South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

The following is a recap of activity the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to between July 31 and August 10, 2014. They responded to 412 calls during the 11 day period.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

Unlicensed Driver in the 3700 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Drunk in Public in the 4000 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Spousal Abuse in the 4100 block of Cedar Ave at 12:53 a.m.
Domestic Violence Battery in the 4100 block of Cedar Ave at 1:37 p.m.
Burglary in the 1000 block of Emerald Bay Rd
Drunk in Public in the 2100 block of South Ave

Two people have minor injuries after helicopter crash lands in Douglas County

A helicopter with two occupants crash landed near the Horsebend area of Gardnerville on Tuesday afternoon.

The pilot, Doyle Holden and his passenger, Karen Cole, had been fishing on the nearby Carson River. After fishing, they attempted to take off and experienced a malfunction and crashed landed. Holden and Cole suffered minor injuries, and contacted another pilot who flew in and transported them out of the area.

Douglas County Sheriff's Department was notified after Holden and Cole arrived at the Medical Center.

Kingsbury Fire below Ridge Tahoe

5:35 p.m. update: Fire crews are getting a hand on a brush fire that was burning on the valley side of Kingsbury Grade. Hwy 207 is still closed at the top.

Two heavy air tankers, one single engine air tanker and one helicopter responded as well as multiple fire agencies. Containment is expected soon on the fire.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, fire numbers were near six acres and they have reevaluated it to be 1.5 acres. There is no threat to homes or structures at this time.

Raley’s to pay $1.6 million to settle suit; Must provide emergency safe drinking water system

Raley’s has agreed to pay nearly $1.6 million in civil penalties, costs and funding for environmental projects as part of a settlement related to allegations of improperly disposing hazardous waste.

The judgment is the culmination of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in San Joaquin County to stop the West Sacramento-based supermarket chain from unlawfully transporting and disposing of retail hazardous waste, according to a press release from at least two of the 25 district attorneys who announced the suit.

The settlement was approved by San Joaquin Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt.

Arson suspected in three Douglas County Fires

Three fires were started in the Gardnerville area in the early morning hours of Sunday.

The first fire started at 1:39 a.m. in a vacant lot behind 1309 Langley Avenue in Douglas County. The fire ignited a power pole next to a 16 unit apartment building. While on the scene, fire fighters were called to a second fire just south of the first fire, behind the Frontier Telephone Exchange.

As fire fighters responded to that fire, a third fire was reported nearby in a vacant field further south along Tillman Ave.

All three fires were extinguished quickly.

Truck causes power outage to schools and Bijou area; Resulting fire put out

A truck carrying tresses to a house behind the Beach Retreat & Lodge in South Lake Tahoe hit a power pole, causing a transformer to blow, a small fire and power outages to schools, businesses and homes.

The driver of the truck was lost according to South Tahoe Police, and cut through the Safeway parking lot to try and get to the house through the hotel across the street. As he came out of Safeway onto Johnson Blvd, the truck hit a pole and power lines.

Tahoe Douglas Sewer sued for failure to provide pay records

The Tahoe Douglas Sewer Improvement District is being sued for failure to abide by the Nevada Public Records Act and not providing payroll records when asked.

In a lawsuit filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court (covers Douglas County), the Nevada Policy Research Institute claims that the TDSI has refused to their request for the district's compensation records.

They say that, in the seven years NPRI has run, the Tahoe Douglas Sewer Improvement District has been the least responsive government agency in Nevada.

Lake Tahoe residents report feeling Napa 6.0 earthquake this morning

Local residents are waking up this morning and posting on Facebook how they felt the 6.0 earthquake that occurred in Napa, CA. They reported beds shaking and doors rattling.

Story from ABC News in San Francisco: AMERICAN CANYON, Calif. -- A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Bay Area this morning, damaging buildings and roads and leaving tens of thousands without power.

The earthquake was reported at 3:20 a.m. about three miles northwest of American Canyon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

1962 record making swim across Lake Tahoe relived

Some people, when they first see Lake Tahoe, think how it'd be nice to boat on top of the glass like water. Others imagine fishing on the lake stocked with big fish, while yet others think about how nice it would be to sit at the quiet and scenic shore and enjoy the sun and the view.

