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Women’s Fund El Dorado announces $50,000 in 2013 grants

Six years ago, a group of women came together to put their philanthropic dollars where they thought they would be most needed in El Dorado County. On June 6, the Empire Ballroom at the Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion in Placerville was overflowing with members eager to learn the results of their awards to 2012 recipients and […]

Woman’s body found at El Dorado Hills Town Center

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies converged on El Dorado Hills Town Center Tuesday morning after a woman’s body was found hanging in an enclosed trash area.

“It’s suspicious,” said Sgt. Jim Byers. “It’s out of the ordinary.”

Detectives will treat the case as suspicious unless they find evidence that suggests otherwise, he explained. It’s possible that the woman killed herself.

Byers described the victim as a Caucasian female but no other details about her identity were available.

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Mountain Democrat awarded General Excellence

The Mountain Democrat was chosen as the best overall newspaper among 33 others in its circulation category Saturday when the California Newspaper Publishers Association awarded it first place in the category of General Excellence.

Accepting the award at the ceremony in San Jose was Publisher Richard Esposito.

The judges’ comment said, “Strong coverage of crime news was nicely complimented by stories exploring local government policies and schools. Editorial page gets a big boost from letters to the editor. Clean layout and admirable focus on Placerville people.”

This is second time the Mountain Democrat has won first place General Excellence since Michael Raffety has been editor, winning in 1996. The Mountain Democrat won second place in that category in 1981 when Ursula Smith was editor and Raffety was city editor.

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Mittelman sentencing continued

The sentencing of convicted killer Steven Howard Mittelman was continued last week. Mittelman, 56, of El Dorado Hills, was found guilty in September of fatally shooting his ex-wife, Valerie Rita Mittelman, in their apartment on the evening of June 17, 2010. Mittelman, who is facing 50 years to life in prison, had been set for […]

Mittelman convicted of first-degree murder

Steven Howard Mittelman was convicted of the June 2010 first-degree murder of ex-wife Valerie Rita Mittelman Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after jurors began their deliberations. A jury of six men and six women found Mittelman, 56, guilty of murdering his ex with a single gunshot to the head on the evening of June […]

Mittelman murder trial: Ex-wife’s autopsy results revealed

A litany of health problems threatened a premature end to the life of Valerie Rita Mittelman. But it was a single gunshot wound to the head that ultimately killed the 63-year-old El Dorado Hills woman on June 17, 2010. El Dorado County jurors Tuesday learned that Valerie Mittelman suffered only one injury on the evening […]

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 […]

Trial begins for El Dorado Hills man in ex-wife’s death

Steven Howard Mittelman, according to prosecutors, had too many women in his life. In addition to sharing a small El Dorado Hills apartment with his wife, Gale Mittelman, 56, also lived with his ex-wife, 63-year-old Valerie Rita Mittelman. But Mittelman also had a blossoming relationship with a third woman — one prosecutors say he kept […]

Mittelman: Murder trial to start soon

The first-degree murder trial of an El Dorado Hills man accused of gunning down his ex-wife is on schedule to begin at the end of this month. During a brief pretrial hearing in an El Dorado County Superior courtroom Friday, attorneys confirmed that jury selection for the Steven Howard Mittelman murder trial should start Aug. […]

Jury selection for Colver trial begins

Jury selection for the trial of suspected murderer Steven Paul Colver began Tuesday morning in Placerville’s Main Street Courthouse. Jury selection is expected to last two days, a court official told the Mountain Democrat. Colver, 21, is accused of helping his former girlfriend plan and execute the murder of her mother in 2009. Colver’s former […]

Health Expo Spectacular to help at-risk teens

Is your child at risk of suicide? Family health depends on the health of all of its members and to help community members deal with family health issues, the Suicide Prevention Education Action Resources (SPEAR) is sponsoring a Health Expo and Awareness Spectacular at the Holiday Inn Express in Town Center, El Dorado Hills, on […]

Trial for EDH murder suspect delayed

The beginning of the trial of the El Dorado Hills man accused of shooting his ex-wife was delayed by one week, the El Dorado County Superior Court announced Friday. Steven Howard Mittelman, 55, is charged with the first-degree murder of 63-year-old Valerie Rita Mittelman, his ex-wife. The victim’s body was discovered by sheriff’s deputies on […]

