Search Results for: TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

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Coloma traffic too slow for Caltrans

As counterintuitive as it may seem, driving over the speed limit may be a good way to avoid getting a ticket. That’s part of the logic that governs how speed limits on state highways get increased by Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation. In short, if a Caltrans traffic analysis concludes that at least 85 […]

High-speed accident leaves teens with ‘major injuries’

Three juveniles were involved in a traffic accident Sunday evening, leaving two with major injuries and one with unknown injuries. The three juveniles, all between 16 and 18 years old, were traveling westbound on North Shingle Road towards Ponderosa Road,  CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. They were going “too fast” Cuthbertson said, and lost control […]

Dixon Ranch traffic study debated

The traffic study for the proposed 209-home high-density Dixon Ranch project predicts that it won’t bump any of 21 intersections studied to another Level of Service grade by 2016. The 6,892 daily trips anticipated at buildout in 2025 don’t fare much worse. With no mitigation, the report predicts that only two intersections would fall a […]

Traffic light response

EDITOR: Kudos to Darrel Carslon of Garden Valley who questioned the negative comments made recently in the Democrat about the road work in progress on North Shingle and Green Valley Roads. I, too, was very perplexed with the negativity of the letter writer (a retired female law enforcement officer) as I feel these improvements are […]

Traffic light indeed needed

EDITOR: The letter “Unnecessary Traffic Light” needs a rebuttal. The narrow bridge claimed at least two lives. I know, I was there with the Rescue Fire Department. Speed was most likely the problem. This intersection has been the scene of many accidents, most were fender benders so they don’t make the newspaper. I was the […]

Tree a danger to traffic

EDITOR: The tree leaning over the fence at Lions Park in Placerville is still obstructing the view on the curve, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic, making it hard to exit from Butterfly Lane and to those entering or exiting Lions Park. The traffic here is fast. We appreciate the help in the past, […]

Frankly speaking: Internet reaction to accident comes strong and fast

Deomcrat columnist The Thanksgiving weekend accident that got the most local coverage was devastating but Òtypical,Ó the kind of thing you read about too often. What made it different for me was that it took place on a road I have driven at least 100 times. Salmon Falls Road, northeast of Folsom Lake, is a […]

DUI crash leads to car chase

An alleged DUI crash led to a chase on April 16 in Placerville. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Peterson was flagged down by a motorist at about 6 p.m., a press release stated. The motorist reported a female was driving a white SUV the wrong way on Missouri Flat Road. Peterson found the SUV […]

Cal Fire urges safety on the road in winter

SACRAMENTO — After a dry period, California experienced heavy rainfall over the weekend, which prompted Cal Fire to urge drivers to be safe on the road. Each year between 450,000 and 500,000 traffic accidents are reported in California alone. One person is killed every two and a half hours, and one person is injured every […]

Controversy continues over death of Gen. George S. Patton

Even 70 years later, the death of Gen. George S. Patton remains controversial.

A person connected to the Mountain Democrat offers a different, insider’s perspective on the traffic accident that led to Patton’s death, disputing the controversy.

A brilliant and audacious warrior who was often called “old blood and guts,” Patton’s untimely death at the end of World War II resulted in speculation that he died at an assassin’s hand rather than because of an automobile accident.

It was the subject of several books. One published in 2008 was called “Target Patton,” by journalist Robert Wilcox.

James White aims to ‘make a difference’ with State Farm

For 30 years, James White provided financial services for car dealerships in Placerville — at Stancil’s, at Thompson’s and for the Shingle Springs Nissan/Subaru dealership. But, he always wanted to do something else. In 2012, White “left a perfectly good job,” and started training to become a State Farm Insurance Agent. “If someone’s house burns […]

McCavitt testifies in own trial

The last two days of testimony of a trial, concerning a man who is charged with killing a woman in a head-on collision while drunk, focused on science before the final witness — the defendant — took the stand. Christopher Port continued his testimony Tuesday from the previous Thursday. He testified that defendant Joshua McCavitt’s […]

Car kills Pollock bicyclist

A woman died from injuries sustained in an April 26 night traffic accident in Pollock Pines. Michelle Erickson, 30, allegedly hit Crystal Wood, 28, with her 1997 Silver Toyota 4Runner on Pony Express Trail just west of Pony Bob Drive at 10 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Quinn Cuthbertson. Wood was on a bicycle, […]

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Dog talk with Uncle Matty: The thrill of the chase

From where the dog sits, there’s not much that beats the thrill of the chase. It’s in their blood — the prey drive, the chase instinct. It’s an urge once based on survival, one passed on from the dog’s early brethren: the wolf. But times have changed. For the African spotted dog, also known as […]

Franckly speaking: Should children come to funeral service?

