Friday, October 20, 2006

Ketchum police investigate parade complaints

Express Staff Writer

Hundreds of sheep make their way through central Ketchum Sunday during the annual Trailing of the Sheep Parade. Although the event was deemed a great success, police are investigating complaints of disruptive behavior. Photo by David N. Seelig

The Ketchum Police Department is investigating several complaints of disruptive drivers or pedestrians during Sunday's Trailing of the Sheep Parade.

One man was cited for misdemeanor battery for allegedly pushing a female volunteer and knocking her to the ground near the corner of state Highway 75 and Second Street, said police spokeswoman Kim Rogers. She identified the man as Jeffrey Smull, no age available, of Ketchum.

Rogers said several other parade volunteers were harassed by people who were upset that vehicle and pedestrian traffic was blocked along the parade route. She said there were several incidents of motorists ignoring or knocking over parade barriers.

"It's a big event for this community, and we all need to stand behind it," Rogers said. "It's very dangerous to public service offices, volunteers and the public with people disregarding traffic barriers."

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