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Placerville man's desert jet wreckage mystery solved

PLACERVILLE, CA - It turns out a Placerville man who stumbled upon aircraft wreckage while camping in the Nevada desert wasn't the first person to make the discovery.

The United States Navy knew it was there all along.

Donnie Prince, 60, is a former Air Force mechanic who was certain the pieces he found May 13 on a dry lake bed northwest of Lovelock were parts from a small jet -- and he was right.

The wreckage he found is what remains of a Navy F8U-1 fighter jet from the nearby Fallon Naval Air Station that crashed while on gunnery practice in August, 1960, at a loss to the government of just over $1 million.

The Navy pilot ejected safely and was rescued by an Air Force helicopter crew from Reno.

Prince also found a large bone near the wreckage, which happily has no connection to the crash. 

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Teen's stand in El Dorado murder case canceled

PLACERVILLE, CA - Thursday morning, 16-year-old Tylar Witt was scheduled take the stand in an El Dorado County courtroom and testify against her former boyfriend, 21-year-old Steven Colver.

Tylar Witt arrived at the courthouse, but at 9:30 a.m., her court date was canceled.

According to the El Dorado County Superior Court website, the prosecution wants to address issues regarding evidence while Colver's attorney, Dain Weiner, seeks to file motions to exclude new evidence.

Court will resume Tuesday, May 31. It was not clear when Witt would testify.

After the brief court hearing, Weiner said he could not be specific but did say no "deal" was in the works.

El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Lisette Suder would not comment.

Steven Colver's dad testifies in murder trial

PLACERVILLE, CA - The father of Steven Colver, who has been charged with killing his girlfriend's mother, said he did not know his son and Tylar Witt were in a sexual relationship.

Richard Colver testified Wednesday morning in El Dorado County Superior Court. He said he sold the family's El Dorado Hills home in the summer of 2009 and that is when he told his then 19-year-old son to move out. He believed Steven moved in with Witt and her mother, Joanna Witt, in their El Dorado Hills home in March or April of that year.

El Dorado prosecutors claim Steven Colver fatally stabbed Joanne Witt on June 11 or 12, 2009, because she was going to report him to authorities for having underage sex with the then 14-year-old Tylar.

Richard Colver said he had met Joanne and Tylar Witt. He said his son called Tylar "Ty" and "little sister."

Offensive El Dorado gravestones will be replaced

PLACERVILLE, CA - The solution seemed simple, but it took 90 minutes of debate to arrive at it.

Following a lengthy public hearing Tuesday, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan to replace 36 racist headstones in the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery with markers that are both more sensitive and more accurate.

Three dozen graves from the Negro Hill Cemetery were moved in 1954 by the U.S. government to make way for Folsom Lake. 

Plain stone markers on the relocated graves carried the inscription "UNKNOWN - MOVED FROM NIGGER HILL CEMETERY BY US GOVERNMENT - 1954."

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4G wireless service coming to El Dorado Hills

4G wireless service coming to El Dorado Hills

Verizon Wireless  is bringing the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to El Dorado Hills on June 16.  

Customers in Sacramento, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Davis, Placerville, Auburn, and Lincoln, and surrounding business and residential areas with 4G LTE smartphones, laptop modems and hot spots will be able to take advantage of speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.

 “We now offer consumers and businesses in Sacramento the most advanced 4G wireless network on the planet, while continuing to offer the nation’s most reliable 3G network coast to coast,” said Kevin Zavaglia, regional president for Verizon Wireless.         

In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the upl

Sierra Vintners Wine Trail - May 28-29

Join us to experience what makes Nevada County a unique wine destination: the Sierra Vintners Wine Trail.

Enjoy superb small lot wines and hors d'oeuvres from 15 distinctive wineries.

Saturday, May 28th 12:00 pm - 5:00pm
Sunday, May 29th 12:00 pm - 4:00pm

On the day of the event, present your ticket(s) at the starting winery of your choice to receive a commemorative wine glass, a map and a wristband, giving you access to all fifteen wineries and their Wine Trail festivities.

For more information: 530.205.3016 / info@sierravintners.com  

Sierra Vintners Wine Trail: Last-Minute Weekend Pass May 28-29 Cost : $55.00 - Tickets for sale starting May 23, 2011 (click here) 

Will cuts mean crooks get 'license to steal?'

SACRAMENTO, CA - Upcoming state budget cuts, potentially massive, figure to impact every part of California and law enforcement agencies are bracing for the worst.  Will the new reality of police limitations give crooks more free reign?

A former Sacramento County sheriff believes "yes."

"I think 'license to steal' is an accurate description of what we could be facing," said former sheriff John McGinness, now the host of an afternoon radio talk show on KFBK in Sacramento.

"The crooks, unfortunately, become aware of what's going on.  They know there's not going to be a timely response, and therefore they're more inclined to act out," McGinness said.

Adding to the speculation is a warning from Sacramento police  they will not be able to answer low-level crime calls in person if state budget cuts go as deeply as some fear.