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Controversy continues over death of Gen. George S. Patton

Even 70 years later, the death of Gen. George S. Patton remains controversial.

A person connected to the Mountain Democrat offers a different, insider’s perspective on the traffic accident that led to Patton’s death, disputing the controversy.

A brilliant and audacious warrior who was often called “old blood and guts,” Patton’s untimely death at the end of World War II resulted in speculation that he died at an assassin’s hand rather than because of an automobile accident.

It was the subject of several books. One published in 2008 was called “Target Patton,” by journalist Robert Wilcox.

Murder arrests stem from cold case; suspects arraigned

Two of the three men arrested last week in connection with a cold case murder from 2006 were arraigned the afternoon of Jan. 20.

Eric Mehlmauer, accused of murder, was assigned no bail after pleading not guilty; Ronald Garcia was accused of aiding Mehlmauer after the alleged murder was committed and was assigned $50,000 bail.

Garcia, 53, of Sacramento, was arraigned first and entered a not guilty plea to a charge of accessory after the fact, or willfully concealing, harboring or aiding the suspect after a felony — in this case, the alleged murder of Tobias Kaiser on or about Nov. 11, 2006.

Salmon expert eyes Cosumnes River

The El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited got some good news about fish restoration efforts at its Jan. 15 meeting. There to talk about efforts to improve the passage of fish up the Cosumnes River so they can spawn was Donnie Ratcliff, who is the assistant program manager of the anadromous fish restoration program of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife […]

90 horses: Hearing officer backs seizure

A hearing officer has decided there was reasonable cause for El Dorado County Animal Services to believe 90 horses and other livestock at the former Grace Foundation facility were abandoned and that it was necessary to retrieve the animals to provide for their care and feeding.  Citing Penal Code section 597.1 and Civil Code 1815(d), the […]

Wildlife conservation group plans inaugural event

Plans are well underway for the first ever fundraising banquet event by the Mother Lode Chapter of the California Deer Association in Placerville. The fundraising banquet will be held at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road in Placerville on Feb. 7. The group was founded in 1996 but hasn’t previously had a chapter in […]

Kirkwood Meadows PUD strengthens infrastructure for reliability and environmental benefits

Kirkwood — On Nov. 1, 2014 the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District, which serves the Kirkwood community and Vail’s Kirkwood Mountain Resort, commissioned and energized a 10-megawatt, 28-mile electrical transmission line connecting the area to the Western electric grid at Pacific Gas & Electric’s Salt Springs substation. This substantially completes a 9-year capital project that […]

California State Parks 2015 Annual Pass Program offered

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—On Dec. 23, California State Parks is launching the Annual Park Pass Program, bringing back the popular “Golden Poppy” and introducing a new Tahoe area regional pass. The Annual Park Pass Program consists of four different passes with a variety of admissions to parks statewide, and price points designed to meet visitor’s individual needs. […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘I hear the train a-coming’

LEARN TO LISTEN: My pal John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “My wife says I never listen to her. At least that’s what I think she said.” ALL ABOARD! The El Dorado Western Railroad runs on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Feb. 1 train will be at the El Dorado Station located next […]

White Meadows continues King Fire recovery

Despite the devastating effects of the King Fire, clean up and recovery efforts continue in White Meadows.

That area suffered the most in terms of property damage with 12 homes and at least 57 buildings destroyed.

One of those families whose home burned was Michele and Doug Mudgett, whose ranch, Pacific House Farms, was in the path of the fire.

Their home, barn and much of the timber on their property was lost. They are now living in a small travel trailer on their property along with their …

Mother Lode parents open conversation

The Jan. 14 Mother Lode Union School District Board meeting was well attended. Approximately 75 people, most of them wearing purple, sat at tables in the Herbert Green cafeteria, waiting for a chance to share their concerns, listening to the concerns of parents and teachers and wanting to start a conversation about what is going […]

The rainbow activist returns

A little over two years after completing his walk across America in support of equal civil rights for all Americans regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, activist Richard Noble was back in Placerville — this time arriving by car. He started his long trek across the nation at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco […]

Supervisors OK schedule for General Plan update

While not as dramatic as establishing a committee, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved a recommended schedule for staff and consultant work on a General Plan Biological Resource Policy Update. Based on ensuring consistency of the General Plan with state law, the first element of the project is to re-design the county’s Oak […]

Three arrested for murder

Three men were arrested for murder, but details remain scarce. Eric Mehlmauer, 57, was arrested on Jan. 15, while Ronald Garcia, 53, and Brian Daly, 31, were arrested on Jan. 16. When asked for information on the arrests, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said that, as it was a District Attorney’s Office case, inquiries should […]

BOS to hold workshops on General Plan Biological Resources Policies Update

El Dorado County is in the process of updating the biological resources policies and implementation measures in the county’s General Plan. On Jan. 13, the county Board of Supervisors approved the proposed project schedule. The 18-month project schedule includes a series of public workshops with the board to be held in January 2015 through June […]

Wanted by the FBI: High school juniors for Teen Academy

SACRAMENTO — Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic? Are you curious about what it takes to be an FBI agent or member of the FBI’s professional staff? Do you wonder what case work is like? If you are a high school junior in the area served […]

