Generator malfunction at MontBleu creates lots of smoke, no fire

As they were preparing to power up the hotel and casino during Sunday's power outage, MontBleu's generator had a malfunction, sending smoke billowing out of the resort.

Tahoe Douglas Fire Department responded. "We responded to a generator malfunction," said Eric Guevin, Tahoe Douglas Fire Marshall. "The generator unit was producing a substantial amount of smoke and we had to shut it down."

MontBleu got another generator up and running and emergency power was sent to the casino and hotel.

Lightning sparks wildfire in hills south of Spooner Summit

A brush fire started just after 6:45 p.m. Wednesday night in the hills above Carson City between Jacks Valley Road and Clear Creek Road. Fire officials are calling it the Clear Creek Fire and it had burned 150 acres as of 9:45 p.m. The area is not easily accessible. Hot Shots were dropped onto the hills nearby to fight the fire as well as drops from three air tankers and two helicopters. Hand crews will stay on the fire during the night.

The fire was started by lightning and the region saw dozens more lightning strikes into the evening.

California DMV crackdown on fraudulent handicapped placards

Fraudulent Disabled Person Placards (DPP) are on the rise in California and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is cracking down those people applying for and using them.

Bear and vehicle collision near Skyland on Highway 50 in Lake Tahoe

7/16/14 update: The accident occurred when 18 year old Alex Sanchez of Zephyr Cove swerved to miss a bear killed by a previous driver. Law enforcement was headed to the original accident when Sanchez came upon the bear in the road, served to miss it and flipped his 2000 Toyota. The car was totaled and Sanchez is recovering from bruises suffered from the tightening of his seat belt. The driver, from Sun Valley, NV, who hit the bear was driving a Ford Explorer and had his family in the car. Nobody sought medical attention after the accident.

El Dorado County Sheriff's report for South Lake Tahoe

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office responds to calls throughout the county.

The following are calls that only pertain to the South Shore:





Ex-chief of huge pension fund guilty of bribery; South Lake Tahoe businessman still faces charges

The former head of the nation’s largest pension fund admitted Friday that he took bribes, including hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in paper bags and a shoe box, and helped an associate collect millions in a fraudulent investment scheme.

Fred Buenrostro Jr. pleaded guilty in San Francisco federal court to fraud and bribery charges stemming from his time as chief executive of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System from 2002 to 2008.

Cyclist seriously injured in Cave Rock accident

A tractor trailer collided with a bicyclist inside the tunnel at Cave Rock on Thursday, resulting in serious injuries to the cyclist.

Clarence Aldridge, 48, from Bakersfield, CA was riding his bike eastbound on Highway 50 just before 10 a.m. July 10th. He was traveling through the Cave Rock tunnel at the same time Richard Pettay, 39, of Carson City, NV was driving his Kenworth tractor truck and trailer.

BMPs Back in the Forefront With TRPA; May Be Part of Lake Tahoe Real Estate Transactions

With less than 50% of the Lake Tahoe basin homeowners not complying with mandates to install Best Management Practices (BMPs) on their properties, the TRPA is looking for ways to get people on board.

The proposal being currently discussed is to make BMPs mandatory at Point of Sale for a home as well as discussion of them during the transaction's disclosure process. This discussion at the TRPA BMP Compliance Worksing Group meeting Tuesday brought a packed house of mostly Lake Tahoe real estate agents and brokers.

USFS Reports 169 Incidents on South Lake Tahoe Beaches July 4th

Citations, warnings and medical assistance were given to 169 people during holiday celebrations on South Lake Tahoe beaches operated by the U.S. Forest Service on July 4th.

• 32 - Personal Possession of marijuana (Cites and Warnings)
• 31 - Minors in Possession of Alcohol (Cites)
• 8 – Combination of Arrests for Disorderly Conduct, Cocaine, Crystal Meth, LSD, Pills, Warrant, & Probation Violations
• 12 - 415 Incidents
• 72 – Alcohol Prohibition violations (Cites and Warnings)
• 14 – Medical Aids

Lake Tahoe Holiday Crowds Keep Law Enforcement and Fire Departments Busy

"It's a challenge to make sure they are all safe," said Eric Guevin, Tahoe Douglas Fire Marshall. He was commenting on the increased number of calls his department received on the the 4th of July when tens of thousands of visitors come to the Lake Tahoe basin to celebrate. When more people come to Lake Tahoe the fire department sees a large increase in service calls.

