Tahoe Tribune

Desolation Wilderness hiker found

By Axie Navas [email protected] 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 […]

Tahoe stabbing investigated

South Lake Tahoe police are investigating a Friday afternoon incident where a 22-year-old man was stabbed in the arm near the intersection of 11th Street and Eloise Avenue. The stabbing happened about 3:45 p.m. The suspect appears to have been riding a skateboard and the victim was riding a bicycle, according to a Friday statement […]

Wife found dead in Tahoe hotel in possible murder-suicide

A woman who police believe was killed by her husband as part of a murder-suicide last week was likely asphyxiated, police said Tuesday. Lyra Fisher-Bomediano, 43, was found dead about 2:30 p.m. June 20 in a room at the Lone Pine Lodge following a report of suspicious circumstances, according to a Friday statement from the […]

Woman arrested after 10-hour standoff at motel

A reportedly suicidal woman was arrested early Thursday morning after a 10-hour standoff with police at the Pine Cone Acre Motel in South Lake Tahoe. Auburn police received a report of a distraught and possibly armed woman, Jennifer Lynn Trezona, 49, of Sacramento, leaving an Auburn home after a family disturbance about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, […]

Apparent drowning victim identified

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A 31-year-old Antioch man apparently drowned near Camp Richardson Saturday after jumping off a boat and being unable to make it to shore. About 1: 30 p.m. Asish Janardhan got out of a boat he was driving near the pier in front of the Beacon Bar & Grill and entered the […]

Gun drawn at Whiskey Dick’s

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Sunday morning after allegedly firing a gun inside Whiskey Dick’s bar. Scott Enerson, 48, allegedly pulled a loaded handgun from his waistband and held it to the head of a 31-year-old South Lake Tahoe man about 1:45 a.m., according to […]

Woman arrested following crash

Tahoe Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police arrested a 59-year-old El Dorado Hills woman on suspicion of driving under the influence Tuesday afternoon after she allegedly hit a van and caused it to flip on its side. Sharon Nolan-Maloff was allegedly pulling out of Grocery Outlet onto U.S. Highway 50 in a white 2012 Range Rover […]

Heroin plea gets six months jail

By Adam Jensen A South Lake Tahoe man has been sentenced to six months in El Dorado County Jail after pleading no contest to possession of heroin for sale, according court records. Alberto Vierboom will also be required to serve 18 months of mandatory community supervision in connection with a 2011 drug bust, according to a […]

Missing skier found at 10,000-foot level

Searchers located and are in the process of retrieving the body of a skier, who has been missing in Mono County for nearly two weeks. Boris Avdeev, 31, of Ann Arbor, Mich., an experienced backcountry skier, has not been heard from since setting out on his solo backcountry ski trip on April 19. His body […]

Man charged with murder in pedestrian’s death

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police arrested a man on suspicion of murder Thursday afternoon for allegedly hitting and killing a pedestrian while driving under the influence of alcohol and cocaine in September. Larry Lee Halverson, 60, was arrested between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the 3300 block of Sandy Way in connection with […]

Tahoe bomb squad called

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Douglas Explosive Ordinance Disposal team was called in to handle a homemade explosive device found near 983 Tallac Avenue Tuesday morning. South Lake Tahoe police officers responded to a call of a small bomb at about 6:45 a.m. After discovering several shotgun shells wrapped in tin foil […]

Bank robbery suspect nabbed

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe police arrested Joshua Schauert, a South Lake Tahoe resident, on suspicion of a March 29 bank robbery at the Village Shopping Center March 25. Schauert, 26, was identified as the suspect after a security camera at the bank captured photos of the robber. A warrant was issued for […]

Preschool teacher sues over Tahoe stun gun incident

 By Dyland Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A former preschool teacher at Under the Magic Pine Tree is suing the city of South Lake Tahoe, numerous police and fire officials and ambulance operators in federal court over an incident last year that his attorney said quite literally forced him into the hospital. The lawsuit alleges […]

Tahoe bank robber sought

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police are looking for a man involved in a Monday morning robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank branch inside of the Raley’s Supermarket near Stateline. Dispatchers were alerted to several robbery alarms at the bank at about 11:25 a.m. A man walked up to the counter and demanded money, according to South […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Man who died at Heavenly was snowboarding

