Runaways won’t be charged |

Runaways won’t be charged

Four teen-agers who ran away from home, worrying their parents and forcing law enforcement to conduct a search, will not face any additional charges in South Lake Tahoe.

On June 25, Douglas County sheriff’s deputies found Amy Klaes, 17, Jackie Rivas, 14, and two boys, ages 17 and 15, at a bank on Kingsbury Grade. The girls were reported missing two days earlier after they didn’t show at a parent’s planned meet point inside an arcade at Harveys Resort Casino.

Investigators had flagged Rivas’ savings account. When she and Klaes tried to access it, bank employees called deputies. Klaes and Rivas got tickets for being juvenile runaways.

The 17-year-old boy was arrested for running away and violating probation. The 15-year-old boy was released to his parents.

Douglas County sheriff’s investigators shipped the case to South Lake Tahoe Police Department because the group spent most of their time on the run in a motel in South Lake Tahoe.

A month later, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office completed its investigation.

“No criminal charges are forthcoming,” said Deputy District Attorney Anthony Sears.

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