Model Janice Dickinson tells jury Cosby raped her at Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982

NORRISTOWN, PA — Former model Janice Dickinson told a jury Thursday, April 12, that Bill Cosby raped her in 1982 at a Lake Tahoe hotel room.

Dickinson said the assault occurred after Cosby her a pill he claimed would ease her menstrual cramps, but instead left her immobilized and unable to stop an assault she called “gross.”

Dickinson, the fourth of five accusers to take the witness stand at Cosby’s sex assault retrial, told jurors she was “rendered motionless” by the pill as Cosby got on top of her in his Lake Tahoe, Nevada, hotel room. She said he smelled of cigars and espresso.

“I didn’t consent to this. Here was ‘America’s Dad,’ on top of me. A married man, father of five kids, on top of me,” Dickinson said. “I was thinking how wrong it was. How very wrong it was.”

Dickinson, 27 at the time, testified she felt vaginal pain and, after waking up the next morning, noticed semen between her legs. She said Cosby looked at her “like I was crazy” when she confronted him about what had happened.

“I wanted to hit him. I wanted to punch him in the face,” she said.

A former TV personality who has called herself the “world’s first supermodel,” Dickinson became one of the first women to go public with her allegations against Cosby when she told her story on “Entertainment Tonight” in 2014.

Another accuser, taking the witness stand after Dickinson, said Cosby prodded her to drink two shots in his Las Vegas hotel suite, then had her sit between his knees and started petting her head.

Lise-Lotte Lublin told jurors she lost consciousness and doesn’t remember anything else about that night in 1989 — a time when Cosby was at the height of his fame starring as sweater-wearing father-of-five Dr. Cliff Huxtable on America’s top-rated TV show, “The Cosby Show.”

“I trusted him because he’s ‘America’s Dad,'” Lublin said. “I trusted him because he’s a figure people trusted for many years, including myself.”

Dickinson and Lublin were among five additional accusers whom prosecutors called to the stand to show Cosby had a history of drugging and molesting women long before he was charged with violating Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The 80-year-old comedian says his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual. His first trial ended in a hung jury.

The defense has dismissed the other women’s testimony as “prosecution by distraction.”

“These women proved that they were here to back up their sister — they got their sister’s back,” Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said Thursday outside court.

Dickinson, the only celebrity accuser to testify against Cosby, parried with defense attorneys who seized on discrepancies between her testimony Thursday and what she wrote about their encounter in her 2002 autobiography.

She told jurors she wanted to include details about the assault, but wound up telling a highly sanitized version in which there was no sex at all, let alone a rape, because her publisher told her the legal department would never let the allegations against Cosby make it to print.

Dickinson said she went along because she needed the money — and feared Cosby would ruin her career.

“It’s all a fabrication there. It was written by ghostwriters. I wanted a paycheck,” she said.

Dickinson testified she got to know Cosby after he called her agent and said he wanted to meet and possibly mentor her as she looked to expand her career into singing and acting. The first accuser to testify, Heidi Thomas, said she met Cosby the same way.

She said Cosby invited her to Lake Tahoe after an initial meeting at his New York City townhouse, where he had given her an acting manual. Cosby tracked her down to Bali, where she was modeling for an oil company calendar, and asked her to Lake Tahoe “to further talk about my career.”

In Tahoe, she tested out her vocal range with Cosby’s musical director, watched Cosby perform and then joined the two men for dinner at the hotel. She said that’s where she started to get cramps, and that’s when Cosby produced a little blue pill. She took it and soon became woozy and “slightly out of it.”

Cosby’s musical director left, Dickinson said, and Cosby told her: “We’ll continue this conversation upstairs.”

Dickinson had a Polaroid camera with her, she said, and snapped photos of Cosby in the room wearing a colorful robe and talking on the telephone. Then Cosby pounced.

“Shortly after I took the pictures and he finished the conversation, he got on top of me,” Dickinson said. “His robe opened up. … I couldn’t move.

“I didn’t fly to Tahoe to have sex with Mr. Cosby,” she said.

