Police Log: Recent calls for service

JACKSON, Wyo. — Here are some recent calls for service in Teton County/Jackson from the dispatch log. Names may be withheld at the request of law enforcement. All persons cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filing from the Teton County Attorney’s Office.

March 31, 2020, 11:05 a.m.
Officer Ayling took a call regarding a civil problem. He learned there was a dispute over money owed for the return of a rental deposit. Officer Ayling was able to work out a resolution, but one of the parties wanted to pursue it as a criminal matter and was very insistent. Officer Ayling spent quite a lot of time explaining why it wasn’t a crime but the person wasn’t satisfied and demanded to speak with a supervisor.

Sgt. Phillips came to the same conclusion Officer Ayling had and spent the next few hours speaking with the person on the phone and in-person to explain why the dispute between the parties was not a crime, especially after JPD had facilitated the return of the deposit that was the source of the original dispute.

April 1, 6:44 a.m.
A town employee noticed damage to several vehicles in one of the town parking lots. Officer Mattson responded to investigate and learned that an unknown suspect broke the side mirrors off of four vehicles, discharged a fire extinguisher, and broke a light fixture of a nearby structure. Police have a possible suspect and are working to obtain the evidence needed to charge the person. This, by the way, is why officers are driving around when it seems no one is out and about.

April 2, Found Property (passport) 

April 3, 10:30 p.m.
RO White responded to a suspicious person who was reported to be messing with unattended vehicles. When she arrived, she found the suspect, who appeared to be in the process of stealing an unattended bicycle. She stopped the man who was standing next to a vehicle with broken mirrors and a smashed windshield. The victim said it was in ‘perfect’ condition the last they saw it. The suspect was heavily intoxicated and refused to tell RO White who he was.

The 40-year-old Phoenix, Arizona man was arrested for Destruction of Property. The suspect may be tied previous Destruction of Property calls, according to Lt. Roger Schultz.

April 4, 9:20 p.m.
Officer Lancaster responded to a 911 hang-up call. When that happens, dispatchers will call the number back and/or send an officer to check things out.

In this case, Officer Lancaster learned a 19-year-old man and his father got into an argument when he became angry and confrontational with his mother. The father ordered him from the house and no crimes were committed, but someone called 911 in the middle of everything when it looked like it wasn’t going to end well.

The son had already left when Officer Lancaster had arrived, so there was nothing left to do other than document what occurred.

April 5, 11:13 p.m.
Officer Lancaster was dispatched to a Disturbance call. He arrived and learned a male and female who were formerly dating had an argument over the ownership of a dog they had purchased together. That’s a tough situation and not one easily resolved,” Schultz says.

Officer Lancaster learned the male half, who was intoxicated, had shown up unexpectedly and demanded custody of the dog. He was asked multiple times to leave and then pushed the victim when they tried to get him out the front door. Officer Lancaster located the suspect and issued two citations to the 39-year-old Jackson man—one for Trespassing and the other for Unlawful Contact.

April 6
Cpl. Traphagan responded to a report of Destruction of property. He learned from the victim that someone had spray-painted their car. The victim provided a suspect’s name, but as Cpl. Traphagan started digging further, things got a little more interesting.

Rather than call the police at the start, the victim had gone over to the suspect’s house to confront him. He brought a couple of friends just to be safe. When he confronted the suspect about the damage to his car, the suspect struck him and a fight ensued. After that, the victim decided it was best to let the police department handle things.

Cpl. Traphagan contacted the suspect and wrote him a citation for Battery. He wasn’t able to prove the Destruction of Property, so no citation has been issued at this time.

April 7, 12:55 a.m.
RO White responded to a report of a Disturbance. The reporting person told dispatchers there was loud music and the smell of marijuana coming from a residence in the neighborhood.

RO White made contact with the occupants of the house, who admitted they had marijuana. It was kind of hard to deny it with the odor wafting out the door in the officer’s face. They also found one of the persons to be 18 years old and under the influence of alcohol.

RO White wrote tickets to one 21-year-old Jackson man for providing alcohol to a minor and two more to an 18-year-old Jackson man for being a Minor Under the Influence and being in Possession of a Controlled Substance.

April 8, 12:24 p.m.
Cpl. Jones responded to a report that two juvenile children were attempting to cross Highway 89 alone near the Maverick. The report doesn’t have information on how old they were yet, but young enough someone thought they should call.

Jones responded, located the children and kept them safe until their mother could come collect them. Apparently, they had wandered away while she wasn’t looking.

April 8, 3:17 p.m.
Officer Peery and new Recruit Officer Schmidl responded to a report of a disturbance in the Dollar Tree parking lot. It was reported that a man threw a glass bottle at the respondent’s car, was throwing objects at customers and yelling, cursing and screaming obscenities.

Officer Peery made contact and because of the way the man was acting, asked if he had been drinking. The man replied that he had and suggested Officer Peery needed one too so he could loosen up. Officer Peery declined the offer and arrested the 39-year-old Jackson man for Public Intoxication.

April 8, 11:25 p.m.
Officer Raab responded to a report of a runaway, 17-year-old juvenile. Police are working with parents to get as much information as they can as to where the juvenile might be. It can be a long, time-consuming process as contacts are made with friends, family, acquaintances and a search of all the possible locations they could be is made.

***UPDATE*** Juvenile found. With a little help from the Sheriff’s Office, investigators were able to track the juvenile down.

April 9, 5:46 p.m.
Officer Peery and RO Schmidl responded to a report of Fraud. It was reported that a woman received a check from the Teton County School District. The check is believed to be fake and part of a scam to relieve the victim of their money.

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