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Man shot, killed by El Dorado Co. deputies identified

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. - El Dorado County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a home on the 2900 block of Kimberly Lane in Pollock Pines Wednesday night, in response to a call of a suicidal man armed with a gun.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department said deputies arrived at the scene around 9:30 p.m. but the man had already left the home.

According to the Sheriff's Dept., deputies canvassed the area and located an armed man standing in the middle of the 6000 block of Pony Express Trail. At some point during the encounter, gunfire was exchanged and the man, later identified as Christopher Michael Sheldon, 38, of Pollock Pines, was fatally wounded. 

The incident is currently being investigated by Sheriff's Coroner investigators and a team of investigators working under the El Dorado County Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol.

Suspect arrested in Placerville casino murder

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - A man has been arrested in a fatal stabbing at the Red Hawk Casino Nov. 21.

Gene McArn, 19, of El Dorado County, died from injuries when he was stabbed at the Placerville casino around 10:30 that Wednesday night.

Monday, sheriff's Sgt. Phil Chovanec said the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office received information that suspect Estephan Juarez, 33, was at a residence on Cothrin Ranch Road in the county. Juarez was positively identified and ordered to come out. He was arrested without incident, Chovanec said.

During the apprehension, a dog inside the home ran out and attacked a sheriff's K-9. Deputies shot the aggressive dog which died, Chovanec said.

Placerville nurse ordered to trial for felony elder abuse

PLACERVILLE, CA (AP) - The former head nurse at a California nursing home is facing trial for felony elderly abuse in the death of an Alzheimer's patient.

Investigators say 77-year-old Johnnie Esco was supposed to be constantly monitored by nurses at Placerville's El Dorado Care Center. But she died of fecal impaction in 2008 after 13 days in the nursing home.

The Sacramento Bee says a judge on Tuesday ordered trial for 58-year-old registered nurse Donna Darlene Palmer.

Prosecutors say neglect led to Esco's painful and unnecessary death.

Palmer was one of two nurses charged in the woman's death.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Rebecca Smith agreed to plead no contest to felony elder abuse in exchange for a possible suspended jail sentence and her willingness to help prosecutors in the Palmer case.

Man identified in fatal stabbing at Placerville casino

PLACERVILLE, CA - A 19-year-old man was fatally stabbed at the Red Hawk Casino in Placerville Wednesday night.

According to El Dorado County sheriff's Sgt. Phil Chovanec, deputies were called to the casino at 1 Red Hawk Parkway at approximately 10:30 p.m. for a stabbing. The victim's friends took him to Marshall Hospital in Placerville for medical care but he did not survive his injuries, Chovanec said.

The dead man identified as Gene McArn.

Where the stabbing took place and why was not clear.

Detectives have identified Estaphen Juarez as a person of interest in the case and were looking for him, Chovanec said.

DFG: Suspected deer poachers caught red-handed

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - Blood streaming out of the back of an SUV led to a gruesome discovery and the arrest of two Sacramento men Monday afternoon.

The incident began with multiple 911 calls regarding a tan Toyota SUV on Ponderosa Road near North Shingle Road with blood coming out of the tailgate area and two men inside trying to hide their faces, said Lt. Patrick Foy with the California Department of Fish and Game.

An El Dorado County sheriff's K-9 patrol unit spotted the SUV in question speeding on westbound Highway 50, Foy said, and deputies and California Highway Patrol officers forced the Toyota to stop.

Inside, officers found a recently killed deer that had been shot, as well as a copious amount of blood inside the vehicle and on the two men inside.

3 arrested in connection to Mariposa gold heist

MARIPOSA, CA - Three men have been arrested in connection to a gold heist at a Mariposa museum.

On Sept. 28, two individuals entered the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, smashed display cases and stole gold and gems, California Highway Patrol Lt. Mike Troxell said. The pair stole more than $1 million in gold and precious metals.

The theft was captured on surveillance cameras in the museum.

Troxell said CHP worked with the Mariposa Sheriff's Department, the Placer County Sheriff's Department and Sacramento Police Department to investigate the case. Detectives followed many leads and used physical evidence that led them to the three suspects.

Troxell said police arrested: