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El Dorado Hills man indicted for embezzlement


A El Dorado Hills man was indicted Wednesday on three counts of wire fraud in connection will allegations he stole more than $400,000 from an area company, according to federal prosecutors.

Jeffrey Lamson, 51, was a controller for the company located in Sacramento and Placer counties, according to court documents. He has been accused of taking company funds for himself and others to pay a fake vendor for services that were never performed, said Lauren Horwood, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

The thefts were alleged to have been committed from at least 2009 through 2011.

Horwood said if Lamson is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gain or loss caused by the fraud.


Local vet with terminal cancer denied VA compensation


When Curtis Mattison left to serve in Iraq there was no guarantee he would make it back to his wife and six children but he did. And it was back home where he would encounter his most fierce enemy, stage 4 kidney cancer that has spread to his liver, lungs and ribs.

"I have a fair amount of abdominal pain I have to deal with and I kind of walk like an old man; stand up slow, sit down slow. A big change from having a very active life," Mattison said.

Mattison is the father of a 14 year old and 12-year-old triplets. He wants nothing more than to see them grow up.

Life as a soldier kept him apart from his children when they were babies, and he believes what he did at war is now threatening his future with them at home.

In Iraq, Mattison says he was exposed to depleted uranium, a radioactive chemical used in weapons by the US Army.

Suspect in custody following Cameron Park shooting


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A man has been arrested for an early morning shooting Friday in Cameron Park, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said.

The victim, identified as 54-year-old David Klinker, was being treated for a gunshot wound to his abdomen, sheriff's Lt. Tom Murdoch said. The wound was not considered life-threatening, the sheriff's office said.

CHP on the lookout for drivers violating traffic laws around school buses


An increasing number of complaints about drivers speeding by or going around stopped school buses in El Dorado County has prompted California Highway Patrol officers to take action.

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Officer Ian Hoey says it started when school bus drivers expressed their concerns about the safety of their children. Hoey said he posted about it on the department's Facebook page and was inundated with complaints about these type of traffic violations across the county.

"We want to keep it safe. We want to prevent the tragedy before it happens," Hoey said.

WWII vet injured while held hostage in home dies


A World War II veteran, who was injured and held hostage in his house in January, died according to the family spokesperson Laura Clark.

In a Facebook post published on the El Dorado County Watch Facebook page, Clark said 91-year-old Gerald Holderman had passed away.

In January Holderman's wife called El Dorado County police and said she and Holderman had been held hostage and were injured.

Deputies arriving to a residence on the 500 block of Arlette Lane found the couple injured inside the house according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's detectives reported finding evidence of forced entry at the home. The house wasn't ransacked and it wasn't clear if anything was taken. Why the couple was targeted and held hostage for nine hours wasn't known.


Man arrested in 2014 shooting of game warden in El Dorado County


PLACERVILLE, Calif. - An El Dorado County man has been booked and released on charges stemming from the February 2014 shooting of a California Fish and Wildlife warden near Georgetown.

The El Dorado County Jail log indicates James David Ingram, 48, of Garden Valley was charged with the negligent wounding of a human and damaging property, both violations of the California Fish and Game Code.

Warden Bob Pera was hit in the hand and bullet fragments entered his neck as he approached two hunters after dark last Feb. 14 during what was described as a compliance check.

Pera, an 11-year veteran of the department at the time, was able to use his radio to call for help and the hunters stayed with him and rendered aid until sheriff's deputies arrived.

Suspected partial human skull found while gold panning in El Dorado County


A resident gold panning near Georgetown discovered a suspected partial human skull according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

The resident was gold panning in the area of Bear Creek Picnic area on Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m. While digging through the dirt a partial suspected human skull was found according to the sheriff's office.

After contacting the authorities, detectives started their investigation. No other body parts were found at the time and the investigation is ongoing.

The sheriff's office said more information will be announced once it becomes available.