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Man dies in single-car accident on Carson Road

A man died in a single-car accident on Carson Road Oct. 6. Cory McGee, 22, had been traveling eastbound at an unknown rate of speed at 2:15 a.m. just west of Indian Lane when, for an unknown reason, he turned to the right and drifted off the road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Quinn Cuthbertson. […]

State Fair entertainment, car accident and elections make news

Special to the Democrat 25 Years ago Aug. 23, 1985 Entertainment at State Fair Hollywood comes to the 1985 California State Fair in Sacramento with the popular road show version of the always unpredictable Truth or Consequences. … Hosted by veteran TV announcer and game show host, Bob Hilton, the show allows the audience not […]

Greenwood man dies after two-car accident

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, morning at approximately 8 a.m., Kirby Root, 68, of Greenwood was traveling southbound on Highway 193 when his car left the roadway and hit a tree just past South Kelsey Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident involved Root’s 2010 Mercedes GLK350 and 45-year-old David Edwards’ 1986 Toyota pickup. […]

Bunco is more than a card game

“It’s not rocket science,” said Nancy Erlich, “but it’s fun.” In the 20 years since Erlich founded a Bunco club in order to spend time with women she’d met in her real estate career, the membership of the group has changed, the size of the group has both expanded and contracted, husbands have died, people […]

Affordable Care Act continues to produce confusion and anger

Problems implementing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) continue, adding to the anger and confusion over the new law. Breakdowns and security breaches have characterized the federal health exchange Website from the outset. Despite some improvements, problems persist. According to a recent report from ABC News, one-third of the 149,000 people who have been able to […]

My turn: The new year of Obamacare

A great tragedy is now unfolding across America as we prepare for the new year. Millions of Americans are losing their health plans; millions more are facing staggering price increases; millions more are having hours cut or seeing their salaries pared back at work because of Obamacare. Sadly, this is just the beginning. In coming […]

Camino accident kills two Placerville men

An accident on Nov. 9 on Barkley Road in Camino claimed the lives of two Placerville men. Trent Wanta, 23, was driving his 2001 Toyota Echo westbound on Barkley Road at 7:10 p.m. with Cody Clevland, 24, as his passenger, a CHP report stated. Driving at an unknown rate of speed, Wanta failed to negotiate […]

Hangtown Haven profile: Auto accident took Derrick’s short-term memory

Hangtown Haven, the city’s legal encampment for the homeless, will end its one-year experiment in communal living on Nov. 15 when its Temporary Use Permit expires. The camp has more than 30 residents, and a Community Council of four residents who run the camp and enforce its regulations for the safety of all and a […]

Accident brings out concerned Samaritans

A Sunday afternoon drive on westbound Highway 50 turned into a car accident that brought a flurry of people to help. A white vehicle carrying a family of five was traveling west bound on Highway 50 east of Greenstone Road when it suddenly veered to the right, off the freeway and down an embankment. Ashlee […]

Car technology

We’ve all seen stories about Google’s driverless car. It won’t be a driverless car when it really starts getting used. It will be a car that drivers can put on autopilot while they take a nap, read a book, type on the computer or do makeup on the way to work along with eating a […]

Bass Lake accident victim identifed

The victim of a solo vehicle fatal accident early Friday morning on Bass Lake Road has been identified. Ashley Culver, 22, of Shingle Springs, was the victim of the accident, CHP Officer Ron Davenport said. Culver’s 1997 Pontiac was heading eastbound on Highway 50 at the Bass Lake Road undercrossing at 2:05 a.m. when the […]

EDH accident leaves one dead

A solo vehicle accident left an unknown person dead in El Dorado Hills early Friday morning. A 1997 Pontiac was heading eastbound at Highway 50 and the Bass Lake Road under crossing at 2:05 a.m. when it left the roadway, off the west dirt embankment, said CHP Officer Frank Rodriquez. The car launched into the […]

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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Take my word for it: A scary moment

Nothing prepares you for a major car accident. There are precautions you can take in case an accident occurs — proper insurance coverage for your vehicle, health insurance for yourself, etc. — but when a crash happens, more than just the hunk of metal (or fiberglass) you’re in is shaken up. I received a call […]

Senior Day Care provides hope and respite

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 […]

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 […]

Former carpenter opens gallery

If you’ve traversed Main Street in Placerville in the past five weeks, the photographs in the new Jim Powers Gallery have probably caught your eye. They caught the eyes of a group of photographers on Feb.27 who hustled into the gallery to inspect the brilliant details more closely. Powers, 57, opened the gallery of his […]

Oak Ridge student dies in sledding accident

An Oak Ridge High School student and football player was pronounced dead after a sledding accident Feb. 17.