Prosecutors hope the five accusers’ testimony will help bolster Constand, the former women’s basketball administrator at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University. Constand, who will take the stand later in the trial, alleges Cosby gave her pills and molested her. The defense says she set him up to score a big payday. Cosby settled her civil suit for $3.4 million.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and the other women have done.

Lake Tahoe weather: Storm brings 8 inches of new snow to Sierra-at-Tahoe

At least one Lake Tahoe ski resort is reporting over ½ a foot of snow in less than 24 hours.

Sierra-at-Tahoe said the storm that moved through the region late Wednesday and early Thursday dumped 8 inches of new snow. Snow totals from other South Shore resorts were not immediately available Thursday morning.

The fresh powder comes just as Sierra-at-Tahoe plans to wind down the 2017-18 season this weekend. Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Incline Village and Northstar California also plan to close after this coming weekend.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort closed for the season after this past weekend. Heavenly Mountain Resort will stop the chair lifts after Sunday, April 22.

A few scattered snow showers remain possible at Lake Tahoe Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. There is a 20 percent chance of precipitation in South Lake Tahoe, which is expected to see a high temperature of 34 degrees Thursday.

Sunny conditions with high temperatures in the 50s are expected Friday and Saturday.

Kudos: Community support for youth development (opinion)

Tahoe Youth & Family Services would like to sincerely thank the following individuals and organizations for their amazing support of our "Girls Project" program which helped enhance the lives of many young girls in our community this past year.

Barton Hospital Foundation's generous donation assisted us with field trips and leadership programs, which helped promote continued education, self-esteem, and enhanced and improved the lives of many young girls in our community.

Kudos to the South Tahoe Public Utility District's donation of gifts during the holiday season for our underprivileged children. Due to their support many local youths wore a huge smile during this holiday season. This was also a wonderful lesson for our girls that giving is better than receiving.

Vail Resorts' Heavenly and Kirkwood ski resorts provided many wonderful complimentary days of skiing and snowboarding lessons and lift tickets to many young girls who would have never had this experience or opportunity. Their instructors taught them the fundamentals of skiing and snowboarding. The instructors were fun and full of energy, but more importantly were wonderful roles models.

The Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum in Reno, Nevada opened their discovery planetarium and exhibits for us. They provided hands on classroom time teaching the girls many interesting technologies that may someday inspire their interest in a career in science.

This thank you would not be complete without mentioning Ms. Lisa Maloff and her wonderful donations to Tahoe Youth and Family Services this past holiday season. Her generosity in giving to our program and to our community's many other needs is truly inspiring.

We as a community are very fortunate and blessed to have individuals and organizations like these that help promote the growth and development of our youth every day. Thank you all for your amazing support.

Warmest regards,

Dee Dee Gooding

Girls Project Coordinator

Tahoe Youth and Family Services

Letter: STMS Club Live celebrates 25th anniversary (opinion)

South Tahoe Middle School will be celebrating its 25th anniversary during its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, from 6-9 p.m. at the South Tahoe Middle School Multipurpose Room. Over the years many hundreds of youth have been members of Club Live.

However there are a small number of youth who were very important in the development of the club as it is today. I'm seeking any information whether it be phone numbers, email addresses, or mailing addresses of the following former members:

Rosalie Annand, Erica Aquino, Samantha Barksdale, Tara Becker, Chrissy Benton, Luke Bobeda, Angelee Brown, Will Caglia, Shannon Chatfield, Molly Cocking, Cassie Constantine, Kyra DeSilva Kristin Heller, Zoe Fisher-Holden, Mekaela Hicks, Trevor Johns, Jaime Kennedy, Khloe Knight, Kiva Lefler, Karley Martinez, Zaira Monette, Josh Mitchell, Kylie Novasel, Celina Robinson, Veronica Rosales, Rochell Sawyer, Boris Shiloff, Christian Simental, Patrick Stimac, Ashley Sweeney, Wen Tiong, and Rebecca Wesson.

If you know the whereabouts of any of these former Club Live members I would like to contact them about our event.

