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Placerville police: Alleged patient kidnapping unfounded


Placerville police say what was initially believed to be a situation of an elderly patient kidnapped from a nursing home was not an abduction.

Officers talked to a witness who had reported a patient was taken against the patient's will by two people at The Pines at Placerville Health Center Thursday morning, according to police Cmdr. Kim Nida. It was determined the witness misinterpreted what had occurred and there was no kidnapping.


El Dorado County sheriff's deputy arrested on drug charges


An El Dorado County sheriff's deputy was arrested on drug-related charges in Minden, Nevada, on Tuesday.

Deputy Mark Andrew Zlendick, 47,was taken into custody after Douglas County sheriff deputies responded to a domestic disturbance 911 call to the 1300 block of Centerville Road. Sheriff's Sgt. Pat Brooks said deputies reported finding narcotics and related drug paraphernalia at the scene.

Zlendick was booked into Douglas County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine, conspiracy and possession of paraphernalia, Brooks said. Zlendick's bail was set at $55,640.

Zlendick is a member of South Lake Narcotics Enforcement Team. The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said he has been with their department since 2004. Zlendick is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.


Woman's body found in rural area of Placerville


Detectives are working to learn the identify of a woman found dead in vegetation near an El Dorado County creek on Sunday.

Two teens walking in the area of Weber Creek near Helmrich Lane in Placerville discovered the body in a rocky area among trees and vegetation, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office reported. The body was described as in poor condition.

The coroner's autopsy found no indications of foul play or trauma present, the sheriff's office reported.

The woman was described as white and approximately 60 to 70 years old.

The sheriff's office did not say if the description of the woman matched that of anyone reported as missing.


Authorities on lookout for man at school making suspicious comments


Deputies in El Dorado County are on the alert for a man making disturbing comments at a Pollock Pines school Monday morning.

It's believed the man had no contact with students.

Sheriff's Lt. Tom Murdoch said the man was seen about 9:30 a.m. in a white Volvo sedan at Pine Top Montessori School, which is located in the 6500 block of 6526 Pony Express Trail. School staff said the man came onto the school grounds and told them they were teaching children how to become terrorists. He also wanted to know the nationalities of children attending Pine Top. He claimed ISIS was recruiting college students and that Chinese people were terrorists.

After staff had called the El Dorado Sheriff's Office but before deputies arrived, the man tried to get in the school's front door. It was locked and staff wouldn't open it.

The man and his car were gone when deputies got to the school.

Community mailboxes broken into in El Dorado County


The vandalism of four community mailboxes in Cameron Park and Rescue was reported Tuesday.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said the rear mailbox doors on cluster mailboxes had been pried off in the areas of Tourmaline Way and Spinal Circle, Tourmaline Way and Hastings Drive, and in the 2800 block of Aquamarine Circle of Cameron Park, and in the area of Buckhorn Lane and Starbuck Road in Rescue.

The vandalism reports were made between 7:30 a.m. and 8:46 a.m.

It wasn't known yet if any mail had been taken, sheriff's Lt. Tom Murdoch said.

'Giving' donations will fund health, social needs in El Dorado County


The El Dorado Community Health Centers (EDCHC) is not only a health care provider, it also helps clients find food, transportation and other social needs. The nonprofit is part of the Big Day of Giving (Big DoG) event Tuesday and hopes to raise money to fund the medical and social needs of the El Dorado County Community.

"Our mission is to improve the health of our community through quality healing and preventive services," according to the center's mission statement.

Construction to close Highway 50 west of Placerville


RENO, Nev. (AP) - U.S. Highway 50 will have lanes closed in both directions Sunday as construction of a new off-ramp begins.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that the ramp is part of a project to construct an overpass on U.S. 50. The goal is to build another access point to the highway for residents and nearby businesses. Adding the off-ramp should relieve traffic and travel times.

Officials say closures are expected along the highway from El Dorado Hills Boulevard, which turns into Latrobe Road, to Bass Lake Road. Lanes could be closed from 6 to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Drivers are encouraged to take other routes to bypass the closures.

Construction on the Silva Valley Parkway Interchange Project began in November 2013 and is expected to be finished next year.