I was in an audience in Sacramento, listening to Alan D. Wolfelt, a man whose speech topics are not cheerful. Wolfelt is a psychologist, workshop leader, and author whose 57 books are about death, divorce, suicide and other topics that involve loss and grief. It can be difficult to listen to him, but I enjoyed […]

PPD report shows crime continues on downward trend

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 […]

EID’s Durock Road project

EDITOR: The majority of times I’ve seen the El Dorado Irrigation District have to cut into public roadways to repair or install water or sewer lines, upon completion of their work, those affected areas have either turned into speed bumps, sunken holes or both, depending on how much roadway they and their sub-contractors have defaced. […]

Fatal near Cool

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a traffic accident in Cool on Friday. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle accident in the 2400 block of Highway 193 in Cool, three miles west of Lou Allen Lane, just before noon on Sept. 14, a press release stated. […]

Collision pictures

EDITOR: It seems to be the new practice to put pictures of traffic accident scenes on the front page of your papers. While I’m sure it gets people’s attention, I really wish you would consider how it makes the families of the victims feel. I lost my daughter in an accident not long ago and I am so […]

Placerville CHP Explorers graduate first level of academy

Thirteen young men and women graduated from the Placerville CHP Explorers Academy on March 11. The academy, which ran from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both March 10 and 11, put the Explorers to the test. Day one, Saturday, saw the Explorers learning about the California Vehicle Code and gave an introduction to criminal […]

Sheriff’s CERT teams ready for action

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services sponsors Community Emergency Response Teams in our county. CERT is a group of local residents who have volunteered many hours attending training to learn basic skills to save lives and protect property in the aftermath of a major disaster. The El Dorado County CERT program was developed […]

Jerry O. Evans

Aug. 30, 1926 — Sept. 7, 2011 On Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, Jerry O. Evans passed away and for the hundreds of people whose lives he’d touched in his 85 years, the world got a little bit less fun. Jerry was born in Waukesha, Wis., enlisted in the U.S. Marines when he was 17 and […]

Cell tower: apples and oranges

EDITOR: For the last week or so discussion has centered around the cell phone tower being proposed for the parking lot of Sierra School and has been discussed both pro and con, mostly con. There is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of fear-generated conjecture. The article in the May 30 issue covers a lot of […]

High schooler hurt in suspected DUI

An intoxicated Ponderosa High School student was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Monday afternoon after losing control of his vehicle, which rolled over, authorities said. Placerville area California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark said 18-year-old Brandon Pitetti, of Shingle Springs, was traveling westbound on Meder Road in Shingle Springs at 1:55 p.m. Monday when his Toyota […]

Caltrans to close Hwy 50 for repairs

Local motorists traveling to South Lake Tahoe next month will have to go the long way around. The state Department of Transportation will close Highway 50 for approximately two weeks while construction crews work to replace the old stone barriers that have kept eastbound vehicles on the road for seven decades. Weather permitting, the project […]

NBC News shines light on dim bulbs

“NBC Nightly News” called a few weeks ago, and I stopped breathing. Environmental reporter Anne Thompson was on the line confirming my dim view of compact fluorescent light bulbs. She’d read a column I’d written back in May, where I complained that while I was trying to love CFLs, and had plugged them in all […]

Bamboo bike trip completion

EDITOR: I am Takashi Matsumoto, Japanese student, traveling cross country United States with bamboo bike. I met (Mountain Democrat staff writer) Jim Ratajczak at Placerville, and article about bamboo bike trip was posted on your newspaper on Sep 17. I was glad to receive that newspaper from my friend lives in Placerville, yesterday. Hello, Jim […]

Truck crash kills Placerville man

A late night traffic accident claimed the life of 33 year-old Traves John Wilhoyte of Diamond Springs Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Wilhoyte was the sole occupant of a 1988 Ford F-100 pickup truck that veered off the pavement on North Canyon Road east of Dogwood Lane in Camino at approximately 11 p.m. […]

Smart union

California Highway Patrol officers generally have a reputation for being cool, calm and collected, whether making routine traffic stops or responding to severe traffic accidents. Those characteristics seemed to come through in their union, which struck a deal with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week that gives up their previously contracted raises. Instead of bigger paychecks […]

Rules of the road: Why we write tickets

Placerville CHP Office There are certain things in life you can count on. One of those things is this: No one wants or likes to get a traffic ticket. As an officer with the California Highway Patrol I issued my first traffic citation almost 18 years ago. Since then I have heard almost every excuse […]

Crime Log: May 24-25

May 24 1:42 p.m.
 Deputes arrested two adults on Busselton Way in El Dorado Hills during a probation search for possession of controlled substance and controlled substance paraphernalia. 4:32 p.m. An adult female reported her boyfriend, Tomas Silva, 26, allegedly struck her during an argument on Valley View Parkway in El Dorado Hills. 5:58 p.m. […]

Drivers make push in points opener

Speedway opened its championship points racing season Saturday night with four divisions, hearty car counts and inflated winnings to kick off the 50th Anniversary Season. In the Sprint Car Division, Colby Wiesz of Colfax took command of the feature event to take home the $2000 win; Ryan McDaniel drove to victory in the Late Model […]

