Monday, December 22, 2014

Cal Fire warns of home heating danger

SACRAMENTO — Cal Fire is reminding residents to take steps to heat their homes safely. While the cooler weather and rain is a welcomed event during a time of severe drought in California, it also means that many will need to turn on home heating sources to keep warm indoors. Cal Fire is encouraging everyone to […]

High school district approves raises for all

Yes, Tiny Tim, there is something in all the Christmas stockings of El Dorado High School District employees — at least for this year. Certificated employees received a pay increase of 5.75 percent and a 0.26 percent increase in the district’s contribution to the Health Plan Cap; classified employees received a pay increase of 5.75 […]

Harris’ murder trial pushed back

The trial of a woman who allegedly killed her husband was pushed back a week in a Monday hearing. After lengthy meetings in chambers regarding jury summons, prosecutor Joe Alexander suggested a new hearing date of Jan. 12, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 2 for the Colleen Harris trial’s in limine motions. Defense attorney […]

Law enforcement cracking down on holiday drunk driving

This time of year, with all the holiday office parties and festive occasions with friends and families, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, Placerville Police Department has a message for you: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each […]

Planners vote no to new cell tower in SLT

It was cell tower day at the Dec. 11 meeting of the El Dorado County Planning Commission, with three of its five agenda items having to do with existing and proposed new towers. First up was an existing Verizon cellular telecommunications facility in the Georgetown area. Located on Chipmunk Ridge Road, the wireless facility was originally approved in […]

Santa Rosa man arrested for sex crime

A Santa Rosa man was arrested after an investigation by Placerville Police Department regarding an alleged sex crime committed over the Thanksgiving holiday. James E. Parker, 67, was arrested on Dec. 9 in Santa Rosa after a warrant was issued for his arrest, a PPD press release stated. The warrant, issued after a Thanksgiving Day […]

Clerks cited for selling alcohol to minors

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — On Dec. 5, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department cited two clerks for selling alcohol to minors. The actions were the result of a minor decoy operation in which minors under the direct supervision of officers, attempted to purchase alcohol from 33 retail licensees in the city of South Lake Tahoe. […]

Construction projects making progress in city

Placerville City Council adopted resolutions at the Dec. 9 meeting to approve consultant agreements for four construction projects in the city. A Consulting Services Agreement with Dokken Engineering in the amount of $49,988 was approved for engineering design services for the Broadway Crosswalks Project. The project is designed to improve sight visibility and pedestrian safety […]

Holiday safety tips

The Placerville Police Department offered a few holiday tips for this Christmas season. Auto safety: • Always lock your car, even if it’s for a few minutes. • Never leave your vehicle running while unoccupied. • Don’t leave valuables in plain view. Personal safety: • Stay alert to your surrounds. • Avoid displaying large amounts […]

Legal Professionals Association seeking more members

It’s good to be wanted, especially by women like Sandra Hurley-Nerwinski, Kelli Punturo and Kathryn Cain — all of whom are eager to have you join them. Members of an organization called the El Dorado County Legal Professionals Association, the group is made up of a cross-section of local legal talent including paralegals, legal secretaries, private fiduciaries, notaries, public […]

Property tax bills due

According El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector C. L. Raffety, the first installment of secured property tax bills will be delinquent if not paid on or before Dec. 10. The public need not brave the weather to pay their taxes as an online payment system is available on the Tax Collector’s Website at Electronic check […]

Bill Schultz: Registrar of Voters sums up election stats

The Nov. 4 Statewide General election has now successfully been completed for El Dorado County by the Election Department. Bill Schultz, the county Registrar of Voters, certified the results, in which 62,973 voters cast their ballots, and 66.80 percent of those did so by mail, a very good turnout for Vote by Mail ballots. At […]

Reclamation releases Draft EA

FOLSOM — The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for the execution of a five-year temporary Warren Act contract with the El Dorado Irrigation District to allow for the diversion of non-Central Valley Project water from Folsom Reservoir. Reclamation proposes to enter into this Warren Act contract with EID […]

GTUSD refinances General Obligation bond

The Gold Trail Union School District recently completed a refinancing of the district’s only outstanding General Obligation bond, saving district taxpayers a total of $100,000, reducing tax rates beginning in the next tax year and bringing approximately $11.50 per $100,000 of taxable value back to homeowners over the remaining life of the bond. “We are […]

National Weather Service warns of possible flash floods

The National Weather Service issued a warning early Tuesday morning through Wednesday night for possible flash floods in areas affected by the King and Rim fires in El Dorado, Placer and Tuolumne counties. “Flash flood and debris flows will be a particular threat in and below the King and Rim fire burn areas,” the release […]

Emergency personnel train on slopes for rope rescues

Cal Fire Captain Kalan Richards tied knots around a man in a plastic, foldable stretcher, in preparation of pulling the man up a slope. A few minutes later, Richards attached a helicopter rescue harness to the same man, now standing, securing him and making sure one rescue line had become two independent lines. The other […]

