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Restorative Policing clean-up efforts continue

On Sunday, April 6, the clean-up of trash and waste left behind from illegal homeless camps continued in Placerville. A volunteer effort coordinated by the El Dorado County Watch and city of Placerville brought over 30 citizen volunteers, council members and support from local businesses and community based organizations. The event was the continuation of […]

Community quality of life focus for new police chief

The badge is new and very shiny, but newly sworn-in Placerville Police Chief Scott Heller has plenty of experience. After almost 17 years with the Modesto Police Department in a wide variety of positions, from patrol officer to assistant Investigative Services Division commander and acting commander, Heller brings Placerville leadership and expertise with special operations units involved with narcotics, gangs, homicides and shootings.

The 42-year-old chief met with the Mountain Democrat to talk about his focus for his new position, the community and why he chose to come to Placerville.

“What drew us here was actually a brochure with the police chief posting,” said Heller. The brochure showed a picture of downtown and …

Sheriff asks residents to be community’s eyes, ears

EL DORADO HILLS — It’s like he never stopped campaigning. With a loud voice and a clear message, recently elected Sheriff John D’Agostini, who outlasted a field of seven strong candidates in a grueling 2010 campaign filled with both accusations and promises to reform a department with acknowledged “culture” problems, reaffirmed his priorities with his West […]

Crime statistics offered by police chief

Property crimes in Placerville were up by 31 percent in 2013. That was one of the statistics presented to the Placerville City Council by Police Chief Scott Heller at the Feb. 11 meeting. In a brief presentation, Heller provided a breakdown of the 2013 crime statistics for the city, comparing them to the 2012 report. […]

No contracting: Hunt on for police chief

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 […]

Police chief riding off into sunset

At the end of old westerns, the cowboy often rides off into the sunset. A horse is needed to do that and retiring Placerville Police Chief George Nielsen has two of them. “I’ve been involved with horses all my life,” said Nielsen. “When I was growing up, my aunt and uncle had a boarding and […]

Therkildsen, DAgostini play insider/outsider roles in sheriff race

Village Life Staff writer El Dorado County sheriff candidates John DÕAgostini and Craig Therkildsen squared off at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center last Tuesday. Therkildsen, whoÕs currently a captain in the SheriffÕs Department, responsible for the county jails, harkened back to 1982 when he bought his own gear and signed on as a reserve. […]

Therkildsen, DAgostini highlight differences in sheriff race

Mother Lode News EL DORADO HILLS Ñ The big debate on Tuesday featured a seasoned insider promising to straighten things out vs. a younger outsider claiming fresh eyes are needed to solve ingrained institutional problems. This isnÕt the Jerry vs. Meg story. WeÕre talking about John and Craig. The two remaining El Dorado County Sheriff […]

Former PIO retires after 3 decades

Managing editor A man who has served El Dorado County in the bright limelight cast by violent crimes and emergency situations now is looking forward to the twilight of his nearly 30-year career with the SheriffÕs Department. Lt. Kevin House, whose sly yet endearing smile has given reassurance to the public in the face of […]

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Locals cheer National Night Out

Democrat staff writer Old Glory flapping in the breeze, the smell of hot dogs cooking on the grill, the opening bars of ÒGod Bless America,Ó the hustle and bustle of neighbors being downright neighborly Ñ all of these could only mean one thing. Tuesday was National Night Out in El Dorado County. Billed as AmericanÕs […]

I know what the job takes … and Craig Therkildsen is the best choice

Retired sheriff, El Dorado County EDITOR: Voters have several choices in selecting our next sheriff. I have met all of the candidates personally and know their levels of experience and qualifications. As your recently retired sheriff, I am in the position to know that Craig Therikildsen is the one person most qualified to be sheriff. […]

Take the time and youÕll know Craig Therkildsen should be sheriff

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Western Slope EDITOR: My husband and I just recently graduated from the El Dorado County SheriffÕs DepartmentÕs excellent course, the CitizenÕs Academy. We have always had respect for law enforcement and now even more as we understand the vital services they provide, 24-7. Since taking the course, the term ÒServe […]

Departmental county candidates file ballot statements

Offering us a preview of who they are and why they are running, almost all of the candidates for El Dorado County department head positions filed a statement of candidacy. Joe Harn, 56, CPA, who is running to be reelected Auditor-Controller, said his top priorities are to continue protecting people’s tax dollars while ensuring the […]

Challenges of closing Hangtown Haven

EDITOR: During the last year, Hangtown Haven, the innovative facility for homeless people, has drawn national attention because of its success in getting homeless people off the streets and into rehabilitation and job training opportunities. The Haven has developed a community, a “family,” as it were, of mutual support and care, and has worked to […]

Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy starting Aug. 27

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is offering the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy. The academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Office plays in the community. The Sheriff’s Office has instituted the concepts of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS). The goal of […]

