Criminal Annals, Part 119: Tough times on the trail

The Sept. 17, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union” opens up with an article called “Much Ado About Nothing,” covering a series of subjects including the arrival of milk cows, the newly formed Sacramento Valley Railroad and sad news about the familiar Mr. Thomas Collins. “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. “VALUABLE IMPORTATION. On yesterday afternoon, […]

Narcotics team arrests 2 in Tahoe heroin bust

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested two people earlier this month after discovering more than 2 ounces of heroin at an Al Tahoe neighborhood home. After receiving information about drug activity at 3113 Fresno Ave., narcotics team members served a search warrant at the home […]

EID sets redistricting public meetings

El Dorado Irrigation District is in the process of drawing new EID board division lines in the wake of the 2010 census. District staff will conduct four public outreach meetings over the coming months to review the committee’s work-in-progress and solicit input. The meetings will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. as follows: • Monday, June 6 — […]

DMV offers vet plates online

SACRAMENTO — The California Veteran special interest license plates can now be easily ordered through the DMV’s online services with a click of a mouse. Proceeds of these popular specialty plates go to the Veterans Service Office Fund and are used to expand important veteran services statewide. “We are pleased to now offer the sale […]

Area unemployment rate drops

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 12.0 percent in April, down from a revised 12.7 percent in March, and below the year-ago estimate of 12.3 percent.  This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.7 percent for California and 8.7 percent for the nation during the same period.  The unemployment rate was 12.4 percent […]

Countywide Memorial Day weekend DUI crackdown planned

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Avoid the 6 DUI Campaign will be deploying officers this holiday weekend at DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to arrest impaired drivers who still don’t get the message. The Memorial Day weekend is witness to the kick-off of summertime recreation and holiday travel, along with many college […]

McClintock talks with local forestry folks

U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay, has been on a tear about the U.S. Forest Service. He has collected a “growing volume of complaints” from constituents in District 4 “protesting the increasingly exclusionary and elitist policies of this agency.” Congressional District 4 includes all or part of nine counties from El Dorado north to the […]

ED Hills, Tahoe offer redistricting challenges

The redistricting process must adjust the boundaries of El Dorado County’s five supervisorial districts to equalize populations, all the while respecting its ever evolving but loosely defined “communities of interest.” County attorney Ed Knapp, who’s helping oversee the process, contends that two things are certain: It won’t be easy, and someone’s not going to like […]

Hwy 50 reopens

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Highway 50 at Echo Summit reopened Saturday, five days before the roadway construction by C. C. Meyers was expected to end. The road was fully closed since May 11 to replace the old rock wall barrier with a modern barrier that meets current safety standards and preserves the natural beauty. Caltrans […]

Local high schools at capacity for 2011-12

The four comprehensive high schools in El Dorado Union High School District are projected to be over capacity during the 2011-12 academic year. Union Mine High School is expected to be the only comprehensive high school under capacity in 2012-13. The district’s Demographic Study and Master Plan was accepted by the Board of Trustees at […]

Fred Winn, gentle warrior, dies

Fred Winn of Placerville died May 9. He will be heartily missed by local Democrats, and he should be missed by their Republican and Independent brethren as well. For while Fred was an old-time, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, he was so kind and open-minded that surely no one could oppose him — his politics maybe, but not […]

Road Warriors to tackle county’s finest

The men and women of El Dorado County law enforcement are no strangers to courts. But when they take the floor on July 9 against the two-time National Wheelchair Basketball Association champions, the county’s finest might find themselves in a whole new ballgame. To benefit the United Services Organization, local law enforcement accepted the challenge […]

Criminal Annals, Part 118: Murder near the City by the Bay

Continuing with the Sept. 16, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we first find an article regarding an altercation in a small area of San Francisco called Pleasant Valley, one of the most common town names in early California. “A brutal murder was committed in this city yesterday, in a place known as Pleasant […]

Teen accident victim remains on life support

The Union Mine High School student was was severely injured in a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon remained on life support Friday afternoon. Placerville area California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark told the Mountain Democrat that, as of press time, there had been no change in the condition of Scott Santana, 17. “As far as we […]

Murder case: Strained family dynamic focus of trial

Life inside of Joanne Witt’s El Dorado Hills house might have appeared normal to outside observers, but testimony from the first week of Steven “Boston” Colver’s murder trial revealed Witt’s daughter felt her relationship with her mother was far from idyllic. Tylar Witt, 16, pleaded guilty to murdering Joanne Witt in September 2010 as part […]

