ABC Grant- Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap Operation

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

In September of 2019, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was awarded grant funding from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) – Office of Traffic Safety to conduct multiple enforcement, educational and prevention programs throughout the County of El Dorado.  The goal of this grant is to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors, and reduce alcohol-related crime.  This is done by increasing public safety, combating underage drinking and educating licensees about alcoholic beverage laws. 

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office along with Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will be conducting Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap Operations in and around licensed ABC establishments.  The Sheriff’s Office and ABC will be utilizing underage decoys in an attempt to solicit the purchase of alcohol to underage minors.

Those who sell to minors face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation.  In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business where alcohol was sold to a minor.  That may include a fine, a suspension of the license, or the permanent revocation of the license.

To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm, and save lives, visit https://www.abc.ca.gov/.

Murder Investigation and Arrest

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

November 30, 2019 at 1520 hours, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was called regarding a suspicious death at a home in Pollock Pines, Ca. The caller, a neighbor, said that Raenee Goodman had stabbed and killed her boyfriend in self defense. When deputies arrived, they found a deceased man and Goodman was taken into custody.

EDSO Detectives and CSI investigated the scene. At the conclusion of the investigation, Renee Goodman was arrested for 187 PC- Murder. There are no other outstanding suspects in this investigation.

The victim has been positively identified as Karl W Coates, a 71 year old man out of Pollock Pines. Next of kin notifications have been completed.

Drowning in Meyers

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On November 28, 2019, at around noon, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a possible drowning at Lake Baron in Meyers. It was believed that a person had fallen through the ice while walking their dogs. The search continued into the evening and detectives were able to determine that a man from Meyers was missing.

Cold weather clothing was found in the lake in the area where it was believed the person had fallen in. EDSO Dive Team, along with Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Boat Team, Lake Valley Fire, South Lake Tahoe Fire, and EDSO Search and Rescue, continued to search the lake the following day.

Douglas County Sheriffs Office utilized their advanced ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) and were able to locate and recover the deceased person, who has been positively identified as 39 year old David Schmidt. There were no signs of foul play and all signs indicate that this was a tragic accident. Next of kin notifications have been made. David had been walking three dogs at the time. All three were rescued and taken to a local vet for treatment.