Bomb concerns lead to closure of California 89; 1 arrest

Hobie Joseph Gregory. El Dorado County Sheriff's Office booking photos.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA (KOLO)-- 8:45 p.m. update: A threat to detonate a bomb if they were stopped led to the arrest of a man Friday in South Lake Tahoe and his companion being taken for medical treatment and possible charges, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department said.

The incident closed California 89 near Emerald Bay for almost five hours as authorities investigated a backpack one of them dropped on the highway, police said.

Hobie Joseph Gregory, 24, was booked into the El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest.

The Reno FBI office received a report of a person who may harm herself and put others at risk, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said. The FBI contacted the Reno Police Department to find her and when they tried to stop the vehicle she was in, it went into California, the sheriff’s office said.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and California State Parks officers stopped the vehicle on California 89 just north of the Vikingsholm Parking Lot. Authorities arrested Alana Jewel Lee Blakemore, 21, at the scene and she was taken to a hospital for treatment of a possible drug overdose, police said. Blakemore dropped a large backpack in the road during her arrest, prompting the highway closure because of bomb fears, police said.

Gregory ran from the scene towards Lake Tahoe. A driver saw Gregory hitchhiking near Camp Richardson and followed as he was dropped off at the Raley’s in South Lake Tahoe, police said. With the help of store staff, South Lake Tahoe police arrested Gregory in the store.

Police searched the store and found no explosives. None were found in the backpack or the vehicle, either.

Original story: California 89 was closed near Emerald Bay Friday for about five hours due to a suspicious device in the road, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said.

It reopened around 8 p.m.

The California Department of Transportation announced the road was closed at 3:21 p.m. Two hours later the sheriff’s office said it was because of the suspicious device.

The bomb squad and other agencies was on scene, the sheriff’s office said.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department found a man who was wanted in the incident, the sheriff’s office said, but released no other information about the incident.

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