Deaths in Placerville Fire Ruled a Murder-Suicide

The March 7th fire in Placerville that resulted in the death of two women has been ruled a murder-suicide according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department.

Emergency personnel who responded to the fire found the women deceased in the house. It was determined later that they both died of gunshot wounds.

Two injuried in Kingsbury Grade Accident

A two car accident on Kingsbury Grade Thursday afternoon resulted both drivers being transported to Renown Medical Center by helicopter.

The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the head-on collision which occurred about halfway down on the valley side of the State Route 207/Kingsbury Grade.

The crash happened about 12:45 p.m.and the road was closed for about two hours.

Kingsbury Grade Accident

1 p.m. Thursday - The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and East Fork Fire and Paramedics are responding to a motor vehicle accident on SR 207/Kingsbury Grade halfway way down on the Valley Side.

Residents and commuters are asked to use an alternate route at this time.

Highway 50 Car Accident Claims Life of Dayton Teenager

4:55 pm update - It has just been reported by the Washoe County Coroner's Office that a second victim in the accident has died. Munoz passed away Wednesday afternoon.

An accident on Tuesday between a car and a big rig on Highway 50 near Dayton, NV has claimed the life of 18 year old David Arroyo Lamas.

Water Main Breaks: State Route 28 Closed Due to Big Hole in Pavement

Southbound State Route 28 near Hwy 50 is closed Thursday night due to a broken water main.

It is reported that the water main developed a leak and created a big hole in the pavement.

Crews are working to try and get the road opened by Friday morning.

Report of Floating Body on Cascade Lake Brings Out Search Teams

A hiker in the area of Cascade Lake reported seeing a floating body on the lake Wednesday afternoon. The Lake Tahoe local woman was hiking on the north east side of Cascade Lake near the shoreline when she thought she saw a body float up towards the surface and then sink down and out of view.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteers and CALSTAR responded to the vicinity of the sighting but did not find any evidence of a floating body.

Tahoe Regional Plan Upheld in Court; Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore Lawsuit Struck Down

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and League to Save Lake Tahoe are joining other local groups and individuals in applauding the decision today in Federal Court to uphold the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan. U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez found that the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency acted properly in its Dec. 12, 2012 approval of an updated regional plan for the Tahoe Basin.

These Tahoe Regional Plan will guide all aspects of land management, development and planning in the Tahoe Basin for the next 20 years.

South Lake Tahoe Woman Missing; Police Ask For Public's Help

4-5-14 12:40 p.m. update - Camilyn Kay Price-Miller has been found alive and well in another location. She was unaware of the search for her so, once she found out about the situation she walked into a local police station.

South Lake Tahoe Police and Fire Departments Participate in Active Shooter Exercises

In order to be trained and prepared to handle active shooter situations, the South Lake Tahoe Police and Fire Departments took part in exercises at Lake Tahoe Community College on Thursday, April 3. They will continue the exercises on Monday at Tahoe Valley Elementary.

Both training sessions take place at school campuses that are on Spring Break so students and classes are not disturbed. The purpose of the exercises are to give the departments an opportunity to work together in order to be prepared should an active shooter incident take place within the city limits.

Motorcycle Driver Succumbs to Injuries Suffered from Accident in Carson City

The driver of the motorcycle involved in the March 22 accident that killed South Lake Tahoe resident Audrey G. Rugamas has died of his injuries.

20 year old Andrey Gallegos of Sparks, Nevada was taken off life support on March 30. He suffered major injuries in the accident which occurred at the corner of Roop and Fairview Streets.

3 Cars Stolen in 16 Hours in South Lake Tahoe; 3 Suspects Arrested

Three Placerville 18 year olds have been arrested in connection with three auto thefts that took place in South Lake Tahoe between 7 p.m. March 31 and 11 a.m. April 1. The trio is also suspected in stealing contents from other cars as well.

Brian Barnes, Elija Kidwell and Sean Murphy were arrested and book into El Dorado County Jail on felony charges of auto theft, possession of stolen property and conspiracy for at least one of the auto thefts and to some of the property thefts.

