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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 […]

Comments Off / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Michelin named to optometry board

An El Dorado Hills woman has been appointed to the California Board of Optometry. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Oct. 13 that Rachel Michelin had been appointed to the position. “I’m a public member, it’s a volunteer position,” Michelin said. The board is made up of licensed optometrists and public volunteers. The board “looks at policy […]

Comments Off / October 27, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Signal Service Inc. to start annual fire code seminar

Signal Service Inc., an Amador-county based alarm and security company, hosted a seminar on Oct. 10 with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department on fire codes. The workshop was so well-received, the company has committed to holding the event annually. “Fire code is constantly changing,” said Signal’s Erin Wilson, who coordinated the event. The one-day […]

Comments Off / October 23, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

King Fire nearly contained, thousands of personnel sent home

Sac Metro firefighters Jeff Gibbon, left, and Doug Shehan from Station 355 hose down a burning stump northeast of Mosquito Road last week. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Recent rains helped slow the King Fire’s growth, allowing firefighters to get a better handle on the blaze that as of Monday morning has burned 97,099 acres, 12 homes and 68 other structures. Fire officials have changed some mandatory evacuation orders to voluntary and more than 3,000 firefighters have been sent home; nearly 4,224 firefighters remain […]

Comments Off / September 29, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

King Fire continues to burn

Idaho City Hot Shot Brian Brennan communicates with a ground crew from a lookout at the Pacific Ranger Station helispot in the Eldorado National Forest last week. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

As of Sept. 22, the U.S. Forest Service reported the King Fire had burned 87,592 acres with 18 percent containment. The fire began on Sept. 13 at about 6:37 p.m. near King of the Mountain Road in Pollock Pines as a result of alleged arson. Quickly growing and doubling overnight twice, the fire has been contained […]

Comments Off / September 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

King Fire nearly 71,000 acres: Arson arrest made; Swansboro evacuated

The King Fire exploded to 70,944 acres between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. And although there had been no official connection, a man was arrested on a single charge of arson of forest land Wednesday night. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, was booked into the Placerville jail Wednesday night on a charge of arson of a […]

Comments Off / September 18, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »