Foul play not suspected in retired officer’s death |

Foul play not suspected in retired officer’s death

William Ferchland

A 40-year-old retired Oakland police officer and former deputy with the Modoc County Sheriff’s Department was found dead in his Country Club Drive home, according to the coroner for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.

Mike Schreiner was discovered deceased in his bed by a friend on Wednesday at 8:50 p.m., said Detective Troy Wright. There were no signs of foul play and an autopsy is pending, Wright said.

Paramedics responded to the house but did not induce resuscitation attempts.

“So he was obviously dead,” said Wright, adding Schreiner “took a lot of medicine.”

In other news:

— The autopsy results for Donovan Leroy Henslick, an inmate at El Dorado County Jail at the time of his death, affirmed he died from asphyxiation, said El Dorado County sheriff’s Coroner/Detective Troy Wright.

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Henslick was booked into the jail early Sunday morning at $10,000 bail on suspicion of drunken driving and obstructing an officer. Authorities said Henslick used a 7-inch telephone cord to hang himself, leaving the receiver in the cradle.

Toxicology results, which determine what, if anything, was in Henslick’s system, should arrive in about 12 weeks, Wright said. Henslick was also suspected of bringing marijuana into the jail.

— Jason Helton, charged with one felony count of unlawful use of minor children in pornography, will appear in court Tuesday in Carson Valley.

Helton was arrested June 15 after the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department appealed to the media to help find a man who took pictures of children urinating in a men’s bathroom at Horizon Casino Resort with a camera phone.

Tips arrived identifying Helton as the man caught on security camera photos. On Aug. 30, Helton waived his preliminary hearing at Tahoe Township Justice Court and was released on his own recognizance.