North Lake Tahoe Fire board member disputes battery charges |

North Lake Tahoe Fire board member disputes battery charges

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. “-North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Board of Directors member and Incline resident Dale Smith is disputing a simple battery charge resulting from a February incident at the Crystal Bay Club and Casino.

On Wednesday his lawyer, Incline resident Bradley Paul Elley, attended a pre-trial conference on behalf of Smith at the James V. Mancuso Justice Court.

“I’m not commenting on the merit of the charges, which we dispute,” Elley said in a Thursday phone interview.

Smith faces charges after police say he allegedly attempted to elbow and subsequently kicked a male security guard the evening of Feb. 8 at the Crystal Bay Club.

According to a police report summary provided by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brooke Keast, Smith was at a concert at the Crystal Bay Club and appeared to be intoxicated and was asked to leave. Smith refused, according to the report, and was forcibly removed by security and deputies from the concert.

Once outside, Smith allegedly began to struggle and attempted to elbow a security guard before kicking another, according to the report. Smith was then arrested and was booked to the Washoe County Detention Center in Reno on simple battery charges, according to the report.

At Wednesday’s conference, Elley and Washoe County Deputy District Attorney Bruce Hahn agreed to hold another pre-trial conference June 3, to allow the Attorney’s office more time to obtain video surveillance tapes from the casino, Elley said.

The District Attorney’s office did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Smith has sat on the NLTFPD Board of Directors since 2004 and was re-elected in November.

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