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JUDGE DISMISSES THEFT CHARGE IN CASE THAT LED TO BITING INCIDENT

A felony auto theft charge against a Garfield County man has been dismissed in a case related to an incident that led to multiple charges filed against his father-in-law, including biting a justice of the peace.

Judge Don V. Tibbs dismissed the second-degree charge against Thomas Jackson, stating he found no probable cause to bind the defendant over for trial. Garfield County Attorney Wallace Lee said he would consider an appeal of the ruling.Jackson allegedly removed a pickup truck, which he had purchased, from an car dealer's lot in Panguitch after it had been repossessed.

Information in three felony charges filed against Jackson's father-in-law, Beyrl Shurtz, 75, Esca-lante, says that Shurtz interfered when officers tried to again repossess the truck.

Shurtz is accused of trying to run over a police officer with another vehicle, assaulting a deputy sheriff, and biting a justice of the peace. He is also charged with two misdemeanors. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday, March 23.