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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The owner of fine dining establishment, Dante’s on the River, was arrested Friday night by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies after yet another motorist allegedly used his eatery’s parking lot as a bathroom. Kevin Cairns, 50, was booked last week on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. That much is certain. But in the […]
EDITOR: In response to the article in the Jan. 21 Mountain Democrat, I wish to state that I am a supporter of Mr. Kevin Cairns, the chef and owner of Dante’s. If someone was using my property as a toilet I would be very upset also. Having raised four children I know that kids can […]
Kevin Cairns, the embattled owner of Dante’s on the River restaurant, is sticking a fork in his most recent business venture. Cairns, 50, has placed his Whitehall-area establishment on the market, the Mountain Democrat learned. According to David Bolster of ERA Realty, Cairns placed the fine-dining restaurant up for sale in mid-December. This past weekend, […]
The owner of Dante’s on the River, a restaurant east of Pollock Pines on Highway 50, was arrested this past weekend for his role in an altercation with a motorist in the eatery’s parking lot. Kevin Cairns, 50, was booked by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies Sunday night on suspicion of vandalism and brandishing a […]
Editor As airplanes go the Vickers monoplane wasnÕt much. And after it crashed in Adelaide, Australia, in October 1911, and damaged its wings, it was even less of a plane. It was the first plane from the Vickers factory in Britain, made eight years after the Wright BrothersÕ first flight. What Douglas Mawson of Australia […]