BEST OF THE BLOTTER

December 31, 2018 - January 5, 2019
It’s a moose-tery: A property manager called deputies after a Lost Pond Road homeowner found “something dead” under a blanket in their shed. It was learned that the last renter of the property had a friend that shot a moose, and they had allowed the friend to store the moose head in the shed. The head has since been removed.

December 31, 2018

The driver of a Nissan Armada was unsure of their exact location but called deputies to report that they’d run into a snowbank and needed assistance getting out at around 9:20 a.m. They were able to drive away after some digging out.

A black truck was parked in front of a fire hydrant at the end of White Otter Road at 10:30 a.m.

Two packages reportedly went missing from a Skywood Road residence after being delivered there by a parcel company.

Just before 2 p.m. a deputy checked on and photographed a shelter that was recently erected on Forest Service property in the Dudley Creek area. No one was there.

A caller reported that a barking dog at a neighboring location has been an ongoing issue for them. The caller was vague and unhelpful in providing the exact location of the barking dog; a deputy was unable to locate it.

A hit-and-run was reported in a Big Sky Resort parking lot.

Deputy presence was requested at a Yellowstone Club New Year’s Eve event.

A call relating to drugs was taken at 10 p.m. from a Black Eagle Road location.

January 1, 2019

An intoxicated man and woman found walking along a Big Sky roadway just after midnight were given a ride home by a deputy.

Deputies helped a business owner assist an intoxicated and physically disabled man in leaving the business and in loading a shuttle which would take him to his destination at 12:30 a.m. 

After witnessing a vehicle back into a parked vehicle on Spruce Cone Drive at 12:40 a.m. a deputy facilitated a name exchange between the owners.

A deputy checked on a man seen stumbling along a Big Sky street at 12:45 a.m. Since it was 20 below zero outside the man was given a ride home. Three more pedestrians were given a ride home by a deputy just before 3 a.m. due to the frigid temps.

A mother was concerned that someone may have been impersonating a police officer after a deputy responding to a 911 call made contact with her daughter late the night before. The 911 call had come from across the street. It was explained to the mother that when there is not an exact GPS location for a 911 call, deputies will contact several residences within a given location.

A utility company contacted deputies hoping to obtain the location of a motor vehicle accident which had damaged some of their equipment the night before.

A deputy pulled over the driver of a semi at the entrance of Big Sky who was reportedly driving aggressively in the Spanish Creek area on Gallatin Road at around 1:30 p.m. The semi driver stated the person who had reported him had accelerated as he had attempted to pass. Warnings were issued.

A 72-year-old woman from Minnesota fell and became unconscious while hiking Ousel Falls Trail at around 3 p.m. Emergency services responded and she was transferred to the Big Sky Medical Center.

January 2, 2019

Roommate issues were reported at 5:50 a.m. A caller stated that his roommate who they have been having ongoing issues with stole two boxes of items. The boxes were returned, but the caller had not yet gone through them to ensure everything was in them.

A caller was wondering if any court-ordered classes were offered at the Big Sky Sherriff’s Department. They are not.

While at a civil standby a deputy was informed that a woman’s property had been stolen. She was given a theft report form. The deputy contacted her former roommate who confirmed he removed her property from her residence without her permission and agreed to return the belongings in order to avoid being charged with theft.

The victim of a criminal mischief incident was updated on the damages incurred to his property.

A caller contacted deputies regarding a theft report in which a firearm was taken. The gun had been located but has not yet been returned. A deputy is looking into the issue.

A deputy stopped to check on a vehicle parked along Gallatin Road with its hood up at around 6 p.m. The driver who was headed to Big Sky was having unfixable headlight problems, so the deputy had them follow him to Big Sky where they had another vehicle available.

Two men in a red truck were reportedly “doing donuts” in a Big Sky Resort parking lot at 6:30 p.m.

January 3, 2019

A non-injury accident on Gallatin Road near Swan Creek was backing up traffic at 5:30 a.m.

A Montana Department of Transportation employee picked up a 28-year-old man from the side of Gallatin Road at around 7:15 a.m. The man stated that his parents had left him behind when he got out of their vehicle to use the bathroom. He could not provide their names or phone numbers.

A man wanted to provide additional information regarding an accident that occurred on New Year’s Eve which a deputy had witnessed.

A man meeting with his probation officer wanted to know where the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office was so that they could meet there. He was advised to contact his probation officer.

A deputy and a hotel manager spoke with two hotel employees who were drinking underage.

A caller reported they’d rented a vacation rental to four people, but that there are nine people staying there now. They were wondering if a deputy could get the extra people out of the property. A deputy advised them to speak with Airbnb as well as an attorney.

A caller who was “very rude to dispatch” stated they could not clearly read a citation they were issued on January 1. A deputy answered their questions.

A caller reported possible animal neglect after going on a sled dog trip outside of West Yellowstone.

January 4, 2019

A case of alcohol poisoning was reported at a Big Sky Resort room at around 3 a.m.

A deputy responded to The Lodge at Big Sky where a wife and husband were reportedly being argumentative and rude to hotel management at 10:45 a.m. Hotel management requested that the couple be trespassed from the property. The deputy informed the couple of their status, and that they would be charged with criminal trespass if they returned.

January 5, 2019

A caller reported a possible drunk driver at 3:45 p.m. after witnessing a black Toyota Tacoma pull out of Big Sky Resort, swerving along the way down the mountain. A deputy stopped the driver of the truck for having expired registration. The driver was not intoxicated; he was warned for having expired tags and no proof of insurance.

A deputy checked on the dog sled business outside of West Yellowstone which had been previously reported to have malnourished animals. The owner, who had 44 dogs, is an experienced musher and dog racer, and met the shelter, food, water and vaccination requirements. The investigation was closed with no action taken.

A deputy responded to a dumpster fire at a condo complex at around 8:30 p.m. The Big Sky Fire Department had the blaze under control.

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