Jackson Hole News&Guide - Courts

This week in crime and punishment

One of the skiers who ignored the emergency closure during February's snowstorms and prompted an overnight rescue in dangerous conditions pleaded guilty in federal court. The defendant was scheduled to go to trial but opted for a last-minute plea bargain.

Conditions are dry and hot and fire officials are keeping a close eye on conditions while fire danger in Teton County remains "high."

Citizens are learning niche skills by attending a new academy offered by the Teton County Sheriff's Office.

New motions have been filed in the civil case against a Wilson developer after two of his employees died in a trench collapse on his property.

Catch up on an unusually high number of DUI, public intoxication and criminal trespass arrests in this week's police blotter. —Emily

Ground team recovers body of climber killed in Pingora fall

RIVERTON — The body of a man who died in a climbing accident in the Wind River Mountains has been recovered. Read more

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Rental adventure ATV accidents spike in Tetons

A trend of tourists having serious accidents on four-wheelers has emergency responders worried that someone is going to get killed. Read more

Judge hammers 'private national' for court behavior

In Teton County Circuit Court on Friday, Judge Robert Denhardt called Brad Watsabaugh’s arguments “flim-flam” and “tomfoolery” before he threatened to arrest him for not following orders of the court. Read more

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Man used Backcountry SOS to help injured hiker

After falling 100 feet down snowy and rocky terrain Friday night in Grand Teton National Park, Nergui Enkhchineg limped into a campsite and pleaded for help. Read more

Rescue missions surge

As midsummer draws hordes of backpackers to the Wind River Range, a string of four helicopter rescues made for an unusually busy week in Sublette County. Read more

Jackson Hole police blotter, Aug. 14

Poopy revenge: A man said he threw a bag of dog poop at another man because he came at him aggressively on the street. Police said the men’s dogs got into a fight, causing the men to argue. Police said the aggressor recorded the interaction, and they believe the victim tossed the poop in self defense. Read more

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