Holy Rosary School Class of 1965

This week is the 50th Class Reunion of the Holy Rosary School (Class of 1965). The current Law and Justice Center was once the home of the Holy Rosary School. The Sheriff’s Office was contacted and asked if a tour could be arranged as many of the students have not been in the building since it was the school.

Sheriff Gootkin will be giving a tour today at 1:30. Please meet us in the lobby if you are interested.

 

 

 

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Missing Dr.

On July 4, 2015 Dr. Patrick Fitzpatrick’s abandoned vehicle was discovered at the edge of a bean field south of Willow Creek Mt. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office initiated a search of the area on July 5, 2015. Search and Rescue personnel along with Deputy Sheriffs were unable to locate Dr. Fitzpatrick or any signs or evidence of his whereabouts.

The Gallatin and Madison County Sheriff’s received reports that Dr. Fitzpatrick was seen at the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department’s Fourth of July barbeque. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office initiated a search of Harrison and the surrounding area on July 8, 2015. Both the Madison and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office have been unable to confirm that Dr. Fitzpatrick was indeed at the Fourth of July barbeque in Harrison.

In the weeks that have followed the Sheriff’s Office has not received any information pertaining to Dr. Fitzpatrick. With hunting season soon starting the Sheriff would like to remind the public that Dr. Fitzpatrick is still missing and asks that anyone hunting or recreating in the area to please keep an eye out for any sign of Dr. Fitzpatrick or anything out of the ordinary.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is described as 6’0”, 240 lbs with white hair. Dr. Fitzpatrick was last seen at a bank in Bozeman on July 2, 2015 wearing a green polo type shirt and brown pants. Please contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 582-2100 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 843-5301 with any information.

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Willow fire information

information is being updated on inci web at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov

Public information officer at (406) 223-2028

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Willow Fire Area Restrictions

  
(Gallatin County, Mont.) The United States Forest Service, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Park County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the publics cooperation in staying away from the forest fire in Park County.  

For the publics safety and the safety of those fighting the fire, please avoid and observe the following road and trail closures.

National Forest System Roads:                                                          #1706 – Miles Creek Rd.                                                            #977 – Jackson Creek Rd. – above Trailhead                                                        #6901 – North Fork Willow Rd.                                                          #6600 – Middle Fork Willow Rd                                                            

National Forest System Trails: All trails south of Olson Creek Road                                                     #504 – Bangtail Divide south of Olson Crk Rd. – NFSR #6944                                                       #507 – Canyon Creek Loop                                                       #555 – Bishop Park Trail                                                    #506 – Bangtail Creek Trail

#508 – Jackson Divide Trail                                          #502 – Jackson Creek Trail

 #503 – Willow Creek Trail

Additional information is available from the Custer Gallatin Ranger District. Updates will also be posted here. 

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Small Child Struck by Vehicle in Belgrade

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BELGRADE, MONT.- On August 26, 2015 at approximately 5:27 P.M., Officers from the Belgrade Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Idaho street as it had been reported that seven year old child had been struck by pick-up truck and had sustained serious injuries as a result.  Officers responded, along with personnel from the Central Valley Fire District and American Medical Response.  The child was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in serious, yet stable condition.  The matter remains under investigation by the Belgrade Police Department, however it does not appear that speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.  There are no more details available at this time.

Contact:

Sgt. Dustin Lensing

Belgrade Police Department

406.388.4262

dlensing@belgradepolice.net

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Law Enforcement Discovers Missing Man

On August 25, 2015 at approximately 10:00 am, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team located the remains of 51 year-old Jordi Duffy of Parap, Australia.  Mr. Duffy was found near a roadway in Hyalite Canyon.

At this time his death appears to be from natural causes.  The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department, and the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office are still investigating the case.  Mr. Duffy’s body will be taken to the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula for an autopsy.

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(gallatin County, Mont) At 4:15 PM today a crash involving a tractor which had rolled and pinned a female was reported to the Gallatin County Dispatch. The deputy dispatched to the scene arrived at 4:30, and quickly found that the female under the tractor was deceased; there was no possibility of reviving her. The accident happened on private property in the Clarkston area and, although the female is not local, her name will not be released until relatives are notified.