Thank you,

Larry Lambdin

South Tahoe MS Club Live Advisor

530-318-5397

foursheep2@aol.com

Lake Tahoe weather: Storm could bring 3-7 inches of snow

The Lake Tahoe Basin will get a blast of winter weather that could see up to 1 foot of snow accumulate in the high country.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory that will go into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday and last until 9 a.m. Thursday. The storm could bring 3 to 7 inches of snow accumulation at lake level and 6 to 12 inches above 7,000 feet, according to the service.

Conditions on the lake will be choppy with winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts as strong as 45 mph Wednesday. Visibility on mountain passes could be limited and area roads will likely be slippery Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

The storm is sandwiched between spring-like weather. Sunny conditions are in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, with high temperatures climbing from the high 40s to mid 50s in South Lake Tahoe.

California lawmakers advance measures to curb opioid crisis

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers advanced 10 opioid-related bills Tuesday in an effort to address the drug abuse crisis in the state, including a proposal that would let California share prescription records with other states.

Half of the bills passed by a legislative committee would increase monitoring or make it easier to track opioid prescriptions to help police and doctors spot problematic prescriptions. Others would place limits on doctors prescribing the addictive drugs to children or increase access to addiction treatments.

Tens of thousands of Americans die every year as a result of opioid addiction. In California more than 2,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016. Lawmakers say the problem is particularly bad in rural areas.

Assemblyman Evan Low, a Campbell Democrat who led the committee meeting, said the opioid crisis has been “devastating” in the state.

“There has been a misconception that California has not been particularly hit by this opioid crisis, but this is not true,” said Low, who represents a Silicon Valley-area district.

The bills still require approval by the full Assembly and Senate before they advance to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

Low’s AB1751 would allow California’s justice department to share prescription records with other states. It’s aimed at making it easier to spot patients who cross state lines to get more prescriptions for opioid drugs.

Opponents are concerned the bill doesn’t do enough to safeguard patients’ privacy. The bill limits data sharing to states that meet certain security standards, but Samantha Corbin, a lobbyist representing the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the requirements don’t provide enough protection for patients.

Megan Allred of the California Medical Association, a trade group that represents doctors, raised concerns about many of the bills and echoed the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s worries about privacy.

The proposal passed out of the committee unanimously.

Another bill, AB2741, passed Tuesday by the committee would limit doctors from prescribing more than five days’ worth of opioid drugs to minors unless it is medically necessary. The bill also requires doctors to discuss risks posed by the addictive drugs with children and their caretakers and requires a guardian to sign a consent form.

“Overprescribing of opioid medications has directly contributed to the addiction crisis,” said Autumn Burke, a Los Angeles Democrat who authored the bill.

The California Medical Association opposes the legislation because it doesn’t give doctors enough discretion, Allred said.

Lawmakers also passed a bill to let police purchase overdose treatments without a prescription. Another would require doctors use electronic prescriptions, which can be tracked more easily and are harder to fraudulently change, when authorizing opioid drugs.

Guest column: Nevada public schools need to protect students’ data (opinion)

More parents are beginning to understand the dangers of schools, states, and third parties; collecting, storing, sharing, and analyzing student data. What just happened between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica is nothing compared to what's happening to our children, by design, in Nevada public schools.

INFINITE CAMPUS (IC)

Starting in kindergarten anything your child does in school may be documented in IC without your consent. To view the most sensitive, subjective, medical (including psychiatric), and discipline data in a student's IC account parents have to make appointments with two school officials.

Nightly, IC uploads the most sensitive data on all Nevada public school children to the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) via their System of Accountability Information in Nevada (SAIN). The most sensitive, subjective, medical, and discipline data stored on our children by IC and SAIN is never deleted! At this point we don't have answers from the NDE, IC, or local Nevada school districts to:

A) Why isn't the data ever deleted?

B) How will the data be used in the future?

EDUCATION SOFTWARE

If your child starts using free third-party education software typically second-fourth grade the software vendors will likely create profiles on your child without your consent. These profiles will likely be much more detailed than the ones Cambridge Analytica have created on Facebook users. Many of these third party vendors also will share your child's data with unknown fourth parties.

1:1 DEVICE

A 1:1 device is typically issued by a school to students. The only one who uses the device is the student it was assigned to. If your child takes a 1:1 device from the school it is likely that everything you child does on that device will be tracked by Google or Microsoft, and possibly others.

