Return of Property October 18th

As a result of the investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Bozeman Police Department into the thefts from storage units in Gallatin County during July and August of this year, a great deal of property has been recovered.

Three storage units of recovered property will be returned to the rightful owners. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division has scheduled a Property Return Day for Saturday, October 18, 2014. This event is not open to the public.  This is for the victims of these crimes to view the property that has been recovered and to return it to them.

We will hold a press conference between 10:00 and 12:00 on Saturday in building number two (2) at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

If you have any questions regarding this event please call Detective Lt. Arlyn Greydanus with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2121.

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Property Return Day October 18th

As a result of the investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Bozeman Police Department into the thefts from storage units in Gallatin County during July and August of this year, a great deal of property has been recovered.

Three storage units of recovered property will be returned to the rightful owners. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division has scheduled a Property Return Day for Saturday, October 18, 2014. This event is not open to the public.  This is for the victims of these crimes to view the property that has been recovered and to return it to them.

We will hold a press conference between 10:00 and 12:00 on Saturday in building number two (2) at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

If you have any questions regarding this event please call Detective Lt. Arlyn Greydanus with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2121.

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10 Year Old Dies from Spider Bite Complications

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(Gallatin Count Mont.) Today at approximately 2:00 am, 10-year old Gallatin County resident Keith Pierce, passed away at St. Vincent’s hospital in Billings. The coroner investigation is ongoing, but a forensic examination was completed today. The examination determined the cause of death as severe sepsis due to complications of a spider bite. #####

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Victim of Sunday’s Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Identified

On Sunday, October 5th, 2014 , at approximately 0210 hours the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office responded to a Motor Vehicle accident. It was determined that blunt force injuries caused the death of a 31 year-old recent Belgrade resident, Kevin Bailey. Bailey was the driver of a northbound Toyota pickup when a head-on collision occurred with a tractor-trailer truck. The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured. The crash is being investigated by the Montana Highway Patrol.

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Back to Back Search and Rescue Events

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to two separate incidents on the evening of Sunday, October 5, 2014.  Approximately 20 Search and Rescue volunteers responded to both calls, which occurred back to back.

The first call was received at approximately 7:35 PM from subjects reporting a motor vehicle accident in the Moser Creek area of Hyalite Canyon.  A Jeep Wrangler with three occupants had rolled several times down an embankment, the occupants were reportedly unharmed.

GPS coordinates were obtained from the 911 call, giving an estimated location which was on a rough, steep, and muddy side road.  Montana Highway Patrol was advised of the accident, but due to the difficult access and uncertain location, Search and Rescue was requested to assist.

Search and Rescue volunteers responded with trucks and ATVs, and were able to reach the crash scene.  The Jeep’s occupants were confirmed uninjured, and they were given a ride back to a more civilized road, where friends were waiting.  Recovery of the vehicle was postponed until daylight hours the following day.  The investigation will be handled by Montana Highway Patrol and U.S. Forest Service.

The other Search and Rescue event occurred at approximately 9:00 PM, just as Search and Rescue was departing the Hyalite Canyon call, a 911 call was received from a party of three who had become lost while hiking.  A man and woman with a young child had departed from the Bear Canyon Trailhead earlier in the day, intending to make a loop hike, but had gotten lost after encountering a trail sign which was knocked down.

The caller reported that they were okay, but they were not prepared for an overnight stay or nighttime temperatures.  Although the caller could not give dispatch their location, the 911 call provided GPS coordinates which later proved to be highly accurate.Those coordinates placed the subjects on a gated Forest Service road, a short distance inside Park County.

Gallatin County Dispatch contacted the Park County Sheriff’s Office to advise them of the call, and to offer mutual aid assistance since Gallatin County Search and Rescue was already mobilized, and the caller’s location was not yet confirmed.  Park County requested mutual aid, so the returning SAR volunteers from the Hyalite Canyon call were diverted to this call.  Access was gained via the Goose Creek Trailhead, which was the closest access to the caller’s coordinates.

Gallatin County Search and Rescue members were able to drive directly to the lost parties, who had followed dispatch’s instructions to stay where they were.  The GPS coordinates from the 911 call were within 80 feet of the location where they were picked up.  The subjects did not require any medical treatment, and they were given a ride to a relative who was waiting at the trailhead.

