Tahoe Tribune

Ski resorts aim for Nov. opening

By Dylan Silver Ski resorts around Lake Tahoe are basking in the recent snow fall, with some mountains reporting more than 8 inches. With the first white stuff, comes the much anticipated announcement of opening days. Though tentative, which could mean earlier or later, the following dates have been called. Kirkwood Mountain Resortm with 8 […]

Canadian child molester arrested in Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Delays in securing the necessary warrant allowed a convicted child molester who was wanted by Canadian authorities to live in South Lake Tahoe for nearly a year before he was arrested this week. South Lake Tahoe police and U.S. marshals arrested James William Robertson, 71, at his Lakeland Village home early Friday […]

Tahoe man killed in Afghanistan

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — A South Tahoe High School graduate was killed while serving in Afghanistan last week. Spc. Garrett Fant, 21, died Sept. 26 after his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Helmand province, according to a Sept. 28 statement from the U.S. Department of Defense. Fant died of his wounds after […]

Oprah to show safe opening

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — A hidden safe that was discovered during the renovation of the former Bill’s Lake Tahoe Casino building last month has been opened, but the Oprah Winfrey Network has the right to release what was found. A Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigator was present at the opening of the safe […]

Tahoe traffic cops to include bicyclists

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — South Lake Tahoe police traffic enforcement efforts will be “shifting gears” in the next couple weeks and will include a greater focus on bicyclists, according to a Sunday statement from Sgt. Shannon Laney. Bicyclists have been identified as a “major problem” and a large part of injury collisions in the city include […]

Rumors persist in IHOP shootings

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A week after the IHOP shooting, investigators continue to piece together the last 72 hours of Eduardo Sencion’s life in an effort to figure out what precipitated the Carson City man’s deadly rampage that ended in five deaths, including his own and that of a South Lake Tahoe woman, and seven […]

2 suspected of cocaine sales in Tahoe

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested two men late last month after finding about $17,000 worth of cocaine in a residence on the 800 block of Rubicon Trail. On Aug. 30 Florentino Vargas Barragan, 43, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled […]

Tahoe woman killed in IHOP shooting

By Dylan Silver Family friend Suzy Krzaczek remembers Florence “Florrie” Donovan-Gunderson as “incredibly generous” and “incredibly full of life.” “That woman had the energy of a 25-year-old,” Krzaczek said. “She was always going at 100 mph.” Donovan-Gunderson, a part-time South Lake Tahoe resident, was killed after a man opened fired in a Carson City International […]

Helicopter plucks man to safety in latest in busy rescue stint

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A California Highway Patrol helicopter was used to rescue a man who suffered a head injury following a fall at Lower Eagle Falls Saturday afternoon. The man slipped and hit his head while walking near the falls about 3:30 p.m., said Les Lovell, a lieutenant with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s […]

Safe-opening may happen soon

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A hidden safe that was found during renovation of the former Bill’s Lake Tahoe building could be opened as soon as this week, said Mike Laub, the building’s owner. Opening the safe has proven problematic because of a broken handle that has kept the safe’s locking mechanism from releasing, Laub said. He […]

Tahoe passes marijuana dispensary ordinance

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — After almost two years of public meetings, wordsmithing and debate, the South Lake Tahoe City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries Aug. 22. The ordinance will limit the number of dispensary permits issued by the city to three, require the three existing dispensaries to […]

Mystery casino safe unopened

Learn more about the safe SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The owner of the casino building where a hidden safe was found last week has had more trouble than initially anticipated opening the relic. Two locksmiths and a safecracker have attempted to open the safe to no avail, Mike Laub said. A previous attempt to open the […]

Hidden safe found in casino

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A funny thing happened on the way to the CVS. While demolishing a wall on the second floor of the former Bill’s casino building late Thursday afternoon, construction crews found a long forgotten part of Lake Tahoe’s history — an approximately 4-foot tall, locked black safe. The safe was hidden underneath a […]

Tahoe DUI patrols planned through Labor Day

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Avoid the 6 El Dorado County DUI Task Force has announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Drunken driving checkpoints, DUI task force deployments […]

Tahoe police chief takes over fire dept.

