Sheriff’s Report, March 9-11, 2016
Two Summit County residents recently filed reports with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office accusing a local handyman of breach of contract and theft of services.
The man allegedly received payments for odd jobs and then never returned to complete the work, a report states. Both complaints were filed with the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, March 1.
According to the report, a Silver Creek woman hired the suspect in September for a landscaping job. The woman gave the man a $500 deposit and an extra $930 for equipment use. In the other complaint, the same suspect agreed to fix a Pinebrook woman’s snowblower after she paid a $40 "assessment fee," the Sheriff’s Office said.
However, the suspect never completed the work or returned the money to either woman, the report states.
The report states that the man is suspected of scamming several people through Facebook. A Facebook posting in a group about the suspect has amassed more than 50 comments from users describing similar experiences.
Sgt. Ron Bridge said the Sheriff’s Office considers the case a civil matter that must be handled through other means, such as small claims court.
"It’s a problem between two individuals," Bridge said.
Bridge said the reports were mainly filed for documentation purposes.
According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to numerous other calls between Monday, Feb. 29, and Sunday, March 6, including several cases involving suspects driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol:
Sunday, March 6
Two men were cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia while they sat in a parked car near State Road 32.
Deputies assisted the Utah Highway Patrol after a man ran from the scene of a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 80. He was quickly located near the site and admitted he had been drinking alcohol. The man was transported to Park City Medical Center with injuries to his head and legs.
Saturday, March 5
Dispatch received a report of a man acting suspiciously and attempting to enter several apartments at a Basin-area complex. He was arrested for a parole violation and had active warrants. The suspect had been reportedly seen earlier in the week, but was not located at the time.
Deputies responded to a North Summit home to assist the Kamas City Police Department with a medical situation. A 62-year-old Kamas man was later pronounced deceased at the residence.
Deputies responded to a possible domestic violence situation between a man and a woman at a Basin-area apartment complex. No citations were issued after deputies determined the argument did not become physical and the man left the residence.
A South Summit man reported an assault that allegedly occurred between his wife and some family members. The case was forwarded to the county attorney’s office after both sides gave conflicting accounts of what happened.
Friday, March 4
A woman who crashed her vehicle into an irrigation canal in the Basin was transported to the University of Utah Hospital, where she later admitted to "drinking too much." Deputies found an empty bottle of vodka in the car and cited her for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A woman’s vehicle appeared to have been spray painted while it was parked in the driveway of her Basin-area home. The windows, taillights, headlights and rear license plate had been covered in a white substance similar to spray paint.
While deputies were responding to a report of a screaming woman at a home in a Basin neighborhood, a man ran from the residence. He was later found hiding in the basement of a family member and was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. The woman was told to leave and not return to the residence. She was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Thursday, March 3
After stopping a vehicle for having expired registration, the car was impounded.
Wednesday, March 2
Deputies responded to a North Summit home after dispatch received a report of an unconscious 88-year-old woman. She was later pronounced deceased.
Deputies arrested a man on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after stopping him for a moving violation on State Road 224.
Deputies stopped a minivan on Interstate 80 matching the description of a vehicle involved in a burglary at a Kimball Junction-area business. Deputies found several items suspected to have been stolen and arrested a man on charges of shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. A woman was also arrested on charges of shoplifting, damage to the jail, obstruction justice, possessing contraband in the jail and possession of paraphernalia.
A man was arrested on charges of intoxication in the Kimball Junction area after he was seen stumbling around and yelling at several people.
A North Summit man reported an assault that allegedly occurred last week. The case will be sent to the county attorney’s office.
A North Summit man reported that someone had broken one of the windows to his trailer and put salt in the gas tank of his car.
Tuesday, March 1
A Park City-area employee is suspected of stealing $300.
Monday, Feb. 29
While responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot of a Kimball Junction-area business, a man was arrested on outstanding warrants.
Deputies responded to a domestic violence situation between two men at a North Summit home. One of the men fled on foot before deputies arrived and could not be located until the next day. He was arrested for criminal mischief.
An unknown suspect attempted to steal equipment from a Basin home that is under construction.
When a man went to his Basin-area storage unit he noticed that the lock had been cut and several items were stolen, including tools, remote control helicopters, a motorcycle helmet and motorcycle gear. An investigation is ongoing. While responding to the case, deputies discovered another unit’s lock had been damaged and several items were taken. An investigation is ongoing.
A man was cited for failure to yield after running a stop sign at a Basin intersection and causing an accident. The other driver, a woman four months pregnant, was transported by ambulance to the University of Utah Hospital as a precaution. She was later released.
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