Tax Fraud

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has recently received several reports of Identity Theft tax fraud. Victims report that upon filing their tax returns they learn that they cannot file because their social security numbers have already been used to file a claim this year.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s is currently working with the IRS regarding the investigation that has affected individuals nationwide.

If you have any information or have been a victim of this fraud contact your local IRS office, 1805 S. 22nd Avenue Bozeman, or go to http://www.irs.gov/uac/Taxpayer-Guide-to-Identity-Theft.

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Thorpe Road Burglary – Crime Stoppers Correct phone number

 

  Sometime during the first week of March a residence off of Thorpe Road was burglarized and an undisclosed amount of cash, two pistols, and multiple pieces of jewelry were taken.  The jewelry is described as being Black Hills Gold rings and necklaces, a three piece Austrian Crystal bracelet, a choker, a belt and a very distinctive blue stone necklace with matching earrings. 

  If you have any information regarding the theft of these items please contact 406-586-1131.  Any information leading to the recovery of the items and a conviction of the individual(s) involved may lead to a reward from Crime Stoppers.

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Rescue #6 for Sheriff’s SAR in West Yellowstone

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(West Yellowstone, Mont.) Sunday March 23rd at 6:17 p.m., Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the report of an injured snowmobiler on Madison Arm Road approximately 4 miles west of U.S. 191.  Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue (West Yellowstone Division), and the U.S Forest Service assisted with the rescue.  A 44-year-old female from Santa Clara, Utah suffered a possible dislocated shoulder when the snowmobile ahead of her braked suddenly. The injured rider lost control of her snowmobile which rolled approximately two times ejecting her over the front of the snowmobile. She was quickly packaged and transported by the rescue team to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. The ambulance then transported her to the Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg Idaho.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind everyone that the key to safe operation is knowing your limitations, and using good judgment. Your speed and following distance should allow you to safely respond to sudden maneuvers by other snowmobilers and changing trail conditions.  Photo coutesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s SAR.#####

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Fifth Snowmobile Rescue Near West Yellowstone Today

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(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On Thursday March 20, 2014, at 1:59 p.m., Gallatin County Sheriffs Search and Rescue responded to the report of an injured snowmobiler on the Two Top Snowmobile Trail approximately five miles west of West Yellowstone. When the rescue team arrived at the scene they found a 33-year-old female from Beaver Creek, Ohio who had suffered a back injury when she lost control of the snowmobile she was operating and hit a tree. The driver of the snowmobile that was following her also lost control and ran into the back of her snowmobile. She was packaged onto the rescue sled and transported to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. She was then transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. This is the 5th snowmobile rescue call so far in March for the West Yellowstone Section of Sheriff’s SAR.  This is not unusual for this time of year in West. Sheriff Gootkin stated “The Rescue Volunteers in West are really good at what they do.   If you were going to get hurt on a snowmobile, the south end of Gallatin County is a pretty good place to have it happen. However we prefer folks be prepared, recreate within their limits and exercise caution so we don’t get to meet them like this.” Photo Courtesy of Sheriff’s Office SAR. ####

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Girl Injured in Snowmobile Crash near West Yellowstone

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West Yellowstone, Mont. On March 19, 2014, at 12:06 p.m., Gallatin County Sheriffs Search and Rescue responded to the report of an injured snowmobiler on Two Top near the Montana/Idaho border. Personnel from the Sheriffs Office, Search and Rescue (West Yellowstone Division), and the U.S. Forest Service assisted with the rescue. When the rescue team arrived at the scene they found a 15-year-old female from Pella, Iowa, who had suffered injuries to her right shoulder, right leg, and back. She had been riding on a snowmobile with her mother when her mother lost control in a corner and crashed. She was ejected and injured. She was packaged onto the rescue sled and transported to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. She was then transported to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

 

 

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March 17, 2014

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of threats involving juveniles in Three Forks.  Rumors spread throughout the community via social media that someone was going to the school today to shoot students.  Our Office is investigating the allegations and there are NO facts supporting these rumors.  Parents kept their children out of school out of fear for their safety.  Sheriff Brian Gootkin reiterates that there are no facts substantiating the rumors and that the school is safe.  Please contact the Sheriff with any further questions or concerns at 582-2125.

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Montana Revenue Department encourages owners of property damaged or destroyed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 14, 2014

CONTACT

Mary Ann Dunwell, Public Information Officer

(406) 444-6700, (406) 461-2648 cell, mdunwell@mt.gov

 

Montana Revenue Department encourages owners of property damaged or destroyed by flooding to apply for tax relief

 

Helena – The Montana Department of Revenue encourages Montana property owners whose homes are damaged or destroyed by flooding to apply for natural disaster property tax relief.

