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Apparent prank could lead to charges

Elaine Goodman

A 25-year-old South Lake Tahoe man is suspected of starting a fire at Heavenly Mountain Resort that melted a trash can and caused other damage, and he could face charges of arson and vandalism, authorities said.

A ski resort employee spotted three people around a melting trash can near Patsy’s ski lift at about 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11, according to a report written by an El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy. Two of the men were detained, but a third fled on a mountain bike, the report stated.

One of the detained men said he and a co-worker had gone mountain biking in the area, while a third co-worker hiked. When the man who was hiking caught up with them, one of the co-workers started throwing items that he had set on fire at him, according to the report.

A bathroom was near the scene, and a deputy reportedly found several rolls of paper towels and toilet paper that appeared to have been used in the fire.

A Heavenly vice president requested full prosecution of the case, according to the report. The case was under review by the district attorney’s office, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Les Lovell.

In other news:

* A man suffered an apparent concussion when he was knocked down during an argument on Elk Point Drive, in the Angora fire burn area, according to a report by an El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy.

The victim was working with an excavator the afternoon of Oct. 9 when a white pickup tried to get past. The victim moved the excavator, but angry words were exchanged between the men, according to the report.

The pickup driver allegedly pushed the other man to the ground, and the victim reportedly lost consciousness and then felt dizzy for the next several hours, after which he went to the hospital for treatment.

* A field at the Lake Tahoe Environmental Magnet School was torn up Saturday night by someone driving an SUV over it, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Les Lovell. A juvenile, considered the sole suspect in the case, was arrested on Sunday, said Lovell, who described the damage to the field as “fairly significant.”

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