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October 1, 2013
El Dorado Sheriff participating in prescription drug take back day

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is providing residents the opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications on Oct. 26.

Collections stations will be staffed by sheriff's department personnel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at three locations:

  • The sheriff's office, 300 Fair Lane, Placerville.
  • The sheriff's substation, 4554 Town Center Boulevard, Number 112, El Dorado Hills.
  • Cool Physical Therapy, 5000 Ellinghouse Drive, Suite 100, Cool.

Prescription medicines can be a safety hazard for children and a tempting target for thieves. In addition, it is important to dispose of the drugs in an ecologically sensitive way, not by flushing or pouring down a drain.

Remove name labels and place containers in a plastic bag before bringing to a drop-off point.

September 11, 2013
Man arrested for indecent exposure, burglary in Placerville break-in

Placerville police have arrested a man on suspicion of entering an apartment and undressing in the bedroom of a sleeping woman.

Tyler Mitchell, 32, was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of burglary, indecent exposure and violation of probation, according to a police press release.

When Mitchell turned himself in on Monday morning, police said they had been searching for him in connection with the incident at an apartment on Ray Lawyer Drive at about 3 a.m. the day before.

August 20, 2013
Placerville couple accused of filing false liens against IRS employees

A Placerville couple has been indicted in a tax fraud case that resulted in charges earlier this year against the owner and employees of a Placerville tax preparation business.

Charles and Victoria Tingler were arrested today on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing multimillion-dollar liens against government officials.

The superseding indictment, unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, adds the Tinglers and also adds charges for Teresa Marie Marty. Marty, who owned and operated a tax preparation business called Advanced Financial Services, is also charged with filing liens against the property of three IRS employees and filing liens of at least $84 million against the property of two U.S. Justice Department attorneys.

August 1, 2013
Southern California pair accused of Placerville theft

Two Southern California residents were arrested early Wednesday, accused of stealing a trailer from a Placerville business.

Officers were dispatched at 12:37 a.m. to a report of a burglary in progress at Placerville Polaris. The reporting party told police that a truck left the business with a trailer.

Officers in the area stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Daniel Kinsley, 42, of Redondo Beach and the passenger as Shaunna Weiss, 30, of La Mirada. The two were found to be possessing burglary tools, according to a Police Department news release.

July 26, 2013
Information on stolen computer may have led to second home burglary

Yolo County sheriff's detectives have arrested two men in connection with the burglaries of two homes belonging to the same victims.

Ronald Steven McNair of Placerville and Matthew Lee Boyle of Sacramento were taken into custody Thursday after detectives from the Yolo and Placer county sheriff's departments executed a search warrant in the 4900 block of Gardenia Way in Sacramento. The search warrant was a result of a monthlong investigation into the burglaries of a home on Black Hawk Drive in Davis and that victim's vacation home in Soda Springs, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Investigators believe that information contained in the victim's laptop computer, taken in the first burglary, directed the suspects to the victim's vacation home. Both homes were ransacked, and the victims reported the theft of more than $50,000 in personnel property, including electronics, furniture, fine art and sterling silver. Sheriff's officials said several thousand dollars worth of property were recovered.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Yolo County sheriff's investigation unit at (530) 668-5212.

June 7, 2013
El Dorado Sheriff's Office lawsuit resolved

The lawsuit brought by three community service officers against El Dorado County has been resolved.

The suits were filed by the three community service officers with the Sheriff's Office -- Nicole Sahaj-Myers, Stacie Walls and Jona Scher -- in June 2010.

The women complained that other members of the department had harassed and discriminated against them.

May 28, 2013
El Dorado supervisor booked on suspicion of perjury, filing false documents

El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting has been booked into jail on an arrest warrant alleging perjury and other charges.

A press release from the El Dorado County District Attorney's office today said Nutting was arrested today on two counts of filing false documents, perjury relating to failure to disclose income and having a financial interest in a county contract and failing to recuse himself from voting.

Nutting is scheduled to be arraigned on June 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Dept. 1 of El Dorado Superior Court.

May 3, 2013
Placerville man sentenced for interstate marijuana distrbution

A Placerville man has been sentenced in federal count in Sacramento to 42 months in prison for his role in an interstate marijuana distribution conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. also sentenced Robert Edward Mulready to four years of supervised release following his time in prison.

