Blotter: March 11-17, 2019

Highlights from Big Sky's calls for service
Me? Loitering? That’s bull: A bull moose that would not leave the Big Sky Post Office area was drawing a crowd just before 1:30 p.m. on March 16. When a deputy responded the moose walked behind the building, out of the way of pedestrians. A game warden was notified.

March 11, 2019

A fight involving approximately 15 people was reported at a Big Sky Resort area bar at 12:20 p.m. They appeared to be “out of towners” according to the reporting party. The individuals had left the scene by the time deputies arrived.

At around noon a vehicle slid into a parked car on Aspen Leaf Drive, pushing the car sideways into a third vehicle. When a deputy responded to the crash he found another crash had occurred in the area; this one involving a vehicle that was attempting to winch another vehicle out of a parking spot. The winch cable stretched across the parking lot. A second vehicle drove into the lot, did not see the cable and hit it, pulling the first vehicle into another parked nearby. All crash information was relayed to Montana Highway Patrol.

A gun and purse reported stolen from a Gallatin River residence in late February were found by a fisherman along the Gallatin River. 

A caller had questions about weapons and securing them while he was in Big Sky. 

A caller reported that the owner of a camper van parked at a Sitting Bull Road location was refusing to move the van. They noted that the owner did not seem to be violent, just stubborn.

A man reported that an individual in Helena has his possessions and has been texting him that they will use his background against him.

A deputy spoke with a man regarding a civil issue related to stolen construction tools.

No one was injured when a vehicle rolled onto its roof in the Gallatin Canyon at around 7:45 p.m.

Tow service was needed after a Dodge truck hit a cow elk on Gallatin Road at around 8 p.m. 

A passerby contacted a deputy located at a vehicle accident on Gallatin Road at 8:15 p.m. to report a possible assault taking place at the nearby Exxon involving someone in a dark Subaru. The deputy responded but could not find anything out of the ordinary. Exxon employees had not seen anything.

In a report of a possible drunk driver, a caller stated that they’d seen the driver of a black Honda Accord throwing up outside his vehicle at 8:50 p.m. on Lone Mountain Trail. 

March 12, 2019

A Renegade Road resident told Moonlight Basin security that they’d seen, via security camera footage, that a man in a Jeep had pulled into their driveway, urinated and walked around the residence. The man did not attempt to enter the home. Registration for the Jeep was looked up; it was a rental.

A man who had a new saw on a job site reported that someone broke a piece of metal off the saw body and threw it into a garbage can.

March 13, 2019

Several reports were taken of a vehicle that went over an embankment in the Spanish Creek Road area north of the Gallatin Canyon at 11:20 a.m.

A deputy performed a patrol check at the Twin Cabin Trailhead to check on flooding and ice concerns at 2:40 p.m.

An older, white Astro van that has been parked near The Cave for a while was checked on by a deputy. It was found to be unregistered and not stolen. Property owners were given permission to tow it.

A vehicle with a disabled transmission was partially blocking Gallatin Road near Dudley Creek at 5:30 p.m. Another vehicle broke down in that area at around 10:20 p.m. 

None of the four total occupants were injured in a head-on collision between a Dodge truck and a Chevy truck just before 6 p.m. on Gallatin Road near Swan Creek.  

Someone with a language barrier reported at 7:20 p.m. that their ski poles were stolen from Big Sky Resort sometime within the last day.

A deputy gave a motorist with a flat tire in the Gallatin Canyon a ride to the Hungry Moose Market at around 8:20 p.m.

March 14, 2019

A woman with a $20,000 district court warrant was arrested on Gallatin Road around 1:30 a.m.

A man involved in an art consignment dispute insisted the issue is not civil and wanted to speak with a specific deputy at 8:30 a.m. He told dispatch he was unhappy with the deputy’s service and that he hopes the deputy sleeps well at night.

A woman reported that her landlord cashed her April rent check early. She was advised this was a civil issue.

A Silverbow Condo resident reported that a cleaning company backed into his vehicle in the condo parking area and left the scene. Someone witnessed it and left a note on the man’s vehicle. The information was forwarded to Montana Highway Patrol.

A driver was stopped and warned at 1:45 p.m. for careless driving while using a cellphone.

A skier found a hand gun at the bottom of Iron Horse ski lift at Big Sky Resort at 2 p.m. It was given to the lift operator and a deputy picked it up for safe keeping.

Just before 11:40 p.m. a Billings man reported he was hit in the face by his roommate at their Little Coyote Road residence. He noted that alcohol was involved and told dispatch he just wanted to go home. He was instead taken to the Big Sky Medical Center for treatment of a head laceration.

March 15, 2019

An intoxicated man called the sheriff’s office at 1:20 a.m. wondering if a hospital could really prevent him from leaving the facility. A deputy spent some time speaking with the man’s family while waiting for a sober family member to pick the man up. The man was also provided with chicken noodle soup and told to go back to bed.

A man who lost his gun after falling while skiing at Big Sky Resort called deputies hoping to get the gun back just after 9 a.m. He was able to properly identify it to a deputy who returned the pistol to him at the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office.

Two skiers at Big Sky Resort were overheard discussing telemarketers during a 911 hang up call just before 1:30 p.m. 

A deputy responded to a Gallatin Road residence at 12:15 p.m., speaking to a homeowner about reports of barking dogs. The owner stated that her dogs do not bark, and that she has had several instances where people have driven into her driveway and attempted to enter her home. She also reported that a bear tried to get into the house one day. She was told to keep her dogs inside and to call deputies if she is having issues with trespassers.

A caller reported at 3 p.m. that a short bus traveling 40 mph was brake-checking her in the Gallatin Canyon.

Extra deputy patrol at around 10 p.m. was requested for a large party involving 250 people at the Rainbow Ranch.

A man who was trying to rent skis became irate when he was not allowed to do so. He began to scream and somehow obtained the rental shop manager’s phone number, who he called. The reporting party was concerned about the man being on the ski hill.

A deputy and several citizens assisted a vehicle owner who had driven onto a snowmobile trail near Gallatin Road and gotten stuck at around 7:50 p.m. One of the helpers also got their vehicle stuck while attempting to assist. A tow company responded. 

March 16, 2019

A man walking along Lone Mountain Trail just before 3:30 a.m. was given a ride home by a deputy.

Early in the morning a deputy was contacted by a Canadian man who was in a dispute with his boyfriend. Both men agreed to stay separated for the remainder of the evening, then return to Canada once they were rested and sober enough to drive.

A driver with a flat tire and no spare needed assistance in the Gallatin Canyon at around 1 p.m.

A bull moose that would not leave the Big Sky Post Office area was drawing a crowd just before 1:30 p.m. When a deputy responded the moose walked behind the building, out of the way of pedestrians. A game warden was notified. 

A deputy performed traffic control for a vehicle whose rear driver’s side tire came off at around 6 p.m.

March 17, 2019

A man stopped by the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office with questions regarding a vehicle he had purchased that had been reported as stolen. The deputy ran the vehicle’s info and it was no longer flagged as stolen. He was advised to contact the impound lot where the vehicle is located to see if they could release it.

Someone got punched in the face at Big Sky Resort at around 1 p.m. The offender was cited for assault and released. 

Unrelated reports of three separate vehicles driving erratically on Lone Mountain Trail at around 4:50 p.m. were taken. One driver was warned for inattentive driving. 

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