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Placerville man charged in 1986 Bay Area kidnapping, murder

REDWOOD CITY (BCN) - A Placerville man recently identified as a suspect in a 26-year-old rape and murder through DNA analysis was arraigned Friday in San  Mateo County Superior Court.

John William Kelley was charged Friday afternoon with first-degree murder, with additional special circumstances of the murder taking place during commission of rape and kidnapping, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

A lawyer for Kelley was appointed by the court and he was ordered to return to court next week to enter a plea.

Kelley, 49, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the 1986 kidnapping, rape and murder of Annette Thur after DNA analysis of evidence from the case identified him as a suspect.

Thur's body was found down an embankment off of Skyline Boulevard, north of Alpine Road, in unincorporated San Mateo County on Dec. 9, 1986, according to the Sheriff's Office.

3 accused of defrauding Thunder Valley owners of $18M

SACRAMENTO, CA - Two local men and a developer from San Diego were indicted for allegedly defrauding the United Auburn Indian Community of more than $18 million in connection with the construction of four buildings in Auburn for the tribe.

The United Auburn Indian Community (UAIC) owns the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln.

Greg Scott Baker, 45, of Newcastle; Darrell Patrick Hinz, 47, of Cameron Park; and Bart Wayne Volen of San Diego and Hawaii, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as money laundering, announced the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

According to court documents, between October 2006 and December 2007, Volen, the building developer, submitted more than 160 false and/or inflated cost invoices to UAIC for his work.

Accused mail thief pleads guilty

SACRAMENTO, CA - A North Highlands man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing mail in El Dorado County on two occasions, the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California, reports.

Steven Joseph Rohner, 55, faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a $500,000 fine, plus restitution when he is sentenced Oct. 30, said U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lauren Horwood.

Court documents alleged Rohner stole more than $14,278 in the thefts. He was charged with breaking into a mail truck and taking bags of mail destined for El  Dorado, Diamond Springs and Shingle Springs post offices on Dec. 3, 2011. Three months later, on March 26, Rohner was accused of burglarizing a U.S. Post Office in Rescue and stealing mail from mail bags.










Former Placerville mayor pleads guilty to conspiracy, perjury

PLACERVILLE, CA - Former Placerville mayor pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and conflict of interest allegations Friday.

David Machado was arrested in August 2011 on allegations of perjury and suspicion in connection to property he bought in Placerville's redevelopment zone while in office.

Machado pled guilty to three charges:

  • Felony conspiracy to obstruct justice and the due administration of laws
  • Conspiracy to destroy or conceal evidence and delaying/obstructing a public officer
  • Public official using his official position to influence a government decision which the defendant knew he had a financial interest

Machado Allocution Statement:

Were you a victim of a timeshare scam?

PLACER COUNTY, CA -Detectives are looking for people who were scammed in a Craigslist real estate scheme.

William Frank Lordier, 54, of Meadow Vista, is accused of selling timeshares on Craigslist and using victims' bank account information to steal from the accounts, Placer County sheriff's spokesperson Dena Erwin said.

Detectives found multiple victims in Los Angeles, Neveada County, Oregon and Washington.

Erwin said Lordier was arrested earlier in the week.

Anyone who believes they were victimized in the scam is urged to call the Placer County Sheriff's Department at (530) 889-7844.