Man arrested on spousal abuse charges |

Man arrested on spousal abuse charges

by Jeff Munson, Tribune city editor

A 21-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on charges of felony spousal abuse after allegedly hitting and kicking his girlfriend.

The suspect was arrested after South Lake Tahoe police were called to the 1000 block of Third Street at 10:15 p.m. on Sunday.

According to a South Lake Tahoe police officer, the suspect answered the door and told officers that he had an argument with the victim. Officers went inside and found a woman with their daughter in the couple’s bedroom. The woman had redness and swelling on the left side of her face, the police officer said.

In an interview, the woman said the suspect had been drinking. He reportedly yelled at the woman for smoking and then hit her with a closed fist to the left side of her face. When she fell, she was kicked and hit 15-20 times, the police officer said.

The woman sustained injuries to the upper portion of her face and left side of her head. Also, there was bruising on both arms and an abrasion on the right wrist.

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— A 18-year-old man was arrested at the South Lake Tahoe High School campus on charges of possessing 1.2 grams of marijuana.

Campus security noticed the man, who is not a student, on school grounds. He was stopped and subsequently security found the marijuana in his possession, a police officer said. The man was issued a citation for possession on school grounds.

— Police responded to a complaint of two men and a woman riding wildly on a golf cart in the 800 block of Lakeview Blvd.

Officers found the golf cart and several subjects who were playing loud music near the cart. Officers couldn’t determine who was driving the cart. They were advised to keep the music down.

— Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies have identified the deceased man who was found in a burned car behind a Gardnerville restaurant on March 2.

The man has been identified as John Thomas Solak, 21. Because of a toxicology examination, the cause of death is still pending.

Arson investigators from the East Fork Fire Protection District have concluded that the car fire was accidental. The cause of the fire was from a failure in the mechanical system, which ignited surrounding combustible materials.

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