Mario Garcia

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 ...

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 ...

Charges dropped against convicted murderer's wife

Federal charges of wire fraud and money laundering have been dropped against convicted murderer Mario Garcia’s ex-wife Jean Garcia. Now that she is free from her ex-husband and l ...

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 ...

Our View: One more time? Another Madsen trial seems risky

Justice, at what time and cost? The Placer County District Attorney’s Office should seriously ponder that question as it decides whether to try Caleb John Madsen on charges of s ...

Murder dominates headlines in 2006

2006 was a year filled with goodbyes and new beginnings, devastating fires, and landmark arrests and convictions. Nick Willick retired from the Auburn Police Department after 33 ye ...

Dugard story reopens wounds for local crime victims’ families

The re-emergence of Jaycee Dugard, missing since 1991, and the horrific details surfacing of what she endured the past 18 years, has brought up strong emotions for local victims of ...

State Supreme Court declines review of Garcia case

The California Supreme Court has denied a petition by convicted murderer Mario Flavio Garcia to have his trial reviewed. Garcia filed the petition in April following a Feb. 25 dec ...

Mario Garcia’s murder conviction stands

The California Court of Appeals Third District ruled Wednesday to uphold Mario Garcia’s conviction for first-degree murder. Garcia, of Auburn, is currently serving a 59-year-to- ...

Garcia’s appeal in hands of appellate court

A state court of appeals is deliberating whether or not it will give an Auburn man convicted of murder a new trial. The appeal filed on behalf of Mario Flavio Garcia is now in th ...

Weekend search finds no evidence of missing woman

More than three years after Christie Wilson went missing after leaving Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, search and rescue crews surveyed Scott's Flat Lake for her remains Sunday. ...

Senior deputy DA receives state ‘Prosecutor of the Year’ award

One of Placer County’s own was recently honored with a statewide recognition that gave him a “humbling feeling.” Placer County Senior Deputy District Attorney Garen Horst w ...

Murder victim's family sues Thunder Valley Casino

The family of murder victim Christie Wilson has filed suit against the Thunder Valley Casino,where the 27-year-old was last seen alive. The wrongful death civil suit filed Oct. 3, ...