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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March 9, 2017 — The bail of a South Lake Tahoe man who admitted to multiple felony charges was revoked after he failed a drug test.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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Phone scam reported in South Lake Tahoe

January 20, 2017 — A phone scam, in which the callers pretend to be from Microsoft, is occurring in South Lake Tahoe and law enforcement is warning residents not to fall for the deceptive scheme. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department has recently received calls regarding residents receiving calls […]

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Underage drinking biggest issue at SnowGlobe Music Festival

January 4, 2017 — Underage drinking was the biggest issue at the 2016 SnowGlobe Music Festival, according to incident reports from South Lake Tahoe Police Department. Out of 238 total arrests and citations, 148 were for minors in possession, up from 104 the year prior. New Year's Eve saw […]

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Update: Suspect arrested in South Lake Tahoe drive-by shooting

January 3, 2017 — Police arrested a suspect in connection with a drive-by shooting last week in South Lake Tahoe. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department announced Tuesday that it had arrested Kevin Gonzalez, an 18-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident, on Friday, Dec. 30, in connection with the shooting […]

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SLTPD: SnowGlobe-related incidents on the rise

January 2, 2017 — SnowGlobe Music Festival's continued growth has resulted in more than just a venue space at Lake Tahoe Community College nearly double the size of its old spot — it's also caused more police encounters with attendees. On Dec. 29, the first night of the three-day […]

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Lake Tahoe man arrested after standoff with SWAT team

January 2, 2017 — INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A North Lake Tahoe man was arrested Friday afternoon after a more-than-two-hour standoff with authorities, officials said. At approximately 10:45 a.m. Friday, deputies were called to a residence on Winding Way, west of Highway 28, after a man — a 28-year-old […]

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Fire displaces Round Hill residents near Lake Tahoe on New Year’s Eve

January 1, 2017 — Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a New Year’s Eve fire that damaged a Round Hill, Nevada, duplex and killed the family pets. Firefighters with the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District found a heavily involved structure fire at the duplex when they […]

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Infant’s death ruled a homicide; El Dorado County man arrested

December 30, 2016 — An El Dorado County man was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of a 6-week-old infant earlier this month. Michael Swope, 29, was booked into the El Dorado County Jail on second degree murder and child abuse causing great bodily harm/death. Authorities have been […]

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