By Jim Ruffalo

Kings Beach, CA (March 2) — A Fallon Lodge resident who sheriff’s department officials say was having problems with his neighbors, wound up jailed after allegedly trying to settle matters with an incendiary device.

   Joseph D. Karpus was arrested Sunday (Mar. 1) after reportedly igniting a smoke bomb inside the Kings Beach hotel.
    “Apparently, this was his way of settling some on-going problems he was having with other tenants,” said Placer County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jeff Ausnow.
   “From what we’ve gathered so far — and (the accused) is not being very cooperative — he was either trying to annoy or scare his neighbors into evacuating. But he wound up setting fire to his own room,” Ausnow added.
   Units from the North Tahoe Fire Department handled both the fire-fighting and evacuation, and Ausnow said the report showed there were no injuries.
   “Lighting a smoke bomb in a hotel is not the brightest thing a person can do,” Ausnow said.
   The 58-year old Karpus was booked and subsequently transported to the Placer County Jail at North Auburn where he faces charges of arson of an inhabited structure. He remains jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.


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