Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Criticisms of Sheriff D’Agostini unjustified

EDITOR: I feel the criticisms of Sheriff D’Agostini about his U.S. Forest Service policy are unjustified.

I worked for Sheriff Pacileo and Sheriff McDonald from 1976 to 1997 as both a deputy and undersheriff. Because of the foresight of these sheriffs they opted to contract for reimbursement for time and equipment used enforcing state laws instead of giving state law enforcement powers to the U.S. Forest Service rangers because of the potential issues our current sheriff is currently facing.

The three law enforcement rangers at the time worked as liaison with the U.S. Forest Service and local law enforcement, though they did have the authority to arrest on U.S. regulations if necessary. The U.S. Magistrate authorized sheriff deputies to cite for violation of U.S. regulations directly to his court. This policy worked well for both the county and the Forest Service.

I believe Sheriff D’Agostini is taking the correct action in protecting the liabilities of the citizens of El Dorado County.

JIM ROTH
Placerville

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Discussion | 21 comments

  • NancyJuly 08, 2013 - 3:16 am

    Agreed.

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  • Walking TallJuly 08, 2013 - 6:38 am

    Basic Police work 101 don't cut off your backup, seek solutions with the resources you have and explore all options before making costly decions.

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  • MikeJuly 08, 2013 - 8:29 am

    WALKING TALL This is the reason you weren't and never will be elected!!! The Sheriff is doing something that the past Sheriffs haven't had the guts or balls to do. I would encourage ANYONE who thinks the sheriffs actions are wrong to go to pirate4x4 dot com and read all the stories and instances with the LEOs. Did you know the sheriff has been trying to work with the USFS and get their officers up to standards and what is expected? Walking Tall- Don't be jealous that we would never elect you as our Sheriff. Instead of criticizing maybe you could try working with our current Sheriff to make our county an even better place. If your not a part of the solution, your part of the problem.

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  • Dink LaneJuly 08, 2013 - 10:15 am

    Back in the 70s, a camper went nuts with a hatchet and killed the neighboring campers. It was not the Sheriff's department that responded to this "Civil" crime.... It was the Forestry Department.... How is the Sheriff going to handle "Emergency" "Civil" Crimes now?.... I thought after 9/11 ALL Law Enforcement agents were supposed to work TOGETHER??? "Leadership" means working with other departments..... Not stamping your feet and say "No" without explanation to the other agency.... That's Politics!

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  • James E.July 08, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Dink, I don't go to the woods (had enough roughing it in the woods in the Army). However, I have always thought of Forest Ranger/Cops as a pleasant enforcer of forest laws with lots of friendly warnings, if required, rather than tickets. I wonder if the Forest Ranger/Cop in question might need a severe attitude adjustment by his boss. Appears so.

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  • cookie65July 08, 2013 - 10:45 am

    Dink, did they outlaw hatchets?

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  • FranJuly 08, 2013 - 11:04 am

    Dink--it may not be all forest law enforcement people...I do know of a family that was just hiking with their 5 year old...and the family was treated as if they were criminals...it is not the only incident coming out by the locals. Something is wrong up here...I support the Sheriff. Stop it first--then go in a talk...the little kid was scared.

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  • Jim RiordanJuly 08, 2013 - 11:59 am

    Right,(forgive me) "on target" Mike. Walkin' tall,is thinkin' small and has a hard time spelling. I like our Sheriff lots better and I like how he stands up for all of our rights all the way up (or down) to Biden as well. If we NEED more rangers let's get back to the good ole days where citizens and their kids could look up to the friendly "Smokies" and did not have to fear rude and overbearing "wanna be" enforcers in THEIR own forests.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 08, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    Barney Fifes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBuPQgV8yBM

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  • MikeJuly 08, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    The USFS used to use volunteers as eyes and ears. They were amateur radio operators (Hams) and they would report problems, talk to people, and educate. No heavy handed actions. Maybe the USFS should go back to something like this.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 08, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    bump

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  • cookie65July 08, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    Phil, I think we just discovered why slick was so supportive of the beast being secretary of state. http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/07/u-s-embassy-official-in-guyana-removed-in-alleged-sex-for-visas-swindle/#ixzz2YTK5ExiL

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 08, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    BREAKING NEWS, Cookie - Hillary will NOT be running in 2016 due to a brain tumor found during a recent colonoscopy. (per recent email)

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  • SHJuly 08, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    Normally I would think that the Sherriff would have to be on a power trip to do this – but I have heard nothing but bad stories about the Rangers. Not just by the 4x4/Jeep/dirt bike crowd (who are usually loud and disrespectful douchebags, quite frankly). One story I remember is about a family who were out camping in the woods. There was another family up there camping who came by to visit, and they all sat around the campfire. A Ranger came by and asked for the fire permit. No problem - the guy had followed the rules and had attained a fire permit. He shows it to the Ranger and what does the Ranger do? He gave a ticket to every person sitting at that fire except for the one guy – even the guys wife - because their names weren’t on the permit. Deplorable abuse of ‘power’ that has gone on too long. They’ve been warned and chose to continue behaving that way, so that power was deservedly removed.

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  • FranJuly 08, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    Happening now...There are two vegetation fires burning at this time. One is along Highway 50 east of mile 29 in the Kyburz area in El Dorado County. The California Highway Patrol has closed both directions of 50 between Pollock Pines and Meyers.

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  • FranJuly 08, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    Sugarloaf Oregon campground in the area has been evacuated, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. At last report, the flames were on the east side of the highway and had scorched between three and a half and five acres.

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  • FranJuly 08, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    I hope that this will not get out of hand...where people are hurt...copters flying overhead. The wind up here cant be helping.

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  • FranJuly 08, 2013 - 3:10 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/l47jheu live feed ch.10

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  • Jim RiordanJuly 08, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    Boy Phil, that clip was pretty darn funny . . .I'll bet our top leaders could not do any better. They certainly can't read nor remember the content of the Amendments.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 08, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Jim, they can read. They just don't give a damn what it says or means or intends. They ignore.

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  • FranJuly 08, 2013 - 4:25 pm

    EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - The California Highway Patrol has stopped eastbound traffic on Highway 50 at Sly Park Road in Pollock Pines and westbound traffic at Meyers just west of South Lake Tahoe due to heavy smoke from a grass fire that began near Kyburz. PHOTOS: Highway 50 grass fire and smoke About 100 campers, including 70 kids, have been evacuated from Sugarloaf Oregon campground in the area, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. At last report, the flames were burning toward the northeast up the mountainside, says the U.S. Forest Service. Approximately 40 acres were blackened.

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