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Man dies after fall from Cave Rock

A Minden man was killed Friday evening after falling from the top of Cave Rock and landing on the rocks below.

Leroy Rupert, 61, died of multiple blunt-force trauma sustained in the fall from the geological formation on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore, according to a statement from Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Pat Brooks.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s office and Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a call for assistance at Cave Rock about 6 p.m. Friday, Brooks said.

A friend who was on the top of the rock with Rupert called 911 for assistance to get Rupert down, Brooks said. Rupert had been described as shaky, Brooks said.

When the friend turned back around, Rupert was gone from the location he was last seen.

The sheriff’s office believes the fall was accidental, Brooks said in an email. Toxicology reports are pending.

Tahoe couple arrested on weapons, drug charges

Police arrested a South Lake Tahoe couple on drug and weapons charges Monday after allegedly witnessing a motorcycle club member purchase methamphetamine in a parking lot near the “Y.”

Ryan Marino, 29, and Shaleen Miller, 37, were arrested Monday morning after officer Travis Cabral saw Marino purchase methamphetamine, according to a Monday statement from the city.

After watching Marino conduct the transaction, Cabral stopped the Brotherhood Motorcycle Club member outside his home on the 1800 block of 10th street, according to the statement.

Cabral then searched Marino and allegedly found a hunting knife, hypodermic syringes and clear plastic bags of methamphetamine weighing about a half ounce each.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers searched Marino’s home, and found a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition, a flare pistol and drug packaging paraphernalia, according to the statement.

Marino was arrested on charges including suspicion of transporting a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to online booking information.

Miller was arrested on manufacturing a short-barrel gun, being a felon in a possession and maintaining a residence where drugs are sold or used, according to the information.

Miller and Marino remained in custody in El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe Tuesday afternoon. It is unknown whether they have attorneys.

The city did not release the business associated with the parking lot in which the alleged drug transaction took place. Police will ask El Dorado County Prosecutors to pursue enhancements against Marino and Miller for committing crimes in furtherance of a criminal street gang, according to the statement.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and could include additional arrests.

Driver arrested after nearly colliding with deputy

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 49-year-old South Lake Tahoe man on suspicion of drunken driving Saturday afternoon after he nearly struck a patrol vehicle on Kingsbury Grade, according to a deputy’s report.

The deputy was driving west on State Route 207 near Deer Run Court when the man, driving east in a Jeep Cherokee, swerved to avoid a turning car and nearly hit the deputy head-on, according to the report.

The deputy reported slamming on the patrol vehicle’s brakes and pulled over the shoulder to avoid the Jeep. The deputy made a U-turn and stopped the vehicle near Jupiter Drive. The driver was arrested and booked into Douglas County’s Stateline jail. A preliminary breath test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.169 percent, more than twice the legal limit, according to the report.

Compiled by Adam Jensen


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