Road rage, guns and stabbings dominate serious crimes in Laurel area

Police Report: February 14-23, 2021
Thursday, February 25, 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.

Feb. 14

• At 3 p.m. a theft of three Dremel pieces was reported at Ace Hardware. The incident is under investigation.

Feb. 15

• At 2:01 p.m. a Laurel City warrant was served at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on Michael Rae, 63, of Laurel for failure to appear. The original charges were for disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer.

Feb. 17

• At 8:18 a.m. dispatch received a report of criminal mischief on the 800 block of Pennsylvania. A work trailer and truck and been spray painted and the air let out of a tire. The incident is under investigation.

• At 11:11 a.m. a push out was reported at Walmart.

• At 2:33 p.m. officers received a report of a stabbing in progress on the 500 block of Elm. when officers arrived the suspect had fled the scene, leaving two victims with wounds on their arm and face. Later that evening the suspect was located at an area hospital with wounds caused by the stabbing victims defending themselves. Officers arrested Dale Wahlig, 65, on two counts of felony assault with a weapon and obstruction. He was transported to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

Feb. 18

• At 7:18 a.m. a theft from a vehicle was reported on the 1000 block of 4th Ave. The heater portion of the dash was stolen and the car rummaged through.

• At 11:35 a.m. the dash assembly was reported stolen from a vehicle on the 1100 block of Cherry Hills.

• At 3:03 p.m. criminal mischief was reported on the 1200 block of 5th Ave. The rear window of a vehicle had been shot out and two airsoft gun rounds were located on scene. The incident is under investigation.

• At 5:33 p.m. officers responded to a mental health call on the 700 block of West Main. While talking to the suspect, he charged an officer and was subsequently taken to the ground and arrested for felony assault on a peace officer.

Feb. 19

• At 12:03 p.m. a theft of more than $400 in merchandise was reported at Walmart. When officers arrived the suspect had left the scene. The incident is under investigation.

• At 11:38 p.m. Parker Bray, 18, of Laurel was arrested for DUI on East 1st. and Ohio.

Feb. 20

• At 3:17 a.m. a traffic stop on West Main and 5th Ave. turned into a pursuit after an officer asked the driver to step out of the car. The suspect fled west and went into a field near the golf course and damaged some mailboxes. As the chase continued the vehicle stopped and the passenger got out and gave himself up to law enforcement while the driver took off again. The passenger, David Moorse, 35, was arrested and charged with a probation violation. The driver remains at large but police have identified the suspect.

• At 10:23 p.m. Helena PD advised they arrested a suspect for partner or family member assault who had a Laurel City Court warrant in the amount of $7,500 for unlawful restraint and criminal mischief.

Feb. 23

• At 6:41 a.m. an iPad and other items were reported stolen from a vehicle on the 300 block of 2nd Ave.


Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office

Feb. 16

• At 10:21 a.m. a caller on South Clark St. stated they had a fenced yard and it was closed. The RP stated a dog got into the yard and was “stuck” to her dog. She stated she and her husband had been calling about the dog in recent days and thinks she knows who the owner is due to complaints on Facebook. A deputy was advised of call.

• At 10:30 a.m. a 911 caller at the Homestead reported the neighbors were fighting, “talking crap” and saying they were going to “kick someone’s a**.” The RP stated it sounded like they were outside was concerned about their toddler. At 10:42 a deputy located the individuals and stated they were chasing their dog and trying to get it back, before a male at the residence decided to come out and yell at them. The deputy advised the subjects were going to take the dog out of county.

• At 11:13 a.m. a 911 caller reported a vehicle went off the interstate one mile west of the rest area. Dispatch spoke with driver who stated he was okay. At 11:47 a.m. Hansers was en route to tow the vehicle.

Feb. 17

• At 12:13 p.m. Compassive Hospice advised a patient was deceased on Pony Lane Rd. A deputy advised that the coroner didn’t have to respond because the individual was on hospice.

• At 3:32 p.m. a caller at the Homestead reported their neighbors were yelling and screaming. The RP stated she was in fear because she lived next door. At 4:02 p.m. a deputy advised it was just a verbal altercation over rental issues and everything had been sorted out.

• At 3:41 p.m. Laurel dispatch advised of a stabbing at the TA truck stop and believed the suspect still had the knife on them and asked for a deputy to check the area of the Zip Trip. The suspect was a 65–year–old male. At 5:12 p.m. a deputy advised they were unable to locate the individual.

• At 6:28 p.m. a 911 caller near mile marker 421 reported a wreck they had been in near the rest area. At 7:34 p.m. a snow plow radioed in about guard rail damage as a result of the accident.

• At 9:16 p.m. a caller near mile marker 418 reported a jack–knifed semi with no injuries or lane blockage. At 11:19 p.m. Hansers advised they were pulling the semi to the rest area.

Feb. 18

• At 12:10 a.m. a caller at the Zip Trip reported a black Jeep heading towards Billings from Park City. The RP stated the people in the vehicle were “smoking meth” from a pipe as they drove by. Montana Highway Patrol and Billings PD were advised.

Feb. 19

• At 8:32 a.m. a caller on Highway 212 reported a male took 3–4 shots at his vehicle while he was heading from Rockvale to Laurel. The RP was not injured but had bullet fragments in his door. The vehicle was a white trailblazer–type SUV and driven by an elderly male driver. MHP, LPD, YCSO, Billings PD and Carbon County were notified. At 9:22 a.m. MHP dispatch advised a trooper stopped a vehicle matching the description but didn’t locate a weapon. They advised they did not believe it was the suspect vehicle.

Feb. 20

• At 7 a.m. a caller on Roundhouse Dr. advised a 95–year–old female fell and possibly broke her hip because she couldn’t move her leg. At 8:35 a.m. there was no response from the Park City ambulance and Columbus didn’t have a second crew.

• At 8:37 a.m. a caller at the Homestead asked if he had to go to court for a theft ticket he received from the sheriff’s office. The RP also wanted to know if it was illegal for their landlord to shut off the water to some of the apartments in the building. He was advised to call the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Yellowstone County.

Feb. 21

• At 2:14 p.m. a caller reported that Cemetery Rd. was impassable between Schreiner and Sportsman Park Rd. due to drifting snow and cars were getting stuck. At 2:29 p.m. Stillwater County advised a plow would be there within the hour.

• At 6:15 p.m. MHP called in a driving complaint. They stated it was a possible road rage incident with a gun. The silver Chevy with Colorado plates was last seen in Laurel. A white male with a flat brimmed hat rolled the window down and pointed a black handgun at the reporting party. The vehicle, with two occupants, was located near mile marker 405.


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