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Carmen Sotto Casperson

July 13, 1927 — Aug. 28, 2015 Carmen Sotto Casperson passed away peacefully in Placerville, Calif., on Aug. 28, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Kenneth W. Casperson (1993); and her parents, Theodore and Maria Sotto. She was the loving mother of Kennette (George) Wiesinger, Catherine (David) Gee, Kelei […]

Kenneth Harvey Liegerot

April 19, 1949 — Aug. 26, 2015 Kenneth Harvey Liegerot, 66, of El Dorado County, passed away in his home surrounded by the loving arms of his daughter on Aug. 26, 2015, after a six-month battle with Glioblastoma brain cancer. He was born on April 19, 1949, to Doris Kreiger and Lester Liegerot. Ken worked […]

Luke Brandon Matson

Sept. 29, 1981 — Aug. 25, 2015 Our dearest and loving son, husband, father, brother and uncle has left us. He is in peace now. Luke Brandon Matson was born Sept. 29, 1981, Sacramento, Calif. He was the eldest and only brother to his sisters. He was the sweetest and kindest young man. He was […]

Lake levels

Lake Aloha, as of Sept. 3 Water elevation 10.22 feet Storage level 576 acre-feet Percent full 12% Inflow 0 cfs Outflow 4.30 cfs Echo Lake, as of Sept. 3 Water elevation 4.84 feet Storage level 1,558 acre-feet Percent full 80% Inflow 0 cfs Outflow 0.16 cfs Caples Lake, as of Sept. 3 Water elevation 52.69 […]


Monday’s story headlined “Norma Santiago joins Briggs in back pay fight” incorrectly identified Jon Hendrickson as an attorney with the law firm of George Hills. Hendrickson clarified his position in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat Tuesday. “I am not an attorney and my employer, George Hills Company Inc., is not a law firm. The […]


Joseph Leonard, 30, of Placerville, booked Aug. 27 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $5,000. John Garber, 65, of Brentwood, booked Aug. 28 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $5,000. Jose Rodriguez, no age listed, of Diamond Springs, booked Aug. 28 by EDSO, bail listed $5,000. Lance Smith, 54, of Rocklin, booked Aug. 28 by Placerville CHP, […]

News briefs

School district updates its website The El Dorado Union High School District invites students, parents and community members to explore the new district-wide websites and social media pages. This initiative is in response to the Board of Trustees establishing communication to parents and all stakeholders as a top priority of the district. With the support […]

Darlene Herman

May 26, 1934 — Aug. 27, 2015 Darlene Herman, 81, a former resident of Placerville, Calif., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Herman. She is survived by her brother, Ronnie Ballard of Alabama; daughter, Terri (Martin) Bland of Suisun City, Calif.; son, Lyle Herman of […]

Richard Scott Washington

Oct. 13, 1930 — Aug. 28, 2015 Richard was born Oct. 13, 1930, in Douglas, Ariz., and passed away at the age of 84 in Camino, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Ann; his sons, R. Scott Washington and wife Mary, […]

Building permits issued Aug. 24-29

SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – DEMLTN – 1-FMLY $0 1 BUILDG – NEW – BARN $60,478.52 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $35,388.36 1 BUILDG – REACT – ROOF $12,000 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $23,033 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $18,000 2 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $21,000 18 ELCTRC – […]


In the Monday, Aug. 31, article “New cancer center elevates care” the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce elite sponsors were inadvertently listed as the cancer center’s elite sponsors.

