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Colver convicted of Joanne Witt's murder

PLACERVILLE, CA - A Placerville jury has found 21-year-old Steven Colver guilty of first degree murder in the slaying of his former girlfriend's mother two year ago.

The jurors also convicted Colver of special allegations of lying in wait, use of deadly weapon and killing a witness to a crime.

Prosecutors alleged Colver fatally stabbed Joane Witt, 47, in her El Dorado Hills bedroom sometime on June 11 or 12, 2009. Colver and Witt's daughter, Tylar Witt, were reportedly afraid Joane Witt would report him to authorities because the two were having a sexual relationship. Tylar Witt was 14 and Colver was 19 at the time.

With hands clasped and head bowed, Colver appeared to take several deep breaths as the verdict was read. He will receive life in prison without the possibility of parole because of the special allegations when he is sentenced Aug. 12.

Jury deliberations lasted less than a day.

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Use Caution on Area Rivers

Use Caution on Area Rivers

EID urges a cautious approach to local streams and rivers. As the weather continues to warm  up, the snow at higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada is continuing to melt. Due to the considerable snowpack this  year, it is anticipated that local streams and rivers—including Caples Creek and the South Fork and Silver Fork  American River—will be noticeably higher and colder for a longer period than usual. These factors will likely make  recreation areas and trail crossings along streams hazardous and unusable well into the summer recreation season.  

Jury reaches verdict in Colver case

PLACERVILLE, CA - The jury has reached a verdict in the Steven Colver murder trial. The verdict will be read at 2:15 p.m.

The 21-year-old is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's mother, Joanne Witt after she learned of his sexual relationship with her then 14-year old daughter.

Witt's daughter, Tylar, accepted a plea deal and testified against Colver. She said he killed her mother.

Prosecutors said male DNA was found under Witt's fingernails.

The defense claims Tylar Witt daughter is mentally unstable and that she drugged her mother and killed her before Colver arrived.

Squaw Valley Opens Up For Summer!! - June - August

Squaw Valley Opens Mountaintop Roller Skating and Summer Activities on June 17

As brilliant blue skies and warm temperatures return to the Sierras, Squaw Valley USA prepares to open for summer operations on June 17. This summer brings the return of mountaintop roller skating to the mountain as well as a host of other activities including mountaintop paintball, disc golf, hiking, scenic Cable Car rides and the High Camp Pool and Hot Tub. With incredible views of Lake Tahoe in a pristine alpine setting, Squaw Valley is the ultimate destination for this summer's big adventures.

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BloodSource helps fulfill military request for plasma

BloodSource helps fulfill military request for plasma

BloodSource has been asked to provide plasma to help support military blood needs.

Male donors who have Blood Type AB, the universal donor for plasma, are needed. 

Plasma is a blood component that is often critical for survival of injured soldiers on the front lines.  Only men are currently allowed to donate plasma at BloodSource. BloodSource, as part of  a national agreement between the Armed Services Blood Program Office and America's Blood Centers, a network of community blood centers that collects nearly half of the nation's blood supply, is a designated "hub center" for providing blood for military support when it is needed during wartime.

This process for blood shipment in support of military needs was pre-determined several years ago following Desert Storm in Iraq.  The agreement between America's Blood Centers and the U.S. Department of Defense is to assure all blood needs are met.

United Way rolls out annual toilet paper drive

United Way rolls out annual toilet paper drive

When donors research a nonprofit’s numbers—tax dollars saved, money raised and lives changed—they rarely look at an organization’s toilet paper budget. Yet this necessary staple costs local nonprofits thousands of dollars each year that they could be spending on programs.

United Way California Capital Region is asking the community to participate in its 3rd annual LIVE UNITED Toilet Paper Drive on June 16 to help offset this cost. Last year’s drive raised 50,000 rolls of toilet paper, and this year’s goal is 60,000. 

“It’s amazing the number of expenses nonprofits face that people don’t think about,” said Steve Heath, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “Nonprofits work magic with their budgets to make a positive difference in countless lives in our region, but there’s only so much they can do.

Ultimate Athlete Contest: Chance for local athlete to win $2,000

SACRAMENTO, CA - HighSchoolSports.net is looking for a high school athlete, boy or girl that excels on and off the field, in this year's Ultimate Athlete Contest.

If you know of a student athlete that might be the ideal candidate, submit a video showcasing why he or she deserves to be the 2011 Ultimate Athlete.

This year's Ultimate Athlete will win a $2,000 grand prize and $500 donation to their athletic department, and much more.

Learn more about the Ultimate Athlete Contest here.