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Hearts of gold: Truckee officers help stranded Neil Young

neil youngTRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s not every day you come across a rock music legend stranded in the Sierra.

But that’s what happened on Friday, Aug. 23, when singer-songwriter Neil Young’s one-of-a-kind, $1 million electric vehicle broke down on Interstate 80 near Donner Summit.

Officers with the Truckee branch of the California Highway Patrol came upon the stranded Young and helped him get off the highway.

After posing for a few photos and signing autographs, Young repaired his custom-built car and was back on the road, said CHP Public Information Officer Pete Mann.

The Canadian-born rock star told CHP he drives the car across North America promoting green, sustainable living and encouraging less dependency on oil. He was on his way to a green festival in Canada, he told officers.

The Toronto native — whose full name is Neil Percival Young — is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer both as a solo artist (inducted in 1995) and as a member of Buffalo Springfield (inducted in 1997).

He is best-known for the songs “Heart of Gold,” Down by the River,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” “Ohio” and “Rockin’ In The Free World,” among several other major hits.

— The Sierra Sun’s Kevin MacMillan contributed to this report.

Sobriety checkpoints take place Friday August 30th in So. Lake Tahoe

SLTPD CHECK PIONTLocal law enforcement agencies will conduct sobriety checkpoints Friday on U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. “By publicizing our efforts we believe that we can deter motorists from drinking and driving,”
PR Pond | Aug 29 2013

A news release from the California Highway Patrol stated the agency along with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 30 on U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe.

Officers trained to detect alcohol and drug use will conduct the checkpoint.

Officers stated in the release that they want to make a safer driving environment with a high volume of traffic in the area.

“A sobriety checkpoint is an effective tool for achieving this goal and is designed to augment existing patrol operations. By publicizing our efforts we believe that we can deter motorists from drinking and driving,” CHP Lt. Brian Cook said in the release.

Cook said traffic volume will dictate the number of vehicles checked by officers. Drivers suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both will most likely be arrested and spend a night in the county’s South Lake Tahoe Jail. “Our objective is to send a clear message to those considering mixing alcohol and/or drugs with driving,” Cook said in the release. “We will be looking for you.”

The program is funded by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, the release stated.

– See more at: http://inedc.com/1-5842#sthash.XGAMW5B7.dpuf

Douglas County authorities search for 21-year-old woman

67117-missingkayladenboerThe Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Kayla Denboer, 21, who was last seen in May and is now considered a missing person. Family members say she may be in the Carson City or Reno areas.

Authorities say Denboer is approximately 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. She had been staying at Everybody’s Inn motel in Reno when family lost contact with her.

Anyone with information regarding Kayla Denboer is urged to call DCSO Investigator Ed Garren at (775) 782-9907.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Kayla Denboer, 21, who was last seen in May and is now considered a missing person. Family members say she may be in the Carson City or Reno areas.

Authorities say Denboer is approximately 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. She had been staying at Everybody’s Inn motel in Reno when family lost contact with her.

Anyone with information regarding Kayla Denboer is urged to call DCSO Investigator Ed Garren at (775) 782-9907.

SLTPD streached thin because of recent homicides in South Lake Tahoe

crime scene sltThe acts of violence have stretched the police department’s resources and overtime pay, according to Lt. Brian Williams. Eric Heinz,. Aug 23 2013 Police officials in the South Lake Tahoe area have been dealing with more homicide investigations than in the last few years, which has required more working hours and overtime pay than usual. Between July 20 and Aug. 14, Julian Acevedo, Manpreet Singh and Shirley Gordon were murdered, according to South Lake Tahoe Police Department. The three homicides in three weeks have bucked a five-year trend in the South Lake Tahoe area.

According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Unified Crime Reporting website, from 2007 to 2011, South Lake Tahoe had three “murders and non-negligent manslaughters,” with none in 2009 and 2010. Statistics were not available for 2012. Two of the murders have yet to be solved — or even procure a public announcement of a suspect’s name — and one has a suspect in custody.

“There’s no relation between the homicides,” South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler said. “It doesn’t seem to be one perpetrator or a group of perpetrators. We just happen to have the unfortunate occurrence of these events that statistically were out of the ordinary for us. And they all happened to come at one time.” The acts of violence have stretched the police department’s resources and overtime pay, according to Lt. Brian Williams. Numbers of average overtime payment for the department were not available, but Williams said typically in a two-week pay period, the cost of overtime during high-volume population times could be between $6,000 to $8,000 and sometimes $10,000. That does not include dispatch payments. According to actual figures from the department’s last three overtime pay periods (starting July 19, a day before the fatal stabbing of Acevedo), the July 19 payment period was $15,000; Aug. 2 was $25,000; and Aug. 16 was $31,000. Those figures account for the entire department and all the cases officers may be putting in for overtime, but Uhler said 75 percent of the overtime money during this time frame has been dedicated to the homicide cases. Each overtime pay rate is different depending on the position of the respective officer. “This doesn’t account for the overtime that the outside agencies are paying to their personnel,” Williams said. Uhler said he is …  – See more at: http://inedc.com/1-5785#sthash.Hzap3Ebw.dpuf

