Sheriff's Log

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


August 11
• At 3:11 p.m. a woman reported her children had spotted an injured owl after it rolled into a ditch while trying to move.

August 12
• At 8:37 a.m. a caller informed the department he had shot a dog trying to attack him in his yard. A deputy went to the man’s residence, and then tried to find the dog’s owner. He eventually discovered the dog’s owner was out of town.

August 18
• At 9:55 p.m. a woman came in to the sheriff’s department to report an unnerving incident. She said she found a pair of little boy’s shoes on her tailgate when returning to the Crystal Lake parking lot that evening. Neither the woman nor her friends had seen anyone in the area, and the shoes were completely dry despite the rain. She described the experience as freaky. A deputy located the shoes in the parking lot around 11 p.m. but decided to leave them where they were.

August 19
• At 3 p.m. a caller stated the neighbor dogs’ barking was a problem for her health and her home. She said the sounds were affecting her health, and claimed the neighbor purposely let his dogs out when someone came to estimate her house for sale.
• At 4:18 p.m. a man called in about vandalism to his property. His fence had been spray-painted with “dog killer lives here.” The man stated he had killed a dog in self-defense, and then requested a deputy to come and take pictures of the fence.

August 20
• At 6:53 p.m. a man reported that he was keeping an injured falcon in his basement. He had found the bird earlier. Dispatch tried and failed to reach Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and when they told the caller, he said he was OK with keeping the bird. He also reported he was giving it a heating pad for the night.

August 22
• At 9:33 a.m. Central Montana Dispatch relayed a call reporting smoke. At 9:35 a.m. a different caller wanted to know if there were any fires in their area. Dispatch advised the party, and the next three callers about hazy conditions, that there was smoke throughout the entire county.
• At 11:01 a.m. a man stated there was a dead skunk in his yard. He wanted a deputy to look at the animal, saying he didn’t know if the “dog killer” down the street shot it, or if it had died some other way.

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