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Man behind bars

El Dorado County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Michael McDermot, 23, of Orangevale on Sept. 29 in connection with the threatening phone calls that temporarily closed several child care centers on Monday. McDermot was booked into the El Dorado County Jail on alleged charges of criminal threats and annoying electronic communication. McDermot is currently in custody in lieu […]

City officials chat with public about really big problems

In the week-and-a-half after a flier was circulated welcoming the public to a Town Hall chat in Placerville Tuesday evening, 26 needed water projects with a price tag of $9.6 million became 28 projects at a cost of $10 million — that’s how serious the city’s problems have become, according to City Engineer Rebecca Neves. […]

Boeing B-17 arrives in style

In preparation for the California Capital Airshow that runs from Oct. 2-4, this weekend, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) flew in its Boeing B-17G, landing at Mather Airport on Monday. Named Sentimental Journey, it is perhaps the most authentic and pristine B-17 flying in the world, especially with its gleaming, mirror-finished, polished aluminum fuselage. Now in […]

CHP: Slow it down

With the rain brings the changing of the season and much-needed water to reduce fire danger, water our plants and fill our lakes, but it also makes driving a bit more challenging. In the past 24 hours, Placerville CHP has responded to numerous traffic collisions occurring throughout the county. “Please remember to give yourself extra […]

OR grad’s passion for Israel pays off

When many 13-year-olds are interested in the latest celebrity gossip or fashion, El Dorado Hills resident Kassi Ropp was marching in the pro-Israel movement. Now 23, the 2010 Oak Ridge High School graduate continues to work for pro-Israel legislation and recently traveled to Israel on an all-expenses-paid diplomatic relations trip for winning a 90-second video […]

Shooting suspect gets new court date

The man accused of shooting a Mosquito resident during an argument this summer appeared in court Monday, waiving time for a speedy trial. David Stetler, 35, appeared with his attorney David Weiner in El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melikian’s courtroom for a pre-preliminary hearing. A preliminary conference was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 […]

Violent threats close child care centers

CAMERON PARK —Malicious threats from a male caller prompted child care centers to close their doors Monday and sent parents scrambling to protect and find alternative care for their children. According to El Dorado County sheriff’s officials, a man called different preschools and threatened to “kill and rape the teachers and children.” Over the course of […]

Accused murderer pleads not guilty

The man accused of murdering his wife on their Latrobe property this spring has pleaded not guilty. Roy Roth, who’s currently in custody at the El Dorado County Jail in lieu of $3 million bail, appeared with public defender Susan Gellman in front of El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melikian on Monday. “There is […]

Treasure trove

Fair 2 Sheryll Hoeberg with Window Box Antiques stacks copper baking molds on her table. The molds were very popular in the 1950s. Mike Henness of Buena Vista sorts his antique bottle collection. Mike Henness of Buena Vista sorts his antique bottle collection. DSC_9950 ec w Kathy and Al Olsen, left, of New Jersey check […]

Updated fire fee approved by Cameron Park board

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors moved forward on two fee schedule updates at its Sept. 16 meeting. Approved on a 5-0 vote was an updated fire impact fee program following a presentation and public hearing. The program is expected to fund the expansion of fire protection and emergency response facilities, apparatus and equipment as the […]

King Fire suspect’s trial delayed

The trial for the man suspected of starting 2014’s devastating King Fire will likely start next summer.

Wayne Allen Huntsman appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court Friday. In Judge Kenneth Melikian’s courtroom, new dates for upcoming hearings were set due to a change in representation. Huntsman’s previous attorney retired and Public Defender Terry Monterosa has taken over the case.

Monterosa said she’s “starting from scratch.”

“It’s a huge case with thousands of pages to go over,” she explained.

