Briefs: Three jailed in connection with robbery at motel |

Briefs: Three jailed in connection with robbery at motel

Three suspects remained in custody at El Dorado County Jail on Monday after a robbery in a room at The Block motel at around 3 p.m. Sunday, according to Sgt. Jeff Reagan of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

Gerald Hess, 26, of Daly City; Jeremy Phillips, 24, of Santa Rosa; and Velma Weaver, 22, of Santa Rosa are accused of robbing two people in the motel room for an undisclosed amount of money, Reagan said.

The victims were not injured.

According to Reagan, Hess and Phillips robbed the victims while Weaver drove the getaway vehicle.

Weaver parked the car at Highland Inn, where one of the three threw marijuana out of the car, Reagan said.

An officer found the vehicle with three people inside, and a loaded .22-caliber revolver was recovered near the car, Reagan said.

The suspects were arrested and are awaiting arraignment.

The city of South Lake Tahoe is holding a community workshop Thursday to kick off the process for updating its general plan.

The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Airport. City staff and consultants will provide an overview of the general plan update process and ask for the public’s view on what should be addressed in the new plan.

The General Plan lays out the city’s long-range vision in areas including land use, development and environmental protection. The update is expected to take about two years. The city typically updates its general plan every 10 to 15 years.

Concurrent with the city’s general plan update, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is updating its regional plan framework in an effort known as Pathway 2007. While the city’s general plan is not directly subject to approval by TRPA, the city will coordinate with TRPA to ensure that the new general plan policies and standards do not conflict with TRPA policies and regulations.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet in South Lake Tahoe today.

The committee will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Emerald Bay Room of the U.S. Forest Service Supervisor’s Office at 35 College Drive to address issues related to federal activities at Lake Tahoe.

Items on the agenda include a presentation on the preliminary Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act Round 9 wildfire prevention projects, an update on the Round 9 science themes, project nomination form and calendar, and a public comment period.

Federal Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend. Issues may be brought to the attention of the committee during the open public comment period at the meeting, or by filing a written statement with the committee through Arla Hains, USDA-Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

For more information on the Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee, visit the Forest Service web site at

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