Jim Ratajczak

Boy killed by pellet gun identified

The El Dorado Hills boy who was shot Tuesday by a pellet gun and later died at an area hospital has been identified as 10-year-old Keegan Swinney. On Wednesday afternoon, El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz confirmed reports from earlier in the day that identified Keegan as the pellet gun shooting victim. Sheriff’s deputies […]

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Cameron Park bank robbed; suspect sought

CAMERON PARK — Authorities have turned to the public for help in apprehending the suspect in possibly two Cameron Park bank robberies. The Umpqua bank at 4011 Plaza Goldorado was robbed at gunpoint at 9:43 a.m. on Nov. 7. El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz confirmed for Mother Lode News that investigators are currently […]

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Mittelman sentencing continued

The sentencing of convicted killer Steven Howard Mittelman was continued last month. Mittelman, 56, of El Dorado Hills, was found guilty in September of fatally shooting his ex-wife, Valerie Rita Mittelman, in their apartment on the evening of June 17, 2010. Mittelman, who is facing 50 years to life in prison, had been set for […]

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Search for sweatshirt leads to stolen truck

The search for a stolen sweatshirt led El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies to a much larger find: a missing truck. On the morning of Oct. 21, deputies responded to a reported strong-armed robbery at the El Dorado Hills Town Center, said sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz. Deputies contacted the victims and were told that a group […]

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Embezzler gets 14 months in prison

A former El Dorado Hills woman who pleaded guilty to embezzlement earlier this year was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months in prison. On June 21 Shalena P. Leggett, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud after embezzling more than $450,000 while working as a bookkeeper for a Sacramento-based real estate firm. Leggett then attempted to hide the […]

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Pollock Pines woman missing

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has turned to the public for help in finding a local woman who was last seen on Sept. 23. Sara Fawcett worked at the Placerville Wal-Mart and called in sick on Sept. 22. She was last heard from on on the morning of Sept. 23. According to the Sheriff’s […]

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Guilty: Mittelman convicted of first-degree murder

Steven Howard Mittelman was convicted of the June 2010 first-degree murder of ex-wife Valerie Rita Mittelman Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after jurors began their deliberations. A jury of six men and six women found Mittelman, 56, guilty of murdering his ex with a single gunshot to the head on the evening June 17, […]

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