Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Busted!: Poor Red’s co-owner suspected in theft

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BRENDA ADAMS, Poor Red's co-owner, is remanded into the sheriff's custody Wednesday morning in El Dorado Superior Court. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

From page A1 | July 05, 2013 | 10 Comments

Following two hearings on Monday and Wednesday, one of the owners of Poor Red’s, who was out on bail, was remanded into the custody of the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department after new charges were filed.

On Monday, with both Brenda Adams, out of custody, and her husband Mike, in custody, in attendance, Judge Douglas C. Phimister mentioned possible new charges of the theft of property against Brenda, but did not elaborate.

He did, however, mention that there was a shed on the Poor Red’s premises that had a padlock on it. He told David Schroeder, who was in the audience, that he was to cut off the padlock, replace it with his own and then the shed was to remain closed until the next day.

He ordered that on Tuesday, all the involved parties and a locksmith to take the padlock off and open an ATM supposedly inside the shed. Should there be money inside, it was to be removed.

Until then, he reiterated, no one was to go into the shed in order to preserve any evidence. A hearing was set for that Wednesday, July 3, for further proceedings following the opening of the shed.

On Wednesday, Phimister elaborated on the new charge — grand theft of property with a special allegation of committing the crime while out on bail.

He also announced that Beau Weiner, Brenda Adams’ attorney, had a potential conflict of interest, that could require a hearing. Weiner confirmed that this was the case and took a moment to speak with Adams. She then told the court that she agreed with the conflict and that a hearing was not necessary.

The Public Defender’s Office was then appointed as counsel, with Rachel Miller acting as her attorney. She, Weiner and deputy district attorney James Clinchard approached the bench moment for a few moments.

After confirming the Public Defender’s Office was appointed in both of Adams’ cases, Judge Phimister announced that she was to be remanded to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and her bail bond surrendered. The bail in her new case would be $55,000.

The court had already reduced her previous case’s bail from $350,000 to $175,000 so that she could continue to “operate the family business.” But, as she would not be doing so from the County Jail, the bail was raised to its original $350,000. Phimister ordered a hearing regarding the source of her bail money from her first case.

At Clinchard’s request, the two new hearings on July 15 and 17 were changed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Department 7.

According to the new complaint, Adams stole $1,580 from David Schroeder, with the special allegation that she committed the alleged crime while out on bail.

Brenda and Mike Adams were originally charged with not paying nearly $350,000 in taxes for the past six years. They had also been allegedly paying their employees in cash in an attempt to elude taxes. In total, 30 charges of tax evasion and insurance fraud were levied against them. April 17 saw both arrested and the bar raided with a search warrant by members of the Franchise Tax Board, the DA’s Office, the Employment Development Department, the Board of Equalization and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. The California Department of Insurance was also involved in the investigation.


Discussion | 10 comments

  • Angela LatimerJuly 06, 2013 - 4:43 am

    Beau Weiner??

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  • J. WronghofferJuly 06, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    Yes Angela, that's little Beau; a freshly processed Weiner (now available in a 5-pack in ED County).

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  • James E.July 06, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    Mr. Wronghoffer, long time no see?

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  • Walking TallJuly 07, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    Throw the book at them, great people lost their jobs because of these two and the county lost a large part of history in El Dorado

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 07, 2013 - 9:03 pm

    I miss Jimmy Rago. RIP

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  • J. WronghofferJuly 08, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Mr. Veerkamp, Jimmy Rago. God rest his soul, I hadn't heard of his passing. Jimmy served my first over-the-plank beer when I was 15 y.o. He was sporting a little grin after examining my "I.D." That was at "The Prospector" in Coloma. Remember that place? I'd just left Fred Luneman's ranch in the company of real cowboys; real thirsty cowboys. Those were the days... Thanks for the blast from the past.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 08, 2013 - 1:30 pm

    Ahhh, yes! Danny and Tommy telling about bringing Fred's cows down in the fall, reaching Balderston Station and Fred waiting for them with "dinner" - a can of Spam. They fought over the spam "jelley" Tommy told me once he wuz gonna just "drop out of society" if these "damned flatlanders" didn't stop ruining th' county. I allowed to Tommy, "Damn, Tommy, that's gonna be a pretty short drop". Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha . . . gimme another draft, Jimmy . . . ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha . . . ghosts . . .

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 08, 2013 - 1:31 pm


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  • J. WronghofferJuly 08, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    Indeed. Draft beer occasionally served in a variety of vessels...the juke box pouring out "Cattle Call" and "El Paso". Ghosts (sigh). I darn near lost my "manhood" while riding an early version of the mechanical bull at Danny's place--a 55 gallon drum w/saddle blanket and reins (sort of), suspended by cables, garage door springs, and four posts; actuated by highly amused and somewhat sadistic mentors. I think that's when I decided gold-mining was more my forte ;>) Cheers

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  • J. WronghofferJuly 08, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    Epilogue: Fred will remain a local treasure. Danny was one tough hombre. Tommy was prescient. The flatlanders, not only locally, but through their long reach from Sacramento have totally destroyed much of California's historical opportunities(grazing, logging, mining)and arguably it's future. As gold (albeit down somewhat) still enjoys historical highs, suction dredging has been banned for too many years now, on private and public lands. This has not only deprived both recreational and professional miners (and their families)of sorely needed income, but has crippled many dependant towns such as Downieville, and all the related businesses. All thanks to the powerful environmental whacko's lobbying efforts, and their dimocrat sock-puppets ruining California. So much for the "Golden State". P.S. What do you say, James E.?? Somewhat out of your baliwick no doubt, other than your typical lip-service to the proggie's agenda.

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