Public Safety Report
July 19, 2012
by Times-Independent staff
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Vehicle damaged by road debris

A 44-year-old man contacted police on July 10 to report that his Chevy Avalanche was damaged while he was driving on Interstate 70 at about 3:30 p.m., according to a Moab City Police report. The man said a semi-tractor trailer that was driving in front of him on the interstate struck an orange construction barrel and the barrel then struck the man’s Chevy.

The vehicle sustained damage to the front bumper, which was pushed out of place by the impact, according to the police report. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Assault report turns out to be helpful friends

Moab City Police officers investigated a July 13 report that two men were forcing a woman into a vehicle on 100 West. Police were able to locate the vehicle a few blocks away and initiated a traffic stop, according to a police report.

The two men who were inside the pickup truck told the officer that they were taking the woman to a friend’s home because the woman was intoxicated and needed to sober up, according to the report. An officer attempted to speak with the woman but reported that she was “incoherent.”

The officer followed the truck to the home of the woman’s friend and the friend assured police that she would take responsibility for the intoxicated woman. The officer helped the two men carry the woman inside the home and place her on a couch, according to the report.

Flags stolen from MIC

For the second year in a row, international flags were stolen from the Moab Information Center in downtown Moab, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department.

An employee of the center said flags from the United Kingdom and Spain, along with the flag poles, were taken overnight on July 9. The flags and flag poles were valued at about $123, according to the report.

Fight reported at trailer park

Moab City Police officers were called July 14 to a mobile home park on 500 West on a report of a fight. At the home, police found two men, age 29 and 22, who said they were arguing because the 22-year-old was “rubbing the other man’s head like he was a dog,” according to a police report.

The officer reported that both men had been drinking but neither appeared to be intoxicated. While the officer was at the scene, the older man arranged a ride and left the home, according to the report.

DVDs stolen from store

An employee of a local convenience store contacted police on July 12 to report that a man had wandered around inside the store carrying an armful of DVDs then walked out at about 3:40 a.m. without paying for the merchandise, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department.

The man allegedly stole six to seven DVDs, according to the report. The employee told police the man was riding a black bicycle and headed south on Main Street as he rode away.

Fire started by fireworks

A visitor staying in a local RV park north of Moab started a small brush fire while setting off fireworks on July 3, according to a Moab City Police report. A police officer who was driving by at about 11 p.m. saw the fire and stopped to assist the man, who was already attempting to extinguish the blaze.

The officer reported that the man readily admitted using fireworks and said the fire was started when one of the fireworks malfunctioned and sent sparks across a field behind the RV park, according to the report. The man said he had received permission from the RV park to use fireworks near his camping area.

The man told police he jumped over the fence behind the park to put out the fire as soon as it started, according to the report.

The fire was quickly extinguished by the man and the officer.

Window broken at mobile home

A Moab man contacted police at about 2 p.m. on July 5 to report that a window had been broken out in the rear of his mobile home. The man said he heard the sound of the window breaking while he was showering.

Police took photos of the damage, but the case was suspended pending new leads, according to a Moab City Police report.

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