Greenberg sentencing delayed as he claims ineffective counsel

Morris Greenberg, the man found guilty of the first-degree murder of Anthony Dumont, was in court for less than 10 minutes Friday afternoon. During the short hearing, Greenberg’s court-appointed attorney Erik Schlueter relayed that Greenberg, who was present in an orange jumpsuit, was motioning for ineffective counsel and “other issues.” In response, El Dorado County […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 12 Replies

Joe Stancil Jr. pleads guilty

A Placerville airplane dealer pleaded guilty to hiding financial transactions. Joseph Stancil Jr., owner and president of Stancil Enterprises, an airplane dealer, spoke on behalf of the company on Feb. 16, pleading guilty in a district court to conspiracy to aid and abet structuring financial transactions, according to a press release by U.S. Attorney Benjamin […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Luebbers’ trial date remains March 13

John Harold Luebbers appeared in court on Friday for a quick pre-trial hearing. Luebbers appeared alongside other inmates and accused criminals, with his portion of the proceedings taking no more than five minutes. David Kramer, Luebbers’ public defender, told El Dorado Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner that there had been issues within his office, […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Heard over the back fence: Novelist is guest of retired teachers

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar has the following comment about the ego: “It’s the ego part of us that interrupts someone else’s story, or impatiently waits his turn to speak so that he can bring the conversation and attention back to himself. To varying degrees, most of us engage in […]

Suspected bad check man nabbed on I-5

An Oroville man is in custody after allegedly trying to pass off fraudulent checks between Butte County and El Dorado County. In early January, the Oroville Police Department began an investigation into Christopher Pratt, 45, after receiving information from the Butte County District Attorney’s Office Bad Check Unit, according to a press release. Pratt had allegedly […]

P’ville man arrested on suspicion of false plates

A Placerville Website operator was arrested on Feb. 6 on suspicion of using a false license plate and false registration. At 10 a.m., while heading southbound on Placerville drive, a sheriff’s deputy noticed that a registration sticker was not attached correctly to the suspect’s license plate, said Sgt. Phil Chovanec of the El Dorado County […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 59 Replies

City crime down in 2011

The year 2011 was a good year for the Placerville Police Department, according to the annual crime statistics report presented to Placerville City Council by Police Chief George Nielsen at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The detailed report broke out crime statistics into 12 categories and included the number of arrests, citations and calls for service. […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Heart of Gold Award for Mabel Morton

As a barbershop quartet crooned “Let me call you Sweetheart,” Marshall Foundation Trustee Mabel Morton received the 2011 Heart of Gold Trustee of the Year Award on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Marshall Medical Center. The award was presented by Karen Good, executive director of the Marshall Foundation on behalf of the Board of Trustees and […]

Suspect arrested after multiple burglaries

A suspect is in custody following two burglaries of the same residence in less than a week. On Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m., El Dorado Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2700 block of Morts Ct. in Placerville to investigate a burglary, according to a press release. A locked window of the residence had been forced […]

16-year-old solos in helicopter

Come their 16th birthday, a lot of teenagers celebrate that milestone with cake and getting their learner’s permit. But not Austin Bowa, who turned 16 on Valentine’s Day. Instead he chose to celebrate his birthday by taking his first solo flight in a tiny two-seater helicopter at the Auburn Airport. After all, flying helicopters is what […]

No ordinary mother/daughter trip

Imagine waiting all day in the hot sun just to see a doctor or walking for hours to visit a dentist. El Dorado Hills pediatrician Maria Raslear-Hendrickson has seen this and more over the years during her humanitarian trips to third-world countries. Later this month she will share the experience with her 12-year-old daughter Kaitlyn. […]

Coats asked

Girl Scout Tiffany Peterson will be collecting donated coats, hats, and gloves for the needy at Walmart this Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is located at 4300 Missouri Flat Rd., Placerville. The clothing will be donated to the Green Valley Community Church, El Dorado County Resource Center, and New Morning […]

Dog park short of funds goal

A presentation on plans to establish an off-leash dog park were covered at the Wednesday evening board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District. Holly Morrison, director of the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild (EDDOG), gave her annual report, including an update on fundraising efforts for the park, which will be located on a […]

Gold Trail schools open registration Tuesday

Registration information and forms for Gold Trail Union School District schools for the 2012-13 school year are available in school offices beginning  Feb. 21. For families new to the area, the district is nestled in the Lotus/Coloma foothills stretching from Lilyama Road (on Highway 49 between Coloma and Cool) to the north; Greenstone Country, Sundown […]

Dunkin’ Dodge ends in DUI charge

After driving her Dodge truck into Hangtown Creek Saturday afternoon, a Placerville woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Jennifer Stein, 32, had been heading east on Highway 50 at approximately 4:10 p.m. when she suddenly decided to turn onto Center Street. After losing control of her vehicle, Stein crashed […]

