On April 1 at 6:30 p.m. police were called because a man boarded a START bus and told the driver he had tested positive for COVID-19 but “was so stir crazy from being on mandatory quarantine that he just wanted to ride the START bus around.” The bus driver told the man no and called police. Officers haven’t been able to contact the man and don’t have a description, but he’s a regular bus rider, Jackson Police Lt. Roger Schultz said. The man could be charged with a crime if he’s caught. “If he is in fact breaking quarantine when he is under a mandatory quarantine we can use the state statutes related specifically to quarantine,” Schultz said. The bus driver hasn’t seen the man on his bus since last week, and police haven’t received similar complaints.
Police have a potential suspect in some property damage that took place in a town parking lot April 1. Side mirrors were torn off four cars, a fire extinguisher was discharged, and a light fixture was broken off a nearby structure. Officers are investigating further but the suspect hasn’t been charged. “This is why we’re driving around, to catch people like this who are out and up to no good when there is no one around,” Schultz said.
On Friday at 10:30 p.m. an officer noticed a man trying to steal a bicycle. The man was standing next to a car with a smashed windshield and broken side mirrors. The 40-year-old Arizona man might be the suspect in the previously mentioned destruction case. He was arrested for destruction of property.
Two men started fighting April 1 because one of them wasn’t keeping a 6-foot distance, police said. The men started arguing around 6:15 p.m., and the arguing led to pushing, which led to a fistfight. The victim had minor injuries. A 19-year-old Rock Springsman was cited for battery.
Someone crashed into a fence along Scott Lane on March 31 around 11:30 p.m., police said. Someone who lives nearby heard the hit-and-run. Police are looking for the suspect.
Information in the police blotter is gathered from area law enforcement agencies, county courts and sometimes radio dispatch. Those jailed are charged, not convicted. — Eds.