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Tahoe Tribune

Suspected drug-related explosion in SLT

By Isaac Brambila SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A suspected small honey oil lab, a substance made from marijuana plants, caused a minor explosion that blew out the windows of an apartment in a small complex Tuesday night on Larch Avenue near Pioneer Trail. “I see the windows start inflating like balloons and then before you […]

Shooter sentenced to five years

By Isaac Brambila The defendant in a case from a shooting last year was sentenced to five years in state prison after an El Dorado County Judge denied a motion to withdraw his plea. Angelo Fitzgerald Anderson, who was 22 at the time of the incident, was sentenced to two years for assault with a […]

Pedestrian struck in SLT: Man dies after being hit by vehicle

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Tribune A South Lake Tahoe man was killed after he was stuck by an SUV Friday evening on Ski Run Boulevard near the intersection of Larch Avenue. The 44-year-old man was declared dead at the scene after paramedics performed life-saving efforts without success, South Lake Tahoe Police Department Lt. David Stevenson said. […]

One arrested, one escapes police in South Lake Tahoe

By Isaac Brambila Tahoe Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — One person was arrested and one remains at-large after the suspects allegedly evaded police in a vehicle before abandoning it and attempting to escape on foot. The chase began at about 3:20 p.m. after the driver of the vehicle, a white Jeep Cherokee, allegedly refused to […]

County eyes changes in marijuana growing ordinance

By Griffin Rogers A little more than a year after passing a county ordinance allowing outdoor medical marijuana grows under certain restrictions, El Dorado County Supervisors on Tuesday discussed whether or not to repeal the law and possibly issue a ban. The majority of supervisors seemingly opposed the immediate revocation of the ordinance since the board […]

Budget gap eyed

By Griffin Rogers The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Dec. 2 heard public concerns about the county’s looming financial crisis and reports of layoffs, which Auditor-Controller Joe Harn explained were possible in an October interview regarding the budget gap. After comments concluded, county supervisors and staff addressed some of those concerns. Interim CAO Pamela Knorr […]

CHP nabs car theft suspect

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A woman was arrested on charges related to car theft Tuesday after officers investigated a car theft call from hours earlier. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers arrested Sarah Elizabeth Downey, who was reportedly on felony probation out of Nevada County. The arrest came at about 3 a.m. when two South Lake […]

Former SLT council candidate avoids rape conviction in plea deal

By Isaac Brambila SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A former South Lake Tahoe City Council candidate accepted a plea to three charges that involved burglary and assault after initially being charged with several sexual assault counts. Doug Henry Cichowicz entered a plea of guilty to three counts during a hearing last week at the El Dorado […]

South Tahoe wildfire reduced to 20 acres

A wildfire that was reported above Cascade Lake on the South Shore late Wednesday afternoon continued to burn into Thursday, consuming about 30 acres as of 7 a.m. Thursday morning. The blaze, named the Cascade Fire, grew since Wednesday evening, when it was reported to be about 0.25-to-0.5 acres, according to a U.S. Forest Service […]

Camp leader arrested for sexual texts to boy

A Sonora, Calif., resident was arrested Monday on suspicion of sending sexual messages to a 14-year-old Lake Tahoe boy, who the man had met at a summer camp. Brandon Moe, 22, had allegedly sent the teenager sexual text and Facebook messages after the boy had returned home from a camp in Tuolumne County, authorities said. […]

Big pot bust at lake

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Thursday morning when authorities served a search warrant at his Fresno Avenue home and discovered approximately 296 pounds of marijuana trimmings. Dwayne Allan Crenshaw, 36, the primary resident at 3121 Fresno Ave., was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and manufacture […]

Tahoe Queen gets stuck

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Authorities are investigating why a paddle-wheel boat ran aground in Lake Tahoe and prompted about 300 people aboard to evacuate. Coast Guard officials say no injuries were reported after the Monday afternoon incident involving the Tahoe Queen. Coast Guard spokeswoman Loumania Stewart says passengers and crew members were taken to the […]

Boat crash kills couple

A husband and wife were killed in a boating accident on Lake Tahoe early Sunday morning after crashing into a dock piling near Meeks Bay, authorities said. Responding units from North Tahoe Fire and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office found San Ramon residents Vadim Raizanov, 45, and Tatiana Nikolskaya, 44, dead at the scene. […]

