Paul 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 ...

Auburn police chief retiring after 30 years in law enforcement

Police Chief Valerie Harris said she is grateful for the community’s support of the police department and thankful to have been able to serve the residents of Auburn. Harris is s ...

Prosecutor left poor impression

In regards to the Paul Kovacich murder trial, I have no opinions if he is guilty or not however I do know that (prosecutor) Daniel Gong took it very personal and was completely une ...

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 ...

Looking behind the Scenes: Auburn Police opening up more cold case files

Sometimes, writing a column is a lot like jumping into the car taking a trip. Many times, you know exactly where you’re headed, but on a few fortunate occasions, you capriciously ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...