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Trustees meet about Meyers

The El Dorado County Board of Education scheduled a special meeting today to discuss issues surrounding El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers’ recent arrest. The meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. in the Office of Education’s conference room B-2, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville. Public comments will be heard prior to the board convening in […]

Out-of-date studies put millions at risk

The lack of a legal opinion could delay and/or stop a $169,859 payment to the Diamond Springs/El Dorado Fire Protection District. On Sept. 1 the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved the transfer from the district’s development impact fee account to partially reimburse it for the purchase of a new fire engine. A follow-up item on the Nov. 17 […]

Man killed in Camino

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Camino man on suspicion of murder Friday. Sheriff’s officials report that Dennis Renk, 38, and an unidentified adult man were involved in a physical altercation outside a home in the 2800 block of Elmer Street in Camino shortly after 1 a.m. When authorities arrived they found the man unconscious in the […]

Ready for some Blues and Brews?

The sixth annual Blues and Brews for Vets returns to El Dorado Hills on Saturday, Nov. 14 — another great evening to honor veterans while enjoying fantastic live music and great beer. “I think that I had more fun than anyone,” headliner Alvon Johnson said of last year’s event. “What a great group of people.” […]

Mattock joins District 1 race

El Dorado Hills native and current El Dorado Hills Community Services District board director Noelle Mattock has launched her campaign for District 1 supervisor. “I grew up in El Dorado Hills and I have seen the changes — good and bad,” states Mattock in a news release. “I am running for county supervisor because I’m tired […]

Apple juice recalled

Editor’s note: The juice voluntary recalled is only High Hill Ranch apple juice. Barsotti’s juice is not involved in the recall or linked to any illness, and is being offered at High Hill Ranch as a substitute while ranch owners confirm the safety of their own product.

High Hill Ranch in Camino has voluntarily recalled its apple juice after receiving information that several ranch visitors became ill due to E. coli bacteria.

Divorces: August

Tanya Tatyana Randle and Matthew Mark Randle, Aug. 27, 2015 Wendy S. Ackerly and Kerry K. King, Aug. 27, 2015 Richard Rayser and Kellie Rayser, Aug. 27, 2015 Tanis S. Williams-Rice and Samuel B. Rice, Aug. 27, 2015 Scott E. Borello and Trena M. Borello, Aug. 27, 2015 Michael Keever and Cathy Keever, Aug. 27, […]

Suspect nabbed at McD’s

Placerville police officers arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly committed a smash-and-grab burglary at the Main Street 76 gas station early Monday morning.

Officers responded to a 4:45 a.m. call after a station employee discovered the business’ glass door broken and a display case ransacked. Stolen items included cartons of cigarettes, knives and other merchandise, according to PPD officials.


In the Oct. 7 issue of the Mountain Democrat Jeanine Leal, 50, of Placerville was erroneously listed in the DUI Log. Leal was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, not DUI.

EDH woman shot dead in Carmichael

An El Dorado Hills woman died after an accidental shooting in a Carmichael apartment Saturday.

Joslynn Ledezma Sovenski, 18, went to Oak Ridge High School, graduated from Ponderosa High School and, according to her Facebook profile, worked at Togo’s in Cameron Park. Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives arrested 22-year-old Kenyatta Brown on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter; he’s being held at the Sacramento County Jail and is currently ineligible for bail.

“It is believed that Brown and the victim had no pre-existing relationship, but rather ended up together at the apartment as a result of mutual acquaintances who were also there,” sheriff’s officials reported. “Brown is believed to have been negligently handling a firearm in his possession, at which time he accidentally discharged it, mortally wounding the victim.”

News Bites: 9/16

Meet with Shiva Frentzen El Dorado County District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen will host two town hall meetings in her district. The first meeting will be held at Cameron Park Fire Station 89, 3200 Country Club Drive, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. The second meeting will be held at the Shingle […]

Smoked in: Butte Fire leaves El Dorado County in a haze

Though the Butte Fire has not burned one inch of land in El Dorado County, its effecting everyone who lives here. Thick smoke has replaced blue sky, forcing sporting event cancellation and limiting visibility.

And while many opted out of outdoor activities these last few days, smoke didn’t completely ruin everyone’s weekend.

Saturday, more than 200 people participated in Marshall Medical Center’s Women’s Health Expo in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Ladies, gents, wenches and thieves took over Cameron Park Lake for the Renaissance Tudor Fayre both Saturday and Sunday. Those touched by cancer participated in the Relay for Life at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville this weekend as well.

