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Man admits parking lot rampage

April 16, 2019 — While questioning the speeds, a man who terrorized the Zephyr Cove Safeway parking lot last month admitted Tuesday that he refused to stop for deputies. Cameron G. Pellow, 21, was arrested March 30 after a drunken shoplifting spree that saw him load a cart full

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Trafficker admits stashing 60 grams of meth in teen daughter’s purse

April 16, 2019 — A Topaz Ranch Estates man faces up to 30 years in prison after he admitted to trafficking with the assistance of a child on Tuesday. John Nigra, 55, pleaded guilty to the felony before District Judge Tod Young, who told him he faces a minimum

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Man who can’t give up drugs gives up freedom

April 11, 2019 — A man who admitted he violated his probation was ordered to prison on Monday. Mark A. Redding, 58, was given credit for 65 days time served after he turned himself in on a warrant in Sacramento. Redding admitted using methamphetamine and alcohol while he was

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Seventh sentenced in Tahoe drug ring case

April 11, 2019 — A seventh person arrested in connection with a drug ring operating out of the Lake Tahoe Basin was sentenced on Tuesday. Shawn G. Stenzel, 28, received the recommended 12-30-month prison sentence. "I'm ready to put this behind me so I have a better chance with

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Snapchat video with assault weapon results in arrest

April 8, 2019 — An attempt to use an assault weapon in a homemade music video resulted in the arrest of a Dayton man in South Lake Tahoe. First reported as a brandishing on Highway 50 in Douglas County, the reporting party clarified that he saw an occupant of

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Threats report prompts SWAT call-out

April 8, 2019 — A report that a 47-year-old Gardnerville woman threatened a relative prompted a call-out of the Sheriff's Special Weapons and Tactics and the Crisis Negotiation teams early Saturday morning. According to court documents, deputies responded to an address on Kittyhawk at about 1 a.m., where the

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Accused burglar found competent

April 7, 2019 — A man was found competent to face a burglary charge in connection with a break-in that occurred more than two years ago. Everett Bridenbaugh, 22, was arrested on a warrant issued after his fingerprints were allegedly found in the home. According to court documents, a

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Motorhome driver may face more charges

April 3, 2019 — Prosecutors may up the ante in the case of a California man accused of driving his motorhome from Stateline to Gardnerville with deputies in a fiery pursuit last summer. Christopher Debastiani, 48, denied a charge of felony attempted eluding on Tuesday in Douglas County District

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Man arrested after reported drunken parking lot rampage

April 2, 2019 — A California man was arrested on Saturday after allegedly nearly hitting several people and a patrol car during a drunken shoplifting escape in Zephyr Cove. Cameron G. Pellow, 21, of Auburn, came to authorities' attention 5 p.m. Saturday after a deputy was waved down by

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Rocky Boice Jr. gets 15 years in federal prison

April 1, 2019 — A convicted murderer who terrorized two women and whose suspected presence resulted in a lock down at China Spring Youth Camp last year is serving a federal 15-year prison sentence. Rocky Boice Jr., 40, admitted to assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a

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Man gets prison for breaking woman’s jaw

April 1, 2019 — A man who broke a woman's jaw while she was putting chains on their car a week after she'd given birth to his child, received the maximum sentence of six years in prison on Monday. Samuel Terrazas, 40, was arrested Jan. 15 in Indian Hills

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Man faces 10 years if he violates probation

March 30, 2019 — A Reno man who admitted to selling heroin and methamphetamine faces up to 10 years in prison if he violates his probation. Gustavo Candelario, 45, received consecutive 10-60-month prison sentences on Tuesday. Candelario called the two sales that occurred in July 2018 at a Lake

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Tahoe drug ring member gets 6 years

March 27, 2019 — A South Lake Tahoe woman received up to six years in prison on Tuesday after she admitted to trafficking in heroin. Shantell Mae Marullo, 41, was sentenced to consecutive 1-3-year terms in prison in connection with two 2018 sales. She pleaded guilty to charges of

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Car salesman stabbed during test drive

March 26, 2019 — A car salesman was stabbed during a test drive that ended in a pursuit on Highway 89 Monday afternoon. According to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, they received a report of a stabbing and carjacking on Tahoe Mountain Road in South Lake Tahoe. The

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Hotel altercation leads to man’s arrest

March 25, 2019 — A Placerville man is in custody after allegedly punching a woman in the face and striking two more people. Garrett Straight, 22, was arrested early Monday morning in a room at the Mont Bleu. The victim said Straight was sleeping when she, her brother and

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Trial date reserved in motorhome chase

March 24, 2019 — A July 17-19 jury trial date has been reserved for a California man accused in the fiery pursuit of a motorhome through Carson Valley last summer. Christopher Debastiani, 48, remains in custody on a charge of felony eluding authorities. He was arrested Aug. 26, 2018,

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Commissioners ask judge for grand jury

March 21, 2019 — Convening a grand jury for the specific purpose of investigating the theft of more than $1 million in tires and parts from the county is up to the district judges, county commissioners heard on Thursday. "The county commission does not convene a grand jury," Commission

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Woman faces trafficking charge after traffic stop

March 21, 2019 — A Yerington woman was taken into custody accused of trafficking in methamphetamine on Sunday night. Hillary M. Pomeroy, 37, appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Monday where her bail was reduced to $20,000. Attorney Kris Brown was appointed to represent her. Pomeroy was pulled

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Trial date set in Ranchos shootings

March 21, 2019 — It will be at least a year before an El Salvadoran man accused of murdering four Western Nevadans goes before a jury. Washoe District Judge Connie Steinheimer set an April 6, 2020, date on Tuesday in the death penalty case against Wilber Martinez-Guzman, the Associated

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Man accused of assault swears off alcohol, guns

March 19, 2019 — A 67-year Topaz Ranch Estates man said he would never touch alcohol or a firearm again after he was arrested on Saturday night for allegedly pointing a shotgun and a pistol at three people. Richard C. Garska appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Monday

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