BEST OF THE BLOTTER
A likely story
A driver left the scene after crashing into the ditch along Lone Mountain Trail sometime around 1:30 a.m. The car was towed to Bozeman. At around 1 p.m., the driver called deputies wondering about his vehicle, which he stated had “got stuck in the ditch.” He was advised to contact Montana Highway Patrol, since when someone leaves the scene of an accident and cannot be contacted their vehicle can be towed until the accident investigation is complete.
May 29, 2018
A deputy followed up with an individual who had questions about a crash investigation. They were advised to call Montana Highway Patrol.
An alarm company doing testing at a Yellowstone Club residence set off smoke alarms at the home at 3:30 p.m. It was determined to be a false alarm so local fire department response was cancelled.
No violations were found by a deputy patrolling for fire lane violations.
A registered sex offender living in Big Sky called deputies to report he was back home at 11:40 p.m. A deputy had attempted to contact him earlier but he was not around.
May 30, 2018
A caller reported that someone was sleeping in a camper at the dead end of Partridge Lane at 7:50 a.m. A deputy responded and contacted the individual, a man who said he was testing out his new camper and did not know he was on private property. He was warned for trespassing.
A driver was ticketed for an improper pass on South Fork Road at 8:45 a.m. He passed a semi on a double yellow line.
The words “Job site shooting 5/31/18 lunch bring family” was found in a portable bathroom at a Yellowstone Club job site. YC security advised the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department of the findings and law enforcement assisted security in alerting club employees who were given the option to go home for the day. An investigation as to who wrote the message is underway.
A brown horse with no one in its saddle was seen running down Gallatin Road at 10:15 a.m. It was later seen with a rider.
During a traffic stop on Gallatin Road, in which a vehicle was traveling 63 in a 45-mph school zone, another vehicle stopped to inform the deputy the vehicle that was speeding had also been passing in a no passing zone.
Someone doing kitchen hood maintenance set off a false fire alarm at Big Sky Resort.
A truck drove off of Little Coyote Road, stopping when it ran into a rock at around 7:45 p.m.
May 31, 2018
A deputy responded to put down an injured elk on Gallatin Road at around 8 a.m. He then notified people in the area of the elk in the hopes someone would harvest the meat.
A semi had been running at the Exxon overnight, but the young driver left the station at around 8:30 a.m.
A man needed to provide medical records to a deputy in reference to an assault investigation.
A deputy received a harassment report from a construction supervisor at the Yellowstone Club.
A Kenyon Noble supervisor had questions about the proper use of turnouts in the Gallatin Canyon and on South Fork Road. He wanted to let his employees know what the law requires. A deputy explained the law, which states that on a two-lane roadway where passing is unsafe, the operator of a slow-moving vehicle with four or more vehicles behind it must turn off of the roadway at the nearest area—which is large enough and safe to do so.
A woman reported that a man rammed her vehicle, tried to run her off of Gallatin Road, and threatened to kill her service dog at around 4:40 p.m. The man was located and arrested for criminal endangerment. He was taken to jail and held without bond.
In an effort to mediate a parking dispute on Spruce Cone Drive, a deputy notified the HOA the sheriff’s office does not enforce parking rules. If someone is parked in a space designated for a tenant without permission, it’s up to the HOA to have the vehicle towed. A deputy can only get involved if there is a violation of state law. A man was also told to not aggressively confront people who have parked in a tenant-only space without permission.
A man was having issues with his vehicle title. He called back later stating his attorney would help him with the process of filing a break/bond title.
A deputy conducted follow up work involving an unattended death investigation.
A deputy spoke with the property owner whose tenant was arrested.
June 1, 2018
A deputy assisted a man in contacting his sister who was camping in the Gallatin Canyon. She had not showed up for work so he was concerned. She was located and all was OK.
A woman who originally thought her jewelry was stolen notified deputies the items had been located.
A resident in the Brook Trout Place area called deputies just before 4 p.m. to report a juvenile has been riding a mini dirt bike on public streets. A deputy spoke to the juvenile about being safe and asked him to only ride the bike in his yard and driveway. He also spoke to the mother.
A caller had questions about removing a friend’s property from a residence while the friend was incarcerated.
A witness called deputies after seeing a man and woman yelling at each other at the Community Park at around 7:30 p.m. They stated they heard the woman yell for help. A deputy located the man and woman, but there were no apparent injuries and neither wanted to speak to him. They separated prior to the deputy departing the scene.
A man seen at a local bar and restaurant may have been wanted for arrest. A deputy determined it was a case of mistaken identity.
June 2, 2018
A man who was moving and had parked his vehicle in a handicap unloading zone was asked to move to a legal spot and did so at 8:20 a.m.a.m.
Someone was reportedly shooting a pellet gun on Candlelight Meadow Drive at 6:45 p.m.
While responding to a report of an assault on Anaconda Drive at 8:15 p.m., a deputy learned some neighbors had gotten in an argument over vehicles parked in a yard. Each party had a witness collaborate their versions of the story. Both sides were warned to stay away from each other.
A caller reported a group of people started a fire in an unsafe area near Sitting Bull Road at 9:40 p.m. A deputy located the fire. The group had a nearby water source as well as means to extinguish the relatively small fire. They were reminded to not leave it unattended.
June 3, 2018
In a third-hand report, a deputy was notified that someone heard a woman say “don’t touch me” at around 1:30 a.m. at the Golden Eagle Lodge. Upon arrival, a deputy could hear a couple arguing. There were no apparent injuries and both parties denied hitting each other. They were separated for the evening.
Law enforcement assistance was not needed by the Big Sky Fire Department during a report of smoke coming from a Spanish Peaks Club mechanical room just before 3 p.m.
June 4, 2018
A deputy located the owner of a vehicle parked on Aurora Lights Drive with its door open at around 12:15 a.m. It was determined nothing was missing from the vehicle.
A person camping at the Community Park at 12:30 a.m. was informed that was not allowed.
A deputy conducted a follow-up on a fraud case
A deputy located a vehicle with California plates that was seen driving 80 mph up Lone Mountain Trail, stopping suddenly and doing a U-turn. The driver was new to the area and was educated on traffic laws.
A bear with a cub was struck by a vehicle on Gallatin Road at around 7 p.m.
A couple in a “sketchy RV, cream color, from the ’70s” was seen fighting at the Ousel Falls Trailhead at 8:30 p.m.
A group who went to go ziplining was reported missing at 9 p.m. as they were expected to return at 3:30 p.m.