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A deputy responded to a report of a vehicle fire on Highway 191 near mile marker 35.5 at 3 p.m. It was discovered that Covered Wagon Ranch employees were pulling a horse trailer with eight horses inside when their truck engine began smoking and caught fire. Reacting quickly and calmly, the wranglers pulled off at a safe location, radioed for assistance and removed the horses from the trailer. 320 Ranch employees responded with fire extinguishers and were able to put out the flames before the situation got out of control. Montana Highway Patrol and the Big Sky Fire Department also responded.

 

September 11, 2018

 

Just before 1 a.m. a man at a Big Pine Drive drinking establishment was threatening to “shoot the place up,” either that night or in the future. The man was gone when a deputy responded, but a bar patron was going to try to get the man’s contact information so the deputy could speak to him later.

 

The owner of an orange mini Winnebago was warned for parking too close to an Aspen Leaf Drive stop sign at 12:40 p.m. They agreed to move the camper.

 

A parent reported that her car was totaled while her son was driving it. He was involved in an accident in “the parking lot of Big Sky.” Drugs were found in his car while at the auto body shop.

 

A caller reported he went into a homeowners association office to speak to their attorney and was greeted by a female employee who suddenly said he couldn’t be there, pushing him out the door. A deputy will be contacting the employee to get both sides of the story.

 

September 12, 2018

 

A deer was struck by a vehicle in the Gallatin Canyon just before 7:30 a.m.

 

Two semi trailers parked on a blind corner of Andesite Road at around 8 a.m. were causing a traffic hazard. The reporting party stated they almost hit a school bus head on while trying to pass the trailers. A deputy was unable to locate them.

 

A deputy left a note for the owner of a vehicle parked illegally near the Hungry Moose Market at 2 p.m. The owner called the deputy back and advised the vehicle had broken down there.

 

A deputy interviewed several employees regarding a disorderly conduct incident.

 

A deputy contacted Yellowstone Club Security at 4 p.m. regarding a criminal mischief incident after receiving notification through email about the issue. YC Security informed the deputy that they’d conducted an “undercover investigation,” and identified suspects who caused damage to a club member’s home. They also told the deputy the homeowner would like to file a police report.

 

A semi with a dump trailer blew a tire on a curve while traveling on Gallatin Road at around 4 p.m. A deputy was unable to locate the vehicle.

 

A man who was soon to be evicted from Big Sky Resort employee housing was causing issues with roommates and needed to be escorted from the building at 7:30 p.m.

 

September 13, 2018

 

A caller reported seeing someone driving erratically and flashing their lights into Hidden Village condo windows just before 5 a.m. The suspicious driver was not located.

 

A non-injury “fender bender” involving a blue Toyota Tundra and a yellow Ford F150 occurred on Lone Mountain Trail at 8 a.m. 

 

A driver was warned for running a stop sign at the intersection of Lone Mountain Trail and Little Coyote Road at 8:30 a.m.

 

A deputy assisted Montana Highway Patrol in contacting a hit-and-run suspect. 

 

A false Lifeline alarm went off at a Beaver Creek Road location at 11:20 a.m.

 

A deputy followed up with a Yellowstone Club member via a phone call regarding a recent property damage incident.

 

Criminal trespassing in the Gallatin Preserve development was reported at 2 p.m. 

 

A truck and horse trailer of unknown origin was parked at a Buffalo Horn Creek location for several hours. A caller requested that a deputy check on it.

 

September 14, 2018

 

It was reported that a Little Coyote Road resident threw dog feces over their fence onto a construction site. A deputy responded to the scene at around 9 a.m. and spoke to the reporting party and the alleged feces thrower. The issue was resolved without the need for a disorderly conduct citation.

 

The driver of a Corvette with British Columbia plates reportedly nearly caused an accident on Gallatin Road, using a turning lane to pass six other vehicles at 10:30 a.m. before passing the Big Sky School District. A Big Sky deputy was unable to respond so Montana Highway Patrol was notified.

 

A woman called deputies at 12:15 p.m. wondering if her lost keys had been turned in.

 

A bike last seen on a trail by Ace Hardware was reported stolen at 2:15 p.m.

 

A deputy followed up with a Yellowstone Club member who was the victim of vandalism.

 

September 15, 2018

 

A deputy secured a vehicle that was left on Town Center Avenue just after midnight with the doors unlocked, keys inside and windows down.

 

A caller reported that an intoxicated man was sitting “crisscross apple sauce” and “semi-passed out” near Lone Mountain Trail and Town Center Avenue at around 2 a.m. The man was gone when a deputy responded.

 

A dump truck driver was stopped and warned on Lone Mountain Trail because his license plate was so dirty it appeared there was no plate there at all.

 

A deputy stopped a vehicle reportedly driving recklessly on Lone Mountain Trail at around noon. A radar clocked the vehicle traveling 52 mph in a 35 mph zone so the driver was cited for speeding.

 

Significant damage was reported in an incident at the Hidden Village Condos, in which a bear broke into a vehicle, destroying the interior and defecating on the seats and floorboards. Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials were advised.

 

A mother reported her daughter was receiving harassing texts and phone calls from a former employer. A deputy notified her that the daughter should contact him directly if she wants the issue handled by law enforcement.

 

A Town Center business’ burglar alarm sounded after a strong gust of wind blew open and broke a glass door at 9:30 p.m.

 

September 16, 2018

 

A deputy checked on an unoccupied vehicle with substantial front-end damage parked on Gallatin Road at 8:20 a.m. It appeared it had hit a deer. 

 

A motorist used a call box in the Gallatin Canyon to get help after running out of gas at around 12:30 p.m.

 

A caller told a deputy they they’d seen a woman driving a hatchback with Pennsylvania plates park and then stumble out of the vehicle, noticeably impaired as she walked into a Town Center Avenue business just before 2 p.m. The deputy walked through the business, but did not find the woman.

 

A truck struck a moose on Lone Mountain Trail at around 9 p.m. No one in the truck was injured, but the moose remained in the middle of the road.

 

A caller had suspicions that the driver of a white Chevy dually with a topper was thinking of setting up camp for the night on Aspen Leaf Drive at around 10 p.m.

 

September 17, 2018

 

A Chief Joseph Road resident stopped by the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center in Bozeman at 10 a.m. to report someone entered his home, went to the basement and stole a very valuable gun from his gun locker. Since he lives in Texas, he did not know exactly when the theft occurred.

 

A man wanted to speak to a deputy after they heard someone filed a false report against him, saying he pointed lasers at someone.

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