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Snowcat breaks rescuing stranded snowcat

A search and rescue was called for three utility workers when the snow cat they were traveling in broke down at Echo Summit at the upper microwave tower, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

The workers’ car was parked at Highway 50, more than three miles away. One of the men, Stuart Chapman, a 57-year-old from Carmichael, had a past heart condition thus adding risk for the men to walk down the terrain around 4 p.m. Monday, the deputy said.

A deputy arranged a staging area at Echo Summit. At 5:20 p.m. a search and rescue foot team was sent and roughly two hours later a sheriff’s department snow cat was deployed to retrieve the workers, who took shelter in their broken snow cat and the microwave building, the deputy said.



About a half hour later the sheriff’s department snow cat left and it broke down as well. It was close to 6 p.m. and already dark.

Two hours later the foot team reached the upper microwave tower, assessed there was no medical risk and escorted the three men to the lower microwave tower where a search and rescue volunteer was waiting in a vehicle, the deputy said.




More than seven hours after the first call, the men reached their car. No one was injured and the sheriff’s snow cat was later fixed and retrieved.

In other news:

n Jose Villalba, 21, allegedly used a 6-inch steak knife and threats to take a $1,000 1984 Honda Accord from a 32-year-old Wednesday night, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

Villalba was reportedly upset when he was told he would not get five of his compact discs from somebody, the officer said. The 32-year-old ran from the residence on Rubicon Trail when Villalba went to get some belongings, the officer said.

The vehicle was later recovered but $2,212 worth of compact discs were reported missing by the 32-year-old, the officer said.

n A 74-year-old South Lake Tahoe man thought his $85 digital camera was misplaced until he spoke to his neighbor who lost a watch the same day an employee from a Carson City furnace cleaning business visited their homes, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

The deputy contacted the business’ owner who said someone reported their diamond bracelet missing in early October after the same employee worked at her house.

n A security supervisor at Caesars Tahoe noticed a 50-year-old man eating a meal inside Roman Feast Restaurant on Monday night. The security supervisor had knowledge the man previously defrauded Paris Casino in Las Vegas and avoided paying for a taxi, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The security officer approached the man, who reported having no cash but intended to pay with a check and proceeded to show a checkbook, the deputy said.

There were no checks in the checkbook and the man was taken into custody for defrauding an innkeeper, the deputy said.

n A small blue handbag with a metal pipe used for smoking marijuana and a gram of the drug was found by a housekeeping crew at Caesars Tahoe on Monday afternoon, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

While looking for the owner’s identification, a security officer found the paraphernalia and film canister with the gram of marijuana inside, the deputy said.

n A 27-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was struck over the head with a beer bottle by someone at Nero’s nightclub inside Caesars Tahoe early Tuesday morning, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The man received head stitches at Barton Memorial Hospital and later released. Authorities had one suspect in custody but released the man due to lack of evidence.

n A 1995 Subaru Legacy rear window was broken while parked on the 1000 block of Lodi Avenue sometime during Wednesday night, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said. Damage was estimated at $500.

n A 1999 Chevy Cavalier was damaged twice on separate incidents when a brick was thrown through the rear window and a piece of asphalt damaged the rear portion of the vehicle, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

n A 37-year-old Tahoma woman reported items stolen from her unlocked 1998 Dodge Durango and her husband’s unlocked 1992 Jeep Cherokee, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

The theft took place sometime Monday morning when somebody took credit cards and a cell phone from the Dodge while a wallet and keys were taken from the Jeep, the deputy said.

The credit card and cell phone service were canceled.


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