by Kurt Hildebrand
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November 18, 2013
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Man responsible for TRE fire in jail for probation violation

A Topaz Ranch Estates man who was ordered to make more than a half million dollars in restitution for the 7,500-acre TRE fire, and given three years probation for stealing copper is in jail on a probation violation.

Steven Walter Cozad, 31, had been out of jail for less than four months before he was arrested on Wednesday.

Cozad faces a three-year prison sentence in connection with a March 31 theft from a Foothill Road ranch.

Cozad was also convicted of misdemeanor burning trash, waste, rubbish or toxic material in June.

He was ordered to pay $556,759 in restitution for the May 22, 2012, fire that destroyed two homes, several outbuildings and vehicles.

A Lake Tahoe man waived extradition on a warrant out of El Dorado County on Friday.

■ Jeffrey John Standerfer, 38, is facing charges related to a January burglary spree that struck the Genoa Bar and some houses.

Standerfer appeared before East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins on Friday morning, where he said he wasn’t due to be released from prison until December 2014.

Standerfer said he was willing to waive his right to a preliminary hearing in 15 days.

Perkins appointed attorney Derrick Lopez to represent him.

“I promise I’ll get you out of this court well before your release date,” Perkins said.

■ Troy Nathaniel Ullrich, 35, was arrested Tuesday on a fugitive warrant stemming from a July incident in El Dorado County.

Deputies stopped Ullrich, who was walking along Highway 395, near Douglas Avenue. Ullrich said he was on his way home from the Raley’s. A routine check revealed the warrant. A plastic bag in his pocket had a small amount of marijuana in it.

He pleaded no contest to possession of paraphernalia on Friday, and was sentenced to time served.

“I’ve been crippled for two years and have been in and out of jail,” he said. “I can’t pay a fine.”

El Dorado County authorities were given a week to pick Ullrich up on the warrant.

“They usually don’t take that long,” Perkins said.


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