Man misses court date because he’s in jail |

Man misses court date because he’s in jail

A house in the 1600 block of Sitka Circle in Meyers remains an island surrounded by a sea of construction supplies.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department issued homeowner Steve Ruiz, a 53-year-old general contractor, a ticket June 5 after neighbors complained about the eyesore.

The ticket required his appearance in court Tuesday, but Ruiz could not show up because he’s been in the El Dorado County Jail. Deputies took Ruiz into custody June 5 for failing to appear in court on a drunken driving charge.

El Dorado County Superior Court has scheduled a sentencing hearing for July 28 when a judge is expected to deal with the charge and ticket.

Detective Tom Hill, the deputy who issued Ruiz the litter ticket, said if Ruiz doesn’t or can’t comply with the order to clean up his yard, the county will have to do it.

“We may have to do a cleanup at county cost,” he said. “And the cost will be recovered with a lien on his property. But hopefully we’ll get some compliance.”

Interviewed in jail June 8, Ruiz said that he has trouble remembering things and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.

“Sometimes I can’t even remember my own name,” said the Vietnam veteran. “I have several notebooks that help me keep track of things, and I try to keep them in the proper place.”

Nick Ruiz, 21, said his father has had memory problems since suffering a seizure in the early part of May. He was hospitalized for a week.

“His long-term memory is OK,” Nick Ruiz said. “But he’ll call me in the morning and I’ll talk to him again in the afternoon and he’ll forget he called me.”

Nick said his father was in the process of building a garage for his house but got a cease and desist order from Tahoe Regional Planning Agency just before he got sick.

“I’ve been trying to make some progress on the yard, but I work five days a week so it’s hard,” Nick said. “It’s significantly cleaner than it was a month ago. I’m hoping to have it cleaned up as soon as possible.”

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