Police Blotter

A man restriping Snow King Avenue about 1:55 a.m. June 5 — when traffic was light and heat not so hot — looked over and saw an inert figure next to the road and “didn’t know if he was drunk or hit by a car,” said Jackson police Lt. Russ Ruschill. The worker called police, who found the 22-year-old Jackson man resting peacefully, with “country music playing on his phone and with his legs crossed at the ankle,” Ruschill said. Sgt. Garrett Kellams reported he finally roused the man and asked for ID, and that the guy pulled his wallet from one pocket and put it in another. Kellams reported that “he failed to recognize the dangers of sleeping in the grass in a high-traffic area for deer and moose or of sleeping with his head downhill.”

A man relieving himself in the alley behind the Cowboy Bar initially escaped officers about midnight June 6, and could not be found inside the bar or Local restaurant or under any nearby cars or up the ladder to the roof that they followed in pursuit. But a short time later, dealing with something else, they recognized their alleged urinating culprit; they said he fessed up that it was him and apologized. He got two tickets: one for fleeing from officers, one for urinating in public. There is no single “piss and run” town ordinance that outlaws both.

The night of May 30 someone entered an unlocked car in west Jackson. The owner, the next morning, at first thought nothing was gone but finally decided she was missing a $20 pair of sunglasses. Police are asking people to lock their rides and not leave enticing valuables such as $20 sunglasses in plain view, inviting such incidents.

Jackson police did alcohol and tobacco “compliance checks” last week, and more than 20 sellers of such products turned down the 20-year-old underage buyer. Failing: A Smith’s grocery clerk was cited for selling tobacco to the person, and The Liquor Store sold a bottle of wine and some vape, earning two citations for the clerk.

A rooftop air conditioner and some other equipment at Flat Creek Business Center was grafittied the night of June 1 by what looks like culprits still learning their stuff. The paint and chalk markings included “a four-leter word you can’t print in your newspaper ... an unhappy smiley face, what looks like the word ‘roots’ or ‘ruse,’ ” said Lt. Ruschill. Also left were a drawing of a phallus, a swastika and the words “Hee hee hee.” Given the subject matter and the primitive style, police are on the lookout for artists in their middle school period.

A 32-year-old woman from North Dakota was stopped for speeding near Highway 22 and 390 on June 2 and was soon being questioned about her drinking. During the usual roadsides, she was asked to stand on one leg, and she lifted one and put the sole against the other, then “started laughing, said ‘no, that’s a yoga pose,’ ” said Teton County SO Sgt. Clay Platt. When she had both feet down she was arrested.

Deputies also dealt with a 50-year-old Jackson man who drove into the back of a car at Highway 22 and Spring Gulch, and that car hit the back of another, and that one hit another. Deputies said the driver admitted consuming three whiskies and three beers, which is a shot and a brew for each of the three vehicles in front of him. He’s said to have blown a 0.229 after the 4:15 p.m. June 2 incident.

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.

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

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