Law Enforcement Blotter

Thursday, January 16, 2020
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The Columbus Police Department, Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol responded to 109 calls for service during the four days listed below. The following is a representation of some of those calls:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



•At 4:03 a.m., Billings dispatch advised Stillwater County dispatch of a man who called them saying he was “doing meth and is a confidential informant.” The man is no longer a confidential informant.​

•Criminal mischief was reported on Cemetery Road in Park City involving a mailbox that was apparently hit by a car and damaged. The mailbox had been damaged on a previous date when someone put fireworks in it. The owners of the mailbox just wanted the incidents on file.​

•A mailbox on Highway 10 near Park City was blown up with fireworks over the weekend.​

•A 911 report of a stolen dog in Park City turned out to be a case of a neighbor who was taking care of the pet.​

•A 911 structure fire involving a chimney and roof fire at a cabin 3.5 miles up Picket Pen Road at 1:42 p.m. in Nye. Nye and Absarokee fire crews responded.​

•A structure was reported at 10:01 p.m. in Park City that was initially reported by a tenant who went to a bar saying his apartment was on fire. Park City fire crews responded and after dealing with a “combative occupant,” got into the apartment and determined there had been a fire.​

•A 911 crash occurred at 2:40 p.m. involving a white pickup truck that drove off South Park City Road and “hit the ditch really hard.”​

•Montana Rail Link reported suspicious activity at 8:48 p.m. involving someone at a private train crossing on Highway 10 who appeared to be watching a train and  “jumped into the bushes” when an employee went to investigate. A deputy and MHP trooper responded and found the man was a truck driver who was taking a break and walking the tracks. He was told he was on private property.​



•A vehicle versus deer collision occurred at 6:37 a.m. in the eastbound lane of I-90. MHP and deputies were advised.​

•Suspicious activity was reported at 2:29 p.m. involving a truck driver on I-90 who believed someone had shot a .22-caliber bullet at his front windshield. A deputy responded and based on the angle of the object that struck the windshield, determined that he did not believe it was a gunshot.​

•A Columbus resident reported suspicious activity at 7:54 p.m. regarding unsecured doors at someone’s property. ​

•A 911 crash was reported half way up the west hill on I-90 at 9:06 p.m. involving a vehicle hauling a trailer that drove off the roadway. MHP and deputies responded.​

•A juvenile who was making threats to self-harm was taken to a Billings hospital for a mental health evaluation.​



•A 911 caller reported finding a possibly dead body behind the Park City Post Office that had a garbage bag covering the upper part of the body. See page 3 for the article. (Deputies responded, as did the sheriff and undersheriff. Surrounding counties were consulted to see if there were any reports of missing men during the previous 24 hours. A death notification was delivered to the man’s father in Butte.)​

•A 911 medical emergency occurred at 5:38 p.m. involving someone in Park City. Deputies, Columbus police, the Park City ambulance, as did Columbus Fire Rescue (CFR).​

•A ditch fire was reported in Park City at 5:53 p.m. Park City fire crews responded.​

•A deputy was requested to respond to the Park City Kwik Stop at 9:05 p.m. to walk an employee to her car due to a suspicious man who had been hanging around the property.​



•A convicted sexual offender reported to the sheriff’s office for address verification, as is required by state law.​

•Deputies transported five Stillwater County inmates from the Yellowstone County Detention Facility in Billings to court hearings in Columbus, and back to Billings.​

•A medical emergency occurred at 8:44 a.m. involving a 91-year-old woman in Absarokee suffering from severe hip pain who needed to be transported to a hospital. The Absarokee ambulance was paged.​

•A 911 rollover was reported at 10:05 a.m. on the westbound lane of I-90. MHP, deputies, CFI and a tow truck responded.​

•A 911 crash was reported on the eastbound lane of I-90 at 10:28 a.m. involving a car that hit both guardrails, went into the ditch and then back out. Deputies and CFR responded, but the car was gone.​

•A 911 crash was reported at 6:11 p.m. on I-90 involving a truck that hit a bridge near Park City. MHP, deputies and the Park City ambulance responded but did not locate the truck.​

•A 911 crash was reported at 10:20 p.m. in the westbound lane of I-90 near Reed Point involving a vehicle that hit a guardrail and went off the road. MHP and deputies responded.​

•A camper at Itch-Kep-Pe Park in Columbus was advised of the 10-day stay limit.​

•During the previous four days, eight applications for a concealed weapons permit were submitted for processing.​

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

•During the previous four days, 17 motorists were cited or warned for various infractions including failure to dim headlights, no insurance, speeding and stop sign violations.​​