35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

A fire that broke out at the Deerfield Lodge in South Lake Tahoe destroyed or severely damaged at least six rooms and five vehicles and displaced 35 people late Wednesday night. Nearly a third of the hotel was heavily damaged by the fire, and was charred black and still dripping water Thursday morning while investigators […]

Nissensohn sentenced to death

By Tom Lotshaw [email protected] Joseph Michael Nissensohn was sentenced to death Thursday in South Lake Tahoe for the first-degree murders of three runaway teenage girls in the 1980s. Nissensohn, 62, was convicted in November for the 1989 murder of Kathy Graves, 15, of South Lake Tahoe, and the 1981 murders of Tammy Jarschke, 13, and […]

Sheriff cracking down on Tahoe pot grows

By Tom Lotshaw The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is making it a priority to crack down on illegal marijuana grows in South Lake Tahoe, with deputies busting a dozen grows in the last four months. Deputies have seized thousands of marijuana plants, several dozen pounds of processed marijuana, tens of thousands of dollars in […]

Lover’s Leap fall injures man

STRAWBERRY — A 20-year-old man was rescued and flown to the hospital for medical care Friday after falling 50 to 60 feet off the east side of Lover’s Leap, a popular climbing spot in Eldorado National Forest. The man’s hiking partner reported the incident to authorities at about 9 a.m. Lake Valley Fire Protection District, […]

P’ville teens busted in Tahoe

By Tom Lotshaw Three Placerville teens are in custody in South Lake Tahoe in connection with a series of vehicle thefts reported in the city Monday and Tuesday. Arrested on felony charges of auto theft, possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime are Brian Christopher Barnes, 18; Sean Patrick Murphy, 18; and […]

Bail set at $500K for suspect who reportedly shot at a co-worker

By Tom Lotshaw Tahoe Tribune A man arrested Feb. 19 for allegedly firing a handgun at a former co-worker in South Lake Tahoe remains in custody this weekend on $500,000 bail. Judge Suzanne Kingsbury increased Angelo Fitzgerald Anderson’s bail from $250,000 during a bail review hearing Friday in El Dorado County Superior Court. She also […]

Tahoe man arrested after reported shooting

Tahoe Tribune staff South Lake Tahoe police arrested a suspect Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly shot at, but did not injure, a former co-worker near Highway 50. Angelo Fitzgerald Anderson, 22, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and shooting into an inhabited vehicle, police said. He was booked into the El […]

SLT woman arrested after car chase

Tahoe Tribune staff A South Lake Tahoe woman was arrested Sunday evening after leading police on a car chase from Carson City. The chase started in Carson City and ended near Highway 50 and Tallac Avenue in South Lake Tahoe at around 6:15 p.m., South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. Dave Stevenson said. Samantha Rose Randazzo, […]

Bomb threat at Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort

Tahoe Tribune Staff Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort evacuated employees and guests Tuesday after a bomb threat was called in about 3 p.m. The anonymous threat was specific to the lodge, and the area was evacuated immediately, marketing director Mindi Befu said. Lifts were shut down by 3:30 p.m. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway […]

Winner of Howard Stern Show chokes to death

Griffin Rogers Tahoe Tribune An 86-year-old Illinois man, and alleged winner of the “Get My Grandpa Laid” Howard Stern Show contest, died after choking on a piece of meat in Harvey’s on Thursday night. Johnny Orris was pronounced dead about 8:30 p.m. at Barton Hospital after choking during dinner at the Sage Room Steakhouse, according […]

Death penalty for Nissensohn

Tom Lotshaw Tahoe Tribune An El Dorado County jury has supported the death penalty for convicted triple murderer Joseph Michael Nissensohn. The jury deliberated for about 90 minutes Tuesday after two days of testimony. “Our thoughts are with the many victims of this man who have waited far too long for justice to be served,” […]

Nissensohn’s health discussed in trial

Tom Lotshaw Tahoe Tribune Testimony in the death penalty trial of convicted triple murderer Joseph Michael Nissensohn on Thursday focused on his mental disorders, brain damage from heavy drug use and the risk of him hurting others if sentenced to life in prison without parole. An El Dorado County jury is expected to decide Nissensohn’s […]

Families testify in Nissensohn murder trial

Tom Lotshaw Tahoe Tribune An El Dorado County jury soon will decide if convicted triple murderer Joseph Michael Nissensohn faces execution or life in prison for his crimes. Nissensohn, 62, was convicted in November of murdering three California teens, Kathy Graves of South Lake Tahoe in 1989 and Tammy Jarschke and Tanya Jones, both of […]

