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Senior citizen rampage in Kings Beach

JEREMY MORRISON, Sun News Service

Three elderly gentlemen caused quite a commotion in Kings Beach on Tuesday with an afternoon of gunplay, car chasing and general crotchetiness.

“None of the players were under 60, so we eradicated the senior citizen gang in Kings Beach,” said Deputy Dave Hunt of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. “It was actually pretty comical – yeah, it was pretty good.”

According to the sheriff’s report, a call regarding a physical disturbance and gunfire came into the station just before 3:30 p.m. Deputies and paramedics were dispatched to the scene – 8376 Golden Ave. in Kings Beach – immediately.

Upon arrival, deputies were approached by the resident of the property, Michael Kornazewich, 81, who informed them that he had just been shot at and pistol-whipped.

Apparently, according to the report, Kornazewich had agreed to store some guns for a long-time friend, 62-year-old Harry Nelson Miller, also of Kings Beach; Miller has a prior battery conviction in California, and thus cannot possess weapons. When the man arrived to take back his weaponry, a skirmish ensued.

Kornazewich reported that Miller put a .22 caliber revolver to the side of his temple and fired across one side of his head then the other, leaving powder burns on each side. Miller then attempted to shoot Kornazewich in the legs but missed.

“Harry can’t see too well, he didn’t have his glasses on,” reported Detective Sgt. Jeff Granum.

At that point the two men continued their quarrel outside before returning into the house, where Kornazewich was pistol-whipped. A neighbor, Robert Lyle, heard the men fighting and walked over to investigate the situation, but was told to leave by Miller.

When Lyle realized Miller had a pistol he fled the house, according to the report. Miller followed Lyle outside and allegedly attempted to fire several shots at him but the gun was apparently faulty.

Miller then ran to a Chevy Blazer parked across the street. Witnesses reported the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Edward Holley, another 81-year-old Kings Beach resident, repeatedly yelled for Miller to hurry, according to Granum.

As officers arrived on the scene they were alerted to the fleeing Blazer, which was now heading down the street. After a brief chase the car was stopped, but Miller was not found to be inside; Holley was arrested with some resistance.

“Holley put on a pretty good fight,” Granum said. “They had to force him out of the car and take him to the ground.”

Miller apparently abandoned the vehicle en route and the deputies began a search of the area.

During the search deputies came upon a group of neighborhood children who were able to assist them.

“The kids said ‘we were throwing rocks at this wood pile and this old guy jumps out all bloody,'” Granum explained, adding that the youths reported the man then attempted to ride away on a bicycle but crashed before continuing on foot.

After an additional investigation – which saw deputies walking door-to-door searching for any clues – Miller was found a couple of hours later in Nevada at the Lake Tahoe Brewing Company.

Both Miller and Holley were arrested for attempted murder, according to the sheriff’s report. Holley was taken to the Placer County Jail in Auburn, while Miller will be extradited there from Washoe County soon.


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