Sierra Snowpack Boosted by Recent Storms But Still Far Below Average

Though late season storms have helped skiers and boarders enjoy Lake Tahoe resorts a bit longer, the snowpack measured at 38% of normal today during the monthly test at Echo Summit. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR)reported a statewide average of just 32% of average.

Surveyors from DWR trekked to several monitoring stations as they do annually to measure the water content in snow, as well as depth, to try and pinpoint the state's water supply this summer.

House Blows Up in Pollock Pines

A man living in Pollock Pines called 911 at about 3 p.m. Saturday, saying he was going to blow up his house. As El Dorado County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the home in the 6000 block of Pony Express Trail they heard an explosion. The residence was engulfed in flames and a male associated with the house was detained according to EDSO.

The unidentified male was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

South Shore Gaming Profits Drop for 5th Straight Month

Stateline casinos took in $14,741,363 in February, 2014, which is down 9.51% from the same month a year ago.

The State Gaming Control Board reported today that the gross gaming win in Nevada for February was $926,083,897. The statewide gaming win, computed before business expenses and taxes, is down 13.71% from February of 2013.

The biggest loss was experienced by the casinos in North Lake Tahoe where revenues dropped 22.18% and on the Las Vegas Strip where they saw a drop of 20.17%.

South Lake Tahoe Cement Supply Company Under Investigation

Law enforcement officers served warrants Thursday at Sierra Tahoe Ready Mix on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe as well as a related residence as part of a fraud investigation into the issuance of false or fraudulent documents relating to government construction contracts.

Personnel from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and El Dorado County District Attorney and Sheriff's Offices took in evidence as a result of the warrant.

South Lake Tahoe Woman Involved in Motorcycle Crash Dies of Her Injuries

A 21 year old South Lake Tahoe woman involved in a motorcycle accident on Saturday night in Carson City has succumbed to her injuries according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. Audrey G. Rugamas was taken off life support on Wednesday, March 26. Ms. Rugamas had received severe injuries in the accident which also injured the motorcycle's driver, 20 year old Andrey L. Gallegos of Sparks, NV. An update on his condition has not been released.

South Lake Tahoe DMV Renovations Canceled Due to Pending Snow Storm

The scheduled renovations at the South Lake Tahoe office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have been postponed until a future date. They are alerting local customers that the work will not go on March 26 - April 1 as planned because of weather conditions.

South Lake Tahoe Fireworks Show May Be Canceled Due To Lawsuit

A lawsuit brought against the Lake Tahoe Visitor's Authority (LTVA) and Pyro Spectaculars may put an end to the decades old 4th of July fireworks tradition in South Lake Tahoe.

Snow Expected Tuesday Night in South Lake Tahoe

Enjoy the mild weather in South Lake Tahoe on Monday as change is coming soon.

A cold front located over the Pacific will move into the Sierra on Tuesday with wind gusts Tuesday afternoon into evening reaching 45 mph in valley locations and ridge gusts up to 100 mph. These winds will result in choppy lake waters and blowing dust on I-80 and highways 50 and 95.

Victims Identified in Saturday's Motorcycle Crash; One From South Lake Tahoe

One South Lake Tahoe woman was careflighted to Renown Medical Center in Reno on Saturday night after the motorcycle she was a passenger on collided with a truck in Carson City.

The Nevada Highway Patrol(NHP) was called to the scene of a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Roop and Fairview Streets at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 22.

NHP: South Lake Tahoe Woman Critically Injured in Carson City Motorcycle Crash

Two people remain critically injured after a motorcycle crash Saturday night in Carson City, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The names of the victims have not been released but the passenger of the unregistered green 2007 Suzuki motorcycle is a 21-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman and the driver, 20, is from Nebraska, said NHP Trooper Dan Lopez. They were flown separately to Renown Medical Center in Reno.

Nevada Man Arrested After Holding Gun to Teen's Head in Pollock Pines

A Fallon, Nevada man was arrested in El Dorado County on Wednesday evening after he allegedly held a semi-automatic handgun to a 15 year old's head, threatening to kill him.