Dylan Ridolfi, 15, had been sledding with his family at Sheep’s Flat, about a mile away from the Mt. Rose summit near Route 341 in Washoe County, Nev., where witnesses say he had been going at a “high rate of speed” before hitting two trees, said Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy Armando Avina.

Deputies were dispatched at 3:34 p.m., with medical units, fire engines and a Care Flight helicopter ambulance also responding. Ridolfi was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:10 p.m.

Accident kills one, injuries another

An accident on Jan. 7 claimed one life and injured another Sly Park Road.  A 1993 blue Ford Ranger was traveling westbound on Sly Park Road at 1:25 p.m., going between 50 and 60 mph when it traveled off the north shoulder, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. The truck fishtailed, rotating clockwise towards Shell Lane. […]

Performance Chiropractic and Sports Center certified for accident victims

Physician, heal thyself … and that’s just what Dr. Yong Kim did, after a fashion. When Kim, owner of Performance Chiropractic and Sports Center in Cameron Park, was a teenager he suffered chronic back pain following numerous vehicle accidents and sports injuries. Add poor posture to the mix, and soon Kim was the victim of […]

Top 10 — No. 1: Rubicon Trail accident, 60th Jamboree

The Rubicon Trail was in the news throughout 2012. Much of the news was good, including the Jeeper’s Jamboree celebrating its 60th run, and the county supervisors paving the way for work on the trail, but the trail was also struck by tragedy in 2012. Rachel Anne Gray, a 21-year-old from El Dorado Hills, was […]

The accidental dentist

Dr. Robert Catron, of Sierra Dental Group in Shingle Springs, might not be going on another vacation for a while — not if his wife Yami has anything to say about it. Five years after  birth of the couple’s twins, Catron was finally able to talk his wife into a second honeymoon — their first […]

My turn: Health Care — at what price?

In a telling moment on Meet the Press (Sept 9, 2012), the Republican nominee for President, Mitt Romney, confessed that he did not want to get rid of all of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) colloquially known as “Obamacare”. He began listing the various programs he would like to keep in his […]

EDH man recovering quickly from dirt bike accident

A dirt bike accident in June nearly left 21-year-old Josh Cooper in a wheelchair for the rest of his life but the El Dorado Hills resident credits his family and friends for his speedy recovery. “I’m about 80 percent recovered,” Cooper said a little more than two months after he flew off his dirt bike. […]

Accident on South Shingle leads to fatality

A fatal accident occurred Aug. 3 on South Shingle Drive in Shingle Springs. At 11:05 p.m., a 1990 Toyota pickup truck was heading southbound on South Shingle Road north of El Camino at an “unknown high rate of speed,” said CHP Officer Dan Stark. While trying to go around a curve, the driver lost control […]

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As we were: Light-pane accident

25 Years ago July 17, 1987 ‘Pilot misjudgment’ caused recent crash “Pilot misjudgment” is being cited as the cause of the light-plane accident last week in Cameron Park, according to Debbie Eckrote, air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Eckrote said the final report has not been prepared, but she said it appears […]

The rural life: Providing care, or taking liberties?

If a child is injured or sickened, that’s a bad thing, right? And the purpose of a pediatrician is to keep a child healthy, correct? If these statements are true, then why would it be a bad thing for a pediatrician to ask a parent questions meant to protect the health of a child? I’ve […]

Striking it rich by accident

The Coloma-Lotus area seems to be a very lucky place for all kinds of treasure hunters. For Mitch Carey of Shingle Springs, it came by accident when he was thinning out the poison oak on his property in Lotus last Saturday. He looked down and noticed what looked like a piece of charcoal. After checking it […]

Girl loses leg in bus stop accident

A 15-year-old girl waiting for her El Dorado High School bus lost her leg after a car lost control in the snow and pinned her to a power pole. Karly Bray was hit on Pony Express Trail near Mace Road at 7:15 a.m. March 1 after Kassandra Hoelscher, 18, lost control her of 1992 Chevy […]

