During the period of July 5-10, U.S. Park Rangers at Grand Canyon National Park responded to the following incidents:
Saturday, July 5
• Orlando Yazzie (age, city of residence not reported), was arrested on a warrant from Coconino County.
• Rangers responded to a report of a motor-vehicle accident on South Entrance Road. A Xanterra pickup hauling mules was struck by another vehicle. Dong Suck Lee (age, city of residence not reported) was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device.
• Rangers took a report of harassment from a visitor who said six motorcycle riders threatened him in a road rage incident outside the park. The man said the group tried to stop him and his family on the side of the road. There were inconsistencies with the report, which evolved into a group of about 12 bikes, two vehicles and 20 people.
• Paul K. Decker Jr. (age, city of residence not reported) was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Sunday, July 6
• Rangers responded to multiple noise complaints at 4 a.m., at an unspecified location. Arguing and pushing was involved. All individuals were intoxicated but cooperative and no action was taken.
• An emergency medical call was taken on the Bright Angel Trail of a 49-year-old man in distress. Rescuers responded on foot and treatment began upon arrival. It was determined the man, who was attempting a rim-to-rim day hike, needed to be evacuated. During the evacuation, the man became unconscious and began to have seizures. He was flown to the South Rim where he was stabilized, and then later flown to Flagstaff Medical Center.
• An emergency medical call was taken in the Devil’s Corkscrew on the Bright Angel Trail of a 35-year-old man in distress. An Indian Garden ranger responded and advised the man not to hike in the heat of the day. The man returned to Phantom Ranch to rest until dark.
• An emergency medical call was taken on the Bright Angel Trail of two hikers in distress in the Tapeat Narrows. An Indian Garden ranger responded and advised the hikers to continue to Indian Garden for rest, then continue up after 5 p.m.
Monday, July 7
• Rangers took a report of destruction of property at government gas pumps where vandals cut a padlock. The case was under investigation.
• Rangers responded to assault in the Yavapai parking lot. A woman was standing in a parking space to allow her husband time to get their vehicle and park. A driver in a mid-size, silver four-door sedan with Washington state plates allegedly screamed at the victim to move. When she did not move, the vehicle rammed the victim with the front bumper. The woman was bruised, but did not request medical assistance. There were no suspects.
• Rangers responded to a report of an intoxicated individual at Victor Hall. Upon arrival, the person was gone.
• Rangers responded to a noise complaint at Maswik Lodge. A verbal warning was issued for excessive noise.
• Rangers responded to a report of an intoxicated individual in the Maswik Lodge area. A man was issued a verbal warning and taken to his residence.
• An emergency medical call was taken at Phantom Ranger Station of a 55-year-old man in distress near the Colorado River. Rangers found the man, who had hiked into the Canyon Saturday morning. The hiker was experiencing chest pain and symptoms of severe dehydration. He was hauled via litter to the ranger station and flown out the next morning by an Arizona Department of Transportation helicopter. The man was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center.
• An emergency medical call was taken in the Little Colorado River area of a 65-year-old woman in distress. The woman was flown out and transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.
• An emergency medical call was taken at Maswik Lodge of an 80-year-old man creating a scene by yelling and banging on walls. The man, who was experiencing some of the negative effects of Parkinson’s Disease, was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.
Tuesday, July 8
• Rangers cited two individuals (names, ages not reported) for underage drinking in Trailer Village.
• An emergency medical call was taken near Maswik Lodge of a 60-year-old woman with difficulty breathing. The woman, who had chronic respiratory issues, was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.
• An emergency medical call was taken at Phantom Ranger Station of a 41-year-old woman with moderate heat exhaustion. The woman was flown out and transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.
• An emergency medical call was taken on the Bright Angel Trail of a 32-year-old woman who had been hit by falling rocks. Rescue personnel responded down the trail on foot and found the woman at the upper tunnel with a head injury. from a large stone striking her head. The woman was able to hike out with assistance. Once on the rim, she refused further assistance.
• Rangers responded to a report of fire damage at Bright Angel Campground. The fire was out by the time rangers arrived. Malfunction of a stove damaged a table.
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