Sheriff's officers were called out to Spruce Street in Pollock Pines on a report that shots were fired and people where arguing about a gun.

When deputies arrived, they identified a 15 year old male subject who reported that he had been thrown to the ground by Lawrence Stone of Fallon. Deputies reported that Stone fired multiple gunshots but nobody was injured.

Two Hiking Groups Get Lost In South Lake Tahoe Area Friday; Both Found Safe

El Dorado County Sheriff's Search and Rescue teams were called out twice on Friday evening, once to the Cascade Falls area and the other to Vikingsholm.

The first call came in just before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15. Two women from Illinois were hiking near Cascade Falls and became lost. They called 911. While waiting to be located, the women came across other hikers who assisted them in returning to the camp ground where they were met by Search and Rescue at approximately 6 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Body Found at Lampe Park in Gardnerville

A 24 year old Gardnerville, NV resident was found kneeling face down in a creek at Lampe Park on Monday morning. He has been identified at William Murphey Sheerin.

At 8:21 am, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a body found by Park Rangers. Sheerin's cause of death is suspected as drowning, however final cause will not be determined until after the autopsy and toxicology reports have been completed.

Four Arrested in South Lake Tahoe For Buying Alcohol For Minors

Four people, including two locals, were arrested on Friday night during Shoulder Tap Decoy Operations at South Lake Tahoe stores that sell alcohol.

On March 15, 2014, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) arrested Stevie Smith, a 23 year old from Pasadena, Harvey Hampton, a 58 year old from South Lake Tahoe, Charles Kerr, a 72 year old from South Lake Tahoe and Hamza Salmi, a 32 year old from San Francisco. As of 10 p.m. Friday, 522 people had been arrested statewide during the largest decoy operation in California's history.

"The Three Amigas" Return Home to South Lake Tahoe

Crystal blue skies and a bright yellow sun shone down on the golden girls of Lake Tahoe Saturday as the communities of Meyers and South Lake Tahoe turned out in force for a welcome home parade.

CHP Crackdown on Unsafe Drivers Along Highway 50 This Weekend

Drivers along Highway 50 between South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento this weekend will see an increased presence of law enforcement in an effort to reduce fatalities on the roadway.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will have extra officers on the road as part of their zero tolerance enforcement operation. They will be targeting aggressive drivers, drivers using unsafe speeds and those making unsafe passing and lane changes.

Reward Offered For Help Finding Game Stop Robbery Suspect

Several tablets were stolen from the Carson Valley Game Stop on February 8, 2014. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office released a photo of the suspect today in hopes of the public being able to identify him.

Cattle Truck and 2 Vehicles Collide; Hwy 88 and Mottsville Lane Closed

10:20 pm update: The Nevada Highway Patrol has reported that 26 of the 66 cows on board the truck were killed in the accident. An initial investigation has determined that the driver of the cattle truck is at fault and failed to yield at a traffic light when the truck collided with a Subaru driving through the intersection, NHP Sgt. Gabor Visnovits said. The cattle truck driver was transported to Renown where it is reported that he had injuries to his upper extremities. No other injuries were reported. The road was expected to be opened by 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Two Women Found Dead of Gunshot Wounds Inside Burned Placerville Home

Two women were found deceased inside a house fire in Placerville on Friday morning. El Dorado County Fire responded to the house fire on Rose Lane at 5:48 a.m. Upon extinguishing the fire they found the women inside. The Coroner's office has determined that their cause of death to be gunshot wounds.

62 year old Carol Hague and 58 year old Crystal Ann Ward have been identified as the victims.

Arson investigators responded to the scene along with Coroner and Sheriff’s Office investigative personnel. An investigation is continuing into the fire and the deaths.

Six Will Vie for Open El Dorado County Supervisor District 5 Spot , So Far

The deadline to turn in all required paperwork in the El Dorado County Supervisor race for District 5 is Friday, March 7 at 5 p.m. So far six candidates have provided their "SOQ" Statement of Qualifications. A seventh candidate, Michelle Sweeney, has taken out papers and may still turn them in before Friday's deadline.