Both of these calls demonstrated the advantage of carrying a charged cell phone when on outdoor adventures, both for making the call for help, and for assisting responders in locating the caller.

Sheriff Gootkin strongly advocates carrying cell phones and other communication devices in these situations, but reminds backcountry users not to depend solely upon these safety nets.  Their effectiveness is dependent upon many factors, including location, terrain, and battery life, and these factors can be hard to predict, especially in mountainous terrain.  Technology should not substitute for being properly prepared for unexpected mishaps.  Among other important precautions, outdoors enthusiasts should always be equipped for changing weather and the possibility of staying overnight.  Have fun and be safe!

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Ohio Dentist Rescued After ATV Crash on Flathead Pass

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(Gallatin County, Mont.) Today at about 1:15 p.m. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched to Flathead Pass North of Bozeman for an injured ATV rider.  A group of 5 visiting a friend in Belgrade were riding over Flathead Pass Road.  During a steep portion of the ride one of them lost control and ended up rolling down a steep hill.  During the tumble the ATV rolled over him causing a serious leg injury.  A Search and Rescue volunteer was hunting in the area and was able to reach the party very quickly.  The patient was transported off the mountain by Search and Rescue then taken to Bozeman Deaconess by ambulance.

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Sherriff/Coroner Identifies Crash Victim

IMG_0248.JPG(Gallatin County, Mont.) The Office of the Sheriff/Coroner today identified the victim of the vehicle crash near West Yellowstone last night.  20 year old Joseph J. Morelli was from Park City Utah and an MSU student.  The crash is being investigated by the Montana Highway Patrol.  ######

 

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Mountain Bike Crash South of Tripple Tree Sends MSU Grad Student to Hospital

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(Gallatin County. Mont.) At about 6:00 p.m. this evening Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Volunteers were dispatched to the second call of the day for a mountain biker injured in a crash south of Triple subdivision.  The 30 year old male graduate student from MSU was biking with his father when he crashed and severely injured his leg and hip.  Within an hour rescuers were able to reach him and move him out of the hills using a wheeled liter.  Several other bikers came upon the crash including a local doctor and were able to make the call for help and provide him with extra clothing to stay warm.  Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

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Motorcyclist Rescued from Hyalite Lake

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(Gallatin County, Mont.)  On Thursday evening the Gallatin County 9-1-1 Center received the report of an injured motorcyclist several miles above the Grotto Falls trailhead in Hyalite Canyon, near Hyalite Lake. At 7:00 p.m. a male called to report that his friend had injured his lower leg, was unable to walk.  Search and Rescue personnel were activated and responded to the trailhead.

Due to the rapidly dwindling daylight and a 4 hour hike for rescuers, the decision was made to launch a Search and Rescue helicopter to attempt to quickly locate the injured male. The SAR helicopter located the male west of Hyalite Lake, and dropped off two SAR personnel to assess and stabilize the 32 year old male.  Rescuers were able to haul the injured party to a landing zone that Summit Air Ambulance was able to utilize a few minutes later.

The Bozeman resident was packaged and loaded into the medical helicopter, and transported directly to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. He was later found to have a compression fracture of his left tibia and fibula.

Sheriff Gootkin would like to take this opportunity to remind people of the value of being equipped and prepared to spend extra time in the backcountry, and to carry a reliable means of communication with them. Always hope for a great time recreating in our beautiful county, but be prepared for unanticipated trouble.

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“M” Trail Rescue

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On September 5, 2014 at 2:31 p.m., the Gallatin County/Bozeman City 911 center received a report of an injured hiker on the popular “M” trail outside of Bozeman. It was reported that a 61 year-old female from Belgrade had hurt her ankle and needed help getting off of the mountain.  The hiker was said to be on the “steep” trail about halfway between the “M” and the trailhead.

Members from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, American Medical Response, Bridger Canyon Fire Department, and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area.  The Search and Rescue team along with two EMTs from AMR quickly made their way to the patient.  The patient had an injured ankle and could not walk any further on her own.

The patient was stabilized and transported to the trailhead by using a one wheel litter and good old fashioned manpower.  The patient refused transport by ambulance and was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital by private vehicle.

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