McClintock appointed chairman of House Subcommittee on Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, has been appointed Chairman of the Federal Lands Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee for the 114th Congress. McClintock has served as a member of the Natural Resources Committee since 2009, most recently chairing the Subcommittee on Water and Power. “The sound and rational management of our […]

Heard over the back fence: Hike planned Jan. 24

HEEL KARMA: Received from Jewel-Blair Smith: “Life In Signs” — “In a Podiatrist’s Office: Time wounds all heels. ” HIKING IN THE HILLS: A hike near Forest Hill is scheduled for Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the hike you will visit a mine, a wire bridge and the “lost” grave of an […]

Sen. Gaines gets new committee assignment

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R–Roseville, announced he has been appointed to serve on the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization for the 2015-16 legislative session. The Committee on Governmental Organization reviews legislation relating to state government organization, horseracing, public gaming, the National Guard, alcoholic beverages, management of public safety emergencies and disaster response, and […]

Strategic plan for Placerville PD

Placerville Police Chief Scott Heller rolled out a new two-year conceptual strategic plan for the Police Department at the Jan.13 Placerville City Council meeting. The 2015-2017 plan, designed to provide better service to city residents, has four focus areas: community service; professional development; internal operations and capital improvement. Targeted areas for community service includes developing […]

CSD pavilion needs new roof; options weighed

Heavy rains in December were the last straw for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion’s roof. Despite a recent interior makeover, the 25-year-old roof needs to be replaced before more heavy rains, according to Parks Facilities Supervisor Kent Malonson. At last Thursday’s monthly Board of Directors meeting, Malonson requested a funding transfer of […]

King Fire logging and restoration topic at the Forest Forum

JACKSON — The King Fire began on Sept. 13, 2014 and consumed 97,717 acres of forestland in El Dorado County, north of Pollock Pines. Before the fire was completely extinguished, forestry professionals were busy assessing the damage and beginning the enormous task of salvaging timber and restoring the landscape. That work will continue for the […]

Sen. Gaines talks regulatory reform: Highlights value of small businesses to chamber lunch

Touting the theme that “the private sector will lift us into prosperity,” state Sen. Ted Gaines touched on that subject and others when he spoke before the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. A small business owner himself, Gaines said he started out working in his father’s insurance agency right out of college. He still owns Gaines […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closures set

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Jan. 19, due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed on Jan. 19 The offices of the sheriff, police and fire departments will be […]

Juvenile arrested in graffiti case

A juvenile was arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of graffiti incidents in Placerville. Placerville Police Department received an increase in reports of graffiti over the past few weeks, a press release stated, with incidents along Reservoir Alley, the Green Valley Road area and at El Dorado High School. The damage is estimated at […]

Marshall employee retires at 87

It was cake and kisses for Gloria Baldwin, 87, as staff at Marshall Medical Center held a retirement party for her on Monday. The well-loved octogenarian is retiring after 37 years in the admissions department with her last work day being Jan. 17. A resident of El Dorado, Baldwin said she came to work for the hospital when she was […]

Mohr named to CPCSD

Margaret Mohr was selected to fill the vacancy on the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District on Wednesday night. The opening was created after Vicky Neibauer resigned in December. Mohr is the chief marketing officer for e.Republic. Her current duties with the company include company branding, external marketing efforts, public relation campaigns, developing advertising […]

Stick-up in Cameron Park: Employee’s wallet also taken

A man armed with a pistol robbed a check-cashing store in Cameron Park Tuesday afternoon, fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and the assistant manager’s wallet, according to El Dorado County Sheriff’s investigators.

The man, who reportedly was unmasked when he went into the Check Into Cash store at 3440 Palmer Drive, fled northbound following the 3:50 p.m. robbery. He had masked himself later, as he brandished a gun and demanded money, according to sheriff’s detective Jon Densmore, who was …

City seeks committee, commission members

Placerville is seeking local residents to volunteer for appointment to its advisory committees and commissions. The city is accepting applications to fill full, four-year terms on the Planning Commission, Recreation and Parks Commission, Placerville Economic Advisory Committee, Measure H Sales Tax Committee, Community Pride Committee, and Historical Advisory Committee, with terms of office ending March […]

Heard over the back fence: Health Career Day Jan. 19

NO LAPTOP ZONE: Received from Paul Chafer: “Laughter Is Medicine:” — “On a coffee shop sign: ‘NO – We do Not have Wi-Fi. Talk to Each Other!’” DO YOU WANT A MEDICAL CAREER? “Health Career Exploration Day” is a great opportunity to gain insight into the medical field. You can spend Monday, Jan. 19, with medical […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘Drive smart’ CHP program offered in EDH

PAY YOUR BILL! Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Life In Signs” quote: “At the electric company. ‘We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don’t, you will be.’” DRIVE SMART PROGRAM: On Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., you can attend the new CHP’s “Age Well, Drive Smart Program” at the El Dorado […]

One arrested, one escapes police in South Lake Tahoe

By Isaac Brambila Tahoe Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — One person was arrested and one remains at-large after the suspects allegedly evaded police in a vehicle before abandoning it and attempting to escape on foot. The chase began at about 3:20 p.m. after the driver of the vehicle, a white Jeep Cherokee, allegedly refused to […]

Candlelight vigil honors Khrista Ibarolle

A vigil was held on Jan. 11 for a woman killed during an alleged carjacking.

