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Golden State fouls up at the end

DENVER – J.R. Smith hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining, lifting the Denver Nuggets to a 123-122 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Smith, one of four Nuggets to finish with at least 20 points, was fouled by Monta Ellis while throwing up a desperation 3-pointer after taking an inbounds pass with just 3 seconds remaining. Ellis, who had 32 points for the Warriors, had given Golden State a 122-121 lead when he made a 10-foot turnaround jumper with 15.2 seconds to play. Kenyon Martin had 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Nuggets, who were without injured stars Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Andersen. They also lost Ty Lawson to an ankle injury during the game. Corey Maggette scored a season-high 35 points to lead Golden State, which lost its eighth straight on the road. Stephen Curry added 26 points for the Warriors. Down by two entering the final period, the Warriors forged in front with an 11-0 run that put them up 113-109 with 4:10 remaining. Smith connected on an 18-foot jumper to give Denver a 109-102 lead but Maggette hit a pair of free throws, Ellis drove in for successive layups and Curry hit a 3-pointer. Trying to break up the Warriors’ string, the Nuggets’ Lawson drove to the net but couldn’t get a shot away in a traffic and dumped the ball off behind his back, falling hard on his left ankle. He limped off the court to the locker room and the team said he sprained his left ankle and would not return. The Warriors picked up the loose ball and started a fastbreak that Maggette finished with a layup that gave the Warriors a 113-109 advantage. With 1:51 remaining, the Warriors led 120-115 but the Nuggets scored the next six points, going in front 121-120 when Martin rebounded a missed shot by Joey Graham and put it back in. Ellis countered with his jumper seconds later to give the Warriors their final lead. Graham missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds and a scramble for the ball led to a jump ball won by Aaron Afflalo, who got it to Smith. The Nuggets called a timeout with 1.4 seconds left before getting the ball in to Smith. Officials reviewed the call and determined Ellis fouled him with 0.4 seconds remaining. Smith hit the first two throws, missing his final attempt. The teams traded baskets at a breakneck pace in the third, running and shooting and pretty much dispensing with defense. But neither could make a decisive move on the scoreboard, with Denver managing to take a 98-96 lead into the final period. The Nuggets were behind much of the first half but poked in front 65-62 at the break on the strength of a 19-6 run in the closing minutes of the second quarter. Golden State had pulled away from a 46-all tie with an 8-0 burst that Morrow started with a 3-pointer. But Denver responded with a surge fueled by Lawson, who connected twice from three-point range and had a steal and fastbreak layup as the Nuggets regained a 65-59 lead with 29.1 seconds left. Morrow closed the first half by connecting on another 3-pointer for the Warriors. NOTES: Billups (groin) has missed eight of the Nuggets’ last nine games, while Anthony (knee bruise) missed a third straight and Andersen (ankle) missed his second in a row. … Maggette scored at least 20 points for the 10th time in 11 games. … The Warriors’ Ronny Turiaf limped off the court with 7:19 remaining in the third quarter after coming down awkwardly on his right ankle while going for a rebound. He returned in the fourth quarter.

Remains may be missing mother

FALLON – Investigators are trying to determine if remains found in the desert northwest of Fallon are those of a Carson City mother missing since Nov. 10. Churchill County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene off Trento Lane at 7:41 p.m. Wednesday night after a nearby resident reported that her dog retrieved “what she believed were human remains,” said Dale Keller, Churchill County Sheriff’s Office undersheriff. Search and rescue crews, Carson City Sheriff’s investigators and Washoe County Crime Lab experts returned to the scene around 6:30 this morning. They have determined the remains are human. However, no information is being relesed on the age or sex of the remains. Bertha Anguiano, 33, has been missing since her 3-year-old son was discovered bloody and abandoned in a Dayton Smith’s grocery store on Nov. 10. The boy told authorities his mother was dead. Israel “Juan Carlos” Tellez, 40, is suspected in her disappearance. Tellez is serving time in a Utah prison for assaulting Salt Lake City deputies when they approached him there for questioning in Anguiano’s disappearance. The body was discovered about 60 miles east of Carson City and three miles from Highway 50 in Fallon. Carson City district attorneys left the scene around 3:30 p.m.

Body of missing Sacramento woman found in Upper Truckee River in South Lake Tahoe

The body of Pamela Suwinsky, a Sacramento woman last seen in South Lake Tahoe on April 3, was found Sunday in the Upper Truckee River. A dive team with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office located a deceased woman in the Upper Truckee River north of the Motel 6 where Suwinsky was last seen, according to a press release. The body was positively identified as Suwinsky, however, a cause of death is still pending and the investigation remains open. Suwinsky was reported missing around 10 p.m. April 3 by a long-time friend and ex-husband. The man told police that Suwinsky left the Motel 6 in the 2300 block of Lake Tahoe Boulevard between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to an earlier press release. He did not know why she left or where she would have walked to, according to a press release. Suwinsky fell the night before in the parking lot and cut her lip and chipped her tooth. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department asks anyone with information related to this case to call the detective division at 530-542-6100.