SBAC TEST

If your child takes the 10 hour, computer adaptive, secret, SBAC test in third through eighth grade consider:

A) Computer adaptive means the test "adapts" as students take it, in other words student A and student B take different tests; making the SBAC an invalid assessment.

B) At least during the testing window SBAC will be "monitoring" student's social media accounts, in the name of test security.

C) SBAC must share raw test data on the 10 hour test with numerous third parties including the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office and in Nevada the SAIN.

D) Parents get the least amount of test data after approximately 10 hours testing.

E) Since the only ones allowed to view the test are children, we can not be sure about this but many experts believe — the SBAC test is more of a student data mining tool for third parties than a true criterion referenced test. Some experts believe the SBAC will create psychological profiles on students who take the test.

In Protect Nevada Children's next two town hall meetings we will inform parents on what they can do to protect their children. The meetings will be in Cold Springs and Sparks, dates and locations will posted on our Facebook page, Protect Nevada Children, soon.

John Eppolito is president of Protect Nevada Children.

Letter: Thanks to Epic Promise Program (opinion)

The PTA members, as well as the students and teachers of the second and third grade classes at Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School would like to extend their thanks to Vail Resorts and the Epic Promise Program for the generous grant we received this year.

For the second year Vail and Epic Promise have generously supplied students with the amazing opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard. Every second and third grade student was given lift tickets, lessons and rental equipment for four days of wonderful fun and learning on the mountain at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Through this partnership with Vail many students who may never have had the chance to ski or ride were able to experience something new and establish a love for the mountains in which we reside. The ski days also provide a sense of camaraderie between kids who may never have spoken to each other on the playground. Thank you Vail for caring about our kids!

Emma Davies

South Lake Tahoe, California

California pot regulators send cease order to 954 businesses

DENVER (AP) — Nearly 1,000 individual cannabis businesses have been sent cease-and-desist letters or emails by California regulators during an ongoing enforcement process, a first step in a long effort to ensure the state’s industry is fully regulated and operating like those in more mature markets.

According to a list obtained by Marijuana Business Daily, as of April 4, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) had sent cease-and-desist letters or emails to at least 954 businesses that the agency identified as potentially operating without full legal permission.

The list provides insight into the locations of many of the marijuana companies that are either flaunting California’s new regulated market or simply having a difficult time obtaining local permits — but a lot remains unknown about the state’s gray- and black-market activity.

The vast majority of the cease-and-desist letters — 64 percent of those with some sort of listed address — are in the Los Angeles metro area. The number of letters targeting businesses in L.A. and its surrounding municipalities is 393.

The cannabis bureau is responsible for licensing retailers, delivery services, microbusinesses, distributors and testing labs.

Retailers, in particular, and delivery services accounted for the bulk of the cease-and-desist letters, according to BCC spokesman Alex Traverso.

The cannabis bureau’s list includes 1,245 entries, though 291 of those businesses appear to be duplicates, in part because individual companies received more than one letter.

The remaining 954 businesses are either unique entities or part of companies with multiple locations.

It’s difficult to ascertain where many of the operators are actually based, since the bureau’s list doesn’t include addresses or even regions for 341 of the companies.

Here are some findings that could be discerned from the list:

—The second-most letters went to cannabis businesses in the Bay Area, with 94 recipients in San Francisco and surrounding towns.

—Over 230 businesses in Los Angeles proper were sent cease-and-desist letters, nearly five times more than the number of state-licensed retailers in the city.

—Dozens of businesses in Anaheim and Costa Mesa — two Orange County cities that prohibit the retail sale of medical and adult-use cannabis — received letters.

—At least 16 percent of the letter recipients — or 153 of 954 — are marijuana delivery services, based on an MJBizDaily analysis. However, that percentage could be much higher considering the number of businesses on the list that don’t have an address or region.

‘Encouraging’ responses

The letters are having an impact, Traverso said.

It’s difficult to determine how much of an effect they’re having, however, because it’s tough to judge how many recipients are interested in taking part in the regulated market and how many are illicit operators trying to dodge paying taxes and licensing fees.

