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Author Archive: Tahoe Tribune

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 eheinz@tahoedailytribune.com 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 ajensen@tahoedailytribune.com 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 […]

Desolation Wilderness hiker found

By Axie Navas anavas@tahoedailytribune.com Search and rescue teams located the 28-year-old missing hiker on Thursday about 2:30 p.m. near Middle Velma Lake. Nathan Spearing, who suffered nothing more than wet feet, said he camped near Lower Velma Lake on Monday when he awoke to 6 inches of fresh snow. When he saw blue sky around 10:30 […]

Human remains found near Echo Summit

Staff report The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is hoping to identify the remains of a person who was found near Johnson Pass Road Friday. The Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible car crash about 2 p.m., said Detective Matt Harwood. When authorities arrived they found a wrecked car below U.S. Highway 50 […]

Man headed to prison beats feet

By Trisha Leonard A man who was being sentenced to state prison ran away after he was released for three hours Thursday to get his affairs in order.According to El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Pete Van Arnum, a judge signed a three-hour release for Anthony James Katello, 51, to take care of business before his incarceration. […]

DiMatteo raid video released

By Adam Jensen Former South Lake Tahoe City Councilman Ted Long has released a video of the August raid of Gino DiMatteo’s home in hopes of showing people authorities have been overzealous in their pursuit of the former medical marijuana dispensary owner. The video, shot across the street from DiMatteo’s house, shows numerous SWAT team members […]

Teen Court back in Tahoe after two-year break

By Axie Navas anavas@tahoedailytribune Starting in October, middle- and high-school students in El Dorado County can get an up-close view of the juvenile justice system, without having to commit a crime beforehand. The Teen Court program, which first came to the county 20 years ago, will return to South Lake Tahoe after a two-year hiatus caused […]

Donation part of bribery investigation, nonprofit confirms

By Adam Jensen The Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation confirmed Monday that prosecutors have investigated a donation to the nonprofit in connection with the arrest of former medical marijuana dispensary operator Gino DiMatteo. DiMatteo was arrested Aug. 31 and faces felony charges of bribery, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and possession of […]

Tahoe pot shop owner charged with bribery, drugs: Pleads not guilty; councilwoman denies betraying trust

By Adam Jensen Former South Shore medical marijuana dispensary owner Gino DiMatteo has pleaded not guilty to felony charges, including bribing a City Council member and possession of a controlled substance. Gennaro “Gino” DiMatteo and his wife, Irene DiMatteo, were arrested Aug. 31. Details of the arrests have not been made public by the El Dorado […]

Alleged burglar arrested after chase

A 25-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested while wearing a stolen $5,000 watch Monday. He reportedly led police on a chase after they discovered stolen property at his apartment. Deonte Brown was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, possession of narcotics and resisting arrest after police reportedly found a loot of stolen […]

Miller twins died of natural causes

Patricia and Joan Miller, the twins who were thrown into the media spotlight after their deaths for the search of living relatives, died of natural causes. The 73-year-old sisters, who lived together in South Lake Tahoe for about 40 years, died unexpectedly in February. A press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office stated that, […]

Shooting suspect arrested after two-hour standoff

Agustin Bautista, the suspect wanted for questioning in a shooting that took place Aug. 10, surrendered to police after a two-hour standoff Aug. 16 on Manzanita Avenve. Around noon, detectives spotted Bautista, 29, in the passenger seat of a black truck. They eventually followed the vehicle to the Ambassador Motor Lodge, arriving about 3 p.m. […]

Man rescued after stranded afloat in Tahoe

By Kevin MacMillan TAHOE CITY — Regional emergency crews Aug. 14 rescued a man who had been floating for nearly two hours in Lake Tahoe after his friend dropped him off in the water to swim and eventually lost sight of him, an official said. Two men in their early 20s rented a personal watercraft […]

Pedestrian killed in Tahoe traffic collision

A pedestrian was killed the evening of Aug. 14 after he was hit by a van as he was reportedly illegally crossing Highway 50 near Pioneer Trail. According to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, officer Chris Webber had just exited his police car and was walking to a business in the area when he […]

Search and rescue calls surge

It’s been a busy season in the Lake Tahoe backcountry. El Dorado County Search and Rescue volunteers have already racked up as many responses as they would in a typical year, according to numbers from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. County search and rescue teams usually receive about 50 calls for service each year, […]

DMT lab, Ecstacy found in SLT

By Adam Jensen South Shore narcotics agents arrested three people Thursday afternoon in connection with the discovery of a suspected DMT laboratory on Tata Lane. South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested South Lake Tahoe residents Roberto Medlicott, 23, Casey Lind, 22, and Matthew Fitzgerald, 22, during a traffic stop on the 1900 block […]

Murder-suicide victim feared for her life in 2007

A woman who investigators believe was killed by her husband in a South Lake Tahoe hotel room the last week in June expressed fears he would kill her as far back as 2007, according to El Dorado County Superior Court records. In a request for a restraining order filed in July 2007, Lyra Fisher-Bomediano said […]

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