"Our rescue crews were kept busy," according to Guevin.

Large Scale Beach and Lake Tahoe Clean Up After Fireworks

Volunteers are scouring Lake Tahoe beaches and waters, looking for fireworks remnants and other trash.

In response to the lawsuit filed after large amounts of fireworks debris was found on the beach at Pinewild last summer, local service clubs, employee groups and other volunteer teams formed by local agencies joined in beach clean up efforts.

DUI Checkpoints in South Lake Tahoe on Friday and Saturday

The California Highway Patrol, Nevada Highway Patrol and Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be joining forces over the holiday weekend in South Lake Tahoe by conducting sobriety, car safety and driver's license checkpoints on both sides of the state line.

The California Highway Patrol will have their checkpoint in Meyers on Saturday, July 5 on U.S. Highway 50 between Pioneer Trail and State Route 89. It will be staffed by officers who are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers.

Fire Investigators Say Arsonist Started Four Brush Fires Along Lake Tahoe Hiking Trails

Lake Tahoe fire officials, the U.S. Forest Service and Douglas County authorities are investigating a number of intentionally set brush fires lit near four hiking trails in the Stateline and Zephyr Cove areas.

In the past two weeks, four separate small brush fires have been started off of hiking trails, said Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Pat Brooks. Because of the nature of the fires, they are believed to have been started by the same person or persons, Brooks added.

Thieves Break Into South Lake Tahoe's Boys & Girls Club

Two years of hard work and fundraising by the teens at the Boys & Girls Club Lake Tahoe went out the window this weekend when an unknown thief (or thieves) broke into the club and stole the fruits of their labor, a brand new XBox system with games and controllers.

Heading West on Highway 50 Sunday Morning? Road Closed in El Dorado Hills

The section of Highway 50 between El Dorado Hills Blvd and Bass Lake Road will be closed between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on three Sundays in order to allow blasting for a new highway interchange project.

On June 28, July 13 and July 20 traffic will be diverted off of the highway since it will be closed i both directions.

Fire Restrictions Begin in Lake Tahoe - To Go Through Fire Season

Fire restrictions have gone into effect in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Campfires and charcoal barbecues will be restricted to designated recreation sites, and other fire-related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season. “With record drought conditions in the West, agencies in both California and Nevada are anticipating increased fire activity,” said Fire Management Officer, Kit Bailey. “Fire restrictions help reduce the possibility of accidental human caused fires.”

On National Forest System land fire restrictions mean:

South Shore Casinos Have Big Gain: Win Up 18% in May

Casinos in South Lake Tahoe won $17,320,995 in May, up 18.37% over last year. They gained the most in the State of Nevada which saw an overall win of 8.11%.

North Lake Tahoe casinos won %1,837,836, up 1.63% and casinos in the Carson Valley lost 2.71% with their win of $8,618,391.

Since the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, the South Lake Tahoe casinos are down 3.41% with a total gaming win of $192,212,817.

The gaming win represents the computed income of casinos before business expenses and taxes.

Forest Service and South Lake Tahoe Police Urge Safety for 4th of July

The busy 4th of July holiday is just a week away, and with Lake Tahoe's increased crowds, excess traffic, fireworks and dry conditions, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are asking everyone to use caution.

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

Between June 13 and June 19, 2014, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to 159 calls.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

Driving on a suspended or revoked license in the 3400 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Drunk in Public in the 100 block of College Way

DUI in the 3400 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Violation of Domestic Violence Court Order in the 3400 block of Spruce
DUI at Dunlap Drive & Lake Tahoe Blvd
Spousal Abuse in the 3500 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Driving on a suspended or revoked license at Wildwood Way & Ruby Way


Skeletal Remains Found in Kings Canyon East of Spooner Lake

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department is reporting that skeletal remains have been found in the Kings Canyon area east of Spooner Lake.

They are conducting a death investigation and have transported the remains to the Washoe County Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy.

At this time a cause of death is unknown.

