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The following incidents were selected from among those reported to area law enforcement and fire protection districts.

Friday July 13

9 p.m., 601 U.S. Highway 50, Zephyr Cove – brush fire. A small fire believed to be caused by fireworks burned a 10-by-10-foot area next to Pine Cone Resort. Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District firefighters put out the fire.

Saturday July 14

6:57 a.m., 3400 block of Fairway Avenue, South Lake Tahoe – burglary. Several cases of soda, Gatorade and candy were stolen from the office at Bijou Municipal Golf Course. A thief broke into the office through a window. Police did not report how much the stolen goods were worth.

7:40 a.m., 1100 block of Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe – burglary. Someone entered a building under construction and stole more than $700 worth of tools and drank from a cooler that contained alcoholic lemonade. The missing tools include a cordless saw, two cordless drills and a grinder.

12:11 p.m., 3678 and 3967 U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe – delaying an officer. Police arrested Argel Scheele, 18, of Windsor, Calif., because he lied to an officer by saying he did not have a driver’s license. An officer had stopped Scheele’s red 2000 Ford pickup after employees from Chevy’s and Carrows told police that he drove away without paying for food he ate. Scheele first ate at Carrows then went to Chevy’s, police said. The restaurant owners did not press charges against Scheele.

4:45 p.m., 1100 block of U.S. Highway 50, Zephyr Cove – battery. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jessica Battino, 20, on suspicion of beating her mother and her boyfriend. Battino denied that she hit anyone but she did say she found her mother having sex with a man and began yelling at him, a deputy said. The 38-year-old mother said Battino pulled her hair and pushed, punched and bit her boyfriend.

Sunday July 15

4:30 p.m., Lost Lake, West Shore – search and rescue. Two men from Granite Bay, Calif., used a cell phone with a dying battery to call 911 and say they were lost in the woods. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit was called out to search the area at 5:50 p.m. Thirty minutes later, two state park employees located Wayne Edwards, 50, and John Wilfred, 21. They were tired and dehydrated as they were led back to their camp at Sugar Pine Point.

11 p.m., The Park Estate, Stateline – brush fire. A fire that may have been started by a discarded cigarette burned a 20-by-20-foot patch of meadow. Tahoe-Douglas firefighters extinguished the fire within 20 minutes.

Secret Witness offers cash rewards for anonymous tips leading to the arrest and conviction of crime suspects. Anyone with information about crimes reported in California is asked to call (530) 541-6800. In Nevada, call (775) 586-7295.

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