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Pollock Pines suspect arrested in Placerville burglaries

El DORADO COUNTY, CA - El Dorado County sheriff's detectives arrested a 20-year-old Pollock Pines man on suspicion of twice burglarizing a Placerville home.

The burglarized home, on the 2700 block of Morts Court, was first targeted on Jan. 26 and then again on Jan. 31. Items ranging from video game systems and games, jewelry, a coin collection, prescription medications and pellet rifle were among the items taken, said sheriff's Lt. Bryan Golmitz.

Detectives zoned in on suspect Travis Cunha after checking up on known burglars in the area and going to area pawn and gold shops and second-hand stores, Golmitz said.

Detectives obtained an arrest and search warrant for Cunha based on what they learned and served the warrants Feb. 9. Golmitz said detectives recovered most of the stolen items from Cunha's bedroom while other property had been sold to friends and associates.

Suspect wanted for shooting El Dorado County cat with arrow

PLACERVILLE, CA - A month after a cat was found with an arrow in its head, investigators continue to search for suspects.

A 4-year-old boy Tabby cat was found on the 500 block of Sunlight Drive around 11:40 p.m. on Dec. 20 with a crossbow arrow in its head, El Dorado County Sheriff's Lt. Bryan Golmitz said.

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As animal control tried to capture the cat, the bolt fell out. Golmitz said the bolt did not penetrate the cat's head. The cat was eventually captured and taken in for treatment.

The cat, named Taz, appears to be doing well, Chief of El Dorado County Animal Services Henry Brzezinski said.

Man found dead in burned apartment

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - An El Dorado Hills man in his 50s died when his downstairs unit at Forest Village Apartments on Applegrove Circle caught fire Saturday morning.

El Dorado Hills Fire Department answered a call of a residential fire and found smoke coming out from under the front door and the smoke alarms going off. Crew members discovered the victim dead in his chair surrounded by burned garbage and hundreds of TV dinners.

The man's name hasn't been released.

Fire Chief Dave Roberts said it appeared to be the "classic smoking in a chair and falling asleep" scenario. Roberts also commented the fire could have been a real disaster if the fire had spread out to the other units.

Foothill contractor sting nets 10 alleged violators

PINE GROVE, CA - Ten individuals were busted on suspicion of violating California contractor regulations in a sting orchestrated by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and Amador County District Attorney's Office last Thursday.

Venus Stromberg, spokeswoman for CSLB, said D.A.  investigators posing as homeowners sought bids for construction and painting at a house in Pine Grove.

One of the bidders, Brian Gross, 48, of Valley Springs, was arrested and booked into Amador County Jail on no bond for allegedly violating his probation on a felony conviction for fraudulent use of a contractor's license number. His contractor's license was revoked June 1, 2010.

The other nine cited were set to be charged in Amador County Court on March 19 for contracting without a license and illegal advertising, Stromberg said.

Placerville police investigating dead body in ditch

PLACERVILLE, CA - Police are investigating a body found in a ditch Friday afternoon.

2 teens, 1 adult arrested for El Dorado Hills burglary

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Two teenage boys and a 20-year-old man were arrested on burglary charges in the Bridlewood subdivision of El Dorado Hills Wednesday afternoon by sheriff's deputies.

Lt. Bryan Golmitz of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Dept. said three suspicious looking individuals wearing dark clothing and gloves were seen wandering the neighborhood by residents. When the neighbors said they were going to call the sheriff's department, the three men took off running.

Deputies were called and began a search and investigation upon arrival around 4:40 p.m. Due to darkness, deputies called for helicopter assistance, which helped to quickly locate the individuals, said Golmitz.

Upon apprehension of the individuals, it was determined they were responsible for a previous burglary in the Bridlewood subdivision, Golmitz said.

House guest accused of attempted murder and arson

MT. AUKUM, CA - A woman is under arrest for attempted murder and arson after allegedly setting the home where she was a guest on fire Wednesday morning, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect is Amber Nash, 33, of Mt. Aukum. Sheriff's Lt. Bryan Golmitz said deputies were sent to a potentially intentionally set fire at a residence on the 8200 block of Kirk Lane, Mt. Aukum, at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Pioneer District Fire crews were battling the blaze.

Details about how the fire started were not make available. No one was hurt.

Deputies found Nash in the area and took her into custody. She was booked into El Dorado County Jail on a no-bail status.