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Respect Mother Nature. That’s the advice Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds had this week for the area’s backcountry travelers. "We’ve had a lot of search and rescues over the holiday season typically, it’s the inexperienced, typically, it’s the risk-takers," Edmunds said. "I think there has just been a general misunderstanding of the power of Mother Nature." A snowmobiler nearly died after crashing through the ice of a frigid lake last week near the Mirror Lake Highway, Edmunds said.

"I think one of his buddies might have fished him out," the sheriff added.

Some volunteer searchers in the area helped the man into a nearby warming hut, Edmunds said.

"There have been a lot of avalanches that have been triggered in the backcountry," he said.

Elsewhere along the Wasatch Back, portions of the Hidden Lakes area, including parts of the Mt. Timpanogos trail in the Uinta National Forest were closed this week as search-and-rescue crews continued to look for Marshall Higgins, who was likely killed in an avalanche while snowshoeing.

According to U.S. Forest Service avalanche forecaster Bruce Tremper, Higgins was recreating in some of Utah’s most deadly backcountry terrain when the danger level was rapidly increasing. Slide danger in Summit County this week teetered between moderate and high, according to the Utah Avalanche Center.

Edmunds stresses that anyone planning to recreate in the backcountry should visit http://www.avalanche.org for updates on avalanche conditions.

"If you go out there and you haven’t talked to them, you’re being reckless," the sheriff said. "If you don’t know before you go then that’s a real problem."

Other calls received last week by Sheriff’s Office dispatchers included:

On Dec. 26, a Snyderville Basin man reported a case of debit-card fraud after his wife’s card was allegedly used fraudulently in Nevada.

A man in western Summit County claimed several holiday gifts were stolen out of his vehicle on Dec. 26.

No injuries were reported to a county dispatcher as a result of a traffic accident that involved an Audi and Dodge Ram on Dec. 26 at 1:57 p.m.

A case of domestic violence was reported from Coalville on Dec. 26 at 4:12 p.m.

On Dec. 26, a group of boys reportedly vandalized a house in Henefer by breaking lights on the garage and throwing eggs and cottage cheese at the home.

An Oakley man claims his house was burglarized on Dec. 26 at 9:59 p.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic accident that reportedly involved a Subaru Outback and Chevrolet pickup truck in Summit County on Dec. 27.

A Silver Creek man reported a case of debit-card fraud to the Sheriff’s Office after someone used his girlfriend’s ATM card fraudulently in Nevada on Dec. 27.

On Dec. 27, a Jeremy Ranch man claims someone made about $22,000 worth of fraudulent charges on his credit card.

Three men in western Summit County reported separate cases of ski thefts to the Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 27.

A woman’s purse was reportedly stolen from a vehicle parked at a Kimball Junction restaurant on Dec. 27 at 7:27 p.m.

On Dec. 28, a motorist in a BMW sport-utility vehicle allegedly left a West Side convenience store without paying for $20 worth of fuel.

A case of domestic violence was reported to the Sheriff’s Office when a couple began fighting in South Summit on Dec. 28.

Deputies were investigating an alleged hit-and-run traffic accident after a motorist reportedly slammed into a car and fled the scene near S.R. 224 on Dec. 28.

No serious injuries were reported as a result of a traffic crash that involved two cars in South Summit on Dec. 29.

An assault was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 29 from a business at Redstone Towne Center after a man allegedly slapped a woman when she knocked his jacket onto the floor.

On Dec. 29, a 14-year-old boy told a county dispatcher he was assaulted near The Canyons resort on Dec. 29 at 10:03 p.m.

Several men were reportedly fighting on the balcony at a home in Snyderville on Dec. 30 at 12:36 a.m.

No serious injuries were reported to the Sheriff’s Office as a result of several traffic crashes reported on Dec. 30.

On Dec. 30, a man at Kimball Junction told a dispatcher he was assaulted by a man who fled the scene via westbound Interstate 80 at 8:12 p.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic crash that involved a Dodge truck and Isuzu Rodeo on Dec. 31 at 8:37 a.m.

A Kamas man claimed someone broke one of his car windows on Dec. 31 at 10:26 a.m.

A fight was reportedly in progress at a hotel on Ute Boulevard on Jan. 1 at 2:37 a.m.

A case of domestic violence was reported from Jeremy Ranch on Jan. 1 at 5:26 a.m.

A child was reportedly locked inside a Ford pickup truck that was running for about 15 minutes while an acquaintance broke inside the vehicle on Jan. 1.


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