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Appeal goes well for Cairns: All but one charge reversed

The Third District Court of Appeals reversed all but one conviction in a 2012 case of a restaurateur encountering multiple incidents of people vomiting in his parking lot. The appellate court found that the trial court erred in failing to instruct on self-defense and not allowing evidence of previous assaults on the defendant, Kevin Cairns. […]

Cairns gets probation, anger management

Kevin Cairns, the restauranteur convicted on misdemeanor counts of vandalism, assault, exhibiting a deadly weapon and disturbing the peace, walked into the courtroom with a smile and a Hawaiian shirt on. After his sentencing hearing, he still wore a smile, just not quite as wide and not quite as happy. Deputy district attorney Dale Gomes […]

Closing arguments paint Cairns as either liar or just rude

The closing arguments of deputy district attorney Dale Gomes and defense attorney Steve Tapson for Kevin Cairns backed up to the jury’s deliberation and lunch break in the trial that saw Cairns charged with five counts, including assault, exhibiting a deadly weapon and disturbing the peace. One side sees him as a liar and manipulator, […]

Cairns not guilty of felonies, guilty of lesser charges

At 4:35 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, the verdict came back on the Kevin Cairns trial.

Ten minutes later, the verdict was read to a courtroom with only a few friends of the Cairns’ in attendance.

Kevin Michael Cairns was found not guilty on the first and third counts, assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, but was found guilty of a lesser, misdemeanor charges of assault.

On the second count, vandalism in excess of $400, Cairns was found not guilty, but was found guilty of vandalism less than $400.

He was found guilty on the fifth count, exhibiting a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor charge.

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Cairns testifies in assault and vandalism trial

The penultimate day of the Kevin Cairns trial concluded after seeing Deputy Simon Brown, Joyce Alderete and finally Cairns himself take to the stand. Deputy Brown, in his second appearance as a witness in the trial, explained that he had investigated the “Cone Incident,” also referred to as the “Taco Bell Barf Bag Incident.” He […]

Character witnesses defend restaurateur Cairns

The trial of Kevin Cairns, owner of now-closed restaurant Dante’s On the River, continued Tuesday morning with William Terry being called as a witness. Terry, a former police officer, police chief and investigator for a district attorney, frequented Dante’s with his wife and other guests. He explained that Cairns and his wife, Nancy, would come […]

Defense witnesses testify for Cairns

After a break for lunch, Kevin Cairns returned to his jury trial Thursday. Cairns’ attorney, Steve Tapson, stood before the jury and explained who he would be calling for witnesses. He told them about Cairns’ restaurant, Dante’s On the River, and how it had become more like “Dante’s Inferno” and suffered from “barbarians of the […]

One incident witness, 2 deputies testify against Cairns

The jury trial of Kevin Cairns, owner of Dante’s On the River, continued Thursday with witnesses being brought forth by the people. The first witness of the day was Joseph Goodrich, a contractor, who had been snowboarding with friends at Heavenly Ski Resort on Nov. 28, 2010. While on their way back home, one of […]

Cairns trial delayed again

Kevin Cairns, the former owner of restaurant Dante’s on the River, was set to begin his felony assault trial Tuesday morning, July 12. As it turns out, Cairns will wait yet again for his day in court. During a brief hearing Friday morning, deputy district attorney Dale Gomes informed El Dorado County Superior Court Judge […]

Cairns trial is delayed

The former owner of the now-closed Dante’s on the River restaurant will wait several more weeks before standing trial on felony assault charges. Kevin Cairns, the restaurateur accused of attacking carsick motorists in his parking lot, had been set to go to trial May 3 on criminal charges, including felony assault and vandalism. Friday morning […]

Cairns pleads not guilty

Before a courtroom packed with friends and supporters, Kevin Cairns, the embattled owner of the restaurant east of Riverton, Dante’s on the River, pleaded not guilty Friday to several criminal charges, including two counts of felony assault. The 50-year-old Cairns, who has been in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail since last month, appeared in […]

Cairns held to answer, returned to graybar inn

Kevin Cairns, the owner of fine dining establishment Dante’s on the River, was held to answer Wednesday afternoon in an El Dorado County courtroom for his roles in three different altercations with carsick motorists in his restaurant’s parking lot. Cairns, 50, was remanded into custody earlier this month in lieu of $250,000 bail. Deputy district […]

Kevin Cairns jailed: Shame on you

EDITOR: Shame on you, Judge Douglas C. Phimister. Shame on you, deputy distict attorney Dale Gomes. We were sickened to read the Mountain Democrat headline that Highway 50 Dante’s restaurant owner, Kevin Cairns, was ordered to jail for … defending his personal and constitutional right to protect his own private property. Since there is no […]

Eight punch Master’s Meet tickets

TURLOCK — The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Track And Field Championships opened Tuesday at CSU Stanislaus for El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra. While the bulk of finals were yesterday, a handful of area field athletes had their fate determined in their attempts to qualify for next week’s Master’s Meet at Elk Grove High. […]

