Police Blotter

Grand Teton National Park rangers got complaints Saturday afternoon about a group of cyclists and roller skaters “playing loud music and partying” and possibly littering on the park road. According to spokeswoman Denise Germann, rangers spoke to the roller disco party crowd and gave people verbal warnings. The road is closed to cars for spring biking, so many residents have been enjoying the warming weather by biking the temporarily car-free roadway.

Police were called Friday night to the Lodge at Jackson Hole to break up what callers said was a noisy “frat party” going on at the hotel. Officers ended up citing 13 college students for being minors under the influence. They arrested two other teenagers for underage drinking and possession, Jackson Police Sgt. Russ Ruschill said. Officers presumed the teens were in Jackson for spring break and also confiscated some marijuana and paraphernalia.

Two drunk men were reportedly hitting a downtown building with orange snow spikes last week. A woman called 911 because she also saw one of them urinating on the building. The men admitted to drinking. Officers cited a 28-year-old for property destruction.

The fortune telling machine that sits outside a shop on Broadway Avenue was vandalized again. Someone broke the plexiglass and stole the head dress and wig off the Native American chief that sits inside. If you witnessed the crime on April 1 you’re asked to call police.

A man was removed from an airplane at Jackson Hole Airport for refusing to wear a mask and using derogatory language toward flight crew members, police said. Employees at TSA had to tell the man several times to put his mask on when going through security, but witnesses told police he took it off and refused to put it back on when he boarded his flight bound for Dallas. The man was removed and threw a “temper tantrum” inside the airport, throwing his drink on the ground and crying about being separated from his pistol that he had in his already checked baggage. The 23-year-old Laramie man left without charges but might be charged with interference of a flight crew.

Someone ran over an electronic sign that was being used to direct traffic at the mass vaccination site at the old Kmart.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people for DUI in separate traffic stops last week, Sgt. Clay Platt said. Speeding was the cause for most of the stops, but others were swerving so badly that drivers called 911. During a March 31 traffic stop, deputies confiscated marijuana and mushrooms.

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.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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