January 15-21, 2019
Oh shoot! A possibly intoxicated man was seen by a hiker shooting a gun at Ousel Falls at around 2 p.m. on January 19. A deputy located the man (who did not show any signs of impairment) and explained to him that Ousel Falls Trail and the land surrounding it is located on private property and that he would need permission to shoot a gun there. The deputy also provided him with more appropriate locations to shoot guns.

January 15, 2019

At 7:20 a.m. a deputy assisted Montana Highway Patrol with an accident in which a vehicle struck a deer on Gallatin Road. Upon impact the hood latch released, slamming the hood into the windshield. The driver was uninjured.

A driver who was stopped and warned at 9:45 a.m. for speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, having expired registration and a brake light out was cited for not having insurance.

It was reported that someone left large amounts of garbage in front of a Dudley Creek Road residence. The reporting party provided deputies with a photo of the suspect’s vehicle, its registration, and the trash. The complaint is under investigation.

In another garbage dumping issue, it was reported that someone placed a large amount of trash in a construction site garbage bin. The reporting party was able to recover some information from the refuse. This complaint is also under investigation.

At 8:30 p.m. a caller stated that a large black dog has been “out and about” since around 4 p.m. in the Hidden Village area. The person who reported the issue was asked to call back on the non-emergency line but did not do so.

A caller notified authorities that four men were wandering around the Lake Condos in the Mountain Village, pounding on doors and yelling at people at around 10 p.m.

January 16, 2019

A caller requested to speak with a specific deputy regarding issues they were having with a neighbor. The deputy was not on shift but was notified to contact the caller when he returned.

A deputy attempted to contact a theft suspect who resides in Firelight Meadows. The suspect no longer lives there.

A landlord found the back door and refrigerator missing from a rental home after evicting their tenant the previous evening.

Several forged checks were found at Big Sky Resort.

A man who had been drinking alcohol all day was reportedly being violent at around 10 p.m. on Moose Ridge Road. He grabbed a knife and chopped a beer cap off of a bottle, throwing the cap at a woman. He also threatened to stab the reporting party’s friend.

Dispatch could hear swearing in the background during a call in which a man in the Firelight Meadows stated that his roommate was being aggressive and had locked him out just before 11 p.m. The caller stated that they had gone on vacation and upon their return their roommate claimed that they had abandoned the property and their dogs.

January 17, 2019

A woman wanted to know if she could remove a lock placed on her business door by her husband. A deputy notified her she could legally do so, in order to operate the business. She also had questions about how civil papers are served in Gallatin County. She was provided with that information.

A woman reported that her ex-boyfriend continues to contact her via text message despite her request for him to cease doing so. A deputy will be contacting the man to advise him to stop contacting her.

A two-vehicle accident occurred on Lone Mountain Trail at around 4:50 p.m. One of the drivers was arrested for their second offense of driving while under the influence. He was taken to jail and held with a $2,585 bond.

A driver who was warned for parking on a sidewalk explained to a deputy that they did not know it was a sidewalk due to the large amount of snow cover.

January 18, 2019

A deputy removed a dead elk from Gallatin Road one mile north of Big Sky just after midnight.

A deputy stopped and checked on a tractor trailer that was blocking both lanes of traffic on Town Center Avenue at 1:15 a.m. The driver thought it was ok to park there. He was asked to find a more appropriate parking location.

Sand was requested for the roadway after a Ford Ranger slid out on a corner of Lone Mountain Trail, going into the ditch at 7:30 a.m. A Honda Accord also slid off the roadway. No injuries were reported.

No one was injured when a Dodge Durango collided with a school bus at around 8 a.m.

A theft investigation follow-up was completed at a gas station at 9:30 a.m.

A man wondering if he could do urine tests at the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office learned that he could not, and that he should call his probation officer.

A deputy was unable to locate a reckless driver in a beige minivan that was seen by a caller “weaving all over” and driving off of Gallatin Road while passing the Big Sky School District at around 4:30 p.m.

January 19, 2019

Partiers were warned for making too much noise at a Blacktail Buck Drive residence after a neighbor called deputies to complain at 2 a.m.

An elk that ran into the side of a semi on Gallatin Road needed to be dispatched and removed from the roadway at around 2:30 a.m. The semi was not damaged.

While responding to a report of a woman screaming in a hotel at around 2:30 a.m. a deputy contacted people in surrounding rooms but found nothing amiss.

Drivers throughout Big Sky were warned for offenses such as parking in a fire lane, making an illegal pass, parking the wrong direction on a two-lane roadway, leaving a vehicle in the roadway while dropping off ski gear, driving the wrong way on a one-way road, passing in an intersection, and driving too closely.

A man who pocket-dialed 911 just before 10 a.m. was willing to divulge that he was at Big Sky Resort but would not specify where.

A deputy responded to a report of an injured dog at the Blue Moon Bakery. The owner of the animal was located across the street and told the deputy the dog was limping because it has a leg tumor.

A wife was concerned about her husband who was had gone backcountry skiing in the Beehive Basin area but was late in returning home at 3:20 p.m. While on the phone with a deputy the wife received a text from her husband stating that he was in challenging terrain but was ok.

A caller with concerns about a large event taking place at 10 p.m. was advised the event would be ending soon.

A man with an active warrant was arrested after he was reported for trespassing at Big Sky Resort.

January 20, 2019

A deputy followed up on a report of a black Toyota Tundra that had slid off of Gallatin Road and was left behind with reportable damage. Montana Highway Patrol later located the driver who was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested for driving under the influence.

An older yellow lab got out during the night and was missing at around 8:30 a.m.

A deputy assisted a driver with a flat tire in the Gallatin Canyon by letting them use his patrol vehicle cellphone booster to call for assistance.

January 21, 2019

A woman stopped by the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office at 1 a.m. requesting assistance in getting her rental minivan up a hill to a condo on Bear Trap Lane. The van was parked in the Meadow, so a deputy gave the family a ride to the unit.

A man who accidentally dialed 911 while snowboarding was rude to dispatch at around noon. He was told that dispatch is required to ask questions when this happens and asked to place his phone in airplane mode.

A representative of a homeowners’ association had questions about towing a vehicle.

A caller had questions about using snowmobiles on the groomed trails in the Town Center.

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