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Deputies seeking El Dorado Hills bank robber

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - The El Dorado County Sheriff's office is investigating a robbery that occurred at the J.P. Morgan Chase Bank on Tower Center Drive in El Dorado Hills on Thursday.

Lt. Tim Becker of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Dept. said a man entered the bank around 1:00 p.m. and handed a note to the teller demanding money and indicating he had a weapon.

The robber then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Becker said.

According to Becker, nobody at the bank saw a weapon.

Deputies responded to the robbery and searched the area, but were unable to locate the man. Crime Scene Investigators and FBI agents also initiated an investigation into the robbery.

The robber was described as a white man in his late 20s to early 30s. He was said to be between 5'6" and 5'7" tall and was wearing a black beanie with white stripes, a white long-sleeve thermal shirt, black undershirt, light denim jeans and a teal fanny pack.

2 El Dorado Co. nurses charged with elder abuse

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Two nurses are charged with felony elder abuse amid allegations they neglected a 77-year-old woman at a Placerville nursing home shortly before she died in 2008.

The Sacramento Bee reports the California attorney general's office filed the charges in the death of Johnnie Esco, who had spent two weeks at the El Dorado Care Center.

Nurses there were supposed to closely monitor Esco because medications left her with chronic constipation. She later died of severe fecal impaction, and doctors also found unexplained bruising.

The center's former director of nursing, Donna Palmer, was arrested Tuesday. A warrant was issued for nurse Rebecca Smith, but El Dorado County jail records did not show that she had been arrested as of Friday.

Prosecutors say both "clearly neglected" their patient, causing her to suffer "unjustifiable pain."

UPDATE: Folsom wrong way DUI driver injuries family

FOLSOM, CA - According to Folsom police, a car collision Friday night that sent four people to the hospital was caused by a drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Iron Point Rd and Black Diamond Dr. when a Nissan Sentra and a Toyota Camry collided head-on.

The driver of the Sentra was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Iron Point Rd., causing the accident.

El Dorado Hills resident Karen Ann Benedict, 32, was arrested for driving under the influence resulting in serious injuries.She was later released, so she could manage her injuries caused in the collision.

The three family members traveling in the Camry were treated at local hospitals for serious injuries. At the time of this post, their identities were being held.

The investigation results will be forwarded to the DA's office with criminal charge recommendations.

Folsom attorneys busted for loan mod fraud

SACRAMENTO, CA - Three Sacramento-area attorneys were arrested Thursday and charged with bilking homeowners out of thousands of dollars in upfront loan modification fees.

Arrested on 19 felony counts each were the owners of Folsom-based Flahive Law Corporation: Gregory Flahive, 39, of El Dorado Hills and his ex-wife Cynthia Flahive, 41, of Folsom, along with the firm's managing attorney Mike Johnson, 42, of Elk Grove.

Gregory Flahive is a former employee of disgraced "tax lady" Roni Deutch, who surrendered her license to practice law last year in the wake of unrelated investigations into her national tax relief business.

Flahive was also a high-profile and prolific bankruptcy attorney, advertising his services on local TV.

Court records show Flahive filed 850 bankruptcy cases in the Eastern District of California between 2009 and 2011.

Retired El Dorado County sheriff's deputy arrested for embezzlement

Retired El Dorado County sheriff's deputy arrested for embezzlement

SACRAMENTO, CA - A retired El Dorado County sheriff's deputy suspected of embezzling money from the El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff's Association (DSA) was arrested Thursday.

Donald Philip Atkinson is suspected of taking more than $300,000 from the association over six years, said the California Attorney General's Office.

Atkinson worked for the sheriff's department from 1994 to September 2011, during which time he was named a sergeant. He was also the president of the DSA for several years.

An investigation by the attorney general's office and the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office found Atkinson falsified documents, submitted forged documents to the DSA and pocketed money that he claimed was for charitable purposes.

Atkinson allegedly used the money he took to pay his rent and the rent of a woman he was dating.

Cameron Park man suspected of killing wife pleads not guilty

CAMERON PARK, CA - A man accused of murdering his wife plead not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday.

Todd Winkler, 45, was charged for murder with special allegations.

Winkler was arrested Monday after police found his wife, Rachel Winkler, 37, dead inside of their home on the 3100 block of Aeronca Way.

According to El Dorado County Sheriff's investigators, the couple had a domestic dispute earlier that day.

Winkler's next court appearance is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Sheriff: Domestic dispute preceded Cameron Park murder

CAMERON PARK, CA - Sheriff's detectives are accusing of Cameron Park man of killing his wife.

El Dorado County sheriff's deputies found Rachel Winkler, 37, dead in her home on the 3100 block of Aeronca Way Monday morning. Her husband, Todd Winkler, was outside the home and questioned.

Winkler was booked into custody later Monday on suspicion of murder. Sgt. Phil Chovanec said investigators learned the couple had had a domestic dispute earlier Monday.

The cause of Rachel Winkler's death has not been released pending an autopsy.