Law Roundup: BOLO for Garbage Pail Kids


A group of people, possibly teenagers, briefly terrorized the various trash cans in an alley in Kalispell. A caller told Kalispell officers they spotted a ripped black truck in the alley, hitting trash cans as it passed.

The van overturned, possibly hitting a dumpster, the caller said. They believe one of the bins ended up bouncing off a neighbor’s truck, though they don’t know if there was any damage.

Responding officers checked the alley, but could not locate the truck.

A black dog that constantly ran loose in a neighborhood had a resident asking for help from animal control.

A thief broke into a trailer left at a construction site over the weekend, stealing items.

Someone passed a distraught individual sitting on the sidewalk and although he offered no help, he contacted the police, requesting a sanity or security check.

A landlord requested the assistance of law enforcement to remove the gray personal vehicle left behind by a former tenant. The landlord told police they recently evicted the tenant.

Possibly channeling Alfred Hitchcock, a resident told police he thought he saw a car pull up to his neighbor’s house and someone was getting out to pick up a package from the porch. After further conversation, the man admitted not having seen any theft. He agreed to call back if any other clues arose.

And speaking of Hitchcock, it wasn’t quite “Back Window,” but someone looking for an apartment online came across a photo he said showed a murder. Photographs attached to the listing showed two people slumped in chairs. While there was no blood or weapons, the faces of the individuals were blackened.

Officers investigated and determined the faces were obscured for privacy reasons.

A mother told police her 18-year-old daughter was in a car with a friend who was smoking marijuana. In addition, her daughter had also smoked marijuana. She said a school resource officer had already spoken with the couple.

An individual walking into a store asking for quarters left an employee feeling uneasy. They asked the police to evacuate the person.

Someone staying in a room in town told police that people in neighboring rooms were trying to enter their neighborhood. When he called reception, they told him the room next to his was empty. But he said he could hear several people and see his door lock moving.

Officers spoke with building maintenance staff and confirmed that the adjacent room was vacant. The appellant seemed to agree with this explanation.

A 911 caller reported that there were many homeless people in the area.

The wandering chickens angered a resident, who asked for police help to keep the birds cordoned off. The chickens belonged to her neighbor and constantly came into her garden and onto her porch.

She asked the officers to help her research the city’s zoning laws and any codes regulating chicken farming. She also wanted to know what recourse she had, if any.

A store manager contacted police after a customer broke the company’s chip reader when employees refused to refund his money. He then fled on foot. The manager said it appeared the man had a holster on his right hip and asked officers to come by in person as several of his employees were afraid to leave the building.

Officers spoke with a man who arrived on a dirt bike and parked on a sidewalk.

A dog owner has requested police assistance with a neighbor’s miniature schnauzer. Their mix of husky and German Shepherd got into a fight with the other dog. The schnauzer’s owner refused to keep him on a leash.