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Christopher Michael Perring, 34, of Great Britain, was killed in a snowboard accident on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Heavenly Mountain Resort, officials have confirmed. According to updated information from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, Perring was snowboarding on the resort’s Tamarack run about 3 p.m. when he attempted to avoid […]

January 30, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Tahoe cold cases share similarities to Naso case

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Among the files of South Lake Tahoe’s cold cases lies the murder of 17-year-old Kathleen Keohane in 1976. Keohane’s body was found beneath the Truckee River Bridge. Her skull had been fractured with an unknown blunt object. No suspects and no motives were ever established in the case. […]

DA trying to link accused killer Naso with cold cases

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — An El Dorado County law enforcement task force is working to connect the area’s cold case murders with suspected killer Joseph Naso. The task force works continuously on a list of 30 or so unsolved homicides, balancing time towards the crimes they believe have a higher likelihood of […]

Skier dies after collision with sign post

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — A 34-year-old man was killed at Heavenly Mountain Resort Tuesday after suffering chest injuries sustained in a skiing accident, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher Michael Perring, a resident of Great Britain, was pronounced dead about 3:40 p.m. in the Sky Meadows area of the resort, […]

Tahoe summer rentals continue through January

Rob Sabo Nimble operators of firms that rent recreational equipment around Lake Tahoe are doing just fine despite a nearly snow-free winter, operating as if summer never came to an end. Instead of renting winter gear such as skis, snowboards, snowshoes or snowmobiles, Lake Tahoe rental businesses say they are still renting summer equipment — […]

State to leave narcotics task force

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Local law enforcement officials hope to maintain a more than two decades old drug task force at the South Shore following the elimination of state funding this summer. The South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team will lose its task force commander position following the withdrawal of general fund money from the […]

Tahoe officer put on leave

By Adam Jensen A South Lake Tahoe police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave following the initiation of a federal criminal investigation, according to city officials. Officer Johnny Poland turned in his badge and gun on Monday as part of the administrative leave process, said Police Chief Brian Uhler during a Thursday phone […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Deputy kills Tahoe bear in apparent accidental shooting

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot a black bear with a live round rather than a rubber bullet during a recent incident that resulted in the death of a mother of two cubs. About 10 p.m. on a recent Friday, deputies responded to the Tahoe Shores Mobile Home Park in […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

State of Tahoe ski industry: ‘This is our time’

By Matthew Renda and Jason Shueh LAKE TAHOE — Lake Tahoe has always been entangled in a wrestling match between ski industry growth and local community interests — now more than ever, as millions in resort upgrades are under way heading into the 2011-’12 ski season.Vail Resorts is nearing completion of $30 million in resort […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

State prison plan could increase Tahoe crime

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A California plan to reduce its prison population by shifting the responsibility for certain inmates to counties is a “huge step backward for victims” and represents a “grave concern” to public safety at the South Shore, according to one local prosecutor. Gov. Jerry Brown launched what has been referred to as the […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Tahoe settles police racism suit but city admits no wrongdoing

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe has agreed to pay the South Shore’s former transit administrator $5,000 to resolve a federal civil rights suit that alleged racism within the Police Department. In August 2010, former South Tahoe Transit Authority Administrator John Andoh filed suit against the city, the Police Department, officer Russell Liles and unnamed […]

Tahoe officials set up marijuana reporting system

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe has set up an online system to report suspected marijuana grows in residences, according to a recent announcement from the city. Residents can submit the information online and anonymously at, said city spokeswoman Nancy Kerry in a statement. They can also call 530-542-6043. The city will investigate all […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Tahoe man rearrested on murder charge

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Brad Macewan, who was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, but then released earlier this year, is back in custody and will face charges, said El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe. Macewan was arrested on a warrant by police in San Diego and transported to the El Dorado County jail […]

Caltrans studies SLT speed

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — Caltrans is undertaking a review of the speed limits between Meyers and Stateline as part of a regular review process, said Caltrans spokeswoman Deanna Shoopman. Speed limits would be increased by 5 mph or be kept the same following the conclusion of the study, Shoopman said. The speed limit in within South […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Tahoe snow unlikely to match 2010, experts say

By Dylan Silver With the first flakes come the whispers of how the upcoming winter will match up to big ones in the past. Will it be as cold? Will there be as many storms? Will it snow as much? Rolling off of last year’s early opening and record-breaking La Niña winter, ski resorts around […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

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