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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

A woman in North Summit claims she was outside wearing a nightgown when a man hit her Aug. 26, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman told an emergency dispatcher the attack occurred at about 9:55 p.m.

"That’s an ongoing investigation and we’re not going to talk about," Sheriff’s Office Detective Ron Bridge said in a telephone interview. "I have very little details."

The suspect fled the scene "northwest into a wooded area," the alleged victim told dispatch.

Bridge wouldn’t say whether the woman knows the man, who reportedly came up behind the woman in front of her home.

"She turned around and he ran off," the report from dispatch states.

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The alleged crime was not a "mugging," Bridge said, adding that the woman was not injured.

Prescription fraud is probed

A caller Aug. 27 told the Summit County Sheriff’s Office a "forgery ring" for OxyContin was using a pharmacy at a grocery store on Kilby Road.

"That is on ongoing investigation," said Ron Bridge, a detective at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. "Because we don’t want to jeopardize the investigation we can’t release certain particulars about what’s going on and where we are in the investigation."

Airsoft: False alarm in Snyderville

A woman flagged down a deputy in the Snyderville Basin when she believed she saw her neighbor running from his home wielding a gun, the authorities said.

"[She] said [the] male was pointing a firearm at someone," a report from the Sheriff’s Office states.

The man was playing with toy guns with his son, said Ron Bridge, a Summit County Sheriff’s Office detective.

The woman called 911 Aug. 28 at 3:44 p.m.

"It was people playing with Airsoft guns and one lady mistook it for a weapon that could injure her, and called the police," said Ron Bridge, a detective with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office creates school liaison position

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has created a law-enforcement position to act as a liaison between deputies and schools, the authorities said.

"The goal of the position is to provide education resources and presentations to the students, schools and community," Ron Bridge, a Summit County Sheriff’s Office detective, said in a prepared statement.

The presentations will teach Internet safety to students, Bridge said.

"Ideally, these presentations are appropriate for grades K through eight," according to Bridge.

Teaching kids to recognize tricks used by Internet predators, and how to stay safe from cyber bullying are top goals of the program, Bridge said.

Law-enforcement personnel will teach the courses, he said.

For more information contact Bridge at (435) 615-3564.

Recovery Night Celebration

Mental illness impacts many people in Summit County, according to Amy Fehlberg, a therapist at Valley Mental Health.

Valley Mental Health and Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness have scheduled a celebration and information fair for families struggling with mental illness. Fehlberg hopes the event raises awareness about substance-use disorders and resources available to those in need.

The event, which will feature local musicians, is part of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The event in City Park begins Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.

Safety in cougar country

State wildlife officials are asking what Spanish Fork, St. George and the Park City area have in common this year.

They’re among a handful of Utah towns where mountain lions were recently sighted, said Justin Dolling, game mammals coordinator for the state Division of Wildlife Resources.

"Most of the cougars you’ll see this time of year are male cougars that are just a little more than a year old," Dolling said in a prepared statement. "When they reach that age, it’s time for them to establish their own territory."

Adult male cougars have large territories and will attack younger mountain lions, he explained.

"The threat of being attacked forces young males to wander extensively in search of a place to call their own," according to Dolling. "Couple their wandering with housing development that’s gobbling up their habitat, and a perfect recipe for cougar sightings in residential areas in place."

Tips for staying safe include:

Do not put pet food outside

Keep pets indoors at night

Outdoor lighting might keep cougars away from your home

Bring children in before dusk, which is when cougars begin to hunt

Make your yard less attractive to deer