Police Blotter

Police discovered at least two people in a group of six engaged in a fistfight by the trailer park on Gregory Lane after midnight July 18. The police took off after one man who, according to the police report, had been punching another man continuously with both fists. Officers chased the accused aggressor, who they found hiding behind a trailer home. Police told the man to lie face down on the ground, but he was uncooperative. They eventually arrested him.

A man landed at the airport July 15 and, as he planned, took off in a gray Subaru. The issue was the man got into a gray Subaru with Rhode Island plates instead of a gray Subaru with Wyoming plates, which promptly led to a stolen vehicle report. This mix-up, which parallels a “stolen vehicle” incident at the airport last week, was made easier because the Rhode Island Subaru’s keys were already in the vehicle. “People leaving their keys in their car at the airport seem to be causing undue work for us,” Jackson police Lt. Russ Ruschill said. Police resolved the incident the same day, uniting the correct Subaru with the correct owner. “For every time we do these types of cases, it’s time that we’re not spending patrolling neighborhoods” pursuing intentional criminals and patrolling traffic, Lt. Ruschill said.

Talking about leaving keys behind: A worker for a company that collects mail at the post office and distributes it to the company’s clients was working hard July 18 at 3 a.m. when he put two sets of roughly 50 keys on his work table. The man left the work table, used another set of keys to collect mail from a different cubby, then returned to his work table to find the 50 keys gone. Police do not have a suspect for the alleged theft, and they will be reviewing camera footage around the post office to see what they can find.

Police received a report about an item stolen from a vehicle near the Dollar Tree and Staples parking lot around 11 a.m. July 15. A woman reported that her Green Bay Packers cloth bag with three picture frames and an eyelash enhancer product inside had been stolen. While her car was locked, it was a convertible with a cover that police said would have been easy to pull back. The case is inactive because of a lack of leads. Police believe a person had likely intended to quickly steal the bag and find something valuable in it.

A vehicle’s brakes got hot and started smoking on Teton Pass about 1 p.m. July 16. There was no fire, but the driver pulled over to let the car cool off. This incident is typical in summer, sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt said. His advice: Downshift gears if you can, and don’t ride your brakes.

The sheriff’s office responded to a road rage incident in which the alleged victim, a 23-year-old male living in the area, was driving down Teton Pass when another vehicle started tailing him and gave him the finger. The alleged victim pulled up to the gas station in Wilson, and the unidentified suspect allegedly exchanged words with the victim, reached into his car window and slapped his hat off his head. The sheriff’s office did not receive enough identifying features to continue their search for the suspect.

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

Contact Alexander Shur at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com

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