Three development projects awarded

Three development projects in El Dorado County have been named projects of the year. The American Society of Civil Engineers Sacramento Section’s 2014 Small Project of the Year went to the Green Valley Road at Tennessee Creek Bridge Replacement project. It was subsequently nominated for and awarded the Region 9 Small Project of the Year […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Keep your negative mouth shut

When you research the teachings of American Indians, you keep running across the idea that it’s a good idea to avoid negative statements when you communicate with others. When you are tempted to say something negative, don’t complete the sentence. • In a marriage, both parties are tempted to fire back a negative statement, especially […]

Common sense safety tips on the slopes

Ski resorts nationwide are participating in National Safety Month this month with the goal of educating skiers and snowboarders about being safe and practicing common sense on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are vital for everyone to understand when cruising down the mountain. Every resort, […]

2015 Toyota Sienna, an unwarranted stigma

Let’s get something straight right from the start, Minivans may be the most practical vehicles ever designed and with the new Toyota Sienna it gives away very little to other kinds of vehicles in performance and handling as you will see. But it has more utility than any other kind of vehicle. Yeah, sure, you’re […]

Dangerous intersection

EDITOR: The intersections of Lotus Road and crossroads of Gold Hill Road and Luneman Road are dangerous because of the sight view to the north. A new school is located on the northwest corner, which is Sutter Mill Elementary School. Traffic here is three or four times more and much faster than Gold Hill and […]

Emergency personnel train on slopes for rope rescues

Cal Fire Captain Kalan Richards tied knots around a man in a plastic, foldable stretcher, in preparation of pulling the man up a slope. A few minutes later, Richards attached a helicopter rescue harness to the same man, now standing, securing him and making sure one rescue line had become two independent lines. The other […]

Truck collides with multiple vehicles

Traffic was delayed on westbound U.S. Highway 50 west of Mosquito Road on Monday afternoon due to a non-injury traffic collision involving 11 vehicles. Occurring at 2:56 p.m., James Kimmel, 64, of Pollock Pines, lost control of his gray Chevy pickup truck. Unable to stop, he split the traffic, driving between the number one and two lanes […]

No on Measure K

EDITOR: Measure K asks the voters of Placerville to ratify expensive legal barriers to “constructing or utilizing … traffic features commonly known as ‘roundabouts,’ ‘traffic circles,’ or any similar traffic feature.” For anyone who cares about the health and safety of our city, this is a bad idea. The Federal Highway Administration research shows that […]

South Tahoe wildfire reduced to 20 acres

A wildfire that was reported above Cascade Lake on the South Shore late Wednesday afternoon continued to burn into Thursday, consuming about 30 acres as of 7 a.m. Thursday morning. The blaze, named the Cascade Fire, grew since Wednesday evening, when it was reported to be about 0.25-to-0.5 acres, according to a U.S. Forest Service […]

My turn: SAGE urges ‘no’ vote on Measure K

The El Dorado County Association of Surveyors, Architects, Geologists, and Engineers (SAGE) — a local group of professionals made up of land surveyors, architects, geologists and engineers who are passionate about serving the community and have been providing technical review, input and support on El Dorado County local issues for over 30 years — is […]

Mather noise

EDITOR: It’s not often that I’m in near-total agreement with Larry Weitzman, but his article on Mather cargo overflight noise is not less than 95 percent spot on. His noise measurements are consistent with those I’ve done episodically from 2008 through the present, his aeronautical notes have one tiny flaw that I used to exercise […]

The balancing act: Is noise the real fear?

Mather Airport is working to upgrade its instrument landing system from a current standard Instrument Landing System to an improved system. What that means is to reduce the minimum visibility requirements from a ceiling of 200 feet and a visibility of one half mile to something a bit less. With reduced minimums required for landing […]

Tribute to Tilford a wild one

During his days beneath the helmet and thereafter, the one thing the late Donnie Tilford truly loved was an exciting race night for both drivers and fans. Saturday night at Placerville Speedway there was undoubtedly a bit of magic in the air as a grandstand packed with fans was treated to thrills, spills and emotion […]

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Jury duty scam makes the rounds

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Heartbroken couple wants antiques returned

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Kyburz Fire whips through the woods

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Two new high school principals on the job

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Ted Gaines backs more drone safety legislation

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Marshall Medical Center celebrated for baby care

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It’s wildfire season — watch for smoke

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County to buy more land for rare plants

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Heard over the back fence: Rock on

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The Balancing Act: Attack on a supervisor

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Belltower: Didn’t know that

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Looking at more than the bottom line

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EID planned well

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El Dorado’s summer season comes to an end

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NorCal team wins national title

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First and goal: Honor request

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Roundup: July 26, 2015

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Becker pays tribute after sprint win

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Quintet tackles trio of marathons

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A good time was had by all

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‘Link-Up’ to benefit children’s grief program

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Foothill dining: Take a dip

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Foothill gourmet: Cupcakes

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Back-to-school immunizations offered by county

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As we were: Jury duty

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Capital Stage presents annual new works festival

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Food bank seeks early riser volunteers for Rescue route

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Join Community Concert Association at National Night Out

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