Mulready previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to cultivate and distribute at least 100 marijuana plants, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

April 30, 2013
UPDATE: Police investigating possible link between Placerville kidnapping, Calaveras slaying

Jason Wryrynen.jpegPlacerville police are investigating a possible link between an alleged kidnapping in the city this morning and Saturday's fatal stabbing of a an 8-year-old girl in Calaveras County.

"We have no confirmed nexus to the Calaveras County case," said Placerville police Capt. Mike Scott. But he said Placerville officers have been in communication with Calaveras County law enforcement officials following the arrest of 44-year-old Jason Wayrynen. Scott said a DNA sample also has been collected from Wayrynen.

Wayrynen, whose last known address was off Paul Bunyon Road in Camino, allegedly entered a Placerville apartment uninvited this morning and took a 15-month-old girl from her mother.

April 19, 2013
Placerville police offer new system to keep citizens informed

Placerville residents can receive timely information on police-related activities through a communication system that connects the community with the Police Department.

The Placerville Police Department is connected with Nixle, which allows officers on the street to send messages and citizens to receive real-time updates on incidents such as school lockdowns, road closures and missing persons. Residents can choose to receive the information by SMS, email, over the Web, or by mobile application, according to a Police Department news release.

Messages can be directed to specific geographic regions or groups, notifying school groups of campus lockdowns, for example, or businesses of burglary suspects. The system also can be used to notify tourists and other visitors about special events in the city.

Police encourage all El Dorado County residents, as well as people who often visit Placerville to sign up for Nixle.

To sign up, go to the city's website at and click on the Nixle link. Put in 95667 as the zip code to receive information specific to the city of Placerville.

April 15, 2013
Undercover investigation leads to arrest of Placerville parolee

Ronnie Chambers 041213.JPGLauren Bond 041213.JPGA three-month investigation by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department has led to the arrest of a 51-year-old parolee from Placerville accused of selling heroin to undercover detectives.

The investigation began in January, when sheriff's patrol deputies received a report of a man threatening the life of another person. The man accused of making the threats was identified as parolee Ronnie Chambers (pictured), according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

While investigating the threat, undercover detectives discovered that Chambers wanted to sell cocaine, sheriff's officials said. During January, undercover detectives called Chambers and arranged to purchase $200 worth of cocaine from him. They arranged to meet Chambers in Placerville, where Chambers reportedly sold them a substance that appeared to be cocaine. The substance, however, was later determined to be crushed pills that contained morphine, sheriff's officials said.

April 11, 2013
Reward offered in case of long-missing Pollock Pines woman

missing.jpgThe El Dorado County Sheriff's office said a $10,000 reward is being offered to find a woman who has not been heard from in more than a year.

Sara Fawcett, (pictured) a Placerville Wal-Mart employee, called in sick Sept. 22, 2011. She was last seen or heard from the next morning, according to a missing person's bulletin.

The investigation into her disappearance continues. Her family is offering the reward.

Fawcett, 53, was reported missing by her father after she did not return home after several days.

Fawcett, who did not own a vehicle, usually borrowed her father's car, but the vehicle was not taken by the woman. Her belongings were also not taken from her residence on the family's Pollock Pines property.

At the time of her disappearance, the Sheriff's Department said it is unlike Fawcett to leave her home without her purse and cell phone.

She is described as 5 feet 1 inch tall, about 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Paul Hadjes at (530) 642-4713.

February 15, 2013
Placerville man pleads guilty in marijuana trafficking conspiracy

A Placerville man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to participating in an interstate marijuana distribution conspiracy.

Dylan Hudson, 26, admitted to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Hudson was in charge of an interstate marijuana trafficking conspiracy. More than 1,100 pounds of processed marijuana, along with more than $329,000 in cash and eight firearms were seized during the investigation, authorities said.

February 6, 2013
Rockslide briefly closes Highway 50 east of Placerville

By Anne Gonzales

A rockslide briefly closed Highway 50 east of Placerville, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Eastbound and westbound lanes on the highway 27 miles east of Placerville were blocked, starting at 9:24 a.m. today. A CHP dispatcher said after 11 a.m. that the roadway had been reopened.

Crews have been removing rock from the roadway.

Motorists can expect delays in the area, officers said.

