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Victim identified in 36 Handles shooting in El Dorado Hills


The woman who was fatally shot Wednesday near 36 Handles in El Dorado Hills has been identified, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

Khrista Ibarolle, 31, of El Dorado Hills, was identified as the victim by a coroner.

Ibarolle was shot and killed outside an El Dorado Hills bar while trying to run away from a gunman early Wednesday morning, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said.

Woman shot, killed during carjacking in El Dorado Hills


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A woman was shot and killed outside an El Dorado Hills bar while trying to run away from the gunman early Wednesday morning, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said.

The suspect, identified as Oakland resident Anderson Swift, 41, approached two women leaving 36 Handles Pub at closing time with a gun and demanded their car keys and cash. The women refused and ran back towards the bar, whose doors were already locked. The sheriff's office said Swift caught one of the women, then shot and killed her.

Officials tell family to scale back luxury treehouse


GRANITE BAY (AP) - Northern California authorities are telling a Placer County couple to prune back their deluxe treehouse.

Mike and Pat Splinter's 500-square-foot treehouse features a full kitchen, bathroom and all the plumbing. The Animal Planet cable network highlighted the structure last month in the show "Treehouse Masters."

But Placer County deputy planning director E.J. Ivaldi tells the Sacramento Beethat the family already has a full guest cottage on their property. Because of that, authorities say the treehouse's full kitchen, and mattress, must go.

Elderly Diamond Springs couple found with serious injuries identified


The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office identified two elderly victims injured in an assault in their Diamond Springs home Wednesday morning.

Sheriff's Lt. Tom Murdoch said 91-year-old Gerald Holderman underwent surgery for a possible gunshot wound. His wife, 82-year-old Faye Holderman, suffered injuries to her head and face. The couple was transported to a Placerville hospital for care.

Thursday afternoon, the Holdermans' family said they were optimistic about the couple's recoveries. Faye was sitting up in bed and talking and Gerald was "looking better" after surgery, his son said.

Gerald, a World War II veteran, had surgery for what doctors think is a gunshot wound.

Gerald and his wife just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Sheriff: Boy trades stolen guns for pot


El Dorado County sheriff's investigators say a 14-year-old boy traded his grandmother's guns for marijuana and they don't know who has the firearms now.

The boy, who is from Missouri but staying with his grandmother in Wilton (Sacramento County), took a sledgehammer to her safe, took her two guns inside, and drove off with her car Monday night, according to sheriff's Deputy Chris Stelz.

Tuesday morning, the grandmother reported to authorities that she spotted her grandson in her stolen car near Union Mine High School in El Dorado where he is a student. She saw him while driving a school bus for an El Dorado school district.

Union Mine and Charles Brown Education Center were placed on lockdown as a precaution. Responding deputies located the boy on the 6000 block of Pollock Avenue in El Dorado.

Two El Dorado school lockdowns lifted, suspect taken into custody


Both Union Mine High School and Charles Brown Elementary School were placed on precautionary
lockdown Tuesday morning Dina Gentry, a spokeswoman for El Dorado County Office of Education, confirmed.

The lockdown was placed at 8:21 a.m. while sheriff deputies located an unidentified individual. The individual was later taken into custody and t
he lockdown was lifted at 8:37 a.m. Classes continued in their normal fashion, Gentry said.


No information was given on why the suspect was taken into custody.

Indictment for man charged in huge California fire


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A man previously charged with deliberately starting a huge Northern California wildfire that burned a dozen homes has now been indicted by a grand jury.

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced that 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman was indicted Monday on one count of arson of forest land, with multiple aggravating factors.

His attorney, Bob Banning, did not return telephone and email messages.

Huntsman's bail remains at $10 million until his next court appearance on Jan. 23. Huntsman pleaded not guilty, as he did to a similar complaint in September.

The indictment charges that he "willfully, unlawfully, and maliciously" set what developed into the King Fire. The blaze burned more than 150 square miles east of Sacramento and forced thousands of evacuations.