To nine year old Erline Christopherson, all she thought when first saw the crystal blue waters was how she'd like to swim across it. The dream was born that day in 1955.

Tahoe Summit held at the South Shore's Valhalla

One year after California and Nevada resolved a long-standing feud over development around Lake Tahoe, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, arrived at a summit near the water’s edge Tuesday and said “peace is at hand.”

Water issue expert to speak in Lake Tahoe

The Sierra Business Council is hosting Peak Innovation, a conference for Lake Tahoe locals, small business owners, communities and local governments. During the conference, Dr. Peter Gleick, an expert in water issues especially in the context of economic and environmental justice, will be at the conference which takes place October 8-10 in Tahoe City. In a National Geographic science blog, Gleick recently repeated the common question, “Why, if the California drought is so bad, has the response been so tepid?”

Congressional Candidate Kristen Spees Announces I-80 District Tour

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Repeats every day until Thu Aug 21 2014 .
August 17, 2014 (All day)
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August 18, 2014 (All day)
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August 19, 2014 (All day)
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August 20, 2014 (All day)
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August 21, 2014 (All day)

Today Kristen Spees announced the start of her congressional campaign’s I-80 District Tour throughout Northern Nevada.

Spees’ I-80 District Tour starting August 17th will be making stops throughout Northern Nevada, including: Lamoille, Elko, Duck Valley, Winnemucca, Lovelock, Battle Mountain, and Fernley.

To represent the citizens of the second district and understand all Nevadans concerns Kristen stated:

NHP still searching for driver involved in hit and run

The Nevada Highway Patrol is still searching for the driver of a silver 4-door Cadillac who was involved in a hit and run on August 7 in Sun Valley near Reno.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. the Cadillac rear ended a white Subaru on SR443 (Sun Valley Blvd) southbound just north of Second Street. After the collision the white Subaru pulled to the shoulder and stopped. The driver of the silver Cadillac continued South on SR 443 (Sun Valley Blvd) without stopping.

Police Chief’s Monthly Report to the Community

Marijuana is a major concern for many in our City. As part of the City Code, our City Council provided for a safer community by allowing marijuana grow operations only after a permit is obtained. The permit process provides for a building official to inspect for things like:

1. Safe wiring—adding large number of “grow lights” overburdens conventional electric outlets and can cause fires.

"Confronting Effects of Climate Change" to be theme of 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit

Event Date: 
August 19, 2014 - 10:00am

California Senator Diane Feinstein will host the 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Tuesday, August 19 being held on the lawn at Valhalla. The theme for the day is Drought, Wildfire and Invasive Species: Confronting the Effects of Climate Change on Lake Tahoe.

The public is invited to attend. Preregistration is over so plan on registering at Valhalla on the 19th starting at 9 a.m. The main program will start at 10 am.

State of the Lake 2014 report released; Expect longer summers in Lake Tahoe

By the end of the century Lake Tahoe summers may be two months longer than they were in the 1960s and the maximum temperatures may have risen by 8 degrees F. Those were part of the predictions released in the State of the Lake 2014 report.

Data collected over the last 50 years, combined with the monitoring of Lake Tahoe during the 12 months of 2013, was presented at Thursday's unveiling of the report at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TERC) in Incline Village by Director Geoff Schladow.

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.



Pedestrian struck and killed by pickup truck and DCSO patrol cars on Highway 395

A pedestrian walking on Highway 395 near Spring Valley Drive was killed after being struck by multiple vehicles Sunday night.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, the victim was standing in the southbound lane at 10:45 p.m. when he was hit by a pickup truck heading south. After being struck, the male was thrown into the northbound travel lane of US 395. As the pickup truck driver pulled over, two Douglas County Sheriff's patrol cars were heading north and did not see the man. Both cars struck the man.

Body of missing hiker in Kauai found; May have Lake Tahoe ties

8/11/14 12:30 p.m. update: Former South Lake Tahoe resident Zoe Walker has been identified as the young woman who lost her life after falling into the Hanakoa Stream while hiking. She grew up in South Lake Tahoe and had worked at Jamba Juice at Stateline. She and her sister Amber had recently moved to Kauai to stay with an aunt.

