Police Blotter

Bad news shoes: A pair of bright yellow tennis shoes led to the arrest of a teenage nicotine user. Jackson police went to the Shell gas station April 29 after an employee arrived and found a broken window. A video showed the window being broken and a person reaching through to grab vaping stuff. The suspect was wearing a dark hoodie, a bandana over his face and the fateful footwear. Based on the impression that the suspect was young, school resource officer Ashley Blair spread the description among school officials, and that news led to the shoes and their 13-year-old wearer. About $460 worth of vaping paraphernalia was taken, and the window was said to be worth $400. In another nicotine case a county deputy went to the high school to pick up four teenage boys found vaping in a bathroom.

Deja choke: Jackson officers went to the Town Creek Townhomes around 5 p.m. May 4 and were told by two women there that they had been talking about a previous dating relationship and one told the other that they “were not getting back together,” Jackson police Lt. Roger Schultz said. The disappointment escalated into a struggle, and one woman was choked until she was dizzy. The other was busted for assault. About seven hours later, cops were called to the same apartment about “screaming” and found three women, including the earlier victim. Inspired by alcohol, cops believe, the women argued, and that led to “torn clothing, bloody noses, hair pulled,” Schultz said, and also — choking. The victim of the assault was the same one from earlier in the evening, and a second woman went to jail.

Misdemeanor delivery: Victimized by people dumping trash in its outdoor recycling bin, the people at Fedex put a lock on it to prevent recycling crimes. Then someone broke the lock off the container and dumped some “old food” in it, Lt. Schultz said.

Wake up, go to jail: Cops went to the Maverik after several reports of a big, blond white guy sleeping in his car in the parking lot, even after employees asked him to sleep elsewhere. Officers found Mr. Big Blond White Guy dozing, with the engine off but the keys in the ignition and power on. The 36-year-old Jackson man turned out to be a previous DUI arrestee; a breath test put him at a 0.315 blood alcohol level.

Deposit drugs here: Town and county law officers turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration the haul of the “turn in your drugs” program, which aims to keep unused prescription drugs from falling into the wrong metabolisms. The weight of a year’s anonymous donations was 67.8 pounds.

Welcome to America: A “Chinese national” was on Town Square May 4, he later told police, when a passing dog couldn’t resist tasting him. The man had a scrape on a finger. The leashed-and-out-for-a-walk suspect was described as an “unknown big white hairy breed dog.”

Oh, you again: A county deputy answered a crash call May 5 along Teton Canyon Road near Alta and found an uninjured 19-year-old man from Driggs, Idaho, standing next to his single-car-rollover accident. His breath test was 0.11, said Teton County sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt. Turns out the driver was not only too young to legally drink, he had a DUI on his record.

Insufficient funds: A Jackson woman told police that her checking account, in an out-of-state bank, had without her permission wired $30,000 through PayPal to pay for purchases in California and Texas. The bank said it would refund part of the loss, and PayPal was being asked to take care of the rest.

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