El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson Accused of Grand Jury Abuse

vern piersonCourt papers just filed in El Dorado County Superior Court accuse DA Vern Pierson of Improperly Instructing the Grand Jury in a manner that deprived Political Target Supervisor Ray Nutting of his Constitutional Right of Due Process.
Placerville Newswire | Aug 20 2013 See more at: http://inedc.com/1-5734#sthash.44X9Hbds.dpuf

 Editor’s Note: We have just received a copy of the court filing and we are providing these sections without alteration.  We will continue to report on this issue after we have processed the complete document.

INTRODUCTION

Convening a criminal grand jury to consider an indictment against an accused person, while permitted under California law, is far less common than the process of complaint, preliminary hearing, information and trial. Without debating the merits and demerits of the two different approaches, the fact is that proceeding by grand jury indictment deprives the accused of the basic procedural protections included under an information proceeding, including the right to be represented by counsel, the right to an adversary proceeding including the cross-examination of witnesses and objection to improper questioning, the right to present exculpatory evidence and witnesses favorable to the defense, and the participation of an impartial magistrate to ensure that evidence presented is admissible over objection. Continue reading

High Sierra Dog Rescue – A CHP helicopter had to airlift a woman and her dog off Mount Tallac in South Lake Tahoe

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Janet Field follows her dog’s rescuers off the peak of Mount Tallac on July 28.

A CHP helicopter had to airlift a Meyers woman and her dog off Mount Tallac on Sunday July 28, 2013.

Janet Field called El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies from the top of the South Shore peak about 3pm July 28 to alert them she could not make it down because her dog, Samson, had raw pads and could not walk any farther.

Deputies’ instructions on how to bandage the dog’s paws did not work. And the dog was too big be carried out by its owner.

Field was not in a position to stay the night or hike out in the dark because of the light clothing she was wearing and the lack of food and water.

At 6pm the California Highway Patrol helicopter was able to get Field and her dog off the mountain.

– Lake Tahoe News staff report Source: http://www.laketahoenews.net/2013/07/helicopter-rescues-injured-dog-of-mt-tallac

The Nevada Highway Patrol is still seeking information about a hit-and-run accident that critically injured a Carson City man early Saturday Aug 03, 2013 as he walked in Stateline

The Nevada Highway Patrol released this photograph of the area where Cody J. Dobson, 31, of Carson City was injured in a hit and run accident on Aug. 19, 2013. / Nevada Highway Patrol

The Nevada Highway Patrol released this photograph of the area where Cody J. Dobson, 31, of Carson City was injured in a hit and run accident on Aug. 19, 2013. / Nevada Highway Patrol

The Nevada Highway Patrol is still seeking information about a hit-and-run accident that critically injured a Carson City man early Saturday Aug 03, 2013 as he walked in Stateline.

Cody J. Dobson, 31, was walking just east of the casino corridor on U.S. 50 or a sidewalk near Lake Parkway when he was hit at about 3:13 a.m., the NHP said.

One witness told the NHP he was driving west when he saw someone in an eastbound lane and when he turned around to help he saw a full-size, blue Dodge pickup hit the person in the road. The Dodge may have a camper shell that is a matching color.

Dobson was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center by Cal Star and was listed in critical condition on Monday morning, the NHP said. It appears Dobson had been drinking, the NHP said.

The NHP asks anyone with information about the incident to contact Trooper Doug Hildebrand at 775-689-4623 or dhildebrand@dps.state.nv.us about case NHP-130800861. Witnesses can also call dispatch at 775-687-0400.

South Lake Tahoe police release photos of suspect in killing of gas station clerk

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Outrage at the asshole who shot and killed the local gas station attendant in cold blood. We hope they find you. RIP to the fella who died, I buy my beer here sometimes. Funky little store, but no reason to kill anyone.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department released photographs of a suspect who allegedly killed a South Lake Tahoe gas station clerk Tuesday night.

Police had only a vague description of the suspect, who wore a dark mask and hoodie, in the homicide at USA Gas at 2470 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.

At 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday, a customer walked into the gas station and found the adult male clerk on the floor with blood around him. The customer called 911 and officers arrived within a minute and found the victim without a pulse, police said.

The clerk did not respond to attempts to revive him and was declared dead at the scene, police said.

Police reviewed a surveillance recording and it showed a man entered the store, had a brief encounter with the clerk and then shot him. The suspect fled as the clerk fell to the floor.

Police did not indicate if there was a robbery. They are waiting to notify next-of-kin before releasing the clerk’s name.

They ask anyone with information to call the police at 530-542-6100 or Secret Witness at 530-541-6800.