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Prominent olive oil maker slain in Newcastle; son arrested

Robert C. Yandolino
Robert C. Yandolino Placer County Sheriff’s Office

The website for Monte Vista Ranch Olive Oil shows an idyllic scene of gnarled old olive trees standing in rows on a Newcastle hillside.

It was at his Placer County ranch that Carlo Alexander Yandolino, 58, was shot in the head on Thursday. Placer County sheriff’s deputies allege that he was killed by his son, Robert Yandolino, 28, who walked up to his father’s SUV and fired a handgun through the window at close range.

Robert Yandolino allegedly escaped in a 2003 silver Lexus. He was arrested without incident Thursday afternoon after a five-hour manhunt.

The shooting occurred shortly before 9:45 a.m. Thursday on Oakhurst Way in rural unincorporated Placer County, between Newcastle and Lincoln, according to Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. She said a ranch worker suffered minor injuries when Robert Yandolino allegedly struck him in the head with a rock. He was treated at a local hospital and released.

Erwin said the motive was not yet known. The shooting location on Oakhurst Way matches that of the Monte Vista Ranch Olive Oil Company. In 2005, Carlo Yandolino and Rebecca McGuire moved onto a property with 350 old-growth olive trees. The company’s olive oil is sold at various locations in Placer County.

Michael Duarte, owner of Popie Wines in Loomis, said he has known Carlo Yandolino for years and described him as a “teddy bear” and a “bigger-than-life person.”

“Everybody loved Carlo,” he said. “He is very well respected, both him and Rebecca.”

Duarte said Carlo Yandolino was into organic farming and described his olive oil as “the best around.”

“It’s a reflection of Carlo nurturing the 150-year-old olive trees, his love of the trees,” Duarte said.

Erwin said that when deputies arrived, they found Carlo Yandolino in the driver’s seat. He died at the scene.

The younger Yandolino surrendered at a friend’s apartment near Wildcat Boulevard and Ranchview Drive, Erwin said.

Robert Yandolino was booked into jail on suspicion of homicide and attempted murder.

A woman answering a phone number associated with the family’s olive oil company said the victim’s wife was “completely devastated” and had asked that the family not be disturbed.

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