16 Months From Murder Arrest of Wife Deborah Roth, a Plea of Guilty to 2nd Degree Murder by Roy Roth

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 03, 2016 / comments

On 04/03/2015 at about 12:24 PM, the Sheriff’s Office received a welfare check request for 50 year-old Deborah Roth. Deborah reportedly lived with her husband, 51 year-old Roy Roth in a trailer on a large piece of property off South Shingle Road in Latrobe. The caller said Deborah had been missing for several days. The caller said Roy was at their house in Placerville and they would meet the deputies there.

EL DORADO COUNTY ARREST and REPORT LOG 2016-08-01 -- Updated

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 02, 2016 / comments

Placerville Newswire | Arrested in El Dorado County on Aug 1, 2016. -- Notable Incidents: TRANSP/ETC CNTL SUB, bail $170,000...|  OBSTRUCT/ETC PUB OFCR/ETC, bail $20,000...|  CRPL INJ:SPOUS/COHAB/DATE...|  POSSESS BURGLARY TOOLS & TAMPER WITH VEHICLE...|  GIVE FALSE INFO TO PO, bail $15,000...|  2x SUSPECT VIOLATED AN EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE ORDER...|  DEATH INVESTIGATION, AGE =34...|  BURGLARY on MISERY LN...|  SUBJECTS STOLE FIREARMS...|  BATT W/SERIOUS BODIL, VICTIM AGE =46, SUSPECT AGE= 15...

El Dorado County District Attorney Signature Key Issue in U.S. District Judge's Precedent-Setting Ruling 

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 02, 2016 / comments

"In Thursday’s case, from El Dorado County, the company sought to enforce a provision in its letter to debtors requiring them to take all disputes to private, individual arbitration, unless they opted out within 60 days. The letter bore the signature of the county district attorney, a practice that was later forbidden by the federal consumer bureau. The debtor challenged the arbitration clause in court.

Free the Transcripts: The Case for More Transparency in the Court System

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 02, 2016 / comments

By Lloyd Billingsley -- "Freida Batten, Jim Batten’s first wife and a UC Davis graduate, was outraged that the transcripts were the property of court reporters, and that in cases of acquittal the transcript could be tossed. To recall what someone said in a courtroom thirty years ago, with lives in the balance, there is simply no substitute for the transcript."

Vanguard readers are right that the court system needs more transparency. On that theme, my own experience can provide evidence.

Remembering A Hero: 9 Years Ago CHP Officer Douglas Scott Russell Murdered

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 01, 2016 / comments

Scott RussellOn July 31, 2007, 46 year old California Highway Patrol Officer Douglas Scott Russell was struck and killed while deploying spike strips in an attempt to stop defendant, David Charles Zanon, who was involved in a high speed pursuit on Highway 50.

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