During the period of April 1-6, U.S. Park Rangers at Grand Canyon National Park responded to the following incidents:
Monday, April 1
o An emergency medical call was taken of a 10-year-old boy from Virginia with difficulty breathing and a sore throat. The grandparents opted to take the boy to Grand Canyon Walk-In Clinic when it opened.
o Rangers responded to a report of a hazard after a 6-year-old boy who struck his head on hand railing at Maswik Lodge.
o An emergency medical call was taken at Canyon View Information Plaza of a 9-year-old boy who suffered a head laceration. The boy was treated and further assistance was refused.
o Rangers responded to a motor-vehicle accident in the Yavapai Point parking lot. Stefano Gregoretti, 27, Italy, was cited for unsafe backing after hitting a 43-year-old Phoenix man’s vehicle. There was damage to the victim’s vehicle.
o An emergency medical call was taken at the back door of Grand Canyon Walk-In Clinic of a 40-year-old man complaining of nausea and weakness. The man refused treatment.
o An emergency medical call was taken on the South Kaibab Trail of a hiker in distress. The reporting party called from the "tip-off" emergency phone about a man near Panorama Point who had possibly fractured his ankle or leg and unable to walk. NPS rescue personnel responded to evacuate the man to the South Rim helibase. He was then transported to Grand Canyon Walk-In Clinic.
o An emergency medical call was taken on the South Kaibab Trail about an unconscious woman at Cedar Ridge. The reporting party called from a pay phone at the South Kaibab trailhead. NPS rescue personnel responded on foot down the trail and via helicopter. The woman was located near Cedar Ridge and was evacuated to the South Rim and transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.
Tuesday, April 2
o Firefighters responded to a dumpster fire in Trailer Village caused by hot charcoal. The coals were drowned by Engine One.
o An emergency medical call was taken at Maswik Lodge of a 74-year-old woman experiencing chest pain. The woman was transported to Grand Canyon Walk-In Clinic.
o An emergency medical call was taken at the West Rim interchange of a 75-year-old woman who suffered a ground-level fall. After a hip fracture was ruled out, the woman was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.
o Rangers took a report of larceny from an El Tovar Hotel employee, who reported that a phone card machine had been stolen.
Wednesday, April 3
o Rangers responded to a report of a suspicious person on the Grand Canyon School grounds. An older, white male was seen riding a bicycle on campus during school hours. The man could not be located.
o Rangers responded to a report from West Rim shuttle bus drivers who complained of a National Park Service dump truck parked in an unsafe area of the road. NPS staff was notified and shuttle bus drivers were reminded to slow down.
o Rangers helped an 11-year-old boy reunite with his parents, who were found outside Kolb Studio.
o Rangers responded to a request for assistance from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office on a sexual assault that occurred in Tusayan.
o Rangers responded to a report of a fight at Rouzer Hall. No other information reported.
o Rangers responded to a report from a Paul Revere Transportation shuttle driver of a person who was "over the rim" west of Hopi Point. Search-and-rescue personnel rappelled to the man and stabilized him for a short-haul to the rim. The man was evacuated to Hermit Road and transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.
o Rangers responded to a report of a backpacker along the Colorado River at river mile 65 who had fallen and been out of food and water for four days. The hiker was located at Lava Chuar and evacuated to Grand Canyon Walk-In Clinic.
Thursday, April 4
o Rangers responded to a report of gunshots being fired in the Maswik Transportation Center parking lot. Rangers attempted to have suspects exit a recreational vehicle. After initial attempts were unsuccessful, the occupants were ordered out of the RV and they eventually complied. It was revealed that the RV’s occupants had become scared during the night and fired three shots in the air to scare away people who had been disturbing them. Brian K. Smith, 29, Ypsilanti, Mich., was arrested and charged with possessing/using a weapon and disorderly conduct/hazardous condition. Smith was later released. Leroy Farmer, 56, Milan, Mich., was charged with possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.
o Rangers took a report of damage from a 37-year-old San Jose, Calif., man who stated the passenger side mirror on his rental vehicle had been damaged.
o An emergency medical call was taken (site not reported) of a 16-year-old boy with a stomach ache. No other information reported.
o Rangers responded to a motor-vehicle accident on State Route 64 near the Arizona Trail. An elk was struck and killed.
o Rangers responded to a report of domestic assault at Yavapai Lodge. The report was unfounded.
o Rangers responded to a report of a fight involving a knife at the Maswik Lodge cafeteria. An investigation revealed that the fight was a verbal altercation only.
o Rangers responded to a request from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a domestic dispute between a couple staying at the Grand Canyon Best Western Squire Inn.
o An emergency medical call was taken at Phantom Ranch of a 31-year-old man (nature of the medical problem not reported). The man was evacuated to the South Rim helibase, where he refused further treatment.
Friday, April 5
o Rangers responded to a fight in progress at 3:50 a.m., in the Rouzer Hall television room. The fight reportedly involved a knife. An intoxicated man and woman were located and the reporting party was found to be in possession of the knife and involved in the fight. Citations for disorderly conduct were issued (names not reported) and the parties separated.
o Harvey Chovanack (age not reported), Seattle, Wash., was cited for interfering after rangers contacted him for a second time following an earlier call of a fight.
o An emergency medical call was taken on the South Kaibab Trail of a 69-year-old man in distress. The day hiker was contacted above Ooh Aah Point and assisted to the rim.
o Rangers responded to an activated alarm at Grand Canyon Walk-In Clinic. An emergency entrance door was discovered unlocked.
Saturday, April 6
o Herman Nez, 52, Tuba City, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after being observed by rangers slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle on the west end of the second overlook on Desert View Drive. Nez was released to his brother.
(Note: This report, based on daily shift briefings by U.S. rangers, does not guarantee the inclusion of all incidents).