Tahoe Casino Owned by Sinatra Ordered to Fix Fire Alarm System

A north Lake Tahoe casino once owned by Frank Sinatra has been threatened with a shutdown unless it starts work on fixing a faulty fire alarm system by Saturday.

Fire Marshal Tom Smith of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District says the Cal Neva Lodge and Casino's system may or may not notify occupants of a fire because of its faulty, unreliable wiring.

Smith says he asked the Crystal Bay resort straddling the California line to fix the problem in August and followed up with a letter last month after it went uncorrected.

Resort officials say they plan to comply with the order and they're upset the district released information about the problem to the public.

They say the bid process for a new system is long and expensive, and they had every intention to comply.

When it was owned by Sinatra from 1960 to 1963, the Cal Neva drew Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior.

Sinatra's gambling license was stripped after Chicago mobster Sam Giancana showed up at the resort.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-09-07 1909EST


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