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Opinion: Tragedy at the police department

Brian T. Uhler
Tribune Opinion Columnist

The department is deeply appreciative of the support given to the family of Mark Hounsell who was killed, along with his wife Jeanne and her friend Laura Fisher, in a motor vehicle accident. They are survived by four children who have been the recipients of beautiful and heartfelt support from the entire community. The fund for the children is now approaching the goal of $130,000. See this at http://www.gofundme.com/hounsellchildren.


During the latter part of September and first part of October at least five vehicles were stolen from the city. The auto theft series has subsided after our investigations and assistance from other law enforcement agencies has culminated with the arrest of several suspects. One of our newest officers (Davis Spaid) located and arrested one auto thief in the stolen vehicle while still in the city. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies located another of the stolen vehicles from South Lake Tahoe and arrested both the occupants. Our detectives have linked these suspects to other auto thefts.

What can you do?

Many of the cars stolen in our area were left unattended with the keys inside. Keep your car locked and do not leave keys inside. We know that many community members like to pre-warm their cars. There are remote start systems that allow the doors to remain locked and any attempt to drive the car would result in the engine stopping. Consider installing one of these systems to avoid being a victim of a car thief.


In October we had two gang-related drive by shootings. The first resulted in an adult male victim being shot in the leg by a suspect identified as David Angeles. We believe he has fled from South Lake Tahoe. We are coordinating with federal authorities to locate and arrest him. The other drive-by shooting occurred on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 28, when a suspect driving in the 800 block of Emerald Bay Road fired several rounds into a vehicle parked in front of a residence.

Violent crime message: The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is committed to identifying and arresting violent criminals. If you are involved in gangs, don’t be surprised when we commit significant resources to tracking you down and arresting you.


With winter approaching we ask:

Driving: Allow extra time to drive slowly on slippery roads. Unless you’re in the car repair business, accidents are all bad.

Parking: Don’t forget, we tow or cite cars that are parked on public roadways during snow removal times. Keeping cars off the roadways provides for faster snow removal. Also note that the snow-removal period can last many hours or even days beyond the “first pass.” Sometimes people forget about the “widening phase” of snow removal, which can be several days after a large snowfall event.

Brian T. Uhler is Police Chief of South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

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