Hearing delayed in murder case

Several months removed from his last public court appearance, suspected murderer Steven Paul Colver’s latest readiness conference was delayed yet again Friday morning. Colver, 20, is accused of killing the mother of Tylar Marie Witt, his former girlfriend, in 2009. Friday’s affair had been set as a readiness and settlement conference for Colver’s upcoming trial, […]

Trial date delayed in Witt/Colver murder case

The start of suspected killer Steven Colver’s trial was delayed by several months Friday morning. Colver, 20, is accused of killing El Dorado Hills woman Joanne Witt in June 2009. Witt was the mother of his former lover, Tylar. Citing the recent receipt of 37,000 pages of discovery, defense attorney Dain Weiner filed a motion […]

Details emerge in Mittelman murder case

A trio of law enforcement professionals took the stand Wednesday in an El Dorado County courtroom to offer new information in the case of suspected killer Steven Howard Mittelman. Mittelman, 55, is charged with the first degree murder of ex-wife Valerie Rita Mittelman, 63. The victim’s body was discovered by sheriff’s deputies in the El […]

El Dorado Hills murder: Colver trial set

Democrat staff writer The trial of suspected killer Steven Paul Colver is set to begin Feb. 15, 2011, attorneys announced Friday. Colver, 20, is accused of killing El Dorado Hills woman Joanne Witt in June 2009. Witt was the mother of his former lover, Tylar. Prosecutors think Colver slashed Joanne WittÕs throat and stabbed her […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: New beginnings are fun

It is that time of the year when I think about what I want to add to my life or subtract from my life. Most of the time, even years have been better than odd years in my life. Feeling better physically is my ultimate goal in 2016. I am still recovering from a stroke […]

Heard over the back fence: Gold Panning Lessons

GOLD PANNING LESSONS: All ages are welcome and lessons are free to gold panning lessons. Learn how to use the competition flat gold pan (also called a “Ferrari” or “speed” pan) from members of the 2015 U.S. Gold Panning Team who competed in Spain this summer. Watch demonstrations and experience hands-on practice on Saturday, Oct. […]

Billlingsley’s Bullets: The time to change is now

My dad was not big on talking about the past or the future. He was a “right now” person. According to him, people who still dwelled on the past were looking for an excuse to explain their present failures. Instead of improving their present circumstances, they wasted a lot of time and energy creating alibis […]

Community partners work to end mental health stigma

“One out of four families will experience mental health challenges. My family is one,” narrates actress Glenn Close at the start of the documentary “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness,” which was shown to residents at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion earlier this year in an effort to […]

Heard over the back fence: Authors coming to Main Library

GO FOR IT! The “Bits and Pieces” magazine offered the following thought: “Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.” — Christopher Reeves, actor LOCAL AUTHORS’ PRESENTATIONS: On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, the following authors […]

SWAT responds to barricaded EDH man

A man threatening suicide shut down El Dorado Hills Boulevard in El Dorado Hills after SWAT responded to his threats of shooting anyone who approached his apartment. Deputies were following up on a child molestation investigation involving Eric Hatfield Jr., 37, who was accused of molesting an underage female acquaintance, a press release from the […]

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PTSD: Resources available for vets

This final segment of a three-part series is in recognition of June as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. PTSD affects an estimated 7 percent of the general U.S. population at some time in their lives, but this series focuses on PTSD victims in the military. Read part 1 here, and part 2 here. Ursula […]

Black-tie gala to support Fregoso Foundation

In this season of thanks-giving, what better way to show military veterans that their friends and neighbors honor them for their service than by attending the Roaring ’20s-themed Warriors in Black Tie Inaugural Ball, a fundraiser set for Saturday, Nov. 23 in Sacramento presented by the El Dorado Hills-based Fregoso Foundation. Max and Kelly Fregoso […]

Getting to know the authors

Saturday, Oct. 12 Helen Bonner Helen Bonner grew up in the foothills above Placerville, where her father had a roadside store and cabins, and where she rode her horse and swam in the rivers and lakes. She remembers writing her first story at a one-room school. As a young adult, she was a reporter for […]

Bullying workshop Aug. 1

The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition is partnering with Dee DiGioia, founder of Caring and Courageous Kids, to offer a two-hour inspirational and educational bullying prevention workshop just in time to kick-off the new school year. This event will be held on Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at the El Dorado Hills […]

