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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.

Anti-porn crusader faces new charges of having sex with minor


A man who claimed to be an anti-porn crusader is facing new charges related to having sex with a minor.

Donny Pauling Jr. faces nine new charges in relation to a second victim, according to Sutter County Deputy District Attorney Anu Chopra.

The new charges include: four counts of having sex with a minor; one count of having sex with a minor while employed as a public official; one count of oral copulation with a minor; one count of first-degree burglary; one count of meeting a minor with sexual intent; and one count of molesting a minor.

On Dec. 1, in connection to a different victim, Pauling was booked into custody on allegations of lewd acts with a child under 14, oral copulation with a child under 14 and unlawful intercourse, according to the Sutter County Sheriff's Department.

Artifacts stolen from El Dorado County barber shop museum


Tens of thousands of dollars worth of collectibles were stolen from an El Dorado County museum and barber shop early Wednesday morning.

Barber Jon's Barber Shop, billed an El Dorado County's "only sideshow of curiosities and oddities," was broken into between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Barber Jon said 70 straight edge razors and shaving mugs from the 1800s were taken, while some razors and clippers were left behind. Jon said he believes his shop/museum was cased before it was cleaned out because of what was stolen and left behind.

Barber Jon's Barber Shop was named the weirdest museum in the world by FoxNews. Jon described himself as "part PT Barnum and part Mark Twain." People can get free admission to the museum with every haircut.

Man missing from Truckee area for 20 days


The Nevada County Sheriff's Office needs the public's help to find a man who was last seen on New Year's Day.

Christopher T. Blaisdell, 47, of Hirschdale, was reported missing on Jan. 13, Sheriff Keith Royal said. He was last seen walking away from his home on Floriston Avenue toward Iceland Road on Jan. 1.

A ground search near the area had no results, Royal said.

Blaisdell is described as a white man, 6 feet tall, weighing about 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have information about his whereabouts, call the Nevada County Sheriff's Office at (530) 265-1471.


Two charged in 2006 El Dorado County murder


Two men are facing charges for the 2006 murder of an El Dorado County man, the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

Eric Mehlmauer of Placerville was arraigned Tuesday on first degree murder charges, while Ronald Garcia of Sacramento was arraigned on a charge of being an accessory after the fact.

They're accused of the November 2006 murder of Tobias Kaiser of Somerset. Additional details were not immediately available.


Community turns out to remember woman shot and killed in El Dorado Hills carjacking


EL DORADO HILLS- Loved ones and friends came together to remember the woman from El Dorado Hills who was shot to death outside a pub Jan. 7 during a robbery and car jacking.

There were two different tributes for 31-year-old Khrista Ibarolle happening at the same time Sunday night.
The vigil, held outside 36 Handles Pub, where the shooting happened, was open to the community.

Man charged with murder of El Dorado Hills woman


A man accused of fatally shooting an El Dorado Hills woman early Wednesday morning pled not guilty to murder and other charges in a Placerville courtroom Friday.

Anderson Swift, 41, was arraigned on murder and special allegations of murder committed during the course of robbery and carjacking. He is suspected of shooting Khrista Ibarolle outside the 36 Handles bar when she and her friend tried to run from him after refusing to hand over their cash and car keys. The friend was not injured.

According to the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office, Swift has seven prior convictions and one of those is a one-strike felony.

The court set Feb. 2. for Swift's next hearing.