Police Report 11-9-17

Tracks in new snow leads to suspect in hit-and-run


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. 31

• At 4:30 p.m., a theft was reported from the 1000 block of Fifth Ave. A Yeti cooler was taken from a trailer sometime in the past two weeks. Valued at $500, the cooler was locked to the trailer, but the thief cut the cable on the lock.

• A vandalism was reported at 8:30 p.m. when the victim waved down reserve officers who were providing extra patrols for Halloween. He told the officers that a white pickup with a black stripe on the lower body of the frame had pulled up to his Toyota Camry parked on the 1100 block of 11th Ave. and shot and destroyed the side mirror.


Nov. 1

• At 4:26 p.m. the Cenex on the 300 block of S. 1st Ave. reported a theft captured on video. A white male took two cans of beer and hid them in his clothing. He then paid for a third can and left. The value of the beer is $4. While the suspect remains unidentified, he is known by sight.

• At 5:48 p.m., a theft was reported by Ace Hardware. The store had survellience video clearly showing the crime and suspect. She came to the station and watched the video several times and although she said she didn’t have the Yak Trax (shoe grippers) valued at $34.99. Kenia Usselmann, 19, of Laurel was charged with misdemeanor theft.


Nov. 2

• A hit-and-run accident was reported at 11:28 a.m. on the 10 block of Montana Ave. The suspect car was a white passenger car. Officers followed tire tracks through the freshly fallen snow to the 300 block of 2nd Ave. There was evidence the vehicle there had been in a collision and pieces on the suspect car perfectly matched those missing from the damaged vehicle. Eric Ripley, 40, of Laurel was cited with failure to give notice of an accident with apparent damage over $1,000; failure to stop and identify self; operating without liability insurance in effect, first offense; and reckless driving, first offense.


Stillwater County 

Sheriff’s Office

Oct. 31

• At 3:40 p.m. a caller reported a 90-year-old female had fallen in Laurel two days before and was just discovered. The caller reported she was disorientated. Laurel ambulance was paged. At 3:42 p.m. Laurel and Park City were paged a second time. At 3:46 p.m. there was no answer from Park City, and Columbus only had one ambulance available. The caller reported they arranged private transportation to the hospital.


Nov. 1

• At 2:55 a.m. a caller reported a cow versus car collision at Special K Lane and Highway 10. At 3:01 a.m. Montana Highway Patrol  was requested to check on the condition of the cow and driver. A trooper was en route from Billings. At 3:23 a.m. a Sheriff’s deputy and the Columbus ambulance were unable to locate the vehicle. At 3:35 the deputy and trooper had located the vehicle. At 3:37 a.m. a wrecker from Laurel was called. At 3:52 a.m. deputy had located the owner of the cow.

• At 11:25 a.m. a 911 caller reported a vehicle went off the road near mile marker 421 on Interstate 90. They stated the vehicle was down in a ditch full of water. A second caller reported they didn’t think the driver was injured, but was trapped inside the vehicle. At 11:28 a.m. Park City Ambulance and Fire were paged. At 11:32 a.m. the driver was free of the vehicle. At 11:44 a tow truck was en route.

• At 3:23 p.m. a railroad worker reported they had a truck stuck near Highway 10. The caller stated they had someone to pull them out but requested assistance with traffic control.


Nov. 2

• At 7:36 a.m., a caller reported a car slid off I-90 near mm 425 and hit a guard rail. They reported the car is on the shoulder but is inoperable. The caller was not injured and stated they would contact their insurance. At 7:50 a.m., a MHP trooper was on scene.

• At 2 p.m., a caller from Molt reported the previous day there were cattle on his property that belonged on adjacent leased land. The caller contacted the owners and advised them their cattle were out. One of the owners then became belligerent and made threats. The caller wanted the incident documented and stated they had notified the Livestock Inspector. The owner has an active order of protection with a “caution, violent tendencies” listed. 

• At 11:58 p.m. a 911 caller on North Frontage Road advised of a fight with his girlfriend and then said he did not want to make a report. At 12:10 a.m. a deputy met with the caller at the Zip Trip and another deputy was en route to talk to the other party. At 1:04 a.m. deputy reported it was a verbal altercation and neither party wanted to pursue anything further.


Nov. 3

• At 1:47 a.m. a 911 caller reported a disturbance at a residence on North Clark Street in Park City between a brother and sister. At 1:57 a.m. the reporting party called back and stated she had been assaulted by one of the people involved in the fight. She was advised to separate herself from the altercation until a deputy arrived. At 2:04 a.m. a second person called about the same altercation and accused the first caller of assaulting him, while claiming to be a landlord. At 3:14 a.m. a deputy reported it was a verbal altercation and everyone was back where they belonged.

• At 6 p.m. a deputy served a warrant on a female on North Clark Street in Park City. At 6:08 p.m. the deputy had the female in custody. At 6:48 p.m. the deputy delivered the prisoner to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility to be extradited to Wyoming.


Nov. 4

•  At 3:51 p.m., a caller on Highway 10 reported a white pickup parked close to the railroad tracks with three people standing by it. At 4:24 p.m. a deputy was unable to locate the vehicle. 

• At 4:41 p.m., a citizen flagged down a deputy at the Kwik Stop in Park City to report drug paraphernalia next to the railroad tracks behind the business. The deputy was unable to locate the items in question as it had snowed since the initial report. At 4:50 p.m. the deputy advised the reporting party stated there was a hypodermic needle next to the tracks two days prior. The deputy stated they would not be digging in the snow for the needle due to the biohazard risk involved. 

• At 11:45 p.m., a caller reported two horses on the railroad tracks near the Kwik Stop in Park City. Dispatch reported it was unknown who owned the horses. At 12:02 a.m. a deputy was called to assist and Montana Rail Link was notified. At 12:32 a.m. the horses were back home and the fence was being repaired. 


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