Blotter: February 25 - March 3, 2019

Don’t press the plow man: A deputy responded to a report of a man being assaulted by a plow driver just before 3 p.m. on March 1. The man stated that he was trying to dig himself out of the snow and accidentally tossed snow, hitting the plow driver’s door. He said the plow driver then pushed him. The caller did not want to press charges. The deputy located the plow driver who confirmed the reporting party’s statement. He was warned.

February 25, 2019

An accident involving a Honda CRV and a Chevy Malibu occurred at around 8:30 a.m. A windshield fluid leak and back pain were reported; the owner of the Malibu was able to drive it back to their Moose Ridge Road residence. 

Just after 2 p.m. a woman was found unresponsive in her Aspen Leaf Drive residence. Medical responders located 32-year-old Whitney VerSteeg who had passed away due to complications with alcohol. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends. 

A man reported the tools that were stolen from him by a former employee have yet to be returned. A deputy left a message with the employee.

A man with a temporary order of protection issued against him by his neighbors reported that his neighbors had pulled up behind him. He was concerned they were trying to create a violation. He was asked to call back on the non-emergency line.

February 26, 2019

Just before 1:30 p.m. a caller who had recently had surgery reported that they had been traveling down Gallatin Road near Porcupine Creek when a semi ran into the back of the enclosed trailer they were pulling. There was damage to the trailer and the semi but no injuries. Kerosene, diesel and gas leaks were also reported. The vehicles were moved to the Gallatin Riverhouse Grill in order to open the roadway.

A caller on Looking Glass Road was having issues with a nearby rental property and 20 vehicles being parked on the roadway. A deputy contacted the caller and they stated that the vehicles had been moved.

February 27, 2019

A black SUV slid off of Gallatin Road into deep snow south of Big Sky at around 7:30 a.m. The occupants were given a ride to the Exxon. 

A Gallatin Canyon resident reported that his girlfriend took his phone on Feb. 15 and will not return it. 

An employer requested to speak with a deputy regarding a former employee who was fired and is now harassing other employees.

A civil standby was requested on Blacktail Buck Road for the following morning.

A deputy facilitated the exchange of tools between an employer and his former employee.

A deputy responded to a report of four women who were running down Lone Mountain Trail from Big Sky Resort at around 5:30 p.m. He gave them a ride so they were no longer causing a traffic hazard.

February 28, 2019 

Two people who left their vehicles for an extended period of time in a private Town Center parking lot were contacted by a deputy. He notified them that a property management company may have the vehicles towed.

At around 8:15 a.m. a driver attempting to turn left onto Big Pine Drive from Lone Mountain Trail was struck by another vehicle that was unable to stop in time. No one was injured.

A man stopped by the Big Sky Sheriff’s Office to report his truck was hit in the free skier parking lot at Big Sky Resort the day before. He was referred to Montana Highway Patrol.

A citizen hoping for a civil standby at the Big Sky Post Office at 10:30 a.m. was notified deputies were busy that that time.

A theft suspect was interviewed at around 10:30 a.m. 

A fraud complaint was taken at 3 p.m. It was reported that a company was contracted to do a transport, but when payment was completed it was discovered a stolen credit card was used. The case is under investigation.

A deputy was able to free a driver who was stuck in a Browtine Road driveway at 3:30 p.m. 

No leaks or injuries were reported following a crash involving a gas truck and a passenger truck on Sitting Bull Road just after 6:30 p.m. 

Facial lacerations and chest pain were reported in two-vehicle accident involving a plow truck on Lone Mountain Trail just before 9:30 p.m. 

March 1, 2019

At around 2:20 a.m. a Karst-area caller reported that their computer and shotgun went missing.  

A man who locked himself out of his vehicle at 9 a.m. was advised to contact a locksmith.

A driver traveling uphill on South Fork Road became stuck in the roadway at 9:24 a.m. A passerby gave them a tow.

Several vehicles could not gain traction on Lone Mountain Trail near mile markers 3-7 at around 9:30 a.m. Sand was requested. 

A man who made an agreement with a local art gallery to sell his art reported that the gallery has not been paying him for his work that has been sold. He said he is a practicing attorney in Montana and wants the gallery charged for felony theft. He was notified that this would be a civil issue and that he would need to pursue it through civil court, not criminal.

A caller who sent $360 to what they believe to be a scammer reported a fraudulent Firelight Condo rental. They had sent the money to a fake property management company; the incident was documented.

A man reported that a dog jumped onto his boss’ vehicle; scratching it while parked near a trailhead. When he tried to get insurance information from the dog owner she left the scene. He admitted he did get out of the vehicle when the incident occurred and had yelled profanities at the woman, demanding her information. The caller was warned for disorderly conduct and the dog owner was warned for violating the Gallatin County dog at large ordinance.

A deputy and Canyon Auto slowed down traffic on Lone Mountain Trail so a semi could turn onto the roadway from Ace Hardware at around 11:50 a.m.

A fire in the attic at a business that was roasting coffee was reported just after 1 p.m. It was contained and cleanup was taking place by 1:30 p.m.

During a 911 hang up a woman was heard cussing and arguing about family matters. A deputy responded to the Saddle Ridge condos just after 10 p.m. and found the pair had calmed down, and both felt safe, so they did not need to be separated for the night. Alcohol was involved.

At 10:25 p.m. a caller reported that a man kept following people into the bathroom at a bar, stating that he had a headache. The caller suspected drugs were involved. A deputy responded, but the suspicious man had left, so he followed the man’s footprints which disappeared at a bus stop.

Loud music coming from a Firelight Meadows residence just before 11 p.m. was causing a disturbance. A deputy responded at around 12:30 a.m. and warned the occupants.

March 2, 2019

A caller had information regarding the recent theft of a couch from a hotel. The information was forwarded to hotel management.

A woman wanted to know why she had not been contacted by Montana Highway Patrol regarding a crash she was involved with. She was given MHP’s contact information.

An occupant of a 15-passenegr van involved in a two-vehicle accident at the Yellowstone Club was reporting neck pain just before 11:30 a.m. in the American Spirit neighborhood.

Deputies were notified of an 18-year-old man that had attempted to use his mother’s ski pass at Big Sky Resort. He was cited for theft of services in Madison County.

A woman who was working on a contractual basis was trespassed from a Gallatin Road business after she screamed at staff and made false accusations of assault. She was also cited for disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.

Report was received at 3:50 p.m. of a 43-year-old intoxicated man that was causing issues at Big Sky Resort. He was wearing a blue onesie. The man’s sober friend gave him a ride before deputies could intervene. 

March 3, 2019

A deputy assisted a man from out of town in getting into his Sitting Bull Road residence at 12:50 a.m.

A woman reported that an aggressive man approached her, accusing her of running his employee off the road last week. She asked him to leave and he did; she was advised to contact deputies if he approached her again.

A man loitering outside and inside a Center Lane business at around 5:30 p.m. was seen by a caller checking car doors and talking to himself. A deputy contacted him and he was taken to a nearby bus stop.

Deputies received report of an intoxicated man wallowing in the snow on Juniper Berry Drive at 8:45 p.m. It was 26 degrees below zero outside; a deputy located him and walked him home.

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