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Swift arraigned on murder charge

Accused killer Anderson Swift enters an El Dorado County courtroom Friday for an arraignment. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

The man accused of murdering a woman during a carjacking in El Dorado Hills was arraigned Friday afternoon. Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland, was arraigned in Department 7 by Judge Dylan Sullivan. After being appointed by the Public Defender’s Office as Swift’s counsel, attorney Mark Ralphs entered a not guilty plea to all seven counts and […]

Comments Off / January 09, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Home invasion: Elderly couple battered, shot

A home invasion in Diamond Springs late Tuesday ended Wednesday morning with an elderly couple seriously injured. El Dorado County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call from one of the victims at 8:43 a.m. Wednesday. She told the dispatcher that she and her husband had been held hostage since before midnight, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s […]

Comments Off / January 02, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Winkler sentenced 26-years-to-life

A man found guilty of murdering his wife was sentenced to 26-years-to-life in state prison on Monday. “I’m ready for a big dose of karma,” Katelynn White, a member of the audience, said as Todd Winkler, now dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit instead of a suit, was led into the courtroom. “That outfit fits […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

EDSO warns of jury duty scam

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a potential new phone scam. An elderly citizen called EDSO after a caller claimed that the resident and a family member had warrants for missing a jury summons, an EDSO press release stated. The caller demanded that money for bail be paid within 10 minutes or […]

Comments Off / December 29, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Sheriff slams Prop. 47, talks new HQ

Nationwide, crime has dropped, El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini said, but this downward trend and the safety of residents could be threatened due to the recently passed Proposition 47. “It’s one of the most erroneously billed propositions I’ve seen,” D’Agostini told guests at last week’s El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, referring to the supporter-given […]

2 Comments / November 17, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Malibu woman arrested on alleged movie studio scheme

A Malibu woman faces a 32-count indictment, unsealed Nov. 6, for an alleged fraud scheme related to construction of a movie studio — with one of the supposed locations in El Dorado Hills. Carissa Carpenter, 51, was arrested Nov. 5 in Venice on charges including mail fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to a government […]

Comments Off / November 10, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Winkler convicted of first-degree murder

A jury found Todd Winkler guilty of the first-degree murder of his wife, Rachel. The verdict from the jury of seven men and five women was read at 2:20 p.m. on Oct. 22, almost exactly 22 hours after deliberation began. Jurors also found that he used a deadly weapon — scissors — adding a year […]

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