Fallon escapes with 53-46 win over Lady Vikings

South Tahoe's Lady Vikings missed an opportunity to knock off Fallon, one of three one-loss teams in IA Northern league play. The Greenwave escaped South Tahoe with a 53-46 win Saturday. "It's just about missed opportunities today. This was our opportunity to make a huge statement in league," South Tahoe coach Michael Neiger said after the game. "It came down to missed easy shots and, late in the game, giving up offensive rebounds on free throws. That was an absolute killer." With the loss, the Lady Vikings fall to 5-10, 4-4. South Tahoe remains in a close three-way race with Truckee and Lowry for fourth place in league standings. The Lady Vikings play both of those teams on the road this week. Fallon (10-7, 7-1) jumped out to a strong 15-4 first-quarter lead. South Tahoe fought back in the second quarter with baskets by Hannah Neiger, Ally King, Jordyn Dion and Riley Chapman and trailed 27-22 at halftime. The Lady Vikings would remain within a basket or two of Fallon throughout the second half. But missed shots by South Tahoe and strong offensive rebounding by Fallon late in the game combined to give Fallon the 53-46 win. The Vikings shot 13 of 24 from the free throw line. King led South Tahoe in scoring with 16 points. Neiger scored 11, Dion scored seven and Andi Jo Embry scored six. "We played well. We stepped up our intensity, our confidence shooting the ball. It's the missed easy shots. You don't get them back," Neiger said. Megan McCormick led Fallon in scoring with 18 points. Ali Tedford scored 15 and Hannah Lindsay scored 12. The Lady Vikings play league games at Truckee Friday and at Lowry Saturday. They return home to face league opponents Elko and Spring Creek the following week.

Airplane reported missing near Truckee

An airplane that departed from the Tahoe-Truckee Airport on Monday, April 17 has been reported missing. According to a press release issued by the Civil Air Patrol, the plane departed the Truckee Airport yesterday around 4 p.m. The two people on board were heading for the Petaluma Municipal Airport, but family members say they never arrived. The CAP, which is an all-volunteer U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, is assisting the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department with the search near Little Truckee Summit in Tahoe National Forest, northwest of the town of Truckee. Civil Air Patrol Incident Commander Lt. Col. David Boehm said Tuesday afternoon, “We will be flying until sundown. If the aircraft is not located this evening, we plan to resume aerial search operations at sunrise, so long as the weather permits.” The missing aircraft is equipped with an emergency location transmitter, though as of Tuesday afternoon no signal had been sent. The airplane is a four-sear low wing aircraft, known as a Socata TB-20 Trinidad. It is blue and white with gold trim. "We want to find them, and we will search as long as we are needed," he said. The California Highway Patrol is also assisting in the search, according to CAP spokesperson Lt. Col. Crystal Housman. Amanda Rhoades is a news, environment and business reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at arhoades@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2653. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @akrhoades.

Fresh look at old bones

Among the many things time can supply, it can also provide answers. Rick Brown, an investigator with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, is hoping time can provide information on an unsolved case of human remains found in 1997 at Stateline. On Aug. 4, 1997, a skull, three long bones, clothing and a stolen Taurus .38-caliber revolver were found in a 50-foot radius on the Park Estate across from Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Evidence suggests the remains are those of a man. They were found by a survey crew in a densely wooded area and could have been there since 1992. Hoping to breath new life into the cold case, Brown is reaching out to media and missing persons Internet sites. “I’d like to get it closed,” Brown said. “Somewhere out there this guy has a family and listed him as a missing person.” In 2000, the remains were sent to the Faces Laboratory at Louisiana State University. A clay reconstruction of the possible face was made. Officials say the man was of Caucasian and African American descent, between 26 to 36 years old and between 5-foot-1 and 5-foot-8. Although the cause of death has not been determined, the gun had one round missing, Brown said. A bone missing near the sinus area was not animal caused, a pathologist determined. The firearm was stolen from the Forest Inn in January 1992. A couple reported it stolen to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department after discovering it missing while driving home from South Lake Tahoe. Among the skeletal remains was a cigarette lighter with a Harrah’s Lake Tahoe logo, size 11 Air Jordan tennis shoes, large green and orange University of Miami jacket and a piece of blue sweat pants. An empty black Flight Pax backpack and a white Oakland Raiders hat were also in the area. Brown said investigators are assigned unsolved cases every year. The sheriff’s department has dental information and Brown is working on sending the remains to the crime lab in hopes of receiving DNA information. Unless crucial information arrives, Brown will rest the case. “It’s considered an open, unsolved case,” Brown said. “In a year or two we’ll refresh all the stuff, put it out nationally, see if something comes up.” Those with information on the case should call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department at (775) 586-7250 or Secret Witness at (775) 586-7295. — Contact William Ferchland at wferchland@tahoedailytribune.com

