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Famous El Dorado restaurant to reopen in late 2015


One of Northern California 's most famous landmarks will reopen near the end of 2015.

Poor Red's BBQ restaurant in the town of El Dorado near Placerville has been shuttered for over a year and was ordered to close last year after the owners were jailed for tax evasion. The new owners are brothers Mike and Jeff Genovese. Mike Hountalas will operate the new reopened restaurant. Hountalas also owns "The Purple Place Bar and Grill" in El Dorado Hills.

For the next nine months, Poor Red's will undergo renovations. The new owners plan on keeping the historic feel of the old building, while also getting it up to ADA and fire code. They are currently in talks with an architect and hope to get started shortly.

Woman arrested, accused in fake movie studio scheme


A 51-year-old woman was arrested on accusations she defrauded investors of more than $5 million on the premise of constructing a movie studio in Northern California, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento.

Carissa Carpenter, formally of Malibu, is accused of mail fraud, wire fraud and three counts of making a false statement to a government agent, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.

Camino man narrowly escapes close encounter with black bear


CAMINO, Calif. - A Camino man charged by a black bear beside his home barely managed to slam a door shut in time to escape.

"I've seen bear up close, but this is up close I don't want to get again," said Bart Emry, as he recalled the early Monday morning encounter next to his home on Copperton Road.

When his dog Daisy nudged him in bed, Emry assumed she needed to go to the bathroom outside. But when he opened the door, he saw what he estimated to be a 350-pound black bear less than 50 feet away.

"It was out there eating the garbage and my dog was just looking at it for a minute and then she jumped back," Emry said.

That's when the bear charged.

Cameron Park man found guilty of wife's murder


A Cameron Park man has been convicted of killing his wife during an argument.

A Placerville jury found Todd Alan Winkler guilty of first degree murder in the death of Rachel Marie Winkler on Feb. 27, 2012, according to the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office. The victim was found dead in the couple's home on the 3100 block of Aeronca Way that Monday morning. She had been stabbed with a pair of scissors.

Sentencing information was not immediately available.


Sketch, photo released in shooting at deputy in El Dorado County


Last Friday, Oct. 17, a man fired upon an El Dorado County sheriff's deputy in Camino and escaped. The deputy was not injured.

The man was described by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office as white, in his 30s, about 6 feet 1-2 inches tall and weighing approximately 200 to 250 pounds. He had a shaved head and a goatee. He was wearing a flannel shirt, blue pants and boots.

He fled on Cable Road in a white, single cab Dodge pick-up truck that didn't have a license plate.

Police want to know: Where's the attempted murder knife?


The South Lake Police Department hopes someone can help detectives recover a crucial item of evidence in an attempted murder case.

According to Det. Jeff Roberson, Thomas Payne is accused of cutting his wife's throat on Thursday, Oct.16. She was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening wounds.

Investigators believe Payne discarded the knife used in the attack in the area shown in the accompanying map (click to enlarge). The knife was described as 10 inches long with a blade measuring about 6 inches and a 4-inch handle. It is known the knife is etched with an image of a bear or elk but the location of the etching and color of the weapon was not clear. The knife may be in a nylon sheath of unknown color. It is possible the weapon was hidden under a log or fallen tree.

Manhunt in Camino for man who shot at deputy


Law enforcement fanned out in Camino Friday morning after a man shot at a sheriff's deputy at about 8 a.m. The deputy was not injured.

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The man was described by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office as white, in his 30s, about 6 feet 1-2 inches tall and weighing approximately 200 to 250 pounds. He had a shaved head and a goatee. He was wearing a flannel shirt, blue pants and boots.

He fled on Cable Road in a white, single cab Dodge pick-up truck that didn't have a license plate.