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DA on mission to prevent repeat of Dugard horror

SACRAMENTO, CA - The district attorney who sent Phillip and Nancy Garrido to prison for the rest of their lives in the kidnap and rape of Jaycee Dugard is on a new mission: to make sure another Garrido case never happens again.

El Dorado District Attorney Vern Pierson has released a 24-page report outlining what he feels went wrong.

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Much of the investigation has already undergone public scrutiny, including the missed opportunities to find Dugard and the missed chances to revoke Garrido's parole.

Copper wire theft suspects caught in Camino

CAMINO, CA - El Dorado County sheriff's deputies arrested two men suspected of stealing copper wire and other items from the closed Sierra Pacific Industries lumber mill Saturday afternoon.

Donald Henstra and Scott Folsom, both of Sacramento, were caught after a foot and canine pursuit that ensued when the men crashed their vehicle in woods north of the mill and fled, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Edward Falkenstein.

Folsom and Henstra were booked into El Dorado County Jail for burglary, possession of stolen property and resisting arresting. Folsom's bail was set at $1,070,000; Henstra's at $55,000.

Falkenstein said it was the second burglary this month at the mill which closed shop two years ago.

Garrido targeted 3 other victims in South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, NV - Court documents released by the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office include a map of where several of Phillip Garrido's attacks happened. Before Jaycee Dugard, Garrido had four other known victims.

Police say Garrido's first victim was a 14-year-old girl he raped and kidnapped in Antioch on April 14, 1972. She was afraid to take the stand to testify against her attacker.

The three rape and kidnapping incidents that followed took place in South Lake Tahoe.

Rhe second victim was raped and kidnapped on  June 7, 1976, in South Lake Tahoe. Police say Garrido talked the 19 year old into his car, handcuffed her, and then assaulted her.

VIDEO: Court documents reveal new information on Garrido victims

PLACERVILLE, CA - Two videos taken by Phillip and Nancy Garrido of children in public places were among documents released Tuesday by the El Dorado County Attorney's Office.

District Attorney Vern Pierson and St. Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Fair Oaks, are mounting an effort to close loopholes in California law and parole procedures that allowed convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido to be granted early parole and avoid detection in the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping investigation. Dugard was abducted from her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood in 1991 when she was 10. She was found to have been living in the Garridos' Antioch backyard for the next 18 years.

Last month, the Garridos were sentenced to life in prison terms for Dugard's kidnapping, imprisonment and molestation.

Bill tries to clear backlog of untested rape kits

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sexual assaults are among the most vexing violent crimes police agencies must solve.

Rape cases quickly can descend can into he-said, she-said disputes, especially when law enforcement lacks physical evidence from rape kits. That evidence needs to be gathered in the first 72 hours after an attack, a period when victims frequently are anguished and unsure of whether to even report the crime.

Then, we've learned in recent years, a number of California police agencies essentially shelved many rape kits, with testing backlogs of thousands of biological samples.

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El Dorado merchant faces criminal charges for opening store

GREENWOOD, CA - A 71-year-old man faces criminal charges for reopening a Gold Rush-era general store on Greenwood's Main Street without proper permits.

Vincent Cal opened Cal's Market last November in the wood frame building he said dates back to 1858 and operated as a store for more than a century before shutting down.

Cal's Market is now in a residential zone and therefore ineligible for a business license-- but that didn't stop Cal from opening.

"I'm not going to say I've broken any laws.  I'm just doing what I think is right," Cal said.

As far as El Dorado County officials are concerned, Cal is breaking the law every day his store is open. 

He faces three misdemeanor charges, including operating a business in a residential zone, operating without a license and a charge relating to workers' compensation.