Police Blotter

Flathead County Sheriff’s and Kalispell Police Reports

Police Blotter: Fire-Starters Arrested in Somers

By Christie Burns

The Kalispell Police and Flathead County Sheriff’s reports for Wednesday included the following:

6:03 a.m. Someone called in from Whitefish Stage Road to report a man lying on the side of the road. When deputies arrived he was up walking around, drunk. He was given a ride home.

7:26 a.m. The wind blew a door open on West Reserve.

8:11 a.m. A woman called in because she had received a call at 2 a.m. from a man in Coram who claimed that someone who wants to kill him had locked him in an attic. He wouldn’t give her any other information other than the last four digits of his phone number. Deputies were unable to locate the man.

8:15 a.m. Deputies responded to settle a disagreement between two neighbors on Fish Hatchery Road. One of the neighbors was angry with the other one for speeding through the neighborhood. The other one claimed it wasn’t him, but another car that looked exactly like his.

11:27 a.m. A woman reported her cell phone stolen from a business. Later that night her husband and dad, who were both on her speed dial, received pornographic pictures of juveniles sent from her phone to theirs. Columbia Falls police officer located a female suspect at the junior high.

11:28 a.m. A business owner in Bigfork called in because he had gotten into an argument with a “meth-head” about proper areas to smoke cigarettes.

2:07 p.m. A landlord called in to report that they were trying to evict an unruly tenant.

2:27 p.m. The unruly tenant called in to complain that their landlord was harassing them.

3:22 p.m. The landlord called in again because they were having issues getting the tenant to leave.

8:17 p.m. The dogs on Haywire Gulch were barking.

9:25 p.m. Someone on Gordon Avenue called in to complain that someone had left his car doors open last night and now his battery is dead.

9:26 p.m. A cat passed away on U.S. Highway 2.

10:06 p.m. A Lakeside man called in because he and his wife got into an argument after they drank some booze and got into a water fight. The wife was mad because her husband wouldn’t put their son to bed because the bed was wet from the water fight.

10:34 p.m. A woman from Washington called in because she had received three troubling phone calls from her brother in Coram. On the first call he claimed he had shot himself. He called back and said he was drunk and he shot himself. He called again and said he was just drunk and he hadn’t been shot. Deputies checked on him and he seemed to be OK.

3:30 a.m. A call was made about some people making some loud noises and setting off fireworks near U.S. Highway 82 near Somers. Deputies responded and discovered a fire on Hardrock Road. A building under construction was ablaze, but was mostly salvaged. A five-gallon gas can and four spent fire works were found nearby. A witness said they saw people lighting fireworks and throwing wood on top of a fire. The suspects then drove away in a Dodge Neon.

While responding to the first call, a deputy noticed another fire on Wiley Dike Road. The Dodge Neon was parked nearby. There, a barn was on fire. The barn was salvaged, but the blaze consumed nine tons of alfalfa hay and damaged a truck. Deputies found an 18-year-old girl hiding in the bushes. She was arrested and questioned. She said she had been drinking and that she and some others were out setting fires. Kelsi Soto, Chase Owens, Lonnie Christopher Hubbard and Chase Bartley have each been arrested on arson charges.

The departments responded to 138 calls for service.