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Police hear gunfire, cite for fireworks

While on routine patrol along Pioneer Trail, South Lake Tahoe police believed they heard gunshots near Aspenwald Road, an officer said.

When they went to investigate the Wednesday night noise, officers found a 45-year-old man, who appeared intoxicated, lighting bottle rockets from his porch, the officer said.

The man was cited for possession of fireworks without a permit and police confiscated 10 Blackcat bottle rockets, the officer said.

In other news:

n A 23-year-old UC Santa Barbara student was arrested on charges of battery when she allegedly punched a Harrah’s Lake Tahoe security officer in the upper lip, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The security officer was struck while he was attempting to get information from the woman after she reportedly got into a fight with another female patron early Sunday morning, the deputy said.

n While on foot patrol inside Altitude Nightclub at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe early Sunday morning, Douglas County deputies encountered a man who punched another man in the left eye, a deputy said.

The 24-year-old Santa Rosa man hit a 24-year-old Bakersfield man after the two shoved each other inside the club, the deputy said.

n A 20-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on drunken driving charges Wednesday night after officers viewed his 1986 Chevy van driving 5 mph below the speed limit and weaving along Lake Tahoe Boulevard, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

n A lost ATM card proved costly when a 24-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman found more than $1,200 in unexplained withdrawals from her savings account at Stateline casinos and a Wells Fargo Bank branch, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

n Two South Lake Tahoe women got into an accident when one was making a left turn from Sierra Boulevard onto Palmira Avenue and hit a 1992 Ford Mustang, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

The Mustang, which was later towed, was in the bike lane when the Wednesday accident occurred, the officer said. The driver of the Mustang, a 22-year-old woman, suffered a laceration to her lip from an air bag, the officer said.

The other vehicle, a 1989 Buick Regal, received minor damage and the 27-year-old driver was unhurt, the officer said.

n Douglas County sheriff’s deputies went to Harveys Resort and Casino to book a man arrested by the Nevada Gaming Control for allegedly stealing a $5,000 casino chip, a deputy said.

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