Hwy. 50 at Echo Summit expected to reopen Saturday

Caltrans has announced that Highway 50 at Echo Summit is tentatively set to open to motorists Saturday evening, several days ahead of schedule. One-way, alternating lane controlled traffic will be in effect throughout the weekend, and will continue until the following Friday at noon. The road will be open without restrictions during Memorial Day weekend. With […]

Fleet Reserve commemorating departed shipmates

COMMANDING STATEMENT: Mr. John Chapman of Folsom is responsible for this T-shirt statement: “Please raise your hand to speak to me.” … MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY: On Monday, May 30, at 8 a.m., the Fleet Reserve Association will conduct a Memorial Day river ceremony at the American River in Coloma. A casting of a wreath upon […]

DUI arrests

The following were arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs: SHANNON ANGI, 44, Pollock Pines, booked April 25 by sheriff’s deputies, bail listed at $100,000. BRANDON ESPINOZA, 31, Folsom, booked April 25 by CHP, bail listed at $2,500. BRANDON KNUTSON, 27, El Dorado Hills, booked April 26 […]

Colver trial: Defendant confesses to ‘God’

The morning after Joanne Witt was stabbed to death, Steven “Boston” Colver showed off the bloody murder weapon and confessed to the killing, said the defendant’s frequent drug partner and former boyfriend. Matthew Widman, 19, nicknamed “God” by friends, testified Thursday in Placerville’s Main Street courthouse that Colver, 21, admitted to killing the mother of […]

5-23-11 Join Skate Park Committee

The Cameron Park Skate Park Committee is looking for community members who are interested in joining the committee. The application can be downloaded from the Website: Return it to the Cameron Park CSD-Skate Park, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682, Attn: General Manager. For more information, call 530-677-2231.

Teen accident victim not expected to live

Scott Santana, a Union Mine High School scholar and athlete, was gravely injured in a head-on collision at about 3 p.m.Tuesday on Greenstone Road near El Dorado. The 17-year-old suffered extreme trauma as a result of the accident and remained on life support and in critical condition as of Thursday. Late Thursday morning, the Mountain […]

Supes, public blast SACOG as ‘big brother’

The air in the El Dorado County Supervisors Chambers Tuesday was virtually blue with all the dirty words flying in both directions — from the audience and from members of the board. “Big, intrusive government, globalism, socialism, greed and claim-jumping, United Nations Agenda 21, Sustainable Development,” were all used to describe what began as a […]

Director Green resigns

CAMERON PARK — In a surprise move, Richard Green resigned from the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors at the board’s meeting on Wednesday, May 18. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, and before the board adopted the evening’s agenda Green said he would like to say something. He then stood up and read […]

Visit the artists at their studios

NOT MULTI-LINGUAL? My pal John Chapman of Folsom delivered the following T-shirt statement that could result in someone punching you in the nose: “I’m sorry. I don’t speak moron.” … VISIT THE ARTISTS: The Spring Artist Studio Tour is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 41 artists, […]

Knight offers cemetery solution

District 1 county Supervisor John Knight is offering a plan that may allow the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery’s resident souls to rest in peace, in the wake of newly born publicity over an offensive, racial slur. In a May 13 letter to his colleagues on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, Knight outlines a […]

Judgment Day is Saturday, radio mogul warns

This may be one of the last things you read if Mr. Harold Camping of Family Radio is correct. According to his interpretations of Biblical passages, Judgment Day is May 21, 2011. Family Radio has put up billboards to warn us (including one in Placerville), sent out caravans of people to alert specific cities in […]

Local emergency staff recognized

Emergency medical technicians, firefighters and base hospital medical staff in El Dorado County are being recognized this week as part of National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 15 – 21. “EMS Week is a great time to say thank you to the men and women in El Dorado County who save lives every day,” said […]

5-20-11 Upper Room needs dishwashers

The Upper Room has a critical need for volunteers willing to serve as dishwashers on Tuesdays. Volunteers should be hard-working, reliable, and able to serve regularly once (or more) each month. Dishwashing shifts start around 3:30 pm and end around 6:15 pm. Call Eileen Atherton at 530-644-7212. Other Tuesday volunteer roles, such as food serving […]

Colver murder trial: Crime scene discussed

The gruesome aftermath of Joanne Witt’s murder was on display in Placerville’s Main Street courthouse Wednesday morning as jurors came face-to-face with images of the El Dorado Hills woman’s violent death. Witt, 47, was stabbed to death in her bed in June 2009. Witt’s teenage daughter, Tylar, has already pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder […]

Teen reportedly near death after Tuesday collision

A 17-year-old Union Mine High School student reportedly suffered extreme trauma Tuesday afternoon following a head-on collision at about 3 p.m. on Greenstone Road just north of Quail Valley Road near the town of El Dorado, but was not pronounced dead as of Wednesday afternoon despite earlier reports from the California Highway Patrol. A witness […]

