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A person working security at the Broken Spoke was cited for negligent endangerment after they were seen by a deputy lighting off fireworks on a crowded deck just after midnight. 

July 2, 2018

A carbon monoxide alarm sounded at the Moonlight Basin Golf Course at 2 a.m.

The driver of a truck towing a trailer was stopped and warned for obstructing the flow of traffic on Gallatin Road just before 11 a.m. 

A Big Sky Owners Association member requested extra patrols of the Community Park as they have seen people camping there overnight. It is a private parking lot and camping is not authorized.

A crane stopped in the middle of Lone Mountain Trail just before 1 a.m. was causing a traffic hazard. A reporting party thought it was smoking but it was actually exhaust.

A hiker found a cellphone on Twin Cabins Trail and turned it in to the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office. The phone was locked so the owner could not be identified.

A man looking for a place to store a very small trailer for a few days spoke with a deputy. The deputy did not know of anywhere he could park it, but noted he could possibly ask owners of parking lots in the area.

A deputy cited a driver after witnessing her pass in a no passing zone on Gallatin Road at 6 p.m.

Kids playing with a cellphone called 911 at 7 p.m. There was no emergency.

One fatality was reported in a two-vehicle accident involving a truck and an SUV on Gallatin Road south of Gallatin Gateway at around midnight. One driver was pinned and passed away from her injuries, the other had serious leg injuries and was flown to Bozeman.

July 3, 2018

A false gas alarm was sounding repeatedly on Moonlight Trail in the early morning hours.

A deputy was able to locate the owner of an abandoned vehicle with flashers on parked off of Gallatin Road at 3:30 a.m.

The driver of a large pickup truck was suspiciously loading a Bobcat at a storage building at 3:40 a.m. 

A deputy and another citizen helped a driver who had run out of gas in pushing the vehicle out of the roadway.

A driver who became distracted while turning off their dome light at 9 a.m. swerved and almost hit a deputy in his vehicle head-on. The driver was warned.

Deputies were notified that a tree had fallen onto the pedestrian path along Lone Mountain Trail. The information was passed on to the Big Sky Community Organization, which manages the trail.

A deputy assisted someone who lost their dog in the Beaver Creek area at around 8 p.m. 

July 4, 2018

Someone attempted to steal a paddle board at around 1 p.m. but was unsuccessful.

Two men shooting a pistol near Swan Creek Campground were educated on the laws regarding the activity at around 3 p.m. Shooting within a half mile from a campground is illegal. They said they were unaware of the law and agreed to go to a more suitable location. 

A van has been parked near a Blacktail Buck Drive residence for over two weeks and a resident there wanted to know what they could do about it.

Betty the black lab-pointer mix ran away from home without a collar on.

A landlord had questions about a former tenant’s friend that had left a bunch of their property behind in a rental unit, wondering what options they had to deal with the unclaimed items.

A pistol, case and a full magazine were left at a Big Sky Resort hotel room. Resort security confirmed the owner of the gun and it was turned over to deputies. The owner came to pick it up at the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office the following day.

A green hatchback-type vehicle hit the guardrail on Lone Mountain Trail just before 6 p.m.

Deputies performed extra patrol at the farmers market and Town Center concert area as several thousand people were in town for the holiday.

The back window of a vehicle parked in the Town Center was “smashed.”

A woman on Curley Bear Road reported that her neighbor shot fireworks at her house the night before. She initially requested extra patrol in the area, but changed her mind as she figured deputies had enough on their hands.

A transient man was possibly intoxicated and refusing to leave the Hungry Moose at 9 p.m. He was given a ride to the Exxon.

Deputies were unable to locate someone who was reportedly shooting fireworks towards a crowd of concertgoers. 

People were warned for camping in the hospital parking lot.

July 5, 2018

A German shorthair ran away from the Ramshorn neighborhood due to its fear of fireworks.

The owner of a wallet found in the Town Center was located and said he would come to the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office to pick it up. The wallet contained bank and credit cards, a Wyoming driver’s license and $25.

A caller had questions about Montana gun laws.

A reckless driver in a large black Cadillac Escalade with tinted windows was passing in no passing zones and tailgating. It was seen entering the Moonlight Basin area at 2 p.m. A deputy obtained surveillance footage of the vehicle in question.

A suspicious blue Ford Escape was parked on Spanish Peaks Club property.

A dog left in an Acura parked at Big Sky Resort was given water by a deputy and the owner was warned.