Traverso couldn’t specify how many letter recipients have responded to the bureau or begun the licensing process because of the letter campaign.

However, the responses have been “encouraging,” he said.

“There’s been a pretty decent amount of activity surrounding the letters,” Traverso said.

“Not just the letter, but us following up on the letter to make sure they got the letter and to look at next steps,” he continued.

“It’s slow going, but so far, we’re relatively encouraged by the number of people who received the letter and said, ‘OK, I’m going to get my application in.'”

MJBizDaily was able to confirm that of the 954 companies sent letters by the bureau, 76 still have operational websites and 22 others’ websites have been deactivated or taken down.

Traverso declined to speculate on what those developments may indicate.

But he said more license applications are being submitted.

“We’re hopeful that those people are moving in the right direction and getting their ducks in a row and hopefully getting their state license,” he said.

Beyond that, Traverso said, the cannabis bureau has not determined what actions may be forthcoming against companies that don’t comply with the cease-and-desist orders.

“We know we need to get out there and make that next step,” he said, “because that’s the way people are going to say, ‘The state’s going to crack down if you don’t get a license.'”

Licensees getting letters

At least three companies that received several cease-and-desist letters already have obtained temporary business permits from the state, MJBizDaily confirmed, and there could be more.

Those three include distributor and retailer Flow Kana and retail chain The Apothecarium, both in San Francisco, as well as San Diego retailer Urbn Leaf.

All three have multiple licenses through the BCC.

“We received those letters,” Apothecarium owner Ryan Hudson told MJBizDaily, noting that his company got at least one for each of his three locations.

“At first, we thought they were a scam, because we have all of our documentation,” Hudson said.

“So we emailed and called BCC several times, and we didn’t really get any adequate answers, to be honest.

“They said, ‘We looked in our system, and you guys are compliant, so just disregard the notice.'”

Hudson said he believes it was an honest mistake by the bureau and has moved on, but he said one of his staffers that was in touch with the BCC learned that the agency was receiving similar inquiries from other companies.

“I think it was just an administrative error,” he said.

Flow Kana also received several cease-and-desist letters, including one in February, according to CEO Michael Steinmetz.

“It simply said they thought we were operating without a license and need to cease until we obtained one,” he wrote in an email to MJBizDaily.

“We called them immediately, shared all our license numbers, they confirmed it was a mistake and cleared us to continue operating legally.”

Steinmetz praised the bureau for its outreach, calling the letters “a reasonable approach to identifying unlicensed businesses.

“It was a good reminder why we work so hard as a company toward compliance and professionalism.”

Falling through the cracks

Letters also went to cannabis companies that are actively attempting to get licenses from the state but are having trouble getting the required permits from their local governments.

That’s the situation facing Zach Pitts, whose company, L.A.-based Goddess Delivers, appeared on the bureau’s list of letter recipients.

Pitts, also the president of the California Cannabis Delivery Alliance, pointed out that many existing companies in the L.A. area are located in municipalities that haven’t been licensing delivery businesses like his or are taking a long time to do so.

That’s put Goddess Delivers and other operators in the position of not being able to get a state permit, no matter how hard they may be trying. California law stipulates that marijuana businesses must receive local approval before they will be granted a state license.

And that means that such companies’ histories of paying taxes or compliance is practically irrelevant.

“It is this issue we’re running up against,” Pitts said, “where there are a lot of people in the process of getting licensed and then there are a lot of people who, through no fault of their own, licensing is just delayed.

“It’s been pretty much constant delays for L.A. delivery services.”

The situation is frustrating, Pitts said, because he sees participation in California’s regulated market as the smartest long-term play for any cannabis company, and because a lot of businesses receiving cease-and-desist letters are actively trying to be part of the legal industry.

“I’ve spent a lot of time really convincing cannabis businesses we need to get into the regulated market,” he said.

“You have two options: Go full black market, or accept the regulations and become an upstanding, tax-paying business.

“You can’t really straddle this line anymore, (but) it seems that at every turn, they’re being punished for trying to follow the rules, almost.”