Crime Log

Aug. 17 12:15 a.m. A 57-year-old woman reported damaged locks on a residence on Cold Springs Road in Placerville. 8:04 a.m. A 45-year-old man reported an attempt to steal his horse. An assault with a deadly weapon happened during the incident on Missouri Flat Road in Diamond Springs. 8:23 a.m. A 59-year-old woman reported bicycles […]

Leslie Lloyd Burnett

1924-2015 Les was born in New York City to Peter and Rose Burnett. He spent his childhood in Jamaica, where he finished high school at age fifteen and attended the University of Kingston for two years. From Jamaica, he moved to Miami, Florida and met his wife of 61 years, the love of his life, Eva. Les was very […]

Frank Fausel

Nov. 19, 1912 — June 18, 2015 Frank Fausel, lifelong resident of Placerville, Calif., passed away at 102 years of age. He leaves behind ex-wife and longtime companion, Helen; sons, David and Dan; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Frank grew up around the family business, Mountain Brewery, then located next to the historic brick Fausel […]

Thelma Eleanor Carpenter

Feb. 25, 1924 — July 5, 2015 Thelma Eleanor Gilbert Carpenter, born Feb. 25, 1924, in Springfield, Neb., to Frank and Ola Gilbert, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 5, 2014 at the age of 91. She is survived by five children, Glenda Johnson, Larry Carpenter, Sandra Cash, Frank Carpenter and […]

Diana Mae Snyder

Dec. 13, 1949 — Aug. 18, 2015 Diana Mae Snyder passed away at home after a three-year battle with lung cancer on Aug. 18, 2015. She was surrounded by her family and is survived by her husband of 18 years, Robert. She was the loving mother of Eric Warren, Stephanie (Eric) Fishel, Darin Snyder and […]

Leo Nored

Nov. 6, 1922 — Aug. 25, 2015 Leo Nored, 92, of Placerville, Calif., passed away on Aug. 25, 2015, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Andrew and Delma (Tate) Nored on Nov. 6, 1922, in Shiloh, Ark. He worked to help support his parents until his family […]

Margaret Louise Gonzales

Sept. 29, 1935 — Aug. 18, 2015 Margaret was born in Greenville, Calif., to Fred and Medie Prasun on Sept. 29, 1935. On May 21, 1955, she married Juan Gonzalez. They moved to Placerville, Calif., in 1959. In 1980, they divorced and Margaret moved to San Diego, Calif. While there, she began working as an […]

Lake levels

Loon Lake, as of Aug. 25 Water elevation 6,380.5 feet Storage level 33,920 acre-feet Percent full 49% Inflow 2 cfs Outflow 17 cfs Ice House, as of Aug. 25 Water elevation 5,431.4 feet Storage level 31,820 acre-feet Percent full 73% Inflow 2 cfs Outflow 20 cfs Union Valley, as of Aug. 25 Water elevation 4,828.5 […]

Robert M. Dawson

Nov. 11, 1952 — Aug. 21, 2015 Robert M. Dawson was born in Placerville, Calif., on Nov. 11, 1952, to Weston and Lois Dawson. He passed away unexpectedly in Weiser, Idaho, on Aug. 21, 2015. Robert graduated from Ponderosa High School in 1971. He began working as a water well driller with his father at […]

Walter John Zabel

Sept. 7, 1946 — July 21, 2015 We recently lost a beautiful human being on July 21, 2015. Walter John Zabel will truly be missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by his children, Jennifer Zabel, John Zabel and Julie Zabel-Carrillo; his grandchildren, Kayla Duckworth, Kira Duckworth, Victor Carrillo and Daphne Carrillo; […]

Jack Canright

Jan. 3, 1943 – Aug. 11, 2015 Jack Canright, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, first showed symptoms of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in July 2014. He was diagnosed in January 2015. He succumbed to the illness on Aug. 11, 2015. He was with family when he went to be with the Lord. He is […]

Divorces: July 2015

Melissa Lynn de la Pena and Michael Joseph de la Pena, July 28, 2015 Tracy L. Ross and Ryan W. Norman, July 28, 2015 Lisa Wicks and Gene Wicks, July 28, 2015 Julee Sucharda and Zdenek Sucharda, July 28, 2015 Julie A. Zulanas and Joseph J. Zulanas, July 28, 2015 Charlotte Sovereen and Scott Walton, […]

News bites, Aug. 26

Bridge replacement meetings A public meeting regarding the Green Valley Road at Indian Creek and Green Valley Road at Mound Springs Creek bridge replacement projects will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, in the El Dorado County Planning Commission hearing room, 2850 Fairlane Court, Building C, Placerville. The county’s Transportation Division proposes […]


In the Friday, Aug. 21, article “K-9 deputies get new gear,” Vearl La Berge’s husband should have been identified Jim La Berge, not David La Berge.

