Water main break in N. Upper Truckee results in low water flow

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A water main break Saturday morning resulted in water being shut off for several hours and low flow in the N. Upper Truckee neighborhood.

The break happened at about 10:30 a.m. at the corner of San Bernardino and Normuk, South Tahoe Public Utility District officials reported.

District crews responded and replaced a 7-foot section of the 6-inch water main. Water was turned back on for Normuk residents by 4 p.m. and some neighborhood residents had water pressure returned earlier.

STPUD said residents in the North Upper Truckee neighborhood experiencing cloudy water should run an outside hose bib or bathtub for five to 10 minutes to flush their water lines.

If customers experience issues with water pressure or have concerns about their water, they should contact the district at 530-544-6474.

Emotional Memorial Day ceremony held at Happy Homestead in South Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe’s Patty Smith talks about losing her son who was killed in action in Iraq. Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Patty Smith fought back tears as she spoke to a few dozen Friday morning at Happy Homestead Cemetery.

The South Lake Tahoe resident, and mom, said she never really knew what Memorial Day meant until 13 years ago.

Smith lost her son, Sgt. Timothy Michael Smith, who was killed in action in Iraq on April 7, 2008.

“Since then my whole world has been turned upside down,” she said.

A couple dozen volunteers placed flags Friday at Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe. Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Bob St. Angelo from the American Legion Post 795 followed on the podium and said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with you always Patty.”

While most people revel in a three-day holiday weekend, many are intimately remembering those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

A somber, emotional ceremony was hosted by American Legion Post 795 that was recorded and will be broadcast online on the holiday, Monday, May 31.

About 600 flags were placed Friday at Happy Homestead Cemetery. Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune

“This is everything. Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, 911 Remembrance, all of those are important,” American Legion Post Commander and Vietnam War veteran John Lingar told the Tribune. “If we don’t remember, nobody else will.”

Volunteers from the American Legion and Daughters of the American Revolution placed about 600 flags on soldier’s graves at the cemetery before the ceremony.

The ceremony featured multiple speakers including District 5 Supervisor Sue Novasel, South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Jay Manning, Carol Olivas, president of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and DAR Regent Rosemary Manning. South Lake Tahoe Mayor Tamara Wallace was also scheduled to speak, and was there Friday morning, but was apparently called away.

Manning talked about how firefighting is steeped in tradition, including the ringing of the bell.

South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Jay Manning and a colleague ring the bell as a tribute to life and service. Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Manning and another member of SLTFR as a tribute to life and service, rang the bell three times, followed by a pause, then another three times and a pause, and three more rings once more.

Songs were sung by Davin Kangas and Jill Sharlow and Amazing Grace and Taps were played on the bagpipes.

District 5 Veteran Affairs Commissioner Dan Browne was also on hand to plant flags and recently presented 96-year old Lake Tahoe veteran Robert Baker with a Challenge Coin from the Lake Tahoe Veterans Alliance. Just days after Baker was presented with the coin, he unexpectedly passed away.

”I’m doing better than most and this is my opportunity to pay back those who have served,” Browne said. “If they serve, they deserve. These are sacred events that need to be remembered.”

Jill Sharlow sings during Friday’s ceremony. Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune

South Tahoe man arrested for hit-n-run after fleeing scene of crash

One driver in a two-car collision fled the scene and was later arrested. Provided


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A South Lake Tahoe man who fled a crash scene was arrested in the Tahoe Keys area.

Corey Kalata, 31, was peacefully arrested on Saturday after multiple agencies combined to search and apprehend the suspect.

Corey Kalata

South Lake Tahoe Police responded to a report of a multiple car collision and that the suspect driver had fled the scene into the Keys area.

The department received reports from Keys residents that the vehicle was seen fleeing into state streets and driving erratically.

An officer located the suspect vehicle unoccupied at the dead end of Wyoming Avenue with extensive front end damage. According to the report, a resident told officers the driver was seen running into the meadow between the state streets and Tahoe Valley Elementary.

Officers set up a perimeter and asked for assistance from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and Forest Service law enforcement officers in order to cover all possible exits from the meadow.

A Douglas County Sheriff’s Officer K9 unit also responded to assist with the search of the meadow.

Kalata was located and arrested for felony hit and run.

Kalata was held on $10,000 bail and according to El Dorado County Jail information, he has been released.

The driver of the victim’s vehicle was transported to the hospital.

South Lake Tahoe Police said in a release appreciated the assistance from the other agencies and also Keys residents who assisted law enforcement, The department also reminds motorists involved in collisions that it’s the law that they must pull over and exchange information with other parties.