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Law roundup: Burly group crashes child’s birthday party

by Daily Inter Lake
| September 14, 2022 12:00 AM

A woman hosting a 5-year-old’s birthday party at a public park pavilion called the Kalispell Police Department complaining about transients circling the area who looked like they could “snap her in half.” She said they were sitting at the tables and she had a reservation. Since she was unable to show officers the reservation paperwork and the people weren’t committing a crime, she was advised to call back if she did find it and officers would move them along.

A woman walking her dog passed a vehicle with two pit bulls inside and the dogs somehow pushed the windows down and jumped out, attacking her golden retriever. The owner of the pit bulls, who was visiting Kalispell, was unable to provide proof of rabies vaccination but said he could quarantine the dogs where he was staying and assured the officer he would pay for the vet bills as he was likely to leave before a vicious dog hearing could be scheduled.

A man suspected that someone had a master key to apartments when there were reports of continued break-in attempts. Officers suggested the resident get the property manager to change the locks or install a door security guard at his residence.

A man purportedly wanted all homeless people and transients removed from a public park when he saw 10 people gathered near a pond because “sometimes” they scream and fight although this was not occurring when he called and there was no crime being committed. He was counseled.

An intoxicated man wearing a baggy pink and white tie-dye shirt allegedly became belligerent when someone at a gas pump refused to give him a cigarette.

A bear was hanging out in a parking lot on Bills Lane, dining on trash from a dumpster, according to a Columbia Falls Police Department report. The bear left but later returned, possibly for seconds.

A “hangry” customer reportedly refused to leave a pizza restaurant.

Someone allegedly thought a man was in distress and requested officers check on his welfare when he was seen stumbling around and leaning into his vehicle in a way that looked like he was ill or intoxicated.

A woman reportedly fell and broke her wrist while trying to escape a dog attacking her.

A tow truck driver put his lights on to warn people about a calf standing in the middle of the road. It was returned home and a hole in the fence was found.

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