Law Enforcement Blotter

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Law Enforcement Blotter

The Columbus Police Department, Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol responded to 171 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 10:41 a.m. involving a 43-year-old Columbus woman who was experience a painful electric-like pulse on the top of her head.Columbus Fire Rescue (CFR) responded.

•A 911 medical emergency occurred at 10:32 p.m. involving an 87-year-old woman on Quinn Coulee Road in Columbus who was experiencing “rattled breathing” and had a temperature of 103 degrees. CFR responded.

•Deputies and CFR assisted the local game warden in finding and stopping a truck that had the head of a bull elk in the bed. CFR located the truck and the game warden was able to determine that all was well.

•A vehicle versus deer collision occurred at 7:11 p.m. in the westbound lane of I-90 near Columbus. A deputy responded.

•A vehicle versus deer crash occurred at 7:59 p.m. on I-90 near mile marker 399. MHP was advised.


•A 911 call came into dispatch at 12:16 a.m. from an I-90 driver near Reed Point who said he had blown a tire while pulling a U-haul. The driver already had help on the way, but requested a deputy respond as a vehicle had pulled up behind the disabled car and U-haul and was just “sitting behind them,” making the driver and his passenger uncomfortable. A deputy responded and determined the second driver had pulled over to take a nap. All was well.

•A juvenile was transported to Pine Hills Correctional School in Miles City.

•At 10:33 p.m., deputies and MHP responded to a Park City home on a report of an 11-year-old who was running around the house with a sword-like object, jumping on the furniture, harassing the dog and making his mother and grandmother fearful enough that they locked themselves in a bathroom. The boy was too young to be taken to a youth detention facility and neither the mother nor the grandmother wanted him taken to a hospital for a mental health assessment “because they would have to go and pick him up.” Both women had been drinking and refused to allow deputies or an ambulance to take the boy away.

•Twenty-seven gallons of fuel was reported stolen from a fuel tank on Arnold Road in Park City.

•A traffic violation in-progress was reported at 3:06 p.m. in the eastbound lane of I-90 involving an elderly man who was “driving all over and down the middle of the road.” A Columbus police officer responded but did not locate the driver.

•At 12:56 p.m., a deputy responded to I-90 near Columbus to find and put down an injured deer.

•An Absarokee resident reported that someone wearing a hoodie took a package from her porch in Absarokee. The resident called back to say it was a neighbor playing a prank to see if the security system “really worked.”

•City police and CFR responded to Granite Peak Park in Columbus at 7:42 p.m. on a suspicious vehicle call. The car was found empty with smoke coming from under the hood. The owner of the vehicle is deceased, but a family member was contacted who said the car had broken down and there were plans to retrieve it the following day.


•A 911 crash call came into dispatch at 1:45 a.m. regarding a slide-off from I-90. City police, deputies, MHP and CFR all responded but found no crash.

•At 5:09 p.m., several I-90 motorists reported hitting a deer that was already on the road near Columbus. MHP and CFR responded.

•A Child Protective Specialist with the state requested law enforcement’s help at 5:44 p.m. in finding a woman with two children.

•The local game warden requested assistance in looking for a white pickup truck in the Whitebird area that had just poached a deer.

•Deputies served or attempted to serve civil papers to at least 10 people.

•A Park City resident said his cat climbed a tree three days prior and wouldn’t come down. The Park City fire department couldn’t help as it doesn’t have a ladder truck. CFR was contacted to see if it could offer some assistance.


•A disturbance-in-progress was reported at 12:02 a.m. in Absarokee involving a man who allegedly was “tearing up the place,” throwing things around and had at one point allegedly hit a woman in the head with a drink. Deputies and MHP responded. An investigation failed to find evidence to support an arrest. The parties were separated for the evening.

•A 911 crash occurred in the westbound lane of I-90 near Columbus when a pickup truck slid off the road and through a fence. Deputies, MHP and CFR responded. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) was requested to sand the west hill.

•A 911 rollover was reported at 10:10 a.m. on the eastbound lane of I-90. MHP, deputies and CFR responded.

•A 911 rollover crash occurred at 3:59 p.m. on Highway 10, across from the Columbus cemetery, knocking down the speed limit sign. City police and MHP responded. The driver was cited for careless driving.

•I-90 slide-offs were reported at 10:33 a.m. near Columbus and at 12:29 p.m. near Reed Point.


•A state Child Protection Specialist and a deputy went to a home in Absarokee for a removal.

•A medical emergency was reported at 10:42 p.m. involving an 85-year-old man in Columbus who fell and hit is head, causing substantial bleeding. CFR responded.

•A deputy responded to a report of a man sitting in a truck with a rifle pointed out the window and in the direction of other traffic on White-bird School Road. The man was located and spoken to about “looking through the scope.”

•A 911 rollover occurred at 10:21 a.m. in the eastbound lane of I-90 involving a truck that landed on its side in the median near Columbus. MHP, deputies and CFR responded.


•A 911 call came into dispatch at 1:38 p.m. from a woman on Highway 10 in Park City involving a 70-year-old man who had passed out, fallen down and hit is head. A dispatcher talked the woman through rolling the man over and starting CPR. Deputies, CFR and the Park City ambulance responded. The coroner was summoned at 2:03 p.m.

•I-90 slide-offs were reported in the eastbound lane of I-90 near Columbus at 9:43 a.m.; the westbound lane of I-90 near Columbus 9:43 a.m.; I-90 at mile marker 415.5 at 12:26 p.m. and on I-90 at mile marker 421.5 at 2:33 p.m.

•A truck got stuck one mile past Whitebird Road, blocking the road at 11:02 a.m.

•Following a crash on I-90, a driver was taken to the hospital for a blood draw.


•A 911 medical emergency was reported at 8:41 a.m. in Park City involving a 53-year-old man who fell to the floor with back and stomach pain. The Park City ambulance responded.

•A medical emergency occurred at 2:25 p.m. involving a 54-year-old man in Columbus whose knee was so swollen that he couldn’t walk.

•An ALS transport (advanced life support) was requested by the Still-water Billings Clinic at 4:01 p.m. CFR responded.

•A Stillwater River Road resident called dispatch at 10:50 a.m. to report a man in a white pickup truck was stuck in the snow “up to his doors.” The man did not have gloves or a shovel, but was trying to dig himself out. A deputy responded but turned back after a couple of miles due to low visibility from blowing snow.

•Slide-offs were reported in the westbound lane of I-90 at 1:46 p.m.; of Benbow Road in Dean at 2:36 p.m.;

•A vehicle versus deer crash was reported at 4:02 p.m. on Highway 78. A deputy responded.

•During the previous seven days, 2 concealed weapon permit applications were submitted by citizens for processing.

•During the previous seven days, 19 urinalysis/Breathalyzer/mouth swab tests were administered to citizens.

•During the previous seven days, 41 motorists were cited or warned for various infractions including careless driving, possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia, driving without headlights, failure to maintain a lane, expired registration, displaying a license plate upside down, speeding and stop sign violations.