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CHP investigates fatal crash on Hwy. 50


A person was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 50, near Kyburz, Thursday afternoon.

The California Highway Patrol said a pickup truck and a sedan were involved in the crash. A CHP spokesperson said It wasn't clear if the victim was a driver or passenger.

The collision was on a stretch of 50 where the highway is two lanes divided by a double yellow line.

Traffic was backed up on the highway until a little after 4 p.m. when the CHP was able to move the involved vehicles to the side of the road.

The CHP is investigating the crash.

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Placerville police: Alleged patient kidnapping unfounded

Placerville police say what was initially believed to be a situation of an elderly patient kidnapped from a nursing home was not an abduction.

Officers talked to a witness who had reported a patient was taken against the patient's will by two people at The Pines at Placerville Health Center Thursday morning, according to police Cmdr. Kim Nida. It was determined the witness misinterpreted what had occurred and there was no kidnapping.

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El Dorado County sheriff's deputy arrested on drug charges

An El Dorado County sheriff's deputy was arrested on drug-related charges in Minden, Nevada, on Tuesday.

Deputy Mark Andrew Zlendick, 47,was taken into custody after Douglas County sheriff deputies responded to a domestic disturbance 911 call to the 1300 block of Centerville Road. Sheriff's Sgt. Pat Brooks said deputies reported finding narcotics and related drug paraphernalia at the scene.

Zlendick was booked into Douglas County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine, conspiracy and possession of paraphernalia, Brooks said. Zlendick's bail was set at $55,640.

Zlendick is a member of South Lake Narcotics Enforcement Team. The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said he has been with their department since 2004. Zlendick is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

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Woman's body found in rural area of Placerville

Detectives are working to learn the identify of a woman found dead in vegetation near an El Dorado County creek on Sunday.

Two teens walking in the area of Weber Creek near Helmrich Lane in Placerville discovered the body in a rocky area among trees and vegetation, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office reported. The body was described as in poor condition.

The coroner's autopsy found no indications of foul play or trauma present, the sheriff's office reported.

The woman was described as white and approximately 60 to 70 years old.

The sheriff's office did not say if the description of the woman matched that of anyone reported as missing.

Authorities on lookout for man at school making suspicious comments

Deputies in El Dorado County are on the alert for a man making disturbing comments at a Pollock Pines school Monday morning.

It's believed the man had no contact with students.

Sheriff's Lt. Tom Murdoch said the man was seen about 9:30 a.m. in a white Volvo sedan at Pine Top Montessori School, which is located in the 6500 block of 6526 Pony Express Trail. School staff said the man came onto the school grounds and told them they were teaching children how to become terrorists. He also wanted to know the nationalities of children attending Pine Top. He claimed ISIS was recruiting college students and that Chinese people were terrorists.

After staff had called the El Dorado Sheriff's Office but before deputies arrived, the man tried to get in the school's front door. It was locked and staff wouldn't open it.

The man and his car were gone when deputies got to the school.

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