Best of the Blotter: Did you check there first?
Did you check there first?
Ski patrol and Big Sky Search and Rescue were deployed to find a 33-year old man who was reported missing from Big Sky Resort at 6 p.m. He was later located at his ex-girlfriend’s home in Bozeman. He was ok.
February 13, 2018
An intoxicated man entered a Firelight Drive condo at around 5 a.m. The occupant of the condo was able to get the man out of the unit but notified deputies with concern that the man would get into someone else’s home or pass out in the cold.
A man was cited after being pulled over for driving a company vehicle with plates that expired in March 2016 and insurance that expired in 2017.
An ex-employee would not return a work laptop.
A man was injured in a snowmobile crash near Hebgen Lake and was transported to Big Sky for medical assistance at 2 p.m.
A vehicle struck a bighorn ram on Gallatin Road south of Portal Creek at around 2:40 p.m.
A deputy checked on an unoccupied vehicle stuck in the snow on the side of Ousel Falls Road at 3:30 p.m. The vehicle’s windows were down, a cellphone was in the center console, and a purse was on the floor of the vehicle. The registered owner was called, but the deputy was not able to make contact.
A vehicle struck and damaged jack fence on Buffalo Horn Creek Road recently. The owner of the property discovered who had done it.
A caller was concerned and notified deputies at 10:15 p.m. after witnessing someone run a red light.
February 14, 2018
A potentially lost package was neither at the business it was supposed to be delivered to nor the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office.
February 15, 2018
A woman who happened to be in her vehicle stuck in the ditch in Big Sky called deputies just before 6 a.m. to report that her ex-husband said he was going to “rob her house” and she wanted to know if she could press charges. It was determined the woman had already filed a complaint earlier in the month for the same issue.
A mother reported that her daughter had been in an accident and that the other motorist involved was calling and emailing them because they were not satisfied with the amount of money the insurance company was willing to pay. A deputy contacted the other party involved and verified they would no longer be contacting the mother and daughter.
A snowboard was reported stolen from the bottom of the Ramcharger Lift.
After being stopped for obstructing the flow of traffic on Gallatin Road at 7:50 p.m., a motorist was cited for being in possession of dangerous drugs. They had a medical marijuana card, but it expired Jan. 20, 2018.
February 16, 2018
A deputy set up a time with a man to perform a VIN inspection.
A deputy attempted to update a fraud victim on the status of her investigation.
A man told deputies he is being harassed by his girlfriend through electronic communication.
A man wondering where to apply for a concealed carry permit was informed he could do that at the Bozeman sheriff’s office.
A panic alarm was inadvertently set off at a medical clinic at 4 p.m.
Someone drove the wrong vehicle to Big Sky from the airport. They were told to call the airport to resolve the issue.
A state snowplow driver aided a deputy in removing a deceased deer from the roadway near Spanish Creek Road at 6:45 p.m.
A deputy received court instruction to serve a property forfeiture at the Yellowstone Club. Notices were posted.
At 7:30 p.m., a Moonlight Basin security officer checked on a dog that was reportedly locked in a car for several hours. The dog was determined to be fine.
A semi was passing multiple vehicles in the Gallatin Canyon at 10:30 p.m., causing a whiteout.
A man reported that his neighbor hit his vehicle, harassed him and drove away at 11:20 p.m. There was no damage to the man’s vehicle.
February 17, 2018
A man lost in a snowstorm drove off of Moonlight Trail at 2 a.m., becoming stuck. He was not injured and a deputy helped him get back on track.
A deputy spoke to a man whose excavator had been damaged about how he would like to proceed.
A five-vehicle crash occurred near Moose Creek Campground at around 10 a.m. No serious injuries were reported.
Bighorn sheep were cleared from Gallatin Road at 12:30 p.m.
Buddy the golden retriever ran away from home at around 8 a.m. and was reported missing at 1:45 p.m.
A vehicle was blocking homeowner access to Lava Lake Trailhead at 4 p.m.
No one was injured in a one-vehicle rollover on Gallatin Road at 5:50 p.m.
A truck driver pulled over and partially blocking Highway 191 just north of the entrance to Big Sky at 7:20 p.m. told a deputy he was waiting out a road closure on Highway 20 in Idaho. He was told to move along and warned for stopping on a highway and obstructing traffic.
A California woman accidentally left her purse at the Conoco.
A possibly intoxicated man kept coming up to the back porch of a Juniper Berry residence at 10 p.m. A deputy responded, but the man was gone.
February 18, 2018
A woman in a salmon-colored jacket was seen “being crazy in the lot” of the Glacier Condos at 12:45 a.m. because there was nowhere to park.
A man who looked to have been in a fight was seen walking without at jacket in the middle of Ousel Falls Road at 2 a.m. A deputy searched for him but lost his tracks at the Firelight Condos.
A man at the Madison Lodge called deputies looking for AAA contact information at 10 a.m.
A reporting party saw a man parked with his head against the steering wheel of his Nissan with flashers on at 10:20 a.m. on Gallatin Road. The caller thought he may have been passed out. A deputy responded, and it was actually a woman who had a flat tire and was waiting for AAA.
A deputy met with a local vet regarding a recently found dog. The vet had located the owner and the dog was returned to him.
A woman suspected her upstairs neighbor may have stolen something from her.
Someone hit a Subaru with another vehicle and fled the scene in the free skier parking lot. The back window of the vehicle was “smashed out.”
February 19, 2018
A woman who did not speak much English called deputies after she lost her passport in the Mountain Village. The passport had not been turned in to the sheriff’s office and she was advised to check back and that a deputy would contact her if it turned up.
A woman called deputies reporting that her boyfriend slid off of the road in her vehicle earlier in the day. She said AAA would not tow the vehicle until law enforcement was notified. A Big Sky Fire Department employee determined the vehicle had a pinhole radiator leak and no other damage. The information was documented, but a deputy saw no reason for a crash report.
Snow pant saga
Here’s how the incident unfolded:
Feb. 14: A caller on Big Sky Resort Road notified deputies that a person stole snow pants.
Feb. 15: A deputy attempted to contact a woman who was in possession of ski pants that did not belong to her.
Feb. 16: A deputy spoke with a woman regarding ski pants that needed to be returned. She said she would bring them to the sheriff’s office.
Teenage skier air-lifted from Beehive Basin
A 19-year-old man from Bozeman required backcountry rescue on Monday, Feb. 19 after skiing off a jump in Beehive Basin, then landing on his head. His friend, the reporting party, called 911 from his cellphone at 2:15 p.m. stating the man was unconscious for 30 seconds to one minute.
When the skier came to, he was confused and at times combative towards his friends—two indicators of a serious head injury. A medical helicopter from Air Idaho and a backcountry rescue helicopter from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team were launched along with a ground team from Big Sky. The medical helicopter was able to land near the skier, so the rescue helicopter was not needed. He was transported to the Big Sky Bozeman Health Medical Center.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind backcountry skiers to use caution when in the backcountry. Tell people where you are going and when to expect you back. Enjoy the backcountry with other people when possible, and carry a means of communication with you.