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Pro snowboarder’s court date moved

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A Tuesday court appearance was pushed back to September for a mandatory settlement conference regarding the July arrest of Shawn Palmer, a South Lake Tahoe professional snowboarder, on a trespassing charge.

Palmer, who did not appear at the Tahoe Township Justice Court on Tuesday afternoon, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing in the early hours of July 14 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, a court file stated.

Phone calls were made to Palmer and his attorney, Michael Roeser, but they could not be not be reached for comment.



At 4:15 a.m., 15 minutes before his arrest, a Bill’s Lake Tahoe Casino security officer asked Palmer to leave the casino. Palmer, 33, left Bill’s, but returned through the pony doors of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, the file stated.

Security officials asked Palmer to leave Harrah’s and told him not to come back to either Bill’s, Harrah’s or Harveys Resort and Casino.



Instead of heeding the advice, Palmer walked into Harveys while the security officer followed.

Palmer was given a trespassing warning and was cautioned that if he returned to one of the three casinos, he would be arrested.

Palmer left Harveys but returned to Harrah’s. Security personnel then took Palmer to valet for a cab, the court file said.

At 4:30 a.m., Palmer allegedly returned to Harrah’s, through the same pony doors, and was arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

He was released from Douglas County Jail the same day on $170 bail.

In November 2000, Palmer was arrested for battery at Caesars Tahoe when he reportedly struck a male in the face in Nero’s Nightclub. He later pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a fine.

After the battery he was asked by security officers if he knew what he did. Palmer reportedly replied: “It doesn’t matter.”

— Contact William Ferchland at (530) 542-8014 or wferchland@tahoedailytribune.com.


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