Summit County police blotter: Dillon parking dispute ignites stickergate scandal
March 9, 2014
Last week, a Dillon resident happened upon an unusual sight: round stickers placed on his Ford F-150's windshield and license plate reading, "I park like a moron."
Summit County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched at about 1 p.m. Sunday, March 2, to the scene, a housing complex in the 1100 block of Straight Creek Drive. The victim suspected one of his neighbors was the culprit, considering their more than six months of ongoing problems.
After several calls were made to landlords and building managers, deputies were able to locate the suspect, who was dining at nearby Noodles & Company restaurant.
Deputies made the trip to the fast-casual eatery to meet with the suspect, who already knew why law enforcement was looking him. Without being asked, the man admitted to placing the stickers on the victim's windshield, saying his neighbor habitually parks in his reserved space.
“I wasn’t trying to hide it,” the man told police when asked about putting “I park like a moron” stickers on a neighbor’s vehicle. “I put them right where he looks out his window.”
"I didn't get those stickers from Walgreens, you know," the man said, according to police records. "It was a big enough problem that I went online."
Despite the man's frustrations, deputies informed him he could not vandalize another person's property simply because he parks in the wrong space. The man was subsequently issued a summons for second-degree criminal tampering.
To ensure the man understood the nature of the crime, deputies read to him the definition of second-degree criminal tampering, which states, "Tampering with the property of another with the intent to cause annoyance."
"I wasn't trying to hide it," the man replied, according to police records. "I put them right where he looks out his window."
Lighting it up in honor of Summit Stage tunes
Playing with a lighter on a public bus is against the law, but a couple of weeks ago the tunes on a Summit Stage bus were so good a Dillon man couldn't stop himself from firing up to show his approval.
But a Summit Stage driver was worried the man might start a fire and had her bosses dispatch law enforcement to her location. Shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, Summit County Sheriff's Office deputies and Dillon police officers received the call about an intoxicated man attempting to light the bus on fire. Officers caught up with the bus at the Dillon Valley East stop.
Once on scene, officers interviewed the Summit Stage driver, who said the man first started causing trouble by swinging and hanging from the ceiling of the bus, according to police records. The driver asked the man to stop, but apparently that's when his jam started playing over the speakers.
The man pulled out his lighter and started waiving it around, records stated. The bus driver again asked the man to stop. The man put his lighter away, but moonwalked all the way to the rear of the bus with his thumb and middle finger extended for the driver to see.
When the bus reached Dillon Valley East, two girls exited and informed the driver the man was trying to light one of the bus seats on fire, according to records. Although law enforcement officers could not locate any evidence of damage, they issued the man a summons for hindering transportation.
Before giving the man a courtesy ride home, they asked him to submit to a voluntary Breathalyzer test. His blood-alcohol content registered at a .095, according to records.
Michigan sex assault suspect catches break in Summit County
Last week, a woman called the Summit County Sheriff's Office to inform deputies of her suspicion that her father may have an active warrant out of Michigan.
At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, deputies arrived at the house of a relative in the 200 block of Big Elk Road in Dillon to execute the warrant. After running the name of the suspect through dispatch, it was confirmed he had an active warrant from Feb. 14 out of Michigan for an alleged sex assault, according to police records.
Deputies placed the man into custody and transported him to Summit County jail. However, while booking the man on the warrant deputies discovered law enforcement officers in Michigan would not extradite the suspect back to his home state.
The arrest was subsequently absolved and the man was given a ride back to the 200 block of Big Elk Road.
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