Sheriff's log

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 department’s activity. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.


Over the last two weeks, the Fergus County Sheriff’s Office received over 142 calls for service. There were at least three animal complaints, three civil complaints, 13 vehicle accidents, 67 burn permits issued, five citations and 14 people booked into the Fergus County Detention Center.


Jan. 4

• At 6:37 p.m. a Valle Vista resident reported what sounded like gunshots and a woman screaming. The caller heard 15-20 intermittent pops outside, and yelling that did not sound distressed. At 7 p.m. Lewistown Police Department officers reported a possible source: a hockey game Frank Day Park, where pucks were hitting the boards and people were yelling.


Jan. 7

• At 7:06 p.m. a deputy pulled over a car on Hwy 191. He discovered the driver was on federal probation and had a suspended driver’s license. The driver was cited for speeding and driving suspended, and was then booked into the Fergus Count Detention Center.


Jan. 10

• At 9:06 a.m. a caller reported a traffic incident from three to four days earlier. He was passing a school bus on Hwy 191 when it sped up, and the man’s vehicle reached 95 mph before he could finish passing. The caller thought the bus was going at least 85 mph. He added he didn’t immediately report the incident because “he likes to fight his own battles.”


Jan. 11

• At 12:12 a.m. a deputy approached an occupied truck parked in front of Lewistown’s Bank Electric Building. The vehicle was parked in a handicap zone and its trailer was sticking into the road. When the deputy tried to speak with the man inside, the man refused. He wouldn’t unlock the doors or roll the window down, and repeatedly flipped off the deputy. The temperature was -6 degrees, and the deputy finally requested help from a lock and key company to open the vehicle. When they opened the truck at 1 a.m. the man was unresponsive. The man was found to be ok, and was then cited for obstructing a peace officer, a first offense DUI, parking in a prohibited space and parking in a handicap zone. The man was then booked into the Fergus County Detention Center.

• At 11:02 a.m. Central Montana Health District staff relayed a call about skinned carcasses. The caller stated someone was skinning coyotes and not disposing of the bodies. The woman had originally called the Fergus County Attorney’s Office, which referred her to the Health District’s office. She said the situation was a public nuisance, and wanted to know if there was anything she could do. A deputy advised the caller to send the skinner a certified letter on the matter. Once the skinner received it, a deputy would speak with the man.

• At 3:15 p.m. the sheriff’s department received an email requesting information on how and where to report animal abuse. The author was concerned certain cattle and horses were not being cared for or watered. The department emailed the author a statement form.


Jan. 12

• At 10:13 a.m. a caller asked about the statute of limitations on assault charges. He explained he was a logger, and had been assaulted by another driver in the mountains who thought he was driving too slowly. The second driver had pushed the logger while yelling obscenities and threats. The logger put him in an arm-bar-type hold until the man calmed down. The logger didn’t want to immediately press assault charges, but he did want to know how long he had to do so. A deputy informed him he had one year.

• At 2:07 p.m. a woman stopped by the sheriff’s department to stop welfare checks. She stated she did not wanting anyone calling or checking on her anymore when out-of-state relatives requested welfare checks. The woman said she “is fine, has been fine, will be fine,” and that those people didn’t count; they were just relatives, not family. The sheriff said his staff would always perform welfare checks when requested because that is their job. The woman then said no information about her should be passed on, and dispatch told her the regular practice is to just call people back and say contact was made. She said that was fine.


Jan. 13

• At 1:33 p.m. a welfare check was requested for a man just off the highway near Eddies Corner. He was described as wearing a Carhartt jacket and kneeling down in the ditch with a blue sleeping bag. A deputy found the man, who said he was just trying to warm up, and that he did not want any assistance.



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