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Snowmobiler survives collision with a tree

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A South Lake Tahoe man injured his back Sunday morning when the snowmobile he was riding smashed into a tree at 30 mph.

Noah Evenson, 22, was taken by helicopter at 11 a.m. to Washoe Medical Center. Staff at the hospital on Sunday afternoon said Evenson was in good condition in the orthopedic unit.

Evenson, an employee of the Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center, wrecked his sled about two miles from Highway 50 and the Toiyabe National Forest trailhead. An employee at the Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center declined to say if Evenson was working as a snowmobile trail guide when the wreck occurred.

A CALSTAR helicopter landed in a clearing in the forest. Snowmobile center employees used a toboggan to tow Evenson to the helicopter.

“He was knocked unconscious,” said Robert Griffith, chief flight nurse at CALSTAR, which stands for California Shock Trauma Air Rescue. “He had back pain and shortness of breath.”

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— The California Highway Patrol shut down Highway 50 from Meyers to Twin Bridges for two hours on Saturday. A storm arrived around 4:30 p.m., layering the road in ice and slushy snow. The weather caused a car to roll and immobilized a bus and about 20 other vehicles. Caltrans sanders, and chains brought up from Meyers for stuck vehicles, allowed the CHP to open the road around 7:30 p.m.

— A South Lake Tahoe man required surgery for knife wounds he inflicted on himself. Charles Honea, 26, was driven by police to Barton Memorial Hospital on Sunday about 2:20 a.m. Police were called to Honea’s home after a woman reported that Honea had hit her. Honea was booked on suspicion of battery of the 25-year-old woman. Police said she did not appear injured.

— Police arrested a 16-year-old South Lake Tahoe boy for walking out of Heavenly Sports on Stateline Avenue without paying for $190 ski jacket. The crime occurred Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Officers tracked the license plate on the boy’s car and they arrested him at his home that evening.

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