Deputy kills Tahoe bear in apparent accidental shooting

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot a black bear with a live round rather than a rubber bullet during a recent incident that resulted in the death of a mother of two cubs. About 10 p.m. on a recent Friday, deputies responded to the Tahoe Shores Mobile Home Park in […]

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‘Souper’ group brings friendship and support to caregivers

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month. It’s not “old-timers” or “all-timers” disease and it doesn’t just affect the elderly. People in their 30s, 40s and 50s have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s — a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans. It’s the most common form of dementia, robbing its victim of cognitive and social abilities, […]

Mittelman trial: Jury sees squad car videotape

While handcuffed and detained in the back of a patrol car parked outside of his El Dorado Hills apartment, Steven Howard Mittelman watched El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies investigate the reported suicide of his ex-wife on the evening of June 17, 2010. It was earlier that night when Mittelman dialed 911 and frantically told an […]

Francis Smith — a Navy pilot’s faith carried him through

As a Navy fighter pilot in World War II, Francis William Smith of Cameron Park had a lot of harrowing experiences. It is something that Smith, 87, doesn’t dwell on, nor does he talk about it much. One of the scariest things Ensign Smith experienced, though, was during training. The orders were to follow the […]

Georgetown woman killed in motorcycle accident

Georgetown resident Tracie Murchie, 39, was killed last week when the motorcycle her husband was driving collided with a pickup truck. Tracie and husband Steve, also 39, were riding a 2000 Kawasaki motorcycle westbound on Wentworth Springs Road, east of Hotchkiss Hill Road, on Tuesday when the bike’s driver lost control trying to avoid a […]

Teen accident victim remains on life support

The Union Mine High School student was was severely injured in a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon remained on life support Friday afternoon. Placerville area California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark told the Mountain Democrat that, as of press time, there had been no change in the condition of Scott Santana, 17. “As far as we […]

Teen accident victim not expected to live

Scott Santana, a Union Mine High School scholar and athlete, was gravely injured in a head-on collision at about 3 p.m.Tuesday on Greenstone Road near El Dorado. The 17-year-old suffered extreme trauma as a result of the accident and remained on life support and in critical condition as of Thursday. Late Thursday morning, the Mountain […]

Sills takes Wingless Sprint Car feature victory

Racing’s doubleheader that opened the Placerville Speedway season this weekend had a big share of the action Saturday on the quarter-mile clay oval at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The “Totally Wingless” event featured the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series, the Midgets and Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association and the Nor […]

Quality In-Home Care, to relieve the caregiver’s stress

Those who take care of their loved ones on a day to day basis understand the stress that can come along with the duty. Now there is some relief in sight in the form of outside assistance from custodial care. Quality In-Home Care located at 699 Main St. in Placerville stands ready to help. “We […]

No. 9: Presba sentenced: Family support helps Presbas carry forward

It’s been two and a-half years since Ron Presba was brutally murdered in his own home in Garden Valley by his wife’s young lover. Ron’s wife, Patricia, called Patty, worked at the California Conservation Corps (CCC) in Greenwood, where she met Jaime Ramos, a trainee. Ramos, then 21, was younger than Patty’s youngest child. She […]

Something to think about: With love, Christmas cards

So I’m doing Christmas cards, looking up addresses, filling out envelopes, writing pithy little notes. I like all the parts of Christmas except doing Christmas cards. I can see the point — sort  of — if  you are sending cards to keep in touch with people who live far away and you never see, but […]

Car hits gallery

For the owners of Placerville’s Fusion Gallery Findleton Estate Wine Tasting, a suspected drunk driver recently took window shopping to a new level. Laura K. Butler and Pamela Findleton, the gallery’s co-owners, each received phone calls late Monday night from Placerville police to inform them that a local woman drove through their shop’s front windows. […]

Motorcycle careens into sheriff deputys squad car

Democrat staff writer A motorcycle was crushed in a freak accident by an on-duty El Dorado County sheriffÕs deputy Friday morning during a patrol of Rescue. At approximately 9 a.m., the motorcyclist, a white male whose name has not yet been released, was traveling southbound down Bass Lake Road, near RescueÕs Bridlewood subdivision when a […]

My turn: The oil spill took care of itself

Special to the Democrat Two months ago this column predicted that nature would take care of most of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and now that the well is capped and the flow has been stopped, skimmer boats canÕt find any more oil to skim. It is all but gone. As with the Ixtoc spill […]

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