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Bank robbery suspect caught in Lincoln

A man suspected of robbing the El Dorado Savings Bank in Cameron Park on May 14 was caught by the Lincoln Police Department on May 16 after allegedly robbing a U.S. bank in Lincoln. Mark Spier, 19, of South Sacramento, had an active arrest warrant issued by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly […]

Reported kidnapping leads to firearm arrest

A suspect allegedly armed with a gun was involved in a reported kidnapping by force on May 8, but later arrested for carrying a concealed firearm instead, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. At 7:18 p.m. on May 8, sheriff’s deputies responded to the Fairplay Road, Mount Aukum area […]

Bank robbed in Cameron Park

El Dorado Savings Bank in Cameron Park was robbed on May 14. At 12:52, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the bank after the robbery had occurred. The suspect was described as a white male adult in his 20s, about 5-feet-8-inches tall, with a thin build, brown hair in a buzz […]

Frentzen hosting town hall meeting

On Thursday, May 14, El Doardo County District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen will host a town hall meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pioneer Fire Station 38 at 7061 Mt. Aukum Road in Somerset. For more information call 530-620-4444.

Counterfeit credit card suspects arrested

Five suspects involved in a counterfeit credit card ring were arrested last week, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. On April 30, around 1 p.m., deputies responded to Red Hawk Casino for fraudulent use of a credit card. Red Hawk Casino security reported two people inside the casino attempted […]

Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s Nixon doctrine: Anointing Iran

In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider: • Gulf of Aden: Iran sends a flotilla of warships and weapons-carrying freighters to reinforce the rebels in Yemen — a noncontiguous, non-Persian, […]

Charles Krauthammer: The queen travels by van

See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed […]

Tribe’s gun range shifts to ‘members only’

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians will build a gun range, as planned, but its size and scope will be focused on members only. According to a press release from the tribe Friday, the tribe decided to develop a small gun range that will be open only to tribal members and their guests. During […]

Second EDH man arrested for Folsom shooting

A second El Dorado Hills man was arrested for his involvement in a shooting that took place outside a Folsom bar on the early morning of Easter Sunday. Investigators from the Folsom Police Department arrested Greg Scott Ashman, 26, of El Dorado Hills, a press release from the department stated. Investigators continued their investigation into […]

EDH man arrested for Folsom shooting

An El Dorado Hills man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting in Folsom on the early morning of Easter Sunday. Frank Vincent Sierras, 24, is currently being held at the Sacramento County jail in lieu of $1 million bail, according to a press release issued by the Folsom Police Department. At approximately 12:45 […]

Body found in Latrobe; husband charged with murder

A Latrobe man was charged with murder April 4 after the body of his wife was found on their property the day before. According to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Roy Roth, 51, was booked into the El Dorado County Jail at 3:30 a.m. after detectives found the body of […]

Correction

In the photo caption for Placerville Natural Foods Co-op in the Healthy Trends Special Section, inserted Jan. 28 into the Mountain Democrat Newspaper, the caption should have stated that the co-op “has the largest selection of 100 percent organic produce in the county,” not “country.”

Best Assisted Living: Eskaton Village

Sitting on a 63-acre campus above historic Placerville, Eskaton Village, located at 3380 Blairs Lane, is an ideal place to live peacefully amongst the beautiful countryside, and readers seem to agree. The lodge offers assisted living, memory care and respite care. Surrounding the lodge are new rental cottages featuring the Living Design Gold Seal of […]

September 25, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best New Car Dealer: Thompsons

When asked where one should buy a new car in El Dorado County, the answer most commonly heard is, “Just go to Thompsons.” With a solid reputation amongst local residents for providing quality service and a quality selection of vehicles to choose from, Thompsons Toyota, located at 140 Forni Road  in Placerville and Thompsons Buick […]

September 25, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Credit Union: Schools Financial Credit Union

Serving its members for over 80 years now, with more than 115,000 members, Schools Financial Credit Union serves employees of public and private schools, school board members, students and members of alumni associations. Online banking is a feature for the credit union, and Schools offers a variety of IRAs, in addition to checking and savings. […]

September 25, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Heating/AC: Gilmore Heating-Air-Solar

Whether they are homeowners or business owners, for more than 30 years customers have depended on the certified technicians at Gilmore Heating & Air to service and install heating, air conditioning and even solar systems. The reputation goes beyond the quality work, though. For Gilmore, it’s just as much about service as it is about […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Denitst: Dr. Jeff Little, DDS

