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Hundreds Gather to say goodbye to 18-year-old shooting victim


Hundreds gathered in at a rock in El Dorado Hills to remember 18-year-old Joslynn Sovenski, who was killed over the weekend in Carmichael.  

Mourners overcome with grief shed tears and shrieks of pain. Sovensk's mother cried for her daughter as she knelt down in front of a rock spray painted with Sovenski's name.  

Teen burglar parties in someone else's Placerville home, hours after being released


It appears a 19-year-old decided to celebrate after being released from jail, in someone else's Placerville house. Just three hours after being released from jail, he was booked right back in.

Last Wednesday evening, a couple came home to find the 19-year-old, identified as Tryston Alvarez-Ross, walking out of their home. The couple detained Alvarez-Ross as they surveyed the damage.

According to investigators, the home was ransacked; the TV was turned on, alcohol was consumed, clothes belonging to the suspect were found on the floor and he was wearing a pair of the female victim's pants. The bathtub had also been defecated in. 

The couple said they were only gone from their home for a few hours, during which time Alvarez-Ross allegedly did this damage. 

Game footage being reviewed after 2 El Dorado JV players sent to hospital


As a member of the Union Mine High School junior varsity football team remains in the hospital Monday morning, school officials are reviewing game footage to determine what may have happened. 

Two students were taken to the hospital Friday after the game, identified by friends and family as Nick Brown and Justin Schwartz, and needed urgent medical care. Brown underwent brain trauma surgery.

"We are all deeply saddened. We pray for the boys," Steve Wehr, El Dorado Union High School District Superintendent, said.

Schwartz was treated and released, Superintendent Wehr says he is home. Family reports "received a grade three concussion and a nerve injury to his neck".

The superintendent would not address if drug use was involved in the players' injuries, but did say they are investigating rumors of drug use. 

Two El Dorado JV football players hospitalized after game


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Two Union Mine High School junior varsity football players were hospitalized following a game Friday night, the school athletic director confirmed.

On Twitter, relatives and friends identified the players as Nick Brown and Justin Schwartz. The players needed urgent medical care at the end of the game and were rushed to the hospital. One of the players, Brown, underwent brain trauma surgery.

There was a desperate plea on Twitter from Union Mine's High School Football Program, which said "Prayers and thoughts needed for Union Mine football family."

2 El Dorado County football players hospitalized after Friday game


Two Union Mine High School junior varsity football players were hospitalized following a game Friday night, the school athletic director confirmed. 

Director Jay Aliff said the boys are believed to be sophomores, but because he left the school before the game started he could not provide more information about what caused the boys' injuries.  

"We are trying to support the families, the team, coaches, and the community in every way we can," Union Mine's Superintendent Stephen Wehr said. "We are working through this to determine what actually occurred."

El Dorado Co. schools Superintendent arrested


El Dorado County schools Superintendent Jeremy Meyers was booked in the county jail Saturday for driving under the influence.

According to the criminal complaint, the arrest stemmed from a June 9 incident where Meyers blood alcohol level was .15 -- nearly double the legal limit. Meyers pleaded no contest and was sentenced to five days in jail. Instead, he served three days confined to his home through an alternative sentencing program. 

Meyers was appointed Superintendent of El Dorado County Office of Education in 2013, serving the county's 15 school districts.

"I'm sorry to hear about this," former EDCOE colleague Jim Coats said. Coats also serves as a board member of the local Boys and Girls Club with Meyers. "He's unquestionably a wonderful ambassador for education and for children, and that's really what his focus is almost all of the time."