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El Dorado County standoff ends peacefully

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - A man who barricaded himself in his El Dorado Hills home has given himself up.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Bryan Golmitz said deputies were called out to the 7100 block of Hearst Drive for a man acting suicidal. When they arrived, Golmitz said the man charged deputies, causing them to use non-lethal force on the man. He then ran into his home and barricaded himself. 

Golmitz said deputies called out SWAT and crisis management teams. Neighbors were asked to stay in their homes while a perimeter was set up near the intersection of Hearst and Edgehill Drive.


Students return to class at Schnell elementary after shooting

PLACERVILLE, CA -- Two days after their principal was shot and killed in his office, students returned to class at Louisiana Schnell School.

Parents walked their children Friday morning past the makeshift memorials that paid tribute to Principal Sam LaCara.

Sean McGeever and his two daughters, a first grader and a fourth grader, lit candles at the memorial as they remembered the principal who welcomed them to school every day. 

"He'd be out there every morning, greet the cars.  He cared about the kids, that was his whole life," McGeever said.  "The whole town, everybody, we're trying to figure out how we move on from this."

Counselors will spend time with each class, helping the children deal with the tragedy, their grief, and inevitable confusion.

School custodian makes first court appearance Friday

SLIDESHOW: School shooting

PLACERVILLE, CA - The school custodian accused of fatally shooting a school principal will be in court Friday.

John Luebbers confessed to investigators Thursday, saying he had been fired from his job on Wednesday when he shot principal Sam LaCara, but the Placerville Union School District says that wasn't the case.

According to district Superintendent Nancy Lynch, who held a news conference Thursday afternoon, Luebbers and principal Sam LaCara had a disagreement and LaCara directed Luebbers to go home and cool off.

Lynch said Luebbers and LaCara were friends.

Shooting at Schnell Elementary School

PLACERVILLE, CA - A man has been taken into custody in the shooting of an administrator at Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville, says the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. SLIDESHOW: Shooting at Schnell Elementary School

Placerville principal fatally shot; Custodian in custody

PLACERVILLE, CA - The principal of a Placerville elementary school has died after being shot on campus Wednesday morning.  A school janitor and close friend has been arrested.

Louisiana Schnell Elementary School Principal Sam LaCara, 50, was pronounced dead at Placerville's Marshall Hospital at 11:16 a.m., said Placerville Chief of Police George Nielsen.  Nielsen said LaCara had been shot at least once in the upper torso.

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Suspect taken into custody

Fiancee stands by defendant in Yale grad student murder

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- The fiancee of an animal research technician charged with killing a Yale University graduate student in 2009 continues to faithfully visit him in prison.

Raymond Clark III has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the strangling of 24-year-old Annie Le of Placerville, Calif.

Le vanished Sept. 8, 2009, from the Yale medical school research building where she and Clark worked. Her body was found five days later on what was to be her wedding day, stuffed behind a research lab wall.

The 26-year-old Clark has been held at MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield in lieu of $3 million bail.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show that his fiancee Jennifer Hromadka visits him in prison every few days.

Amber Alert System raises questions, receives praise

SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest Amber Alert catches the eye of many drivers thanks to highway signs and high tech digital billboards.

Exactly how helpful have amber alerts been though since 2002 when it was first activated?

"We've been tremendously successful. We've had 175 activations and recovered 213 children," Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol Ike Tani said.

Authorities also caught more than 100 suspects.

During the past three years, 24 Amber Alerts were sent out statewide each year, even more kids are found. In many cases, authorities catch the suspects.

The California Highway Patrol said it's been a great service, but not perfect. In fact, some people question why the CHP doesn't issue Amber Alerts sooner.

"Normally, that has to do with investigating agency, the investigating agency has to put the criteria together to make that determination," Tani said.