The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Aug. 10-16 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Aug. 10-16

U.S. Forest Service employee Mike Gabor salutes during Thursday's ceremony honoring Michael "Mikey" Hallenbeck in Meyers.
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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Aug. 10-16 at

1. Reno man, 48, arrested in recent North Tahoe pharmacy robberies

In a story first reported by the Sierra Sun, we revealed how Placer County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Peter Joseph Terry, 48, of Reno on several felony counts related to his alleged role in several regional pharmacy armed robberies, from Reno to Incline Village to Kings Beach to Colfax.

Terry was arrested in a Kings Beach neighborhood on Aug. 10 after allegedly robbing the Kings Beach Rite Aid for the third time in a few months. His bail is set at $1 million.

Originally published: Tuesday, Aug. 11

2. Sierra Watch: Squaw development threatens ‘everything we love about Tahoe’

In the next in a series of Sierra Sun stories on comments submitted on the draft environmental impact report to the proposed Squaw Valley village development, we shared the several criticisms levied by the project’s biggest opponent, Sierra Watch.

In the quid pro quo story, the developer, Squaw Valley Real Estate’s Chevis Hosea, defended the proposal, saying it “will enhance the sense of place at Squaw Valley upon completion…”

Originally published: Thursday, Aug. 13

3. Tahoe man arrested in Walmart parking lot while spray painting stolen car

Matthew Leaton Foster, 45, of Kings Beach was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of felony car theft charges after a deputy found him spray-painting a vehicle in public view in a Walmart parking lot in Reno.

Foster allegedly stole the car hours earlier in Incline Village.

Originally published: Friday, Aug. 14

4. Search begins for man missing after paddleboard found adrift on Lake Tahoe

Rescue crews began searching last Thursday for a man whose rented paddleboard, along with a GoPro camera, a selfie stick and a life jacket, was found adrift off Lake Tahoe’s South Shore the previous evening.

After several days, South Lake Tahoe Police Department reported the man was safe and sound this week in Missouri. Read the updated story published Tuesday at here.

Originally published: Thursday, Aug. 13

5. Firefighter, 21, killed while working Sierra Fire near Lake Tahoe

Michael “Mikey” Hallenbeck, 21, of Shingle Springs, Calif., was struck by a tree on Aug. 8 during the initial attack on the Sierra Fire, just inside the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit boundary south of Echo Summit, near the Eldorado National Forest.

He died in the incident, and friends and family mourned the firefighter’s death at a candlelight vigil last week in South Lake Tahoe.

Originally published: Sunday, Aug. 9

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