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.

July 16
Officer White responded to a Dog Bite. Police don’t have any details yet because the officer is still working on the report but sounds like someone’s furry companion bit someone else’s furry companion. White will be working with the dog owners to make sure the injured dog is taken care of.

July 16
Officer Gerlach responded to a report of someone violating a court order. He learned a man who was recently arrested was under court order not to contact the woman he had assaulted. He did anyway, sending her text messages that violated the order. Officer Gerlach reminded the man he was not to have contact and wrote a report that will be sent to the county attorney’s office for possible prosecution.

July 15, 1:31 p.m.
RO Schmidl responded to a report of Stalking. The victim is reporting that a man is following her, attempting to leave notes, parking near her house and contacting her family. The victim is not okay with this and is hoping JPD can make it stop. RO Schmidl has identified the man and is attempting to contact him.

July 15, 7:05 p.m.
Officer Raab responded to a report of Burglary. The victim told him someone entered their home and took their laundry, iPad, a painting, and an Apple TV modem.

July 14, 5:51 p.m.
Officer O’Donnell responded to a report of Theft. He arrived and spoke with a taxi driver who said he picked up someone who asked to be dropped off at the Loaf-N-Jug so they could access an ATM for the $60 fare. Instead of coming back to pay what they owed, they left by another entrance. Officer O’Donnell has the suspect’s phone number and will be working to identify them to write a ticket.

July 14, 10:21 p.m.
RO Swicegood responded to the Cowboy Bar for a disruptive patron. RO Swicegood asked the patron to leave at the request of the bar. Everything was going great and the very intoxicated man was leaving without incident or argument. RO Swicegood told the man everything was good and he wasn’t in any trouble and was free to leave. The man started arguing with officers and then tried to pick a fight saying, “I just want you to get in the cage,” and “You’d be lucky to get me in the cage.”

RO Swicegood made it clear he didn’t want to arrest the man, but the man continued to be less than pleasant, and squared up to fight. RO Swicegood arrested the 31-year-old Tampa, Florida man for Public Intoxication before he tried picking a fight with someone else. His portable breath test was a .229%.

July 14, 10:56 p.m.
Cpl. Jones responded to a report of a Domestic Disturbance. While contacting the victim to determine what had occurred, the suspect drove through the parking lot. He was stopped and found to be intoxicated. Officers performed some field sobriety tests and the man did poorly. They arrested the 58-year-old Farmington, Arkansas man for DUI.

Officers also learned the man had pushed his fiancé, so they charged him with Unlawful Contact. They THEN learned the man had marijuana in his vehicle and in the motel room where he was staying. They obtained consent to search and retrieved those items, garnering the man additional charges for Possession of Marijuana.

Officers left the victim with resource information for the Community Safety Network and Victim Services, both of which help victims of crime obtain additional resources and information.

July 14, 11:28 p.m.
Officer Shreve responded to a Noise Disturbance. When he contacted the apartment owner, he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside. Officer Shreve asked the man for his marijuana and the man surrendered it. Officer Shreve gave him a warning about the noise and the small quantity of marijuana.

July 13, 2:23 p.m.
Officer Blair responded to a report of a stolen vehicle. She learned that a rental car company rented a car to a man who did not return it as scheduled. The person who rented the car has had several recent contacts with the police department. If the renter doesn’t make things right, he may be charged with the theft of the vehicle.

July 13, 3:30 p.m.
Sgt. Ruschill responded to S. Hwy 89/S. Park Loop Road for a report of a collision between a motorcycle and a car. The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries. The cause of the collision is still being investigated. Anyone who might have been a witness to this collision is asked to contact Sgt. Ruschill at the PD (307) 733-1430. They could use your help to determine exactly what happened.

Police Department investigates crash involving motorcycle and vehicle. Photo: Courtesy JPD

July 13, 7:45 p.m.
RO Swicegood responded to a Disturbance. Someone called in the disturbance when they became concerned with a woman screaming loudly from a residence. RO Swicegood made contact with a man a woman and determined they were having an argument. He could not determine that either party had committed a crime, so they were separated for the night.

July 10, 5:33 p.m.,
Officer O’Donnell was doing a little speed enforcement on W. Broadway when he saw a vehicle coming toward him that looked like it was going too fast. 40 in a 30 to be exact. When he stopped the vehicle, it smelled heavily of marijuana. The occupants admitted that they had just smoked some. Officer O’Donnell called for a K9 officer. They located a small amount of marijuana so Officer O’Donnell cited the 28-year-old Imperial Beach, California man for Speeding and Possession of Marijuana.

July 11, 11:28 a.m.
Sgt. Kellams and Officer Gerlach were taking a stroll in the downtown area when they saw a man staggering down the street. They stopped the man and asked if he was okay. The man was heavily intoxicated and when asked where he was staying, responded with “Jackson Hole, Wyoming.” That wasn’t quite as specific as the officers were hoping for, so they offered to walk him back to his friends a short distance away so they could take care of him. The man took Sgt. Kellams and Officer Gerlach up on their offer and the officers cleared the call, thinking they had solved the problem for the night.

About a half-hour later, officers were dispatched to the Home Ranch Parking lot for a report of an intoxicated man saying he wanted to kill the reporting person. The suspect description matched that of the man they’d previously helped. Sgt. Kellams located the man a short time later and arrested the 22-year-old Memphis, Tennessee man for Public Intoxication.

July 11, 1:39 a.m.
Officer Gerlach saw a car driving down the road without any headlights turned on. He followed the vehicle for about two miles with lights and siren on while the vehicle swerved back and forth within its lane before it finally pulled over.

Officer Gerlach administered some field sobriety tests. The 20-year-old Jackson man was arrested for Youthful DUI (The limit for those under 21 is .02%. This man’s portable breath test was a .04%), not stopping for the police lights, and being under the influence of alcohol while being under 21 years of age.

July 11, 9:08 p.m.
RO Swicegood responded to a report of False ID at the Cowboy Bar. When he got there, he found two young ladies who had attempting to get past the doorman with fake IDs.

“The doormen at the Cowboy are pretty savvy, though, and stopped the women before they could enter,” Lt. Roger Schultz said.

They admitted the IDs were fake and RO Swicegood gave a citation to each; one a 19-year-old woman from Plainfield, Illinois and an 18-year-old woman from Lemont, Illinois for the fake IDs.

July 11, 1:18 a.m.
RO Swicegood was driving down the road with his training officer Cpl. Jones, when they saw a man lying in the grass. RO Swicegood stopped to check and make sure he was okay. The man was, but extremely intoxicated. They took the 24-year-old Orange, California man to the jail to sleep it off.

July 12, 12:36 p.m.
Cpl. Traphagan responded to a report of Burglary. The victim reported that a group of persons entered their home at about 2:00 a.m., stole eggs from the refrigerator and egged other houses in the neighborhood.

“We think most of us agree that egging houses as a teenager could be considered a right-of-passage, but Burglary, which is a Felony, is not,” Schultz said. “To the teenagers responsible for this blotter item: You entered a person’s home in the middle of the night and took something. That is a crime. A serious crime and you were lucky the homeowner didn’t think you were a threat and defend themselves. No one wins in that kind of scenario, so please think things through before you decided to pull your next prank.”

July 12, 4:41 p.m.
Cpl. Traphagan responded to a report of threats. He spoke with the parties involved and will be completing his report when he is finished. It’s complicated, but it looks like there is a dispute between two families that recently resulted in a fight in Teton County, Idaho. On this date, one of the family members verbally threatened a member of the other family. Cpl. Traphagan is trying to mediate and will document his efforts.

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