April 25 12:000 a.m. A 17-year-old male suspect in El Dorado Hills was allegedly found in possession of property that was stolen from a vehicle. 2:00 a.m. A runaway 12-year-old juvenile was located at a homeless camp on China Garden Road in Diamond Springs. The juvenile was intoxicated, out past curfew and had tobacco paraphernalia [...]
The right guy in the right place at the right time,” is how Mark Divittorio was informally described by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 14. The veteran kayaker was awarded a hero’s plaque by the board for his rescue of a Livermore family from the American River near Kyburz on April 4.
Divittorio described his role in the dramatic events in a bit …
The body of a woman from Reno, Nev. was found east of Strawberry on May 10. At 9:09 a.m., the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Reno Police Department asking for assistance in finding a missing woman, a press release stated. Sherilyn Renstrom, 66, had dementia and was at-risk, EDSO was [...]
It was raining and cold in Washington D.C. when George Peabody arrived on April 19, but his welcome was warm. About 28 WWII veterans and 20 Guardians flew from San Francisco on an Honor Flight Tour to visit the WWII Memorial and see the sights, courtesy of Honor Flight of Northern California. Honor Flight of [...]
A few years back I was the listing agent on a nice house on acreage in Camino. I never met the buyers, who were represented by another agent, but about a year after closing I received a call from their attorney who demanded a significant amount of money from me for my failure to disclosure [...]
What a great public service. The El Dorado County Historical Society conducts monthly tours of historical downtown Placerville during the summer and at other times by request. A couple of weeks ago the society volunteers hosted 30 visitors from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Placerville has some great history to relate, having hosted Mark Twain, newspaper editor [...]
The 2013 edition of the Placerville Earth Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the green at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. This event has something for everybody. For the children there will be face painting, scarf dancing, a fire truck, [...]
El Dorado County leaders sent a strongly worded letter last week to Kathy Hardy, supervisor of the Eldorado National Forest. Approved unanimously by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, the letter clarifies the county’s position regarding the forest service closure of all or parts of 42 roads within the boundaries of the national [...]
The jury in the Richard Kenneth Petroski case returned a verdict of guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of John Gale Malia on April 9. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner announced that a verdict had been reached at 9:06 a.m. He noted that the previous Thursday, the jury had requested a read-back [...]
Editor’s note: This is part two of an article detailing the El Dorado County Fire District’s recent problems. Part one ran in the April 5 Mountain Democrat. Distrust in El Dorado County Fire District Chief Bruce Lacher bubbled over in May of 2012 when 94 percent of the firefighter’s union membership gave him a vote [...]
The Association of California School Administrators selected Ethel Harnden, district secretary for the Pollock Pines School District, as the state of California’s “Confidential Employee of the Year.” As a classified employee who works closely with district administration, Harnden, 64, is the type of person you want at your right hand, according to Pollock Pines Superintendent Kevin [...]
The greatest generation suffers Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic maladies in unprecedented numbers. Caring for them places extraordinary demands on their families and the public health system. The El Dorado County Senior Day Care Center provides treatment for chronically ill seniors, including those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and allows them to live [...]
FRIENDS TOA POINT: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I Like You But If Zombies Chase Us I’m Tripping You.” BON VOYAGE FUN! Placerville Rotary Club is presenting the 36th annual Bon Voyage dinner and dance on March 23 at the Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, at 6 p.m. The Grand Raffle will [...]
It’s fitting and somehow satisfying that the words rapt and raptor both come from the same Latin word for seize violently and carry away. Raptors are birds of prey; they get their living by seizing other creatures and carrying them off to devour. Depending on the species of raptor, the unfortunate seizee may be a [...]
Placerville City Council decided unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to keep the city police department rather than to contract with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department to provide law enforcement services. An emotionally charged, standing-room-only, and very articulate crowd presented their case for community policing and they were heard. With the May 17 retirement of police [...]
Ted and Beth Gaines were in El Dorado Hills last week to update the Tea Party Patriots on what they’re doing in Sacramento to protect taxpayers.
Both were elected in 2011, Beth to the reconfigured Assembly District 6, which now contains El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park, plus portions of Placer and Sacramento Counties, Ted to California Senate District 1, which encompasses the northwest corner of the state, including all of El Dorado County.
Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, arrived fresh off two days of hearings on the California Parks Department slush fund scandal.
Autopsy results of a woman found dead after South Lake Tahoe’s SnowGlobe Music Festival on New Year’s Eve show she died of hypothermia. Alyssa Byrne, 19, of Petaluma, died of “probably hypothermia due to prolonged environmental exposure,” a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office stated. Byrne was also suffering from methamphetamine toxicity and [...]
The continuing preliminary hearing concerning the 1980 murder of a gas station attendant in South Lake Tahoe began at the end: with an autopsy. Dr. Patrick Riley performed the autopsy of Richard Swanson, 16, on Aug. 14, 1980, the day he was discovered dead at the South Y Shell gas station. Alleged murderer Andrew Sanford [...]
By Adam Jensen A question about whether God forgives murderers was part of a preliminary hearing in the 1980 killing of a South Lake Tahoe gas station attendant. The question was posed to Jenna Weller by Andrew Sanford during a conversation the former roommates had during the summer of 2010, according to Weller’s testimony in [...]
Talent abounded this year in the Placerville Doll Contest sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 275 and the accompanying Ladies Auxiliary (LAFRA), Unit 275 of Placerville. The 2012 theme was to use materials found at home or in the yard to fabricate a doll. The doll could be an animal or human resemblance. [...]