DUIs, family disturbances and thefts top police calls in Laurel

Police Report: October 18-23, 2021
Thursday, November 4, 2021
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Laurel Police Report

The following represent a portion of the calls responded to by officers from the Laurel Police Department. Unless otherwise indicated, all cases are considered under investigation. Anyone with information about these or other crimes is encouraged to call the LPD at 628-8737.

Oct. 27

• At 3:40 p.m. a theft was reported at Walmart. When officers arrived a male and female had left the scene. At 6:45 p.m. a theft was reported at the IGA. Officers were able to locate a female suspect on scene and she was also identified as the suspect in the theft at Walmart earlier in the day. Jessica Hirst, 34, of Fromberg was arrested for two counts of theft and released with a notice to appear.

• At 6:40 p.m. officers received an agency assist request from Stillwater County on possible impaired driver. They were able to locate the vehicle in Laurel and conducted a traffic stop. Kipp Schara, 36, of Laurel was arrested for aggravated DUI.

Oct. 28

• At 10:50 p.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on East Main. After an investigation Grant Wanous–Russel, 25, of Billings was arrested for DUI, two counts of criminal child endangerment and driving on a suspended license.

Oct. 29

• At 2:27 a.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on West Main St. and 4th Ave. After an investigation Corin Penfield, 37, of Laurel was arrested for DUI and cited for speeding.

Oct. 30

• At 1:22 p.m. officers responded to the 800 block of Bristol Way for a report of a family disturbance. By the time they arrived a female suspect had left the area. On Oct. 31 officers received a report the suspect had returned to the residence. They located Lindsey Hanks, 22, of Laurel and arrested her for partner or family member assault and destruction of or tampering with a communication device.

Oct. 31

• At 8:05 p.m. officers responded to a report of a family disturbance on the 400 block of 3rd Ave. After an investigation Kelley Gephart, 45, of Laurel was arrested for partner or family member assault and was transported to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

Nov. 1

• At 4:27 p.m. officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on East 6th St. and Idaho. The victim stated the vehicle had been stolen in Billings two days prior and they spotted the vehicle near Graff School and confronted the suspect, who fled the scene. The vehicle was recovered and the incident is under investigation.

Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office

Oct. 25

• At 10:17 a.m. a caller on South Clark St. reported someone was opening hundreds of accounts in their name and racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. At 11:32 p.m. a deputy advised he spoke with the RP and they were just spam emails for loans and grant money.

Oct. 25

• At 10:38 a.m. a caller on 2nd St. NE reported they were gone all weekend and when he got back his and his father’s vehicles had been hit. The RP said two of his neighbors’ cameras were pointed in the direction of where the vehicles had been struck. Montana Highway Patrol was advised.

Oct. 26

• At 5:47 p.m. a 911 caller reported a football player was experiencing a seizure. At 5:54 p.m. the Park City ambulance was waiting for an EMT. At 5:58 p.m. CPR was in progress and Help Flight was launching. At 6:12 p.m. the Park City ambulance didn’t advise they were transporting the patient but radio’d that they were at the eastbound exit on I-90. At 6:14 p.m. Columbus ambulance cancelled and Help Flight cancelled. At 7 p.m. there had been no radio contact about the arrival or disposition of the ambulance crew.

Oct. 27

• At 7:26 a.m. Laurel dispatch requested an ambulance for an elderly female with stomach pain. At 7:29 a.m. Columbus advised they didn’t have a crew available. At 7:30 a.m. a second page was sent to Park City. At 7:33 a.m. Laurel dispatch was advised they hadn’t received a response from Park City.

• At 6:32 p.m. a 911 caller made a RADD report (report of a drunk driver) on a maroon Jeep near mile marker 424 on I–90 after it almost sideswiped a semi and other vehicles attempting to pass. At 6:38 p.m. the RP stated the vehicle exited in Park City and was heading north on Old Highway 10. They were able to get a license plate number. The plate number came back as a Laurel address and LPD and MHP were advised.

Oct. 29

• At 2:22 p.m. a 911 caller on I–90 stated someone shot a bullet through the windshield of their semi. At 2:52 p.m. a deputy advised it was just a rock chip.



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