News briefs: El Dorado sheriff’s deputies shoot bear, police seek information about illigal dentistry |

News briefs: El Dorado sheriff’s deputies shoot bear, police seek information about illigal dentistry


Tahoe Daily Tribune’s Dec. 2 article “Schools address increase in homeless, foster care students” incorrectly referenced Bernadette Santana as a member of CASA of El Dorado County. She is a member of CSEA, or California School Employees Association.


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El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a black bear described as aggressive at 9:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, near Minniconjou and Susquehana drives just outside city limits near Pioneer Trail.

According to the sheriff’s office news release, the bear, which weighed 700 to 800 pounds, was disrupting the neighborhood and breaking into multiple residences over the last several weeks. Deputies attempted to move the bear away from one residence on Wednesday by using loud noises and bean bag guns. The bear did not retreat and instead “moved aggressively toward the deputies’ location.”

The sheriff’s office news release stated that the deputies were forced to shoot and kill the bear because its actions endangered the lives of the deputies and residents.

“The Sheriff’s Office attempts to take every measure possible to resolve bear incident cases at the lowest level,” the sheriff’s office stated. “However, when personal safety is in jeopardy, deputies must protect life and maintain safety.”

According to the news release, deputies have responded to 177 bear-related calls in the last year, of which 23 were located in the same neighborhood as yesterday’s incident. Of the 177 bear related calls, all were resolved with the use of non-lethal measures.


South Lake Tahoe Police Department is seeking information “about someone in South Lake Tahoe performing basic dental work without a proper dental office or licenses,” according to a news release.

The police department stated that two local dentists reported that “some people have needed dental-repair work after receiving substandard dentistry possibly occurring in someone’s kitchen. It appears that such activity would function as a ‘cash’ business and prey on the vulnerabilities of the poor.”

Police ask that public and private groups working with indigent populations should educate clients about “illegal and unsafe practices,” along with information about qualifying for Medicaid.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department asks that anyone with specific information about illegal dentistry activities call 530-542-610

Help Manage Douglas County’s Checkbook

Douglas County has invited citizens to provide input to help the county manage its checkbook.

During the “Manage the County Checkbook Exercise,” citizens will divide money between six areas depending on what they feel is most important to them by dividing funds just as they would for their own personal household budget. The six areas are the six major results Douglas County wants to provide for the community: Safe Community; Economic Vitality; Financial Stability; Infrastructure; Natural Environment; Cultural Heritage and Quality of Life and Organizational Sustainability.

The online exercise is a part of Douglas County’s budgeting process. The county and public will not be able to see the names of individual participants unless the participant chooses to display their name.

To access the tool, visit

Access will be available through Dec. 21.

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