Most patients cringe at the thought of going to the dentist. But one Placerville dentist has patients excited to stop by. Dr. Jeff Little, DDS, makes comfort a priority for his patients, and it’s never more apparent than with the complimentary paraffin hand dip given to patients. “Dentistry with a pampering touch,” Dr. Little’s office […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Steak: Henry’s Steakhouse

Henry’s Steakhouse was a dual-winner in this year’s Readers’ Choice awards. But what’s a steakhouse without a good steak? Not a winner like Henry’s, of course. Red Hawk Casino’s flagship restaurant is “dining at its finest,” offering USDA Prime and Wagyu Steaks from Allen Brothers, dry aged and butchered in house. Open Wednesday through Sunday […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Fine Dining: Henry’s Steakhouse

Red Hawk Casino’s flagship restaurant Henry’s Steakhouse is “dining at its finest,” with some of the best steaks in the county, but also with a menu featuring exclusively selected seafood and fresh fish, succulent Colorado lamb, free-range poultry and game, and hand-picked wines from El Dorado, Napa and Sonoma counties, as well as wines from […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Casino: Red Hawk Casino

Claiming to have “the loosest slots in town,” Red Hawk Casino offers much more than slot machines and gaming tables. Some go just for food. Red Hawk offers a wealth of amazing options to eat, with Henry’s Steakhouse, the Pearl Asian Restaurant, the Koto Grill and the Waterfall Buffet offering a wide selection of entree […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Delicatessen: Archer’s Butcher Block

Winner last year of Best Meat Market/Butcher Shop, Archer’s Butcher Block in 2014 took Readers Choice honors for Best Delicatessen. It’s no surprise, as the market has become the top standard for meat in El Dorado County. Top-quality cuts of beef, pork and chicken make the place a meat-lover’s paradise. Archer’s also offers a selection […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Used Car Dealer: Wells Auto Sales

From days of research to the painstaking task of shopping all around the county for the perfect fit, buying a used car can be a headache. However, Wells Auto Sales, located at 179 Placerville Drive in Placerville wants to fix that for you. With a knowledgeable staff able to guide you in the right direction, […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Glass Replacement (Commercial): Placerville Glass

With success comes tenure, and with tenure comes reliability and trust. That’s why Placerville Glass continues to draw in customers in El Dorado County after more than 30 years of service in the area. Opened in 1977 and still owned and operated by the original owners, with a combined experience of over 60 years in […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Siding: Alpine Exteriors

Alpine Exteriors opened in 2001 with window installations the focus. As demand and the businesses reputation grew, customers began asking about decking and siding. Owner Dale Myrick expanded the business to accommodate their needs and his success has been apparent, as county residents continue to turn to him for their siding needs. Alpine Exteriors uses […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Storage Facility: Gold Key Storage

“We are very grateful that the community has supported us for the length of time that it has,” said Pam of Gold Key Storage in Placerville of being selected as the Best Storage Facility in Readers’ Choice. For those who use the company’s storage, it’s no wonder. Offering “personal service with professional courtesy,” the 24-hour, […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Veterinarian: Crossroads

Dr. Ric Delgadillo and company have taken care of county pets for more than a decade now at Crossroads Veterinary Hospital in Diamond Springs, and the community is showing its appreciation in selecting him the best veterinarian. With the addition of Dr. Amanda Battaglia, the veterinary hospital provides a caring staff eager to help get […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Equipment Rental: Halk Equipment Rentals

Founded in 1960, Halk Equipment Rentals is a family business passed down from one generation to another in Shingle Springs. Located at 4064 Durock Road, the business offers home owners and contractors the tools needed to get jobs big and small completed. Renting out tractors, tillers, jackhammers, saws, trucks, trailers and more, the business, sold […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Massage: Massage Envy

Whether to relieve stress or just pamper yourself one day, the ticket to relaxation through massage is most often punched at Massage Envy in El Dorado Hills. Located on 4510 Post Street, Suite 340, in the Marketplace at Town Center, Massage Envy offers facials and hot stone envy as its signature services. Massages there can […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Fitness Center: Anytime Fitness

With two locations locally to service El Dorado County clients, Anytime Fitness in Cameron Park and Placerville offers affordable memberships that could inspire anyone to get back into shape. In a safe and clean work out environment, with 24-hour access to strength and cardio equipment, Anytime Fitness offers the opportunity to get your heart rate […]

