Car catches fire without explanation

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Kalispell Police Department officers were initially dispatched to Crestview Road when a man reported his brother’s car caught fire while no one was around it. Something on the car then exploded, fully engulfing the vehicle in flames and threatening a nearby building. The vehicle was subsequently extinguished within about 30 minutes.

A man had to go to the emergency room for stitches after a pickup truck pulled into a parking lot as he was walking up to his own vehicle and one of the occupants opened a door, hitting him with it. When the people in the truck realized what had happened, they fled the scene.

A report of a trio trying to break into a Honeysuckle Lane home were found to be trying to set up something special for one of their girlfriends for prom. They were counseled on their actions and the girl’s mother agreed to handle things from there.

A mistake in entering a debit card number by a person trying to pay their electric bill led to a report of fraud. The mistake was later corrected and the victim’s money refunded.

A report of a fight at a U.S. 93 South bar turned out to be nothing but a pair of drunk men who fell on top of one another and were now back in the bar, on their feet.

An officer was unable to locate a woman reportedly driving under the influence of methamphetamine after having driven away from an Airport Road bar.

Several people in cars on East California Street were reported revving their engines and playing music loudly.

A woman reported she was now being harassed by email after having applied to a job through a national online listing.

A man was counseled after a neighbor reported that he had been driving recklessly in the area.

A laptop was stolen from a Second Avenue East bedroom.


A Van Sant Road woman contacted the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office after a transient forced his way into her home when her son answered the door, then tried to sit at the table with them. She said the man, in his 60s with a beard and shaggy hair, was very drunk and thought he lived there. Another person later reported the man walking and looking like he might pass out in a ditch. A deputy located the man and dropped him off at his actual home.

A person in a truck was arrested after being reported chasing deer in a field off Elk Park Road and spinning brodies before shooting up onto the road, then into a ditch, getting stuck.

A local garbage collection business was told to clean up its act after one of their trucks was reported leaving a trail of trash in its wake all the way down Hodgson Road.

An administrator at an East Evergreen Drive school called with questions about the legality of students smoking electronic cigarettes.

A deputy was unable to locate a man in his 20s reported walking down the middle of Airport Road carrying a backpack.

A 17-year-old boy on probation was reported for punching his 15-year-old sister on U.S. 2 East in Coram.

A firefighter reported seeing an obviously drunk man at a U.S. 2 East vehicle maintenance business.

Approximately $200 worth of damage was reported to a mailbox on Creston Hatchery Road.

A woman trying to call a friend after having a tooth pulled accidentally dialed 911 instead.

A crossbow was stolen from a Badrock Drive home.

The front of a U.S. 2 East building was vandalized.


A suspicious man was reported to the Whitefish Police Department by a Spokane Avenue resident, who reported the man had been driving around drunk and armed after having been banned from the 12-step meetings he had previously been attending.

A sleepy man in a large piece of construction machinery was reported after repeatedly falling asleep and blocking the parking lot. A miffed motorist kept asking the man to get out of the way, but he kept nodding back off after agreeing to move. The man was transported to the hospital.

An officer confiscated a bottle of niacin supplement pills from a boy after it was thrown to him by one of two other youths with whom he was cavorting.

An officer approached a person on Spokane Avenue who was apparently trying to get some sleep. The officer directed the person to a better location.

A concerned Columbia Avenue resident reported a neighbor’s dog had bit a man as he walked by.

The owner of an “unfriendly dog” was advised to keep his pet corralled inside his truck.

A motorist was arrested during a traffic stop on Spokane Avenue.

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