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Former El Dorado Hills man indicted for fraud

By Cole Mayer Staff writer A former El Dorado Hills man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts of wire fraud. Daniel Chartraw, 39, was charged with a “series of schemes to defraud numerous individuals,” a press release from U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagoner stated. Between Jan. 1, 2007 and Nov. […]

Comments Off / May 21, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Betchley battle goes back and forth

By Cole Mayer Staff writer Until a week before his first sentence modification hearing, Rick Betchley had been collecting volumes of data to prove his innocence. Testimonies, e-mails, IRS and FTB data and more comprised the stack of papers based on a case that started in 2006. It started when Betchley asked a social group […]

1 Comment / May 21, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Con or corruption? Betchley tries to modify sentence

By Cole Mayer Staff writer A man who pleaded no contest to charges of embezzlement, securities fraud and tax evasion tried to get his sentence modified on May 4, to no avail. But while deputy district attorney James Clinchard and 13 victims say Rick Betchley is a con man, Betchley claimed perjury and corruption in […]

Comments Off / May 21, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Middle schoolers run final races

Marble Valley's Maeve Nave, far left, hands off to speedy anchor Hailey Magnilia in the girls 4 x 100 relay at the County Sports League end of the season track meet. Marble Valley ended up with a personal best 57.94 and took second place to Pleasant Valley. Courtesy photo

Union Mine High School hosted the County Sports League’s final middle school track meet last weekend. The results are as follows: Girls 65 hurdles: Girls A — 1-HGR-Elizabeth Vaccaro, 11.42. Girls B — 1-PV-Breanne Gloia, 11.44. Girls C — 1-GHI-Julia Lathrop, 11:47; Mile: Girls B — 1-MAR-Danny Destefano, 8:39.83. Girls C — NOR-Madisyn Schmitz, 6:17.56; 400: Girls A […]

Comments Off / May 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Student learn the grim consequences of underage drinking

By Linda Holderness Village Life correspondent The statistics presented at the Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking at Oak Ridge High School were grim: Nearly 5,000 youths younger than 21 die each year because of alcohol, and nearly 2,000 of those deaths are the result of car accidents. More than one-third of all fatal crashes […]

Comments Off / May 14, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Handcar derby kicks of 21st year

Handcar race teammates Carmaine Cotham, 46; Zane Walker, 50; and Dan Bocinski, 46, left or right, prepare to propel the handcar down the track as fast as they can. The team from Rancho Cordova will compete in this weekend's Folsom Handcar Derby. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The 21st running of the Folsom Handcar Derby will take place May 19 & 20 on the tracks in front of Broadstone Marketplace on East Bidwell Street in Folsom. This year’s event will kick off Saturday with a day of practice and qualifying for all the teams competing in the handcar and quadripede events. Sunday […]

Comments Off / May 14, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Moms enjoy a night out with their little man

Karen Smith and her son Aidan, 9, left, goof aroud with Natalie Fransham and her son Clark, 9, at The Mom Prom — Mustache Bash Saturday night. Photo by Whitney Kahn

About 150 moms and sons enjoyed the first Mom Prom — Mustache Bash with Mommy’s Little Man hosted by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Satyrday night. Guests at the CSD gym played Pin the Mustache on Burt Reynolds and Pin the Mustache on Mario, Step on the ‘Stache (a variation of musical chairs), […]

2 Comments / May 14, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »