Democrat staff writer The trial of suspected killer Steven Paul Colver is set to begin Feb. 15, 2011, attorneys announced Friday. Colver, 20, is accused of killing El Dorado Hills woman Joanne Witt in June 2009. Witt was the mother of his former lover, Tylar. Prosecutors think Colver slashed Joanne WittÕs throat and stabbed her […]
After a preliminary hearing lasting the entire morning of May 5, Judge James R. Wagoner concluded there was sufficient evidence to arraign murder suspect Anderson Swift.
Deputy Seth Culver, lead crime scene investigator on the alleged murder of Khrista Ibarolle, 31, on Jan. 7, described the different scenes. He was called to the parking lot in front of 36 Handles on White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills just after midnight. Spent shell casings and the body of Ibarolle were at that scene.
On Highway 50 near Latrobe Road, about a half-mile away, a Honda coupe with significant damage was the second scene.
The final scene in El Dorado County was a house on …
A preliminary hearing was set in a Monday hearing for a man accused of killing a woman during a carjacking. Anderson Swift appeared with appointed attorney Mark Ralphs to set a preliminary hearing date, which prosecutor Bill Clark noted would require a Spanish interpreter for witnesses. The preliminary hearing is anticipated to take one day, […]
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.”
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 […]
A woman died after an apparent robbery gone wrong outside an El Dorado Hills restaurant shortly after midnight on Jan. 7.
El Dorado County sheriff’s officials said shooting suspect Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland, is in custody. Swift allegedly tried to rob two women who were leaving 36 Handles Irish Pub in the Montano de El Dorado shopping center off White Rock Road.
The pub had just closed, said Lt. Tom Murdoch, and two women were walking to their cars. “The suspect demanded cash and keys from the two females. The female patrons ran from the suspect,” a sheriff’s press release stated. They made it “close to the front door,” Murdoch said. One of the females, identified by Murdoch as Khrista Ibarolle, 31, of El Dorado Hills, was then shot and killed by the suspect. The suspect took Ibarolle’s keys, stole her vehicle and headed northbound on Silva Valley Parkway.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office released crime statistics for 2013 showing that while most class 1 crimes are down, rape and car thefts increased from 2012. Homicide in the area of the county covered by EDSO was down 60 percent, from five murders in 2012 to two in 2013. There were 17 robberies as […]
While writing postcards in her rented castle in the Dordogne region of France, the turret tower where Sherry Joyce sat was struck by lightning. Terrified and unable to sleep that night, a romantic suspense was born — “The Dordogne Deception.” Meet the El Dorado Hills author at her book launch from 6 to 8 p.m. on […]
Most of the early history of the El Dorado Hills area occurred on and along two of the earliest major immigration and trade routes in early California, Green Valley Road to the north and to the south what is now generally Highway 50, but was historically known by many names including the Carson-Immigrant Trail, the […]
THURSDAY EVENINGS CONCERTS: Free concerts are presented on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Town Center. On June 21, the “Unauthorized Rolling Stones” band will be performing. On June 28, the “Steelin’ Dan” group will perform. FREE FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERTS: Friday night free concerts are presented at 7 p.m. at the El […]
The Mountain Democrat was chosen as the best overall newspaper among 33 others in its circulation category Saturday when the California Newspaper Publishers Association awarded it first place in the category of General Excellence.
Accepting the award at the ceremony in San Jose was Publisher Richard Esposito.
The judges’ comment said, “Strong coverage of crime news was nicely complimented by stories exploring local government policies and schools. Editorial page gets a big boost from letters to the editor. Clean layout and admirable focus on Placerville people.”
This is second time the Mountain Democrat has won first place General Excellence since Michael Raffety has been editor, winning in 1996. The Mountain Democrat won second place in that category in 1981 when Ursula Smith was editor and Raffety was city editor.
