Tom Beattie

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 ...

District Attorney support staff deserves praise, too

Having just read the Aug. 11 Auburn Journal, I came upon the article about the Prosecutor of the Year award to one of our fine deputy district attorneys with his boss District Atto ...

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 ...

Facing Salcedo decision, county DA looks back

Pleas are the standard, trial convictions are most likely, acquittals occur periodically, a hung jury happens on occasion and third trials are few and far between. Yet the Placer ...

Looking behind the scenes: Law library’s name honors Lowell and Keith Sparks

Placer County government earlier failed in its bid to ship the county’s law library from Auburn to Roseville, a scheme seemingly halted only after a statute was found compelling ...