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Major changes are in store for both the South Lake Tahoe Fire and Police departments as the city continues a struggle to live within its means. And one of the most significant changes has already taken place. Police Chief Brian Uhler took over as fire chief on Monday following […]

New court commissioner appointed

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County Superior Court officials have appointed Dylan Sullivan as court commissioner. Sullivan was appointed by presiding Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury after an extensive search and with the recommendation of the Court Commission. Sullivan will be based in South Lake Tahoe, serving both sides of the slope, hearing all types […]

Remote vehicle brings up Tahoe body

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — More details are surfacing about the recovery of a body from deep water near Rubicon Point on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore last week. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies used a remote operated vehicle to locate and raise the body July 27, according to a statement released  Aug. 1. The […]

Man accused of smoking pot with teen girls

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on Sunday after being accused of smoking marijuana with three teenage girls. Jim Zamosky, 57, is also accused of having an obscene photo of a toddler, and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.. According to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, officers first […]

Deep divers find body

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County sheriff’s dive team members recovered a body from the water off of Rubicon Point about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The team was able to recover the body after it was discovered by another set of divers on a deep dive, according to a sheriff’s media log. The […]

Joyride in sheriff’s vehicle ends in crash

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A 50-year-old South Shore man allegedly crashed into a fence and a neighbor’s car after taking an El Dorado County sheriff’s patrol vehicle for a drunken joyride Sunday. About 3 a.m. deputies responded to a report of a loud party on Arrowhead Drive. When a deputy left a vehicle unattended to check on […]

Tahoe police arrest murder suspect

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police have arrested a 55-year-old man in connection with the killing of his roommate earlier this week. Brad Macewan was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder shortly after midnight Wednesday at the home he shared with Patrick Lee Rego, 52, on the 3700 block of Forest Avenue, said Lt. Dave Stevenson. He […]

Boat patrol deputies rescue sailor

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County sheriff’s boat patrol personnel rescued a man who was knocked out of a sailboat and almost run over by the Tahoe Queen Sunday night, said Lt. Les Lovell. The man, whose age and place of residence were not available Tuesday morning, fell overboard about 9 p.m. after apparently hitting […]

350-pound black bear killed in Tahoe

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A 350-pound nuisance bear that was wandering outside a crowded Lake Tahoe shopping center Sunday afternoon was captured and subsequently killed, wildlife officials have confirmed. The bruin was walking through the Raley’s Center parking lot off Highway 28, said Carl Lackey, wildlife biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. It was […]

Narcotics team seizes quarter-pound of heroin

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Agents seized a quarter-pound of heroin and arrested two people last week.Undercover agents bought heroin from Jose Ruben Gomez Gonzalez, 25, before arresting him in a vehicle stop, said South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team spokesman Jeff Catchings. While serving a search warrant on Gonzalez’ Paradise Avenue home, agents found […]

Tahoe median home price drops in first half

By Annie Flanzraich Tahoe Daily Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — It’s a buyer’s market out there. The median price of a South Lake Tahoe home dropped by almost 10 percent since 2010 in the first half of 2011, leaving the market ripe with homes priced at less than $350,000. “That’s where we’re seeing most of the […]

Judge rules in favor of USFS on Angora projects

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service plans to begin restoration in the Angora fire area as soon as this week after a judge upheld the agency’s environmental analysis of projects in the more than 3,000 acre area. On Wednesday, Eastern District Court Judge Garland Burrell granted the Forest Service’s motion for summary judgment in […]

SLT city blasts League to Save Lake Tahoe over lawsuit

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe officials accused the League to Save Lake Tahoe June 21 of putting out false information regarding a federal lawsuit the environmental group filed against the city the week before. The League filed suit against the city in federal court in Sacramento on June 24. The […]

Lake Tahoe level expected to continue rising

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Big winter snowfall makes for small summer beaches at Lake Tahoe. And the beaches may not be making a comeback anytime soon. Lake level rise has already exceeded predictions, said Chad Blanchard, chief deputy water master with the U.S. District Water Master’s Office. It could be another two weeks before the […]

Fall from casino balcony likely suicide, officials say

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A preliminary investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has found a Placerville woman who fell from the Horizon Casino Resort Friday killed herself, according to a Tuesday statement from Sgt. Jim Halsey.  Loretta Sangara, 68, died after falling from a 14th floor balcony about 10 a.m. July 1. “While the investigation […]

Local woman falls to her death in Stateline

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Detectives of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada are investigating the death of a Placerville woman who fell from a 14th floor balcony at the Horizon Casino in Stateline.  The body of the woman, later identified as 68-year-old Loretta Sangara, was discovered by Horizon Casino security officers about 10 a.m. Friday. […]

