Law Enforcement Blotter

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The Columbus Police Department, Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol responded to 162 calls for service during the seven days listed below. The following is a representation of some of those calls:


•A 911 medical emergency occurred at 9 a.m. in Laurel involving a 58-year-old man experiencing chest pains and left arm pain. Park City was not able to respond, so Columbus Fire Rescue (CFR) did and took the man to a Billings hospital.

•A 911 caller reported that at 8:08 p.m., a young girl showed up at his house in Columbus asking for a handgun. When the caller’s son told the girl they did not have one, she ran off. Four minutes later, a different caller reported there was a young girl on his porch “banging on the door, asking to use a phone.” City police, deputies and MHP responded. A trooper found the girl’s car in a snow bank and a city officer located her. She was cited with underage possession of alcohol.


•A vehicle versus deer collision was reported at 6:31 a.m. on South Pratten Street in Columbus.

•A deputy stopped an eastbound car on I-90 near Columbus at 1:34 p.m. as part of an agency assist for the Montana Department of Corrections.

•A deputy’s patrol car was hit on South Woodard Avenue in Absarokee at 3:08 p.m., damaging a mirror. MHP was advised.

•Montana Rail Link was advised the crossing arms at the Pike Avenue crossing in Columbus were “coming down too slow,” almost hitting a vehicle.

•A disturbance-in-progress occurred at 6:35 p.m. in Park City. Deputies responded and a man was taken to a hotel in Laurel for the night. The woman was given a victim’s information packet.

•At 7:48 p.m., a deputy assisted a motorist who ran out of fuel on I-90 near Park City.


•At 7:02 a.m., a motorist on the Rapelje Road called dispatch to say while he was driving home from work, he had fallen asleep at the wheel, drove off the road and into a telephone pole. His truck was damaged substantially and the lines were brought down. MHP and a deputy responded.

•At 7:36 a.m., a Park City resident reported his two service dogs had been attacked by a neighbor’s dog. A deputy was assigned to investigate the matter.

•At 10:25 a.m., MRL was advised the crossing arms in Columbus were going up and down and the lights were flashing.

•A hay truck got stuck in snowdrifts on Big Coulee Road in the Rapelje area around 6:40 p.m. The Stillwater County Road department made plans to plow up to the truck. Wheatland County officials were contacted and asked to do the same. The hay truck was unstuck by 8:47 p.m.

•A Stillwater Drive resident reported a dog was taken from his home earlier and wanted the information on record.


•Deputies transported nine Stillwater County inmates from the Yellowstone County Detention Facility in Billings, to court hearings in Columbus, and then back to jail again.

•An inmate complained about a sore rib, but refused medical treatment when EMTs were summoned.

•A convicted sexual offender reported to the sheriff’s office to “unregister” because he was moving to Yellowstone County.

•A residential burglary in the Yellowstone River Ranch area was reported. The owner believes it occurred in mid-February and the house was in the final stage of construction in which approximately $3,500 worth of fly-fishing equipment was stolen.

•A 911 medical emergency occurred at 8:49 p.m. involving a woman in Park City who fell and hit her head very hard. The Park City ambulance responded.

•A 911 disturbance-in-progress came into dispatch at 8:58 p.m. City police responded and stood by while the husband gathered some belongings to leave the home for the night. Officers also determined it was a verbal altercation and that nothing physical had occurred.

•A 911 medical emergency occurred at 9:18 p.m. involving a 19-year-old woman in a full epileptic seizure. CFR responded.


•At 7:37 p.m., dispatch received a report of a business that had pushed snow into the middle of Benedict Gulch Road. The county road boss responded, spoke to the person responsible and the matter was resolved.

•A 911 disturbance-in-progress call sent city police and deputies to a Columbus home at 9:29 a.m. on a report of a man trying to take a child from a woman, who was hiding in a bathroom. The parties were separated, Child Protective Services was called and the child was left with a family member until “things can be worked out.”

•A stolen vehicle out of Yellowstone County with front-end damage was found parked in a secluded area off Highway 10 in Park City at 11:03 a.m.

•A 911 medical emergency occurred at the Special K Ranch at 3:52 p.m. involving a man who was actively seizing. CFR responded.


•A 911 crash was reported at 10:11 p.m. when a white pickup truck hit a bridge near Park City. Deputies and the Park City ambulance responded. The driver complained about a possible head injury.

•A 911 disturbance-in-progress was reported at 11:47 p.m. involving a family member who was “losing it.” Alcohol was involved and one party was spoken to about his behavior. Deputies determined it was a verbal altercation and the parties were separated for the night.

•A white pickup truck with a water tank hit “some kind of box” in the area of East First Avenue North in Columbus at 12:22 p.m.


•A 911 disturbance-in-progress was reported at 12:28 a.m. involving a couple in Columbus who were fighting and the male half was refusing to leave. Both had been drinking and a young child was in the house as well. City police and deputies responded and tracked the male through tracks in the snow. The parties were separated for the night and the man made plans to go to Billings.

•A female was reported missing by a man who said he had last seen her the previous week. Deputies contacted the woman’s employer, who told them she fine.

•A 911 crash occurred at 9:03 a.m. when a vehicle turned too soon onto the westbound on ramp and drove directly into a ditch. Columbus police responded.

•A 911 crash occurred at 9:28 a.m. when a passenger car drove into the median at the top of the east hill on I-90.

•A semi went off I-90 near Columbus while trying to pass other vehicles at 10:13 a.m. Driving conditions were described as “extreme.”

•Twenty-nine Slide-offs occurred east and west of Columbus on I-90, as well as on Highway 10.

•At 10:46 a.m., an SUV was rear-ended by a red vehicle at mile marker 411 on I-90.

•A fully loaded semi slid off the Joliet Road at 11:09 a.m. MHP responded.

•A semi slid partially off the westbound lane of I-90 at mile marker 398, at 11:09 a.m.

•A semi slid off the eastbound lane of I-90 at 11:20 a.m.

•A semi slid off Highway 10 at 11:55 a.m., blocking both lanes.

•A 911 crash occurred at 11:16 a.m. involving a van that was tipped in the westbound lane of I-90.

•A sheriff’s deputy struck a vehicle in the westbound lane of I-90 near Park City at 11:17 a.m. MHP responded.

•A sheriff’s deputy slid into the median while checking on another car in the eastbound lane of I-90 near Columbus at 12:16 p.m.

•A 911 crash occurred in the eastbound lane of I-90 at 2:01 p.m. when a car tried to slow down for a semi accident and rear-ended another vehicle. MHP was advised.

•A deputy told a snowmobile rider to put the machine away at 2:09 p.m. on North Diamond Street.

•A man was cited for stealing wine and drinking it in the trucker’s lounge at the Columbus Town Pump at 3:43 p.m.

•A dog was shot in Columbus the previous day. A deputy responded.

•During the previous seven days, 6 concealed weapons permit applications was submitted to the sheriff’s office for processing.

•During the previous seven days, 11 urinalysis/Breathalyzer/mouth swab tests were administered to citizens.

•During the previous seven days, 8 motorists were cited or warned for various infractions including speeding and stop sign violations.