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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.


Wanted felon arrested after leading El Dorado County deputies on chase


ID=23128193A wanted felon was arrested Sunday after leading El Dorado County deputies on a chase that ended in Placerville, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

Abram Sassenberg was booked into the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville for multiple charges including evading police, possession of ammunition and possession of methamphetamine.

The chase began when a deputy spotted Sassenberg driving a vehicle in Pollock Pines. Sassenberg had an active felony warrant out for his arrest, and was also driving with a suspended driver's license, according to the sheriff's office.

Capsized boat leads to search for missing man at Salt Springs Reservoir


Authorities in Amador County are still looking for a missing man at the Salt Springs Reservoir.

Amador County Sheriff's Department said the missing man, 48-year-old Daniel Robert Pedersen, was one of the two men who took their canoe out early Sunday morning to the reservoir before the canoe capsized.

At 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning, Amador County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a PG&E employee who said that a man had just shown up at a cabin near the reservoir and reported that he and a friend went canoeing in the reservoir until their canoe capsized.

The man, later identified as 34-year-old Jackob Kent Marhefka, told the PG&E employee he made it shore but his friend did not, according to the sheriff's office.

El Dorado County mail theft investigation yields 7 arrests


The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office has made seven arrests in the past week in connection with multiple mail thefts reported in the county.

Lt. Tom Murdoch said deputies served two search warrants in San Joaquin Valley on April 16 and recovered stolen mail packages, checks, bank account information, Social Security numbers and other personal information that can be used to open accounts. It appeared there were between 30 and 50 victims whose mail had been reported stolen in El Dorado County.

Tracy residents Aman Izatt, 29, and Jarrod Izatt. 33 were arrested in connection to the thefts and booked into El Dorado County Jail. Murdoch said the pair were witnessed driving a white BMW while reportedly stealing mail in El Dorado County.

Convicted sex offender wanted in El Dorado County


Officials are looking for a parolee at large who is described as a violent sex offender.

The El Dorado County District Attorney's Office said Jaime Lynn Olson, 36, violated her parole and failed to register as a sex offender.

Olson was imprisoned for kidnapping, sexual battery, multiple counts of forced oral copulation and false imprisonment. District attorney investigator Dave Stevenson said it was "a very violent crime" and Olson was with a male suspect at the time.

Olson should be considered dangerous, Stevenson said.

Olson was described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, and with brown hair and blue eyes. She also goes by the alias Jaime Perez Ruelas.

Stevenson said Olson frequents South Lake Tahoe, where the crime was, the west slope of El Dorado County, and was possibly living in the Sacramento area.

Shingle Springs to still get gun range - just much smaller and private


The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians is going forward with a controversial outdoor gun range off Highway 50 and Shingle Springs Road in El Dorado County -- but with modifications.

Citing its greater goal "to be a good neighbor", the tribe has decided to build a much smaller private range, probably five or six lanes as compared to the 29 public lanes originally proposed, according to tribal administrator Ernie Vargas.

Woman suspected of DUI in Placerville pursuit


A Somerset woman that a sheriff's spokesperson said evaded a deputy during a pursuit for suspicion of driving under the influence was arrested Thursday night.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office Lt. Tom Murdoch said the event began when a motorist flagged down the deputy who told him about a woman driving a white SUV in the wrong direction about 6 p.m. The citizen said the woman nearly caused a collision.

The deputy caught up to the SUV in question at Missouri Flat Road and Golden Center Drive. The SUV was stopped half on the sidewalk and half in bushes. People had stopped to help what looked like a traffic crash, Murdoch said.

However, as the deputy stopped to investigate, the SUV"s driver backed out onto Missouri Flat Road and nearly collided with a pedestrian, Murdoch said. The deputy reported the SUV headed northbound on Missouri Flat Road, almost hitting other cars.