Roundup: May 21, 2015

Boys lacrosse North Coast Section Playoffs Oak Ridge 13, College Park 6 Oak Ridge 8, De La Salle 10 Track and field  Division II/III finals Bella Vista High  Girls PV: 4-Rylee Johnson, PHS, 9-2; 7-Taylor Trageser, 9-2. LJ: 6-Emily Herman, PHS, 16-7.5. SP: 11-Ashlynn Cichella, PHS, 32-2. Boys HJ: 8-Jack Hartung, PHS, 5-8. D-IV/V finals […]

Roundup: May 11, 2015

Baseball Division VI playoffs Golden Sierra 4, Delta 6 — In Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff opener in Clarksburg, the Grizzlies led 2-1 until the bottom of the third inning when Delta scored the tying and go-ahead runs. Golden Sierra (9-12) scored its last two runs in the fifth and sixth innings. The Grizzlies stranded five […]

Cougar spikers sweep D’backs

EL DORADO — El Dorado and Union Mine’s intra-county Sierra Valley Conference matchup Wednesday ended the regular reason with the Cougars sweeping 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 – the scores made close by the D’backs’ late push in each set. The Cougars rode the talents of senior Elijah Magat whose dominate hitting keyed El Dorado’s offense. Aside […]

El Dorado drops match in 4

El Dorado’s bid to win its first Sierra Valley Conference match Friday didn’t materialize as Lincoln prevailed over the host Cougars in four sets by a score of 16-26, 26-24, 22-25, 18-25. Tied at a set apiece, El Dorado lost a late lead in the third game and never recovered to fall to 0-4. “We […]

El Dorado boys take home opener

In its first home match of the season at L.A. Brown Gym Tuesday, the El Dorado High boys volleyball team defeated Bella Vista 25-11, 25-18, 25-17. In the first set, El Dorado broke free from a 6-5 advantage when Nathan Camello served the Cougars’ next four points for a 10-6 lead. After the Broncos scored twice, […]

SVC All League Cross Country

Varsity boys *Dalton Douglas-Hiley, El Dorado Jackson Harris, El Dorado Charlie Plamondon, El Dorado Liam Drennan, El Dorado Grant Seely, El Dorado Jay Revolinsky, El Dorado Keis Verleur, Union Mine Garrett Locher, El Dorado Brett Burink, Union Mine Jordan McGuire, Cordova Varsity girls *Kaitlynn Staggers, El Dorado Allison Babbage, Union Mine Dani DeStefano, El Dorado […]

Grizzly boys win sections; Cougars 2nd

FOLSOM — Two El Dorado County teams finished strong at last Saturday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section meet at the Willow Hills course and will advance to the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Golden Sierra boys squad raced to first place to claim the section’s Division V blue banner for a second consecutive year, […]

El Dorado teams sweep SVC crowns

Union Mine runners take 2nd FOLSOM — Not one but four Sierra Valley Conference titles have been bestowed onto the El Dorado cross country program — and then some — after Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference finals at Willow Hills in Folsom. The Lady Cougars edged intra county and conference rival Union Mine for the crown. The El […]

Local squads race at Bronco Invite

FOLSOM — Four of the five El Dorado county teams competed over the weekend at the Bronco Invitational. For three of them, the Willow Hills Course serves as the venue for their league championships. For El Dorado and Union Mine, that day is today as the Sierra Valley Conference holds its finals at 4 p.m. […]

Two rock hounds rock on

A few months ago, cairns of carefully stacked rocks began to appear in Cameron Park. You could see them up behind Eskaton, on Sudbury Drive, in the Pine Hill Preserve — tiny cairns, medium cairns and a few taller than an Irish Wolfhound. People wondered who was creating the cairns. Occasionally people or animals or […]

Crime Log: Oct. 23-25

Oct. 23 12:18 a.m. A male, 27, allegedly admitted to consuming various controlled substances after deputies contacted him related to a medical aid call on Gardenia Circle in El Dorado Hills. 4:32 a.m. The suspect and the female victim, 18, were in a dating relationship for approximately four years and they have a three-month-old child […]

County Sports League Track and Field Championships

Optimist Club of El Dorado Hills Country Sports League Track and Field Championships Union Mine, May 9, 11  Girls — 65 hurdles: Girls A, 1-HGR-Elizabeth Vaccaro, 11.42, Girls B, 1-PV-Breanne Gloia, 11.44, Girls C-1-GHI-Julia Lathrop, 11:47; Mile: Girls B-1-MAR-Danny Destefano, 8:39.83, Girls C-NOR-Madisyn Schmitz, 6:17.56; 400: Girls A, 1-HGR-Allison Babbage, 1:07.75, Girls B, 1-MAR-Madelyn Davis, 1:19.56, Girls […]

DA overreached

The district attorney overreached by charging former restaurant owner Kevin Cairns with felonies in relation to incidents with noncustomers stopping to relieve themselves or vomit. The jury knocked all the charges down to misdemeanors, which is what the charges should have been all along. This should have been a plea deal from the beginning. Especially […]