Her friends and family have been leaving words on social media about what a wonderful, caring and free spirit she was.

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Pot Bust in South Lake Tahoe nets nearly 300 pounds

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested early Thursday by officers from the South Lake Tahoe-El Dorado County Narcotics Enforcement Team after they served a search warrant and found 300 pounds of marijuana plant trimmings.

Dwayne Allan Crenshaw,36, was arrested at his Fresno Avenue home and is accused of using the trimmings to create concentrated cannabis oils through several methods, including butane fuel extraction, a dangerous process that can cause an explosion and is a felony in California.

Douglas County residents recovering from flash flood

Flood recovery measures are being taken in the Fish Springs area of Douglas County after Wednesday night's flash flood closed several roads and damaged homes.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's office, this incident produced hazardous conditions due to the amount of water and dark evening hours which created safety concerns and inhibited immediate damage assessment.

The Reverse 911 was down in Douglas County so emergency messages had to be relayed through the National Weather Service, which is the backup system. Reverse 911 should be back up and working by August 15.

Firefighters gain ground on Northern California fires

Over 4,016 firefighters have been gaining ground on three major Northern California fires burning in the Sierra.

The Bald Fire is now 91% contained. It had burned 39,926 acres as of 7 p.m. Thursday. According to incident command, there was mostly minimal fire behavior today as smoldering stumpholes and 1,000 hour fuels continue to consume. Isolated interior islands showed moderate rates of spread and some individual torching.The fire is expected to be contained by Friday.

Tuolumne County hunter indicted for starting the Rim Fire; Faces jail time and fines

One of the largest fires in California history, as well as being one of the costliest, was started by an illegal campfire started by a bow hunter according to a federal grand jury indictment returned Thursday.

Former City employee loses wrongful termination lawsuit

The South Lake Tahoe City Council agreed to a settlement agreement on Tuesday with former City employee Stan Sherer who had sued for wrongful termination in 2013. He claimed that his termination was based on age discrimination.

According to documents received by South Tahoe Now, the City was cleared of any wrongdoing and is not required to pay anything to Sherer, including attorney's fee. In turn, the City has agreed to not sue Sherer who served as the Community Services Director for 18 months beginning in January 2011.

South Lake Tahoe Fire Department responds to two small fires and diving accident

Two fires were quickly extinguished by the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department in the early hours on Sunday.

In the first incident, a fire was reported off Echo Road behind the power substation near the Stateline Raley's. When firefighters arrived at about 12:20 a.m., they found five foot flames coming from what was later determined to be an illegal campfire at a transient person's camp. They quickly cut a line around the fire and contained it to a 10 foot square.

Man missing since 2010 may have been seen in South Lake Tahoe

Jackson Miller was just 18 when he was reported missing by his family in 2010 and he has not been seen by his family since. There may be renewed hope by his family after a South Lake Tahoe man reported that he saw Miller in the area in mid-July.

Soon after he went missing, Miller's car was found in the parking lot of the Golden Gate Bridge with his wallet and cell phone still inside. Authorities determined that no one jumped from the bridge the night Miller's car was found and video surveillance cameras showed him leaving his car and walking out of the parking area.

Hit and Run in Carson City leads to high speed chase; Driver arrested in California

A 53 year old Reno woman was arrested Tuesday on charges of suspected DUI and eluding officers after she led Nevada Highway Patrol troopers on a high speed chase into California.

Melanie Marnne-Lawson is suspected of rear ending a car in Carson City near the intersection of US 395 and Eastlake, then taking off towards Reno where the NHP spotted her. As they attempted to pull her over in South Reno, Marnne-Lawson failed to pull over for officers and took off reaching speeds in excess of 85 miles per hour along US 395.

Bay Area couple dies in Meeks Bay boat accident

A couple from San Ramon, California died on Sunday when a boat collided with a pier in Lake Tahoe near Meeks Bay resort.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department reported that the man and wife were on a speeding boat when it hit the pier at 1:40 a.m. The hull of the 19 foot 1997 Glastron was split in half from the force of the impact.

The couple has been identified as 44-year-old Tatiana Nikolskaya and her husband, 45-year-old Vadim Raizanov.

