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Placerville woman convicted of third husband's murder; previously acquitted in second husband's death


PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A 73-year-old grandmother from Northern California has been convicted of murder in the shooting death of her third husband - three decades after being acquitted of killing her second husband.

The Sacramento Bee reports a Placerville jury took less than two hours Wednesday to return a guilty verdict against Colleen Ann Harris.

Seventy-two-year-old Robert Harris was found dead from a shotgun blast at the couple's home in 2013.

Colleen Harris testified that she couldn't recall the events leading up to his death because of traumatic memory loss.

She could get 50 years to life when she is sentenced June 5.

Buried remains in 9-year-old El Dorado County cold case identified


The remains of a homicide victim, killed more than nine years ago and unearthed last week in rural El Dorado County, have been identified.

El Dorado County district attorney spokesperson Dave Stevenson said the victim was identified as Tobias Kaiser. Kaiser had been reported as missing under suspicious circumstances.

What goes into breaking a cold-case murder


El Dorado County has a lot of dirt roads and rolling hills.

It's 1,800 square miles. You can hide a lot of bodies in this remote terrain, and El Dorado County has a higher-than-average number of cold case murders.

Sixty to be exact.

In a remote part of the county on Friday, El Dorado County sheriff's deputies and the county district attorney's office finished digging for evidence -- literally. They were at a location they've been to before.

In a dirt-covered patch about 20 yards up a gravel road, investigators unearthed evidence to help resolve a cold case homicide from about 10 years ago.

"We're pretty optimistic that it will ... hopeful and optimistic, I think," district attorney Vern Pierson said.

Bomb threat call prompts school lockdowns in Placerville


Authorities have lifted lockdowns at four school/college campuses in Placerville that were ordered due to a bomb threat.

Lt. Tom Murdoch with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said the lockdowns ended at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday after deputies and other law enforcement officers made thorough searches of Indian Creek School, Charter Community School, the Placerville branch of Folsom Lake College, and the El Dorado County Office of Education.

No explosive devices were found.

According to Murdoch, the sheriff's office received a call at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday about an individual who threatened to blow up Folsom Lake College. The person reportedly also had a handgun.

The description of the person was that of a man in his 40s, white, 6 feet tall and with long, dark, brown/gray hair. He wore a black t-shirt and khaki pants.

Sheriff's deputy arrested after domestic violence investigation


An El Dorado County sheriff's deputy was arrested Thursday following a domestic violence investigation, the county sheriff's office said.

According to the sheriff's report, Shane Humbird, 36, was booked into the El Dorado County Jail after deputies responded to a domestic violence call in the 4000 block of Oak Leaf Circle in Placerville.

The sheriff's office said Humbird posted bail. No other information has been released.

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Sierra-at-Tahoe shuts down 'with heavy heart'


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ECHO SUMMIT, Calif. - Saying it could no longer deliver a product that met its standards, Sierra-at-Tahoe suspended all resort operations Monday.

"I've been in the business 37 years and never closed in March," said general manager John Rice.

Rice announced the shutdown on Facebook "with a heavy heart," saying the resort had exhausted all possible snowmaking and snow-harvesting tools that had allowed it to remain open since Dec. 12.

Standoff and fire in Cameron Park


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A suspect is in custody after a domestic dispute led to a standoff and fire Monday morning in Cameron Park.

The standoff occurred in the 3000 block of Oakwood Drive, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said. Law enforcement officers were called to a home at about 2:32 a.m. to investigate a domestic dispute.

Officers heard shots fired when they arrived and tried to speak with a man inside the home, the sheriff's office said. The man barricaded himself inside the home.

Neighbors said they then heard an explosion, and a fire started.