Fire displaces EDH family

EL DORADO HILLS — A Waterman Court home was severely damaged after an accidental fire on Sept. 3. “El Dorado Hills firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from multiple windows of a single story residential house,” Division Chief Mike Lilienthal said. “Firefighters initiated an interior attack to extinguish the fire.” No people were […]


The following people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol: Aaron Listberger, 23, of Folsom, booked July 23 by CHP, bail amount $15,000. Alicia Kortas, 28, of Cameron Park, booked July 24 by El Dorado Sheriff’s Office, no bail listed. Matthew Leatherby, 35, of Citrus Heights, booked July 24 […]

News briefs

School district updates its website The El Dorado Union High School District invites students, parents and community members to explore the new district-wide websites and social media pages. This initiative is in response to the Board of Trustees establishing communication to parents and all stakeholders as a top priority of the district. With the support […]


In the Monday, Aug. 31, article “New cancer center elevates care” the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce elite sponsors were inadvertently listed as the cancer center’s elite sponsors.

Divorces: July 2015

Melissa Lynn de la Pena and Michael Joseph de la Pena, July 28, 2015 Tracy L. Ross and Ryan W. Norman, July 28, 2015 Lisa Wicks and Gene Wicks, July 28, 2015 Julee Sucharda and Zdenek Sucharda, July 28, 2015 Julie A. Zulanas and Joseph J. Zulanas, July 28, 2015 Charlotte Sovereen and Scott Walton, […]

News bites, Aug. 26

Bridge replacement meetings A public meeting regarding the Green Valley Road at Indian Creek and Green Valley Road at Mound Springs Creek bridge replacement projects will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, in the El Dorado County Planning Commission hearing room, 2850 Fairlane Court, Building C, Placerville. The county’s Transportation Division proposes […]

EDH sewer line break stinks up neighborhood

El Dorado Irrigation District crews had a mess on their hands Friday afternoon after a sewer line broke in the middle of Green Valley Road, sending stinking water down the road and into storm drains. Crews closed a westbound lane of Green Valley Road, which caused traffic back-ups, while they surveyed the situation and made their repairs. Several […]

Statewide fire summary

Cal Fire incidents Jerusalem Fire — Lake & Napa counties off Jerusalem Grade Road northeast of Middleton — has burned approximately 25,146 acres and is 82 percent contained. All evacuations have been lifted Humboldt lightning fires — More than 75 fires continue to burn in Humboldt County with approximately 4,883 acres burned. The fires are […]

News Bites: Aug. 12

Minimum wage measure collecting signatures Secretary of State Alex Padilla recently announced the proponents of a new minimum wage initiative may begin collecting petition signatures. Under existing law, California’s minimum wage will increase from $9 per hour to $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016. This measure increases the minimum wage to $11 per hour, effective Jan. […]

CPCSD parks supervisor dies

Cameron Park Community Services District Parks Superintendent Paul Ryan died Wednesday morning. The 59-year-old had worked for the CPCSD since 1992. Staff issued the following statement regarding Ryan’s death. “Staff will miss him tremendously. Work will not be the same without Paul as he was more than a supervisor, he was a mentor and a […]

Hasta la vista, DJ

• Vision Coalition leader retires When DJ Peterson is at a party, even his own party, you can bet he’s got a deck of cards in his pocket. Wearing a mischievous smile, he pulls them out and asks his wife Judi to select a card. She pulls out the 2 of diamonds. Holding it up high, the […]

Duo caught allegedly growing pot

GARDEN VALLEY — El Dorado County authorities arrested a father and son after reportedly finding about 170 plants and more than 14 pounds of dried marijuana at an Ingot Lane residence.

El Dorado County sheriff’s SWAT and West El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members went to the property on Wednesday, July 29, to serve a search warrant. All subjects on the property were detained without incident or injury.

Kyburz fire: UPDATE

Firefighters continuing to battle a wildfire on both sides of Highway 50 in the Whitehall area that started Thursday afternoon. Highway 50 has currently reopened to one lane, and is being metered at Sly Park road in Pollock Pines and Meyers. Voluntary evacuations are in place in for Sand Flat campground East of Strawberry. Evacuees […]


The person in the front page mugshot under the headline “Bringing criminals to justice,” published July 22, should have been identified as David Donahue, not Wayne Donohue.

