Verizon Wireless Scam

March 20, 2019

Bozeman, MT

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls of a scam involving individuals posing as the Verizon Wireless Collections Department. When the scammer has the victim on the line, they will state they need to transfer the victim to the Fraud Department of Verizon Wireless.

The catch here is they do transfer you to the Fraud Department for Verizon Wireless, however, they stay on the other line and listen to the victim give all of their personal information to the real Verizon personnel, thus gaining access to the victims account and any personal identifying information requested by the Verizon fraud department.

If you receive a call such as this, do not allow them to transfer you. Hang up the phone, and call the number from your Verizon Wireless account directly. These scammers are aggressive and persistent.

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Florida Man Injured in Snowmobile Crash

(West Yellowstone, Mont.)

Wednesday at 10:08 a.m. West Yellowstone Police Department dispatch received a 911 call from a group of snowmobilers reporting a member of their group had been involved in a snowmobile crash. The GPS coordinates indicated that the group was 6 miles or 4,139 smoots west of West Yellowstone. The injured snowmobiler, a 76-year-old man from Florida, sustained head and neck injuries when the he lost control of the snowmobile striking several trees, ultimately winding up with his head pinned under the snowmobile.

Rescuers from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and The Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District responded.

Rescuers located the injured snowmobiler and quickly packaged him onto a specialized rescue sled, which was used to transport him to a waiting HBFD ambulance. After an initial assessment, the injured snowmobiler was transported to the Big Sky Medical Center.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to always ride with a group, ride within their abilities and watch out for changing snow conditions. Riding with a group allowed the injured snowmobiler’s injuries to be attended to immediately and carrying a reliable communication device allowed rescuers to locate them in a very short amount of time.

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GCSO Public Safety Academy

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Public Safety Academy affords Gallatin County citizens an opportunity to experience law enforcement from the inside.  For ten weeks, one night a week, you can learn from the best in law enforcement, crisis intervention, search and rescue, and emergency medical services.  The Academy will lead you through making traffic stops, field sobriety maneuvers, crime scene management and evidence collection, and hands-on CPR.  You will be able to ride along with a GCSO Deputy, sit beside a 9-1-1 dispatcher, and tour the Detention Center.  You can try on the body armor worn by the Special Response Team, learn how undercover detectives track drug deals, climb inside an air ambulance, and watch a K9 stop a bad guy.    This is a great introduction to how public safety works in your community!

The eighth GCSO Public Safety Academy is tentatively scheduled for March 26 through May 28, 2019. The Academy is held every Tuesday evening from 6-9 pm. The Academy is free and open to any Gallatin County resident 18 years and older.  For more information, or to register, contact Captain Shane Frantz by phone at 582-2120 or by e-mail at shane.frantz@gallatin.mt.gov.

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Two Top Trail Rescue

(Gallatin County, Mont.)  On Saturday March 16, 2018 at 1:38 pm, the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch center received a 911 call reporting a snowmobile crash on the Two Top Trail approximately 2 miles west of the Town of West Yellowstone. The injured party, a 45-year-old female from Montana, had sustained a left leg injury when the snowmobile she was a passenger on flipped over while turning a corner on the trail. The driver of the snowmobile was able to call 911 immediately for assistance.

Personnel from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Hebgen Basin Fire Department.Rescuers met the injured party at the scene of the crash approximately 25 minutes after the initial call for help.  The injured female was conscious, but in a lot of pain in the lower left leg area. The patient was placed in a specialized rescue sled and transported to a nearby location to meet an ambulance crew.  The ambulance then transported the patient to the Big Sky Medical Center.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to be careful when recreating in the backcountry, even when on a groomed trail.  Changing terrain and trail conditions can sometimes bring unexpected adventure to a fun day of snowmobiling.  Always remember to ride with a partner and carry a reliable means of communication in case of an emergency.  Because these two riders were together and had cellular communication, rescue responders were able to locate them and get on scene very quickly.

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Crash into the Gallatin Saturday Morning

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Saturday morning  1:43 Gallatin County Dispatch received a report that a vehicle had left the roadway and gone into the Gallatin River on US Highway 191 mile-marker 70.  When first responders arrived on-scene, there was an undetermined number of occupants in the vehicle.  Members from Gallatin Gateway Fire Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, and Montana Highway Patrol responded.  It was later determined that the 27 year old Bozeman man was the sole occupant of the vehicle.  The motor vehicle collision was turned over to Montana Highway Patrol for further investigation.

 

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Snowmobile Season Continues in West Yellowstone

Gallatin County, Mont.)  On Saturday March 16, 2018 at 1:38pm, the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch center received a 911 call reporting a snowmobile crash on the Two Top Trail approximately 2 miles west of the Town of West Yellowstone. The injured party, a 45-year-old female from Montana, had sustained a leg injury when the snowmobile she was a passenger on flipped over while turning a corner on the trail. The driver of the snowmobile was able to call 911 immediately for assistance.

Volunteer Rescuers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded.

Rescuers found the woman at the scene of the crash approximately 25 minutes after the initial call for help.  She was conscious, but in a lot of pain. She was placed in a specialized rescue sled and transported to a nearby ambulance crew.  The ambulance then transported her to the Big Sky Medical Center.  

