Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Art show disturbance leads to arrest

Gooding man accused of assaulting a police officer

Express Staff Writer

A disturbance at the Ketchum Art Festival late Sunday afternoon led to the arrest of a 47-year-old Gooding man after Sun Valley police discovered the man was wanted on a Blaine County arrest warrant.

Charles A. Phillips also faces new charges of assault on an officer and resisting and obstructing arrest after he allegedly scuffled with police from Ketchum and Sun Valley. Both charges are misdemeanors.

"It turned into a tussle," Sun Valley Police Chief Cameron Daggett said.

Daggett said officers checked into Phillips' background after they investigated a disturbance at the festival at about 5 p.m. He said officers discovered that Phillips was wanted on an arrest warrant issued in July 2006 that alleged failure to appear in 5th District Magistrate Court on a marijuana possession charge filed in 2005.

Daggett said police are also investigating a possible theft charge against Phillips, who was carrying an acoustic guitar at the time of his arrest.

Daggett said police suspect the guitar was stolen and ask anyone missing an acoustic guitar to contact the Sun Valley Police Department.

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