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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:

Victim, alleged shooter ID'd in El Dorado Co. shooting

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - El Dorado County sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Wamego Road Monday night in response to a shooting.

Lt. Tim Becker said deputies arrived at the home shortly after 7:30 p.m. and found Danie Radasa, 55, of Citrus Heights, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

A short time later, a man identified as Robert McKiernan was admitted to Marshall hospital in Placerville with minor injuries, Becker said.

According to Becker, their  investigation found McKiernan was suspected of shooting Radasa and then fleeing the scene. Radasa had been at the home visiting his daughter, McKiernan's girlfriend, when he was shot.

McKiernan was treated and released from the hospital, then detained by investigators for questioning, said Becker.

No information was provided on why the shooting occurred.

2-county police pursuit leads to 2 arrests

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - A man and a woman from El Dorado County were arrested on drug and other charges following a 34-mile police pursuit involving a stolen motorcycle Thursday night, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

The chase began when a sheriff's special enforcement detail attempted to stop the rider of a stolen motorcycle at 615 Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs, said Lt. Tim Becker. The motorcyclist, Brandon Remy, 44, of Pollock Pines, was wanted on a parole violation warrant.

Remy also had a passenger, Karen White, 24, of Placerville.

Remy refused to pull over, Becker said, and led officers, including California Highway Patrol ground and air units on a chase. Amador County sheriff's deputies joined the pursuit when it entered their county. The pursuit ended at the Amador County Fairgrounds where Remy and White were taken into custody.

No one was hurt.

Nurse pleads no contest in Placerville nursing home death

PLACERVILLE, CA (AP) - A California nurse has pleaded no contest to felony patient abuse and agreed to help in the prosecution of her nursing home supervisor.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Rebecca LeAn Smith negotiated the plea on Thursday over her role leading up to the 2008 death of 77-year-old Johnnie Esco, who had been a patient at Placerville's El Dorado Care Center.

The Alzheimer's patient, who was supposed to be constantly monitored, died of fecal impaction in 2008 after 13 days at the nursing home.

The Sacramento Bee says Smith and 58-year-old Donna Darlene Palmer were charged with elder abuse. They also face a special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury, which adds five years to a prison sentence.

Palmer still faces trial. Her lawyer says there's no evidence of a crime.

Placerville couple startle burglars

PLACERVILLE, CA - El Dorado County sheriff's deputies took suspected burglars into custody after a homeowner confronted them Monday afternoon.

The homeowner and his wife had just returned home to find an unknown car parked in their Wendsan Lane driveway, said Sgt. Danny Bears. The woman stepped into the home, heard a commotion and the suspected burglars jumped out of a two-story window.

The homeowner told responding deputies he saw one of the individuals holding one of his firearms and ordered him to stop, Bears said. Instead, the individuals got into their car and started it.

At that point, the homeowner, who had bee target practicing earlier in the day, grabbed a rifle from his truck and ordered the intruders to halt. Instead, Bears said, the homeowner told deputies the car's occupants continued to inch toward him, and fearing for his safety, he stepped away. As the intruders' drove away, the homeowner fired once into a tire of their car.

CHP officer connected to stolen firearms booked into jail

El DORADO COUNTY, CA - A California Highway Patrol officer was arrested Wednesday in connection to stolen firearms.

Michael Rupley, was taken into custody around 7 a.m. at a home on 4500 Wendsan Lane in Placerville, El Dorado County sheriff's Lt. Tim Becker said.

Detectives working multiple burglary investigations involving stolen firearms, developed information that lead them to the Placerville home.

Becker said Rupley was arrested and booked into El Dorado County Jail for receiving stolen property.