County Sheriff’s Report
An admitted member of a local Hispanic gang was released in Snyderville Sept. 30 after he was detained at a traffic stop during which an officer allegedly found a handgun inside the vehicle, authorities say.
The man allegedly was driving with an expired driver license near the McPolin Farm when a deputy detected the smell of marijuana inside the sedan, Summit County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Andrew Leatham said.
"While [the officer] was searching the vehicle he observed a small .22-caliber pistol," Leatham said. "They put all four people on the ground in a prone position."
The driver allegedly told officers he belongs to a street gang named Brown Pride, the sergeant added.
"It’s everywhere," he said about the gang.
One of the passengers, a 21-year-old Roy man, was arrested after deputies determined he was on probation because of a prior weapons conviction, Leatham said.
Other calls recently received by county dispatchers include:
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to crack down on unlicensed door-to-door solicitors in Snyderville having arrested and booked into jail a 40-year-old Washington, D.C., man, after the suspect refused to obey orders that he quit soliciting without a business license last month, Leatham said.
"Sales tactics have been very aggressive," the sergeant added.
A woman on Homestead Road in Jeremy Ranch was frightened when solicitors began pounding on her front and back doors simultaneously, Leatham said.
Also, a records check conducted recently on a solicitor detained in Henefer revealed the suspect had committed assault and battery, Leatham said.
On Sept. 18, Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted the state Division of Child and Family Services with a child-neglect case in Francis, Leatham said.
No arrests were made as state officials worked through the case, said Leatham.
Meanwhile, deputies and a search dog weren’t able to locate a 50-year-old man who allegedly fled the scene of a domestic violence case that involved a woman in Snyderville on Sept. 24 around 6 p.m.
"When [deputies] arrived, two people were engaged in a verbal dispute," Leatham said. "One person ran from the scene.
The woman, who is 50 years old and remained at the scene, was intoxicated and became belligerent with officers, he said, adding that she was arrested for obstruction of justice.
"She slipped her hands out of the handcuffs," Leatham said.
In a separate case Sept. 29, a Jeremy Ranch man told investigators his Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen from in front of his house.
The man’s stepson was suspected of stealing the vehicle, Leatham said.
"On Oct. 7, the complainant called to report that he had recovered his own vehicle," said the sergeant, who added that the Jeep was located a few miles from Jeremy Ranch on East Canyon Road.
"We don’t have any good suspects at this time," Leatham said.
A 73-year-old Park City man, with a history of drunken driving, was not intoxicated when he rolled his vehicle on Bitner Road Sept. 30 around 7:45 a.m.
"He lost vision of the road and veered off the right," Leatham said. "He then began to slide sideways across the road and hit the cattle guard and flipped."
The man was taken in an ambulance to the Veterans Administration hospital in Salt Lake City, he added.
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