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Missing snowboarder found dead at Lake Tahoe ski resort

March 18, 2019 — Authorities say a missing snowboarder has been found dead at a Northern California ski resort...

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Prosecutors seek death penalty against man accused of killings in Douglas, Washoe counties

March 14, 2019 — Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against an El Salvadoran accused of shooting four Western Nevada residents in January. At a press conference Thursday morning, Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson announced there were sufficient aggravating circumstances to file a notice of intent to

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Sheriff’s office: Lake Tahoe woman who walked away from car crash found dead

March 8, 2019 — Authorities have located the body of a Lake Tahoe woman who went missing after walking away from the scene of a vehicle crash Monday afternoon. Search and rescue volunteers found the body of 46-year old Kathryn “Lani” Jones, the Placer County Sheriff's Office announced on

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California officials focus on forest management after fires

March 7, 2019 — SAN FRANCISCO — After successive years of devastating wildfires, California’s fire agency announced a plan Tuesday that would dramatically increase the removal of dead trees and other forest management efforts with the help of the National Guard. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

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Man accused of leading authorities on high-speed chase back in Douglas County custody

March 3, 2019 — STATELINE, Nev. — The driver of a motorhome involved in a fiery pursuit last summer is in Douglas County custody on a warrant issued after he failed to appear in district court. Christopher L. Debastiani, 47, was returned to Douglas County on Saturday, Feb. 23.

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South Lake Tahoe man sentenced for digging up Washoe artifacts

March 2, 2019 — Nearly seven years after he was caught digging up ancient Washoe artifacts, a South Lake Tahoe man was sentenced Feb. 26 to spend a year in prison for illegal excavation and removal of archaeological resources. Timothy Brian Harrison, 50, must also make $113,000 restitution, according

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El Dorado County DA: DNA evidence helped solve 2 South Lake Tahoe cold cases

February 25, 2019 — Investigators say they have solved two South Lake Tahoe murders that took place roughly four decades ago thanks to the help of DNA evidence. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and members of the El Dorado Cold Case Task Force announced during a press

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Four families displaced after Kingsbury Grade fire

February 24, 2019 — STATELINE, Nev. — Tahoe Douglas firefighters responded to a structure fire on Tina Court on Kingsbury Grade at 5 p.m. Friday. The fire was in the wall of a fourplex and was extinguished by 5:45 p.m., according to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District. Four

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Officials: Suspect in Tahoe City homicide committed suicide

February 21, 2019 — A man suspected in the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man in Tahoe City Saturday, Feb. 16, died in an apparent suicide, authorities said.

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Man involved in Lake Tahoe drug ring gets 2-6 years for heroin sales

February 21, 2019 — A former Gardnerville man, who was arrested multiple times on drug charges early last year, received 2-6 years in prison earlier this month.

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Tahoe Chief’s Corner: Preventing chimney fires

February 20, 2019 — Chimney fires are a common call for local fire departments during the winter months. These fires can have devastating results, ranging from property damage to death. What is a chimney fire? A chimney fire results from a buildup of creosote on the inside walls of

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UPDATE: Crews find body of missing skier at Heavenly Mountain Resort

February 19, 2019 — Ski patrollers with the help of a search dog found the body of missing skier Brett Herrick at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Herrick, 62, from Seaside, California, was positively identified, according to Undersheriff Paul Howell. "He was found

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El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office asks for help locating missing woman

February 18, 2019 — Officials are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing El Dorado County woman. Brooke Harris, 49, was last seen Feb. 14 in El Dorado Hills, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Security cameras at Red Hawk Casino observed Harris, apparently alone,

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UPDATE: Authorities ID victim in Tahoe City shooting

February 16, 2019 — UPDATE 10 a.m. The Placer County Sheriff's Office reported that 33-year-old Octavio Villa Villanueva of Sparks was shot in the Boatworks Mall parking lot and later died. No information has been released on a suspect as investigations into the incident continue. ORIGINAL POST: Officials: Shooting

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Man involved in Lake Tahoe drug ring admits to heroin sales

February 16, 2019 — A South Lake Tahoe man admitted earlier this month he sold heroin in Gardnerville last year.

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Heavy snow causes 2 gas leaks in 24 hours in South Lake Tahoe

February 13, 2019 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Recent snow caused two gas leaks in 24 hours. South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue crews responded Wednesday morning to a second gas leak in 24 hours. The cause, according to a press release from the city, was snow piled on

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Suspect in Washoe, Douglas killings appears in Reno court on murder charges

February 11, 2019 — RENO — A 20-year-old immigrant from El Salvador accused of murdering four people in Nevada last month has been transferred to the Washoe County Jail in Reno where prosecutors in two counties plan to try him for all four killings. Washoe County District Attorney spokeswoman

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Suspect in Washoe, Douglas killings will be prosecuted on murder charges ahead of Carson City charges

February 8, 2019 — The 36 Carson City charges against Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman were put on hold Friday after prosecutors all agreed the murder charges in Washoe and Douglas counties should go forward first. Deputy DA Melanie Brantingham told Justice of the Peace Tom Armstrong the families of the

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South Lake Tahoe man dies in Dayton car crash

February 1, 2019 — A South Lake Tahoe man died in a vehicle crash early Friday.

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UPDATE: Man arrested for alleged sexual assaults in South Lake Tahoe in US illegally

January 28, 2019 — A Nevada man accused of sexually assaulting minors in South Lake Tahoe is in the country illegally. That’s according to additional information provided by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department Tuesday morning. Sergio Antonio Recendiz-Rodriguez was arrested on multiple charges of sexual battery on minors

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