Heard over the back fence: Craft Fair set for Main Street

 Why wasn’t July 15 declared as a national holiday? Twinkies returned to the grocery shelves on July 15. Hallelujah! CRAFT FAIR TIME: 
The huge annual Craft Fair will take place on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Historical Main Street, Placerville. Over 100 artisans will be selling their offerings. […]

Oak Ridge softball ends season

EL DORADO HILLS — In a do-or-die softball game for the final Delta River League playoff spot, St. Francis ran circles around host Oak Ridge in a lopsided, five-inning, 15-0 loss. “Sometimes you catch teams at the wrong time and they were on fire today. I mean, they hit everything. I knew we’d have to […]

Lady Trojans roll past Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — Playing in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game Thursday, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans led from the start in a 7-1 Delta River League victory over visiting Ponderosa. “That was the best game we’ve played all year. We got our bunts down, we moved runners, we made little fielding mistakes. Even […]

Crime log: March 1-2

March 1 2:37 a.m. A suspect, Michael Tidwell, 54, who had been excluded from a business on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs allegedly returned and was cited and released for the county ordinance for trespassing. 8:45 a.m. A crime report was made regarding possible vandalism to the front door window of a residence on […]

Ehlers earns scholarship

Alison Ehlers’ success in the classroom has earned her one of the highest academic awards at California State University, Sacramento. The Placerville resident is one of four students who earned the Love of Learning scholarship. Ehlers, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in psychology, received the $500 scholarship for her academic achievements. She was in […]

Undersheriff takes aim at OT

El Dorado County Undersheriff Rich Williams spoke of the annual report, the department’s budget and more at the El Dorado County Taxpayer’s Association meeting on Feb. 11. Williams, who was to speak along with Sheriff John D’Agostini, first noted that the sheriff was ill and could not attend. He then launched into a short recap […]

Imported smog

One of the stories from 2012 that was a continuing story for the last 25 years if not longer is high smog readings in El Dorado County. The reason, of course, is because of the smog that blows in from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento County. We are a victim of imported smog. […]

Working through tragic events

EDITOR: School and workplace shootings, adolescent abuse of prescription pills, overcrowded prisons, post-traumatic stress disorder in returning soldiers, adolescent and young adult suicides, marital discord, gang violence, dependence on medications, including alcohol and marijuana, and various addictive behaviors — the list of individual and social ills are thriving. As can be seen in our societal response […]

Heard over the back fence: Toys for Tots time again

 Carlyn White forwarded the following “Your Laugh for Today” pun: “What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back for seconds.” TOYS FOR TOTS TIME: 
Sometime in the next few weeks, the Toys for Tots barrels will be appearing at several locations. Bring an unwrapped new toy to your nearest […]

At a glance: Make a wish

It should be perfect weather to view the Perseid meteor shower on the nights of Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug.12. This is one of the best annual displays and can deliver a spectacular 90 meteors per hour. Get those shooting star wishes ready and enjoy the show.   Rocking dance An other great night […]

Special event to raise money for SPEAR

What: Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Event Who: Suicide Prevention Education Action Resources (SPEAR) Where: Holiday Inn Express, 4360 Town Center Drive in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Aug. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple in advance. The day of the event it’s $25 per person. Information: Call Vivian […]

Heard over the back fence: Spanish Hill history to be told

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar notes the following advice: “Being more relaxed involves training yourself to respond differently to the dramas of life — turning your melodrama into a mellow-drama.” MR. PEABODY TO SPEAK ABOUT WAY-BACK: Historian and author George Peabody will discuss Spanish Hill history on Monday, July 30, […]

Heard over the back fence: Get your blood pressure checked free

 Check out the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, and you will discover the following thought: “Inner peace is accomplished by understanding and accepting the inevitable contradictions of life — the pain and pleasure, success and failure, joy and sorrow, births and deaths. Problems can teach us to be gracious, humble, […]

Heard over the back fence: Drop off your e-waste and buy a book

 John Chapman forwarded the following “Advice from a Heron” T-shirt statement: “Wade into life – Keep a keen lookout – Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet – Be patient – Look below the surface – Enjoy a good reed. Go Fish!” GET RID OF E-WASTE: 
Snowline Hospice informs us that […]