Building permits issued Aug. 17-21

SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – CNVRTO – LIVSPC $9,873.50 1 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $692,106.02 2 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $57,571.79 1 BUILDG – REACT – DECK $15,910.89 1 BUILDG – REMODL – 1-FMLY $15,310 1 BUILDG – REPAIR – 1-FMLY $400,000 1 BUILDG – REPLAC – 1-FMLY $999,632.68 5 BUILDG – […]

Crime Log

Aug. 13 1:29 a.m. A male was arrested for possession of narcotics on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs. 6:30 p.m. A locally stolen vehicle was recovered on Bucks Bar Road in Somerset. 9:06 a.m. A 43-year-old woman reported petty theft from an unlocked vehicle on Coach Lane in Cameron Park. 1:46 p.m. Unknown suspects […]

Lake levels

Stumpy Meadows, as of Aug. 19 Water elevation 4,221 feet Storage level 8,750 acre-feet Percent full 44% Inflow 2.03 cfs Outflow 4.8 cfs Loon Lake, as of Aug. 18 Water elevation 6,380.8 feet Storage level 34,220 acre-feet Percent full 49% Inflow 2 cfs Outflow 18 cfs Ice House, as of Aug. 18 Water elevation 5,431.8 […]


The Aug. 14 Mountain Democrat story titled “‘Jeffersons’ explain why they want their own state” incorrectly reported that Lake County is one of a half-dozen Northern California counties whose boards of supervisors have signed a “declaration of support” for “secession from the State of California and the formation of State of Jefferson.” A June 28, 2015, […]

Lois Faye Raffety

Nov. 28, 1916 — Aug. 19, 2015 Lois Faye Raffety, 98, a native of Wallace, Idaho, died Aug. 19. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Raffety Feb. 19, 1985. Lois was given her middle name after her mother’s youngest sister, Faye Warren. She is survived by her son, Michael E. Raffety […]

Christopher Inzano

Dec. 15, 1969 — Aug. 12, 2015 Christopher Inzano, born Dec. 15, 1969, in Sacramento, Calif., passed away peacefully into the arms of God surrounded by loved ones at Sacramento Mercy Hospital on Aug. 12, 2015, from heart disease. He will be greatly missed and remembered by his companion, Meshelle Madison and family members: mother, […]

Cecelia Ann Varenkamp

Sept. 22, 1925 — July 10, 2015 Cecelia, known as “Ceil,” and “Cici,” Ann Varenkamp passed on July 10, 2015, just short of her 90th birthday, due to congestive heart failure following a stroke in 2012 in Placerville, Calif. Retiring in 1977 with her husband, William “Bill” Varenkamp and moving to Placerville, she enjoyed 38 […]


Herbert Goldblum, 66, of Volcano, booked on Aug. 13 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $10,000. Greta Gregorvich, 53, of Camino, booked on Aug. 13 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $10,000. Danielle Starr, 31, of Shingle Springs, booked Aug. 13 by Placerville CHP, bail listed $20,000. Gildardo Jeronimo-Alejos, 33, of Cameron Park, booked Aug. 14 by […]

Margrit Kuratli Hendricks shorter obit

March 20, 1939 — July 23, 2015 Margrit Kuratli Hendricks of Placerville, Calif., passed away on July 23, 2015, at the age of 76. She will be remembered for her love of family and friends, her generosity and kindness to anyone she met and her commitment to living each day with sincerity and passion. To […]