Albertson's Parent Company Cerberus Buys Safeway

Pleasanton-based Safeway has reached a preliminary deal to be sold for more than $9 billion to the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, the owner of Albertsons and several other supermarket chains.

After a less than stellar net earnings in the fourth quarter of 2013, Safeway had announced in February that they may be looking for a buyer.

South Shore's Horizon Casino Resort to Close April 1

An era comes to an end on April 1 when the Horizon Casino Resort on the south shore of Lake Tahoe closes for renovations.

The resort was the one time local showcase of Elvis Presley and Liberace when the casino operated as Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe. In 1990 Del Webb sold the property to Kentucky based Columbia Sussex Corporation for $19 million.

Columbia Sussex owners, the Yung family, are the current operators under the corporate name, LV Casino LLC. Their lease ran out and long time Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley ranchers, the Park family, will take control after March 31.

Regional Storm Water Monitoring Program Moves Forward

With support from California Proposition 84 stormwater grant funds, the Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) is leading the effort to measure pollutants in urban runoff at Lake Tahoe to help evaluate the combined effectiveness of pollutant control measures and consistently track and report monitoring findings. This effort, known as the Regional Storm Water Monitoring Program (RSWMP) is a collaborative program supported by regulatory agencies, local government representatives, and scientists in the Lake Tahoe region.

Property Crime Up in South Lake Tahoe

In order to keep you informed, your police department will be compiling a monthly “Report to the Community.” This report will provide the latest information about crimes and give some crime prevention tips that might help us be a safer and more secure community. In January, we completed our annual Uniform Crime Report. Details about the Uniform Crime Reporting system along with searchable databases about crime nationally, in California, other cities, and South Lake Tahoe can be found at

Stateline Casinos Have Another Losing Month in January

Casinos at South Lake Tahoe saw a 12.43% drop in gaming profits for the month of January, 2014 according to a report released today by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

The Stateline casinos took in $14,698,597 in gaming-related profits or "win" in January, down from the prior year's $16,784,196. Their fiscal year to date change is a decrease of 3.44% with $136,138,827 in gaming revenues.

Zephyr Cove Resident Arrested for Murder of Her Husband

Tatiana Leibel, 50, has been arrested for the murder of her husband, Harry Leibel of Zephyr Cove.

On Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 11:00 am, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to 452 Kent Way, Zephyr Cove, NV for a report of a male who had shot himself.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene and met with Tatiana Leibel who stated her husband, 64 year old Harry Leibel had shot himself. Tatiana stated she and Harry were the only people in or at the house at the time of the incident.

Grants Awarded to Help With Watershed Restoration

The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board has approved a grant of $704,000 to the Truckee River Watershed Council for three watershed restoration projects that will correct detrimental impacts to streams and meadows from roads and historical logging activities.

South Lake Tahoe Man Arrested in Shooting

A shooting Wednesday in the Bijou area of South Lake Tahoe led to the arrest of 22 year old Angelo Anderson.

Police officers responded to multiple reports of a man discharging shots at a moving vehicle as it traveled on Fawn Way, which is located between Highway 50 and Glenwood Way.

TRPA Launches Online Exchange To Help Property Owners Restore Sensitive Land

You've seen ads to buy or sell belongings, but the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has now developed a way to buy or sell development rights of property.

There is now an online marketplace for property owners, realtors and land banks to use to increase the environmental improvements that come from transferring commonly-traded development rights in the Lake Tahoe Region.

South Lake Tahoe Man Admits Fraudulent Golf Course Scheme

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Lake Tahoe-area man accused of bilking 11 investors out of $3.6 million in a fraudulent scheme to buy a Douglas County golf course has pleaded guilty to 24 federal charges, including wire fraud and money laundering.

U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden says 55-year-old Scott Summerhays of South Lake Tahoe, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Reno.

From 2008-10, prosecutors say Summerhays told potential investors he was purchasing Genoa Lakes Golf Club near Gardnerville for $17 million.