January 22, 2013
El Dorado Sheriff slams gun control in letter to VP Biden

The El Dorado County Sheriff has fired off an anti-gun control letter to Vice President Joe Biden.

"It is well known and proven with facts, not emotional inference, that gun control of any kind, has no effect on the reduction of crime, anywhere," wrote Sheriff John D'Agostini.

The letter, also sent out as a press release, was written to Biden Jan. 17.

To see the El Dorado County Sheriff's letter to Biden, click here.

The Obama administration is trying to get congressional support for a package of gun-control proposals, including an assault rifle ban. Biden helped formulate the proposals.

The gun control proposals come following the December shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 20 children and six staffers dead.

January 17, 2013
Teen booked on murder charge in El Dorado County

Wesley Ronald Hampshire.jpgAn 18-year-old is in jail on suspicion of homicide after the stabbing death of another young man last night in El Dorado County.

El Dorado County sheriff's deputies said they responded to the area of Brown's Road and Cold Springs Road, just north of Placerville, about 4 p.m. Wednesday where they were told a person had been stabbed.

They were also told that the person who stabbed 20-year-old Matthew Steele of Auburn had fled on foot. Paramedics arrived and transferred Steele to Marshall Hospital where he died about two hours later.

Deputies took Wesley Hampshire, 18, of Placerville into custody at his home on Brown's Road. He was later booked into county jail on suspicion of homicide.

Details on what lead up to the stabbing were not available.

PHOTO CAPTION: Wesley Ronald Hampshire

December 17, 2012
El Dorado County Sheriff to clamp down on elder abuse

The El Dorado County Sheriff's office has added an investigator to focus on elder abuse.

Reports of elder abuse have increased nine percent since 2011 in the county. The county's population of residents over the age of 65 is 31.6 percent greater than the state's average.

Physical abuse takes in not only assaults, but inappropriate use of drugs, restraints and confinement. Financial exploitation involves the taking of an older person's money, either by a caregiver or a scam artist.

December 10, 2012
Highway 49 near Diamond Springs reopens after utility pole repaired

A stretch of Highway 49 near Diamond Springs has reopened to traffic after being closed for several hours due to a downed utility pole.

The pole and utility lines were reported down about 3 this morning. A California Highway Patrol traffic website reported that the pole snapped, but the reason for the failure has not been released. A CHP spokesman said there was no evidence that it had been struck by a vehicle.

The highway, between Fowler Lane and Missouri Flat Road, reopened shortly after 2 p.m.

November 28, 2012
Placerville police expand citizen volunteer program

The Placerville Police Department's SHIELD volunteer program has been expanded to include qualified individuals age 21 and older.

Officials announced that the acronym for the program previously limited to senior volunteers also has been modified to stand for "Specialized Help in Enforcement-like Duties."

SHIELD volunteers can participate in a variety of activities, including vehicle maintenance, office work, traffic control, special events, National Night Out, patrol and vacation checks, according to a department news release.The program offers participants training and an opportunity to provide basic law enforcement support, working alongside members of the Police Department staff.

For more information, call Julie Burns, the police chief's executive assistant, at (530) 642-5210.

November 25, 2012
UPDATE: Victims identified in crash near Placerville

By Loretta Kalb and Kim Minugh

Officials released the names Sunday of four people, including two children, who were killed in a two-car collision on Highway 50 just east of Placerville.

The crash happened around 6 p.m. Saturday, when a 2004 Toyota Prius headed west in the Apple Hill area veered across four lanes of traffic and into the path of a minivan.

Three people in the Prius who died at the scene were identified by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office as 38-year-old Sheng Kun Su, who was driving; 39-year-old Shu Zhen Zhao; and 8-year-old Shawn Su, all from Oakland.

November 25, 2012
Crash near Placerville kills four, including two children

By Loretta Kalb

A horrific two-car collision on Highway 50 just east of Placerville claimed the lives of four people Saturday night, including two children, when a car headed west in the Apple Hill area veered across four lanes of traffic and into the path of a minivan.

Early reports late Saturday had indicated that at least one person had died. Around midnight Saturday the word came that the death toll was much worse.

Three people in the car, a 2004 Toyota Prius, died at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 6:05 p.m. They were identified Sunday night as 38-year-old Sheng Kun Su, the driver; 39-year-old Shu Zhen Zhao and 8-year-old Shawn Su, all from Oakland.

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