City police officers find indoor marijuana garden |

City police officers find indoor marijuana garden

Two 23-year-old South Lake Tahoe men were arrested on charges of cultivation of marijuana and possession for sale when officers found 46 plants and roughly 11 ounces of marijuana, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

Jason Halowell and Matthew Niedrich were taken into custody when they returned to their residence on the 800 block of Patricia Lane Wednesday evening, the officer said.

Police and SLEDNET, South Shore’s drug enforcement team, were staking out the home after Niedrich’s 20-year-old brother was allegedly caught attempting to climb through the window, reportedly trying to retrieve some of his possessions in his old residence, police said.

Neighbors became suspicious and called police who took the brother into custody and later found the marijuana. A search warrant was obtained, and was used when officers found the plants, 10 ounces in two plastic bags, 19 ounces in a glass jar, a large box full of marijuana shake and growing materials, the officer said.

Halowell and Matthew Niedrich were taken to El Dorado County Jail and made $10,000 bail.

Niedrich’s brother was booked into jail on a burglary charge at $25,000 bail.

In other news:

Toxicology reports to determine the cause for the suspicious and unrelated deaths of Debbie Bariames, 35, and Carol Macken, 62, are finished, but are awaiting approval from different pathologists before being released to the public, said Douglas County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Biaggini.

“We’re now waiting for the pathologists to make the call,” Biaggini said. “We’re getting there. We’re ever so close.”

Douglas County deputies found Bariames dead Sept. 21 at the feet of her husband, George, who was sweating and staring aimlessly on the couch. The couple’s infant, Nicholas, laid on the floor, malnourished and near death.

A week later, Macken was found dead in her Round Hill apartment. Both women were dead for several days and autopsies could not determine the cause of death. They are not related, Biaggini has said.

A 28-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was walking through the parking lot of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe when he was pepper-sprayed by one of two males around 4 a.m. Sunday, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

Paramedics were treating the man’s face and eyes with saline solution. No description of the suspects could be made, except they drove a newer model black Jeep Cherokee, the deputy said.

A 25-year-old South Lake Tahoe man, returning from work at Horizon Casino Resort, found his right front tire on his 1999 Honda Civic stolen Tuesday night, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The Honda was recently equipped with new snow-studded tires with the one stolen costing about $250, the deputy said.

A facilities manager for Krump Construction, based in Reno, reported two Sky Track industrial forklifts sabotaged when someone put metal filings inside an engine oil compartment and the hydraulic oil system, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The cost of damage to the two forklifts is estimated to be around $20,000, the deputy said.

Two South Lake Tahoe men were taken into custody on robbery charges when they allegedly jumped a 28-year-old Sacramento man they met during a Nov. 10 night of drinking and gaming, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

Randy Hawkins, 19, and Desmond Schneider, 21, were taken into custody when the man identified them, the deputy said.

The two reportedly offered the man marijuana, jumped him near the Harveys Resort and Casino parking lot and took the $200 in his pocket, the deputy said.

Hawkins and Schneider were released on their own recognizance Tuesday at Tahoe Township Justice Court. A third suspect in the alleged robbery has not been detained.

A 24-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman was arrested 1 a.m. Thursday on drunken driving charges when her Toyota 4-Runner was driving without headlights and she made an abrupt right turn without a turn signal, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User