No further details have been released and the investigation is continuing.

DMV Offers Opportunities for Public Comment on AB60

Californians are invited to attend public hearings being held by the Department of Motor Vehicles on AB60, the state law that directs DMV to issue driver licenses to undocumented California residents.

While no hearings are held in South Lake Tahoe, there will be one in each Southern California and Northern California as well as an on-line telecast.

A live webcast of the hearings will be available. For a direct link, please visit the DMV web page at during the hearings.

South Lake Tahoe Police Seek Public's Help in Finding Missing Woman

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is requesting help from the community in location Ruth Anne Scudder, a 28-year-old voluntarily missing adult. She has a mild mental handicap, which causes the police to consider her at risk. Her family reported that Ruth left their shared South Lake Tahoe residence two weeks ago, on Wednesday June 4th and has not been seen by her family since.

Kudos: Lake Tahoe Humane Society Has a New Home

For the Love of Animals in South Lake Tahoe

Congratulations to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society on their new home! This summer will be like no other for the Lake Tahoe Humane Society as they just purchased 884 Emerald Bay Rd for their new corporate headquarters.

Grand Jury Report Released for El Dorado County: "Thread of Dysfunction"

The El Dorado County Grand Jury has released their final report for the 2013-14 year and several South Lake Tahoe situations have been brought to light.

According to Jury Foreman Neil Cunningham, the jury compiled 20 reports and recommendations which were created as they followed up on inquiries from citizens and Grand Jury required inspections.

Fire Reported Near Kingsbury Middle School

7:45 pm update: According to Eric Guevin, Tahoe Douglas Fire District's Fire Marshall, the cause of the fire by Kingsbury Middle School was human caused and is under investigation. Due to quick response by the Zephyr Fire Crew and Tahoe Douglas Firefighters, along with favorable weather, the fire only burned a 50' x 50' area. A resident in the area, Dr. Jeff Behar, rode his bike to the scene when he saw the smoke and found the crews distinguishing the fire and provided South Tahoe Now with photos.

Final Vote Count in for El Dorado County District 5 Race: Sue Novasel and Kenny Curtzwiler Face Off in November

The results from the June 3rd election are in for El Dorado County Supervisor. Sue Novasel retained her lead by getting 28.47% of the vote (1,557 votes) and Kenny Curtzwiler came from behind and ended up with 17.87% of the vote (977 votes). Kevin Brown from Pollock Pines had the 2nd place lead after the precincts were counted but lost ground on the mail-ins and provisional votes. He ended up behind third place finisher Angela Swanson who was 10 votes behind Curtzwiler.

The top two vote getters move onto the General Election in November.

The final count:

Sue Novasel - 1,557 votes

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

Between June 6 and June 12, 2014, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to 170 calls.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

Resisting in the 800 block of Secret Harbor Dr
Resisting in the 3900 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Spousal Abuse in the 3800 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Unlicensed Driver at Lakeview Ave & Riverside Ave

DUI in the 1900 block of D St
Unlicensed Driver at Ski Run Blvd & Pioneer Tr
Drunk in Public in the 900 block of Modesto Ave
Warrant in the 800 block of Patricia Ave
Drunk in Public in the 3600 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd

SLT Police Canine Association Holding Logo Contest for K-9 Trials

The South Lake Tahoe Police Canine Association is looking for an exciting new logo for the upcoming K-9 Trial in September 2014. We invite you to participate in our logo design contest. Submissions deadline is July 18, 2014.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Report for South Lake Tahoe

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office responds to calls throughout the county.

The following are calls that only pertain to the South Shore.


5:46 p.m. - Mewuk Rd: BURGLARY


Search Continues near Ice House Reservoir For Missing Man

UPDATE June 13, 2014 10:46 a.m. - The search for Vernon “Cody” Mathews over the last few days has not revealed any new information indicating his whereabouts. Sheriff D’Agostini is still dedicated to determining Cody’s location and search operations are continuing. Search and Rescue personnel from El Dorado, Solano, Placer and Contra Costa Counties are on scene along with personnel from the Bay Area Mountain Rescue team and the California Rescue Dog Association. A helicopter from the California Highway Patrol will also be assisting in todays search.

