News briefs: Gronwold sentencing, attempted-murder trial, river lecture series |

News briefs: Gronwold sentencing, attempted-murder trial, river lecture series

Staff reports

The sentencing of a former South Lake Tahoe elementary school teacher convicted of federal child-pornography charges was delayed for a second time Thursday.

Sentencing for Karsten Gronwold, who pleaded guilty to possessing sexually explicit pictures of young boys in August, now is scheduled for Jan. 20.

A reason for the delay was not immediately available, according to Mary Wenger, spokeswoman for the Office of the United States Attorney, Eastern District of California.

This is the second time sentencing in the case has been delayed. Sentencing originally was scheduled for October but was postponed until this week for unspecified reasons.

After a hearing in El Dorado County Superior Court on Thursday, the trial of Konolus Smith, a Meyers resident accused of trying to kill his wife with a combination of medications, is set to begin Tuesday.

After an El Dorado Superior Court hearing, Smith’s lawyer, Jordan Morgenstern, disputed a previous statement from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office indicating Smith was on parole from a murder conviction at the time of his arrest.

Smith’s previous murder conviction had been overturned, and the former Meyers resident was not on parole at the time of his arrest in August, Morgenstern said.

The Upper Truckee River Watershed Stewardship Group, a project of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, is hosting a lecture series on Monday to highlight some of the history and issues of Lake Tahoe’s largest tributary.

The presentation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College, Room E-100. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

The Upper Truckee River Watershed Group is a new forum for environmental education and discussion of issues along the Upper Truckee.

The aim of the watershed group is to create an organization of people that care about the health and future of the Upper Truckee River.

The Upper Truckee River drains the largest of the Tahoe Basin’s 63 watersheds and delivers more than half of the clarity-reducing fine sediment entering Lake Tahoe.

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