Assault victim’s vehicle still missing

A recent assault has resulted in a still-missing stolen car. On Feb. 8, Placerville Police Department responded to a report of a robbery in Lumsden Park, according to a press release. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 63-year old Placerville man who had driven to the park to take a walk. The victim stated he had […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Friday wreck caused by running red light

At about 1 p.m. Feb. 3, a black Acura was heading westbound on Highway 50 before it turned left onto Bedford Avenue in Placerville. While making the left turn, the Acura was struck by a black Dodge pickup driven by Stormy Magee, 53, heading eastbound on Highway 50. While it was originally unclear whether it […]

Mother arrested after child admitted to UC Med

A woman has been arrested after allegedly harming her 7-month-old son. According to a press release, on Feb. 1, the Placerville Police Department was notified that a 7-month-old child had been admitted to UC Davis Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with multiple bone fractures, severe head trauma and other internal and external injuries. Upon […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 6 Replies

Missing couple found

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies have confirmed that a missing man and woman have been found. Mark Schroeder, 55, went missing from his residence in the 2900 block of Glen Morse Lane in Sacramento sometime during the day of Monday, Feb. 13, according to a press release. His last known contact with family was Sunday, Feb. […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

2-20-12 Webinar assists students in middle school

PREPARING FOR HIGH SCHOOL: A webinar has been created to offer pointers to assist and motivate middle school and high school students to begin thinking about what activities they can engage in on their journey to succeed in high school, as well as in college. You can reserve your webinar seat at This webinar […]

Heard over the back fence: Crab feed in Pleasant Valley

Reviewing the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, I found the following interesting statement: “There is something magical that happens to the human spirit, a sense of calm that comes over you, when you cease needing all the attention directed toward yourself and instead allow others to have the glory.” • • • […]

Suspect booked after firefight, assault in Galt

A man is in custody after exchanging gunfire with his sister Tuesday morning. Lonnie Ray Orman, 41, was taken into custody without incident and booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted homicide, according to a press release from the Galt Police Department. At approximately 6:35 a.m. Tuesday morning, officers responded to […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County expands board with new directors, advisors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County announced today it has expanded its board of directors for 2012, increasing the number of directors from 10 to 13 and is adding two additional advisors. Joining the board as directors are Jill Christianson with Amdocs, Brooke Sobol with Sobol Communications, and Sam Smith, Apple (retired). Debbie […]

Dance class offered

If dance is something you’ve always wanted to try, or something you’ve been doing for years the Cameron Park CSD has dance classes for you. Youth dance classes include Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theater and more. While our adult classes offer Ballroom Dance, Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, Cha-Cha and much more. There is a little […]

CPCSD offers gymnastics

The Cameron Park CSD is teaming with ‘Tumble Time Gymnastics’ and ‘All Star Gymnastics and Cheer’ to offer programs for kids ages 0 -14 years. Preschool Gymnastics, Gymnastics for Home School Students, Friday Night Parents Night Out, Baby Crawl and more, all with new classes starting in March. For more information contact the Cameron Park […]

Folsom garden tour time

The Folsom Garden Cub will be holding it’s 12th annual,” Springtime in the Garden” tour on 11 am.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29. Cost is $12 per person. A map and directions will be included in the ticket.. This is the club’s annual fundraiser for college scholarships and community projects. To buy tickets go […]

Madera County supervisor runs for Assembly

Frank Bigelow has held many positions in his life: Volunteer firefighter, rancher, vice president of a telephone company, and county supervisor. Now, as a Republican candidate, he hopes to add assemblyman to his resume. Bigelow, who paints a portrait of a rancher with his signature cowboy hat and mustache, has been on Madera’s Board of […]

DIY school: Shenandoah, Oak Ridge set to launch Virtual Academy

Pick your classes, make up your own schedule and go as fast as you want, either online or with face-to-face instruction, with the support of certified instructors and the help of a small group of peers El Dorado Union High School District’s Virtual Academy is like a DIY version of high school. The district’s alternative high […]

EDHCSD board recall effort under way

Bob Sacco wants to recall four of five El Dorado Hills Community Services District board members in response to the suspension and eventual termination of former General Manager John Skeel. The recall targets are Directors Noelle Mattock, Guy Gertsch, Wayne Lowery and Tony Rogozinski. Director Bill Vandegrift gets a pass for breaking ranks with his […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Suspects reported to have cash from the church poor box, Twinkies and pot

Two suspects were arrested Feb. 6 after entering the office at the Georgetown Community Methodist Church and walking off with the cash box, money used to feed the hungry. Sheriff’s deputy T. Cissna, who patrols in Georgetown, said she walked up behind Tarah Jones, 24, and Joshua Anderson, 31, at the local gas station and […]

