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Hikers spotted with aid of night vision goggles

William Ferchland

Two people camping near D.L. Bliss State Park who set out to hike Rubicon Peak late Saturday and became lost were spotted by a CALSTAR helicopter with a crew member using night vision equipment.

Greg Prettyman, from El Grove, and Elizabeth Isin, from Sacramento, called 911 from a cell phone at 10:53 p.m. after losing the trail and walking in thick brush. An hour and a half after the 911 call was made, CALSTAR was called and spotted the pair after 15 minutes of searching.

Flight Nurse Bryan Pond said the incident underlines the importance of night-vision goggles at a price of $10,000. The nonprofit helicopter company out of South Lake Tahoe filed for certification with the Federal Aviation Administration for its pilot to wear night-vision goggles while flying, Pond said.

“It’s like daylight out there,” Pond said about the goggles.

The lost campers were found because one carried a flashlight, Pond said. They did not seek medical attention, Pond said.

In other news:

— A 41-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested last week after carrying a sword on a bus, withdrawing the weapon and standing guard near the bus’s entrance, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

Shaun Petrusa was taken into custody at the 7-Eleven along Pioneer Trail after getting off the bus and entering the convenience store, Lt. Martin Hewlett said. Petrusa was inside the store, sword down, talking to authorities via a telephone when he agreed to step outside.

Petrusa was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of possession of a dangerous weapon, obstructing a peace officer, drunk in public and being under the influence of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $15,000.

— More than $2,500 in jewelry was reported stolen July 17 from three tents stationed outside Horizon Casino Resort, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy stated.

One vendor said 100 Chinese zodiac charm bracelets, 50 with a horse and 50 with a dragon, were stolen from his tent at a loss of $2,000, the deputy stated.

Another vendor reported $400 worth of 26 silver charm necklaces, 13 with a cross and 13 with Celtic symbols, were taken along with a gray cash box with $50, the deputy said.

Seven necklace and earring sets with various stones worth $200 were reported stolen by a third seller, the deputy stated.

Anyone with information on these burglaries can contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department at (775) 586-7275.

— A 52-year-old Jacksonville, Fla., man reported $3,500 in cash missing from his pants pocket after he invited two women up to his room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe early Tuesday morning, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy stated.

The man was falling asleep as a friend left the room. The man woke up to a door being slammed, the two woman gone and the money missing, the deputy stated.

One white woman, who went by the name Tessa, was described as 5-foot-9-inches tall, 135 pounds, with brown hair and an Asian symbol tattoo on the right side of her neck.

She also had piercings in her chin, nostril and left eyebrow.

The other woman, who went by the name Angela, is black, stands about 5-foot-7-inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has dark curly brown hair with highlights.

— Two Dell Latitude laptop computers worth a total of $2,400 were reported stolen July 15 from an announcement booth near the 18th hole at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The computers were secured inside the booth but a door was pried open with a clamp. A deputy patrolling the grounds at night for the American Century Championship stated he encountered one man walking the area who claimed he worked for the tournament.


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