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Fatal motorcycle crash in El Dorado County

El Dorado, CA - On Sunday afternoon, a female motorcyclist crashed and died on Pilot Hill, El Dorado County.


According to Sergeant Lee with the Placerville California Highway Patrol, the victim lost control of the motorcycle and rammed into a telephone pole. The cause of the accident is still unknown but it does not appear that drugs or alcohol had played a role. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Source: Sergeant Lee with Placerville CHP

EXCLUSIVE: Amber Alert suspect tells his side

EXCLUSIVE WOODLAND, CA - A man authorities say abducted his three children from his family for two days, prompting an Amber Alert Monday, says he only threatened he had access to a plane to get even with his wife.

Dmitriy Gerasimov, 30, granted an exclusive interview to News10 from the Yolo County Jail Tuesday. No cameras were allowed.

Monday night, El Dorado County law enforcement made contact Gerasimov by cellphone and talked him into surrendering. His children, ages 2, 4, and 7, were with him and unharmed.

Gerasimov said he and his wife got into an argument over finances at their home Saturday. He had lost his job and he claimed she didn't want to use her money for rent.

He picked up their three older children at his father's house in Citrus Heights and didn't return.

Sheriff: Family fight behind deadly Placerville shooting

PLACERVILLE, CA - A 69-year-old Placerville man is dead following what sheriff's investigators say appears to be the violent culmination of an ongoing disagreement between the victim and his stepson.

The victim was identified as John Gale Malia, Jr. He was found by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies responding to a report of a shooting on the 3000 block of Deer Canyon Road.

Lt. Bryan Golmitz said Malia, who was shot in the head,  was still alive and lying on the floor inside his home when found. Deputies brought him out to emergency medical responders who had stayed back because of the possibility the shooter was still on the property.

Medics transported Malia to Placerville's Marshall Hospital for care but he did not survive his injuries, Golmitz said.

Placerville mayor indicted on conspiracy, perjury and obstruction charges

PLACERVILLE, CA - An El Dorado County grand jury has indicted Placerville Mayor David Machado on five counts, according to documents unsealed Monday.

Machado was arrested in August following a criminal complaint filed by the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office alleging the mayor committed perjury and conspiracy when he bought property in the Placerville Redevelopment Area and then tried to conceal evidence of his involvement.

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Richmond security officer captured after shooting spree

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - Doran Long, a security officer at a Richmond apartment building, was taken into custody Thursday morning in Shingle Springs after Richmond police say he shot his supervisor at the complex's security office.

Lt. Bisa French of the Richmond Police Department said the shooting took place around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of Hartnett Avenue.

According to French, Long had an altercation with his supervisor earlier in the day, returned later and began shooting into the apartment building.  The supervisor was shot and wounded.  

Two other security officers heard the gunshots and ran toward the area, where they saw Long shooting into the building. At least one of these officers returned fire, said French.

Long then fled in his truck and police were notified of the shooting.

Former El Dorado Hills woman sentenced for defrauding her employer

Former El Dorado Hills woman sentenced for defrauding her employer

SACRAMENTO — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Shalena P. Leggett, 37, formerly of El Dorado Hills, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to 14 months in prison for embezzlement.

According to court documents, on June 21, 2011, Leggett pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud for embezzling more than $450,000 from her employer, a Sacramento-based real estate firm. The activity took place over a 19-month span in 2008 and 2009. To hide the fraud, Leggett made false entries in her employer’s business books.

In sentencing Leggett, Judge Karlton said that the scope of Leggett’s criminal enterprise led him to conclude that a prison term was necessary. He rejected a motion by Leggett that she be granted home confinement and electronic monitoring instead of prison.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Credit Card Scams on the Rise

Credit Card Scams on the Rise

There seems to always be another scam to watch out for these days, some are new and some are just rehashed versions of past scams. The Sheriff’s Office has received several calls recently regarding a credit card scam in our area.

According to victims, this is how the transaction occurs. Your phone will ring and if you have caller id a 1-888 number will appear. The caller will offer a low fixed rate interest on a credit card or credit card consolidation. The caller will then ask for credit card numbers, expiration dates, social security numbers, mother’s maiden name and other verification passwords.

Once the caller has obtained the information they will tell you they need to process the information and will call you back. In addition there will be a one time financial fee which will vary in amount.