BEST OF THE BLOTTER
It keeps me up at night
Just after midnight a caller contacted the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office regarding someone in the community with methamphetamine. The information was passed on to the Missouri River Drug Task Force.
August 21, 2018
A caller hoping to settle a claim regarding a damaged fire hydrant needed information on where to send payment.
A deputy conducted a VIN inspection at around 2:30 p.m.
A man reported he was being stalked by a group of men who had not stalked him in 10 years. They started up again, and were controlling his smoke detectors remotely while he was in the shower, among other things. A deputy returned his call and he requested they meet him behind the movie theater.
August 22, 2018
A man was stopped and warned at the Exxon at 9 a.m. because his trailer taillights were not working.
A deputy spoke with the father of a juvenile who was receiving harassing text messages.
Rock fall on Lone Mountain Trail was cleared from the roadway at around 2:30 p.m. by a deputy before anyone hit the debris.
Just before 6 p.m., a caller reported seeing a man with a dog walking around at the intersection of Aspen Leaf Drive and Simkins Drive. He was possibly carrying a police vest, and may have had a pistol stuffed in his waistband. A deputy located the man and found he had a vest-like harness for his dog.
August 23, 2018
A woman traveling northbound on Gallatin Road driving a Toyota RAV4 was reportedly tailgating “everybody,” almost hitting three people.
A deputy was able to locate the owner of a dog brought into the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office at 1:20 p.m.
A caller reported seeing a man driving erratically in a minivan through the Gallatin Canyon headed towards Big Sky at 3:40 p.m. The van had swerved into the other lane, clipping the two sideview mirrors together. The man was then seen pulling over near the Conoco to check the damage, but was gone before law enforcement could respond.
A deputy spoke with a citizen concerned about algae in the local river system.
A driver was warned for failing to stop at the stop sign by the intersection of Rainbow Trout Run and Spruce Cone Drive.
A caller reported a housekeeper stole nine necklaces. The case is under investigation.
At 9:30 p.m., a hotel employee reported a guest had not paid for their room. When a deputy arrived, the guest was at the front desk making payment.
A concerned citizen reported seeing a drunk driver in a Chevy Cavalier traveling to Big Sky through the Gallatin Canyon at around 10 p.m. They had seen the driver almost swerve into the river, eventually parking at a gas station acting “very intoxicated and angry.” A deputy located the driver, arresting them for driving under the influence, with a suspended license, and with fictitious license plates. They were held at the Gallatin County Detention Center on a $1,655 bond.
August 24, 2018
At around 10:15 a.m., a woman wanted deputies to know someone tried selling her acid at a Big Pine Drive bar.
A deputy received report of a baby stroller left in front of the Hungry Moose Market after Music in the Mountains. A caller wanted to know if anyone brought it to the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office.
Cash and jewelry were reportedly stolen from a woman’s purse after she accidentally left it in a bathroom stall at a restaurant on Aug. 3. The incident is under investigation.
Escaped horses near Lone Mountain Trail were quickly located and secured at around 11:20 a.m.
The new owner of a four-wheeler wanted to know if it was legal for her to ride with an un-notarized title.
While patrolling South Fork Road—a roadway known for high rates of speeding and illegal passing—a deputy stopped and warned several drivers around 2 p.m. for making illegal passes.
A line of cars was backed up so far on Lone Mountain Trail that by the time the industrial tractor blocking traffic turned off the roadway, a deputy was unable to determine where it went.
A driver speeding in a school zone at 3:30 p.m. was stopped and warned for multiple traffic violations.
A caller reported their neighbor has been trespassing on their property and had littered there. A deputy told the neighbor to stay off the property.
A deputy removed a deceased black bear from Lone Mountain Trail at around 10 p.m. Fish, Wildlife and Parks was notified.
An intoxicated man who was moving road closed signs at around 10:30 p.m. on Aspen Leaf Drive was being vulgar but not violent. He was located by a deputy and sent home.
August 25, 2018
A red 2018 Chevy Silverado struck a deer near Doe Creek on Gallatin Road at around 6:25 a.m.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks was notified of a dead black bear under the guardrail on Gallatin Road just south of the entrance to Big Sky at around 8 a.m.
A man stopped by the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office at 10 a.m. to report he hit a black bear on Lone Mountain Trail the previous night. He was given a form to fill out.
A man at the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club driving range accidentally dialed 911 at 11:30 a.m.
A black bear was seen trying to enter a rental Cadillac SUV on Low Dog Road just before noon. The bear was gone by the time a deputy arrived, but the damage was documented.
Multiple vehicles were stopping to look at a dead black bear on Lone Mountain Trail just before 1 p.m. A deputy pulled the bear out of view of the road in order to stop the issue as it was causing a traffic hazard.
A caller had questions about how to obtain a restraining order.
A business owner spoke with a deputy about getting a man trespassed from his property. He also wanted to report several incidents of harassment and vandalism.
A driver who failed to dim her high beams at the intersection of Lone Mountain Trail and Ousel Falls Road was warned for the offense at 10:35 p.m.
August 26, 2018
A 2017 Specialized Epic women’s mountain bike was stolen from the Silverbow Condos sometime during the night.
A whole building audible fire alarm was sounding on Town Center Avenue at 10:25 a.m. There was no fire and a cause for the alarm going off was not determined.
A deputy attempted to contact a Little Coyote Road resident in order to issue a trespassing warning for their neighbor’s property, but no one was home at 1 p.m.
A deputy attempted to contact a caller who complained about a business having too much light coming from it at night. The caller thought there was a “dark sky” ordinance restricting excess light pollution at night.
A vehicle that lost a tire near the 320 Guest Ranch was on fire for a brief amount of time just before 5 p.m. The Big Sky Fire Department put out the flames.
A semi driver delivering construction materials was wondering about a good place to park for the night. He was parked at the large Department of Transportation pullout across from the Big Sky School District and was advised that was a good place to stay.
Several glass break alarms were sounding at a Spanish Peaks home at 9:45 p.m. The alarms were false.
A Beaver Creek Road patrol check just before midnight was clear and warranted no report.
August 27, 2018
A semi driver was warned for obstructing traffic near Greek Creek Campground at around 9:45 a.m. A dump truck driver was warned on Aspen Leaf Drive just before 10 a.m. for the same offense.
The tires of a woman’s Jeep parked in overflow parking in the Firelight Meadows were slashed during the night. This was the second slashing in about a month. The case is under investigation.
A caller was worried about what would happen to a bear trapped by Fish, Wildlife and Parks near their residence. They were advised bears are normally relocated unless they are sick or there is some other concern.
A caller reported there was still a large amount of food waste and garbage at the Madison Base Area following Moonlight MusicFest. The information was passed along to Moonlight Basin to assist with bear issues.
A deputy assisted Forest Service law enforcement with an impaired driver report at 2:30 p.m. The driver did not show any signs of impairment, but did admit his driving behavior was likely due to him “playing with his new cellphone.” He was warned.
A woman wanted to know what options she had in case her ex-husband showed up intoxicated to pick up their child.