BEST OF THE BLOTTER
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At around 11 p.m. a caller reported that they had followed what they suspected to be a drunk driver. The driver and reporting party pulled over on Gallatin Road, and two female passengers got out of the vehicle in question, reportedly assaulting the caller. He did not want to press charges, but notified deputies because he did not want the offending parties driving. A deputy located the group at a hotel where they were fighting amongst themselves. One member of the party was separated from the group and given a ride to another hotel.
October 2, 2018
A Sitting Bull Road resident reported at 6 a.m. his vehicle was egged by a neighbor. This is an ongoing issue and was already being investigated.
A man was concerned construction workers have been parking and narrowing the roadway at the intersection of Rainbow Trout Run and Spruce Cone Drive, making it so only one vehicle can pass at a time. A deputy said they’d check the area. The man then continued with questions about motorcycle liability insurance requirements in Montana. He was advised motorcycles are exempt.
A caller reported, in their opinion, a truck traveling through the Gallatin Canyon loaded with roof trusses, was unsafe. A deputy could not locate the vehicle.
At 7:40 p.m. a deputy performed a follow up on an assault case that occurred earlier in the week.
A Gallatin Road caller dialed 911 twice to report someone has been “messing” with his political signs but did not damage them. He was advised he should not call 911 unless someone was currently on his property.
A deputy assisted a woman who found a possibly abandoned dog. It was taken to the local vet for safekeeping.
October 3, 2018
No injuries were reported when a semi rear-ended a horse trailer near the Green Bridge in the Gallatin Canyon at 8 a.m.
Since Big Sky deputies were unavailable to respond, West Yellowstone was advised of a reported drunk driver at around 8:50 a.m. The driver, operating a dump truck, was swerving all over Lone Mountain Trail and traveling between 35 and 70 miles per hour, almost putting another “big rig” in the ditch.
A caller had questions about the use and registration of off-road vehicles in Big Sky.
A man called deputies concerned because his friend, who had borrowed and totaled his car, had not paid him for the damage. The crash was never reported, so he was advised to contact Montana Highway Patrol and that the dispute over payment was a civil issue.
A caller was concerned about a family of bighorn sheep attempting to cross Highway 191 at around 4:15 p.m. The caller said traffic was not stopping to let them cross. A deputy did not respond since animals cross the highway often without issue.
A white Jeep Rubicon was seen on security cameras trespassing on Gallatin Preserve property. The property owner did not wish to press charges.
October 4, 2018
Two drivers were stopped and warned for speeding near the Big Sky School District at around 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.
A deputy spoke with the man who reported a vehicle egging two days prior. The complaint is under investigation.
Forest Service law enforcement contacted a Big Sky deputy at noon regarding reports of someone cutting down trees and diverting the Gallatin River. A deputy responded but could not find anyone cutting trees. They later learned from the Forest Service officials that people who were working on river conservation were the ones cutting the trees. The deputy had not heard of such work.
A woman requested information on how to obtain a protection order.
Just before 3 p.m. the Big Sky Fire Department responded to a possible gas leak at a Chief Joseph Trail residence.
A deputy attempted to make contact with a criminal mischief suspect on Sitting Bull Road at 3:20 p.m.
A construction crew set off the silent panic alarm at the medical clinic in the Mountain Village at around 4 p.m. The alarm went off again at 4:40 p.m.
After seeing several cars pulled over at the mouth of Gallatin Canyon at around 7:30 p.m., a man called deputies to report “something was going on.” A deputy checked the area but found nothing going on.
October 5, 2018
A deputy assisted a man whose vehicle had broken down near the entrance of Big Sky at around midnight.
No deputies were in the area to respond to a woman whose vehicle slid off Peaks View Drive into rocks at 3:45 a.m. She thought she needed a tow. Montana Highway Patrol was advised.
A deputy followed up with a criminal mischief suspect on Sitting Bull Road at 8 a.m.
A false burglar alarm sounded at a West Fork medical marijuana dispensary just before 1:45 p.m.
A Big Sky deputy made a call to a Thai restaurant in Las Vegas requesting assistance in gathering a surveillance video that may provide information pertaining to a credit card theft investigation.
A driver who was reported by a citizen to be operating while intoxicated was pulled over by a deputy at 7:30 p.m. on Ousel Falls Road. It was determined he was not intoxicated, rather, he was tired and on his way home from work. He was warned.
Patrol checks were performed at several Forest Service campgrounds and trailheads along Highway 191. There was nothing to report..
October 6, 2018
A deputy was contacted by an individual who was having a bad day and wanted to speak to someone at around 2:30 a.m. The two talked for a while; the individual was not suicidal, just needed someone to talk to.
A driver who was reported as drunk was pulled over by a deputy at the Conoco at around 4:15 p.m. The driver was arrested for violating his probation and for child endangerment. He was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center to be held with no bond.
October 7, 2018
While checking on a vehicle parked along Gallatin Road at around 1 a.m. a deputy discovered a man passed out in the driver’s seat. The man was arrested, taken to jail and held on a $685 bond.
A man with long blonde hair who was wearing a beanie hat was trying to enter a locked Firelight Drive residence at 1:30 a.m. The resident had no idea who the man was.
An intoxicated man with a beard was trying to enter an Aspen Leaf Drive bar just before 2 a.m. to retrieve his cellphone. A deputy responded.
A deputy gathered a witness statement regarding a DUI investigation at 11:30 a.m.
A caller who had not heard from his friend in a while left a message with deputies to report him missing. The friend had called local jails and the hospital but found nothing. The case is under investigation.
A dog was running loose along Highway 191 near the Gallatin Riverhouse at 1 p.m. It was caught by a witness who attempted to contact the owner but the phone went straight to voicemail. Just as a deputy pulled up to the scene the dog’s owner arrived to pick it up.
A landlord had questions about tenants and sublets who have damaged and removed property from a rental.
A small passenger vehicle struck an elk on Lone Mountain Trail near Lone Walker Road at around 7:45 p.m. Neither vehicle nor elk were on scene when a deputy responded.
A deputy responded to an assault in progress in a hotel room at around 8 p.m. It was determined one individual made unwanted sexual advances toward another, so the victim put up a defense. The offender was arrested for misdemeanor sexual assault and taken to jail.