Police Blotter

Flathead County Sheriff’s and Kalispell Police Reports

Serial Tree Killer and a Caffeine Addict

By Heather Jurva

Wednesday 7/22

3:48 a.m. Two roommates caused a disturbance when they could not compromise on an acceptable noise level. They were counseled by the responding officer.

4:06 a.m. A vehicle driving down Highway 93 near Olney burst into flames and was soon fully engulfed. The driver did not sustain any injuries.

7:02 a.m. A stretch of private property along Whitefish Stage Road has become home to numerous transient individuals. They apparently like to burn campfires along the river.

7:07 a.m. On Farm-to-Market Road, a crop duster flew low to the ground.

7:33 a.m. The engine of a large tanker truck blew up and started on fire along Highway 93 South. The tanker then dumped a large amount of liquid onto the highway, which turned out to be merely water.

8:55 a.m. A stop sign went missing on Helena Flats Road.

9:17 a.m. Someone on Lilly Lane in Columbia Falls has noticed things moving around on their property and that all of the surrounding trees are dying. The reporting party believes that these occurrences may be related.

10:23 a.m. A resident of Lower Valley Road fired a construction worker who performed unsatisfactory work on the home. The worker then became angry and threatened the homeowner.

11:01 a.m. Someone called to ask questions about some puppies being removed from a trailer home near a Columbia Falls bar.

11:03 a.m. Officers returned to the home of the two bickering roommates. This time, one felt that the other ought to leave the premises immediately.

11:08 a.m. At a Hungry Horse bar, someone busted the windshield out of a vehicle as the owner watched in shock. The owner knows the identity of the individual.

12:19 p.m. After writing a provocative letter to a local newspaper, an individual on Prairie View Road is receiving suspicious phone calls requesting the person’s home address.

1:32 p.m. A small grass fire in Hungry Horse was very quickly extinguished by the reporting party.

1:46 p.m. Several individuals decided to break into a vacant trailer home in Whitefish and remain there without permission. Authorities asked them to leave and they respectfully complied.

1:59 p.m. Two tires were slashed on Nicholson Drive.

3:14 p.m. Someone stole a leather jacket from someone else at a convenience store on Batavia Lane.

3:35 p.m. Employees of a local convenience store are not pleased with the presence of a man who lingers for hours, drinking cup after cup of coffee. His justification lies in the fact that the store offers free refills.

4:49 p.m. A passer-by at an Evergreen box store noticed that two campers in the parking lot contained numerous dogs. Authorities arrived, visited with the dogs’ owners and found all to be well.

6:19 p.m. Several individuals stopped at a Whitefish residence and asked to use the homeowner’s phone. The homeowner became suspicious when he noticed them looking curiously about the house, and called authorities when a cell phone rang in a purse held by one of the visitors.

7:04 p.m. Hay trucks were hauling hay at high rates of speed on Conn Road. This seemed to constitute a road hazard to other motorists.

7:20 p.m. What was thought to be trespassers at the Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant turned out to be Search and Rescue doing some routine participant training.

8:34 p.m. Someone on Scenic Ridge Road called to report that they had contained a skunk in a skunk trap. Fish and Game arrived and relocated the skunk.

8:52 p.m. Four or perhaps five young men were smashing mailboxes on Conn Road in Columbia Falls. They were found and counseled.

9:13 p.m. Two individuals sustained major burns when a propane tank exploded at a local trailer park. The trailer fire was cleared in the course of an hour.

9:17 p.m. A dog chomped a person on Bar H Drive.

9:34 p.m. Someone called to report that numerous children were running around unattended while their parents enjoyed a Hungry Horse Bar.

9:53 p.m. An unwanted family member attempted to enter a home in Lakeside. Authorities responded and helped resolve the situation.

10:19 p.m. Someone was blaring loud music in Hungry Horse. They turned it down when asked.

10:38 p.m. Random items were stolen from a vehicle near a local bar.

11:03 p.m. A male subject wearing all dark-colored clothes lurked in the bushes near an Evergreen home. The individual scurried away when he realized he was being watched.

11:31 p.m. Suspicious teenagers were seen on the putting greens at an Evergreen golf course.

11:33 p.m. A resident of Badrock Drive heard several people running behind the home. This frightened the reporting party, as she was home alone with her children.

4:28 p.m. Someone in Lakeside called to report that she thought two vehicles might be following her on her way home. Authorities could not locate said vehicles.

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