On Monday, a Jackson woman driving a Jeep Cherokee struck a parked Chevy truck in the Hidden Hollow parking lot, pushing it into two additional vehicles. The damage on each vehicle was over $1,000, according to Jackson Police Sgt. Russ Ruschill. After the collision, the woman parked on the lower level of the parking lot, telling a witness she wasn’t going to call to report the crash. When officers responded, they found the 32-year-old driver walking her dog. She appeared to be drunk and admitted to having two glasses of wine and a cocktail before driving the car, reports stated. She told officers she pulled into the lot too quickly. She was arrested for DUI.
A 35-year-old Jackson woman was told not to return to Ace Hardware and cited for shoplifting after she slipped $52.95 worth of supplies, including cabinet handles, into her pockets without paying for them on May 24. The hardware store manger told police it wasn’t the first time she had stolen from the store. He reportedly noticed “things started to go missing when she was around.” On Monday morning, police attempted to call her cell phone and left a voicemail. Then around noon she returned to the hardware store to try to pay for the items, telling police she took them by accident. Sgt. Ruschill said it was “pretty apparent she was lying.”
A Jackson man reported that his motorcycle was stolen and is being held for ransom by someone known only by his nickname, “gringo.” The 42-year-old owner purchased the black 1982 Kawasaki 440 in Idaho Falls for $800 on March 25. He then brought it to a repair shop and didn’t hear back until May 19, when a different man told him he could have it back if he paid a ransom. According to the bike’s owner, the repairman owed “gringo” some money, and gave him the bike as payment. Police have limited information and are asking people who know more to reach out.
A man who has perennially popped up in police reports was arrested for trespassing after he refused to leave a couple’s balcony in a West Gill apartment complex. Officers responded at 9:40 p.m. on May 17, when they observed him shouting threats and obscenities at people passing by. When the owners of the balcony asked him to leave, he threatened to “kick their asses,” reports stated. Officers intervened and arrested the 67-year old Jackson man for criminal trespass and breach of peace. The couple has decided to press charges and offered to testify in court, Ruschill said.
Officers responded to two cases of public intoxication on May 22. One man was passed out in a parked car on South Millward Street just after midnight. Another man was found stumbling in the alleyway behind Pinky G’s Pizzeria. After taking a breath test, he was found to have a near-fatal level of alcohol in his system, Ruschill said. He was also on release orders from a previous public intoxication arrest in March.
A 26-year-old California man blew through a stoplight and almost hit an antler arch, according to security footage reviewed by Sgt. Ruschill. The driver performed poorly on field sobriety tests and couldn’t provide a license because it was suspended in California. He was arrested for DUI and driving under suspension.
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.