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Reno double homicide similar to Douglas County killings

January 18, 2019 — A firearm was used to kill the victims in two separate homicides that occurred in Douglas County, Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said Thursday. Balaam held a press conference to share details of a double homicide that occurred in southwest Reno just days after the Douglas County

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South Lake Tahoe man accused of killing roommate with piece of firewood

January 16, 2019 — A South Lake Tahoe man is in custody for allegedly killing his female roommate with a piece of firewood. South Lake Tahoe officers initially responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 1100 block of Carson Avenue around 2:45 p.m.

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$10,000 reward offered in Douglas County homicides

January 14, 2019 — DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. — A $10,000 reward has been offered for the capture of whoever is responsible for the deaths of two women in Gardnerville Ranchos over the past five days. The two women, who appeared to live alone, were found dead in their homes.

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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office dedicates hotline to tips regarding homicides

January 14, 2019 — A tip and information hotline has been established to help residents report nonemergency information related to two homicides that occurred in the Gardnerville Ranchos. The hotline will be in operation 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for the foreseeable future. Tipsters may call

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El Dorado County inmate dies in custody

January 14, 2019 — PLACERVILLE, Calif. — An inmate in the county jail has died while in custody, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. According to a press release from the sheriff, on Friday, Jan. 4, inmate Anthony Marino was found unresponsive at

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Two dead in Topaz Lake boating incident

January 14, 2019 — Authorities have recovered two bodies from Topaz Lake where a small boat capsized Saturday afternoon. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of Bert Pederson, 45,  of Sparks, according to information released on Sunday. The body of Jesse Gregory, 50, of Sparks was found

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Cannabis oil extraction lab causes fire, explosions at South Lake Tahoe home

January 13, 2019 — Authorities say a series of explosions and ensuing fire at a Lake Tahoe home were caused by a butane honey oil lab. Authorities responded to a report of multiple explosions at 1104 Kyburz Ave., around 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, according to the city. A

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South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue calls blaze at Presbyterian Church ‘suspicious’

January 11, 2019 — South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue responded Wednesday night to a structure fire at the Presbyterian Church, at 2733 Lake Tahoe Blvd, that officials are calling suspicious in nature, according to its Facebook page. SLTFR requested assistance from Lake Valley, Tahoe Douglas and CalTahoe JPA ambulance

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Truckee fire truck stolen, involved in collision shortly after

January 10, 2019 — A fully marked Truckee Fire battalion truck was reported stolen on Monday morning, and by noon it had reportedly been crashed. At 11:34 a.m. the driver of the truck was involved in a collision on State Route 89 south and Sequoia Avenue in Tahoe City,

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Backpackers rescued from Desolation Wilderness during winter storm

January 10, 2019 — Three backpackers were rescued from Desolation Wilderness in the early morning hours Monday as a winter storm continued to impact the region. The backpackers were prepared for the elements but failed to heed warnings from the National Weather Service, according to the El Dorado County

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South Lake Tahoe police: Man arrested after attempting to steal off-duty firefighter’s car

January 9, 2019 — An off-duty firefighter managed to fend off an alleged carjacking attempt.

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Elks Point Road in Round Hill reopening after chlorine gas leak

January 3, 2019 — Elks Point Road in Round Hill will be reopening shortly following a nearly four-hour closure due to a chlorine gas leak. The leak occurred in a research and development building at the corner of Elks Point Road and U.S. 50, Eric Guevin, fire marshal with

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South Lake Tahoe man arrested with loaded AK-47 style rifle

January 2, 2019 — A South Lake Tahoe man with purported gang ties is in custody after police say they found him intoxicated and armed at the scene of a vehicle crash. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department initially received a report of a single-vehicle crash in the 800

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Douglas County law enforcement reports 14 arrests on New Year’s Eve

January 2, 2019 — After a busy weekend, New Year’s Eve in Douglas County was relatively tame with only 14 arrests. Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ron Elges reported 11 people were taken into custody at Lake Tahoe. Most notable were arrests for battering a police officer and trespassing, he

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Member of Lake Tahoe drug ring receives 15 years in trafficking case

January 1, 2019 — One of a dozen members of a drug trafficking ring received 6-15 years in prison on Monday. Saying he was arrested with the most drugs he’d ever had in his life, Riyantyler A. Hudson, 31, admitted to a count of trafficking in methamphetamine. Hudson has

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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office ready for New Year’s Eve celebration at Lake Tahoe

December 30, 2018 — The sheriff’s office is anticipating a larger crowd due to the proximity to the weekend. Last year’s crowd hovered around 5,000, with only a dozen arrests.

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South Lake Tahoe business owner reports attempted scam

December 21, 2018 — A local business owner’s handling of an apparent scam attempt is serving as an example for how to handle would-be thieves. The unidentified business owner, according to police, received a call Thursday from what appeared to be the South Lake Tahoe Police Department’s main line.

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Authorities seek public’s help identifying Lake Tahoe casino thief

December 19, 2018 — Anyone who has any information regarding the identity of the person in the photo should contact investigator Scott Battcher at 775-782-9905.

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Authorities investigating death of man found at Echo Summit

December 13, 2018 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — An unidentified man was found dead at Echo Summit on Monday, Dec. 10. The man was found after the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office was called to suspicious circumstances on U.S. 50 near Echo Summit. A passerby found a bicycle

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Trial in Stateline hotel killing delayed again

December 13, 2018 — The trial of a homeless man in connection to a deadly stabbing in Stateline has been delayed again. The trial for Jose Rodriguez-Quezada had been set for Nov. 26. But it has now been pushed back six months. Rodriguez-Quezada was indicted in January by the

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