A one-eyed shih tzu who had run away from home on Christmas Day was observed “wandering down the road” and apprehended by an off-duty Teton County jailer. The dog wasn’t talking but had official ID on him that revealed he was “Mr. Pickles.” The dog, owned by someone vacationing in Mexico, had been left with the owner’s mom. Mr. Pickles was reunited with his grandmother without charges. “He didn’t get far,” said police Sgt. Russ Ruschill.

Jackson officers made a 5 a.m. Christmas visit to the Lodge at Jackson Hole on Scott Lane after a call about a room in which some people “were having some, well, fun, loud fun, four of them,” said Sgt. Ruschill. Given the disturbance to everyone’s holiday slumber, the foursome were wished something like a “merry get out of here and happy go away” and sent packing.

At the Blair Apartments early Christmas morn there was a disturbance and a call for police. The caller said someone was trying to break into the apartment, and a dispatcher heard “a lot of noise in the background.” After a moment the caller came back and said never mind, it was someone who lived there who forgot her keys, just never mind.

In other noisy intruder news, a 26-year-old Dubois man was arrested after a report of an “unknown subject kicking on doors.” He told a responding cop that his “sister was inside” one of the hotel rooms, but he “didn’t know where he was, didn’t know how he got there, didn’t know where he was going,” Sgt. Ruschill said. Turned out the guy, clad and shivering in jeans and T-shirt, was going to jail.

Two holiday visitors who lost important items had them returned thanks to the better-to-give-than-to-receive instincts of public employees. A Jackson Public Works employee found a purse near Town Hall and turned it over to police, who found the purseless owner; a START driver found a wallet and made sure it was reunited with its owner.

A county deputy saw a woman driving 29 mph on Highway 22 near Brown’s Curve and pulled her over, but not before, he said, he observed what turned out to be an empty wine bottle flying out the window. The 44-year-old Jackson woman had wine on her feet when she got out, said Sgt. Todd Stanyon.

An illegal camper spotted Sunday night in a Sprinter parked at Emily’s Pond could have just moved along, but decided to argue with deputies. There were words, then some wrestling, finally an arrest for illegal parking and interfering. There were minor cuts and bruises all around.

For unknown reasons, a woman who found a stray white Pyrenees along Interstate 80 called Teton County law to see if they could help. She said the dog appeared to have been “out for weeks and weeks” but couldn’t interest the Highway Patrol or Uinta County deputies to adopt the dog. Ditto Teton County. She said she’d find someone else.

Information in the police blotter is gathered from law enforcement agencies, county courts and sometimes radio dispatch and witnesses. Those jailed are charged, not convicted. — Eds.

Mark Huffman edits copy and occasionally writes some, too. He's been a journalist since newspapers had typewriters and darkrooms.

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