Streaker captured in casino arcade
July 1, 2009
Police used a Taser stun gun to subdue a 19-year-old South Lake Tahoe man who took a naked jaunt past startled onlookers in the casino corridor on Tuesday afternoon.
At about 1:50 p.m., South Lake Tahoe police and Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies received a call about the nude man running east on Highway 50 near Stateline. When the man saw law enforcement officers looking for him in front of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, he ran into the casino, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Halsey.
The man allegedly ran down the stairs into the casino’s arcade, followed by police, deputies and Harrah’s security personnel, Halsey said. When the man allegedly charged his pursuers in the arcade, officers used a Taser on the man and took him into custody, Halsey said.
The man has a history of similar escapades, Halsey said.
Following Tuesday’s outing, police took the man to Barton Memorial Hospital for a psychological evaluation. If the man is deemed mentally stable, he will be transported to Douglas County Jail in Minden and booked on suspicion of indecent exposure and resisting arrest, Halsey said.
– A 1-year-old boy was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital on Tuesday afternoon falling from a second story window at the Sierra Garden Apartments at 1801 Lake Tahoe Blvd., said South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. Marty Hale.
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The boy was crying after the fall and was taken by firefighter paramedics to the hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening, Hale said.
– A 51-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman was flown to the UC Davis Burn Center on Monday after South Tahoe Public Utility District workers found her in a smoldering Dumpster in the 1000 Block of Echo Road, according to police.
At about 6 a.m., police responded to the Dumpster and found the woman with second-degree burns over 20 percent of her body, said Detective Chuck Owens.
The woman’s clothes were burned off during the incident and were believed to have been covered in a combustible liquid, Owens said. The woman had a lighter in her hand when police arrived and was apparently depressed at the time police found her, Owens said.
Police are treating the incident as a possible homicide attempt, pending an interview with the woman, who remains in the hospital, Owens said.
– A 15-year-old South Lake Tahoe boy was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital on Sunday night after being struck by a vehicle while riding a bike across Lake Tahoe Boulevard, said South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Tony Broadfoot.
The boy was struck at about 7 p.m. near the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Lake Tahoe Boulevard, Broadfoot said.
Police have determined the boy, who was not wearing a helmet, was at fault in the collision.