A Placerville man was arrested April 23 after breaking in to a Petaluma woman’s house, eating frozen food and falling asleep. Petaluma Police officers were dispatched at about 2 p.m. to the 1600 Block of Caulfield Lane when a victim came downstairs to find a man asleep on her couch, a press release stated. The […]
A pullover for a simple driving infraction turned into multiple arrests involving drugs, guns and stolen property on Feb. 4. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Tucker stopped a white Nissan Maxima at about 4:20 p.m. on Pleasant Valley Road, a press release stated. Tucker identified the occupants on-scene, three male adults and one female […]
Placerville police officers will soon have another tool to assist with police-citizen encounters — body cameras. At the Jan. 27 Placerville City Council meeting, the council approved the acceptance of $1,515 in grant funding from Northern California Cities Self-Insurance Fund to purchase two body-worn cameras. “The current technology of in-car video systems is good technology,” […]
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.
A man was arrested Nov. 17 for alleged child molestation. Placerville Police Department arrested Jeffrey Hitt, 54, for alleged lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, a PPD press release stated. The victim was allegedly molested by Hitt, the father of one of her friends, while staying at their residence. The investigation into Hitt began […]
A Placerville Police Department outreach on Feb. 19 to illegal camping sites in the city to provide mental health resources resulted in arrests and firearms seized. PPD began the Joint Outreach Operation in the morning with a focus on illegal camps in the city, a press release stated. Teams of PPD officers, city crews, Health […]
DOUGLAS P. FISHER, 55, of Pleasant Valley, by CHP on Sept. 30, bail listed as $12,500. STEVEN P. FOSTER, 22, of Placerville, by CHP on Sept. 30, bail listed as $2,500. AARON L. MONDOR, 23, of El Dorado Hills, by EDSO on Sept. 30, bail listed as $21,000. MIHAI POPESCU, 24, of Shingle Springs, by […]
SUBHEAD: Sign holders join nationwide protest on day shareholders meet As about 20 people lined up on the sidewalk outside of the downtown Placerville Bank of America on the hot afternoon of May 9 to protest, cars drove by, horns honked and cheers of support were yelled from car windows. The protest was just one […]
A vehicle chase ended with two men being brought into custody on May 4. Placerville Police located a stolen vehicle occupied by two males on Schnell School Road at about 6:56 p.m., a press release stated. The men fled and a vehicle pursuit ensued onto westbound Highway 50. The pursuit ended on Cameron Park Drive […]
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that 14 arrests had been made across three states in connection with a multi-state drug trafficking ring. The operation also seized 1,300 pounds of processed marijuana, eight firearms, $415,855 in cash, $35,000 in gold bars and silver coins and three generators worth $20,000, a press release stated. “At […]
Two men have been arrested as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation. Jonathan Lemaire, 23, was stopped by Placerville CHP on a routine traffic stop on Feb. 1, CHP Officer Dan Stark said. The officer conducting the stop noticed evidence of drug trafficking in the vehicle. Search warrants were issued for three residences in […]
The following were arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. IAN COFFMAN, 33, Meyers, booked Dec. 31 by sheriff’s deputies. ANDREW HUNT, 49, Placerville, booked Jan. 1 by sheriff’s deputies. SHAWN HERRMANN, 28, Meyers, booked Jan. 1 by sheriff’s deputies. MOISES ABARCA, 24, Meyers, booked Jan. 1 by sheriff’s […]
Three suspects were arrested early Tuesday morning after they allegedly beat up a person who had marijuana in his possession. According to Capt. Mike Scott of the Placerville Police Department, Anthony Stott, 22, of Folsom; James Teahan, 21, of El Dorado Hills; and Dylan Morton, 18, of Pollock Pines were taken into custody on various […]
The following were arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs: SHANNON ANGI, 44, Pollock Pines, booked April 25 by sheriff’s deputies, bail listed at $100,000. BRANDON ESPINOZA, 31, Folsom, booked April 25 by CHP, bail listed at $2,500. BRANDON KNUTSON, 27, El Dorado Hills, booked April 26 […]
By Jim Ratajczak Democrat staff writer With the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter and K-9 unit, a 90-minute manhunt through El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park ended peacefully Sunday afternoon. El Dorado Hills residents Mario Berumen-Rose, 23, and Maria SanJuan, 28, were arrested Sunday after they led sheriff’s deputies on a high speed […]
Democrat staff writer With the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter and K-9 unit, a 90-minute manhunt through El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park ended peacefully Sunday afternoon. El Dorado Hills residents Mario Berumen-Rose, 23, and Maria SanJuan, 28, were arrested Sunday after they led sheriffÕs deputies on a high speed chase through parts […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office report for 2014 revealed crime rates slightly rose from the previous year. Part I crimes, the most serious the county faces, trended upward. Murders remained the same — two — but were down from 2012, where the county faced five murders. Rape increased 27 percent, from 26 to 33, […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, about a man at the El Dorado Center of the Folsom Lake College campus who claimed to have a gun and threatened to blow up the college. “We take threats like this very seriously,” said Lt. Tom Murdoch […]
What: “Spamalot” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: March 27 through April 26, times vary Cost: Tickets $12 to $15 Information: imaginationtheater.net or 530-642-0404 For its 50th production as it begins its 16th year, Imagination Theater has pulled out all the stops in presenting “Spamalot,” the Monty […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office arrested three suspects in connection with the alleged Feb. 3 murder of Pete C. Thomas.
