Police Report 11-22-17

Thefts top Laurel police calls

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.


Nov. 13

• At 8:45 a.m. police were dispatched to the Owl Cafe. Employees spoke to officers and told  them that a male subject living in the upstairs apartment was harassing them. Allegedly, in addition to using obscenities against them, he made threats against their lives. Charges are pending.


Nov. 14

• Officers were dispatched at 8:22 a.m. to the Laurel Trading Post on SE 4th St. for a theft. Missing from the trailer yard from an enclosed trailer are four tires and rims valued at $500.

• A theft was reported from the Best Western motel on the 200 block of SE 4th St. The male victim said someone entered his room on Nov. 13 or 14 and stole his work equipment. The equipment was in a 2’x2’x2’ black Pelican case. It contained a gas alert meter, a regulator and other equipment valued between $1,000 and $1,500.


Nov. 16

• At 7:19 p.m. officers were dispatched to the Town Pump. A customer had witnessed a white male wearing jeans, a sweatshirt, cap and glasses leave with two cases of Bud Light without paying. The case is under investigation.


Nov. 17

• At 2 p.m., the Laurel Trading Post reported the theft of two goose neck couplers valued at $200.

• Officers were dispatched to provide agency assistance to Child Protective Service on the 1100 block of 6th Ave. at 9:58 p.m. CPS was removing an endangered child from the residence when James Gunnels, 66, of Laurel, refused to let police past him into the child’s room. First, he shoved an officer. Captain Guy went in to assist and saw the officer get punched in the chest by the suspect. At that time police restrained Gunnels. He was cited and released on charges of obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and assault.


Stillwater County 

Sheriff’s Office

Nov. 13

• At 7:45 p.m. Montana Highway Patrol received a driving complaint regarding a vehicle swerving and not maintaining a constant speed. MHP advised their trooper attempted to catch up to the vehicle but was unable to locate. At 8:14 p.m., a deputy also reported they were unable to locate the vehicle.


Nov. 14

• At 4:20 p.m., a caller reported a white sedan that was all over the road near mile marker 422 on Interstate 90 and when he passed the vehicle the driver was slumped over the steering wheel like something was wrong. At 4:36 p.m. a deputy reported the driver was not impaired and had been in an accident in West Yellowstone that affected his steering. The driver was advised to get off the road at Park City and take the frontage road to Billings. 

• At 9:39 p.m., a Park City caller reported she was selling a diamond bracelet on the internet and a woman from Nigeria wanted to buy it and pay using PayPal. After she mailed the bracelet she found the information to be false. At 10:31 a deputy had spoken with the caller and reported it would take a few days to get the necessary paperwork together.


Nov. 15

• At 6:26 a.m. a Park City caller reported people driving around playing loud music. He also reported new neighbors were calling him names. At 9 a.m. a deputy had spoken with the man who said the involved party called him a “freak” as he was walking by in July. The deputy advised the man to refrain from walking near the involved party’s address and to notify the Sheriff’s office if they come to his property.

• At 3:19 p.m. a caller from Columbus reported someone has been cutting the fence to get onto Pine Crest Road from the west bound lane of I-90 near mm 418. Dispatch spoke with someone from the Department of Transportation who said they have fixed the fence three times already. They stated someone may be living in the subdivision and cutting the fence to save time from driving around to Highway 10 to access the subdivision. 


Nov. 16

• At 1:54 p.m. a Park City caller stated that her neighbor has been harassing her and her husband with text messages and phone calls claiming they have been driving by their home too quickly. The caller stated that an agreement was made despite no speed limit sign to drive 25 mph and 15 mph when children were around. The caller stated they drive within those parameters when passing their neighbors house but said the neighbor will call or text claiming they were speeding. The caller also stated the neighbor has threatened to shoot out their tires. Also, when the caller tried to discuss the issue with the neighbor she was verbally abused. The caller also claimed that at times when they pass the home the neighbor is on the porch “flipping them off.”


Nov. 17

• At 11:56 a.m. a caller advised that his neighbor’s camper was stolen in the past few days and said he is heading westbound on I-90 at mm 426 and spotted the trailer and was following it. At 12:13 p.m. a caller reported his father’s camper was stolen the day before in Billings and his friend had found it and was following it. Since the trailer was passing through Stillwater County he hoped deputies could apprehend the suspect and retrieve the camper. The suspect was apprehended in Columbus after a short foot pursuit. The camper and truck were both stolen and the plates were from a stolen truck from two days prior. Billings Police Department requested holding the plates separately as evidence. At 2:19 p.m. deputies were en route to Yellowstone County Detention Facility with the suspect.


Nov. 18

• At 12:52 p.m. a caller reported a raccoon had entered his yard acting weird. He put a trash can over the top of it to contain the animal. He was concerned it may have rabies or be injured. The caller was transferred to a conservation officer.

• At 9:14 p.m. a Park City caller stated her daughter’s friend was walking home and called her and said she was being followed by a pickup. Dispatch contacted the girl’s mother and she said her daughter was currently hiding in the park from an older red pickup and a silver car. At 9:27 p.m. the girl’s father stated there were two vehicles with teenagers involved and when he attempted to stop one it sped away. At 9:45 p.m. Laurel PD was able to stop the vehicle, which contained two females, and they would be meeting a deputy in Park City. At 10:20 p.m., both females in the car were advised to go home and their parents were notified. A deputy reported it was a teenage prank gone wrong.

• At 11:22 p.m., a caller stated his son called him from Park City and stated he was high on drugs and had been drinking a lot lately. He requested a welfare check. Deputies advised dispatch to contact the mother and check the validity of the story. At 11:33 p.m. the mother reported her ex husband is trying to cause problems. She said she wasn’t home and her son was with her. The son confirmed this and dispatch could detect no slurring of words or any signs of distress. Units were advised.


Nov. 19

• At 3:30 p.m., Laurel PD requested an ambulance for a female who had been sick for five days. At 3:35 p.m., a second page was sent to Park City requesting a driver. At 3:39 there was no response from Park City. At 3:41 p.m. Laurel PD called back to see if Park City had responded and stated they would call out Joliet.



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