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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.

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.