BEST OF THE BLOTTER

A crystal by any other name

An apartment dweller who thought they may have found methamphetamine in a container labeled “ice cream salt” called deputies to report the finding. A deputy checked the box, a test indicated it was not meth, and it was concluded the contents were in fact large crystals of rock salt used for making ice cream.

May 1, 2018

 

A silver Chrysler minivan was stuck and needed a wrecker near Taylor Fork Road just before 9 a.m.

 

The driver of a white truck was warned for speeding on Gallatin Road at 12:20 p.m.

 

A caller reported a reckless semi driver was traveling through the Gallatin Canyon at 12:30 p.m. speeding, tailgating and passing in no passing zones. The caller could not provide enough information for a deputy to identify the semi as two were seen in the area. 

 

A deputy spoke with a parent about her child being audio recorded without her knowledge, and what options were available to address the matter involving the sheriff’s office.

 

Multiple verbal warnings were given to a driver who was pulled over on Gallatin Road just before 5 p.m.

 

A husky was found near the intersection of Gallatin Road and Lone Mountain Trail at around 8 p.m.

 

May 2, 2018

 

A semi-truck driver coming from Idaho was reportedly swerving, slamming on his brakes and traveling in the oncoming traffic lane with high beams on at 3 a.m. on Gallatin Road.

 

A dead elk was in the middle of the southbound lane of Gallatin Road at 6:30 a.m.

 

A woman left a message for the Big Sky Fire Department reporting multiple crimes committed against her. The voicemail was passed on to a deputy.

 

A caller wished to discuss an abandoned vehicle at the Community Park.

 

A concerned parent spoke to a deputy regarding the security of Ophir School in the event of an active shooter. The parent was advised of security measures that are currently in place and directed to other resources relating to questions the deputy did not have an answer to.

 

For the second time, a deputy escorted a utility company employee to a Gallatin Road residence where the owner once fired a shotgun towards an employee when they attempted to shut off the power. The resident keeps turning the power back on despite nonpayment, and a utility company employee has to keep returning to shut it off. This time no contact was made between the parties and the job was completed without issue.

 

A victim of privacy in communications was spoken to by a deputy. The woman requested that the offender be verbally warned and educated on the law that was violated.

 

During a traffic stop on Lone Mountain Trail at 6 p.m., a driver was cited for possession of dangerous drugs and for driving with a suspended license. The passenger of the vehicle was a valid driver and took the car from there.

 

May 3, 2018

 

Someone reported witnessing a driver who crashed into a home on Candlelight Meadow Drive at around 8 a.m. and sped away.

 

The operator of a delivery truck was stopped and warned for having no rear license plate as well as an open backdoor.

 

The driver of a bus traveling 15 to 20 miles under the posted speed limit was stopped and warned on Lone Mountain Trail at 8:45 a.m.

 

A caller had questions about a person who was still on a lease but no longer welcome at the residence. A civil standby was requested.

 

A deputy patrolled the Beehive Basin Trailhead at 2 p.m.

 

A deputy was able to locate a white Toyota car seen driving on the wrong side of the road at around 6 p.m. The driver was found to be intoxicated. She was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center and held on a $685 bond.

 

A caller on Anaconda Drive reported a street cleaner was being noisy at 10 p.m. A deputy responded, but the cleaner was already gone.

 

May 4, 2018

 

During a patrol check at 12:30 a.m., a deputy located a blue, red and yellow Trek bicycle near a storage unit.

 

Two vehicles were illegally parked in a fire lane at the Firelight Condos at 8 a.m. Both owners were verbally warned.

 

A deputy was approached by a man outside the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office who wanted to notify the deputy of the strange things his neighbor has been doing. These things included getting very drunk and randomly yelling at no one. The man was asked to contact law enforcement when this was occurring and they would address the situation.

 

A motorcyclist was warned for running two stop signs on and around Aspen Leaf Drive at 4:40 p.m.

 

A man called a deputy stating an intoxicated woman was on his porch at 7 p.m. on Juniper Berry Drive. She was contacted and talked with a deputy about personal issues.

 

May 5, 2018

 

No illegally parked vehicles were found during a patrol check of the Firelight Condos at 8 a.m.

 

A man asked a deputy what he should do with his roommate’s belongings since she was arrested and won’t be getting out of jail anytime soon. He was advised he should leave the items at his residence, allowing the roommate to pick them up when she is out of jail. He was advised against selling them. He was also notified by the deputy that his other roommate was wanted for questioning about a theft investigation.

 

A man was given information on Montana gun laws.

 

A Montana game warden was notified of an unspecified dead animal at the Cinnamon Creek Trailhead at around noon.

 

Deputies attempted to stop a driver on Gallatin Road at 4:15 p.m. He pulled over at the Corral Steakhouse & Motel, jumped out of his vehicle, and was detained and handcuffed by officers. He was cited for speeding and driving without a license.

 

While parked on the shoulder of Gallatin Road, a deputy witnessed another driver pull in behind him with no traffic hazards on. The deputy got out of his vehicle and the motorist drove away. This was deemed suspicious.

 

May 6, 2018

 

A truck struck an elk on Gallatin Road near the entrance of Big Sky just after midnight and needed a tow. A deputy assisted with traffic control and gave the two occupants a ride home.

 

A man who was thrown off of a deck the day of the Pond Skim recently went to the doctor and discovered he had more injuries than he’d thought. He had another recent conflict with the person who had thrown him from the deck and wanted to report the original incident. 

 

A deputy checked on a van parked in the free skier parking lot at Big Sky Resort. It was missing both license plates and appeared to be disabled.

 

While responding to a 911 hang up at the Moose Creek Trailhead at 10:30 p.m., a deputy found no one there. He also checked the trailhead and campground, finding no signs of distress.

 

May 7, 2018

 

A driver was stopped and warned for obstructing the flow of traffic on Gallatin Road at 9:45 a.m.

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