Postured for success

EDITOR: The room at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center was once again packed last night for the fourth meeting since December as business owners, residents and organizational leaders shared ideas on how to come together in a mutually satisfactory manner for the good of the whole of Pollock Pines. One gentleman who had not been […]

Haven keeps homeless out of woods

EDITOR: The Letter to the Editor on Feb. 1, 2013 by Mayor Wendy Mattson highlighted exceptional efforts by the city of Placerville, non-profit organizations and churches to assist the homeless. Thank you Ms. Mattson for your efforts on behalf of the less fortunate in our community. The mayor’s letter, however, begs an answer to the following question: Why […]

Expand Hangtown Haven

EDITOR: The City Council and the staff of the City of Placerville have been creative and wise in their approach to addressing the needs of the homeless population in our community and at the same time addressing the concerns of the other residents of the City. I have had the privilege of spending many hours with the […]

Sheriff’s Citizens Academy offered in September

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is offering a Citizens Law Enforcement Academy starting Sept. 18. “The Citizens Academy is an integral part in the ability for the Sheriff’s Office and its employees to connect with the community,” said Lt. Robert Ashworth. “This allows us to educate the community on what services we offer, how […]

National Night Out

EDITOR: National Night Out (NNO) has become the cornerstone and focal point for Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) in the historic Gold Rush town of Placerville. Each August the entire community comes together to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer community. The mission of the Placerville Police […]

City OKs homeless camp

Placerville City Council approved a 90-day special use permit for a homeless encampment, Hangtown Haven, to be located at 1700 Broadway at Tuesday’s meeting. The temporary camp is a pilot program to see if it can help alleviate some of the problems associated with the homeless population and the current crop of illegal camps throughout […]

Sheriff’s Academy invites participants for March 27 start

Sheriff John D’Agostini and members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department would like to invite the people of El Dorado County to the upcoming El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy. This Academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Office plays in our community. […]

There are those who need medical marijuana

EDITOR: I find it irresponsible that the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors or Placerville City Council would allow a group of four or five people (even if they do represent the city or county) to determine the health and well-being of those in this county that need a certain medication. Do you not realize […]

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Sign up now for Citizens Academy

Sheriff John D’Agostini and members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department would like to invite the people of El Dorado County to participate in the next El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy. This academy is designed to familiarize county residents with many aspects of law enforcement and educate them on the role the Sheriff’s Department […]

Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy gearing up again

Sheriff John D’Agostini and members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department would like to invite the people of El Dorado County to the upcoming El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy. This academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Office plays in our community. […]

Pilot Hill Sundance project a really bad idea

EDITOR: I am writing this letter in response to the Dec. 28 story about the El Dorado County Planning Commission’s approval of the Sundance residential subdivision in Pilot Hill. So it seems now that the real purpose of the Williamson Act is to allow people to pay very low taxes until the conditions are just […]

Local crime mapping available online

El Dorado County residents wanting to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in local crime need look no further than their own computer or smart phone. The sheriff’s department recently announced its partnership with CrimeReports, creators of the National Crime Map, and the launch of crimereports.com, a Website that allows users to view the who, […]

Sheriffs Department offering Citizens Law Enforcement Academy

The El Dorado County SheriffÕs Department once again is offering the popular Citizens Law Enforcement Academy. This academy, which runs from 6 to 9 .m., will familiarize county residents with many aspects of law enforcement and the role the SheriffÕs Department plays in the community. The SheriffÕs Department has instituted the concepts of Community Oriented […]

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Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

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Past due state taxes bring arrest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

 
Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Woman, dog back from Oso

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 9 Comments | Gallery

 
 
 
DA candidate to remain on ballot

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Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

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CPCSD seat unfilled

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Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

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Letters

District 4 candidate

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Open meetings

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Volunteers and homeless camps

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Bicycle events and traffic control

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Evacuation

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Sports

Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

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King of the West roars into Placerville

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First and goal: Bunt etiquette

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Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

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Jennings wins national title

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Roundup: April 17, 2014

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Prospecting

Plantastic sale this Saturday

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Spring art brightens government center

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Things to do: April 18, 2014

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Time out: A grand time at Grand China

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Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

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Student art featured for Third Saturday

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Promenade in high style

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Sac State Presents ‘Gypsy’

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Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

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Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

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See what is inside the vault

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Eggstravaganza

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Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

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Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

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Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

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Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

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Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

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Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

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KVIE calls for artists

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A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

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America’s ClayFest II celebrates a rich history

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Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

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See wildflowers on train ride

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Easter at Northstar is family friendly

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Essentials

Crime Log: March 28-30

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Obituaries

Arthur W. Cornell

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Frank “Bud” Kraus Jr.

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Roy Cluness Chaix

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Frederick Wilbur Heymann

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Real Estate

Faster sales with spring staging

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Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

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Handsome Redmond suits modern families

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Growing your own

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Fraud workshop scheduled

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HCD launches assistance program

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EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

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Working It Out

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New York Times Crossword

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Horoscope, Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

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Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

Fraud workshop scheduled

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HCD launches assistance program

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EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

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