South Lake Tahoe Teen Victim of Hit & Run in Stable Condition

A 15 year old South Lake Tahoe teen is in stable condition today after being struck by a car, dragged through an intersection, and left in a snow bank at the corner of Washington and Third Streets on Monday evening. The suspect, a male driver, left the scene in a white or off white subaru.

His mother, Aisha Sequoiyah, spoke to today from Renown Medical Center in Reno. She said her son Abiyah is doing okay and is undergoing cognitive tests today to determine that there is no brain damage. She hopes he will be released later today.

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

During the week of January 31 to February 6, 2014, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to 174 calls.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

Petty theft in the 3700 block of Aspen
Driving on a suspended license at the corner of Alameda & Harrison Avenues

DUI at the corner of Chonokis & Rocky Point Roads
Under the influence of drugs in the 3600 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Auto Theft in the 1200 block of Beecher

DUI in the 0 block of Montreal
Drunk in Public at the corner of Ski Run Blvd & Mackedie Way

TRPA Applauds Senate Move on Lake Tahoe Restoration Bill

A measure to advance environmental restoration and forest management activities in the Lake Tahoe Basin yesterday passed out of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The legislation would reauthorize the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, originally passed in 2000, which has helped advance one of the most comprehensive watershed restoration programs in the nation-the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program, or EIP.

Snowboarder Dies at Heavenly Ski Resort

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department has reported that an 18 year old snowboarder from Fountain Valley, CA died at Heavenly Ski Resort on Tuesday, February 4.

Ski Patrol was called when Wyatt James Colvard was found lying in the snow, unconscious and having difficulty breathing. They transported him to Boulder Lodge. When Tahoe Douglas Paramedics arrived at the lodge they began advanced life support. Colvard succumbed to his injuries.

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

During the week of January 24 to January 30, 2014, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to 150 calls.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

Warrant served in the 2500 block of Bertha Ave
Spousal Abuse in the 2000 block of 10th St
Drug Offense in the 0 block of Emerald Bay Road

DUI at the corner of Friday and Lake Tahoe Blvd
Drunk in Public in the 1000 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Petty Theft in the 1000 block of Emerald Bay Road
Unlicensed Driver at Tallac and Lake Tahoe Blvd
DUI at Lakeview Ave and Lake Tahoe Blvd


Suspicious Fire in South Lake Tahoe Being Investigated

A Wednesday night house fire in South Lake Tahoe has turned into a criminal investigation.

South Lake Tahoe Police officers and fire fighters responded to a residential fire in the 1100 block of Long Valley Avenue at 6:10 pm. They found the home fully engulfed in flames with fire starting to spread to nearby trees, though they were able to contain the fire to the area of the burning home. It appears the house is likely to be a total loss.

The house has received the attention of the police and fire department prior to Wednesday night's fire.

Douglas County Sheriff's Log

Crime log excerpts from the Douglas County Nevada Sheriff's Department, Lake Tahoe Subdivision

Highlighted Reports

1/11 - A purse stolen from a slot machine area at Harrah's Tahoe led to the arrest of Eric Beaman and Marcus Tillman on an assortment of charges including possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of hypodermic needles and conspiracy to commit a crime.

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

During the week of January 16 to January 23, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to 151 calls.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

Drunk in Public in the 2500 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Trespassing in the 2700 block of Oregon Avenue

Spousal Abuse in the 3900 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Auto Theft at the Airport
Drunk in Public in the 1100 block of Ski Run Blvd

Hit & Run at the corner of Tata and Lake Tahoe Blvd
Driving on Suspended or Revoked License at the corner of Echo & Primrose

Warrant served in the 2800 block of Oakland Avenue

Dry Lake Tahoe Expecting Rain and Snow This Week

According to the National Weather Service, the Lake Tahoe region should expect rain and snow this week, though temperatures will remain mild.

Monday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. West wind around 5 mph.
Monday Night - A 20 percent chance of rain after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday - A 20 percent chance of rain before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

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