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January 7, 2020
Do you have questions about what law enforcement does and why? It can be challenging to come up with content on slow report days and we would love to answer your questions as appropriate. We won't comment on active or previous investigations, but questions about law, policy, or procedure are fair game.
On to the blotter!
20010605: On January 7, (Got it right this time) 12:12 a.m., Officer Lancaster stopped a vehicle because the driver was talking on their cell phone and because they hadn't taken the time to clear all the snow off their windows. The driver was from out of state, so perhaps we can understand missing the numerous "Hands Free" signs all over town, but everyone should know you have to clear your windows before driving, no matter where you're from. It's kind of important to see when you're driving a few thousand pounds of steel and plastic down the road. Officer Lancaster spoke with the driver about these issues and was probably going to send him on his way with a warning, but noticed he appeared under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. They did some field sobriety testing and the man did poorly. The driver provided a portable breath test with a result of .16%, which confirmed Officer Lancaster's belief the man had been driving his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. It was no surprise that the 31 year old Surprise, AZ man was arrested for DUI.
20010650: On January 7, 2020, at about 2:00 p.m., Cpl. P. Smith responded to assist Officer Ayling with a call he was working on. We can't say too much about the call because it involves a juvenile, but the child's guardian was having difficulties and asked for police assistance. While we were trying to sort things out, the guardian asked if we could run our K-9 through the child's room. K-9 Ciggy was excited to work and located some marijuana and paraphernalia. Cpl. P. Smith also located some tobacco products the child wasn't supposed to have. In the end, we gave some tickets to the 14 year old Jackson, WY juvenile for possession of marijuana and tobacco products.
20010651: On January 7, 2020, at about 12:49 p.m., RO White responded to a Collision Hit & Run…maybe. She is still working on the report, so we're going off the dispatch notes as to what was reported. As she investigates, she may determine it was a simple traffic accident and will be able to resolve it without charging anyone with a crime.
20010654: On January 7, 2020, at about 1:37 p.m., Officer Peery took a report of a "cold" sexual assault. What do we mean by "cold"? That simply means the incident occurred sometime in the past, but is just now being reported. We won't be releasing any more information on this case. Why? We are prohibited by law from doing so, (WSS 6-2-319 if you want to look it up) and it's just the right thing to do. Generally, the only time you'll see us release any information is to, "…aid or facilitate an arrest."
***Thank you to Officer Peery for filling in as our School Resource Officer while Officer Blair is on leave. He has quite a bit of experience and will do an awesome job for the schools and your kids. We spoke with him yesterday about how he was liking the new assignment. He said it was great and he enjoyed hearing elementary school kid's opinions on the Super Bowl prospects. He said their opinions were very insightful.
20010699: On January 2, 2020, at about 10:09 p.m., Officer Lancaster and Shreve responded to a report of Domestic Violence. It was reported to the TCSO Dispatch center that a man had been in a fight with his girlfriend and had been struck by a bottle. That sounds pretty serious and deputies from the sheriff's office showed up to assist. Things are rarely what they seem as originally reported and officers and deputies found that to be the case when they arrived. In addition to counter allegations of Domestic Violence, there is also an allegation of attempted sexual assault. Officers are collecting evidence and detectives will be doing additional follow-up, but until we can sort out what's what, no arrests are being made. We have to at least reach that threshold of Probable Cause and we'll need some time to get there.
That's it from yesterday, Jackson. Have a great Wednesday!