Fatal shooting: Brown’s bail set

The man accused of accidentally shooting and killing an El Dorado Hills woman earlier this month appeared in Sacramento County Superior Court Thursday. Kenyatta Brown, 22, and his attorney Russell Miller attended a bail review hearing, where the judge set bail at $100,000. Another court date was set for Oct. 15. Brown is charged with involuntary manslaughter […]

Bright smiles ahead at new community health center

The fourth El Dorado Community Health Center opened in Cameron Park, the only one to offer dental care. El Dorado Community Health Centers offer comprehensive medical care for the uninsured or for those with Medi-Cal. All ages welcome. Services include case management, podiatry, support services, behavioral health and primary care, with the motto: Improving the […]

City Council member resigns

Placerville City Council member Carol Patton soon will toss a wedding bouquet — resulting in tossing in her council seat — and so it’s time to toss hats into the political ring. Patton’s resignation was reluctantly accepted by the council at Tuesday’s meeting, Sept. 22, where fellow councilwomen expressed regret at their colleague no longer qualifying for […]

Greenwood fire: More remains discovered

GREENWOOD — A possible third set of remains has been found in the burned cabin belonging to a missing Benicia family, El Dorado County sheriff’s officials have confirmed. Adam Buchanan, 37, his son Gavin Buchanan, 7, and Gavin’s mother Molly McAfee, 36, have been missing for more than a week. On Sept. 13, the cabin where […]

Traffic Impact Mitigation fees may be heading south

Developers, large and small, were warned not to hold their breath but to anticipate that Traffic Impact Mitigation (TIM) fees might go down in the foreseeable future. Tuesday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting featured a presentation by the Long Range Planning Division of the Community Development Agency. Staff from that division, along with […]

Hotel rising from the ashes?

It’s missing a few feathers, but a phoenix in the form of an upscale hotel appears to be trying to rise from the ashes at Point View Drive and Highway 50 in Placerville.

Because of two resolutions passed by the City Council Tuesday, developers of a Hampton Inn and Suites appear poised to begin building a 112-room hotel at the site. The property years ago was bulldozed by others who planned to bring a hotel, convenience store and gas station there, but that project went down in flames fueled by a diving economy, leaving behind what Tuesday evening was referred to as a “monolith,” an unsightly concrete foundation left over like a bad dream.

Nick Brown slowly recovering

Union Mine High School junior varsity football player Nick Brown’s condition continues to improve, according to his family. “We would like to thank our Heavenly Father for the progress Nick is making. We are excited to report that Nick has been showing some small signs that he is in there and may be waking up,” his father […]

Inmate found dead in jail

An El Dorado County Jail inmate apparently hanged himself Saturday afternoon. Just before 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 correctional officers discovered the lifeless 34-year-old man inside his cell, according to El Dorado County sheriff’s officials. The man had reportedly secured something to the top bunk in the cell and then tied it around his neck. […]

EDH woman shot dead in Carmichael

An El Dorado Hills woman died after an accidental shooting in a Carmichael apartment Saturday.

Joslynn Ledezma Sovenski, 18, went to Oak Ridge High School, graduated from Ponderosa High School and, according to her Facebook profile, worked at Togo’s in Cameron Park. Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives arrested 22-year-old Kenyatta Brown on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter; he’s being held at the Sacramento County Jail and is currently ineligible for bail.

“It is believed that Brown and the victim had no pre-existing relationship, but rather ended up together at the apartment as a result of mutual acquaintances who were also there,” sheriff’s officials reported. “Brown is believed to have been negligently handling a firearm in his possession, at which time he accidentally discharged it, mortally wounding the victim.”

Motocross track pumps its brakes

More than 350 people headed out to the Shingle Springs Rancheria’s new motocross track last month but just as quickly as the fun began on the 1.5-mile, single loop dirt bike track, it came to a halt due to dust concerns. Since opening day Aug. 1, the track has been mostly silent. “There will be no […]

Officials testify in pot dispensary case

The three men accused of illegally selling marijuana at a Diamond Springs dispensary, and who have pleaded not guilty, appeared in court Monday morning Kelly Chiusano, the CEO of the Pure Life Collective; Summer Bradley, CFO of the Pure Life Collective; and Chris Brown, a Pure Life employee and vendor, along with their attorneys, listened to some […]

City planners chew on sidewalk dining

The customers have been chatting, eating and sipping wine outside on the sidewalk in front of Pizza Bene on Main Street in Placerville for several months now and, predictably, someone has complained. Predictable, too, is that several other businesses have approached city officials wanting to know whether they can do the same thing at their establishment. Time […]

Station 49 upgrades keep the water out

Construction crews continue to repair water damage done to the 15-year-old Diamond Springs Fire Station 49.

