road in Camino over their relationship. The male allegedly struck the female, 39, in the mouth, hit her with a box in the rib cage and stomped on her foot. The male also struck her teenage son, 15, in the side of […]

Former friend of defendant testifies

Lack of memory nearly 34 years after a murder was again evident in the Andrew Sanford trial Tuesday. The first witness of the day was former South Lake Tahoe Police Detective Richard Munk. Munk testified he took classes regarding the documenting and collecting of evidence and fingerprints. He was the evidence technician for six months […]

Suspect arrested in murder case from 1992

A murder suspect was arrested on March 20, some 22 years after the homicide. Jorge Luis Ponce Barajas, 40, was arrested on a no bail warrant in Richmond, a press release from the Placerville Police Department stated. The warrant had been issued in 1992. He was arrested by Richmond Police Department at 261 South 13th […]

Big Cut Mine hearing airs digital photo issues

A Friday hearing regarding the possible dismissal of charges against two miners turned into an argument about evidence. Prosecutor Dale Gomes told Judge Daniel B. Proud that he had not received or heard anything regarding a 995 motion to dismiss charges. Defense attorney William Brewer, representing Joseph Hardesty, said he had e-mailed Gomes regarding discovery, […]

Challenger quits DA election

The challenger to the incumbent in the El Dorado County District Attorney race has withdrawn his candidacy. “In light of my candidacy withdrawal today for the office of El Dorado County District Attorney, please join me in support of Vern Pierson for District Attorney,” a statement from Judson Henry dated and signed Monday read. Bail […]

Waters remanded

A bail bondsman accused of violating probation was remanded into custody after a short hearing Friday afternoon. Kenneth Waters, 51, was quickly shuffled away in handcuffs after a quick hearing to remand him to the custody of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. The alleged violation was solicitation of prostitution in Sacramento. Waters was convicted in […]

Crime Log: March 7-9

March 7 12:23 a.m. Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence on Woodland Drive in Meeks Bay and stole property. 11:30 a.m. An unknown suspect allegedly used a counterfeit $100 at a supermarket on Missouri Flat Road in Diamond Springs. 12:24 p.m. A 35-year-old female victim reported petty theft on Outer Limits Lane in Pollock Pines by […]

Second day shows lack of memory

The second and third days of the Andrew Sanford murder trial focused on a co-worker of the victim and the evidence technician that analyzed the scene of the crime. “I don’t remember” and “I don’t recall” were the most common phrases, sometimes stuttered, of the second day of the trial after the prosecution called Don […]

Man arrested after threatening to kill teen

A man is in custody after threatening to shoot a teenager and holding a gun to the teen’s head. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2900 block of Spruce Street in Pollock Pines the evening of March 19 after receiving a report of suspicious shots fired and an argument about a gun, a […]

Crime Log: March 4-6

March 4 11:46 a.m. A 55-year-old male was the victim of petty theft on Dayton Lane in Oak Hill. 12:10 p.m. 
A 41-year-old female victim’s purse containing medications was stolen on Missouri Flat Road in Diamond Springs by an unknown suspect. 12:12 p.m. Michael Parker, 45, was arrested on Buckeye Road in Shingle Springs for […]

Crime Log: March 3-4

March 3 3:59 a.m. Unknown subject(s) attempted to steal a vehicle on Rontree Lane in Mount Aukum. 7:44 a.m. Two suspects allegedly vandalized a 19-year-old female victim’s vehicle on Mira Loma Drive in Cameron Park by slashing three tires and carving obscenities into the paint. Both suspects were interviewed and the case was submitted to […]

Sanford murder trial: Victim’s father testifies 1st day

“He is a thief, he is a taker…and on Aug. 14, 1980, he stole money from a Shell station and, more importantly, stole Richard Swanson’s life.”

Thus ended prosecutor Trish Kelliher’s opening statement Monday morning in the trial of Andrew Sanford.

A 33-year-old homicide case from South Lake Tahoe, Kelliher said the case is about “one of the oldest evils in the world: money. Andrew Sanford wanted money and he took money that didn’t belong to him.” In doing so at the South Y Shell station, he took the life of 16-year-old gas station attendant Swanson.

