County Sheriff’s Report |

County Sheriff’s Report

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A debate underway in Summit County concerns how often off-duty Sheriff’s Office deputies should be allowed to drive their patrol sport utility vehicles. Some Kamas residents complained of two officers using department vehicles to drive their families, Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme said in a meeting last week in Coalville.

"They don’t see why we should be buying the vehicle and providing the gas One of them had his family over at Smith’s doing his grocery shopping," Woolstenhulme said. "It’s something that we need to take a look at when we see our fuel bills."

Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds countered that having deputies drive around town deters crimes.

Deputies who live in Summit County should drive patrol vehicles and carry guns while off duty, Edmunds explained.

"The sheriff has encouraged these deputies to take these cars home and park them in the driveways," Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott said.

Sheriff’s Office bailiff M.K. Georgie drives his SUV off duty. He is one of the department’s sharpshooters, Elliott said.

Elliott said "[Edmunds] feels like there really isn’t any abuse."

Calls received last week by Summit County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers included:

A 44-year-old Salt Lake County man in the Uinta Mountains claimed his hunting partner fell and shot himself in the stomach on Oct. 20 around 5:50 p.m.

But "it’s not a self-inflicted wound," Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Alan Siddoway explained.

Riverton resident William Short died after he was shot by his hunting companion in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest near the edge of the Kamas East subdivision in eastern Summit County, Siddoway said. He was 44.

Summit County Attorney David Brickey will determine whether charges are filed, he added.

On Oct. 20, a Midway woman claimed someone hit her car and fled the scene in the Snyderville Basin.

Gunshots were heard near State Road 35 in Francis on Oct. 20 at 7:30 a.m.

Detectives are investigating the death of a 26-year-old woman whose body was reportedly found at her brother’s house in western Summit County on Oct. 19 at 2:06 p.m.

"We don’t suspect foul play," Sheriff’s Office Capt. Alan Siddoway said, adding that results from a toxicology test and autopsy are pending. "Until further study is done, we’re not calling [the death] natural."

Meanwhile, three people allegedly stole shoes from a store at Tanger Outlet Center on Oct. 19 at 12:24 p.m.

On Oct. 19, an employee at a business on Landmark Drive at Kimball Junction allegedly stole $553 from a safe at the business.

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic accident that involved a Toyota pickup truck and a dump truck on Oct. 19 at 7:45 a.m.

Someone vandalized a man’s vehicle with a key while it was parked at The Home Depot in the Snyderville Basin on Oct. 18 at 2:10 p.m.

A caller from near The Canyons resort said several mountain bikes were stolen in the Basin on Oct. 18 at 8:49 a.m.

A man allegedly stole items from a clothing store at Tanger Outlet Center on Oct. 17 at 7:42 p.m.

On Oct. 17, a man on Grand Summit Drive in Snyderville told a dispatcher someone stole three laptop computers.

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic accident in western Summit County that involved a pickup truck and sport utility vehicle on Oct. 17 at 10:23 a.m.

On Oct. 17, someone was allegedly trespassing while hunting on private property in Kamas at 9 a.m.

Someone driving an ice-cream truck in western Summit County was issued a citation for doing business without a license on Oct. 16.

On Oct. 15, a man at Powderwood condominiums told a dispatcher someone fraudulently used his credit card several times in Maryland.

Kids returning home from school found their house on Antelope Drive in Coalville burglarized on Oct. 15 at 3:15 p.m.

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