BEST OF THE BLOTTER
A sticky situation
A mother called deputies to report her 28-year-old son’s Jeep was stuck in the mud on a Forest Service road. He considered staying with the vehicle or walking out, but a deputy came and picked up the man and his dog, giving them a ride to Big Sky at around 2 p.m. The Jeep was left behind since a tow company would not be able to get it out either.
May 22, 2018
A driver was warned for speeding on Lone Mountain Trail at 8:20 a.m.
A caller on Little Coyote Road reported that their neighbor removed stakes and fencing that had been placed by a surveyor.
Due to his location, a deputy was unable to follow up on a report of a reckless driver tailgating on Gallatin Road at around 3:30 p.m.
A deputy stopped a driver in a Ford Escape with Colorado plates on Gallatin Road at 3:40 p.m. The driver was traveling slowly and passed a school bus that had its flashing stop lights on. The driver was educated on Montana and U.S. traffic laws.
A deputy contacted Avis rental about a rental vehicle with expired plates.
A report of suspicious mail that may have been tampered with was taken. The reporting party was advised to contact the postmaster and a deputy would follow up with the local post office.
A Rainbow Trout Run resident confronted a driver about parking in his driveway. The driver proceeded to bump the resident with their vehicle’s front bumper, not causing any injuries. The complaint is under investigation.
May 23, 2018
A gas leak was reported on Happy Trails Drive at 8:35 a.m.
Deputies witnessed a truck back into another vehicle in a Big Pine Drive parking lot at around 9:15 a.m. An information exchange form was completed.
A caller reported encountering a man with a broken leg in the Gallatin Canyon at 7:45 p.m.
A husband reported that he received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the sheriff’s department stating that they have his wife and that he needed to pay them money because the wife had missed a court appearance. The husband did not believe the caller, but his wife had not yet returned home from a hike so he decided to report the issue to deputies just in case. The call was determined to be a scam.
May 24, 2018
A caller on Aurora Lights Drive reported seeing someone in a black pickup truck with Minnesota plates “partying” at around midnight. They said they saw beer cans in the truck, loud music was emanating from it, and the male driver urinated in a yard before leaving the area.
Two 10-ton plates used in construction as crane counter weights dropped from a trailer onto Gallatin Road just before 11 a.m., blocking both lanes of the roadway. Montana Department of Transportation used dump trucks to move the weights. They were left on the side of the roadway to be removed later.
At 1 p.m., a Big Sky deputy assisted Yellowstone National Park with an unattended death that took place in the park.
Property was returned to a man and an evidence release form was completed.
No one was injured when a Nissan passenger van and a Dodge truck collided near the intersection of Aurora Lights Drive and Ousel Falls Road at 4:30 p.m.
A caller followed up with deputies regarding a dog bite.
A man was cited for parking in a handicap zone without a permit on Town Center Avenue.
A driver stopped for speeding on Town Center Avenue just before 8 p.m. was cited for driving with a suspended license and warned for speeding, following too closely and failure to provide proof of insurance.
May 25, 2018
A Kenyon Noble driver was stopped and warned for obstructing the flow of traffic on South Fork Road. The driver requested the deputy provide him with information so his supervisor would contact the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office. He said this was necessary as he has been driving heavy equipment to Big Sky for 30 years and has never been stopped for obstructing traffic.
A driver was cited for passing in a no passing zone on South Fork Road at 9 a.m.
May 26, 2018
A vehicle with no permit was towed from a handicap parking spot on Town Center Avenue at around 8 a.m. The owner of the vehicle was given a ride to the tow shop by a deputy at 9:40 a.m.
A man called the Big Sky Sheriff’s Department wondering if it was legal for him to carry a firearm on Ousel Falls Trail. A deputy went over Montana gun laws with him and advised him that, yes, he is legally able to possess a firearm on the trail.
While attempting to conduct a patrol check at the North Fork Trailhead at 7:30 p.m. a deputy learned the area was still blocked by snow.
Montana Highway Patrol was advised of a possible drunk driver in a black Toyota 4Runner who was honking her horn repeatedly for 15 minutes on Candlelight Meadow Drive at around 11 p.m.
A 29-year-old man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Big Sky Apartments.
May 27, 2018
Deputies performed multiple interviews regarding an unattended death.
A deputy spoke with a citizen who had information regarding an investigation.
The driver of a tractor trailer who stopped in a turning lane off of Gallatin Road and left the vehicle with hazards on to use the bathroom was warned for stopping the vehicle in a traffic lane.
May 28, 2018
At around 2 p.m. a resident who lives along the Gallatin River reported seeing a yellow pontoon-type boat floating upside down, without anyone nearby, moving down the river. Search and rescue teams responded, locating the boat’s owner safe near the Lava Lake Trailhead. The boat was removed from the river.
A deputy was unable to make contact with a registered sex offender on Aspen Leaf Drive during a regular check at around 4 p.m.
Water flowing into an elevator shaft set off a false burglar alarm on Town Center Avenue at 5:45 p.m.
The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of citizen complaints regarding several scams that are occurring within Gallatin County. The first scam involves a caller claiming to be a captain with the sheriff’s office who informs the person who answers they missed jury duty. They further claim a warrant has been issued for the person, and ask them to download money onto a prepaid card, and provide them with the personal identification number.
The number they are calling from is (406) 324-7146 and it is suspected this number is computer generated and can be easily changed. The number has a recorded message stating that you have reached the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and gives extensions for two captains, the main desk and patrol. This scam is reportedly very elaborate and the suspects are very convincing.
In the second scam the caller states the person’s grandson or other relative is in jail in another state and asks the person who answers to send money to get them out of jail.
These callers are intimidating, convincing and persistent, according to reports. Please do not respond to their requests. Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind people the sheriff’s office will not call you and ask for money to resolve any of these issues. Please hang up on the caller or block the number through your phone carrier.