No. 9: Legal purgatory for Dante’s

As owner of Dante’s on the River, Kevin Cairns was more comfortable in a kitchen than a courtroom. But with his ongoing legal battles, Cairns found himself spending more time getting better acquainted with the justice system than he would have liked. The 51-year-old restaurateur, who purchased Dante’s in 2004, is facing a slew of […]

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Roundup: County Sports League cross country results

Girls Grade 3: Large school: 1-Golden Valley, 40; 2-William Brooks, 73; 3-Sierra Ridge, 78. Small school: Jackson, 8; Pioneer, 18; 3-Holy Trinity, 27 Top 20 individuals: Ally Tomasetti, GV, 5:06; Megan Tomasetti, GV, 5:06; Lucy Murray, GH, 5:09; Shae Steiner, GV, 5:11; Dario Sciutto, SV, 5:12; Izabella Rodreguez, GV, 5;17; Courtney Baker, S, 5:17; Ella […]

At a glance: A good time to wear a hat

On this date in 1957 Queen Elizabeth II went to a football game in the United States — no not a soccer game. She wore a lovely hat and carried the proper handbag. Hopefully she had some tasty football food and had a good time. Fashion fun The members of the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club’s […]

Spaghetti dinner to help with medical expenses for Jeff Boatman

Cancer. It’s a word that can turn your world upside down very quickly. In September 2010, Jeff Boatman’s world was changed. He was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Boatman is a young man, just 34 years old. The diagnosis was a complete shock to his entire family. He was born at Marshall Hospital in Placerville and […]

Delta River League: All League Teams

Baseball Player of the Year: Tyler Evanoff, Ponderosa Coach of the Year: Joe Potulny, Jesuit First team: Oak Ridge: Chris Muse-Fisher, Austin Ales, Cole Hansen, Jake Wehr, Zach Mahon; Ponderosa: Hunter Gallant, Jerrod Bravo; Jesuit: Zach Green, Logan James, Louis Mejia, Brian Celsi, Joe Williams; Pleasant Grove: Zach Stilwell, Josh Adams, Garrett Heisinger Boys Golf Most […]

Delta River League: 2011 All League Teams

Baseball Player of the Year: Tyler Evanoff, Ponderosa Coach of the Year: Joe Potulny, Jesuit First team:Oak Ridge: Chris Muse-Fisher, Austin Ales, Cole Hansen, Jake Wehr, Zach Mahon; Ponderosa: Hunter Gallant, Jerrod Bravo; Jesuit: Zach Green, Logan James, Louis Mejia; Brian Celsi, Joe Williams; Pleasant Grove: Zach Stilwell, Josh Adams, Garrett Heisinger Boys Golf Most […]

Dante’s owner posts bail

After three weeks in an El Dorado County jail cell, Kevin Cairns is a free man. Cairns, owner of the now-closed Dante’s on the River restaurant east of Pollock Pines, posted bail Friday afternoon, hours after an El Dorado County judge lowered his bail amount, which was initially set at a quarter-million dollars when he was remanded […]

In defense of Dante’s

EDITOR: I have been dining at Dante’s on the River since they opened. Kevin and Nancy Cairns have always been courteous, caring people and wonderful hosts.  Besides providing an outstanding dining experience, they also generate tax revenue and good-will for our county. It is sad that the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department cannot at least […]

Dismayed at what’s happening with Dante’s owner

EDITOR: We are dismayed at the way law enforcement and the media have treated Kevin Cairns. No one in his right mind would do the things Kevin has been accused of without provocation. There seems to be some sort of organized attempt to destroy his business. Nowhere in the media do we read of the atrocities […]

Small businesses beware, no right to defend yourself

EDITOR: As an owner of a small business in El Dorado County it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain myself. I have seen our Sheriff’s Department, the district attorney, and the judges fail to hear and see our perspectives. Small business is what makes up our economic stability and provides the woven fabric of our […]

Restaurant owner in the wrong business

EDITOR: All of the recent problems at Dante’s Restaurant just highlight the need for a few rest areas to be situated along Highway 50. I expect that most of us traveling up to the snow or to Stateline have felt the need for a place to stop at one time or another. This is especially […]

High bail puts restaurateur in county cooler

Embattled restaurateur Kevin Cairns, owner of Dante’s on the River, pleaded not guilty to several criminal charges Tuesday afternoon, including felony assault and vandalism. Cairns, 50, appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court with defense attorney Steve Tapson and Cairsns’ wife, Nancy. Cairns entered the plea to charges filed earlier this month including two felony assault […]

Charges filed against Dante’s owner

The owner of the Riverton area fine-dining restaurant Dante’s on the River was formally charged last week for his roles in two separate altercations with car-sick travelers in the parking lot of his eatery. Kevin Cairns, 50, faces two felony assault counts, one count of felony vandalism, one misdemeanor charge of brandishing a weapon and […]

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