The Best of the Bozeman Police Reports
Author: Tim Iacono
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Editor note: This week's update on how Bozeman's police are kept busy just dealing with the towns folk.
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Culled from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle Police Reports page come the best of the Bozeman police reports from the last week along with some items from the Sheriff’s Office.
With only a little snow here in recent weeks, drunk drivers seem to be out in force again, their recent encounters with law enforcement dominating the latest reports. They are trying to stiffen the penalty for drunk driving here in Montana where, currently, first offenses don’t amount to much more than a traffic ticket. That might be a difficult task, however, coming as it does after recent news stories of sharp increases in alcohol consumption in Helena when the legislature is in session and how the committee chairman overseeing changes to DUI laws had to step down last week after being cited for an open container violation.
- Officers stopped a man in Lindley Park with an open container of alcohol. The man was given a warning.
- A man stopped for driving the wrong way on a one-way street was arrested for driving under the influence.
- A transient man “set up home” at a building on North Black Avenue. A caller asked that police remove him.
- An intoxicated 21-year-old man was ringing the doorbell of a home on Bozeman Avenue that he had mistaken for his own at 2:20 a.m. Before bringing the man home, officers searched him and found drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, ticketed, and then transported home.
- Officers stopped two people who they saw running quickly from a house at Grant Street and Willson Avenue. They were running because they had just thrown snowballs at a friend’s window.
- A suspicious person turned out to be a bicyclist riding to Missoula with all his possessions.
- Two German shepherds were loose and feeding on a carcass on Airport Road.
- Officers who responded to a loud party complaint discovered a live band playing on Yellowstone Avenue at 1:15 a.m. They were asked to end the music for the night.
- A distraught woman contacted police after losing her wallet which contained her engagement ring. She ultimately found it on the eastbound ramp heading onto Interstate 90.
- A man stole poppy seeds from a store for the second time in two days.
- At 4 p.m. a Main Street store clerk reported that a man playing the didgeridoo outside her store was harassing and frightening her customers. When people stopped to put money into a cup the didgeridoo player had placed in front of him, he spat and swore at them.
- Two snowmobilers traveling up and down Bigelow Road woke area residents at 1 a.m.
- A drunken driver rolled his vehicle on Interstate 90 around 4 a.m. Deputies later located the driver of the vehicle walking down Seventh Street in Bozeman. He received minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
- A caller reported that a cow has been stuck between two trees for a few days off of Jackrabbit Lane near Kenyon Noble hardware store.
- A caller thought a woman who had just left a North Seventh Avenue store around 12:30 p.m. with “half a shopping cart of hydrogen peroxide” was suspicious.
- A man said he was getting unwanted calls from women late at night because his number was posted at a bar as someone who “will offer a good time.”
- A 33-year-old Bozeman man was arrested for his fourth drunken driving offense after a caller saw him stumbling around on West Main Street and getting into a vehicle.
- A caller was concerned that ice fishermen on the lake at the East Gallatin Recreation Area were in danger due to melting ice but was told the ice was thick enough.
- A West Main Street business owner had questions on how to handle a male who was using the free Internet service there to look at “inappropriate images on his computer.”
- Someone reported that a large black and white pig was in the road on Huffine Lane. Montana Highway Patrol troopers helped a local veterinarian corral the loose pig. The animal had apparently fallen out of a trailer and sustained minor injuries. Shortly after the pig was corralled, a motorist who knew the pig’s owner facilitated contact between the owner and vet.
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