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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.

Ex-deputy makes plea deal in fraud, theft case

PLACERVILLE, CA - The former president of the El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff's Association has pleaded no contest to embezzlement, elder fraud, perjury and white collar crime charges.

Donald Atkinson will also be sentenced to five years in state prison and must pay $438,348 in restitution, according to the plea agreement reacher with the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office.

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Placerville principal's killer sentenced 50 to life

PLACERVILLE, CA - A Placerville school maintenance worker found guilty of fatally shooting his school's principal last year has been sentenced 50 years to life in prison.

In April, an El Dorado County Superior Court jury convicted John Luebbers of the first degree murder of Sam LaCara on Feb. 2, 2011. LaCara was principal of Louisiana Schnell Elementary School.

Luebbers shot LaCara in his school office after an employment-related dispute.

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Man suspected of April bank robbery in Folsom arrested

FOLSOM, CA - On Thursday, the Folsom Police Department made an arrest from a bank robbery on East Bidwell St. in April.

Story: El Dorado Savings Bank in Folsom robbed

Sgt. Jason Browning of the Folsom Police Dept. said Kenneth Allen Hogue, 43, of Cameron Park was identified and arrested as the sole suspect in the robbery of the El Dorado Savings bank on April 13.

According to Browning, Hogue entered the bank around noon, handed the teller a note indicating he had a gun, collected an undisclosed amount of money and fled the bank on foot.

Hogue was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and charged with Robbery and outstanding felony  warrants. His bail was set at $105,500.

Deputies: 2 steal rail car to sell for scrap metal

AMADOR COUNTY, CA - A large rail car being used as a bridge at an Amador County business was stolen on May 31 and later dismantled to be sold as scrap metal.

According to the Amador County Sheriff's Office, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) reported a large rail car was stolen from their premises off Fiddletown Road in El Dorado County.

Then on June 1, an SPI employee notified the Amador County Sheriff's Office that the stolen rail car had been located on a parcel of property near Bootstrap Rd. in Amador County.

Deputies responded to the location and an ensuing investigation confirmed David Glenn Parsons, 42, and Troy Allen Whisler, 42, both of Pioneer, had stolen the rail car and were dismantling it to sell for scrap.

About two-thirds of the car had already been sold off by the time deputies were called to the scene.