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EDH Crime Watch: Jan. 8-14

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: Bad influence Jan. 8: Deputies arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly gave marijuana to minors and smoked with them at a Valley View Parkway residence. Burgled Jan. 8: Someone broke into a vehicle parked on Rimini Way. Fight Jan. 9: Deputies responded to a […]

Comments Off / January 15, 2015 | Posted in Crime Watch | Read More »

Training today leads to faster, safer rescues tomorrow

After removing the door using the jaws of life and peeling back the roof, firefighters use their equipment to lift the dash, simulating that a victim's legs are trapped underneath it. Village Life photo by Noel Satck

In about an hour, El Dorado Hills firefighters turned a Ford station wagon into a real fixer-upper. The “firefighter tested and approved” vehicle suffered busted windows, dinged and removed doors, a choppy convertible conversion and charred seats — all in the name of training as firefighters and this Village Life editor tested their skills and re-familiarized […]

Comments Off / January 15, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH, Latrobe fire districts make it official

ON THE JOB — Latrobe-based firefighters were pinned at Saturday's ceremony. Left to right: Matthew Colgan, Sean Bates, Eric Haydt, Mark Jukes, Laurel Soekland and David Cope. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

A special Jan. 10 ceremony and open house solidified the Latrobe Fire Protection District’s annexation into the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. The long-awaited celebration at Latrobe’s Station 91 followed years of long discussions, compromises and late nights during which board members from both districts, along with fire chiefs and many others, hammered out a deal to ensure […]

Comments Off / January 14, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Vigil celebrates Khrista Ibarolle’s life

Crystal Wilson, a member of Rolling Hills Church, left, reads a message on her phone from Khrista Ibarolle's family in South Dakota to mourners at a candlelight vigil held at 39 Handles Sunday night. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Friends and supporters held a vigil for Khrista Ibarolle Sunday evening. They gathered at 36 Handles in El Dorado Hills, the bar Ibarolle was leaving when she was allegedly murdered by Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland, who reportedly tied to carjack Ibarolle and her friend Kesha Patrice. The well-attended candlelight vigil was organized by nearby […]

Comments Off / January 13, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

UPDATED: Woman killed in EDH; suspect arrainged

Anderson Swift

An El Dorado Hills woman died after an apparent robbery gone wrong outside 36 Handles Irish Pub shortly after midnight on Jan. 7. Shooting suspect Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland is being held in the El Dorado County Jail without bail. He was arraigned on multiple charges, including murder, Friday. Swift allegedly tried to rob Khrista Ibarolle, […]

2 Comments / January 12, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Supes begin year with budget woes, data shortcomings

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors greeted the new year with a large measure of concern over the county’s finances. To make matters worse, the actual data are somewhat clouded and difficult to ascertain because of old computer systems and programs that cannot provide real-time information. During a scheduled budget update at the board’s […]

2 Comments / January 12, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Grace Foundation animals caught in limbo, county paying bill

Animal Services and volunteers are now caring for about 50 horses and several other animals that were in the Care of the Grace Foundation when the animal rescue organization closed last year. Village Life file photo by Noel Stack

Since the Grace Foundation’s land lease was terminated Nov. 20, El Dorado County Animal Services has taken custody of 90 horses and other livestock, including several goats, pigs and chicken, that made their home at the 600-acre equine therapy and animal rescue ranch off Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills. While a county is responsible for animals […]

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