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Four arrested in gang sweep

The El Dorado Gang Enforcement Detail arrested four men on May 18 during a gang sweep. The EDGE team, made up of members of the county Sheriff’s Office, Probation, District Attorney’s Office and South Lake Tahoe Police Department, went to an apartment off of Schnell School Road in Placerville at about 1 p.m. to serve […]

Weather Stats: May 21

Placerville Weather Statistics Mo/Yr May-15 Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:00 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain May 1 84 76 0.00 May 2 91 60 0.00 May 3 84 51 0.00 May 4 85 50 0.00 May 5 83 49 0.00 May 6 76 44 0.05 May […]

Crime Log: April 27-May 1

April 27 8:29 a.m. A 44-year-old male subject reported a firearm lost or stolen from his residence on Good Shepherd Lane in Placerville while he was away. 9:20 a.m. Deputies arrested Cody Neeld, 22, for allegedly occupying a code-enforced building on Bass Lake Road in El Dorado Hills and possession of drug paraphernalia. 10:15 a.m. […]

VA staff recall service, assist vets and widows left behind

Members of the county Veteran’s Affairs office at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Placerville shared stories of both their time in the service and their time helping other veterans. Bill Schultz, the interim director of the county Veteran’s Affairs Office and county recorder-clerk, retired from the Navy as an Air Traffic Controller chief petty officer. […]

Fatal collision near White Hall

A collision on Highway 50 east of White Hall on May 21 left one man dead and one man with serious injuries. Gary Fitzgerald, 73, of Grass Valley, was driving a silver 2004 Toyota Tacoma westbound on Highway 50 at about 2:25 p.m., a CHP press release stated. Meanwhile, David Calderon, 78, of Milpitas, was […]

Vet recalls operation that saved 37,000 Haitians

In honor of Memorial Day, a veteran recounted an operation that saved some 37,000 Haitians. Retired Coast Guard Captain Brian Sonner, 72, of Placerville, was in the service for 30 years — “from Vietnam to the drug war in the Caribbean,” or 1966 to ’96. While Sonner was part of the strategic planning for said […]

Crime Log: April 26-27

April 26 12:21 a.m.
 During the service of a felony warrant on Montero Road in Cameron Park, two subjects resisted deputies. The subjects were subsequently arrested and the case forwarded to the da.. 9:43 a.m. A suspect had a felony warrant and fled deputies in a vehicle with reckless disregard for public safety. A lengthy […]

Building Permits: May 11-15

Permits Issued: May 11, 2015 to May 15, 2015 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – NEW – ACCBLD $38,669 1 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $11,234 1 BUILDG – NEW – FNDTN $1,500 1 BUILDG – NEW – RETWAL $12,000 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $5,200 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – […]

Crime Log: April 23-25

April 23 12:40 a.m. A suspect blamed a 45-year-old female victim for his eviction. During an argument on Wentworth Springs Road in Georgetown, the suspect told the victim he was going to cut her throat and cut her body into pieces. He then slapped the victim in her face multiple times. 7:30 a.m. Deputies responded […]

Lake Levels: May 21, 2015

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. May 20, 2015 Elevation (feet) 423.18 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 554,400 57% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 488 Outflow 1,486 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 7 a.m. May 21, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,461.31 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 35,012 85% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 7.99 Outflow […]

Retired colonel helps vets get benefits

A retired colonel is using his old rank to help other veterans get the benefits they are entitled to — even if it means directly ordering the vets to get help.

Col. Ed Swanson, 76, of Cool, retired from the Army and National Guard after 20 years of service. He worked briefly at the Pentagon for the Guard, but applied for a four-year tour. He was sent to Camp Zama, Japan, as …

Woman dies in crash

A 19-year-old woman died May 18 after her sedan struck a tree. At about 4:05 a.m., Cassandra Marks, 19, of Placerville, was driving a purple 1998 Ford Contour northbound on Highway 49 south of Crystal Boulevard in El Dorado, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. The car left the roadway for an unknown reason, traveling off […]

EDSO deputy arrested in Nev.

An El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested in Nevada on drug-related charges on May 19. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 hangup at a residence in Minden, Nev., an EDSO press release stated. Deputies discovered what they believed to be drug paraphernalia. Suspecting drug activity, they launched an investigation, detaining the occupants, […]

Info released on found body

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office released information regarding the body found in Placerville on May 17. Deputies responded to a report of a dead body near Weber Creek, a press release stated. The body was found near Helmrich Drive, in a rocky area with many trees and bushes. Two juveniles found the body, as […]

Body found in Placerville

An 11-year-old boy, his friend and the friend’s father found the body of a young woman in Placerville the afternoon of May 17. Yvette Taylor of Diamond Springs told the Mountain Democrat that her 11-year-old son was at a friend’s house in Placerville. He, the friend and the friend’s father were near the house, “hanging […]

Three arrested in CVS alcohol theft

Three people were arrested in connection to a theft of alcohol at the Cameron Park CVS store on May 15. At about 2:30 p.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy John Gray was flagged down by a CVS employee, a press release stated. The employee indicated that a white male adult, standing next to a red […]

King Fire: Blodgett Forest researchers share findings

A tour of the Blodgett Forest on May 15, 12 miles east of Georgetown, showed the devastation of the King Fire in the area — and how to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. It also showed other tests and research conducted in the forest.