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Car Wash: Splasherville

Splasherville Car Wash and Lube is so much more than an drive-through car wash. With a lube station on site for car maintenance in only 15 minutes, service for your car’s inside and outside needs are met. But the car wash is an El Dorado County gem itself. With an express wash as little as […]

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Glass Replacement (Residential): J&J Glass

Specializing in windows (for new and replacement projects), shower enclosures (shower and tub), mirrors (all sizes and styles), screens (window and slider screens, new and re-screens too), glass table tops (all sizes and designs) and cabinet glass (with lots of fun styles to choose from), J&J Glass at 6670 Merchandise Way in Diamond Springs has […]

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Hamburger: Tom’s Burger and Frosty

Regulars of Foster’s Freeze were disappointed at the Placerville location’s closing in 2010, at least until Tom Ku took over in 2011 and reopened it as Tom’s Burger and Frosty. Since then, it’s like nothing changed, and if it did, things only got better. “This is the best hamburger I ever ate,” one patron was […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Italian Food: Papa Gianni’s

For nearly two decades, Papa Gianni’s has been providing authentic Italian cuisine in Cameron Park. A county favorite, the family owned restaurant located on 3450 Palmer Drive offers an extensive menu based on traditional dishes from Southern Italy, from homemade pasta such as ravioli and gnochi alla vodka, to hearty meat dishes including pollo parmigiana […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Tax Service: Accurate Tax Service

Tax time can be nerve-racking. Accurate Tax Service at 1345 Broadway in Placerville wants to make life a little easier during one of the most stressful times of the year. “We provide our clients tax guidance with an emphasis on customer service, efficiency and expertise,” the company states, also making it clear that it is […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

EDH mourns killed deputy

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, of El Dorado Hills, was killed in the line of duty while investigating a suspicious occupied vehicle on Oct. 24. Oliver and another deputy approached a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a motel in the 2000 block of Arden Way around 10:30 a.m. Friday. A male […]

Correction

The headline for the page one top story of the Mountain Democrat on Sept. 29 should have read, “Winkler interview recounts grisly details of wife’s death.”

King Fire grows to more than 2,000 acres

A fire quickly spreading east of Pollock Pines forced El Dorado County families to evacuate their homes on Sunday.

Mandatory evacuations of about 100 began about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Matthew Marques, a volunteer at the evacuation center at the Pollock Pines Community Center.

The King Fire, off of King of the Mountain Road, began at 4:32 p.m. on Sept. 13 and spread to more than 2,000 acres by 4:20 p.m. on Sept. 14, according to the latest update available from Cal Fire as of press time. It was originally listed as 100 acres, with 10 percent containment, but updated later in the afternoon. It was located in the canyon of South Fork American River, northeast of Pollock …

Special election: Frentzen wins District 2 Supervisor race

Of the six candidates that quickly put together a campaign for the District 2 Board of Supervisors special election in El Dorado County, Shiva Frentzen stood tall on Tuesday night as the clear winner, and will join the board in the seat vacated by former supervisor Ray Nutting earlier this year. With all 14 precincts […]

EDSO identifies body found in field

The body of a woman found in a field off of Missouri Flat Road and U.S. Highway 50 has been identified as 52-year-old Penny Juergenson, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. On Aug. 17, deputies responded to the field for a report of human remains. A passerby saw the […]

Correction

In Friday’s issue, District 4 supervisor candidate Michael Ranalli’s wife Colleen’s first name was misspelled in the photo caption on Page A15.

Update: Two-thirds of primary election results counted

With 39 of 95 precincts reporting as of 10:03 p.m., local primary elections are showcasing early leads for candidates, and possible run-offs looming for the November election.

In the race for Judge of the Superior Court, Office 1, Vicki Ashworth held the lead (51.46 percent) over David …

Take my word for it: How to take a compliment

We in the journalism business learn to grow thick skin. We have to. We unfortunately assume that any piece we publish, whether about a local court case or simply on how we raise our children, will receive some sort of dissent from a few members of the general public. People just enjoy arguing, I suppose, […]

Take my word for it: Summer ‘break’

I try not to be jealous of my kids, but this time I cannot resist. Summer is coming and I can’t help but miss my youth the most this time of the year. My eldest daughter “graduates” kindergarten next week. Then she’ll escape the grasp of the educational system and be released back into the […]

Take my word for it: Words are weapons nowadays

You have to be careful what you say nowadays. A playful word here and there can turn into something much different when taken out of context and in the wrong setting. My kids always seem to be listening. Even when they can’t hear a word of instruction I give, somehow they can repeat every single […]

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