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Sat., Aug. 31, 2013, 4:53 p.m.

Kellogg man impersonates officer, faces charges

Idaho Fish and Game Department logo (Courtesy photo)
Idaho Fish and Game Department logo (Courtesy photo)

Halloween came early for a Kellogg man accused of impersonating a police officer, but the trick ended with no treat.

John A. Mendy was arrested by the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, according to a news release. For about two weeks, Mendy would dress in a green law enforcement uniform, telling citizens he was an Idaho Fish and Game officer. Mendy also wore a gun that shot plastic BBs.

During that time, Mendy issued several suspicious-looking citations, but those who received them weren’t fooled, according to the release. The sheriff’s office received several reports of the questionable officer and investigated, along with Idaho Fish and Game, for about two weeks.

On Friday, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Mendy’s residence, finding the fake uniform and law enforcement duty gear, according to the release. He faces charges of unlawfully exercising the functions of a peace officer.

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