Janet Kovacich

Jerry Johnson's dedication pays

Some years ago I had the pleasure of working with supervisorial candidate Jerry Johnson on an old, unsolved Placer County murder case. The victim was Janet Kovacich, the wife of a ...

Our View: Let’s hear more from new DA

As the county says goodbye to its longtime district attorney, residents welcome a new man to the post. Scott Owens is stepping into the lead role for Placer County for the first t ...

DNA evidence vital in investigations

DNA evidence has been a large part of many high-profile Placer criminal convictions, but the process of gathering evidence and using it to solve a case is nothing like you see on t ...

Looking back at 2007

The year 2007 brought Auburn a change in Placer High head football coaches, a King in trouble and a congressman under fire. Placer Vineyards, a new dog park and Best Buy were appro ...

Convicted killer’s daughter takes up fight for innocence

While a jury convicted Paul Kovacich Jr. of murdering his wife 26 years ago, his family and defense attorneys say an innocent man was found guilty. Kovacich has 60 days from his ...

John and Kristi Kovacich defend their father

“I remember the day my mom disappeared because that day I colored my mom a picture. I put it in a cardboard jewelry box for her and left it on the kitchen counter. I did that qui ...

What would Auburn Police like to say to Paul Kovacich?

A 26-year investigation into the disappearance of a missing mother of two came to end last week. A Placer County judge sentenced former Placer Sheriff Sgt. Paul Kovacich Jr. to 27 ...

Despite challenges, law enforcement never forgot Janet Kovacich

Former Auburn Police Chief Nick Willick doesn’t remember ever meeting Janet Kovacich but he spent a significant part of his law-enforcement career looking for her. The mother o ...

‘You don’t hear of many cases this age’

What does it take to bring a 26-year-old cold case to an end? Prosecutors at the Placer County District Attorney’s Office found the answer after receiving a case in 2006 involv ...

Kovacich trial from the prosecution's eyes

On Friday, former Placer Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Kovacich Jr. was sentenced to 27-years-to-life in prison for murdering his wife in 1982. The sentence followed a January conviction ...

Parents die never knowing justice for Janet Kovacich's death

When Jean Gregoire was on her deathbed, one of the last requests she asked of her son was to never forget his sister, Janet Kovacich, and her children. Jean Gregoire and her dece ...

Kovacich sentenced to 27 years to life

ROSEVILLE – In a tense courtroom, former Placer Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Kovacich Jr. was sentenced Friday to 27 years to life in prison for killing his wife. In January, a jury c ...

Prosecution asking for 27-year-life term for Kovacich

A former Placer County sergeant is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for murdering his wife 26 years ago. Prosecutors in the case are asking a judge to sentence Paul Kovacich Jr. ...

Judge upholds Kovacich conviction

Paul Kovacich remains behind bars after a judge on Wednesday upheld the former law enforcement officer’s first-degree murder conviction. Judge Mark S. Curry in a hearing at the ...

Kovacich hearing to dismiss ends

A judge is scheduled to render a decision about whether Paul Kovacich Jr.’s case will be dismissed. On Wednesday, court will reconvene after a hearing led by the defense for Ko ...