Man arrested in Tahoe casino bomb threat |

Man arrested in Tahoe casino bomb threat

Staff Reports

A California man who told Harvey's Casino security his backpack would self-destruct said he was just joking.

Roseville, Calif., resident Robert Buchanan Burzinski, 22, was taken into custody on Monday night after security reported a bomb threat.

Deputies and members of the Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad responded to the casino. Once there deputies were told that Burzinski was told to leave the casino four times for trespassing. When security detained him, he allegedly told them that his backpack would self-destruct. He was removed to the Harrah's detention room.

Burzinski was taken into custody and is being held in Douglas County Jail.

According to the sheriff's report, security video shows Burzinski telling officers that his backpack would self destruct if security opens it. When they ask him if it is a bomb, he answered "yes."

■ Two men in town for a bachelor party were taken into custody on Thursday night after deputies came upon them struggling in the slow lane of Highway 395 in front of the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

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According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the pair had been drinking and got into an altercation while walking back to their Minden hotel from a Gardnerville bar.

Both men were over the legal limit, and the more intoxicated of them was only 18 years old.

They were taken into custody for affray and being intoxicated on a public roadway. The younger man was also charged with being a minor consuming alcohol.

■ A Woodland Hills, Calif., man was taken into custody on Thursday evening after a Mono County Sheriff's deputy spotted a possible DUI driver.

The deputy was transporting a prisoner, so he contacted the California Highway Patrol to make the enforcement stop.

After finding the described Toyota 4 Runner on Highway 395 south of Bridgeport, the officer stopped the driver, identified as William Moffet, 63.

Moffet failed a field sobriety test, and a preliminary breath test revealed he had a .15 blood alcohol content, nearly twice the legal limit.

Moffet was taken into custody for driving under the influence, During an inventory search of Moffet's vehicle, officers found a loaded revolver and multiple controlled substances.

Moffet was booked into Mono County Jail in Bridgeport. Mono County deputies assisted the CHP at the scene.

■ A Minden man was taken into custody on Sunday night after deputies were called to an address on Santa Cruz Drive on a report of a woman who said she was prevented from leaving his home.

The victim told deputies she was staying with Steve Bayley, 59, at his home and that she began to feel uncomfortable there and tried to leave. She said she tried to use his phone to call for a ride, but he told her she was going to stay. She said Bayley kept her from leaving. When she tried to call 911, she told deputies Bayley grabbed her arm and yelled at her. She said he left for a moment and came back with a handgun.

She said she apologized to Bayley and that he apologized to her. When he left the room, she cut through the screen and jumped out of the house and ran off.

Bayley denied any altercation. Deputies found a pellet gun and some contraband in Bayley's home, which he denied owning.

He was booked into jail in lieu of $80,652 bail.

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