Charged with the first-degree murder of his ex-wife, Steven Howard Mittelman was called to testify in his own defense Tuesday afternoon. Mittelman, 56, admitted to shooting ex-wife Valerie Rita Mittelman, 63, on the evening of June 17, 2010 during what he described as a drunken argument in the El Dorado Hills apartment the two shared […]
Steven Howard Mittelman was convicted of the June 2010 first-degree murder of ex-wife Valerie Rita Mittelman Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after jurors began their deliberations. A jury of six men and six women found Mittelman, 56, guilty of murdering his ex with a single gunshot to the head on the evening of June […]
Less than 24 hours into deliberations, El Dorado County jurors have reached a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of Steven Howard Mittelman. Mittelman, 56, is accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife, Valerie Rita Mittelman, during an argument in their El Dorado Hills apartment on June 17, 2010. Mittelman pleaded not guilty to the charge. […]
Needing an escape from the two women in his life, Steven Howard Mittelman sought out a third. It had been more than 30 years since Mittelman last spoke to Judy Fuellenbach, but when the stresses of his home and work lives became too much, Mittelman tracked his former lover down. “He wanted to be free,” […]
Jilted and broke, Valerie Rita Mittelman called her ex-husband and pleaded for financial help in November 2008. By Thanksgiving that year, she traded her life in Georgia for a tiny El Dorado Hills apartment occupied by Steven Howard Mittelman and then-wife, Gail. Valerie worked tirelessly at Mittelman’s Placerville liquor store, taking home $30 a week […]
A litany of health problems threatened a premature end to the life of Valerie Rita Mittelman. But it was a single gunshot wound to the head that ultimately killed the 63-year-old El Dorado Hills woman on June 17, 2010. El Dorado County jurors Tuesday learned that Valerie Mittelman suffered only one injury on the evening […]
While handcuffed and detained in the back of a patrol car parked outside of his El Dorado Hills apartment, Steven Howard Mittelman watched El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies investigate the reported suicide of his ex-wife on the evening of June 17, 2010. It was earlier that night when Mittelman dialed 911 and frantically told an […]
Steven Howard Mittelman, according to prosecutors, had too many women in his life. In addition to sharing a small El Dorado Hills apartment with his wife, Gale Mittelman, 56, also lived with his ex-wife, 63-year-old Valerie Rita Mittelman. But Mittelman also had a blossoming relationship with a third woman — one prosecutors say he kept […]
Following several days of questioning, jurors were seated last week for the upcoming trial of an El Dorado Hills man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife last year. The 12-person jury for the first-degree murder trial of Steve Howard Mittelman will consist of six men and six women. The four-person alternate pool will feature two […]
The first-degree murder trial of an El Dorado Hills man accused of gunning down his ex-wife is on schedule to begin at the end of this month. During a brief pretrial hearing in an El Dorado County Superior courtroom Friday, attorneys confirmed that jury selection for the Steven Howard Mittelman murder trial should start Aug. […]
More than two years after Joanne Witt was discovered brutally murdered in her home, star-crossed lovers Steven “Boston” Colver and Tylar Marie Witt were sentenced Friday afternoon for the 2009 killing of the El Dorado Hills single mom. Before a packed courtroom, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud sentenced Colver, 21, to […]
On the two year anniversary of the discovery of Joanne Witt’s body in her El Dorado Hills home, Steven “Boston” Colver was convicted of the 47-year-old woman’s first-degree murder. News of the verdict came less than 24 hours after jurors began deliberations Tuesday afternoon. Colver, 21, along with attorney Dain Weiner, arrived in the Placerville […]
When 16-year-old Tylar Marie Witt confessed to killing her mother in the hopes of receiving a lesser sentence, she agreed to lead authorities to the knife allegedly used by her former boyfriend, Steven “Boston” Colver. But testimony Tuesday afternoon in a Placerville courtroom revealed that the weapon used in the June 12, 2009, murder of […]
Life inside of Joanne Witt’s El Dorado Hills house might have appeared normal to outside observers, but testimony from the first week of Steven “Boston” Colver’s murder trial revealed Witt’s daughter felt her relationship with her mother was far from idyllic. Tylar Witt, 16, pleaded guilty to murdering Joanne Witt in September 2010 as part […]
The gruesome aftermath of Joanne Witt’s murder was on display in Placerville’s Main Street courthouse Wednesday morning as jurors came face-to-face with images of the El Dorado Hills woman’s violent death. Witt, 47, was stabbed to death in her bed in June 2009. Witt’s teenage daughter, Tylar, has already pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder […]
Joanne Witt, a 47-year-old single mother, was stabbed to death in her own El Dorado Hills home on the evening of June 11, 2009. That much is certain. Details of the gruesome killing, though, differ, depending on who’s talking. Opening statements in the murder trial of Steven Paul Colver were delivered Tuesday morning inside of […]
The jury for the upcoming Steven Paul Colver murder trial was picked Wednesday afternoon, one week after selection first began. The 12-member jury is comprised of five men and seven women, while the six alternates feature two men and four women. Jury selection began May 3. With the jury chosen, opening statements in the case […]
