Editor’s note: The police blotter is written from incident reports provided by local police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. All individuals named are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Summit County Sheriff’s Office
Squatter accused of stealing X-box
A local man told authorities he believed a former roommate who had been told to vacate the residence had stolen items, including an X-Box and large-screen TV, from the residence before he left.
Both the property manager and the alleged victim reportedly asked the roommate to leave the residence in May after he was reportedly involved in a domestic dispute, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The alleged victim told law enforcement he was out of town at the time, but thought the roommate had moved out, until a locksmith came to change the locks and reported he was still there.
The report states the man came home at the end of June and found the condominium “trashed,” with a hole apparently kicked in a bedroom door and numerous items, including a 37-inch TV, X-box, clothing, ski gear and blue touraline raw gems, missing from the unit.
The man reported he’d received text messages from the ex-roommate saying he had taken clothes from him, and had allegedly seen him wearing the clothes in pictures on Facebook, according to the report.
The former roommate was incarcerated at the Summit County Jail when authorities contacted him about the theft. He reportedly admitted to taking the items, which together were worth thousands of dollars, but said he wasn’t stealing, he was holding them as collateral until the alleged victim paid him money he owed him. The man said he had paid $400 for rent for the month he was asked to leave, but only was allowed to continue living in the residence for one week, according to the report.
He allegedly said he was keeping the items at a friend’s house and could return them.
He was charged with theft of $1,000-$20,000 and criminal mischief.
Police chief nearly hit by suspected DUI
A woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence June 29, after she allegedly almost hit the Dillon police chief while he was directing traffic after a concert.
The chief stated he had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck by the car, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle drove away and was later stopped.
When law enforcement contacted her and asked her to get out of her car she reportedly stumbled and smelled of alcohol, according to the report.
She was arrested and charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Cocaine bust on I-70
A law enforcement dog helped authorities discover more than 8 grams of cocaine in a vehicle that had been pulled over for weaving on Interstate 70.
Deputies with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office initially took the driver into custody on suspicion of DUI after spotting an empty bottle of gin on the floor on the passenger’s side of the car, according to a report.
The report states authorities were doing an inventory search of the car when they found a small yellow purse. Allegedly expecting it to contain money, the deputies opened the bag and reportedly found a tightly-rolled dollar bill and a glass vial containing a white powder substance, according to the report.
A dog was brought in to search the vehicle and helped locate a second glass vial also containing a white substance. A field test indicated the substance was cocaine, according to the report.
A male passenger in the car initially said the drugs belonged to him, and that it was the first time he had used the substance, the report states. But once taken into custody, at the jail he reportedly shifted blame to the woman who had been driving, saying it was her cocaine and he had been trying to protect her, according to the report.
He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.