Sheriff’s Log top 20 for 2013
Published: Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
The following is a list of the top 20 items in the Custer County Chronicle’s Sheriff’s Log for 2013, as selected by the staff of the Chronicle. The Sheriff’s Log is written weekly by Custer County sheriff’s deputy Seth Thompson. Numbers 20-11 will be listed this week.
“Stop butt dialing us.”
Wednesday, June 5
12:09 a.m.: Numerous 911 pocket dial calls came from the area of Camp Bob Marshall east of Custer. Two deputies spent a fair amount of time attempting to locate the phone, with no success. So, the next time you ask, “where are the cops when I need them?” you’ll know. Oh, yeah…and lock your phone when you put it in your pocket.
“Severe weather is the sh...the craps.”
Wednesday, Sept. 4
6:58 p.m.: A person called from a porta-potty near the Custer sign to report they were trapped by a hailstorm. The person was advised to stay put until the hail stopped.
“We’re guessing they got their check quickly.”
Friday, Sept. 13
9:07 a.m.: A vehicle backed into an insurance adjuster’s car on Rose Place. Luckily for those involved, only irony resulted.
“Sounds like someone had a full night.”
Thursday, Nov. 28
3:35 a.m.: A deputy responded to a burglary of an occupied apartment on Montgomery Street in Custer. After arriving, the deputy faced the burglar, who had armed himself with a knife and carving fork and verbally threatened the deputy and himself with harm. Eventually, another deputy arrived and the 27-year-old California male was subdued and placed in the back of a patrol vehicle. The suspect got his cuffed hands in front of himself and escaped from the patrol vehicle. He was quickly re-captured and taken to jail on a stack of felony charges, including burglary, domestic assault and escape. The apartment’s renter was not injured in the incident. It is hoped the suspect enjoyed his turkey dinner at the jail, since he’ll probably be eating the same kind of correctional chow for a few more Thanksgivings to come.
“He said, she said, who said...say what?”
Sunday, June 9
4:40 p.m.: To this day, no one is really sure what actually happened on Highway 385 near Pringle. However it is known that the following probably took place: A rolling argument between a motorist and several bikers, a vehicle accident, damage to property, a fist (and foot) fight at a Pringle tavern and lots of versions of how it all took place and who was to blame. Charges may be pending on several people involved in this stupefying mess.
“Busy bodies who call the cops...they’re Grrrreat!”
Friday, Aug. 23
1:06 p.m.: From the “You can’t make this stuff up” file: A foreign national equipped with a tiger costume was reportedly doing suspicious things at a Custer tourist attraction on Mount Rushmore Road. Deputies checked “Tony the Tiger” out, finding he was apparently just goofing around and sent him down the road.
“He will spend the rest of his life looking for the real bus passer.”
Wednesday, Feb. 13
3:47 p.m.: A white Ford Bronco ran a school bus “STOP” sign near the junction of Highway 16A and Sidney Park Road. The mysterious white Bronco disappeared and O.J. could not be reached for comment.
“Jason Voorhees visits the Custer area, too.”
Wednesday, Jan. 9
11:33 a.m.: A deer attacked a Colorado car on Highway 385 near the STAR Academy West Campus. The deer was apparently wounded in the collision but was quickly finished off by a mysterious passer-by with an ax. This little dose of Black Hills reality was apparently somewhat unnerving to the Colorado driver.
“Did they check
Tuesday, Dec. 10
10:46 p.m.: Someone called from Tweety Bird Lane to report they thought they taw a puddy tat…er, a suspicious person. The report proved unfounded.
Sunday, Feb. 10
10:13 a.m.: A deputy stopped a van for speeding on Highway 385 near Pringle. The van contained a load of Salvadoran nationals, none of whom claimed to “speaka de English.” Soon after the deputy handcuffed the driver and prepared to transport him to jail to post a cash bond, the man’s English suddenly became very good. Everyone was released after a cash bond was collected on scene. Rumor has it the deputy may market his novel new method for learning a foreign language.
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