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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.


Tahoe fire captain facing child porn charge


A South Lake Tahoe fire captain has been arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography.

The investigation into Mark McLeod Wygant began when a computer flash drive was found in an unassigned locker at the City of South Lake Tahoe fire station, according to the federal criminal complaint. A search warrant had been obtained by local police to view the contents of the flash drive.

The criminal complaint stated more than 5,000 images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct were on the drive. Additionally, there were more than 50 video files depicting child pornography on the drive. Several of the videos showed a minor known to Wygant. Wygant admitted in an interview with law enforcement on Thursday to recording those videos, the complaint said.

The alleged crimes began in March 2011 and continued to around December 2014.