Chateau project said to be all pre-leased

By Griffin Rogers The Chateau project remains on schedule and under construction as the snowy season arrives, officials reported. “Enough construction has occurred this fall at break-neck speed to enable us to construct through the winter,” South Lake Tahoe attorney Lew Feldman said at a public meeting late last month. With the foundation and underground […]

Nissensohn found guilty

Eric Heinz [email protected] Joseph Michael Nissensohn, 62, could be sentenced to death after being convicted Thursday of three counts of first-degree murder. Nissensohn will be sentenced Nov. 12 in El Dorado County Superior Court in South Lake Tahoe. Nissensohn was charged with the murder of 15-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident Kathy Graves in 1989 and […]

Fatal crash closes Hwy 50

By Eric Heinz Tahoe Tribue U.S. Highway 50 was closed for about 90 minutes Friday just east of Echo Summit Road as police investigated a collision that killed a motorcyclist. California Highway Patrol spokesman Jeff Gartner said the name of the motorcyclist has not been released by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office’s Coroner Division […]

Man falls off paddle board, drowns in Lake Tahoe

By Kevin MacMillan Sierra Sun INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A Bay Area man died last Friday, Aug. 23, after falling off a paddleboard and drowning in Lake Tahoe, an official said. Kenneth Campo, 42, of San Mateo, Calif., was about 200 to 300 yards off shore at Sand Harbor State Park when he fell in the […]

Sex offender, parolee arrested after caught skinning raccoon

By Eric Heinz South Lake Tahoe Police arrested a man about 2:30 p.m. Monday after he fled from officers who found him skinning a dead raccoon near the corner of Modesto and Harrison Avenues. According to SLTPD Lt. David Stevenson, 37-year-old Kevin Burroughs fled when police officers tried to talk with him. He ran across […]

South Lake Tahoe: Mini-mart clerk killed

By Trisha Leonard Police are looking for a suspect who shot and killed a gas station attendant working at U.S. Gas on Highway 50 and Lodi Avenue the night of Aug. 6. A customer discovered the victim, a 27-year-old man, about 10:50 p.m. lying on the floor with blood around him and called 911, police […]

Bicycle bandit fesses up

By Tribune Staff South Lake Tahoe police have arrested a 64-year-old man on suspicion of an attempted robbery at El Dorado Savings Bank in the Bijou Center last week. Robert Allen Larson was arrested about 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning after Barton Memorial Hospital staff reported Larson admitted to being the individual involved in the Thursday […]

Triple-murder trial begins

By Adam Jensen Attorneys entered opening statements Tuesday in a long-delayed triple homicide case at the South Shore. SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Joseph Michael Nissensohn is accused of killing 14-year-old Tanya Jones and 13-year-old Tammy Jarschke in Monterey County in 1981. He is also charged with murder in the death in South Lake Tahoe of […]

Tahoe case: 33-year-old murder subject of hearing

By Adam Jensen A question about whether God forgives murderers was part of a preliminary hearing in the 1980 killing of a South Lake Tahoe gas station attendant. The question was posed to Jenna Weller by Andrew Sanford during a conversation the former roommates had during the summer of 2010, according to Weller’s testimony in […]

DiMatteo indicted; city didn’t complete background check

By Adam Jensen A federal grand jury indicted former South Lake Tahoe medical marijuana dispensary owner Gino DiMatteo on three counts Wednesday. The indictment charges DiMatteo with conspiracy to manufacture at least 1,000 marijuana plants, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and manufacturing at least 100 marijuana plants. The 43-year-old faces a potential sentence of 20 […]

Busted at Barton: Druggie suspects caught in hand-off

By Adam Jensen South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested two people on suspicion of drug charges Nov. 2 after the pair allegedly tried to make a hand-off of cocaine and heroin at Barton Memorial Hospital. South Lake Tahoe resident Jeffery Wade, 50, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession […]

Echo Summit remains identified

By Adam Jensen [email protected] The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has positively identified the remains of a man found near a crashed car below U.S. Highway 50 earlier this month.The skeletal remains were that of 45-year-old Elk Grove resident Kirk Lacefield, Lt. Pete Van Arnum said Wednesday. The remains were found after the Sheriff’s Office received […]

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