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Dugard sues feds over failure to monitor abductor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jaycee Dugard is suing the federal government for failing to monitor the convicted sex offender who kidnapped her and held her captive for 18 years.

The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Thursday says the failures by federal parole officers in the handling of Phillip Garrido's case are as "outrageous and inexcusable as they are numerous."

READ: Complaint for damages

Garrido was on parole when he kidnapped Dugard in 1991. He fathered her two children while holding her captive. Garrido and his wife, Nancy, are in prison after pleading guilty in Dugard's case.

VIDEO: Tylar Witt talks to '20/20'

ABC's "20/20" airs an exclusive interview Friday night with convicted teen Tylar Witt who had her then-boyfriend kill her mother in their El Dorado Hills home.  Check out a short preview of the interview.

TODAY AT 5 P.M. & 6 P.M.: Tylar Witt tells all in exclusive interview

VERDICT: Stephen Colver found guilty

MORE: Articles on the Colver, Witt Trial

 

EL DORADO COUNTY - The 14-year-old girl at the center of true Romeo and Juliet story is speaking out.

Tylar Witt, who was convicted of conspiring to murder her mother, with the help with her boyfriend, Steven Colver, told ABC News she wanted to talk.

Why and what she said we can't divulge yet, but excerpts of the 20/20 interview will be played on News10 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. today.

Despite fines, illegal gold mining persists in El Dorado County

By: Susanne Rust

PLACERVILLE, CA - Despite notices from the state and at least $100,000 in fines so far, a small team of outlaw miners is continuing to illegally excavate an abandoned gold mine near Placerville in El Dorado County.

"Not only did they not adhere to the original violations cited against them," said Stephen Testa, executive officer of the State Mining and Geology Board, "but they have expanded their operations."

The team includes Joseph and Yvette Hardesty of Elk Grove. The couple owns a company called Hardesty Sand and Gravel.

It also includes Richard Churches. Information about Churches was not readily available.

The Hardestys did not return calls for comment, and Churches could not be located.

According to Testa, the team has returned certified letters and notices of violation to the state unopened and ignored fines levied by the State Mining and Geology Board. And the mining at Big Cut Mine continues.

Were these items stolen from you?

PLACERVILLE, CA - El Dorado County sheriff's detectives have recovered numerous valuable items believed stolen as a part of a fencing operation in the Placerville area in which items stolen during home burglaries were being bought and sold.

The items include jewelry boxes, costume jewelry, firearms, musical instruments, and power tools. They were seized during a warranted search Tuesday at a home on the 4300 block of Panorama Drive. The resident, Ronald Rich, 69, was identified as a buyer of the stolen property, said Lt. Bryan Golmitz. Rich is in jail on unrelated charges.

If you recognize the jewelry boxes Photos accompany this story)or have had the other items listed stolen, you can call the sheriff's Investigations Division at (530) 642-4703 to schedule an appointment. You're urged to have your property list and case number available for reference.

Colver, Witt sentenced in mother's murder

PLACERVILLE, CA - Steven Colver, convicted of stabbing to death the mother of his girlfriend two years ago, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in a Placerville courtroom Friday afternoon.

Ex-girlfriend Tylar Witt, 16, received 15 years to life for pleading guilty to second degree murder. In a plea deal made with the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office, she withdrew a guilty plea to first degree murder in exchange for her testimony against Colver and a shorter sentence.

The couple was accused of killing Joanne Witt, 47, in her El Dorado Hills home in June 2009. According to previous reports, they feared what would happen when the victim reported Colver, then 19, for having sex with her daughter, who was 14.

Colver, now 21, was also found guilty in his June trial of special allegations of lying in wait, use of deadly weapon and killing a witness to a crime.