The vigil was held at 6 p.m. at 36 Handles in El Dorado Hills, the bar Khrista Ibarolle was leaving when she was allegedly murdered by Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland, while trying to carjack Ibarolle and her friend Kesha Patrice.

The well-attended candlelight vigil was organized by nearby Rolling Hills Church. Member Crystal Wilson read a message from Ibarolle’s family off of her phone. Lori, Khrista’s mother, wrote, “No one will miss her more than her family, who now have a Khrista-shaped hole in our hearts.”

Eco-terrorist convict out early

A man serving 19 years for plotting to destroy various targets, including the U.S. Forest Service Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville, has been released from prison early. Eric McDavid was convicted on Sept. 17, 2007, on conspiracy to destroy the targets by fire or explosives, a press release from U.S. District Court Judge Morrison […]

17 New Year’s Eve arrests netted in South Lake Tahoe

As many local law enforcement agencies do each year, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department bolstered patrol staffing to meet the emergency response needs of the crowded city during the New Year celebration period. There were squads of officers patrolling the state line area and the Snow Globe festival, and extra officers were also assigned […]

Harris trial moved to March

The trial of a woman accused of killing her husband has been pushed to March. After a meeting in the judge’s chambers, Judge Kenneth J. Melikian announced that, due to prosecutor Joe Alexander being ill, the trial of Colleen Harris would be pushed from a start time of Jan. 20 to March 10. A hearing […]

EID finds the ‘unicorn’

By a 5-0 vote, the El Dorado Irrigation District concluded a 10-year quest to get a contract for additional water delivery from Folsom Lake. “I’m amazed,” said Director Alan Day. “I thought it was a unicorn.” The water delivery contract is for half of the 17,000 acre-feet of water EID gained the rights to when […]

County takes over herd of horses

Since the Grace Foundation’s land lease was terminated Nov. 20, El Dorado County Animal Services has taken custody of 90 horses and other livestock, including several goats, pigs and chicken, that made their home at the 600-acre equine therapy and animal rescue ranch off Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills. While a county is responsible for animals […]

USCIS to host naturalization information session

FOLSOM — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a free 90-minute information session at the Folsom Public Library on Feb. 24. The session is part of a larger USCIS initiative to help immigrants better understand the naturalization process. USCIS officers will be on hand to provide information about eligibility and residency requirements, application forms, […]

County accepting Sign Ordinance comments

The El Dorado County Community Development Agency has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for a comprehensive update to the Sign Ordinance. The standard review period for a Draft EIR submitted to the State Clearinghouse is 45 calendar days. This DEIR is available for public review now through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17. A meeting to accept comments […]

EDH resident named Registrar

El Dorado Hills resident Cindi Christenson, 57, is the newly promoted Registrar of Contractors of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). The Contractors State License Board is one of 40 bureaus, boards or commissions under the Department of Consumer Affairs. It is responsible for the licensing and regulating of 285,000 licensed contractors statewide, 2,540 of […]

Mosquito arranges coverage as chief leaves

A loud and, at times, argumentative audience confronted the board of the Mosquito Fire Prevention District on Thursday night as a third chief in less than three years announced he was leaving the district. This following the letter from Battalion Chief Chris Johns, who announced his retirement as of Jan. 10. Johns had served as […]

Shopping center owner reacts to homicide

The owner of the Montano de El Dorado shopping center, where a woman was shot and killed Wednesday, denounced the incident as tragic happenstance. “It was a random act of violence by a felon” who carjacked his way from the Bay Area to El Dorado Hills, owner Vinal Perkins said. “It’s a tragedy. Not only […]

Friends remember Khrista Ibarolle

Khrista Ibarolle was a people person.

“She was the kindest person, she would do anything for others,” said Marina Texeira, owner of the Torch Club in Sacramento, where Ibarolle frequented. “That’s the irony.”

Ibarolle was allegedly killed during a carjacking just after midnight on Jan. 7 in the parking lot of the 36 Handles Pub in El Dorado Hills by Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland. Texeira said the act was “disgusting, quite honestly.”

The 31-year-old El Dorado …

Swift arraigned on murder charge

A man accused of murdering a woman during a carjacking in El Dorado Hills was arraigned Friday afternoon. Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland, was arraigned in Department 7 by Judge Dylan Sullivan on seven counts. After being appointed the Public Defender’s Office as counsel, attorney Mark Ralphs entered a not guilty plea to all counts […]

State gas consumption rises

SACRAMENTO — California’s gasoline consumption rose 0.9 percent during fiscal year 2013-14, the first increase in eight fiscal years, since 2005-06 — offering another sign of an improving economy — according to data released by the California State Board of Equalization). During fiscal year 2013-14, diesel consumption rose 3.7 percent, up sharply from a 0.4 […]

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