Popular G’town Mexican eatery to reopen soon

Local eatery to reopen soon “I just want to go back to work,” said Clara Parra, owner of Parra’s Mexican Restaurant. A fire at the eatery closed the doors, temporarily, on Jan. 5 after a passerby saw flames through a window coming from the kitchen’s stove. “The clean-up is going OK,” she said. “We’re getting […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

New decks donated to family in need

Neil Hannifin built the decks on both front and back sides of his house when he and his wife moved into their Rescue home 30 years ago. White mold has eaten away those decks, rotting them from within, and Hannifin’s back is no longer what it used to be. Thanks to Straight Line Roofing and […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Puppy presents

Every year, I caution people against giving the gift of a puppy for Christmas. There are many reasons for this, from the chaos of the season to the coldness of the climate to the fact that it is such a personal decision — essentially the only time you get to choose a family member. Who […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Galt shooting suspect caught in El Dorado Hills

The discovery of a disabled vehicle on Highway 50 led to a wanted man’s arrest Tuesday morning. Lon Ray Orman, 41, was taken into custody without incident by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies after a California Highway Patrol officer responding to a disabled vehicle call on eastbound Highway 50 at Bass Lake Road discovered the Galt […]

Heard over the back fence: Cameron Newcomers Club is 33

 “You will notice how much more relaxed you feel when you stop interrupting others. Your heart and pulse rates will slow down, and you’ll begin to enjoy your conversations rather than rush through them. This is an easy way to become a more relaxed, loving person.” • • • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LADIES!
 Cameron […]

Red Hawk poker room pays out $38k ‘bad beat’ jackpot

Red Hawk Casino’s poker room awarded a Bad Beat Jackpot to eight lucky poker room guests on Sunday, Feb. 12. The table shared a $38,406 payout. A loyal poker room player from Placerville had four threes and thought he had a winning hand, but then another Rewards Club member from Stockton drew a straight flush […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

DFG offers youth archery

The Department of Fish and Game  will offer a spring youth archery clinic to individuals who want to learn basic archery skills and spend time outdoors.The class will include fundamental archery instruction, use of various types of equipment and supervised shooting time at a selection of stationary bull’s-eye targets. A brief outdoor stewardship presentation will […]

Tilden Park hearing continued

Rather than hold a hearing on the Tilden Park Planned Development, the El Dorado County Planning Commission granted a request from the developer for a continuance. The developer said they needed time to address questions raised about the project, to redo the plan in light of the recent court decision regarding the county’s Oak Woodland […]

Sex offender ordinance addresses ‘public emergency’

Tuesday, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a “second reading” of a proposed ordinance that would specify when and under what circumstances a registered sex offender may be restricted from being in a park, playground or on school grounds. A first reading, as required by law, was included in the […]

Mine owner turns in self, makes bail

Big Cut Mine owner, Joseph Leonard Hardesty, was released on bail from the El Dorado County Jail early Thursday evening. He had surrended earlier that day. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 13, 2012, according to District Attorney Vern Pierson. Mountain Democrat staff met with Pierson, deputy DA Mike Pizzuti and deputy DA Jim […]

Library now has eBooks and Audiobooks

For all you technophiles out there, there is something new and exciting at the County Library and it’s absolutely free of charge. We’re talking about eBooks and Audiobooks of course. Now you can download your favorite science fiction thriller, mystery novel, tech manual, or cookbook to your phone, computer, or reading device. The new “e” […]

Preschool teacher sues over Tahoe stun gun incident

 By Dyland Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A former preschool teacher at Under the Magic Pine Tree is suing the city of South Lake Tahoe, numerous police and fire officials and ambulance operators in federal court over an incident last year that his attorney said quite literally forced him into the hospital. The lawsuit alleges […]

P’ville registering transitional kindergarten

Placerville Union School District Is currently enrolling students for the 2012—2013 Transitional Kindergarten program. Emphasis will be on providing a developmental program that promotes physical, intellectual and social-emotional growth. Children who turn “5” between Nov. 2 and Dec. 2 will be enrolled in the Transitional Kindergarten program or if your child turns 5 on or before […]

Shingle billboards shot down

After a lengthy hearing on three new billboard signs proposed along Highway 50, the El Dorado County Planning Commission voted two of them down and will bring back the third for another hearing. The two signs voted down were proposed for Shingle Springs. Consideration of the third sign, proposed for Cameron Park, will be taken […]

Renowned Victorian home reconverted from B&B, changing hands

After living in the classically beautiful Chichester-McKee home for the past five and a half years, its current owners — Ty and Sonja Taylor and their four cats — are moving on. The home has been sold and the Taylors have until the end of the month to pack up and move to their new […]