The following incidents were selected from among those reported to area law enforcement and fire protection districts.
Tuesday June 19
11:34 a.m., 1000 block of Emerald Bay Road, 4000 block of U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe – forgery, stolen vehicle, stolen property, receiving stolen property. Police arrested William Finn, 34, after they caught him driving a stolen 1986 white Chevrolet Blazer in the parking lot of the South “Y” Shopping Center. Police say the Blazer was stolen from an ex-roommate of Finn’s. Officers first learned about Finn after an employee at Sports Ltd. called to report that Finn used a bad check to buy three Camelbacks and camping equipment from one of its stores. Employees at the sporting goods store reportedly told police that Finn bought the equipment at their “Y” store and then drove down to a Sports Ltd. at Crescent V Shopping Center and tried to return the merchandise. An employee reportedly refused to give him cash for the gear because Finn had paid with a check. An employee at Sports Ltd. at Crescent V reported the incident to police after Bank of America told them the check had been written on a closed account.
9:05 p.m., “Party Rock,” an area off a dirt road off Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe – illegal bonfire. Residents of Kingsbury Grade told South Lake Tahoe Fire Department about seeing flames underneath the gondola at Heavenly Ski Resort. U.S. Forest Service firefighters were called out because the fire was considered to be in the backcountry. The Forest Service found teen-agers hanging out around the fire. Firefighters extinguished the bonfire. It is not clear if the teen-agers got a ticket for the fire, because an investigator for the Forest Service could not be reached Thursday.
Wednesday June 20
7:05 p.m., Rufus Allen Boulevard and U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe – person hit by car. A 29-year-old woman who was walking across Highway 50 suffered abrasions when she was hit by a Buick Sentry. Police ticketed the driver, Gerald Casellini, 49, of Santa Clara, for failing to stop at a red light.
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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