Barbara “Bobbie” Davidson Bunch

Jan. 3, 1934 — Aug. 12, 2015 Barbara “Bobbie” Davidson Bunch died Aug. 12, 2015, at the age of 81. Bobbie was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 3, 1934. Her family moved to Pleasant Valley, Calif., in 1947. She graduated from El Dorado High School in 1951. She resided in Camino, Calif., until […]

Eric Moss

Sept. 13, 1965 — Aug. 15, 2015 Eric Moss, beloved son and brother, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. He is survived by his mother, Edda Moss; brother, Ken Moss; sister, Jeanina Brewster; niece, Jennifer Brewster; brother-in-law, Robert Brewster; daughters, Mercedes Moss, Shelby Grace Moss and Chloe Nagel; wife, Amy Nagel; nieces, Ashley Moss, […]

Cyril Ray Moore

July 11, 1922 — Aug. 14, 2015 A much-loved husband, father and grandfather, Cyril Ray Moore (who preferred the name “Ray”), 93, of Camino, Calif., passed away peacefully at a care center on Aug. 14, 2015. He was born July 11, 1922, in the San Jose, Calif., area, and resided in El Dorado County, Calif., […]

Roger Caesar

May 5, 1945 — Aug. 10, 2015 On Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, Roger Caesar passed on to be with God. He was a 10-year mountain resident, an Illinois native and a lifelong lover of the outdoors. He was at home with his wife of 45 years, JoAnn, and died peacefully in his sleep. Roger’s long battle with […]

Emily J. (Pitzner) Johnston

Nov. 1, 1938 — Aug. 1, 2015 Gone too soon, Emily J. (Pitzner) Johnston, a loving wife, caring mother, proud grandmother and friend, was born in Sacramento, Calif., on Nov. 1, 1938, and passed away unexpectedly in Placerville, Calif., on Aug. 1, 2015. Emily grew up in California and graduated in 1955 from McClatchy High […]

Building permits issued Aug. 10-14

SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT: 1 1 BUILDG – EXPAND – 1-FMLY $120,795.84 2 BUILDG – NEW – 1-FMLY $1,945,409.39 3 BUILDG – NEW – DECK $61,133.86 13 BUILDG – NEW – M1FMLY $5,619,082.57 1 BUILDG – REPLAC – DECK $20,221.92 1 BUILDG – REPLAC – ROOF $16,230 1 ELCTRC – NEW – LNDSCP $7,500 21 ELCTRC – […]

Statewide fire summary

Cal Fire incidents Jerusalem Fire — Lake & Napa counties off Jerusalem Grade Road northeast of Middleton — has burned approximately 25,146 acres and is 82 percent contained. All evacuations have been lifted Humboldt lightning fires — More than 75 fires continue to burn in Humboldt County with approximately 4,883 acres burned. The fires are […]

Crime Log

Aug. 7 7:13 a.m. A person acting suspiciously was detained for a weapons violation and disorderly conduct on Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe. 7:56 a.m. A 31-year-old man reported stolen power tools from his garage on Tri Lane in Cameron Park. 9:04 a.m. A man reported vandalism and possible burglary to a business on […]

Tyler Jason Allen

Aug. 14, 1991 — Aug. 11, 2015 Tyler Jason Allen, our son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew and beloved friend, passed from his earthly home to his home in Heaven on Aug. 11, 2015, at the age of 23 in Placerville, Calif. Tyler was born in Modesto, Calif. The family relocated to Placerville when he was […]

Jim Ray

June 10, 1949 — June 30, 2015 Jim Ray, born in Inglewood, Calif., on June 10, 1949, passed away in his beautiful Pollock Pines home on June 30, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Vicky; daughters, Kimberly (Bryan) Ramirez and Kirsten Ray; his father, James H. Ray Sr.; his sister, […]

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