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War stories: Korean War hero opens up, part 1

MARINE VETERAN Dick Grinnell, 75, recalls his days of service in the Korean War. Grinnell lied about his age and first enlisted at 16. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

It’s been 58 years since El Dorado Hills Korean war veteran Dick Grinnell told his story to a reporter. Back then he was lying flat on his back at Balboa Hospital in San Diego, healing from wounds suffered during a heroic rescue mission in what’s now called North Korea. A grateful military awarded him the […]

5 Comments / May 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fallen Warriors car, motorcycle show on tap

THE CLASSICS will again be on dispaly at the Fallen Warriors car show at Town Center May 28. Village Life file photo by Pat Dollins

The sixth annual Fallen Warriors poker run, motorcycle and car show promises a day of patriotism, classic cars, show bikes, raffles, prizes and fun for the whole family in El Dorado Hills Town Center, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. The event benefits the Fallen Warriors Scholarship fund. Classy cars and bikes will […]

No Comment / May 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Colver trial: Defendant confesses to ‘God’

Attorney for Steven Colver, Dain Weiner, prepares for Wednesday's proceedings.mocrat photo by Shelly Thorene

The morning after Joanne Witt was stabbed to death, Steven “Boston” Colver showed off the bloody murder weapon and confessed to the killing, said the defendant’s frequent drug partner and former boyfriend. Matthew Widman, 19, nicknamed “God” by friends, testified Thursday in Placerville’s Main Street courthouse that Colver, 21, admitted to killing the mother of […]

No Comment / May 19, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Colver murder trial: Crime scene discussed

Steven Colver heads back to the courtroom following a break in his murder trial in Placerville. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The gruesome aftermath of Joanne Witt’s murder was on display in Placerville’s Main Street courthouse Wednesday morning as jurors came face-to-face with images of the El Dorado Hills woman’s violent death. Witt, 47, was stabbed to death in her bed in June 2009. Witt’s teenage daughter, Tylar, has already pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder […]

No Comment / May 18, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Colver’s murder trial begins

ACCUSED MURDERE Steven Colver, left, confers with his defense attorney Dain Weiner, right,  prior to opening statements  in Placerville's Superior Court Tuesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Joanne Witt, a 47-year-old single mother, was stabbed to death in her own El Dorado Hills home on the evening of June 11, 2009. That much is certain. Details of the gruesome killing, though, differ, depending on who’s talking. Opening statements in the murder trial of Steven Paul Colver were delivered Tuesday morning inside a […]

No Comment / May 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Super spellers

RESCUE SUPERINTENDENT Carol Bly moderated the Division I El Dorado County Spelling Bee, and was warmly greeted by members of the first- and second-grade team from Jackson Elementary. Left to right are: Sofia Gonzalez, Maya Nambisan, Ethan Rutherford and Cade Bundalian. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

El Dorado Hill students p-e-r-f-o-r-m-e-d well at the 31st annual El Dorado County Spelling Bee hosted by the Pollock PInes Elementary School District. Students from 20 elementary schools from Tahoe to El Dorado Hills participated in the event. Oak Meadow Elementary’s third- and fourth-graders won first place in Division II competition. Lake Forest Elementary’s fifth-grade […]

1 Comment / May 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

B-17 “Flying Fortress” lands in Sac

THE ALUMINUM OVERCAST touched down at McClellan Air Force Base last week and took VIllage Life reporter Mike Roberts for a wild ride. VIllage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The legend goes like this: A Seattle Times reporter sees an early B-17 close for the first time in July 1935, machine guns emanating from its nose, tail, top, bottom and several points in between — 13 in all — and gasps, “Why, it’s a flying fortress!” Boeing officials, recognizing a great brand name when […]

No Comment / May 16, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »