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 […]

Gold Bug Park a successful destination

One of the most visited sites in Placerville is doing well, but they could use a little help. At the Placerville City Council meeting on March 25, the Gold Bug Park Development Committee presented a report on the park’s status and a check for $21,500 to City Council.

“We have an entirely new board,” said Beverly Disalvo, president of the GBP Development Committee.”We reorganized and we’re working on a lot of new things to bring the park to the public’s attention.”

Disalvo reviewed some of the …

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 […]

Man tries to blow up house

An unidentified male threatened to blow up his house on March 29, and as deputies arrived, an explosion within the home occurred, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 3 p.m., a male living in Pollock Pines called 911 with the threat, a press release from the Sheriff’s Office stated. Deputies arrived […]

Petition for a writ of mandate


March 29, 2014 | Posted in News | 6 Replies

EDSO searching for robber

Sheriff John D’Agostini is seeking your help. The Sheriff’s Detectives need to identify a man responsible for two armed robberies. On Saturday, March 15, between 1 and 2 a.m., an unidentified man armed with a handgun entered a convenience store in the 3400 block of Coach Lane in Cameron Park. The man demanded money from […]

Incumbent’s petition denied

El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector Cherie Raffety filed a petition for a writ of mandate with the Superior Court on Monday, March 24. The writ sought a legal determination that the opposing candidate for the post she has held for more than 25 years was not qualified to serve as Treasurer-Tax Collector. While El Dorado […]

Petition for writ of mandate explained

El Dorado County Counsel Ed Knapp sent the following description and discussion on the petition for a writ of mandate and the county’s role in the process: “This is election season, so it is the time when all County Counsel’s offices around the state become involved in cases like this, because County Counsel’s offices represent […]

Black Oak Mine Unified School District board member vacancy

John Foley has announced his resignation as a board member of the Black Oak Mine Unified School District effective March 21. The board has determined that the vacancy shall be filled through a provisional appointment. To be eligible for consideration, the person must be an adult citizen who resides in Trustees Area I (communities of […]

Commercial builders float own initiative

A new ballot initiative that would quash the anti-growth initiatives currently being circulated in the county is now making the rounds in search of signatures. Sponsored by Region Builders, a Sacramento-based group of commercial builders, architects and engineers, the initiative is called Control Growth to Fix Our Local Roads. According to Joshua Wood, who is the […]

Spilling and loving it

With other water districts trying to hold on to every drop of water they have, the Grizzly Flat Community Services District is in the enviable position of having a reservoir that is actually spilling.

According to General Manager Jodi Lauther, the small 31-acre-foot reservoir has been spilling since a new liner was put in back in 2012.

At present, it is somewhat under capacity at 27 acre-feet, which Lauther said is for safety in case there is a sudden influx of water or a freeze that could cause water to top the reservoir.

The extra water is actually fed into a pipe embedded in the side of the reservoir that empties into Eagle Ditch Creek. The same creek that feeds the reservoir.

Sheriff endorses Hoffman for judge

El Dorado County’s top peace officer, Sheriff John D’Agostini, is endorsing Joseph Hoffman for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 5. “Joe Hoffman’s integrity and respect for existing laws make him the best choice for judge,” said D’Agostini. “I admire Joe for his commitment to his profession and passion for our community.” With broad […]

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 […]

GDPUD drought workshop attracts crowd

A special board meeting and workshop of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District may not have settled much, but it did attract a large and engaged audience of around 100 people with most of them being there to find out how the drought might affect their irrigation water. On the agenda at the March 25 […]

Attorney from EDH sentenced to 46 months

SACRAMENTO — Donald M. Wanland, 56, a resident of El Dorado Hills, was sentenced March 25 by United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to 46 months in prison for convictions on 28 criminal counts, including tax evasion, failing to file tax returns, and removing, depositing and concealing assets from the IRS in defiance of […]

Wild Things live animal presentation Saturday

On Saturday, March 29, the Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School is hosting a Science Day “Wild Things.” This event will feature the “Animals of North America” show, presented by WildThingsInc, a wildlife rehabilitation and rescue nonprofit organization. Participants will be enthralled by the live bald eagle, alligator and raccoon. The open house and […]

Main Ditch pipe plan advances

Preliminary studies to pipe the Main Ditch that connects Forebay to Reservoir 1 Water Treatment Plant have been completed, but the lion’s share of studies remain. An update on the project was presented to the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors on March 24. Originally pegged for construction in 2018, it likely will be […]

Ballot statements sketch portrait of 8 Dist. 4 supervisorial candidates

Outlining their positions and qualifications for the job are the eight candidates running to be a member of the board of supervisors in District 4. Scott McNeil describes himself as a veteran, small business owner and elected member of the local community services district. “More importantly, I’m a husband and father,” he said. McNeil says […]

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, […]

Serrano cuts water use 30%

Serrano Home Owners Association is reducing its use of recycled water for landscaping by 30 percent and may even reach the 50 percent mark, HOA manager David Sanders told the El Dorado Irrigation District board Monday.

That water use reduction is being achieved by using a …

Meetings to update public on Highway 89 Project March 26

TAHOE CITY — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Southwest Gas Corporation will be co-hosting two meetings on Wednesday, March 26 to update the public on a project to improve State Highway 89 on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore. The meetings will be held at the Tahoe City Public Utility District office at 221 Fairway […]

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 […]

Maintenance Mania hits county

Maintenance Mania hit Placerville in March as fair employees from throughout the state visited Placerville for a three-day safety and training event. Held at the El Dorado El Dorado County Fairgrounds, the annual event offers classroom and hands-on instruction for maintenance and service workers who help keep fairs running smoothly throughout the year. John Marino, […]

Firefighters burn home … on purpose

Thick black smoke billowed in the breeze as flames leapt from a burning Sienna Ridge Road home Sunday afternoon and, all the while, firefighters stood around and watched. Occasionally, a firefighter would pick up a hose and douse smoldering debris that drifted into the air. But they let the house burn to the ground — […]

Biting dog sought

El Dorado County Animal Services is looking for a dog that bit a South Lake Tahoe man on Sunday, March 16. The incident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. in the area of Tahoe Keys Boulevard and Washington Avenue in South Lake Tahoe when the man encountered a dog roaming in the neighborhood and attempted to […]

Register for Camino Chartered

Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School, a free public school with an emphasis on science and math, is now open for fall registration. The school provides an academically rigorous standards-based curriculum using natural resource-based education as an integrating context for learning across the curriculum. It offers several options for students in fourth through eighth […]

Friday deadline to seek Camino board seat

Michael Douglas, a member of the Camino Union School District Board of Trustees, submitted a letter of resignation effective March 5. The Camino Union School District Board of Trustees would like to fill this vacancy through a provisional appointment. All interested residents of the Camino Union School District are encouraged to apply. To apply for […]

Heard over the back fence: A potpouri column

LIGHTHEARTED FENCE COLUMN: It’s the day before April Fool’s Day, so I’ve decided to offer a lighthearted “Fence” column for the spring season. Enjoy April Fool’s Day and relax while you catch spring fever. T-SHIRTS TO PONDER: With thanks to John Chapman, we offer the following T-shirt statements: “Blink if you want me.” “Instead of a sign […]

Collaboration and Facilitation in Natural Resource Management workshop March 26

The Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project’s (SNAMP) University of California Cooperative Extension team will be hosting a workshop on Collaboration and Facilitation in Natural Resource Management on March 26 in Martell/Jackson. The goal of this workshop is to help improve communication by building facilitation skills within the many groups involved in collaboration in natural resource […]

CRC to close

The Community Resource Center will be closing its 1864 Broadway location to conserve resources and continue services to at-risk and homeless populations. Founded to provide safe shelter, address the needs of the homeless and keep others in our community from becoming so, the CRC opened with a clear mission. However, due to an unforeseen vacuum […]

Community Resource Center goes mobile

For the past four years, the Community Resource Center at 1864 Broadway in Placerville has served the homeless population. They’ve provided a day shelter with showers, laundry facilities and computers for job seekers, a place to make and get meals, along with volunteers to help clients build resumes, connect with transitional housing services, mental health […]

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 […]

‘No Hands Bridge’ becomes landmark

The historic Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge, known locally as “No Hands Bridge,” has been saved from destruction by many hands, including the hand of fate. On March 23, its 102nd birthday, the bridge became an official California historical landmark.

The bridge, located at the confluence of the North and Middle forks of the American River, with footings in both El Dorado and Placer County, was completed in 1912 at a cost of $300,000. Part of a 7-mile standard gauge railroad built by Pacific Portland Cement …

Additional animals test positive for rabies

El Dorado County Animal Services has identified several more rabid skunks over the past few weeks, bringing the total number to seven for 2014. “We want to provide education and public awareness regarding the presence of rabies in our community,” said Dr. Alicia Paris-Pombo, El Dorado County Health officer. “While it isn’t unusual to find […]

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 […]

Uncle Matty doing Saturday radio show on KFBK

SACRAMENTO — Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis announced Friday he will be hosting a new radio talk show every Saturday from 1-2 p.m. on KFBK. “Pet Talk with Uncle Matty” debuts this Saturday, March 22. “Pet Talk with Uncle Matty” is a forum devoted to the frank and lively discussion of pets, wildlife and the environment. […]

Area unemployment declines; local rate ticks up

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 8.2 percent in February 2014, down from a revised 8.3 percent in January 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 9.4 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.5 percent for California and 7.0 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Kiwanis to spruce up Schnell School

The Kiwanis Club of Placerville is preparing for a Kiwanis One Day project at Schnell School to help spruce up the school grounds. Kiwanis One Day is a global day of service that unites the entire Kiwanis family, including Kiwanis, Aktion Clubs, Key Clubs and Builder’s Clubs. On April 5, more than 100 volunteers from […]

Heard over the back fence: Lobster and seafood dinners

DON’T QUESTION BOB: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Question Authority, But Do Not Question Bob.” VFW LOBSTER DINNER: Our local veterans are sponsoring a lobster dinner (live Maine lobster) on Saturday, March 29, from 5-8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr. Tickets are $30 per person and includes your entry drawing for […]

Burke’s Corner

Burke’s Corner is  a once-a-week  report of answers to questions of  seriousness, controversy or lightness in El Dorado County. Look for Burke Bruttig in the community each week to ask you the question of the week and get your answer! For future question suggestions, comments or contact,  Burke can be reached at Burke Bruttig What steps do […]

Supes scotch development agreement team

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors bowed to public opposition to development agreements during the March 18 board meeting. Development agreements typically are contracts between the county and larger development companies that lock in a quid pro quo of mutual benefit to both parties for a specified length of time, commonly up to 20 […]