Crime

A man and a woman in their 30s were arrested and charged with indecent exposure after patrons complained that they were “fornicating” in the outdoor children’s pool at Bozeman Hot Springs on the afternoon of April 12.

 According to court documents, four witnesses told officers they saw the couple engaging in sexual intercourse in the pool, about 10 feet away from several children ranging in age from infancy to age 10, some of whom were wearing goggles. One witness told police that she noticed the woman was not wearing swimsuit bottoms when she approached the couple and asked them to stop.

  After the couple left the Hot Springs, a sheriff’s deputies interviewed witnesses and watched surveillance video, confirming to their satisfaction that the couple had been having intercourse and that the woman had not been wearing swimsuit bottoms in the pool. The suspects were later located in the vicinity of Gallatin and Axtell Anceny roads.

 The report states that the male defendant told the officer that the couple had simply been “stretching” in the pool, but the woman admitted to engaging in activity for sexual gratification. They were transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center and held without bond.

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 A 64-year-old Butte man with four prior convictions for driving with a revoked license was arrested for the same offense after witnesses reported him driving erratically driving on Springhill Road on April 14.

 A Gallatin County sheriff’s deputy drove to the scene after two callers reported a man driving a silver car and behaving strangely in the area during the noon hour, according to court documents. The first caller stated that the man was pulled over and “throwing a tantrum,” and the second reported that the man was swerving and slamming on his brakes while driving.

 The responding deputy stopped the driver after observing him traveling well under the posted speed limit and swerving over the fog line near Springhill Sod. He told the deputy that he was the president-elect and that he needed to talk to Donald Trump about somebody following his son. Documents state the he also talked to his son and daughter, though they were not present.

 The defendant was booked into the Gallatin County Detention Center, where he was held on $500 bond. Jail staff was advised of his need for a mental health evaluation.

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 A 20-year-old Belgrade man who told officers he uses methamphetamine for its mental health benefits was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing a peace officer in the Walmart parking lot in Bozeman on April 13. 

 According to court documents, three Bozeman police officers responded to reports of a suspicious man attempting to break into vehicles in the parking lot. He was wearing a large, visible knife in a sheath on his hip, and when officers asked him to put his hands behind his back so they could remove it, he refused. The report states that officers informed the man he was being detained, and during a pat-down search they found a smoking pipe in his front hoodie pocket, which they recognized as a methamphetamine pipe.

 The man was transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center, where he was initially booked on a misdemeanor charge. When tests on the pipe subsequently confirmed the presence of methamphetamine, the charges were upgraded to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

 While at the detention center, the man said he formerly lived in Colorado, but left there due to drug charges, according to court records. He said he had been trying to get clean, but that using meth helps him stabilize a chemical imbalance in his brain.

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 A Manhattan man was arrested at his home Sunday evening after trying to wrest his domestic partner’s phone from her and then kneeing a hole in the door of the room where she had attempted to seek refuge from him.

 Though the police report does not indicate that the woman was injured in the incident, Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the call determined that the man had given her reason to fear for her safety during the events of the evening. 

The man was booked into the Gallatin County Detention Center and held without bond.

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 A Kentucky man was arrested on multiple charges after a motorist reported nearly being hit head-on by a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-90 near Three Forks on Easter Sunday.

 According to Justice Court documents, the first report of the wrong-way driver was called in shortly after 1:30 in the afternoon. A few minutes later, the caller told the dispatcher that he had seen the vehicle pull into the Town Pump station near the Highway 287 junction, but that it had pulled back onto the interstate and was traveling toward Belgrade – this time in the proper lane.

 Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Gabriel Bernard saw a vehicle matching the description traveling eastbound on the interstate at about 2 p.m., but it was not staying in its lane.  Bernard stopped the driver, who consented to having his vehicle searched, and found marijuana and a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

 In addition to some roadside sobriety tests, the 35-year-old driver consented to a preliminary blood alcohol breath test. He was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for a blood test that was sent to the State Crime Lab for analysis.

 The driver was booked into the Gallatin County Detention Center on charges of driving under the influence and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

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 A 26-year-old Belgrade man with three prior DUI convictions was arrested Saturday for driving under the influence after his car was pulled out of a ditch on Bridger Canyon Road near Bozeman.

 After the good Samaritans who effected the ditch rescue called authorities to report that they suspected the motorist was intoxicated, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper arrested a driver matching the description on Griffin Drive in Bozeman. According to court documents, he told the officer that he had just driven from Bridger Canyon, where he said he had stopped to pull somebody else out of a ditch.

 While the officer was questioning and evaluating the driver, a 23-year-old passenger in the car, also from Belgrade, became “unruly and verbally combative,” and tried to shut the officer’s hand in the car door, according to the police report.

 After submitting to breath and blood tests, the driver was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center and charged. His passenger was booked into the facility for obstruction of a peace officer and a felony probation violation, and also charged with disorderly conduct.