A lab-terrier mix with no collar was loose on Curley Bear Road at 8 p.m. It was taken to the vet until the owner could be found.

A deputy received a report of a man peeing off a porch on Town Center Avenue at 10:30 p.m. There was no one on the porch when a deputy checked the area.

July 6, 2018

At least three people were involved in a bar fight on Big Pine Drive at around 1 a.m. The fighters were gone before a deputy could respond.

A caller who had seen a man drinking for three hours called deputies when the man got into a flatbed truck and drove away at 1:30 a.m. The man was not located.

The temperature outside was 77 degrees at 11 a.m. when a deputy responded to the Porcupine Creek Trailhead to check on a dog that was reportedly locked in a vehicle. It was found that the windows were open and that there was water in the vehicle so the deputy did not think the animal was in danger. The owner was later contacted by the deputy who let them know someone had filed a complaint.

Someone has been making a fort and leaving trash on an Ousel Falls View property.

A man who was sleeping in a landscaping bed near the movie theatre at 4 p.m. was asked to move along.

A vehicle seen traveling at a high rate of speed on Gallatin Road flipped on Taylor Fork Road at around 7 p.m. 

A caller’s brother had gone missing from a wedding at around 10 p.m.

Thirty “frat guys” walked out on a bar tab on Big Pine Drive and got into a black bus at 11:30 p.m.

A cargo trailer was reportedly stolen at Big Sky Resort.

July 7, 2018

A woman at a bar who was having trouble coping with the loss of a friend was given a ride home by a deputy at 1:15 a.m.

A deputy stopped and talked to an intoxicated man who was walking down the middle of Lone Mountain Trail at 3 a.m. He was given a ride home and reminded to use the pedestrian trail

A two-year-old with no signs of distress was locked in a Lincoln MKX just before 1 p.m. A deputy and a Canyon Auto employee responded to unlock the vehicle. The child was unharmed.

A man was transported to the Big Sky Medical Center after falling off a horse and hitting his head in the Grayling Creek area.

A man was given information about how to catch a bus to Bozeman.

The sounds of wind were heard when a golfer accidentally dialed 911 at 4 p.m.

A wedding band was lost at a Music in the Mountains concert.

People were heard talking about “payroll” and “firing the coach” in a 911 misdial at the Yellowstone Club at 9 p.m.

While on patrol, a deputy located a large unattended fire in the Settlement Trail area at 10 p.m. It was not close to any buildings but was close to a wooded area. Big Sky Fire Department put out the fire. The cause is undetermined.

July 8,  2018

A dead wolf reportedly seen on Gallatin Road at around 6:30 a.m. was actually a bear.

A vehicle left in a Gallatin Road turnout for several days was marked as abandoned.

A debit card was lost on July 4.

A Speaking Eagle Road resident requested extra patrol in the area of his home as there has been a camper van parking there at night. 

A deputy responded to the Big Sky Medical Center for a report of a dog bite. The victim had been bit on the leg and did not wish to pursue charges. 

A deputy used an axe to remove a portion of a tree that had fallen onto Gallatin Road at around 7:30 p.m. The Montana Department of Transportation was contacted to remove the remaining larger pieces that were close to the roadway.

Two people who went hiking in the Storm Castle area at 3 p.m. were reported missing at 10 p.m. They had a flashlight and compass and returned home before search and rescue teams could respond. 

July 9, 2018

An alarm was sounding on Candlelight Meadow Drive at 12:45 a.m.

A deputy stopped to assist a semi driver who had all four tires on an axle “blow up” on Gallatin Road at around 8 a.m. The driver was given a ride to cell service so he could call his company for help.

A driver with eight other motorists lined up behind them was stopped on Gallatin Road at around 11:30 a.m. and warned for obstructing the flow of traffic.

 A semi engine was reportedly on fire at the intersection of Bitterbrush Trail and South Fork Road at 11:30 a.m. It was determined the engine was overheating and that steam was being confused for smoke. Traffic control was performed until the vehicle could be removed.

A Silverado Trail caller wanted to speak to deputies about mountain bikers trespassing on their property. The bikers have reportedly been taking down fences and no trespassing signs as well as cutting trees, littering and building jumps.

A caller in a white Corolla told deputies he had “a couple drinks” before hitting a car in a Lone Mountain Trail parking lot at 6 p.m. Airbags were deployed in his vehicle and he could not tell the deputy what vehicle he had hit.

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