This would be proved over the course of trial, she said, focusing on DNA evidence …

Car collides with embankment

A single car collision sent two people to the hospital Monday morning. A silver 2007 Mazda 6 was heading westbound on Highway 50 just east of Ponderosa Road at an unknown rate of speed around 10:40 a.m. when the driver lost control of the car, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. It struck the side embankment, […]

Crime Log: Feb. 25-March 2

Feb. 25 1:14 a.m. 
Deputies contacted a male subject on Mining Brook Road in Placerville who reported being chased. The subject was allegedly found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of a controlled substance. Ryan Garnett, 24, was subsequently arrested. 8:51 a.m. A contractor in Cool was given a […]

PPD investigating thefts from vehicles

The Placerville Police Department is currently investigating a series of thefts from unlocked cars from last week. The thefts occurred overnight between March 12 and 13, a press release stated. They mainly occurred in the Cold Springs Road, Canal Street and Spring Street neighborhoods. Loose change, cash, wallets, gift cards, jewelry and small electronics were […]

Evidence sealed in Winkler case

A motion to suppress evidence was granted Friday morning in a case involving a man accused of murdering his wife. Judge Daniel B. Proud told prosecutor Lisette Suder and defense attorney David Weiner that his understanding, based on an in-chambers meeting, was the defense was requesting police reports regarding a witness in the Todd Winkler […]

DUI Log: Jan. 22-Feb. 24

DAVID R. PERKINS, 55, of Camino, booked by CHP on Jan. 22, bail listed as $55,550. ALBERT ROMAN, 37, of Shingle Springs, booked by CHP on Jan. 22, bail listed as $2,500. JULIET N. ELLIS, 23, of Sacramento, booked by EDSO on Jan. 23, bail listed as $52,500. DANIEL E. HAYES, 51, of Placerville, booked […]

Crime Log: Feb. 22-24

Feb. 22 12:18 a.m. Deputies were dispatched to an alleged domestic violence incident on Forebay Road in Pollock Pines. A female suspect allegedly fled on foot prior to deputies’ arrival. 7:38 a.m. A female was detained on La Cienega Way in Cameron Park during an alleged vehicle theft and subsequently allegedly admitted to stealing the […]

Garage destroyed in fire

A fire destroyed a garage and did moderate damage to a house March 10. The fire was reported at 8 p.m. at 2365 Drake Court in Placerville, El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Tim Cordero said. Upon arrival, crews found the garage of the residence “well involved.” The fire was contained in about 15 minutes, […]

Chimney fire quickly contained

A small fire in Cameron Park Tuesday afternoon was quickly contained. The fire was reported at 2:09 p.m. Tuesday as a fire to a multi-family residence on 3180 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park at the Country View Apartments. Cameron Park Fire Battalion Chief Justin Sanders described it as a “chimney fire” that was contained […]

Mosquito Bridge: Dog rescued from canyon

The Mosquito Fire Protection District rescued a dog on the American River at the Mosquito Bridge Wednesday afternoon.

Chief Tom Stuart said that the original call was for an injured dog, but once on scene it became apparent that the dog was simply having trouble getting back up the steep 40-foot embankment back to the road.

Judy Raymond said her Austrian Bernese mountain dog, Kona, had used the backseat of her car as a bathroom and needed to be cleaned. Having played in the area when she was a teenager, she decided to park and take her dog to the river beneath the Mosquito Bridge. Once there, they swam and played for about two hours. When she tried to get Kona up the steep trail back to the road, Kona instead jumped back into the river. She called the fire department for help.

Two firefighters managed to get the dog up the trail, under the dog’s own power. Stuart …


The photo accompanying the article “DA candidate just arrived” is of a Judson Henry supporter, not the candidate himself. The photo accompanying this correction is of Henry.

DA candidate just arrived

A candidate for the position of District Attorney in the June 3 primary election recently moved to the county, registered to vote and ran for the office — in what some believe to be an illegal move. Judson Henry, an attorney specializing in bankruptcy and financial problems, moved into the county at “the beginning of […]

Tribal, county courts join to hear family, juvenile cases

The Superior Court of El Dorado County and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians on the Shingle Springs Rancheria will collaborate to create a court for juvenile and family court cases.  Two judges, Christine Williams of the Shingle Springs Tribal Court and Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury, presiding judge of the El Dorado County Superior […]

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