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Rescue of Injured Bicyclist in Big Sky

 

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On August 19th, 2015, at approximately 1427 hours, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Big Sky Fire Department received a call in reference to a 38 year old male, who was injured during a mountain bike accident on an unknown trail near Andesite Road.

Members of the GCSO Communications Center were able to triangulate the victim’s cell phone and obtain a possible location.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department quickly responded to the area; however it was quickly determined that the terrain was not conducive for a vehicle extraction.  A page for assistance was put out to GCSO Big Sky Search & Rescue and an expedient response was received from several members.

A back country rescue operation was organized and members quickly set out to make contact with the victim.  Members familiar with the area determined it could not be reached with any type of ATV or rescue vehicle and set out on foot.  Upon reaching the victim, it was determined that the rescue helicopter, (Summit Air), could not be utilized because of the steep terrain.

Paramedics along with Search & Rescue determined the patient was stable for transport and carried the subject down the steep and rocky terrain.  The patient was carried to an awaiting ambulance and transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind mountain bikers to avoid common mistakes that can arise, such as not knowing your location and not bringing a map. If you’re lost it’s also important to stay calm and aware by ensuring adequate calorie intake, taking frequent rest breaks and staying warm. Becoming cold, hungry and thirsty reduces you’re awareness at which point you begin to make bad decisions. Bad decisions can lead to bad days. ####

 

 

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Mountain Biker Rescued Near Big Sky

  
(Big Sky, Mont.) Today at 2:30 p.m the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Big Sky Fire Department were dispatched to a 38 year old male from Big Sky who was injured during a mountain bike accident on an unnamed trail near Andesite Road.

911 Dispatchers were able to triangulate the man’s cell phone and obtain a possible location.
Sheriff’s Deputies and the Fire Department quickly responded to the area but soon determined that the terrain was not accessible by vehicle. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue at Big Sky was then dispatched.

Rescuers familiar with the area determined it could not be reached with any type of ATV or rescue vehicle and set out on foot.
Paramedics along with Search & Rescue determined the patient was stable for transport and carried the subject down the steep and rocky terrain. The patient was carried to an awaiting ambulance and transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind mountain bikers to avoid common mistakes that can arise, such as not knowing your location. If you’re lost it’s also important to stay calm and aware by having food and especially water, taking frequent rest breaks and staying warm. Becoming cold, hungry and thirsty reduces you’re awareness at which point you begin to make bad decisions. Bad decisions can lead to bad days. ####

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Lost Spanish Hikers Located in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness

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(Gallatin County, Mont.)  On Monday, August 17, at about 1:00 a.m., Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies in West Yellowstone received a report of three lost hikers in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness area 25 miles north of West Yellowstone. The hikers, who were from Spain, were part of a group on a multi-day wilderness hike. They became separated from the group sometime around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The two remaining hikers spent the remainder of the day searching but were unsuccessful and contacted the Sheriff’s Office for help. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue crews from West Yellowstone along with Forest Service empolyees were dispatched to the area on foot and horseback.  Other resources called upon were a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182, Life Flight Network and Montana Air National Guard helicopters. After several hours of searching the Life Flight Network helicopter located the lost hikers 2.5 miles east of their last known location but was unable to land due to the rugged, thickly-wooded terrain.  The Montana Air  Guard helicopter was able to hoist the tired hikers into the helicopter and transport them safely to the West Yellowstone airport. EMS personnel from Hebgen Basin Fire Department checked out the hikers and found them all to be in good health aside from small cuts and blisters.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind hikers to avoid common mistakes that can arise like choosing the wrong path by not bringing a map. If you’re lost it’s also important to stay calm and aware by ensuring adequate calorie intake, taking frequent rest breaks and staying warm. Becoming cold, hungry and thirsty reduces you’re awareness at which point you begin to make bad decisions. Bad decisions can lead to bad days. ####

 

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