Nalana Omega, 31, of Placerville, and Raul Gonzalez, 22, of El Dorado — a validated Sureno gang member — were arrested on murder warrants at a Green Wing Lane residence, an area known for Sureno activity, in Placerville on Feb. 18, Lt. Tom Murdoch said. Roberto Barrera, 18, of Diamond Springs, also a validated Sureno, was arrested at Grocery Outlet, where he is an employee, the same day on a murder charge.
All three were arraigned on Feb. 20, each pleading not guilty. The three remain in custody with no bail due to the murder charges. They are being held in separate facilities — only Barrera is in Placerville — to prevent communication between them, Lt. Jeff Dreher said.
Visiting Judge Gary Hahn set the next hearing date as Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. in Department 7.
Nov. 27 6:07 p.m. Deputies responded to a report of a domestic argument at a residence on De Sabla Road in Cameron Park. Douglas Powell, 51, was subsequently arrested for alleged domestic battery and disrupting a 911 emergency call for help. 7:00 p.m. A male subject allegedly damaged an apartment electrical panel and the wiring […]
The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 6 DUI deployments during the past several days in El Dorado County. From 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12 through midnight Saturday, Dec. 20 officers representing six county law enforcement agencies arrested one […]
This time of year, with all the holiday office parties and festive occasions with friends and families, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, Placerville Police Department has a message for you: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each […]
Neon pink and green signs fill the window of 262 Main Street in Placerville — “Store closing. Everything must go!” While a group of about 20 people waited outside on Thursday, Oct. 23, people inside, like Elsie Katich, the gallery’s curator for almost 18 years, are preparing for the liquidation of 2,000 Thomas Kinkade paintings […]
It’s been almost a year since Placerville’s first legal encampment for the homeless, Hangtown Haven, closed. Supporters and camp residents fought to keep the camp open, but the permit for the year-long experiment expired on Nov. 15, 2013, and was not renewed. By many accounts, the experiment to see if a temporary legal encampment could […]
A man died July 6 after his motorcycle hit a brick light post in Placerville. John R. Boyd of Placerville was riding his 2007 Triumph northbound on Countryside Drive, approaching Outrider Drive, at an unknown speed at 6 a.m., a CHP press release noted. He failed to make the curve and left the west side […]
There’s an old saying: “You can’t really understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Last year, on a bright sunny Saturday in May, seven El Dorado County male community leaders were spotted walking a mile in four-inch red high heels down Placerville’s Main Street. This elite group of men walked […]
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 […]
An investigation by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Investigations Division led to three arrests Dec. 11 in connection with a string of burglaries from Pollock Pines and Camino through Placerville and outlying areas of Georgetown. Deputies found a vehicle on Dec. 4 that had been stolen in a recent burglary, a press release stated. Detectives […]
Sept. 4 12:24 a.m. Deputies were dispatched to a report of an attack with a knife on Sudbury Road in Cameron Park. Deputies determined that a husband allegedly battered his wife, 42, and dragged her through their house, finally placing her in handcuffs and restraining her until deputies arrived. The husband, Jason Stephens, 37, was arrested […]
June 2 7:37 p.m. Unknown suspect(s_ stole a cell phone from a public restroom on Jameson Beach Road in Tahoe Paradise. 7:53 p.m. A chainsaw was taken from a shed on Toyan Drive in Diamond Springs. The lock was cut, but there was no other damage. No suspect(s) were identified. 7:59 p.m. An 8-year-old male […]
The hybrid SUV swung around over the dirt divide of El Dorado Hills Boulevard, changing direction. The radar had pinged 65 in a 50 zone. The acceleration was gunned, the engine roaring — and then suddenly braking. Red light. But the target — a white Maserati still bearing Niello dealership plates — was directly in front. As soon as the light changed to green, the lights on the top of the SUV turned a flashing red.