The tour was led by Blodgett Forest Manager Rob York and Bill Keye, both registered professional foresters. Where living seed trees stood before the fire, they said, brush will now take over — if the forest is left unmanaged.

Counterfeit bill arrest made

A man was arrested May 8 after a string of incidents involving counterfeit bills. The first incident occurred on April 7, when El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Safeway off of Missouri Flat Road at about 7 a.m. for a report of a Hispanic male adult allegedly attempting to make a purchase with […]

Victim recounts being shot by son-in-law

Prosecutor Dale Gomes tried to call Paul Hinds, Sr. to the stand on May 14, but as it was nearly 4:30 p.m., the witness was gone. Instead, he called David Klinker to the stand, telling Judge Dylan Sullivan that David was eager to tell his story. David, father-in-law to defendant Joseph Hinds, said he had […]

Arraignment set after shooter’s wife testifies

Cindy Hinds and her husband Joseph bickered like any other married couple. Except that bickering was downplayed by Cindy — and eventually led to Joe shooting Cindy’s father David Klinker.

Testifying during a preliminary hearing in Department 7 on May 14, Cindy, 31, explained she married Joe, 33, in …

Crime Log: April 18-22

April 18 12:09 p.m. Deputies receive a report of a burglary to multiple storage containers and a dwelling on a remote property on South Shingle Road in Latrobe. 6:13 p.m. Deputies were dispatched to a battery call on Freedom Road in Placerville. Connie Sanford, 60, was arrested for alleged battery. 7:52 p.m. A female subject […]

Weather Stats: May 14

Placerville Weather Statistics Mo/Yr May-15 Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:00 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain May 1 84 76 0.00 May 2 91 60 0.00 May 3 84 51 0.00 May 4 85 50 0.00 May 5 83 49 0.00 May 6 76 44 0.05 May […]

Suspect identified in Cameron Park bank robbery

A man robbed and fled from a Cameron Park bank the afternoon of May 14. El Dorado County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call from the El Dorado Savings Bank on Coach Lane in Cameron Park at about 12:52 p.m. stating that the bank had just been robbed, a press release stated. The suspect was identified […]

Lake Levels: May 14

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. May 13, 2015 Elevation (feet) 424.12 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 562,400 58% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 687 Outflow 1,206 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 7 a.m. May 14, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,460.96 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 34,807 85% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 58.39 Outflow […]

Structure fire contained to second floor

A structure fire in Pollock Pines was contained to the second floor of the residence Tuesday morning. El Dorado County Fire was dispatched at 5:26 a.m. to 5340 Pony Express Trail, Division Chief Paul McVay said. There was “heavy fire on the second floor,” McVay said, with exposure to the main residence on the first […]

Illegal roadside vendor cited

A roadside vendor in Cameron Park was cited for allegedly lacking a business license on May 10. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 4:20 p.m. to a report of a roadside vendor illegally doing business on the corner of Cambridge Road and County Club Drive, a press release stated. A deputy contacted […]

DUI Log: April 30-May 11

SCOTT GONZALES, 54, of Cedar Grove, booked by CHP on April 30, bail listed as $5,000. CHERRON D. LEE, 32, of North Highlands, booked by PPD on April 30, bail listed as $16,202. DAVID A. HALL, 48, of Shingle Springs, booked by CHP on May 1, bail listed as $5,000. JAMIE L. HUSSONG, 37, of […]

Crime Log: April 17-18

April 17 4:30 a.m. A burglary on Big Oak Road in Placerville was reported. 8:27 a.m. A 64-year-old female victim reported grand theft from an unlocked on Coach Lane in Cameron Park. 9:46 a.m. A reporting party found explosives in his garage on Catawba Drive in Cameron Park. EOD responded and took possession of them […]

Building permits May 4-8

Permits Issued: May 4, 2015 to May 8, 2015 Qty PType Val SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – 2NDDWG $92,358 1 BUILDG – DEMLTN – LIVSPC $0 2 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $1,244,370 1 BUILDG – NEW – WAREHS $1,039,500 1 BUILDG – REACT – 1-FMLY $41,000 1 BUILDG – REPLAC – […]

Crime Log: April 14-16

April 14 9:31 a.m. A 67-year-old female victim reported petty theft and forgery on Dawnrose Lane in Somerset. 9:45 a.m. An adult male was cited and released for trespassing on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs. 10:58 a.m. Allison McClintic, 24, allegedly stole merchandise from Walmart in Diamond Springs. Upon contact, she allegedly impersonated a […]

