South Lake Tahoe man arrested on weapons charges |

South Lake Tahoe man arrested on weapons charges

Staff report
John Liska

South Lake Tahoe police arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of a litany of crimes, including possession of a sap, Wednesday evening.

During a traffic stop shortly after 6 p.m., South Lake Tahoe resident John Liska allegedly gave a false name to officer Matt Morrison, but was recognized by officer Chris Webber, according to a Thursday statement from police. Webber recognized Liska’s name as that of a suspect in a May vehicle burglary where a check was stolen, forged and cashed at a South Lake Tahoe bank, according to the statement.

A search of the vehicle Liska, who is a convicted felon from Alaska, was in turned up several illegal items, police said.

“Liska was in possession of a stolen firearm,” according to the statement. “He also unlawfully possessed ammunition, metal knuckles, an illegal spring-loaded knife, a sap (a sap is weapon which is typically a flat-profiled, leather-covered lead rod, fitted with a spring handle, and is a felony to possess in California), marijuana and illegal drug paraphernalia.”

Liska was booked into El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, forgery, passing a forged check, false impersonation, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm and ammunition by an ex-felon and possession of a spring-loaded knife and sap.

He remained in custody Thursday. It is unknown whether he has an attorney.

In oTher News

South Lake Tahoe police will participate in a nationwide effort to prevent drunken boating this weekend.

Operation Dry Water is an annual effort to highlight the risks and dangers of operating boats under the influence, according to a statement from the city.

“Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time,” according to the statement. “It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effect of cold-water immersion. Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion – ‘stressors’ common to the boating environment – intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs and some prescription medications.

“In California, it is against the law to operate a boat or water ski with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more. A person with a BAC less than 0.08 percent may also be arrested if conditions are deemed to be unsafe. If convicted, a person may be sentenced to jail for up to six months and assessed fines of up to $1,000.”

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