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

Monday June 11

9:45 a.m., U.S. Highway 50 and Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, El Dorado County – garbage truck fire. A garbage truck’s wiring and paint were damaged after it caught fire. Hot ash inside the truck’s dumper likely caused the fire, said Lake Valley Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Michael. Firefighters spread the smoldering garbage on the road and covered it in a layer of foam. It was then transported from the scene in another garbage truck. Mechanics fixed the truck so it could be driven back to South Shore, Michael said. The fire department sent two engines and a water tender to extinguish the blaze. “This time of year people take campfire or barbecue ashes and don’t realize there are embers still inside,” Michael said. “We’ve actually had people put ashes in a paper bag and put them on their deck.” Michael said ashes should be keep for about a week in an approved metal container before being thrown away.



3:39 a.m., 3900 block of Pioneer Trail, South Lake Tahoe – domestic violence. Police arrested 32-year-old Devina Lee Ann Nelson after they determined cuts on her arm were self-inflicted. Police said a 31-year-old man called 911 because he had been hit in the head with a beer bottle. He reportedly told an officer the two began fighting because Nelson accused him of cheating on her. Police said Nelson and the 31-year-old were under the influence of alcohol during their fight.

Sunday June 10



10:43 a.m., 1000 block of Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe – bike accident. A bicyclist ran a stop sign because the brakes on her bike didn’t work, causing an accident at the U.S. Highway 50 entrance of the South “Y” Shopping Center. The woman on the bike, Pamela Watts, 30, of South Lake Tahoe, went to the hospital with pain in her leg and hip. Barton Memorial Hospital doctors determined the injury was not serious, police said. Police ticketed the driver of a 1986 white Honda Accord, Ramone Natividad, 32, of South Lake Tahoe, for driving with a suspended license. An officer tested the brakes on Watts’ bike and found them to be broken.

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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