The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, May 11-17 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, May 11-17

Robin Nicole Ballachey
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“The top five online” is a weekly report of the top five online stories the previous week, in terms of overall page views and reader interest as shared through social media.

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from May 11-17 at

1. Tahoe native dies in plane crash

Robin Nicole Ballachey, 33, a South Lake Tahoe native, died May 7 in Mexico in a plane crash. She was a skydiving instructor who was in Mexico for the summer. A small Cessna 180 crashed into the Bay of Banderas off the coast at Las Glorias Beach in Puerto Vallarta. Five passengers were rescued, and two died in the crash — Ballachey, and a woman who was her tandem student.

Originally published: Tuesday, May 12

Page Views: 4,900

2. Shots fired prompt precautionary lockdown of South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Community College was placed on lockdown as a precaution for roughly 20 minutes on May 13 after the South Lake Tahoe Police Department received a report of shots fired a few minutes before 3 p.m. in the meadow area behind Ross near Al Tahoe Boulevard.

No person with a firearm was located, according to police. A bull whip was found nearby which may have produced sounds similar to gunshots.

Originally published: Wednesday, May 13

Page Views: 3,859

3. Multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed against Hard Rock hotel & Casino

SMC Construction recently filed a lawsuit in Nevada’s Ninth Judicial District Court, alleging fraud, failure to pay and breach of contract against Neva One LLC, and Jon and David Park, owners of the nearly new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Stateline. SMC is seeking a $9.6 million lien against the hotel, plus costs for services, labor, punitive damages and legal costs.

Originally published: Tuesday, May 12

Page Views: 1,876

4. Western drought claims Washoe Lake; now completely dry

Washoe Lake is dry. With almost all of the 11 streams feeding the lake between Reno and Carson City reduced to a trickle over the past five years, evaporation last week officially claimed the last of Washoe’s waters, representing further evidence that the Western drought is continuing to worsen.

Originally published: Thursday, May 14

Page Views: 1,412

5. 10-year-old Truckee boy arrested on suspicion of arson

An investigation into a series of small brush fires on May 13 in a lot in Tahoe Donner led Truckee Police detectives to a local school, where a 10-year-old Truckee boy was identified as the suspect who intentionally set them. The boy was arrested on suspicion of arson and released to the custody of his parents. The matter will be referred to the Nevada County Probation Department.

Originally published: Thursday, May 14

Page Views: 1,335

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