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County Sheriff’s Report

A trial is scheduled next month for a former Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was charged last year with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to signal and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

John Thomas James, who is 37 years old, was pulled over in Salt Lake City at approximately 615 South Main Street on June 11, 2005.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

"It’s moving through the process, it’s been set for a trial date, so, obviously I suspect at this point that they haven’t reached a resolution," Salt Lake City prosecutor Sim Gill said.

According to James’ attorney, Walter Budgen, the ex-deputy was not driving a patrol car at the time of his arrest.

James blood alcohol content was .08 grams or greater when he was pulled over at around 2 a.m., court papers state.

Dispatchers recognized again

Summit County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers were recognized May 15 as some of the best in the state for their performance assisting a 13-year-old boy who was having trouble breathing last year in the Uinta Mountains.

"The youth was in extreme distress due to his location and a pre-existing medical condition," a Sheriff’s Office press release states. The boy became ill about four miles from the Highline Trail.

The Utah Department of Health recognized county dispatchers for "outstanding performance in a search and rescue incident," the press release states.

Meanwhile, calls received recently by county dispatchers include:

A Hoytsville man claimed someone was attempting to burglarize his home on May 14 at 3:07 a.m.

Several people were reportedly speeding on all-terrain vehicles on streets in western Summit County on May 14 at 5:46 p.m.

A deputy cited several motorists for parking illegally near Kimball Junction on May 15 at 1:09 p.m.

Several gunshots were heard near New Lane in Oakley on May 15 at 3:09 p.m. Three people were reportedly seen shooting guns in the area.

Two kids were reportedly riding motorcycles near River Road in Oakley on May 15 at 5:05 p.m.

Illegal fireworks were allegedly discharged near Mountain Meadow Lane in the Snyderville Basin on May 15 at 8:48 p.m.

A case of domestic violence was reported to the Sheriff’s Office from an apartment near Kimball Junction on May 15 at 11:36 p.m.

Someone reportedly vandalized a sign at a school near Jeremy Ranch on May 16 at 8:19 a.m.

On May 16, while visiting western Summit County, a Texas woman claimed a naked man approached her at her condominium at 9:20 a.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic crash that involved two cars in western Summit County on May 16 at 3 p.m.

A deputy was asked to respond to a dispute between neighbors in Snyderville on May 16 at 6:55 p.m.

A steer was loose near S.R. 32 in South Summit on May 16 at 8:34 p.m.

On May 17, a man reportedly struck a fire hydrant while driving a forklift near a business in Silver Creek at 11:17 a.m.

A trailer was allegedly vandalized with spray paint while parked at a construction site in western Summit County on May 17 at 11:23 a.m.

On May 17, a Kamas man told a dispatcher someone stole about 40 gallons of gasoline from his truck.

A girl reportedly ran away from her home in Wanship on May 17 at 6:09 p.m.

A high-powered handgun was allegedly stolen from a safe when a house was burglarized on Aspen Drive in western Summit County on May 17.

A motorist allegedly stole $8.40 worth of gasoline from a convenience store in Wanship on May 18 at 5:17 p.m.

A bicycle was allegedly a stolen from a parking lot at Kimball Junction on May 18 at 10:04 p.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a hit-and-run traffic crash reported to the Sheriff’s Office by a Hidden Cove resident on May 19.

Computer equipment was allegedly stolen during several vehicle burglaries near Kimball Junction on May 19 at 11:27 a.m.

Deputies were called to respond to a domestic dispute in Silver Springs after an 18-year-old woman allegedly began throwing things inside the home on May 19.

Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies were investigating a motorist for suspicion of driving under the influence on May 19 at 10:17 p.m.

A creek in Ranch Place reportedly overflowed onto a road during flooding in Snyderville reported to county dispatchers on May 20 at 6:18 a.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a hit-and-run traffic accident reported to the Sheriff’s Office on May 20 at 7:51 p.m.

On May 20, a woman told dispatchers security guards at a nightclub in Snyderville assaulted her.

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