In all, it was a fairly average pullover for CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson. He ended up giving a warning for speeding, but ticketed the driver for not having a front license plate — a $25 ticket that could turn into $500 if it is not taken care of.
May 7 11:50 a.m. A 31-year-old male subject was cited and released for alleged possession of controlled substance paraphernalia on Golden Foothill Parkway in El Dorado Hills. 2:57 p.m. Deputies responded to reports of a male subject causing a disturbance on White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills by banging on doors and windows. Luke […]
Heading off trouble in Benham Park was the subject of a report and a discussion at the Placerville City Council meeting on April 9. Benham Park, located at 3701 Benham St. in Placerville is a 4-acre city park. Contained within the park is the Placerville Aquatics Center, two tot-lots, basketball court, Scout Hall, picnic facilities […]
April 6 5:03 p.m. Deputies conducted a warrant service on Pony Express Trail in Cedar Grove. Sean Westbrook, 27, was arrested and booked into the county jail for allegedly bringing a controlled substance into a prison. 8:35 p.m. Four Hispanic males had dinner then left without paying on Coach Lane in Cameron Park. 9:21 p.m. […]
March 27 2:18 a.m. A husband, 41, and wife with children in common were involved in a verbal altercation on Woodleigh Lane in Cameron Park. During the argument, the wife allegedly tried to push her husband down a flight of stairs, then slapped the husband across the face. The husband had no complaints of pain […]
In a report released on Feb. 26, the Placerville Police Department revealed that crime in the city has continued on a downward trend. According to the report, prepared by Chief George Nielson — who recently announced plans to retire — the crime rate for 2012 was 24.88 per 1,000 population, down from the most-recent high […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department’s annual crime report was released to the public, showing a slight increase in most types of crime, along with detailing facts about the department as a whole. The Sheriff’s Office, which has 358 employees and six K-9 officers, spent about $49 million to cover the approximate 180,600 residents of […]
Dec. 18 12:52 p.m. Unknown subjects appeared to have connected their trailer to an abandoned house on Poppy Court in Sly Park using an extension cord. No one was available for contact. The responding deputy collected the extension cord as evidence. 1:50 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) smashed side window of the 58-year-old female victim’s vehicle on […]
Nov. 16 4:00 a.m. A report was taken of subjects allegedly using methamphetamine in the Red Hawk Casino parking garage in Shingle Springs, which resulted in the arrest of one female, Tera Tollestrup, 27, for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia and a second female, Rochlle Felion, 30, for allegedly being under the influence of a […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gunshot in the 3100 block of Hi Lo Way in Placerville just before midnight on Friday. Dispatch received a report that a man, allegedly armed with a handgun, had entered a residence and had attempted to leave after being shot with a shotgun. He […]
Sept. 17 7:36 a.m. Deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary in progress on Panorama Drive in Christmas Valley. Suspects forced entry to attached garage and left the area before deputies arrived. 10:30 a.m. Deputies responded to a domestic battery that allegedly occurred on Vacation Boulevard in Mount Aukum. The suspect was not […]
A Pollock Pines boy died Sept. 9 after using a new, illegal drug.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call in the early morning hours of Sept. 9, a press release stated. The deputies found a 15-year-old boy, identified as Alejandro Nunez Avila, who was not breathing. Medics arrived and took over life-saving efforts before the boy was transporting to Marshall Hospital in Placerville, where he was pronounced as deceased.
Further investigation led deputies and detectives to believe the El Dorado High School student had voluntarily taken an unknown hallucinogenic drug. What the drug was, where it came from and the exact cause of death were unknown at the time.
Follow-up by sheriff’s narcotics detectives uncovered a new drug being introduced to the United States that reacts similarly to a hallucinogen. Known as 2-CB, 2-Cl or 2-5Bomb, the drug was developed in Germany for medical purposes and is believed to be produced outside the U.S. It can be found in…
By Adam Jensen Former South Shore medical marijuana dispensary owner Gino DiMatteo has pleaded not guilty to felony charges, including bribing a City Council member and possession of a controlled substance. Gennaro “Gino” DiMatteo and his wife, Irene DiMatteo, were arrested Aug. 31. Details of the arrests have not been made public by the El Dorado […]
Sept. 4 2:00 a.m. A male subject, Steven Ferroni, 47, was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs. 8:40 a.m. Deputies received a crime report regarding felony vandalism to residential exterior lighting on Brown Drive in El Dorado Hills. 9:22 a.m. A […]