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Homeowners fear mudslides as heavier rains approach.


EL DORADO COUNTY - Three months after the King Fire raged through the tiny community of Mountain Meadow, a new danger is looming.

"Dirt's already backing up behind those logs and we've only had a couple of rain storms," homeowner Liz Murphy said as she pointed to logs already holding back mud and silt in a small drainage above her home above the south fork of the American River. "Who knows how soon it's gonna be before it overflows that and then comes down?"

Murphy gestured uphill to charred forest in the dark of night.

"We haven't had the heavy rains yet and there's nothing holding back the soil," she said.

Crews from El Dorado County put wood chips over bare earth and sand bags beside drains and culverts. But Murphy worried heavier rain will overwhelm the best efforts.

El Dorado County considers repealing pot growing ordinance


PLACERVILLE, CALIF - A county supervisor who believes marijuana cultivation has spun out of control will ask his colleagues on Tuesday to repeal the 2013 ordinance that formally authorized outdoor pot gardens.

Supervisor Ron Briggs cited "an epidemic proliferation of illegal grows" when he called for the repeal.

"We found in trying to do something that we thought was compassionate, we put an 'open for business' sign in El Dorado County," Briggs said.

Briggs said he has the support of a majority of his fellow board members and that if a repeal is enacted, he will then pursue an outright ban on marijuana cultivation in El Dorado County, indoor and out.

Looking back at a sports season marked by flames


Zach Brazell noticed the smoke over the canyon near his house while driving home one night this fall. He realized there were too many cars on the road and too much traffic coming out of his neighborhood for the late hour.

His foothills community is large - about 1,000 homes - and it sits minutes from a national forest. Everyone seemed to be outside and packing their cars.

"It was 8 or 9 o'clock and we were like 'what's happening? There's so many cars,'" Brazell said.

Brazell, a 16-year-old offensive tackle for the El Dorado High School Cougars, was one of three players evacuated because of the King Fire this fall during the team's 10-0 season.

The King Fire burned 97,717 acres, changing how faculty in all four of El Dorado Union High School District's schools thought of athletics.

Oak Hill homeowner thwarts attempted theft


An Oak Hill homeowner was at the right place at the right time to stop a theft at his own home.

El Dorado County Sheriff said the homeowner was driving home about 3:40 a.m. on Thursday when he spotted two men on his property on Calamity Lane. The homeowner told the sheriff's department he thought the men were stealing from him, and when he tried to talk to them they ran off.

According to the sheriff's office, the homeowner caught up to one of the men and fired a warning shot from inside his vehicle. While trying to get in front of the suspect, the driver accidentally hit the man with his car, said the sheriff's office.

Deputies caught up with the second suspect with the help of the Placerville Police K-9.

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families


President Obama will announce executive action on immigration in a primetime address on Thursday. His remarks are eagerly anticipated by millions across the country, including families here in Sacramento.

Gloria Casillas came to the United States 10 years ago where she met her husband and had a 6-year-old son who is an American citizen. While waiting for immigration reform, her biggest fear was getting deported and separated from her son.

The president's impending executive action brought relief because it meant she would be able to drive and work legally in the country. But she felt for
those who may not qualify for the protection.

El Dorado County pot dispensary raided; owner insists it's legal


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DIAMOND SPRINGS, Calif. - The head of a marijuana dispensary raided by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office insists he and his staff were doing nothing illegal.

"There was no letter, no warning," Pure Life Collective CEO Kelly Chiusano said. "They were just there with force."

Chiusano said he and two employees were arrested during Monday's raid and charged with three felonies relating to marijuana sales.

Customers arriving at the dispensary at 537 Pleasant Valley Road were greeted Wednesday by a sign saying it was closed until further notice.

Placerville police arrest man for child molestation


Placerville police announced they arrested a man they said molested the child of a friend.

Jeffrey Hitt was arrested on an allegation of lewd, lascivious acts to a minor. The police investigation began Nov. 14 when police said a member of Hitt's family called the department over concern about the victim.

A forensic interviewer spoke with the victim, which led to Hitt's arrest. Police said Hitt then made admissions to police that were consistent with the victim's statement.

Hitt is being held at the El Dorado County Jail on $50,000 bail. Anyone with information in this case was asked to call Placerville police at (530) 642-5210.