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to be careful when recreating in the backcountry, even when on a groomed trail.  Changing terrain and trail conditions can sometimes bring unexpected adventure to a fun day of snowmobiling.  Always remember to ride with a partner and carry a reliable means of communication in case of an emergency.  Because these two riders were together and had cellular communication, rescue responders were able to locate them and get on scene very quickly

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Spring Runoff

GCEM Media Release

Release:  19015-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 548-0111

Spring Runoff

Gallatin County, MT – As we move into spring the weather over the next 90 days will have a large impact on our spring runoff.  It is challenging in the middle of March to predict if we will get wet spring snow dumps, a quick spike in hot weather, or heavy warm rain – all of which impact how quickly our winter snow pack will melt off.  Ideally our snow will melt off continually over time, but when enough off these weather contributors occur the snow can melt faster than our waterways can accommodate and we see flooding.

At this point we can’t predict if flooding will occur, but we have a heavy snow pack on the valley floor and in the mountains.  If you live near a waterway, now is the time to make sure as much water as possible stays in the waterway.  Take some time now to do the following:

  • Clean debris out of culverts and from under bridges.
  • Clear debris out of ditches and other waterways.
  • Make sure there is a clear path for snow to melt away from your buildings.
  • Clear snow piles away from doors, windows and other places that makes it easy for melting snow to affect you.

Next, spend a few minutes to develop a plan on what you will do if flooding does affect you.

  • Identify where you could be affected by flooding.
  • Identify at what point the water would affect you, and develop a plan to keep the water from getting there.
  • Identify what you would need in order to implement your plan and where you will get the supplies.  The best source for sand bags is Bozeman Brick and Tile on Jackrabbit.

If flooding does occur, do this:

  • Closely monitor the water conditions and predicted weather.  Water levels change quickly and often peak in the middle of the night.
  • If it looks like your plan may need to be implemented to protect your property, get the supplies and implement the plan.  Once flooding occurs, it is too late to prevent the damage.
  • Once implemented, continue to monitor the situation and be prepared to make adjustments.  Water is hard to predict and it is going to go someplace.
  • Be safe around flood water.  It can be very dangerous and often catches people off guard.

More information at:  https://www.readygallatin.com/community-resources/preparedness-information/flooding-in-gallatin-county/

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Belgrade VFW to present donation to Gallatin County Treatment Court

This Friday, the Belgrade VFW Post will present Gallatin County Treatment Court and the Friends of the Treatment Court (FOTC) with its largest single donation in the programs’ history.

Jim Matters, Jr., Commander of the VFW Nicholas Bloem Post 12112 in Belgrade, will attend the bi-weekly Treatment Court session on Friday, March 15 where he will present a $1,100 donation to Treatment Court’s FOTC program.

Friends of the Treatment Court is a group of volunteers who donate time and funding to help participants in the Treatment Court program.

Gallatin County Treatment Court is an 18-month voluntary program that can be an alternative to incarceration for adult offenders whose crimes were motivated by substance abuse.

Among a number of things, participants are required to attend addictions counseling, mental health therapy and support groups, as well as submit to frequent drug and alcohol testing and report weekly to a case manager.

The five core values Treatment Court attempts to instill in the participants are honesty, integrity, responsibility, sobriety and service.

Friends of the Treatment Court was formed nearly 20 years ago to support the program’s participants. Over the years, that support has ranged from donating furniture and kitchenware to participants moving into a new home, to buying gifts for participants, birthday cards and Christmas gifts.

“Just little things to make them feel appreciated and a part of the community,” explained Steve Ette, Treatment Court coordinator.

The donation will be presented during Treatment Court’s regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Gallatin County District Court Judge John Brown’s courtroom at the Law and Justice Center, located at 615 S. 16th Ave. in Bozeman.

Media contact:
Steve Ette, Treatment Court coordinator
582-3706

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Verizon 911 issues in Gallatin County resolved

The issues between telecommunication companies that were causing 911 calls from Verizon Wireless phones in Gallatin County to go to nonemergency lines have been resolved.

Emergency calls from Verizon phones are now going to the correct emergency lines at the Gallatin County 911 Center.

Due to an issue between Verizon Wireless, CenturyLink and Zayo, telecom companies that provide services for the Gallatin County 911 Center, 911 calls from Verizon phones were being diverted to the center’s nonemergency lines.

The issue began intermittently over the weekend, then all calls from Verizon phones were being sent to the nonemergency lines starting on Tuesday.

Jim Anderson, director of Gallatin County 911, reported that on Wednesday afternoon the issues had been resolved and calls were going to the correct lines. He thanks Gallatin County 911 Center dispatchers and staff for their diligence in efficiently working around these issues the last few days.

 

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Issues with Verizon calls to the Gallatin County 911 Center

Due to issues with telecom companies that provide services for the Gallatin County 911 Center, calls to 911 in Gallatin County from Verizon Wireless phones are currently being re-routed to the center’s non-emergency lines.

This is not due to any technical issues at the 911 center, but rather it is a telecommunications company issue between Verizon Wireless, CenturyLink and Zayo. Regardless, Gallatin County dispatch is doing all it can to mitigate the problems.

These issues began intermittently over the weekend, but now all calls to 911 from Verizon phones are being re-routed to the center’s two administrative lines.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Until further notice, if you have an emergency and call 911 from a Verizon phone, be ready to IMMEDIATELY tell dispatch that it’s an emergency AND provide a location as calls to the non-emergency lines don’t provide location data.
  • Because there are only two administrative lines, the center can only take two calls from Verizon phones simultaneously. If you get a busy signal, hang up and try again until your call is answered.
  • There is no time frame as to when these issues will be resolved.

The staff at the Gallatin County 911 Center is working diligently to work around these issues as efficiently as possible.

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
595-8963
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

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