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

Between May 29 and June 5, 2014, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to 178 calls.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

Warrant at LaSalle Ave & Lake Tahoe Blvd
Battery in the 4000 block of Manzanita
Petty Theft in the 1700 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Burglary in the 3800 block of Bridle Rd

"Other" Misdemeanor at Cedar & Friday Avenues
Drunk in Public in the 4000 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Resisting in the 1000 block of Sonora

Drunk in Public in the 2600 block of Elwood Ave
Warrant in the 1000 block of Emerald Bay Rd

Teenage Boy Hit by Car on Way to South Tahoe High School Monday Morning

A young man was treated and released for minor injuries Monday morning after he was hit by a car as he rode his bike to school on Viking Way.

A parent was leaving South Tahoe High after dropping off her student near the Student Union. As she was exiting the side road coming up from the tennis courts she stopped at the stop sign. It was very congested as it was 7:50 a.m., the start of school. The parent didn't see the bicyclist coming up on her left and entered the road way, striking the boy.

As a precaution he was transported to the hospital with bruises and abrasions.

South Lake Tahoe's Loop Road Project Update

The US 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project, also known as the Loop Road Project, is halfway through an Environmental Impact Study which should be released in about nine months.

Wild Tahoe Weekend at Taylor Creek

The Fifth Annual Lake Tahoe Birding Festival at Taylor Creek Visitor Center kicked of the U.S. Forest Service's Wild Tahoe Weekend on Saturday. The activities included information booths and hourly guided bird walks along the nature trail through the wetland; Master Falconer, Marie Gaspari Crawford, brought two falcons and a Red tailed hawk to the event. During her two presentations, Crawford spoke about birds of prey and gave some interesting insight to caring for and living with them. She also answered questions and had the birds pose for pictures.

El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting Ousted From Office

During Ray Nutting's sentencing on six misdemeanor charges stemming from loans received for the purpose of getting bailed out of jail, Judge Timothy Buckley ordered Nutting to vacate his County Supervisor seat for District 2.

Buckley also sentenced him to three years of probation and 30 days of community service.

South Lake Tahoe Grow House Burglarized: Suspect Arrested and Officer Injured During Pursuit

South Lake Tahoe Police officers responding to 911 calls about a male breaking into a Bonanza Avenue residence on Tuesday ended up in a pursuit of an armed suspect. He was arrested and one officer was injured.

When officers arrived at the residence they saw the suspected burglar and gave chase to the suspect, who was carrying bags of stolen items from the residence.

The chase took them through yards and over a fence to a meadow near D Street and Highway 50. The suspect then attempted to pull a gun from his waistband but lost control of the 9 mm semiautomatic weapon.

Election Results for State of California

The statewide results for Tuesday's primary election as of 11 p.m. with 49.1% of the precincts counted:

Governor Jerry Brown has 55.2% of the Democratic vote. His opponent in the fall with most likely be either Neel Kashkari and Tim Donnelly who are running neck and neck for Republicans.

Lieutenant Governor Democrat Gavin Newsom has earned 50.2% of the vote so far, with the closest challenger being Ron Nehring with 23% of the Republican vote.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue Looking for Missing 11-Year-Old Boy

10:45 p.m. update - Romeo has been located and returned home safe. No other details have been provided.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue are searching for 11 year old Romeo Obrien who was last seen at 2 p.m. in the Gardnerville Ranchos near Patricia Court.

Romeo is 5'3" tall, has brown hair and brown eyes with a scar under his left eye. He was last seen wearing a blue DARE shirt and blue shorts.

Romeo’s last known direction is unknown. Romeo has been entered into NCIC as a missing person.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Arrests in South Lake Tahoe

El Dorado County Sheriff;s Office responds to calls throughout the county. The following are calls that only pertain to the South Shore.




South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

For the 13 day period of May 16 to May 28, 2014, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to 325 calls.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

Warrant in the 3900 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Warrant in the 1300 block of Johnson Blvd
Assault with a deadly weapon in the 1799 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
DUI at Pioneer Trail & Al Tahoe Blvd

DUI at Glen Rd & Pioneer Trailrbance
Spousal Abuse in the 1000 block of Glen Rd
Auto Theft in the 1100 block of Bowers Ave
Drunk in Public in the 900 block of San Francisco Ave

Gaming Figures for April Just Released: South Shore Casinos Have Huge Loss

Casinos on the south shore of Lake Tahoe had a gaming win of $9,080,729 in April, which is down 42.27% from the same month last year.

