Garden Valley Marijuana Arrest

On 7/29/15, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. team assisted the West El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team (WENET) in the service of a marijuana search warrant on two Garden Valley properties in the 4500 block of Ingot Lane. All subjects contacted on the property when the warrant was served, were detained without incident or injury.

During the search, marijuana was found growing inside the residence and was allegedly being sold to dispensaries. A firearm was located inside the residence as well as various items indicating motorcycle gang affiliation. A second outdoor marijuana garden containing about 12 marijuana plants was also discovered, reportedly belonging to a different subject who is on probation and not allowed to possess the drug.

About 170 marijuana plants, over 14 pounds of dried marijuana, and the firearm was taken as evidence. 55 year-old Gregory Gilman and his son, 23 year-old Dalton Gilman, were taken into custody for cultivation and suspicion of marijuana sales. Gregory received an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. Gregory and Dalton were booked into the El Dorado County Jail where they were released on a $125,000 and $27,500 bond respectively.

Lt. Tom Murdoch

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2015 National Night Out

This year’s National Night Out (NNO) event will take place on Tuesday 8/04/15. Six communities in El Dorado County will be hosting the event for their individual communities. The locations will be; Cameron Park, Camino, Diamond Springs, El Dorado Hills, Greenwood, and Pollock Pines.

Units participating from the Sheriff’s Office will be the Special Enforcement Detail (SED), the SWAT Team, the Explosive Ordinance Detail (EOD), Off Highway Vehicle Unit (OHV), the Dive Team, Crime Scene Investigators (CSI), K9, our Explorer POST, Search and Rescue (SAR), and the Sheriff’s Team of Active Retiree’s (STARS) will be present at the various host locations. This will be a great community event and an opportunity to learn more about working together to keep our neighborhoods safe.

You can find more information about NNO at

What is NATW & NNO?
National Association of Town Watch is the nation’s premiere non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation. NATW is a network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and concerned citizens. Through that network, NATW was able to launch the annual National Night Out campaign.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. Together, we are making that happen. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

Inmates Earn More Awards

On 06/24/07, a partnership between the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake Tahoe Community College began. Together the College and Sheriff’s Office started a Culinary Program at the Tahoe Jail that was so successful; it was expanded to include the Placerville Jail. The purpose of the program is to teach incarcerated individuals usable job skills for when they are released.

If accepted into the program, inmates become actual college students earning actual college credits, leaving the jail with minimally a college transcript. This in itself brings a self-worth and pride to the individual workers. Many of the inmates enroll themselves in classes at the college when they were released feeling like they are already part of the college system.

Classes are offered by the amount of time they have with us inside the facility. They earn 100-500 hours of instruction equaling 3-14 college credits. They are taught cooking methods, baking and pastry, catering, and sanitation to name a few. Inmates enrolled in 300+ hours can take the National Serv Safe Manager Test to be certified nationally in sanitation. This is a big accomplishment and a good way to get a foot in the door with a new job. Over the past 5 years we have had 65 inmates pass the national test.

Each culinary class has been very involved in the community. We help non-profit organizations with catering and other food related services. Some examples over the last 11 years are the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and El Dorado County in general during the Angora Fire and the King fire. We have also helped the Lake Tahoe Optimist Club, the Rotary Club, Live Violence Free, and the Girl Scouts. Having the inmates work local events allows them to give back and makes them feel more apart of the community.

Since 2007, inmates have entered their goods into the El Dorado County Fair. This year the inmates entered 18 items winning 17 awards. They received 10 first place and 7 second place ribbons. The inmates leave the ribbons at the jail to be displayed down the kitchen hall for all future inmates to see. In the past 11 years we have won 3 best in shows, 51 first place awards, 47 second place awards, and 13 third place awards for a total of 114 ribbons.

Being involved with the Culinary Program the inmates learn more than cooking and baking. We try to teach the importance of honesty, trust, integrity, and respect in everything they do. The inmates that take this to heart are the ones that seem to make it on their own when released. Over the years we have had inmates graduate with a degree from the college. One has gone onto culinary school and is now an executive chef at a restaurant. Others have found jobs as maintenance managers in the hotel industry, one is enrolled in college, one is working at a bakery, and one is working at a country club in Chico. So if the inmate is willing and ready to change, this program will help them succeed.

If you ever have a chance to sample some goodies from the Culinary Program, please do. It is not only good, but it is so good, it’s most likely award winning.

Lt. Tom Murdoch

2015 Jail Culinary Program Winners

Sheriff’s Office Partners with the California National Guard

In the search for 45 year-old Edward Cavanaugh, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office requested additional aircraft to assist in the search. Yesterday, the California National Guard launched a Remotely Piloted Aircraft, a MQ-9 Reaper, from March Air Reserve Base near Riverside California. The aircraft was over the search area all afternoon into the early evening using some of the latest technology to hopefully save a life. This was the first time such a vehicle has been used by the National Guard to aid in a search & rescue effort. If California National Guard experts locate “hot spots” or find items of interest, search & rescue teams will be sent back into the field to investigate.

Please see the below CalOES/California National Guard press release for information.

Sheriff D’Agostini is very pleased and very appreciative of both CalOES and the National Guard in partnering with us and the Cavanaugh family to use such sophisticated equipment. It demonstrates how well agencies can work together during critical times when life is at risk.

Lt. Tom Murdoch

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Update: The Search for Edward Cavanaugh

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue is still looking for 45 year-old Edward Cavanaugh who was last seen on 7/17/15 riding his blue Yamaha YZ250 motorcycle in the Rock Creek trail system near Georgetown. Search & Rescue personnel have been actively searching since 7/24/15 when notified he was overdue. To date, more than 250 volunteers have been involved in the search. Search assets have included the utilization of aircraft, foot teams, K9 teams, high angle rope teams, mounted (horseback) teams, OHV (4-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles, and ATV’s), and the SAR Management unit. SAR Teams are led by experienced deputies and a sergeant assigned to the Sheriff’s Office OES (Office of Emergency Services).

Early in the search we requested Mutual Aid through our partners at CalOES. SAR volunteers responded from Placer County, Yolo County, Alpine County, Shasta County, Sacramento County, Marin County, Tehama County, and Stanislaus County to help. Georgetown Fire was involved and allowed us to use Station 62 as a Command Post and staging area. CHP aircraft and National Guard aircraft have been actively flying over the heavily forested and sometimes vertical terrain using sophisticated technology. CARDA dogs were deployed on 7/27/15. As of yesterday however, neither Edward nor his motorcycle have been found.

Sheriff’s Office Detectives have also been involved in our attempts to locate Edward. At this time, no foul play is suspected.

Yesterday we scaled back our efforts to review. Management units compiled all the information we had accumulated to include the designated search areas, search patterns, area saturation levels, and GPS trackers to do an overlay over maps and confirm each zone was covered as humanly as possible. For example, searchers using ropes to lower themselves into drainages and/or heavily treed, brush filled, rock faced canyons will result in lower saturation totals until the aircraft search patterns over the same spot are added in. The purpose was to look for any holes or gaps in our coverage in case we needed to expand or revisit that area.

The Sheriff’s Office has been in continuous contact with the family and they have been updated regularly. They have been a big part of our search efforts and have been very helpful during this very trying time.

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Edward Cavanaugh or anything that would assist in the search, please contact the Sheriff’s Office through our non-emergence number at (530) 621-6600.

Lt. Tom Murdoch

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