News Briefs: Nevada County sheriff, district attorney, officials sworn in |

News Briefs: Nevada County sheriff, district attorney, officials sworn in

Sheriff Shannan Moon takes the oath of office administered by the Honorable Associate Justice M. Kathleen Butz, California Third District Court of Appeal.
Photo by John Hart

Nevada County sheriff, district attorney, officials sworn in

Sheriff-elect Shannan Moon stood Monday in the center of a crowded room, waiting to take the oath of office, when Supervisor Dan Miller leaned over to her and whispered: “Nervous?”

“Excited,” Moon told him. “Not nervous.”

Moments later Moon stood with her right hand raised as she recited the oath and became the sheriff of Nevada County, taking the place of Keith Royal.

Moon, who came in first place in the June primary and won the general election with 58.1 percent of the vote, called the campaign trail eventful. It gave her insight, taught her what she can accomplish and revealed true friends.

In two past promotions Moon had her father attach a pin to her uniform. Her mother performed the duty once. On Monday Moon’s wife, Amy, stepped up. Moon said she wanted to honor her wife. She also praised her parents, Jim and Eileen Moon, hugging both of them after she took the oath of office.

Several Nevada County officials took their oaths Monday, including Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters Greg Diaz; District 3 Supervisor Dan Miller; District 4 Supervisor Sue Hoek; Assessor Sue Horne; Auditor-Controller Marcia Salter; Treasurer-Tax Collector Tina Vernon; District Attorney Cliff Newell; and Superintendent of Schools Scott Lay.

Vernon, starting her third term in office, said after the ceremony that it’s an honor to serve.

“There’s still a lot to be done,” she added, referring to the county’s new cannabis business tax. “We’re still unfolding the process.”

That tax is projected to raise between $1.5 million and $3 million annually. Vernon is examining an office renovation that would give cannabis business owners a separate area to pay their taxes.

— Alan Riquelmy, The Union

Social media helps police catch carjacking, kidnapping suspect

South Lake Tahoe Police officers responded to a report of a battery and attempted car theft that happened in the Emerald Bay area on Jan. 8.

According to a report, the victim, an off duty South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue firefighter, said an unknown man stepped in front of his vehicle while he was traveling on Emerald Bay Rd. The firefighter had to slam on his breaks to avoid hitting him. The unidentified man then tried to get inside the victim’s vehicle by trying to open the passenger side door, where the victim’s child was seated and started hitting his vehicle with his fists.

The man then walked around to the driver’s side, where he and the firefighter got into a fight. The man ended up jumping into the driver’s seat, with the victim’s son still in the vehicle and tried to drive off. The firefighter got the man out of his vehicle and that’s when the suspect took off running, the report states.

According to police, the firefighter snapped a photo of the suspect to share it with law enforcement when they got to the scene. The photo was shared on social media and later that night SLTPD dispatch received a call from a local business owner who said he thought the picture was of an ex-employee, Jacob Lewis.

Lewis was known to law enforcement with cases going back 11 years including battery with serious injury and drug use.

Officers found Lewis at his home and he denied any involvement in this case. Lewis was arrested without incident. The 27year old was booked into the El Dorado County Jail on charges of attempted carjacking, attempted kidnapping and battery. He is currently being held on $405,000 bail.

— Sierra Sun staff

True stories of unknown unheralded women tech stars

Tahoe Silicon Mountain will welcome attorney Dick Schulze of Holland & Hart to present at Mountain Minds Monday: “Ahead of Her Time: True Stories About Women Tech Stars.”

Schulze will discuss how women who were inventors with patents were many times unrecognized and unrewarded. Schulze will also discuss some of the frustrations and triumphs of other inventors, and will give the listener some ideas about what to do with their own invention.

Schulze is an intellectual property attorney with Holland & Hart, LLP specializing in high-tech electronic and other inventions as well as copyright and trademark law.

Mountain Minds Monday begins 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at Pizza on the Hill, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. Pizza and salad are available and we use a pay-what-you-can model ($5 minimum). Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking.

The event will also be available on YouTube as a livestream and after the event: Visit for information.

— Submitted to the Sierra Sun

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