“Over the last year or two, large storms created water intrusion through the windows. The original stucco was deficient, causing the water to pool between the stucco and siding,” explained Fire Chief Robert Combs. “We removed the sheet rock to determine the problem and assess the damage.”

The assessment concluded that the building needed an overhaul, at a cost of about $310,000. Peterson Development in Roseville was the low bidder and architect David Irons, who has past experience with Station 49, also joined the reconstruction team.

Bodies found after Greenwood fire

GREENWOOD — Human remains were found inside a burned cabin last week, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed. “The El Dorado County Coroner’s section has confirmed that the remains of at least two persons were inside,” sheriff’s Lt. Tom Murdoch said. “The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the El […]

PPD commander joins tribal police

Placerville Police Department Commander Kay Iida has accepted a new job as the Shingle Springs Tribal Police Department’s police chief. “It was a tough decision to leave Placerville Police,” Iida said. “I have made many friends within the department and the community. I look forward to keeping those relationships and building new ones as Police Chief.” “Although we […]

Lady Liberty Flies

DSC_0019 e w A Dance crew from Jammin’ Dance and Fitness, with studio owner Kay Lenhart, left, and young Chance Luce, 3, right, take to Main Street with a choreographed performance to the tune of “House Party.” Daschunds race at Placerville Oktoberfest. Daschunds race as part of Placerville Oktoberfest. Daschund owners cheer on race competitors […]

Budget approved: County almost ‘breaks even’

El Dorado County leaders and by extension county residents got good news Monday when the Board of Supervisors opened its annual budget hearings in advance of finalizing an adopted budget by Sept. 30. A prepared statement came out Monday morning noting that instead of a long-anticipated deficit of about $8 million, the county actually is in […]

GDPUD surcharge a go

Less than 900 Georgetown Divide Public Utility District ratepayers protested the surcharge approved to extensively retrofit Auburn Lake Trails water treatment plant, moving the $30.16 bi-monthly surcharge forward. Approximately 60 residents and the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors and staff met in the Georgetown School multi-purpose room Monday, Sept. 14, for the purpose of […]

EID considers changes to Deer Creek discharges

A proposal to change the amount of effluent discharged from the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was reviewed at the Sept. 14 meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District. According to staff, in the past EID has been required to discharge a minimum of 1 million gallons per day (mgd) of treated wastewater from the Deer Creek Wastewater Treatment […]

Deadly fire? Home, wildland confirmed destroyed

A residence and wildland burned near the 4600 block of Highway 193 in Greenwood mid-morning Sunday and the Mountain Democrat has received unconfirmed reports that at least one person died.

Neither El Dorado County sheriff’s officials or fire officials have made statements regarding the possible fatality (or fatalities).

Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Murdoch did confirm that deputies were called in to assist the Garden Valley Fire Department for a wildland fire at about 11 a.m. Sunday.

BOE goes nowhere on Meyers’ DUI

A special board meeting by the El Dorado County Board of Education regarding Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers came to naught after the board learned it had no authority to act, even if it wanted to. The Sept. 15 meeting was requested by Trustee Heidi Weiland last month following Meyers’ DUI arrest and conviction. Meyers was arrested on […]

RUSD: Another school site in escrow

The Rescue Union School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to enter into a $1.625 million purchase and sale agreement with two private sellers on two parcels of land totaling 21 acres on Sienna Ridge Road to build a future school. This Sept. 8 action comes seven months after the district closed escrow on the […]

Golden team preps for championship

The room was abuzz with excitement as those planning the 2016 World Gold Panning Championship in Placerville gathered in the offices of the El Dorado Community Foundation last week. With some of them just freshly back from the 2015 World Gold Panning Championship, the audience included members of the newly formed Gold Panning Championship board, volunteers, parade organizers, […]

UM student out of juvie

The Union Mine High School student accused of selling Adderall to his classmates was released from custody by El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Dylan Sullivan and put into the care of his family. The 17-year-old boy will wear an electronic monitoring device and is allowed only to attend school, counseling, medical appointments, court appearances and meetings with a probation […]

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