Suspect pleads not guilty in death of STHS student |

Suspect pleads not guilty in death of STHS student

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Jesse Whitworth, 21, entered a not guilty plea in El Dorado County Superior Court to a charge he struck and killed a 15-year-old girl while allegedly driving under the influence.

Whitworth declined representation of the public defender’s office and will get private counsel. He will next appear in court for a bail review hearing and possible preliminary examination.

Whitworth was arrested Tuesday morning after the accident along 15th Street.

In other news:

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— More than $1,000 worth of power tools and equipment stored in a large brown metal box was stolen from the California Highway Patrol building construction site, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

The box, weighing several hundred pounds, was double locked and chained to a metal beam on the night of Aug. 27. Contractors returned to find the box missing and believe a double axle truck and forklift were used, the deputy said.

The theory is someone used bolt cutters to cut the box from the beam, then used a forklift to lift the box onto the truck. Contractors showed authorities scuff marks on a concrete pillar, thinking the truck damaged its right side or wheel rim when driving away.

— El Dorado County deputies responded Saturday to Tahoe Valley Campground to a report of a man who wouldn’t pay for his campsite. When they arrived, the man, who had a preliminary blood-alcohol content of 0.2 percent, became disruptive, attempted to punch a deputy and bit the deputy’s finger, authorities said.

— A 42-year-old woman was cited for walking her three unleashed dogs, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said. The deputy recognized the woman from past warnings and receiving complaints that the dogs would defecate in people’s yards, a report stated.

— A large rock thrown through a sliding glass door likely gave people entrance to a house on the 1800 block of Hekpa Drive, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

Nothing was taken but a $2,500 slot machine was damaged with a screwdriver, which was lying on the ground.

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