CHP nabs car theft suspect

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A woman was arrested on charges related to car theft Tuesday after officers investigated a car theft call from hours earlier. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers arrested Sarah Elizabeth Downey, who was reportedly on felony probation out of Nevada County. The arrest came at about 3 a.m. when two South Lake […]

Speeder arrested

A man was arrested after a high-speed chase the night of Nov. 25. At about 11:20 p.m., a black 2013 Chevy Spark was seen traveling northbound on South Shingle Road north of Ponderosa Road at high speeds, a press release stated. A marked black-and-white CHP patrol vehicle attempted to make an enforcement stop. A chase […]

Quake swarm recorded in Nevada

RENO, Nev. – Despite its location away from major population centers, a swarm of earthquakes in the far northwest corner of Nevada is attracting attention as it continues to rumble residents  with several magnitude 3.0 earthquakes, a 4.0-magnitude earthquake on Nov. 21 and a magnitude 4.3 on Nov. 17. “The activity has quieted down somewhat this […]

SLT woman dies after hitting retaining wall

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A woman died after the car she was a passenger in hit a retaining wall in South Lake Tahoe in the early morning hours of Nov. 24. SLT Police and Fire personnel responded at about 4:30 a.m. to a report of a vehicle that crashed into a retaining wall at Pioneer […]

Thanksgiving closures

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed due to Thanskgiving, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed Nov. 24-28 for Thanksgiving Break. The offices of Placerville Police Department,the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Department will […]

Man arrested in custody case

A man was arrested Nov. 21 for numerous alleged counts of false documents, filing false documents and perjury regarding an ongoing child custody dispute. Michael Wilson, 37, of Sacramento, was arrested for allegedly providing the El Dorado County Family Court with false documents, a press release from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office stated. […]

Union Cemetery on Bee Street vandalized again

“It’s so sad and I don’t understand it, ” said Bonnie Wurm, El Dorado County cemetery administrator. She’s talking about the recent spate of vandalism at Placerville Union Cemetery at 650 Bee Street in Placerville. Since June, the 143-year-old cemetery has been the target of four attacks on the crypt area of the cemetery. Damage […]

Cal Fire offers easy steps to prevent Thanksgiving fires

SAC RAMENTO — With Thanksgiving just days away, Cal Fire is reminding Californians about the dangers that home fires pose during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun and festivities; but this time of year is also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused […]

Suspects nabbed after homeowner thwarts theft

Two men are in custody after an Oak Hill homeowner stopped an alleged theft on Nov. 20. Deputies were dispatched to the 5000 block of Metate Trail at 3:40 a.m. for a report of two males arguing followed by gunshots. Upon arrival, deputies found an injured man, who was transported to the hospital by paramedics. […]

New hearing date set in murder case

An alleged murderer appeared in court briefly Friday morning to receive a new court date. Jeff White appeared with his attorney, Susan Gellman, for a blink-and-miss hearing. There was a large amount of discovery that was outstanding, Gellman said, which would need a few months to process. Gellman and prosecutor Lisette Suder agreed on 8:30 a.m. […]

Sacto area unemployment unchanged

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.6 percent in October, unchanged from a revised 6.6 percent in September, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.2 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.0 percent for California and 5.5 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate was 6.3 […]

Water only weekly

On Nov. 16, El Dorado Irrigation District’s mandatory watering restrictions move into the winter season, limiting irrigation to once weekly. Now until April 15, 2015, district customers are limited to watering just one day per week, with customers whose addresses end in an even number watering on Sundays and odd number addresses on Saturdays. On […]

2nd murder suspect sent to Yolo

The second suspect charged in connection with the slayings of two Northern California sheriffs’ deputies has been moved to the Yolo County Jail in Woodland. Janelle Marquez Monroy was moved from the Sacramento County Jail to Yolo on Nov. 11. Previously her husband, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte (aka Marcelo Marquez), was moved to the El Dorado County jail […]

Horsetail Falls hikers rescued

A couple stranded near Horsetail Falls was rescued on Nov. 16. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call about 3:30 p.m. that the couple had lost their trail, Deputy Greg Almos with Search and Rescue said. The couple, in their 50s, had lost the trail in steep terrain near the lower falls, he said. […]

Hangtown Creek to be cleaned up

For the next month, people will be working in Hangtown Creek, cleaning out the understory, restoring the tree canopy and clearing out debris. Director of Community Services Steve Youel notified Placerville City Council of the project at the Nov. 11 meeting. “We’re working with the Department of Fish and Game, Cal Fire and Caltrans to […]

PPD arrests alleged child molester

A man was arrested Nov. 17 for alleged child molestation. Placerville Police Department arrested Jeffrey Hitt, 54, for alleged lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, a PPD press release stated. The victim was allegedly molested by Hitt, the father of one of her friends, while staying at their residence. The investigation into Hitt began […]

$9K for Food Bank vets program

CAMERON PARK — The Veterans Affairs Commission awarded the Food Bank of El Dorado County $9,000 through its El Dorado Veterans Fund at El Dorado Community Foundation to support its No Vet Goes Hungry Program. The Food Bank’s No Vet Goes Hungry Program is a homebound delivery of nutritious emergency supplemental groceries to ensure no […]