BEST OF THE BLOTTER

Poacher patrol

 A suspicious van parked at a Gallatin Road home at 8:20 p.m. turned out to be the resident’s acquaintance. The driver of the van was hoping to catch horn poachers who were trespassing in a closed area.

April 23, 2018

 

At 8:15 a.m. a woman called the Bozeman Police Department worried that her sister was possibly missing in Big Sky. A Big Sky deputy attempted to call the woman back and left a voicemail.

 

A theft was reported near a hotel construction site.

 

A woman called deputies to report flooding in and around her residence. There were two feet of water in the crawl space. She was provided with information on where to obtain pumps and sandbags.

 

Two people were warned for skiing on private property outside the Beehive Basin trail easement at 1 p.m.

 

The Montana Department of Transportation was notified of rocks on Gallatin Road at 4 p.m.

 

A  caller had questions about an April 21 theft report involving artwork at the Summit Hotel.

 

April 24, 2018

 

A caller reported there was a dangerous person with a knife inside a Town Center condo just after midnight. A deputy responded and determined the man had some sort of medical condition. He was trying to break a chair, squirming on the floor and speaking about “weird and random things.” At some point, he had also damaged his roommate’s windshield. Big Sky Fire Department was called in to transport the man to the Big Sky Medical Center.

 

A deputy patrolled the Beehive Basin area at 8:30 a.m.

 

During a patrol check of the Firelight Meadows at around 10:30 a.m., a motorist was warned for parking in a fire lane.

 

A burglar alarm sounded on Ulery’s Lake Road just before 5 p.m. 

 

A mountain biker’s GPS SOS signal went off just after 5 p.m. The biker was located near Storm Castle Road.

 

A man was informed his roommate was released from the detention center.

 

A caller stated that they’d purchased a knife online via PayPal from a company called Knife Trading, but they did not receive the knife. The complaint is under investigation.

 

A small, dead deer was removed from Gallatin Road by a deputy.

 

April 25, 2018

 

A driver was warned for speeding on Lone Mountain Trail at 8:20 a.m.

 

A motorist was warned for parking in a fire lane at 8:30 a.m.

 

A Big Sky Resort employee was looking to test the resort’s alarm system. They were given contacts for both Gallatin and Madison County 911 centers.

 

It was unknown how a vehicle parked in the Moonlight Basin area dialed 911 at around 1:30 p.m. There was no emergency. 

 

A Jackson, Wyo., man who was last seen in Big Sky at the Pond Skim was reported missing. The man’s phone was still active, but no responses were coming from it. Deputies looked for any encounter with him via law enforcement, finding nothing. They also checked hospitals and found nothing there, so an ATL (attempt to locate) was broadcast in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. 

 

A property management employee set off a burglar alarm on Indian Summer Road at 2:15 p.m.

 

A driver was warned for failing to use turnouts when traveling lower than the posted speed in the Gallatin Canyon at 2:30 p.m.

 

April 26, 2018

 

Despite numerous attempts, deputies were unable to contact the key holders of a Gallatin Road business where a burglar alarm was sounding at 1:15 a.m. The doors of the business were secure and there was no sign of forced entry.

 

A driver was stopped and warned for making a pass on an unpaved shoulder at the intersection of Huntley Drive and Lone Mountain Trail at 6:55 a.m.

 

A driver involved in a reckless driving complaint was stopped and warned.

 

A gas station owner was given the go-ahead to have an abandoned vehicle towed from the property.

 

A 43-year-old paraglider crashed into a yurt at the Community Park at noon, breaking his ankle. Big Sky Fire Department responded.

 

A man who reported his backpack was stolen at the Pond Skim found the backpack sitting on the hood of a car after the event was over. All of his items were accounted for.

 

A deputy shared information with a Sweet Grass County deputy regarding a theft investigation.

 

The owner of a vehicle with a door ajar on Little Coyote Road was contacted at around 9 p.m. They thought they may have left it open.

 

April 27, 2018

 

There was nothing to report during a patrol check of the Big Sky Medical Center just before 2 a.m.

 

At 5 a.m., a deputy attempted to answer a woman’s questions about a theft report but was unable to understand what she was actually asking the deputy to do.

 

Two dogs were lost around Firelight Meadows at 8:30 a.m. A deputy patrolled the area but did not locate the canines.

 

A woman was provided with the phone number of the Big Sky Fire Department.

 

A deputy called the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office to set up an interview with an inmate at its jail.

 

While responding to a report of a man and woman fighting on Moose Ridge Road at 7:20 p.m., it was discovered by a deputy that the woman had been punched in the face and strangled. The man was arrested and transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center, held on no bond.

 

An abandoned vehicle in the Community Park will be turned over to the Gallatin County junk vehicle program.

 

April 28, 2018

 

Two drivers were warned for speeding in Big Sky between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

 

A deputy assisted a Town Center employee in contacting the owner of a vehicle that was left in a Town Center parking lot. A deputy told the man his vehicle would be towed if it was not moved soon, and that he’d need to find a way to move it without driving it since his driver’s license was suspended and the registration was expired.

 

A Two men involved in a witness tampering incident in Madison County were possibly in Big Sky at around 1 p.m.

 

A deputy took a report as part of a strangulation investigation.

 

Trash was removed from Curley Bear Road by a deputy at 11:50 p.m.

 

April 29, 2018

 

Just before 2 p.m., a deputy stopped and picked up a kayaker in the Gallatin Canyon who had kicked free from his boat when it overturned and he could not right himself. The man was given a ride downriver so he could retrieve his kayak.

 

None of the three people involved in a two-vehicle head-on collision on Gallatin Road at around 2:50 p.m. were injured. After impact, one of the vehicles slid into the Gallatin River, stopping mostly out of the water. 

 

A caller contacted deputies about a dead elk on Crow King Road. The caller was concerned about predators scavenging the animal and the people walking along the roadway having conflicts. Fish, Wildlife and Parks was contacted to have the animal removed from a populated area.

 

A woman was still threatening a man despite a court order not to do so.

 

April 30, 2018

 

Nothing was reported during patrol checks around the Mountain Village between midnight and 1 a.m.

 

Paperwork regarding an ongoing investigation was turned in to the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office at 4 p.m.

 

Local scam alert

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints from citizens regarding a phone scam. The caller informs the person who answers that they have criminal charges pending and to send money for these charges to be dropped. The scammer tells the person to call (646) 396-9043 to arrange payment. These callers are intimidating, convincing and persistent. Please do not respond to their requests.

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