Alcoholic Beverage Control Grant Operation

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On Friday, August 3, 2018, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and ABC Agents, in accordance with a grant from the state of California Alcoholic Beverage Control, conducted a minor decoy and shoulder tap operation. The purpose of the operation was to deter people from buying alcoholic beverages for minors and underage patrons and to catch those committing the crime.

During the course of the county wide operation, two people were issued citations for purchasing alcohol for minors.  The minors also attempted to purchase alcohol from multiple stores, all of which denied sales to them.

Home Invasion in Cool, Ca

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

Monday night, August 6, 2018, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a home invasion in the area of Indian Rock Road in Cool, Ca. The original caller said an unknown man had entered their residence and began damaging the inside. The caller was able to safely escape with his wife and young child to a neighbor’s residence.

Minutes later, there was a second 911 call from a neighboring residence reporting the same intruder had broken into their locked screened porch. The intruder then shattered a glass door to the home and attempted entry as he was being ordered by the homeowner to leave. The homeowner, fearing for the safety of his family, fired multiple rounds at the suspect. The suspect was transported to a local hospital with gunshot wounds and is expected to survive.

This is an ongoing investigation and no arrest has been made yet. We are withholding the name of the suspect pending completion of the investigation.

Missing Person

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office needs assistance in locating a missing person, Michael “Mike” Panell. Mike was last seen on 7/30/18 at an address on Maric Road in El Dorado, CA. He is believed to have left on foot and left all of his belongings, to include his wallet, cell phone and vehicle behind. Mike has made suicidal statements to family members prior to his disappearance and there is concern he may be a danger to himself.

El Dorado County Deputies have searched the area and so far have been unsuccessful in locating him. Mike has a residence on Rockingham Drive in Sacramento, which has been checked and Mike was not located there.

Mike Panell is 57 years old, 6’2”, and approximately 240 lbs. He has blue eyes and short cropped peppered grey hair.

If you see Mike or have any information regarding his whereabouts please contact the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 621-6600.