BEST OF THE BLOTTER
An errand run err
A caller who reported the theft of an unlocked Ford Explorer with keys inside was following the stolen vehicle as the person who took it drove around Big Sky at 3:20 p.m. on Dec. 4. The driver along with a passenger stopped at the Big Sky Post Office as well as the Big Sky Community Food Bank, loading up some food, and then parking at the end of Sage Drive and entering a nearby home. Law enforcement responded, and the driver advised that he had permission to use the vehicle.
December 4, 2018
A Redbone Trucking semi was blocking the northbound lane of Gallatin Road in the Karst area just before 1 a.m. The driver needed a replacement tire for the passenger side tractor wheel.
A woman reported that her husband’s identity had been stolen and that approximately $200,000 was missing from their bank account. She said she had spoken with the bank, who advised her the transactions were not fraudulent, which led her to the identity theft theory.
December 5, 2018
A caller notified deputies that a white flatbed utility truck was headed southbound into the Gallatin Canyon with its rear door swinging open at 8:45 a.m. Montana Highway Patrol was advised.
No alcohol was detected during a court-ordered breath test performed at 9 a.m.
An Earth Elements work vehicle broke down on Gallatin Road in the Storm Castle area just before noon. It was not a hazard.
A hit-and-run was reported in the Golden Eagle employee housing parking lot.
December 6, 2018
The occupants of a disabled vehicle which was abandoned on Gallatin Road were located at the Corral Bar, Steakhouse and Motel just before 9:30 a.m.
Christmas lights were reportedly stolen from trees on Outlook Trail. The reporting party would not answer return calls from a deputy to discuss the issue, but eventually called back, clarifying that 18 spools of lights were stolen from the front yard of a Spanish Peaks Club home. The resident later called deputies to update them that the lights were not in fact stolen, but rather mistakenly relocated by a property manager.
A caller reported that there was a man in the Country Market parking lot, sitting in the driver’s seat of a Subaru drinking a beer at 11:40 a.m. The caller was unsure if the man had stolen the beer. A deputy responded and located the vehicle, but no one was inside. He eventually located the driver and spoke with him about DUI laws.
A driver with three passengers ran their Toyota Sienna into a snowbank on Ousel Falls Road at 11:50 a.m. and could not get unstuck. Canyon Auto towed it out.
December 7, 2018
There was nothing to report during a patrol check of Porcupine Creek Road at 1:30 a.m.
At 2 a.m. a deputy came upon a vehicle that had slid off of a Big Sky roadway, becoming stuck in the snow. He helped the male driver pull his vehicle back onto the road.
A false burglar alarm sounded at a Towering Pines Road home just after 2:15 a.m.
No alcohol was detected during a court-ordered breath performed test just before 9 a.m.
A man who had left his vehicle overnight in a turnout along Lone Mountain Trail called deputies to report the vehicle had been struck and damaged while parked. He noticed a deputy had tagged the vehicle, so he was wondering if the hit-and-run had occurred before or after it was tagged.
A Town Center maintenance employee brought a bicycle that had been chained to a bike rack for several months to the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office at 10:50 a.m. Deputies will attempt to locate the owner.
No one was injured when a vehicle hit a parked car in Big Sky, but the parked car was undrivable.
While assisting Montana Highway Patrol with a crash a deputy spoke with a woman who was picking up her friend from the crash scene at around noon. The woman was in possession of a small amount of marijuana. The deputy seized the marijuana along with a glass pipe used to smoke it and the woman was warned for criminal possession of dangerous drugs as well as for possessing drug paraphernalia.
A deputy was able to locate a driver in Big Sky who was reported by a citizen to likely be driving through the Gallatin Canyon while intoxicated at around 1:50 p.m. The witness had seen the man swerve his truck into oncoming traffic, straddle the middle of the road and almost hit the guardrail. The deputy performed sobriety tests and found the man to be unimpaired. The man’s wife explained that he has been having health issues, and she was told to take over the driving.
A deputy stopped the driver of a truck because the license plate was obstructed just before 4 p.m.
Deputies performed foot patrol at the Big Sky Christmas Stroll.
There was nothing to report during a patrol check of the Firelight Meadows at 7:30 p.m.
During a response to a 911 hang up coming from a Town Center business at 11:15 p.m. deputies discovered an intoxicated couple that had been arguing. The deputies assisted one of them in packing their belongings and finding another place to stay for the night.
While responding to an accident in the Gallatin Canyon at around midnight deputies were later called back to Big Sky to respond to a vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident.
December 8, 2018
The driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian in the Town Center was found to be intoxicated and was arrested by Montana Highway Patrol for driving under the influence.
A deputy responded to a report of an intoxicated woman in a Jeep that had struck several vehicles in a parking lot at around 1 a.m. The woman was arrested by Montana Highway Patrol for driving under the influence.
A man who made it to his condo in the Mountain Village called to report his Ford Ranger had gone off of Lone Mountain Trail and was stuck in the ditch at around 1 a.m. The vehicle was damaged in the accident.
While stopping to check on vehicles left along a Big Sky roadway just before 2 a.m. deputies encountered a man who refused to get out of his vehicle, stating that he did not believe the deputies were real cops and that “this was all a joke.” It was learned the man was visiting from Florida and did not have a place to stay for the night.
Citing sub-zero temperatures, a deputy gave an intoxicated man a ride to his condo on the Big Sky Golf Course at 2:30 a.m.
Deputies assisted the Big Sky Fire Department and Montana Highway Patrol with a one-vehicle accident on Gallatin Road just before 8 a.m. The driver had left the scene and had not notified authorities, which is illegal.
A deputy assisted the Big Sky Fire Department and Montana Highway Patrol with a one-vehicle accident on Gallatin Road near the 320 Ranch at around 1 p.m.
A woman reported losing her wallet somewhere in the Town Center area.
Report was received of a dog that was barking nonstop on Half Moon Court at around 8 p.m.
December 9, 2018
While changing her 18-month-old grandson’s diaper a woman’s emergency feature on her phone dialed 911 at 9:40 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Condos. The baby was playing with the phone and there was no emergency. She was advised to keep the phone away from the baby.
A deputy assisted the Big Sky Fire Department with a possible chimney fire on Rainbow Trout Run at 10:25 a.m.
A deputy assisted Montana Highway Patrol with a single vehicle rollover in the Gallatin Canyon between mile markers 59 and 60 at around 10:30 a.m. Sand was requested for the roadway as it was icy.
A report of a possible drunk driver in a Suburban traveling in the Big Sky Golf Course area was taken at 12:30 p.m. A deputy was unable to respond as they were busy at a crash scene.