Rescue crews searching for man after his canoe capsized Monday in Donner Lake

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Emergency crews are searching the Donner Lake area for a 24-year-old Truckee man who’s been missing since his canoe capsized early Monday evening, an official has confirmed. Truckee Police Department Capt. Randy Fenn said the department received a 911 call at 6:26 p.m. Monday from a 19-year-old Truckee female, who said the canoe she and the man were in had capsized. The woman reportedly was able to swim to Donner Lake’s shore, but had lost sight of the 24-year-old man. By 7:30 p.m. a Truckee Police Department rescue boat was in the water, Fenn said from the scene Tuesday morning, and a California Highway Patrol helicopter aided in the night search with a forward looking infrared device. Agencies called off the search at 9:30 p.m., with surface temperatures at Donner Lake at 39 degrees, Fenn said. The canoe and several items of clothing drifted to shore. Truckee Police and the Truckee Fire Protection District picked up the search at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Fenn said, with assistance from the Nevada and Placer County Sheriff’s offices, Nevada County Search and Rescue, CHP and State Parks. Presently, three rescue boats are patrolling Donner Lake, with the CHP helicopter performing an aerial search.

Search continues for missing Truckee pilot

The search for a Truckee pilot missing since flying out of Truckee-Tahoe Airport Wednesday continued into the weekend. Nevada County sheriff’s deputies say 37-year-old Clayton Beck was reported missing by his wife, Lisa Beck, after he failed to return home Thursday. Deputies say the Civil Air Patrol and California Office of Emergency Services are conducting a search in a 90-mile area around the airport. Beck’s single-engine, two-seater RV-6 experimental aircraft is capable of flying 750 miles on a full tank of gas, but deputies say the search is based on his usual flying habits. Beck left the airport for a short flight around the Truckee area. Eight airplanes took part in the search Friday morning after volunteers suspended flights at about 10 p.m. Thursday after trying to locate Beck’s emergency locator beacon, said search coordinator Robert Todd. “We have no clues,” Todd said. “All we know is he took off from Truckee. At this point we’re trying to pick up a signal.” Roger Rintala, a friend of the Beck family, said more resources will be added to the search Saturday. “Everything is gaining momentum in terms of searching instead of losing it,” Rintala said. With the holiday weekend in full swing, Rintala said he’s hopeful that people recreating in the mountains might discover clues regarding Beck’s whereabouts. “This time of year we’ve got a ton of people under the canopy,” he said. “There’s a ground crew ready to go if we find a target.”

3,300 acres of Truckee Canyon kept preserved

Much of the rugged Truckee River Canyon — including prime deer habitat and tributaries to the Truckee River – will be preserved for future generations, thanks to a deal announced Tuesday by local, state and national conservation groups. The Truckee Donner Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy recently completed the purchase of 3,344 acres of land along the Truckee River between Floriston and the Nevada state line. The $2.1 million deal ensures that the “gateway to California will remain wild forever,” said Michael Conner of The Nature Conservancy. The property, about 10 parcels that include seven miles abutting the Truckee River, was owned by Sierra Pacific Power for nearly a century. The power company, which is in the process of selling its water operations to the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, left untouched the slopes above the river, only using a strip of land along the river to produce hydroelectric power. The property has value to conservationists as a migration corridor for the Loyalton-Truckee deer herd and as habitat for mountain lions and bears. But it was the water quality that had Sierra Pacific Power and conservation groups truly thrilled with the purchase. “It’s not every day in the conservation business that you get to protect nearly an entire watershed,” said Executive Director Perry Norris of the Truckee Donner Land Trust. The land trust will hold a conservation easement on the 92 acres along the Truckee River, which will remain under the ownership of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority. The California Department of Fish and Game will manage the properties higher in the river canyon. The acquired properties include Cottonwood-choked canyons, soaring volcanic buttes and rambling, sage-blanketed hills. Most of the land is on the northern side of Interstate 80 — a chunk of undeveloped property that connects Verdi, Nev., to the hills around Boca, Stampede and Prosser reservoirs. Executive Director John Donnelly of the Wildlife Conservation Board, noted how diverse efforts to preserve land along the eastern Sierra is beginning to make a big difference. Noting the proximity of land preserved in the Sierra Valley, in the Martis Valley and in Hope Valley, Donnelly said, “these links are starting to come together on this side of the mountain range, and it’s great to see.” The Truckee River Canyon connects the nation’s most populous state, California, with the nation’s fastest growing state, Nevada, The Nature Conservancy noted. Funding for the deal came from two sources — $1.5 million from the California Department of Resources and $600,000 from an anonymous Nevada County donor.

San Diego man held in Truckee rape case on $100,000 bond

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A San Diego man accused of raping a woman in Truckee remained in jail Thursday under $100,000 in bond, authorities said. Douglas Scott Thomas, 25, is charged with rape, reports state. He's accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Wednesday, Nov. 14, while she was unconscious. She reported the assault that day, and the Truckee Police Department issued a warrant for his arrest, TPD Sgt. Robert Womack told The Union newspaper in Grass Valley. Authorities arrested Thomas — whose profession is listed as firefighter, according to the Nevada County Jail — days later in Boise, Idaho. Deputies booked him into the Nevada County Jail on Wednesday, Womack added.