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Summit County police blotter: Man causes mayhem at local ski hill

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

Mr. Mayhem on the mountain

A man was arrested for menacing, third-degree trespass and disorderly conduct after he allegedly spent a day verbally harassing, threatening and tackling people at a local ski area May 17.

The man reportedly insulted and verbally abused six different employees from different areas of mountain operations and attacked an unidentified customer before authorities removed him from the property.

Ski area employees said the man ducked a rope and responded, “I’ll do what I please,” when he was told he had to go back to the end of the line. When an employee scanned his pass and it came back bad, he became belligerent and began swearing at the staffer saying he owned “half this (expletive) mountain,” according to witness statements in a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The man then allegedly threw down his snowboard and began walking away, but stopped a moment later and challenged the ski area employees to come at him. When no one did, he left the area.

He also spent some time in a retail store on the mountain — where his card was declined when he attempted to buy a pair of sunglasses — and in the rental shop, where he demanded to purchase a pair of snowboard boots. He reportedly told the staff he was rich and refused to wear used gear. When the man was informed the rental boots were not for sale, he put them on and paid for the rental. He signed his receipt and wrote his phone number and the words “memory loss” on the back, asking the employees to pass the receipt on to the owner of the ski area, whom he said he was meeting for lunch at the top of the mountain, according to the report.

He was then reportedly contacted in the guest services building, where he complained to another mountain employee that other staffers had been rude and disrespectful to him and said he was in the process of buying the ski area. Employees told authorities the conversation got out of control as the man continued to be verbally abusive and refused to leave when asked. The employees contacted the ski area’s chief operating officer, at whom the man allegedly continued to yell and curse.

The COO told authorities the man then began threatening him, saying he had weapons, was “dangerous” and “would kill someone,” according to the report. He also allegedly tackled an unidentified customer during the encounter.

Ski area employees contacted authorities who arrested the man and booked him at the Summit County Jail.

Woman refuses to come quietly

A woman contacted for a noise complaint was arrested May 20 for disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer after she became irate with authorities.

The woman appeared to be intoxicated and began yelling and swearing at deputies with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office who knocked on her door when neighbors complained that she’d been playing her music too loudly, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The woman allegedly also began making unrelated statements about how her mother’s home had been destroyed in a tornado and how she had to listen to the neighbor who had called the police beat his wife during the contact. Her words were slurred, she was unable to complete a sentence and was unable to understand information that was explained to her, according to the report.

Unwilling to allow deputies into her residence, they brought the woman out to the patrol car to issue her citation for the noise complaint. But, once outside she caught sight of the neighbor who had made the complaint against her and reportedly began yelling obscenities at him.

When informed she needed to stop using profanity in public, the woman allegedly told deputies she was “done with,” them and tried to walk away several times. The report states deputies warned the woman each time she tried to walk away that she could be charged with obstruction. Eventually, they placed the woman under arrest. She resisted being placed in the patrol vehicle and attempted to get out and kick deputies, according to the report.

The neighbors asked to press charges against the woman and said they wanted to get a protection order as well, according to the report.

— Daily News staff reports


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The Summit Daily Updated Jun 3, 2013 11:31AM Published Jun 7, 2013 11:52AM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.