The Nevada Gaming Control released their monthly report this week, showing that the state's win overall was down just .27% for a total of $852,005,476.

The local casinos had to biggest loss for the state of Nevada while Wendover and Downtown Las Vegas casinos had the biggest gains.

South Lake Tahoe casinos have had losses for 6 of the last 7 months, with March being the only month with a gain over the previous year's figures.

No Bomb Found During Search of South Lake Tahoe's Y

Event Date: 
May 29, 2014 - 2:00pm

Customers and employees were evacuated from businesses around noon today at the South Y Center in response to suspicious circumstances surrounding an overheard conversation and a possible bomb.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department received a call from an employee at the South Y K-Mart, stating they had overheard a suspicious conversation between store patrons. The employee stated that the patrons had exited the store and that the employee walked around the shopping center and reported hearing a ticking sound coming from the shopping center general mailbox.

Suspicious Package Found at South Y Center, South Tahoe High on Lock Down

Update at 12:55 pm: At noon Thursday, a K-Mart employee overheard two youth in the store talking about planting a device. Once they departed, the employee searched for something out of the ordinary. He walked past the vendor mailboxes in between K-Mart and Raley's and thought he heard a ticking sound and called the SLT Police.

Aaron Crawford, the South Tahoe High on site officer responded first. He has extensive experience with bombs, and based on what he could hear at the mailboxes he felt the situation warranted more investigation.

Tickets For South Lake Tahoe's SnowGlobe Go On Sale Friday

The lineup hasn't been chosen yet, nor have the prices been set or packages been released, but that doesn't seem to matter to SnowGlobe fans.

The South Lake Tahoe New Year's outdoor concert has become one of winter's "Must Do" events, so when they announce tickets are going on sale, concert goers will grab them.

Tickets will go on pre-sale on Friday, May 30 on their website. No other information is available as of yet, but you can sign up for email notifications.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Arrests in South Lake Tahoe

El Dorado County Sheriff;s Office responds to calls throughout the county. The following are calls that only pertain to the South Shore.




The South Lake Tahoe Ties to Sunday's Indianapolis 500

Carl Fisher. Perhaps not a name you'll hear during the Indianapolis 500, nor, on any other given day.

El Dorado County Supervisors Hold Off on Action Concerning Ray Nutting

On May 14th, El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting was found guilty on six misdemeanors involving illegal and undocumented loans from county employees and a county contractor.

Nutting was found not guilty on three felony charges including filing false documents, perjury and approving conflict-of-interest contracts.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors met with legal counsel Wednesday to discuss whether Supervisor Ray Nutting was suspended from the office of county supervisor by operation of law because of jury verdicts on May 14, 2014 that found him guilty of six misdemeanors.

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

For the week between May 9 and May 15, 2014, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to 192 calls.

Calls resulting in arrests:

Drunk in Public in the 2900 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd

DUI in the 700 block of Emerald Bay Rd
DUI in the 3900 block of Pioneer Trail

Drunk in Public in the 2100 block of South Ave
Drug Offence at Pioneer Trail & Echo Rd

Drug Offense in the 1000 block of Emerald Bay Rd
Spousal Abuse in the 1100 block of 3rd St

Unlicensed Driver at Lake Tahoe Blvd & Lakeview Ave

Two More Bodies Retrieved After Folsom Lake Boat Accident

5/19/14 Update: The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office has located the last of four missing men that were killed in the Folsom Lake boat accident on May 10.

After a body was found in Folsom Lake Friday morning, two more were located in the lake on Saturday.

North Lake Tahoe Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested After Pursuit in Carson City

An armed man walked into the Kings Beach branch of the Plumas Bank Friday morning, demanding money of two clerks. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect, identified as 55 year old Brent Muir of Carson City, was sighted near Sand Harbor by FBI agents responding to the robbery from South Lake Tahoe.

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