 

A property owner whose home or outbuildings are partially or totally destroyed by natural disaster, rendering the property unsuitable for its previous use, may be eligible for property tax relief. Businesses who lose their equipment to flooding or other natural disaster may also qualify.

 

The tax relief is prorated based on the number of days in the tax year that the property is unusable. The relief is available for the current tax year. The department asks property owners to complete Form AB-25 to apply for the property tax relief. They’ll need to complete the application by December 31, 2014. The form is available online at www.revenue.mt.gov or at all Revenue Department local offices.

 

“Flooding can be devastating and we are sorry for Montanans whose homes are damaged or destroyed by natural disaster and who suffer because of it,” said Revenue Director Mike Kadas.  ”This tax relief can be significant and help provide some relief as property owners recover from this season’s snow melt and dangerous flooding.”

 

The state’s natural disaster property tax relief also covers properties damaged by avalanche, wind or other natural event.

 

Montana property owners who experience a natural disaster-related loss of a dwelling also may be eligible for a federal income tax deduction. In addition, the department can issue replacement copies of property records, past-year tax returns or other revenue-related information that is lost in a flood or other natural disaster.

 

For more information, contact your local Revenue Department office. You can also visit the department’s website at www.revenue.mt.gov and click on the natural disaster relief link. For a list of local Revenue Department offices, please also visit the website and click on contact information.

 

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Mary Ann Dunwell

Public Information Officer

Montana Department of Revenue

Director’s Office

PO Box 5805

125 North Roberts

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Search and Rescue on the Move Wednesday

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(Bozeman, Mont.) On 03/13/2014, at about 1:15 p.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unknown number of skiers that had been caught up in an avalanche north of Bridger Bowl. Members of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue that were already on the mountain responded with Sheriff’s Deputies and were assisted by Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol.

Rescuers found one injured skier. The skier was a 32 year old male from Bozeman that had been skiing out of bounds north of Bridger Bowl in what is called the Barney Avalanche Slide Path. The skier caused the avalanche at the ridge breaking a large cornice free and landed approximately 450 yards down the hill. The skier was able to dig his way out of the snow and fellow skiers were quick to assist and alert ski patrol.

Initial rescuers located the injured male and were able to stabilize and warm him after the area was found to be safe of secondary avalanches. Rescuers moved the skier with a transport sled to the Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol building to provide further medical assistance. The skier was then turned over to AMR and transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for his injuries.

The quick response of the injured skier’s friends in calling for help aided rescuers and emergency services in performing their job in a quick and safe manner. The skiers were prepared for a back country skiing with beacons, poles and shovels. There is a high avalanche danger warning in the area. It is important to remember to have the proper equipment (food, water, extra clothing, emergency beacon, shovels, etc) when recreating in the back country.

In other search related activity today Deputies were starting to look for a man and women in their 20′s that had failed to return from a night of driving “back roads” this morning. They were able to make contact by cell phone at about 1:00 p.m. They were walking out of the 16 mile area. Meghar County Deputies assisted in transporting them back. At about 4:00 Deputies were advised that 2 other people that had gone out looking for the first 2 had failed to return. #####

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Keep Your Eyes Open for Water in the Wrong Place

GCEM Media Release

Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, 582-2395
Release: 140312-01

Keep Your Eyes Open for Water in the Wrong Place

Bozeman, MT – Residents are encouraged to be vigilant in keeping their eyes on the runoff around their houses as our recent snow in the valley melts.  In the past week we have experienced water issues through out Gallatin County in places that we don’t routinely see it.  As this snow melts out of the open spaces in the valley floor residents are strongly encouraged to keep an eye out for where the water is going.  If it looks like their property may be affected, then they should take action before it becomes an issue.

Once flooding occurs and is affecting a building, it is often too late to prevent significant damage.  Once it appears someone’s property may be affected, they are encouraged to take appropriate actions to protect their property.  It is important for people to understand that water conditions can change quickly and often peak during the night catching people off guard.

Information on flooding is available at ReadyGallatin.com/flooding.php.

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Single Vehicle Accident

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PRESS RELEASE

Gallatin County Coroner’s Office

On March 7th, 2014 at approximately 9:00 pm the Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on US 1-90 at mile marker 303 westbound.  The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was ejected and died at the scene due to blunt force injuries.  He was identified as 31 year old Shane Warner of Manhattan, MT.  

 

Montana Highway Patrol is leading the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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