El Dorado County political operative arrested

Corruption-Arrow-Sign1-630x286A major operative in El Dorado County’s Republican Party has been arrested on felony willful infliction of corporal injury of a cohabitant charges.

Rodney Stanhope, 47, is married, but the alleged victim was not his wife. The Placerville resident was arrested earlier this month.

Stanhope was the executive director of the El Dorado County Republican Central Committee in 2010 and a paid consultant on the failed Mike Owen for county auditor campaign in 2014. Stanhope also worked on the campaigns of disgraced former Supervisor Ray Nutting, Sheriff John D’Agostini, Rep. Tom McClintock, and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines. In 2011, Stanhope represented Gaines at a campaign function.

Most recently, Stanhope was working with the Dave Pratt’s 2016 supervisorial campaign.

This is not Stanhope’s first run-in with the law. In 2009, a Central Valley couple sought a restraining order to stop Stanhope from, among other things, harassing their 14-year-old daughter. In 2012, a Pollock Pines woman sought a restraining order to stop Stanhope from sending her threatening text messages.

– Lake Tahoe News staff report

Judge denies appeals in Lake Tahoe bear trap tampering case

Nevada State Personnel WATCH

bear trap caseA Washoe County judge has denied a Reno woman’s appeal of a 30-day jail sentence handed down last year for illegally tampering with a black bear trap at Lake Tahoe.

Season Morrison, 36, and her mother, Cheryl Morrison, 64, of Truckee, were charged after a motion-activated camera captured them interfering with a trap state wildlife officials set in October 2013 on a private property in Incline Village.

“Season Morrison pulled a pin, dropping the cage door, while (Cheryl Morrison) threw a rock into the cage to trip the cage door and removed the bait bag from the cage,” according to court documents.

After a day-long hearing in April — in which the Morrisons maintained the trap had been set illegally by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and therefore their actions were legal — they were convicted May 19, 2014, of interfering with a wildlife officer and tampering with a motor vehicle.

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