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Voltage fuse mistaken as bomb

Susan Wood
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Mark Daniel, with the Tahoe Douglas bomb squad, holds a large electrical fuse Sunday after it was called in as a possible pipe bomb at the Highland Inn.

The Tahoe Douglas Fire bomb squad was called to the 3900 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd. Sunday at noon on a report of a suspicious item resembling an explosive device at the Highland Inn in South Lake Tahoe.

No one was hurt. The item – a high voltage fuse – was found in Room No. 106 by the motel’s maintenance manager, Daniel Sheafer. Sheafer said he carried the fuse out of the room and into the parking lot near a tree. The area was cordoned off by city police officers.

Sheafer said he was sure it was a pipe bomb based on a show he saw on the Discovery Channel.

Bomb squad crew member Mark Daniel said “anything out of the ordinary” can be deemed suspicious if it’s out of place.

The authorities recommend anyone seeing such a suspicious item should not handle the device and call the police immediately.

In other news:

— Upon seeing a man in the registration area of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on June 18, security personnel recognized the man as being a suspect in a fight at Bill’s Casino three days earlier, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

Karl Paul Volosin, a 25-year-old from Stateline, was uncooperative with security and attempted to flee when sheriff’s deputies were being notified, authorities said.

Placed in wrist cuffs, Volosin allegedly kicked a casino security guard repeatedly in the leg and was discovered to have a warrant out of Oregon and is a sex offender who failed to register in Nevada, the deputy reported.

Volosin was placed in the back of a patrol car for a trip to jail. While en route, he vomited and the driver rolled down the window a few inches to give Volosin air and room to vomit.

Volosin used the room to put his head and upper torso out the window in an attempt to escape, the deputy reported.

The patrol car was stopped and Volosin fell to the shoulder of the highway before he was corralled and controlled by the deputy, who called for backup, the report stated.

Volosin was booked into Douglas County Jail at $29,000 bail on suspicion of battery, failure to register as a sex offender, felony escape and obstructing an officer.

— Damage to the VIP office at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe was listed at an estimated $10,000 after the discovery of a copy machine that was tipped over, a fax machine hanging by a cord, four large water bottles emptied and the contents of a fire extinguisher sprayed over the room, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy reported.

One cubicle sustained a broken shelf, drawers pulled open and ransacked and other damage, the deputy reported.

Notification of the damage was made to authorities June 10.

– Staff writer William Ferchland contributed to this report.

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