BEST OF THE BLOTTER

Feb. 4-10, 2019
A face plant and a flip off: On Feb. 9 a man whose Apple Watch called 911 due to a hard fall told a deputy that followed up that he was ok, but that a snowboarder had cut him off, causing him to “face plant.” The snowboarder also brandished his middle finger at him.

February 4, 2019

A deputy attended the Great Kindness Week assembly at Big Sky School District.

A man waiting to have court papers served to him requested a callback from a deputy. He believed the papers may be a criminal summons.

While hiking along Deer Creek Trail on Feb. 3 a man encountered several trap lines located about three-quarters of a mile up the trail. He saw at least six set traps scattered along the trail. He said he also contacted and left a message with Fish, Wildlife and Parks about the issue.

A woman involved in a domestic dispute in late January spoke to deputies because she did not recall what occurred during the dispute. She was advised a request for prosecution was being submitted to the Madison County Attorney’s Office to charge her with partner or family member assault.

The driver of a vehicle that crashed into the guardrail near Red Cliff Campground, damaging the vehicle and leaving it blocking the northbound lane of Gallatin Road, was advised at 2:15 p.m. that they needed to return to the scene immediately. He said he was on his way to work at the Yellowstone Club and would be back to his vehicle in 15 to 20 minutes.

A deputy spoke to a man at around 5:15 p.m. regarding a prior incident. The man requested that charges not be pursued against the offender. It was explained that, due to Montana laws, and to the crime that was committed, it was it up to the state to decide whether to pursue charges.

Three customers at a Big Pine Drive business were non-violent but refusing to leave at 11:20 p.m. They departed soon after law enforcement was called.

February 5, 2019

A noise complaint involving a party on Curley Bear Road was filed just after midnight. 

A public assist request involving a lockout in the Firelight Meadows was taken just before 2 a.m.

A strong language barrier made things more difficult when a woman on Ousel Falls Road reported at 2:45 a.m. that she was lost in the snow, had missed her bus and was supposed to be in the Meadow Village.

A driver was pulled over just before 8 a.m. for failing to stop at a stop sign and stop light. They were cited for driving without a valid license, not having insurance, and throwing a cigarette out of their window. In addition, they were warned for the stop sign and light infractions, for not wearing their seatbelt, and failing to register the vehicle after purchasing it. The driver was then instructed to park the vehicle until it was insured and a licensed driver could move it.

While traveling along Gallatin Road at around 8:45 a.m. a deputy, with his vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens on, attempted to pass a vehicle. The motorist continued traveling south, passing other drivers who were pulling over for the deputy’s emergency lights. After several miles the driver finally noticed what was happening and pulled over. They said they did not notice the lights and had their music turned up. They were cited for failing to yield for an emergency vehicle.

A caller with the Colorado Springs Police Department contacted Big Sky deputies requesting assistance with an investigation. 

February 6, 2019

Gallatin Road residents returned to their home just before 8 p.m. to find their door unlocked and an upstairs office door unlocked and open. Neither resident had been in the office, so they left the scene called deputies to perform a check. No one was found inside so the residents returned home. 

February 7, 2019

A fraud report was taken in which a Colorado woman booked a Big Sky vacation rental via Craigslist. She paid via PayPal but can no longer reach the supposed vacation rental owners. It was noted that ental fraud is common in Big Sky; the case is pending investigation.

February 8, 2019

A man who was kicked out of a Mountain Village bar was threatening to kill someone at 2 a.m. The people at the bar did not wish to press charges but did want him trespassed from the business. Prior to the call for deputy response the man had been in a fight with other patrons and was suffering from a possibly dislocated shoulder. He was taken to the hospital after declining ambulance services.

Two women cleaning a business were reported missing at around 2 a.m. It was determined that they had locked themselves out of the business; their coats, car keys and cellphones inside, so they went to the nearby Big Sky Post Office where they were located in the bathroom staying warm.

A shuttle driver contacted deputies about a man they had given a ride to Belgrade from Big Sky at around 5 a.m. The passenger was acting strange, so the driver wanted law enforcement to know in case someone called looking for him.

A caller identifying themselves as a captain with the U.S. Civil Air Patrol requested to speak with a deputy regarding the recent search and rescue mission in the Spanish Creek area. 

A man parked at the Powder Ridge Condos with a flat tire at 3:50 p.m. called hoping a deputy could inflate his tire. It was explained that deputies do not carry air compressors and that he would need to call a wrecker service for assistance. 

Uniformed presence was requested by both schools at a Lone Peak High School versus West Yellowstone High School basketball game in West Yellowstone.

An intoxicated man who was reportedly jumping into oncoming traffic on Aspen Leaf Drive at around 9:30 p.m. was gone by the time a deputy responded.

February 10, 2019

A Hyundai Elantra without snow tires was stuck in the snow alongside Beehive Basin Road at around 8 a.m. A citizen helped pull it out; it was left at the trailhead parking lot.

Smoke coming from a possible fire at the Yellowstone Club at 1:50 p.m. was actually just steam coming from a boiler.

A semi without tire chains spun out on South Fork Road at around 4 p.m. A deputy helped the driver, who had never done so before, to put on chains. He was then able to drive to a pullout where he would be staying for the evening, and was hoping someone could pull the truck to the jobsite destination in the morning. The deputy contacted individuals who could help facilitate that process.

More people than can be counted on the fingers of two hands accidentally called 911 with their iPhones throughout the day.

A passerby who stopped to check on the driver of a red van that slid off of a Big Sky roadway at 7:50 p.m. called law enforcement under the suspicion the driver was intoxicated. They were correct; the driver was subsequently arrested.

The driver of a minivan that backed into a security vehicle in a bar parking lot was arrested for driving while intoxicated at 7:20 p.m. 

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