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

The following is a recap of activity the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to between July 21 and July 31, 2014.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

DUI in the 100 block of Bellamy Ct
Drunk in Public in the 2100 block of South Ave
Drunk in Public in the 2100 block of South Ave

Under the Influence of Drugs in the 1300 block of Gilmore Lake Rd
Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License at Sierra Bl & Palmira Ave
Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License at Pioneer Tr & Markofer Way

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care opens doors to the public

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August 3, 2014 - 10:00am

It's not very often that the public is invited behind the doors at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. This Sunday, August 3rd, you can wander through the grounds and see their current residents.

There are now nine bears housed at the agency. While you can't see them face to face (it would hinder their ability to live away from humans), you can see them on their exclusive closed circuit televisions. The cages with the other animals inside are all part of the tour.

Learn first hand what it takes to rehabilitate an injured or displaced animal.

When: August 3, 2014 from 10am until 4pm.

Helicopter aides in search for man in South Lake Tahoe this evening

A missing man from the Fair Meadows Court area of South Lake Tahoe prompted a search by a CHP helicopter, El Dorado County Sheriff's officers and Search & Rescue Wednesday evening.

The man, a 66 year old from Pleasant Hill, CA, went out for a walk with his Siberian Husky late in the afternoon. When he didn't return to the home he and his brother and sister-in-law were staying at on Fair Meadows Court within an hour, his family became worried.

Agencies working to stabilize land harmed by Tahoe Keys Marina

The Tahoe Keys Marina is possibly facing charges for illegally grading a plot of land next to Venice Drive in order to create a temporary parking lot for the Wooden Boat Show this past weekend.

The California Tahoe Conservancy, who owns the land, will be installing temporary Best Management Practices (BMPs)in order to stabilize the approximately one acre of land where dirt was moved and vegetation cleared. The Conservancy had already spent funds on stabilizing the land.

Update: Over 3,500 acres burned in Yosemite fire

7/29/14 11:30 p.m. update: The El Portal Fire burning near Yosemite is now 34% contained. Firefighters gained good ground on all sides of the fire except for the northern portion which has caused concern for fire officials. Steep, rugged terrain continues to challenge the efforts of firefighters but progress is being made. The weather forecast calls for continued high temperatures reaching as high as 100 degrees near El Portal.

At this point in time 3,545 acres have burned. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Update: Sand Fire now 90% contained, 4,240 acres burned

7/30/14 update: Firefighters are getting the upper hand on a wildfire north of the town of Plymouth. All evacuation orders have been lifted.

So far, 4,240 acres have burned as well as 19 homes and 47 outbuildings. The fire did not spread overnight. The increase in reported acreage burned is due to a precise GPS mapping.

According to Cal Fire, patrol and mop-up of the fire will continue for several days. Rugged terrain and hot, dry weather conditions in addition to hazards associated with mines within the fire area continue to be a challenge for firefighters.

Nevada casino win up 14% in June; South Shore casinos down

Casinos on the south shore of Lake Tahoe won $12,230,394 in June, down from the previous June by 2.33%. With the end of the fiscal year, this brings the total win for the region to $204,443,211 which is down 3.34% from the previous year.

Overall, the state of Nevada did well with a gain for June of 14.36%.

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

Las Vegas and North Las Vegas were the big winners for the month with a gain of over 22% while North Lake Tahoe saw the biggest loss of 15.39%.

Man dies after being pulled out of water at Angora Lake

A man was found floating by the cabins at Angora Lakes on Thursday. He was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to El Dorado County Sheriff Sergeant Fleischmann, no other details are known at this time, just that he was male and had passed. What happened, age, name and hometown are unknown.

Minden business owner arrested on fraud charges

Helen Welch, operator of the "Little Psychic Shop" in Minden, was arrested Wednesday by Douglas County Sheriff's officers on the felony charge of attempting to obtain money under false pretenses.

An undercover investigation by the DCSO was initiated after they received complaints of fraud by Welch's customers. The business is located at 1578 Hwy 395.

Anyone who believes they may have been the victim of fraudulent activity involving Helen Welch is encouraged to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at 775-782-9905 to make a report.

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.

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