The defense attorney for suspected murderer Steven Paul Colver scored a victory Monday afternoon after learning he would be allowed access to Child Protective Services reports to defend his client. After an hour-long hearing Monday in an El Dorado County Superior Courthouse, Dain Weiner, Colver’s attorney, told reporters he was granted permission to use a […]
Jury selection for the trial of suspected murderer Steven Paul Colver began Tuesday morning in Placerville’s Main Street Courthouse. Jury selection is expected to last two days, a court official told the Mountain Democrat. Colver, 21, is accused of helping his former girlfriend plan and execute the murder of her mother in 2009. Colver’s former […]
The murder trial of Steven Howard Mittelman, the El Dorado Hills man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife last year, appears ready to start in June. Mittelman, who is in custody on suspicion of first-degree murder, appeared Friday in an El Dorado County courtroom with his attorney, Chief Assistant Public Defender Robert Banning, for a […]
Barring any major changes, the murder trial of Steven Paul Colver is expected to begin in less than one month. The 20-year-old Colver, who appeared briefly in an El Dorado County Superior Courtroom Friday morning, is accused of helping his teenage girlfriend plot and carry out the 2009 murder of her mother. But after several […]
The beginning of the trial of the El Dorado Hills man accused of shooting his ex-wife was delayed by one week, the El Dorado County Superior Court announced Friday. Steven Howard Mittelman, 55, is charged with the first-degree murder of 63-year-old Valerie Rita Mittelman, his ex-wife. The victim’s body was discovered by sheriff’s deputies on […]
Placerville’s Main Street Courthouse was packed to the rafters Monday morning as more than 200 prospective jurors turned out for jury selection. Armed with books, e-readers and iPods, El Dorado County residents were forced into the cramped hallways of the aging Courthouse, which was built in 1913 without a jury assembly room. Keri Shane, the court’s […]
Several months removed from his last public court appearance, suspected murderer Steven Paul Colver’s latest readiness conference was delayed yet again Friday morning. Colver, 20, is accused of killing the mother of Tylar Marie Witt, his former girlfriend, in 2009. Friday’s affair had been set as a readiness and settlement conference for Colver’s upcoming trial, […]
The start of suspected killer Steven Colver’s trial was delayed by several months Friday morning. Colver, 20, is accused of killing El Dorado Hills woman Joanne Witt in June 2009. Witt was the mother of his former lover, Tylar. Citing the recent receipt of 37,000 pages of discovery, defense attorney Dain Weiner filed a motion […]
A trio of law enforcement professionals took the stand Wednesday in an El Dorado County courtroom to offer new information in the case of suspected killer Steven Howard Mittelman. Mittelman, 55, is charged with the first degree murder of ex-wife Valerie Rita Mittelman, 63. The victim’s body was discovered by sheriff’s deputies in the El […]
In 1990, Cindy Sample was a 39-year-old mortgage broker, single and the mother of two, much like the main character, Laurel McKay, in Sample’s first book “Dying to Date.” But what Sample really wanted to be was a mystery writer. After the fourth merge in her company in as many years, Sample decided to wrap […]
Democrat staff writer Tylar Marie Witt pleaded guilty to the 2009 murder of her mother Friday, setting the stage for her to testify against her former lover. Tylar, 15, appeared in court before Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner to plead guilty to the June 2009 first-degree murder of her mother, Joanne. She also admitted […]
Democrat staff writer The courtroom drama surrounding a short story written by 15-year-old accused murderer Tylar Marie Witt took yet another turn Monday afternoon. The story, titled ÒThe Killer and his Raven,Ó has been a central issue of the last several hearings for Witt and Steven Paul Colver, 20. The duo is suspected of killing […]
Mother Lode News The courtroom drama surrounding a short story written by 15-year-old accused murderer Tylar Marie Witt took yet another turn Monday afternoon. The story, titled ÒThe Killer and his Raven,Ó has been a central issue of the last several hearings for Witt and Steven Paul Colver, 20. The duo is suspected of killing […]
Mother Lode News For the 2007 murder of California Highway Patrol officer Scott Russell, David Charles Zanon was found guilty last Wednesday afternoon. An El Dorado County jury found Zanon, 41, guilty of all six charges and all special allegations after a relatively brief series of deliberations. All told, deliberations lasted two full days. The […]
Democrat staff writer For the 2007 murder of California Highway Patrol officer Scott Russell, David Charles Zanon was found guilty Wednesday afternoon. An El Dorado County jury found Zanon, 41, guilty of all six charges and all special allegations after a relatively brief series of deliberations. All told, deliberations lasted two full days. The jury […]
By Jim Ratajczak Democrat staff writer In a brief pretrial proceeding, suspected murderers Steven Paul Colver and Tylar Marie Witt appeared in an El Dorado County Superior Courthouse Friday morning. Colver, 20, and Witt, 15, are charged with the first-degree murder of WittÕs 47-year-old mother in 2009. Much of the discussion regarding the defendants took […]
Mother Lode News In a brief pretrial proceeding, suspected murderers Steven Paul Colver and Tylar Marie Witt appeared in an El Dorado County Superior Courthouse Friday morning. Colver, 20, and Witt, 15, are charged with the first-degree murder of WittÕs 47-year-old mother in 2009. Much of the discussion regarding the defendants took place behind closed […]