Blotter: March 18-24, 2019

Highlights from Big Sky's calls for service
Quit horsing around: On March 22 Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks requested a deputy’s assistance in locating six horseback riders seen riding in the Porcupine Creek area of the Gallatin Wildlife Management Area during its closure (December 1 through May 15 at noon). The riders were located by the deputy and FWP issued a citation to the group’s outfitter and guides for criminal trespassing.

March 18, 2019

While patrolling the Town Center at 1:30 a.m. a deputy came upon what might have been an abandoned vehicle. It checked out ok.

A deputy spoke with a man seen urinating in the snow at 2 a.m. The man was given a warning and the rest of the people around were encouraged to walk back to their friend’s condo.

A man who contacted deputies regarding a criminal mischief incident that occurred in January was unaware that his daughter had already reported the issue. It was explained that the report, which involved a damaged garage door, was civil in nature and needed to be addressed as such.

A caller had further information regarding a welfare check completed a few weeks ago.

A caller reported the driver of a white four-wheel-drive vehicle was driving erratically and throwing trash out of a window just before 1 p.m. on Lone Mountain Drive.

Travelers attempting to change a flat tire on their Ford Fusion in the Gallatin Canyon at 5:30 p.m. ran into trouble when the car rolled forward while the front tire was off. They didn’t know what to do.

A man who recently found a possible key scratch on his vehicle as well as a hole in his taillight suspected that he might be having issues with a co-worker. He did not have any proof the co-worker did these things.

A driver was notified camping is not permitted at the Beehive Basin Trail parking area. 

March 19, 2019

Just before 10 a.m. a man reported that, while driving through the Gallatin Canyon to Big Sky, a white truck with a ladder attempted to run him off the road. The man pulled over to let the truck pass but was concerned the truck’s driver would follow him once he got to Big Sky. He captured video of the incident.

Two vehicles involved in a collision in the Hungry Moose Market parking lot sustained minor damage just after 12:30 p.m.

A caller reported that a white Suburban with Colorado plates ran a stop sign on Lone Mountain Trail at around 4:45 p.m., nearly broadsiding them.

March 20, 2019

A driver camped alongside Lone Mountain Trail at 8 a.m. was warned for doing so.

A caller with a rented snowmobile was unable to get a hold of the rental company to report he’d gotten the sled stuck and broken the shovel used to dig it out. He was advised that, if he could not get through to the company, the sheriff’s office would contact the local search and rescue crew. After not hearing back from the man a deputy followed up later with the rental company and learned he was able to get himself unstuck.

A deputy interviewed a theft suspect at the Mountain Mall at 12:40 p.m.

A Big Sky resident met with a deputy regarding parental and legal rights at 12:50 p.m.

An RV and a Ford Explorer were stuck together after one ran into the other in Big Sky Resort free skier parking. The vehicles were eventually separated; no reportable damage occurred.

The Big Sky School District School Resource Officer met with kindergarteners to discuss the role law enforcement plays in the community.

A civil standby was requested so someone could pick up a cat and trade other belongings.

The driver of a Skyline bus was stopped and warned for running a stop sign at 3:50 p.m.

A driver was stopped and warned for failing to properly use a turn signal (twice), failing to stop at a crosswalk being utilized by a pedestrian and parking in front of a fire hydrant.

A man operating snow grooming equipment at Big Sky Resort accidentally called 911 at 9:15 p.m.

March 21, 2019

A youth staying at the Huntley Lodge with her ski team accidentally called 911 just after 7:30 a.m.

While passing by a deputy noticed a snowmobile overturned alongside Highway 191 just after 8:30 a.m. The deputy checked on the riders and everyone was ok.

A brown leather wallet was lost at the Conoco.

Two cranes located in the Yellowstone Club need VIN inspections.

A deputy was dispatched to a report of a reckless dump truck driver losing gravel while traveling along Gallatin Road, hitting passing vehicles with the rocks. The truck was located and the driver was cited for failing to secure his load. 

A deputy responded to a report of a rental vehicle stolen at Big Sky Resort at around 9 p.m. The vehicle, a Toyota Highlander, was located soon after at a nearby condo complex, undamaged. It was returned to its owner and no charges were filed.

March 22, 2019

Deputy response was required for an argument between two Firelight Meadows roommates just after 9 a.m. They were arguing about several things, including their heat bill. The male roommate accused the female roommate of dumping hot sauce on his door; the female accused the male of breaking her surveillance camera. No evidence was found to suggest either had committed a crime. They were advised to communicate with each other in a civil manner and to make the living situation work.

A man’s ex-wife called deputies to report he has been using Jack Creek Road illegally to commute to work. In fact, she knows several people who do so.

A deputy stopped a Karst bus on Gallatin Road after witnessing it drive off the roadway onto the shoulder just before 12:30 p.m. It was learned the bus driver had to do so to avoid a vehicle that had failed to use its turn signal. The driver was warned for following too close.

A caller reported seeing a Karst bus with its luggage door open as it traveled south towards Big Sky at around 3:20 p.m. A deputy was able to contact the driver of the bus. 

A driver was warned for throwing cigarette ashes out of their vehicle’s window.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks requested a deputy’s assistance in locating six horseback riders seen riding in the Porcupine Creek area of the Gallatin Wildlife Management Area during its closure (December 1 through May 15 at noon). The riders were located by the deputy and FWP issued a citation to the group’s outfitter and guides for criminal trespassing.

March 23, 2019

A driver was stopped and warned for speeding on Lone Mountain Trail just before 8:30 a.m.

A dead deer in the middle of Gallatin Road was causing a traffic hazard at 9:43 a.m. Montana Highway Patrol was advised.

A deputy attempted to make contact with a suspect regarding a cruelty to animals case reported earlier this month. The man met with the deputy and was cited for the offense.

A man’s Apple Watch called 911 after he took a hard fall while skiing at Big Sky Resort just before 10 a.m. He was uninjured.

Several callers who hung up on 911 throughout the day were uncooperative in giving their exact locations to dispatch.

March 24, 2019

A 911 caller hoping to report a reckless driver lost service before they could convey the information at 11:50 a.m. She then used an emergency call box at Moose Creek Flats in the Gallatin Canyon to call back and make the report.

A deputy spoke to a property owner who is in the process of evicting a tenant.

Civil papers were served at 6:30 p.m.

A deputy performed several patrol checks with nothing to report. 

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