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Tahoe crime recap: Man lights car on fire after taking LSD and being subjected to ‘satanic magic’

April 26, 2017 — A South Lake Tahoe man believed a newly acquainted co-worker was using witchcraft and satanic powers to control his mind, which is why he started a fire in a car he believed belonged to the co-worker. All of this happened after the man took some […]

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Tahoe crime recap: Warrant foils attempt to falsify identity

April 20, 2017 — If you have a warrant out for your arrest and are pulled over by the police, do not give them the name of another person who also has a warrant out for his or her arrest. That was the parting lesson of one South Lake […]

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No bail for ex-Tahoe ski teacher on child porn charges

April 18, 2017 — RENO, Nev. (AP) — A U.S. magistrate has ordered a former children’s ski instructor at a Lake Tahoe resort held without bail indefinitely pending his federal trial on child pornography charges. Judge William Cobb refused to set any bail conditions Tuesday for the 26-year-old Nevada […]

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Former ski school employee charged with child porn pleads not guilty

April 6, 2017 — After an iPod containing images of child pornography was discovered at Heavenly Mountain Resort in 2015, various law enforcement agencies spent the two years locating the owner and building their case. That work culminated Wednesday when a grand jury handed down an indictment for one […]

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Tahoe crime recap: Man repeatedly arrested for domestic violence arrested again

April 5, 2017 — A South Lake Tahoe man who was arrested twice in the past four years for domestic violence was arrested again Thursday, March 30. The 29-year-old man was arrested after the 28-year-old woman he was living with in the 3700 block of Ruby Way arrived at […]

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South Lake Tahoe police: Stabbing started as argument between roommates

April 4, 2017 — An incident that left a South Lake Tahoe resident injured and tied-up for at least 20 hours appears to have started as an altercation between roommates, according to law enforcement. Meanwhile, the lone suspect in the case is cooperating with investigators and awaiting transport from […]

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Fresno man falls to his death at Harveys Lake Tahoe

March 27, 2017 — A 29-year-old man was pronounced dead after falling from the upper levels of a parking structure at Harveys Lake Tahoe yesterday. Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified of a man with a traumatic injury located near the casino in Stateline on March 26 at 3 […]

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Tahoe crime recap: Drunk driver tries to run witness off road after hitting bicyclist

March 22, 2017 — A South Lake Tahoe man accused on being drunk and behind the wheel did not take too kindly to being followed after hitting a bicyclist and fleeing the scene, according to law enforcement. The incident started around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, when the 33-year-old […]

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Tahoe crime recap: Man arrested for using woman’s identity to gain work

March 15, 2017 — A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Monday night for using another person's Social Security number to gain employment. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department was contacted after the actual owner of the Social Security number attempted to apply for financial assistance in El Cajon, […]

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Tahoe crime recap: South lake man’s bail revoked after failed drug test

March 9, 2017 — The bail of a South Lake Tahoe man who admitted to multiple felony charges was revoked after he failed a drug test. David J. Martinez, 33, admitted in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday to theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of […]

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Tahoe crime recap: 3 accused of kidnapping

March 8, 2017 — Three suspects turned themselves in to authorities after law enforcement said they were wanted in connection with pulling a victim out of a South Lake Tahoe apartment and beating her. Two of the suspects turned themselves in Friday at police headquarters after learning of the […]

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Heroin overdoses down, but police encounters on the rise in South Lake Tahoe

March 8, 2017 — Emergency rooms across California are continuing to see a rise in heroin overdoses, according to the latest state figures, while in El Dorado County there has been a decrease in opioid-related deaths. Law enforcement officials, however, argue that heroin use is still a major issue […]

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Spike in thefts from vehicles strike South Lake Tahoe

March 4, 2017 — A rash of thefts from vehicles in late February led the South Lake Tahoe Police Department to issue a reminder Thursday about the importance of locking vehicles. The department received nine reports of thefts from a vehicle between Feb. 20 and 25, according to a […]

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Tahoe crime recap: Boyfriend bloodied in brawl

March 1, 2017 — A post-party argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend led to the girlfriend's arrest on a charge of felony domestic violence. The couple, who live together in South Lake Tahoe, had returned home Sunday, Feb. 19, after a party. Both were under the influence of alcohol […]

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Man wanted in Mendocino murder arrested in South Lake Tahoe

February 25, 2017 — A suspect wanted in connection with a murder in Mendocino County was arrested in South Lake Tahoe Friday. In a press release, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department reported that officers arrested 32-year-old Jesse Cole Wells. The South Lake Tahoe department would not comment on […]

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Zephyr Cove woman’s sentencing continued

February 20, 2017 — The sentencing of a Zephyr Cove woman seeking a guilty plea agreement on theft and fraud charges was continued. Karen R. Chapon, 47, is facing felony charges of insurance fraud, mortgage lending fraud and theft. From December 2012 to November 2014 Chapon submitted travel insurance […]

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Tahoe woman gets jail for DUI with children in car

February 15, 2017 — A South Lake Tahoe woman who drove drunk with four children in her vehicle was sentenced to 120 days in jail. Angela J. Carlen, 31, was stopped at around 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 16 at U.S. 50 and Lake Village after deputies saw a vehicle […]

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Nevada sheriffs offices prepare for body cameras

February 4, 2017 — Body cameras could be in the future for Nevada law enforcement officials, and Douglas County sheriff's officials and county commissioners are pondering what impacts the cameras could have locally. "We support the idea, but this isn't particularly about what we want. It's about being prepared […]

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Men deny Heavenly Mountain ski voucher thefts

February 1, 2017 — Trial dates were set for two local men who deny being part of a group that allegedly stole more than 1,000 lift ticket vouchers from Heavenly Mountain Resort. Several men are suspected in the crime. Combined, the vouchers were worth more than $116,000, according to […]

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Investigation into South Lake Tahoe drive-by shooting continues

January 28, 2017 — As an investigation into a December drive-by shooting in South Lake Tahoe continues, with one arrest already made, the question remains as to whether this crime is gang related. On Dec. 30 police arrested Kevin Gonzalez, an 18-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident, in connection with […]

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