Sheriff’s Log

By 
Jenny Gessaman

The following report is taken from information provided by the Fergus County Sheriff’s Office and does not represent the total scope of the sheriff department’s activity. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

In the last week, the Fergus County Sheriff’s Office received at least 85 calls for service. There were at least eight animal complaints, 11 vehicle accidents and seven burn permits issued. A minimum of nine citations was issued, and at least 14 people were booked into the Fergus County Detention Center.

April 5

• At 9:38 a.m. a man was booked into jail after a Lewistown Police officer arrested him for parole violation.

• At 4 p.m. a woman notified the Fergus County Sheriff’s Office her phone number was coming up in a phone scam. She spoke with Mid-Rivers Communications about the problem, and the company advised her to inform the sheriff’s office and the issue would be fixed soon.

• At 10:43 p.m. a man was arrested on a Havre warrant for contempt of court. The arresting deputy discovered his warrant during a traffic stop, where he also learned the vehicle the man was driving was stolen. The driver was booked into jail, and issued citations for driving with a suspended or revoked license, driving a vehicle with false license plates, not having car insurance (third offense) and felony theft.

April 6

• At 12:37 a.m. a woman was booked into the Fergus County Detention Center after a Lewistown Police officer arrested her for failing to stop at a red light and a fourth DUI.

• At 3:23 a.m. a man was booked into jail after the Judith Basin County undersheriff arrested him for criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving and a fourth DUI.

• At 9:41 a.m. Central Montana Dispatch advised a cement truck ran into another truck while trying to pass on the righthand side. No one was injured.

• At 10:32 a.m. a deputy arrested someone on a warrant for felony burglary, partner/family-member assault, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

• At 10:15 p.m. a rancher requested a deputy’s help in checking out a suspicious situation. His hired hand had called saying there were headlights in a field. A deputy responded, and he and the rancher checked out the area. Everything looked to be ok.

• At 11:26 p.m. a man was booked into the Fergus County Detention Center after a deputy arrested him for driving with a suspended license and no car insurance (second offense).

April 7

• At 1:39 a.m. a deputy advised dispatch he stopped by a vehicle in a ditch. He reported the driver tried to turn around when the vehicle got caught in the snow and slid off the road. The driver made arrangements to be picked up, and the deputy issued citations for expired vehicle registration and not having car insurance.

April 8

• At 4:41 p.m. a man reported three horses that weren’t his were in his yard.

• At 10:05 p.m. a business requested to know what to do about a “hog and jog.” The caller explained a group of people left without paying for their food. He called one of the people, who later called back yelling she gave money to the bartender. The man wanted to wait a few days before pursuing charges, in case the woman came by to pay. The man called the next day, and said he was going to label it as a “live-and-learn” situation.

April 9

• At 1:56 a.m. a man reported a large mountain lion crossed Castle Butte Road. He was worried because the animal was headed towards a place with sheep.

• At 1:13 p.m. the Fergus County undersheriff gave dispatch a letter written by the Central Montana Environmental Health District. The district director gave notice to a man that his property needed an on-site evaluation.

• At 4:41 p.m. a woman was booked into jail after a Lewistown Police officer arrested her on a warrant for assault and two counts of violating an order of protection. She was also issued citations for violating a no-contact order and assault, and a different officer issued her citations for obstructing a peace officer and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

April 10

• At 7:30 a.m. a deputy received an email about possible animal abuse. The message claimed there were lots of dead cows and calves on a property, and any animals still alive seemed to be starving. A different deputy had received calls about the same situation, so both responded. The sheriff’s office also asked a veterinarian to look at the animals. An animal-problems case file was started.

• At 8:41 a.m. a man asked if there were any reports of a bum calf by Shopko. The one he kept on a piece of land near the store had escaped.

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