Heard over the back fence: Staying young

DAVEY RIDES AGAIN: For the past 35 consecutive years, Davey “Doc” Wiser has been a member of the famous Wagon Train that travels from Zephyr Cove, Nev., to Placerville. This year he was the oldest traveler. He also participated in the Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races and the Pony Express Ride. OK, Davey, what’s the secret for not […]

California Rambling: One Way to originality

It is much easier to take what’s available and popular and use it, rather than to create something personal and new. It’s particularly ambitious to do so in theater, where well-known plays and musicals are likely to succeed, whereas original work more often leads to frustration and rejection. Don’t tell that to Ingrid Laurentiis-Wilson, director […]

UPDATE: No crime in Town Center death, officials determine

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies converged on El Dorado Hills Town Center on June 12 after a construction worker found a woman’s body hanging in an enclosed trash area. Though originally deemed suspicious — 911 calls made to the Sheriff’s Department the night before the body was discovered reported a woman screaming for help in […]

Local trauma survivor trying to save kids

Pollock Pines resident Michael Misch is talking to kids about distracted driving. The fact that he is talking at all is a miracle of sorts because Misch was involved in a horrific car crash in 2007 that left one person dead and himself confined to a wheelchair with brain and motor function injuries. The accident […]


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Tahoe seniors delighted

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EID disaster

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Who’s the real phony?

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Hit in the head

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Are you hornswoggled?

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Teacher shortage

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Hands up, don’t shoot?

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Disdain and disgrace

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Opinions and facts

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Altshuler’s insults

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Respect other drivers

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Helping the homeless

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Herd immunity doesn’t work either

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Alternative treatments

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Clay Street problems?

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Phony claim

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Lincoln’s railroad ties

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EID general manager responds

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Sports »

Schedule: Feb. 8-13, 2016

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Roundup: Feb. 8, 2016

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Cougars win rematch, eye title

By Mark Devaughn | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Troy tests Woodcreek

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A6

Oak Ridge girls cruise by Timberwolves

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A6

Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

By Brandon Anicich

Bruins clinch CVC

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

D’backs fall to Cordova

By Mark Devaughn | Gallery

Troy downs Woodcreek

By Mark Devaughn | Gallery

Bruins breeze by Bella Vista

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Trojan War Wrestling Tournament

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Roundup: Jan 30, 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lady Bruins suffer worst loss

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

Schedule: Feb, 1-6, 2016

By Democrat Staff

Roundup: Jan. 27, 2016

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Prospecting »

Making truffles: Damn the calories, warp speed ahead

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

‘American Pickers’ is looking for unique stuff

By El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film And Media Office | From Page: B2

As we were: Crusin’ in Sac

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B2

Foothill gourmet: Pleasing piccata

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

Mobile food pantry to distribute food in Placerville

By Food Bank Of El Dorado County | From Page: B2

Students learn about California farming at State Fair

By California Exposition And State Fair

Free After 5 Club meets

By Senior Day

Love inspires Gold Country artists

By Gold Country Artists Gallery | Gallery

Learn how to use social media

By Marshall Foundation For Community Health

Roxanne DeLillo to speak at luncheon

By Divide Women's Club

Register today for GTUSD 2016-17 school year

By Gold Trail Union School District

Things to do: Feb. 5, 2016

By Democrat Staff


Essentials »

EDSO crime log

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A2

Placerville Police crime log

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Lake levels

By Contributor

On the agenda: EID

By Dawn Hodson


By Amanda Williams

Building permits issued Jan. 25-29

By El Dorado County Community Development

News Bites 2/3

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Building permits issued from Jan. 18-22

By El Dorado County Community Development

Rainfall totals: January 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/27

By Democrat Staff

EDSO Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Placerville Police Crime Log

By Amanda Williams


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Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/20

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued Jan. 11-15

By El Dorado County Community Development


By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

Building permits issued Jan. 4-9

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Grant Tueller funeral notice

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Dennis “Spike” Wright

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Lloyd Frank Romberger

By Contributor

Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

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Joseph Richard Erickson

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Philip John Garthe Jr.

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Bell Weaver

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Charlotte Emily Dryden

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Donna Louise Ranger

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June Birtwell

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Barbara Endersby

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James Carroll Coleman

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F. John Adams

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Donna Wunschel

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