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Sierra House Elementary School classroom sustains ‘major damage’ in fire

November 12, 2018 — Fire officials are investigating the cause of a small fire that caused major damage to a classroom at Sierra House Elementary School Sunday night. Lake Valley Fire Protection District initially responded to an activated fire alarm call at 9:35 p.m. Sunday, according to the district.

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Police: Undercover operation breaks up Lake Tahoe drug ring

November 8, 2018 — STATELINE, Nev. — A dozen people are facing felony charges for drug trafficking after the completion of a nine-month investigation conducted by Douglas County and South Lake Tahoe. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, it was announced that undercover agents infiltrated a Lake Tahoe drug sales ring

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South Lake Tahoe Police Department IDs detectives in officer-involved shooting

November 6, 2018 — Authorities have released the names of two South Lake Tahoe police detectives involved in the fatal shooting of a man suspected of committing a violent crime spree prior to the incident. Veteran law enforcement officers Jake Herminghaus and Ross Molesworth, both detectives with the South

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Missing Alpine County hiker’s body found at base of cliff

November 5, 2018 — A week-long search for a missing hiker ended Saturday when Sacramento resident Bradley Dozier’s body was found at the base of a cliff in Alpine County. Alpine County Undersheriff Spencer Case reported that Dozier died as a result of a fall 200 feet down cliff

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Crime spree in Nevada preceded motorcycle shootout near South Lake Tahoe

November 4, 2018 — Before he was wanted in the armed robbery of a Carson City yogurt shop, a man who was killed in a running shootout with Lake Tahoe police was being sought in a Gardnerville Ranchos home invasion. Billy Jo Johnson, 34, was killed in the Meyers

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Authorities searching for suspects in Lake Tahoe South Shore storage burglaries

November 2, 2018 — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying suspects involved in burglaries at the Stateline Storage Units on Kingsbury Grade. A reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the suspects. Reporting parties

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Man who engaged police in shootout identified as suspect in Carson City robbery

November 1, 2018 — Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed by police Monday as the suspect in a Carson City robbery. The Carson City Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that it believes Billy Jo Johnson, 34, was behind an Oct. 22 armed robbery at Fruitilandia yogurt

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Alpine County searching for missing hiker

October 31, 2018 — Searchers are scouring the peaks around Upper Blue Lake campground in search for a man who went hiking on Saturday and has yet to return. Alpine County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue are using teams on foot and in the air to look for Brad

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South Lake Tahoe Pop Warner embezzler sentenced to jail, probation

October 31, 2018 — A South Lake Tahoe man who pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the South Tahoe Pop Warner Football and Cheer Association was sentenced earlier this month in El Dorado County Superior Court.

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Authorities ID suspect killed in officer-involved shooting near South Lake Tahoe (updated)

October 30, 2018 — Authorities have identified the man who engaged law enforcement in a shootout and chase before being shot and killed by a police officer. Billy Jo Johnson, 34, succumbed to injuries Monday after leading police on a multi-county chase, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s

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Man on motorcycle shoots at police, dies after South Lake Tahoe officer returns fire

October 29, 2018 — A multi-county vehicle pursuit that involved an exchange of gunfire ended Monday when a South Lake Tahoe police officer shot and killed the suspect in the Meyers area.

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Incline Village man accused of child abuse turns self in, vows to fight ‘false allegation’

October 20, 2018 — An Incline Village man charged with child abuse has turned himself while maintaining his innocence. Nicholas Lightfoot, 39, turned himself in to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Friday after learning that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, according to his attorney Theresa Ristenpart.

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Washoe County sheriff still searching for Incline Village man accused of child abuse

October 19, 2018 — It has been five months since the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help locating an Incline Village man accused of child abuse and domestic violence. And on Friday law enforcement put out another call for any information regarding the whereabouts of 39-year-old

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Trial in Stateline hotel murder delayed

October 17, 2018 — The trial of a homeless man in connection with a stabbing murder in a Stateline hotel room has been delayed until Nov. 26. Jose Rodriguez-Quezada is accused of killing a Reno man and taking his vehicle. Rodriguez-Quezada was indicted by the Douglas County grand jury

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Police: South Lake Tahoe man confesses to killing girlfriend

October 10, 2018 — A South Lake Tahoe man is in custody after confessing that he killed his girlfriend, according to police. Law enforcement learned around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday that Paul Hollingsworth, 60, told a family member that he killed his 70-year-old girlfriend. Officers responded to their residence in

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$250 reward in a series of car burglaries at Mt. Rose trails

October 9, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Secret Witness is offering a $250 reward in connection with a series of vehicle burglaries along Mount Rose Highway from cars parked at trailheads and recreation areas between Lake Tahoe and Reno. Authorities say the thefts occurred over the past two months

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South Lake Tahoe man identified as pedestrian killed in collision

October 3, 2018 — Authorities have identified a man who died after he was hit by a vehicle Friday in South Lake Tahoe.

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South Lake Tahoe man convicted of possession of child pornography

September 30, 2018 — A 28-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was convicted of possession of child pornography.

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Pedestrian dies after South Lake Tahoe vehicle collision

September 29, 2018 — A 65-year-old man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle in an apparent accident Friday in South Lake Tahoe. Police responded to the 2800 block of Lake Tahoe Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. They found a 65-year-old man in Lake Tahoe Boulevard west of

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Authorities ID man who may have drowned in Lake Tahoe

September 14, 2018 — Authorities have identified a man who may have drowned  in Lake Tahoe earlier this month. The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office was called around 6:30 p.m.  Sept. 9 regarding a possible drowning on Lake Tahoe near Nevada Beach. Chaitanya Datla, a 32-year-old man from Cameron

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