Cops, Caltrans prep for 4th

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Come this weekend, cops will be out in full force and Caltrans will pull construction crews off the roads to prepare for the influx of visitors. Construction on Echo Summit will halt from July 1 to July 10. All lanes will be open. In Nevada, the Department of Transportation stipulates in […]

Officers key in on robbery suspect

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Shore narcotics officers say they were able to foil an attempted robbery at El Dorado Savings Bank Tuesday afternoon after getting a hold of a critical part of the thief’s plan: his keys. South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team agents arrested Danville resident Kyle Facchain, 26, on suspicion of armed […]

Tahoe council favors two-supe option

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Lake Tahoe City Council recently found two of the five redistricting options presented by El Dorado County would be the most beneficial to South Shore residents. Two of the proposals split the South Shore between two supervisor districts. The council recommended the county’s Alternative 3 as its first choice, […]

LSD Gummy Bears part of drug bust

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — LSD laden Gummy Bears were part of a South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team bust in mid-May that included psilocybin mushrooms and more than 90 pounds of marijuana. Law enforcement officers arrested John Morrissey, 29, May 19 after receiving complaints about a marijuana growing operation at two […]

Douglas County favors TRPA termination

MINDEN, Nev. — Douglas County commissioners voted unanimously Friday to support a Senate bill to withdraw Nevada from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.  The board supported the bill in April, but met in a special meeting Friday to add its endorsement to an amendment. “There was an additional minor amendment to allow the federal government more […]

Couple arrested after robbery

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A Rocklin couple is in custody after the pair allegedly robbed a South Lake Tahoe woman late Monday night. Kathryn Mundt and Michael Barnett were arrested a short time after the 10:30 p.m. robbery. Police said the 18-year-old victim was walking alone in a residential neighborhood when a man jumped out […]

Narcotics team arrests 2 in Tahoe heroin bust

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested two people earlier this month after discovering more than 2 ounces of heroin at an Al Tahoe neighborhood home. After receiving information about drug activity at 3113 Fresno Ave., narcotics team members served a search warrant at the home […]

Hwy 50 reopens

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Highway 50 at Echo Summit reopened Saturday, five days before the roadway construction by C. C. Meyers was expected to end. The road was fully closed since May 11 to replace the old rock wall barrier with a modern barrier that meets current safety standards and preserves the natural beauty. Caltrans […]

Tahoe businesses worry about Hwy 50 detour

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The effects of the upcoming Highway 50 detour on the expected visitor boom during the Amgen Tour of California are unknown, but some businesses worry that it will blight the brightest spot in what typically is a slow month for South Tahoe tourism. “The closure is horribly timed,” […]

Tahoe roads problematic for pro bikers

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — As world-class cyclists eye stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California, they’re seeing a variety of challenges. Everything from gravel to potholes, wandering children, dogs and the altitude could hamper a chance at a win, but the one-and-a-half loops around Lake Tahoe will hardly be the most […]

Man makes kidnapping report, arrested on robbery charge

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police here arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of a trio of crimes Sunday after he allegedly reported his children were kidnapped by OxyContin-hungry bandits. About 5:10 p.m. Sunday, South Lake Tahoe resident Adam Roland called police and said he had been forced to rob the CVS Pharmacy on Emerald Bay Road, […]

Hwy 50 closing May 11 for 2 weeks

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Highway 50 will be closed for two weeks beginning May 11, just days before thousands of people are expected to be visiting the area for the Amgen Tour of California. “This project is a great example of how Caltrans is putting the Recovery Act to good use, providing jobs and at […]

Tahoe transportation district could disappear in TRPA divorce

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Transportation District could lose $400 million for transportation improvements at Lake Tahoe over the next five years if Nevada withdraws from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, its director has said. “I attended the recent hearing on the bill and understand the frustration with the state of California and the […]

Tahoe council backs TRPA split

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Nevada and California should come together and split apart, the South Lake Tahoe City Council decided recently. The council voted 4-1 to send a letter to the Nevada Legislature in support of a bill that would withdraw the state from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. During the same […]

2 Tahoe men suspected of marijuana trafficking

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Task Force members arrested two South Lake Tahoe men on suspicion of trafficking medical marijuana to the East Coast last week.  David McHenry, 29, and Jeremiah Harper, 31, were arrested at a home on Glenwood Way Tuesday afternoon, said Task Force Commander Jeff Catchings. SLEDNET […]

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