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DA releases new video in El Dorado County cold case

October 20, 2017 — Law enforcement is hoping to generate new leads in a missing person case involving a long time West Slope resident. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson released a new video earlier this week regarding the case of Charles Thompson, a Fair Play, California resident

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Douglas County jury finds man innocent in alleged sexual assault at Lake Tahoe

October 18, 2017 — A California man was found innocent of sexually assaulting a minor by a Douglas County jury. Eric M. Jarvis, 20, of Granite Bay, was accused of molesting a minor on a boat in Lake Tahoe during the Fourth of July in 2015. According to court

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Update on Eldorado National Forest wildfires: Table Fire grows to 250 acres; Ice Fire close to 100% containment

October 13, 2017 — Tactical fire operations will continue today in an effort to corral a fire burning in a remote area near Ice House Reservoir. Meanwhile crews are nearing 100 percent containment on a much smaller fire also burning in the Eldorado National Forest. Firefighting efforts have been

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Authorities still searching for person of interest in Stateline homicide

October 12, 2017 — After locating a stolen vehicle connected to a homicide in Stateline, authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest. Law enforcement has been unable to identify the person of interest, who was seen with Kevin LeRoy Edwards prior to his

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UPDATE: Table Fire in Eldorado National Forest estimated at 30 acres

October 9, 2017 — Officials estimate that the Table Fire burning in Eldorado National Forest has grown to 30 acres. The lightning-caused fire, which was first reported Sept. 8, has grown in the past 24 hours, Jennifer Chapman, public affairs officer for Eldorado National Forest, told the Tribune Monday.

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Police seeking information on shots fired off Pioneer Trail

October 5, 2017 — On Tuesday, Oct. 3, around midnight South Lake Tahoe Police Department received several 911 calls about someone shooting a firearm in the 3900 block of Pioneer Trail. Upon arrival, officers discovered evidence that a semi-automatic handgun was shot several times at that location. According to

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Vehicle sought in connection with homicide at Stateline casino

October 4, 2017 — Authorities are seeking the car of a man who was found slain in a Stateline hotel room on Tuesday evening. Reno resident Kevin LeRoy Edwards, 56, was found dead in a room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at 5 p.m. after Douglas County

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Fire destroys cabin at Echo Lake

September 27, 2017 — Quick action and teamwork helped contain a structure fire to a single cabin on Echo Lake Wednesday morning. Lake Valley Fire Protection District responded to a residential fire alarm call on the north shore of Echo Lake around 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to a press

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San Francisco man gets 5-year sentence for stabbing friend at Lake Tahoe hotel

September 27, 2017 — A San Francisco man received a five-year prison sentence Sept. 19 after admitting to a 2014 stabbing that took place in a Lake Tahoe hotel room. Christopher Calder, 33, was arrested after Douglas County sheriff’s deputies responded to the July 5 call. Defense attorney Matthew

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South Lake Tahoe man faces charge for false ID manufacture

September 21, 2017 — A South Lake Tahoe man allegedly found with equipment used to manufacture false identities and documents is being held on more than $200,000 bail. The 33-year-old-man was arrested after he was stopped by Douglas County deputies 9 p.m. Tuesday. According to the sheriff’s office, the

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Two admit involvement in rash of vehicle burglaries outside Stateline casinos

September 20, 2017 — Two people involved in a number of vehicle burglaries outside Stateline casinos admitted guilt in court Monday. A 29-year-old man from Mexico and 28-year-old woman from South Lake Tahoe both pleaded guilty in their roles in a string of burglaries at the MontBleu and Hard

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Woman arrested for DUI after crashing into tree in South Lake Tahoe

September 18, 2017 — A Novato resident suffered major injuries Sunday after crashing into a tree off Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe and was arrested for DUI. According to the California Highway Patrol report, a 21-year-old was traveling eastbound in a 2003 Mercedes Benz on Pioneer Trail from

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Truckee police: Man sought for stealing over $100,000 worth of property

September 10, 2017 — Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly stole a number of vehicles, and then used those vehicles to ram the front doors of local business for the purpose of burglarizing the establishments. Truckee Police Department investigators identified the suspect as Richard Anthony Lenning, 37.

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Highway 89 reopens over Monitor Pass, Slinkard Fire close to contained

September 6, 2017 — Highway 89 over Monitor Pass opened to residents as firefighters put the final touches on a line around the nearly 9,000-acre Slinkard Fire. Fire officials report there’s a line around 93 percent of the lightning-set fire that threatened neighborhoods and businesses around Topaz Lake. Full

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Former Tahoe ski school employee pleads guilty to federal child sex exploitation charges

September 5, 2017 — Stephan DeGraffenreid, 26, of Gardnerville, pleaded guilty this week to charges of child sexual exploitation. U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben accepted his plea to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor. McKibben set sentencing

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Stateline burglaries prompt warning to lock doors

September 3, 2017 — A rash of vehicle burglaries over the past week have prompted a warning to Stateline residents to lock up their homes and vehicles. There have been 13 attempted burglaries and burglaries with losses, according to Douglas County Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Sgt. Bernadette Smith. “The crimes began

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Authorities release new photos from stabbing outside Stateline casino

September 3, 2017 — Authorities hope new pictures will help identify the two men believed to have participated in a stabbing and robbery that occurred Aug. 13 at Harrah’s in Stateline. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released three new photos of the men they suspect were involved in the

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Stateline burglaries prompt warning to lock homes and cars

September 1, 2017 — A rash of vehicle burglaries over the past week have prompted a warning to Stateline residents to lock up their homes and vehicles. There have been at least 13 attempted burglaries and burglaries with losses, according to Douglas County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Sgt. Bernadette Smith. "The

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Wildfires erupt in California and Nevada; highway to Burning Man reopens after closure

August 31, 2017 — Multiple wildfires have sprung up in both Nevada and California, with one blaze closing the primary road to Burning Man for several hours and another leaving people around Lake Topaz without power. A third fire has destroyed 10 homes near Oroville, a community that has

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South Lake Tahoe man arrested on child pornography charge

August 30, 2017 — A 65-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of child pornography. The arrest was made two days after law enforcement received a report of a man annoying and molesting a child under the age of 18, according to a

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