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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.

Man arrested in connection with July kidnapping, shooting

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - A man suspected of kidnapping and shooting another man in July 2012 was arrested on Tuesday following a 16-mile chase.

Lieutenant Tim Becker of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department said Dustin James, 27, was wanted in connection with the kidnapping , beating and shooting of Bryan Santana, 35, of Placerville.

According to Becker, El Dorado County deputies were contacted by Marshall Hospital personnel on July 2 while Santana was being treated for injuries he claimed were sustained in a motorcycle accident. However, the medical staff noticed his injuries were consistent with a shooting, rather than a motorcycle wreck, and contacted the sheriff's department.

Deputies dispatched to the hospital questioned Santana, who eventually admitted to being shot. However, he did not recall who had shot him or how the shooting had occurred, said Becker.

Santana survived his injuries.

Shingle Springs standoff ends with suspect's arrest

SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - A man was arrested after a 5.5-hour standoff with deputies early Saturday morning.

El Dorado County sheriff's deputies responded to multiple calls of a disturbance in an apartment on Service Court around 2:30 a.m., Lt. Tim Becker said.

Deputies were told Joshua J. Willis, 28, beat his girlfriend. The woman was safely taken from the apartment to Marshal Hospital for treatment for her injuries. Becker said the woman told deputies that Willis barricaded himself inside of the apartment and had a .45-caliber handgun and a .22-caliber rifle with him.

SWAT and the sheriff's Crisis Negotiation Team were called to the scene, Becker said. Throughout the standoff, Willis didn't to respond to commands by deputies.

Sometime later, deputies heard a gunshot from inside of the apartment. They sent in a robot and found Willis barricaded in the bathroom of the apartment, Becker said.

Massage therapist accused of sexual assault

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - A massage therapist accused of sexual assault was arrested Wednesday.

Patrick Lockard, 46, of Shingle Springs is suspected of the false imprisonment and sexual battery of a female client, El Dorado County sheriff's Lt. Tim Becker said.

The woman told deputies she was receiving a massage from Lickard at Massage Envy in El Dorado Hills when he held her down and sexually battered her, Becker said.

Sheriff's detectives investigated the woman's claims and eventually arrested Lockard on Wednesday.

Lockard has been a massage therapist for 16 years and has never been charged or convicted of a criminal offense, Lockard's Attorney Robert Blasier said.

Blasier said in a statement that the incident was a completely consensual encounter between Lockard and the woman.