News bites: July 15, 2015

Find a job El Dorado County Connections – One Stop will host a free Hiring Event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive. LaborMax Staffing is now hiring for both full-time and part-time labor and clerical positions. LaborMax Staffing representatives will be available at the hiring […]


Regarding the story “Looks like Gaines in District 1 race” published on Monday, July 13. Districts 1, 2 and 3 seats on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will be decided in the 2016 election, not 2015. Also, El Dorado Hills resident Steve Ferry is a retired mortgage banker.

Attorney: Prosecution of officer possible

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Daily Tribune More details were recently revealed surrounding the death of Kris Jackson, 22, who died after reportedly being shot by a South Lake Tahoe Police Officer while unarmed during the early hours of June 15. Sacramento attorney Alan M. Laskin, who represents Jackson’s family, also said he thinks the El Dorado […]


The caboose referenced in the editorial “Weeds and a bad ‘welcome sign’ of the times” published on Friday, July 3, belongs to the city of Placerville.

One hurt in Highway 50 wreck

One person suffered minor injuries and was taken by hospital in an ambulance following a solo vehicle wreck on Highway 50 near Randall Tract in Pollock Pines Friday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Traffic was blocked in both directions for about an hour following the incident, according to a witness. The cause of the wreck is unknown. No […]

Fire destroys EDH home

EL DORADO HILLS — A family lost its home in a Sunday morning blaze. El Dorado Hills firefighters responded to the fire call on Merriam Lane at about 2 a.m. “Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing through the roof of a two-story residential structure,” EDH Division Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Lilienthal told the Mountain Democrat. […]

Wildfires flare up following storms

Firefighters battled two El Dorado County wildfires in steep terrain in the days before the 4th of July, possibly thanks to Mother Nature’s fireworks.

Thursday afternoon a fire broke out just before 5 p.m. west of Bucks Bar Road near Hanks Exchange, shortly after a thunderstorm rolled through the area. The official cause has yet to be determined.

Crime Log: July 1-3

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: July 1 8:19 a.m. Vandalism was reported on Robin Lane in Cameron Park. 8:56 a.m. A burglary was reported at the Coloma Post Office. 10:44 a.m. An 80-year-old man reported a grand theft on Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. 11:58 p.m. A petty theft […]


Regarding the article “Aiming for a safer community” published oWednesday, June 24, range operator Geof Peabody hopes to have all six law enforcement agencies in El Dorado County doing training at the gun range.

Fire threatens homes near Latrobe

A fire made residents in the northeastern Latrobe area nervous as flames surged through dry vegetation Wednesday afternoon. “There were homes threatened at one point,” said Cal Fire public information officer Brice Bennett. “The fire moved really fast. So we ordered a lot.” Crews from Cal Fire, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park responded to […]

Sex offender registers, gets arrested

Placerville Police officers arrested a convicted sex offender 25 minutes after he completed his sex offender registration. Esteban Rocha, 51, allegedly exposed himself to a woman on Broadway in Placerville just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, shortly after he left the police station where he registered as a sex offender as part of his […]


Regarding the Mountain Democrat’s Wednesday, June 24, article “Ditch, dam upgrades approved,” El Dorado Irrigation Director Greg Prada did not prepare the graph he circulated at the June 22 EID board meeting. The graph was prepared by EID staff and included in the June 8 board meeting packet.

Freehill brothers win Arenacross titles

EL DORADO HILLS — Without a doubt, 11-year-old Ty Freehill wants to become a professional arenacross/motocross racer. His younger brother Nate, 8, has racing dreams too. Both riders came one step closer toward going pro last month when they earned first place in their respective age categories at the AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships in Las Vegas. […]

Cheers! Wine at Town Center raises funds, spirits

Giving back to the community takes many forms. Some volunteer at a soup kitchen or senior center; some help their child’s teacher at school or host a bake sale to buy library books; and some raise a glass. Over the past 20 years, El Dorado County residents and other guests have raised their glasses and hundreds of […]

Silva Valley interchange more than halfway done

El Dorado Hills residents will see big changes this summer construction season, starting with a new road. Crews will use the warm weather and long, sunny days to complete the new Silva Valley Parkway and, before the first hint of fall arrives, drivers will travel on the new roadway over Highway 50. Completing the road […]

How does your garden grow?

What: Gardens of the Hills Tour Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: Gardens in El Dorado County and Green Acres When: Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults $25 and children 12 and younger $10 Information: Like any typical new yard, trial and error often dictate what will grow best. […]

CHP senior volunteer Robert Leon

Waking up before dawn to drive up and down the freeway as commuters pack the lanes might not sound like fun … but imagine doing so in a car that looks similar to a California Highway Patrol vehicle … in the carpool lane. “We just go up and down … and see how quick (violators) pull over,” […]

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