Drowning at Fallen Leaf Lake

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On July 1, 2018, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of a drowning at Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe. Paramedics and Calstar nurses arrived prior to EDSO and located the victim in the water. CPR was initiated but the victim was unable to be revived.

The victim was identified as Sudhamo Ahuja, a 70 year old male from San Jose, Ca.  Next of kin has been notified and the cause of death is still under investigation.

El Dorado County Fireworks

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone that fireworks of any kind are illegal in El Dorado County. Any person caught possessing, transporting, purchasing, selling, or even storing fireworks could be cited or arrested and booked into the El Dorado County Jail for violating the misdemeanor county ordinance. Illegal fireworks in El Dorado County even include sparklers or those sold in Sacramento County as “Safe and Sane”. All fireworks will be confiscated as evidence, rendered safe, and properly disposed of.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks every Fourth of July. Despite the danger, few people understand or respect the associated risks such as devastating burns, sever injuries to eyes ears and extremities, structure fires, wild land fires and even death. Yet many who use illegal fireworks do so without fear of repercussions or consequences.

Please had a fun and safe holiday weekend in El Dorado County, without the fear of fire or injury. Pyrotechnics can be enjoyed by the whole family at several venues to include in Cameron Park on June 30th, El Dorado Hills Town Center on July 3rd, and the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and South Lake Tahoe on July 4th.

Please make your celebration a safe one without endangering yourselves or your neighbors. Safety should be paramount for everyone. There is a lot to celebrate of Independence Day, so have fun and stay safe! If you see others using fireworks, please report it to law enforcement immediately. You may be saving someone’s life, home, neighborhood, or our forest lands.



For immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

Early this morning, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to multiple reports of criminal activity in the Serrano Community. There were numerous calls by residents about possible domestic violence involving the brandishing of a firearm and possibly associated with vehicle burglaries. During the course of this investigation, a deputy and his K9 partner were used to track and search for the wanted person who was believed to be armed. Information on this call was released in an earlier press release on 6-19-18.

During the search, deputies contacted a homeowner and advised they would be searching their backyard. While deputies and the K9 were searching the property, the homeowner opened an exterior door to the backyard. The EDSO K9 alerted on that motion and bit the homeowner causing injuries.