The following incidents were selected from among those reported to area law enforcement and fire protection districts.
Friday, May 4
7:24 a.m., 1000 block of Carson Avenue, South Lake Tahoe – double burglary. A thief broke a window in the front door of The Farm, an indoor grow store, and pried open a cash register. Police said $100 was stolen. Further investigation led police to a tunnel made in the wall of the store. It led into Jerry’s Vacuum Repair and Sales where $120 in cash and quarters were missing. Police said neighbors did not report anything suspicious the night of the crime.
8:05 p.m., 1000 block of Martin Avenue, South Lake Tahoe – domestic violence. Police arrested 36-year-old Billey Earl McVey for allegedly smashing a hamburger in a woman’s face, slapping her several times, pulling her hair and threatening to kill her with a kitchen knife. The 32-year-old woman ran from the house and called police at 7-Eleven. McVey reportedly denied hitting the woman calling her a “brat.” The woman reportedly told an officer that McVey had been drinking for three days. She said it was after she offered him a hamburger that he grabbed hers, took a bite and rubbed it in her face.
Saturday, May 5
6:19 a.m., 3400 block of U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe – hit-and-run. A gray Nissan pickup rammed a concrete and metal sign at Heidi’s Pancake House after the driver veered off the road to avoid a car stopped at a red light. The driver also hit a 1988 Subaru parked next to the sign and dented the driver side door. The car is owned by Patricia Thomas, general manager at Heidi’s. The impact of the wreck cracked open the Nissan’s radiator. A police officer followed leaking liquid to a home on Sacramento Avenue where she met Edgar Martinez’s nephew. He reportedly told her Martinez had asked him to come over and help fix a flat tire, but he said he was about to leave because the Nissan needed more repairs. The officer then met with Martinez and arrested him for hit-and-run and DUI. Martinez reportedly told the officer that he got off work at 1 a.m. and had two beers at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. He said he veered off U.S. Highway 50 to avoid hitting the car but hit the sign instead. He reportedly said he left the scene because he was “scared.” The officer noted that an air bag in the Nissan was deployed.
Sunday, May 6
5:10 a.m., 300 block of Tramway, Stateline – domestic battery. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Craig Penley, 36, on suspicion of domestic battery. Penley allegedly poured a can of soda over his girlfriend’s head and struck her repeatedly on the side of the head with a closed fist. Deputies said the fight began because Penley’s girlfriend did not go out drinking with him. The woman suffered a swollen ear and Penley had scratches on his stomach and neck, deputies said.
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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