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Utility district board member is arrested

Dan Thrift / Tahoe daily Tribune

Police arrested South Tahoe Public Utility District board member Dale Rise, 57, this week for allegedly resisting police after they responded to Rise’s South Lake Tahoe home on Monday morning.

Around 7:25 a.m., police responded to the home of Rise and his wife, Donna, after receiving a report of a possible domestic disturbance, said Lt. Marty Hale.

When police arrived Dale Rise was allegedly “very uncooperative” and “very belligerent” and tried to slam the front door of the home in officers’ faces, Hale said.

Because the call came as a possible domestic disturbance, police are required to check on safety of other occupants of the home, Hale said.

Officers gained entry into the home, where Rise allegedly continued to be combative, making an “overt move with his arm” that officers perceived as a threat, Hale said.

Police then tried to subdue Rise with a Taser stun gun, but the prongs of the shocking device did not deploy far enough apart to “effectively incapacitate” Rise, Hale said.

Rise then allegedly grabbed the wires of the ineffective Taser and tried to touch an officer with them.

Three officers from the police department were eventually able to subdue Rise and take him into custody. Police booked Rise into El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe on Monday. He was released from custody on $3,000 bail on Tuesday, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Web site.

Police believe the initial disturbance call resulted from an argument between Rise and his wife. The alleged altercation was not physical, Hale said.

Reached by phone on Tuesday evening, Donna Rise directed responses regarding the allegations to her husband, who did not immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday evening.

“It is a personal matter,” Donna Rise said. “It’s not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.”

Under California law, conviction on a charge of obstructing a police officer – a misdemeanor – carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and a year in county jail.

* On Monday, a jury found a South Lake Tahoe man guilty of robbery for his involvement in a stick-up at Tahoe Bottle Shop in February, said Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe.

Logan Sharp, 27, was found guilty of acting as the getaway driver during a robbery of the bottle shop that occurred around 10:50 p.m. on Feb. 8, Uthe said.

The jury found Sharp not guilty of attempted robbery for allegedly acting as the getaway driver during an attempted robbery approximately 30 minutes prior at Alpine Liquor and Wine, Uthe said.

Because of a previous strike related to a burglary conviction, Sharp could face anywhere from probation to 15 years in state prison, Uthe said.

A judge will decide Sharp’s sentence at a future hearing, Uthe said.

Garrett Churchill, Sharp’s accomplice in the Bottle Shop robbery and a suspect in several other armed robberies in South Lake Tahoe, was previously convicted of involvement in the stick-up, Uthe said.

* A CALSTAR crew was called to provide medical care to a man who was knocked unconscious after falling from a bike and landing on his face in the 2600 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd. around 10:20 a.m. on Sept. 24, said Lt. Marty Hale.

The man had allegedly been drinking before the crash and the extent of his injuries are unknown.

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