There will be a special guest at this Thursday’s Welcoming Ceremony for new-hires and person’s promoted within the Sheriff’s Office. During the ceremony, there will be a pause to recognize El Dorado County resident Joan Coffin. Joan will be on hand to donate about 50 of her special teddy bears to the Sheriff’s Office as Comfort Bears.
Comfort Bears are little soft squeezable stuffed animals that can bring calm, comfort, and stability to children who are going through frightening or stressful times. Mrs. Coffin’s donations are from her heart, each decorated by her own hand. The bears are part of what she calls Joanie’s Joy, as she has been donating teddy bears to the local CHP Office for years. Joan hopes her creations will also someday find themselves in local fire trucks for children who just need something to hug and hold close. We at the Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Joan for allowing us to carry her special gift in our patrol cars or have available at our offices. They will truly comfort kids when they need it the most.
Lt. Tom Murdoch
Today at about 1:05PM the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a suspicious subject on the El Dorado Center – Folsom Lake College campus threatening to blow up the college and claiming to have a gun. Sheriff’s deputies responded, area schools were put in lockdown, and the Los Rios Community College District Police was notified. Officers from Placerville Police Department arrived for mutual aid. As the event developed, the Sheriff’s Office had not only several patrol deputies, but detectives from investigative units, school resources officers and members of the Office of Emergency Services arrive to help. This was mostly due to having several campuses in close proximity and a large area that needed to be searched. At about 1:20PM, a male was located by a sheriff’s deputy at the college that somewhat matched the description of the person who made the threat. At 2:18PM another male at the college was detained by deputies as the investigation continues.
Even though there were no reports of injury or that any threat had been carried out, each parking lot and every room in every building, and each student and staff member of all four schools are being checked. Incoming parents were asked to wait in Green Valley Church’s parking lot on Missouri Flat Road until the search was complete and each campus made safe. A deputy waited with the parents to keep them informed. Parents were asked not drive to the schools so that the search could be quicker with less interference or confusion.
Schools that were put on lockdown were Indian Creek Elementary, the County Office of Education, Charter School, and the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College.
Update: As of 2:40PM this afternoon, the schools were released from lockdown.
Lt. Tom Murdoch
On Thursday, March 19, 2015 El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 4000 block of Oak Leaf Circle in Placerville for a report of Domestic Violence. After an investigation, Shane Humbird, a 36 year old Deputy Sheriff with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was arrested. Humbird was transported and booked into the El Dorado County Jail and has since posted bail.