Softball field lights vandalized |

Softball field lights vandalized

William Ferchland

Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune Genaro Gutierrez, South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department worker, solders wires Wednesday for a light pole that was vandalized at South Tahoe Middle School.

Eight light poles surrounding the softball field at South Tahoe Middle School had their wires cut, making them inoperable for an adult softball playoff game this week.

Steve Weiss, parks superintendent for South Lake Tahoe, said the vandal cut the wires twice, which made splicing them back together difficult.

“So whoever did it knew what they were doing,” Weiss said.

Each pole had a safety inspection panel that are removable with an Allen wrench. Five wires are in every pole.

Seven of the eight safety plates remain missing.

Weiss believed the wires were cut sometime between Thursday and Sunday. The vandalism wasn’t discovered until Monday when the lights failed to spotlight an adult softball league playoff game between F and B Construction and Lake Valley Fire Protection District.

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The game was postponed. The lights were fixed and softball games resumed Wednesday. Weiss estimated the damage at $600 to $700 and thanked Don Turner, the city’s electrician, for the repairs.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100 or Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.