Tom’s Burger and Frosty reprises popular Foster’s Freeze

“This is the best hamburger I ever ate,” said the woman to Melodie Ku as the customer walked by to bus her own tray. “We get a lot of that,” said Melodie, who is the designated spokesperson for Tom’s Burger and Frosty on Placerville Drive, where the Foster’s Freeze served the public for five decades. […]

5-20-11 Caretaker man needs truck

RELIABLE TRUCK NEEDED: A young man who is a caretaker for two people, including his elderly mother, is desperate to locate a reliable truck he can drive in snow country. His truck was hit by another truck and totaled. He is looking for an “angel” out there who will sell him a reliable truck for […]

Murder trial begins

Joanne Witt, a 47-year-old single mother, was stabbed to death in her own El Dorado Hills home on the evening of June 11, 2009. That much is certain. Details of the gruesome killing, though, differ, depending on who’s talking. Opening statements in the murder trial of Steven Paul Colver were delivered Tuesday morning inside of […]

Popular educator retiring after 42 years

POLLOCK PINES — Thunder, lightning and hail almost took out “Principal of Science” Ralph Haslam. The Pinewood School principal is planning to retire at the end of this school year, but he wasn’t planning to be retired by a lightning bolt while perched 86 feet above the school courtyard in the basket of a metal […]

Water district in kerfuffle over bike path

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown Divide Public Utilities District’s Board of Directors Chair Norm Krizl worked to corral the discussion of the Northside School Bike Path away from the pros and cons of bicycling and concentrate on the impact of the proposed trail on the water district during the district’s recent meeting. The bike path would cover the […]

Memorial dance for Harry and Jeanie Caldwell at Lions Hall

SOMEWHAT MODEST T-SHIRT: John Chapman of Folsom brought me the following T-shirt statement: “I fall short of absolute perfection, but not by much.” … HARRY AND JEANIE REMEMBERED: The annual Memorial Dance for Harry and Jeanie Caldwell is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, from 4:30 p.m. to midnight at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, Missouri […]

EID redistricting public outreach meetings set

El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) is in the process of drawing new EID Board division lines in the wake of the 2010 census. The EID Redistricting Advisory Committee is comprised of five public members and EID General Counsel Tom Cumpston, who serves as project manager. The committee began meeting in March to guide the redistricting process. District staff […]

California’s gas price plateau may be short-lived

Gas prices across California may seem relatively stable, but a month to month comparison from AAA shows a 9 cent jump at the pump in the state’s average price. Among all 50 states, California is now tied with Connecticut and Illinois for the third highest state average price for regular, unleaded gasoline. According to AAA, […]

Community Clean-up Days set

  Organizers in Camino and Pollock Pines will host their respective Community Clean-up Days on Saturday, May 21. The fourth annual events will offer free disposal of recently bagged and sealed garbage. As well, Snowline Hospice will be at both locations to accept tax-deductible donations of gently used items, as well as e-waste and other […]

Gov. Brown unveils revised budget

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has unveiled a revised state budget that reduces by nearly $3 billion the amount of taxes needed to balance the budget, spurs job creation through new tax incentives and pays off most of the $34.7 billion debt built up over the last decade, according to the Governor’s Office. […]

B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ visits area

The legend goes like this: A Seattle Times reporter sees an early B-17 close for the first time in July 1935, machine guns emanating from its nose, tail, top, bottom and several points in between — 13 in all — and gasps, “Why, it’s a flying fortress!” Boeing officials, recognizing a great brand name when […]

Divide Fishing Derby set for June

GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Ranger District is busy preparing for the 22nd annual Fishing Derby to be held at Lake Walton. All children 12 and younger are invited to participate in this fun-filled event. Gather your fishing poles, tackle boxes and bait and join the fun Saturday, June 4, to participate in the festivities. Lake […]

Man suspected of pizza, soda theft

A Georgetown man was arrested Monday after he and an underage accomplice allegedly broke into a Georgetown school to steal a frozen pizza, authorities said. Bryar Sutton, 20, was booked shortly after 9:45 p.m. Monday after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of two suspicious subjects on Georgetown’s Main Street. Deputies arrived […]

Woman suspected of child endangerment

A Cameron Park woman was arrested last week on suspicion of child cruelty after El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies allegedly found a syringe in her toddler’s diaper bag. At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday deputies responded to report of a toddler wandering the streets of the 3800 block of Los Santos Drive in Cameron Park. Sheriff’s Lt. […]