EOD’s most significant 2014 call

Out of 29 non-demonstration calls by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team in 2014, the most significant involved the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on May 6, 2014. An investigation into an Internet business selling illegal weapons parts, homemade explosives and biological toxins lead the FBI and ATF […]

EDSO CIT team expands, helps mentally ill

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Crisis Intervention Team was created as a way of better dealing with the mentally ill. In late 2013, the program received a federal grant, allowing expansion of the team’s service. The team, according to the 2014 Sheriff’s Report, consists of 21 deputies, three patrol sergeants and a lieutenant with advanced training […]

$3.1M related to drugs seized

In a busy year, the Western Slope El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team seized more than $3.1 million in drug-related currency in 2014, with the South Lake team seizing an additional $90,000. Seizures were not limited to cash, with WENET taking in more than 5,200 pounds of processed marijuana, with a street value of more than […]

Bus driver earns Northern California CHP award

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow awarded a local bus driver the Northern California Bus Driver of the Year award on May 8 for her quick thinking during a collision on Aug. 14, 2014.

Jennifer Shields was driving a school bus to Union Mine High School on Grizzly Flat Road near Mahaney Ranch Road at 6:50 a.m. when another car drifted into her lane, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said at the time of the incident. As the Mountain Democrat reported, she turned the bus hard to the left in attempt to avoid a head-on collision. The right front sides of both vehicles hit.

“Though a collision still occurred, thanks to Jennifer’s evasive maneuvers, she undoubtedly saved her young passengers from serious injury,” the Placerville CHP Office posted on Facebook.

More mailboxes broken open

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office announced that more mailboxes were broken open on May 10, similar to an incident the previous week. Deputies responded to Trinidad Drive in Cameron Park at about 9:15 a.m., a press release stated, with a second mailbox a block away on Gailey Circle. Both had the rear door of […]

2014 Sheriff’s Report: Crime slightly increases, but EDSO under budget

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office report for 2014 revealed crime rates slightly rose from the previous year. Part I crimes, the most serious the county faces, trended upward. Murders remained the same — two — but were down from 2012, where the county faced five murders. Rape increased 27 percent, from 26 to 33, […]

Diamond Springs rape halted

A rape was interrupted on May 9 in Diamond Springs. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a report that an adult woman was forced into a vehicle in a parking lot on Mother Lode Drive at about 5:53 a.m., according to the EDSO media log. A third person interrupted the crime and the suspect […]

USFS truck in head-on collision

A U.S. Forest Service vehicle was involved in a head-on collision Friday morning. Lester Campella, 28, of Placerville, was driving a white 2013 Ford F-150 USFS service vehicle northbound on Highway 49 south of Sand Ridge Road, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson told the Mountain Democrat. David Thorup, 35, of Plymouth, was a passenger. Meanwhile, Steven […]

Correction

In the article, “Shotgun assault: Miwok chairman’s daughter arrested,” the security officer refused to call the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, stating they would not do anything, but would call Tribal Police, EDSO Lt. Tom Murdoch said.

Crime Log: April 11-13

April 11 10:57 a.m. Electronics were stolen from inside of a locked vehicle on Cambridge Road in Cameron Park. A possible suspect was contacted and found not to have the stolen property. 3:36 p.m. Petty theft was reported on Missouri Flat Road in Diamond Springs. 8:02 p.m. Possession of controlled substances was reported on Busselton […]

Weather Stats: May 1-7

Placerville Weather Statistics Mo/Yr May-15 Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:00 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain May 1 84 76 0.00 May 2 91 60 0.00 May 3 84 51 0.00 May 4 85 50 0.00 May 5 83 49 0.00 May 6 76 44 0.05 May […]

Crime Log: April 8-10

April 8 12:22 a.m.
 Deputies stopped a subject on Highway 50 in Shingle Springs for code violations. The driver was found in possession of controlled substance and smoking paraphernalia and was subsequently arrested. 3:17 a.m. Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle pulling in and out of residential driveways near El Dorado Street […]

Lake Levels: May 7

Folsom Lake (USBR) 12 a.m. May 6, 2015 Elevation (feet) 425.13 maximum 466 Storage (acre-feet) 571,000 58% of maximum 976,965 Inflow (cubic ft/sec) 575 Outflow 1,277 at Nimbus Dam Sly Park’s Jenkinson Lake (EID) 7 a.m. May 7, 2015 Elevation (ft) 3,460.32 maximum 3,471 Storage (af) 34,435 84% of maximum 41033 Inflow (cfs) 55.59 Outflow […]

Mailboxes vandalized in Cameron Park

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to four reports of vandalized mailboxes with possible mail theft on May 5. Deputies responded to the first call at 7:20 a.m. near Tourmaline Way and Spinal Circle in Cameron Park, a press release stated. There, they found the rear doors pried off of a dozen mailboxes. On […]

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