Arrest Made In Homicide of six-week-old Infant

by Placerville Newswire / Dec 29, 2016 / comments

EDSO PIO Sergeant Tasha Thompson -- On December 18, 2016, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office conducted a death investigation of a six week old infant.  During the course of the investigation it was determined the death was a homicide.  On December 29, 2016, at 3:20 pm, Michael Swope was arrested and booked into the El Dorado County Jail in connection with the death.  

The infant’s mother has been cooperating with authorities throughout the investigation and is not considered a suspect.

Booking Photo: Michael Swope


Sheriff's Arrest and Activity Log for 12-28-16

by Placerville Newswire / Dec 29, 2016 / comments

The following people are on the arrest log of December 28, 2016, as reported by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department:    

Boy on Bike Falls Through the Ice at Tahoe

by Placerville Newswire / Dec 29, 2016 / comments

Lake Valley Fire Protection District – On December 28, 2016, a 13 year old boy was out on the ice with his bicycle on Lake Baron at Tahoe Paradise Park. While on the ice, the front tire of his bike fell through the thinning ice and he and his bike fell completely into the water. He immediately began shouting for help. Bystanders watched from shore and quickly called 9-1-1, while Ian Whitmarsh, a visitor from Oakland, CA crawled out on to the ice to help rescue to the young boy.

South Lake Tahoe tops California as the Most Expensive New Year's Eve Lodging

by Placerville Newswire / Dec 29, 2016 / comments

South Lake Tahoe is the most expensive destination in California to spend New Year's Eve 2016. That finding is the result of a recent survey conducted by

The survey compared 20 popular destinations in the Golden State based on their cost of lodging this December 31st. The rate for the cheapest available double room (minimum: 3-star hotel) served as the basis of comparison.

Veterans' widows fight VA for decades over Agent Orange benefits

by Placerville Newswire / Dec 28, 2016 / comments

By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh -- Pegi Scarlett, a cancer registrar, poses with a photo of her late husband, John Scarlet, who died in 2015 of glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, at their home in El Dorado Hills, Calif., on Dec 21, 2016. John was an Army Ranger, helicopter pilot and Vietnam War veteran: during his time in Vietnam he came into contact with Agent Orange. Pegi has been part of a growing group of widows petitioning the U.S.