Police Blotter

A graveyard shift Jackson officer suggested alternate camping locations to a bunch of people who awoke between 3:30 and 4:30 a.m. June 26 to the sound of knocking. The officer roused three Illegally Sleeping Beauties on South Cache and then five more within the luxurious parking garage. Lt. Russ Ruschill said the officer found “a string of people sleeping in their cars” during his tour, and “we did the usual education campaign” about how you can’t sleep here. Vehicle sleeping is common this summer.

Employees at The Lodge at Jackson Hole called about 11:23 p.m. June 26 to report that “guests were throwing light bulbs out the windows at employees” and that “they thought they might be drunk,” Lt. Ruschill said. “They also threw a pillow out at them.” Officers discouraged the activity.

Elsewhere in the category of throwing things you shouldn’t throw from high places, police received a report of pedestrians being bombarded as they passed the parking garage. The June 26 incident turned out to be your usual case of teenagers stealing traffic bollards from along Snow King Avenue and then hauling them to the top of the garage and “hucking them at people,” Ruschill said. Using security cam footage, officers were able to get a look at the 16- and 17-year-old miscreants and then find them. Turns out that if you throw bollards at people they can be classified as weapons. The pair will make an appearance in court.

An 18-year-old Jackson male with a perfectly good Wyoming driver’s license but also a not-so-good Montana license that said he was old enough to drink attracted interest at The Rose when he tried to get in. He was reported to police as a “belligerent intoxicated male” who was “screaming obscenities after being denied entry into the bar,” Lt. Ruschill said. When officers arrived they saw the fellow nearby and tackled him after a brief sprint.

A 39-year-old man with a local address but who told police he was “just visiting Jackson while on vacation” was stopped late June 25 along West Broadway. An officer said he observed “a sudden jerking motion toward the left lane and then back to the right lane” — all accomplished the officer said at about 10 mph over the posted limit of 35. The man said he had borrowed the car after drinking “a couple of big beers” and was on his way to pick up a friend who was getting off work. The driver rang up a .121 and went to jail, and the guy at work had to get another ride.

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

Contact Mark Huffman at 732-5907 or mark@jhnewsandguide.com.

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

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Tom Henry

but the parking garage is “workforce” housing.

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