BEST OF THE BLOTTER
Trail rage incident escalates
A man fishing near the Ousel Falls waterfall at 11:30 a.m. called deputies and reported another man had approached him and threw a stick into his fishing hole. The caller said the man then “swung on him,” grazing his ear before pulling out bear spray and pointing it at the caller, stating that he hikes there every day. The caller did not want a deputy to investigate since he did not know who the man was or what he was driving, but did want to document the incident.
August 14, 2018
A Whitefish Drive caller reported seeing someone looking into vehicles the night before around 10:30 p.m. They were not missing anything, just wanted law enforcement to know about it.
A Double Eagle Way home’s alarm system was in test mode and going off at around 2:30 p.m.
A vehicle parked in a Gallatin Road turnout was marked as abandoned.
Someone “trying to put a thing on a bike” accidentally dialed 911 at around 10:15 p.m.
A woman was being harassed by someone in Laurel, Mont. via text and social media.
August 15, 2018
A Ford Expedition ran out of gas on Gallatin Road at 11 a.m.
A deputy assisted a Great Falls detective with making contact with a citizen for an interview.
A bear broke into a camper trailer on Little Coyote Road.
August 16, 2018
A driver pulled over in the Ousel Falls parking lot just before 7:40 a.m. and was warned for making an improper pass.
A deputy checked with the Bacon Rind Fire incident control team to see if they needed any assistance. They did not, and the fire had slowed due to cooler overnight temps.
A man working at a job site next to Ace Hardware was initially hostile but eventually gave his information when dispatch called back after repeated 911 hang ups. A deputy responded and determined there was no emergency.
A caller who had “previous dealings” with a man wanted on a warrant called deputies to let them know the wanted man may be working in Big Sky.
A 25-year-old mountain biker was suffering from a possibly broken arm at 2:30 p.m. on Nameless Trail at Big Sky Resort.
A father called to report his 15-year-old daughter was being cyberbullied.
A large bear was reportedly struck by a vehicle on Gallatin Road at around 5:20 p.m. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks requested to know what type of bear—if it was a grizzly, they would come and get it that evening. If it was a black bear, a deputy could dispatch it and move it off of the roadway for FWP to retrieve the next day. The bear was not located.
A caller who reported seeing an orange glow emanating from Andesite Mountain at around 10:20 p.m. called back stating it might have been a house in the smoke rather than a fire.
August 17, 2018
“Bear issues” were reported on Lone Moose Drive at around 10 a.m.
A Big Sky Resort stop sign with bullet holes in it was dropped off at the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office just before 3 p.m.
A voicemail was left by a deputy on a theft suspect’s phone.
Deputies worked contract overtime at Moonlight MusicFest.
A possible domestic disturbance in the Stillwater Condos at 11:20 p.m. turned out to be a large group of adults and their children eating food and conversing loudly. Alcohol was likely involved, and they agreed to tone it down.
August 18, 2018
A Beaver Creek Road resident reported at 1:30 a.m. that someone with a little red car had attempted to enter her home via both the front and side doors. She did not want extra patrols, just to report the incident.
A man who was bicycling against the flow of traffic on Little Coyote Road was notified of laws pertaining to bicyclists on public roadways at 9:40 a.m.
A phone stuck in a golf cart at Spanish Peaks Golf Course inadvertently dialed 911 at around 12:40 p.m.
A deputy assisted the Forest Service at 2:40 p.m. in arresting a man at Rat Lake that had warrants out for his arrest.
A “younger” bear, not a cub, was attempting to enter a Gallatin Road residence just before 5 p.m. It was gone when a deputy arrived.
A deputy stopped a vehicle traveling on Lone Mountain Trail with its tailgate open and notified the driver their belongings were about to fall out onto the roadway.
Montana Highway Patrol and emergency services from Big Sky responded to a motorcycle crash on Gallatin Road at 6:15 p.m.
August 19, 2018
A nine-year-old girl was separated from her family while they were fishing the Gallatin River across from Buck’s T4 at around 11 a.m. She was located just as a deputy arrived and was OK. Everyone was reunited and everyone discussed ways to avoid the situation in the future.
August 20, 2018
A caller reported hearing the sound a woman screaming coming from the Firelight Condos area at around 1:45 a.m. A deputy performed a walk-through in a condo building where prior issues had occurred.
Employees without a key set off a burglar alarm at a Gallatin Road restaurant at 5:50 a.m.
No one was injured in a vehicle rollover accident involving a Suburban and a truck and trailer on Gallatin Road near Spanish Creek at around 8:45 a.m.