Weather Complicates Rescue Near West Yellowstone

(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Friday January 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm, a local West Yellowstone snowmobile rental company contacted a Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer to report that one of their customers had been involved in a snowmobile accident and had suffered a knee injury. The reporting party indicated that the operator of the snowmobile was unable to ride out on his own. The Forest Service LEO, who is also a member of Gallatin County’s Search & Rescue unit, contacted a SAR rescue coordinator. Within a short period of time, a fairly accurate location of the incident was established, indicating a backcountry area off the Two Top snowmobile trail approximately 10 miles southwest of the Town of West Yellowstone.

Personnel from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the West Yellowstone Division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue, National Forest Service, and Yellowstone National Park responded to assist with the rescue. The terrain and snow conditions provided rescuers with difficult challenges in getting to the injured party. When rescue personnel arrived on scene, it was quickly determined that the 18-year-old injured male from Wisconsin had a much more serious injury than initially reported. The male in fact had a broken right femur and was in a substantial amount of pain. Rescuer personnel requested a rescue helicopter be brought in to a landing area near the patient; however, weather conditions prevented the helicopter from flying to that location.

The rescue team then placed the male in a full body compression splint and loaded him onto a specialized rescue sled. The team determined that they could not get the patient off the mountain the same way they had come in, so another route was navigated, including an area where the rescue sled was hand lowered. Rescuers were eventually able to make it back to a groomed trail and headed into Idaho to rendezvous with the rescue helicopter; which was able to make it to a landing zone approximately 10 miles away. The injured male was then transported by Life Flight Network personnel to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to know their limitations and the limitations of their snowmobiles, and stay on marked trails. The off trail areas are unmaintained and can be full of unseen hazards. Be alert for hazards such as tree wells, hidden stumps & creek bottoms, which can be unpredictable and unforgiving. Always let another member of your group know if you venture off trail keeping in mind that the most dangerous situations can occur if you get injured when you are alone. Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s office.

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Truck Driver Found Deceased

On January 11, 2017, at approximately 2:30PM, the Gallatin County Sheriff`s Office received a call from a concerned employer from the State of Washington stating that he was unable to reach the driver of one of his trucks.  He stated that the truck had not shown up for its scheduled stop, and he last knew the driver and truck to be at the Town Pump on Business Hub Drive outside Belgrade, MT.

MHP and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office located the truck still parked in the lot, where it had remained since the previous evening.  The driver could be seen in the sleeper, but would not respond to the officers.  Law Enforcement forced entry into the truck so that Central Valley Fire and AMR could assess the driver’s health, it was quickly discovered that he had passed away.

The matter was taken over by the Gallatin County Deputy Coroner, and it was determined that 61-year-old Elbert Price, of Vancouver, Washington, had passed in his sleep due to natural causes.  The family was notified, and Dokken-Nelson responded to assist in transporting the body out-of-state for disposition.

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Deputies Search in Sub Zero Temperatures for Crash Suspect

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Wednesday at about 1:oo in the morning Deputies were dispatched to I-90 for near Logan.  A Cadillac Escalade stuck a semi at a high speed, rolled and the driver fled on foot.  Deputies including a k-9, Manhattan Police and MHP Troopers spent the next 4 hours tracking Gary Migliore of Belgrade through the snow and sub zero temperatures.  Sheriff Gootkin says “there was a definite risk to his safety, the Deputies could not tell if he was injured and delusional from the crash or just running because he had warrants.  Public safety is our primary job, even when it puts us at risk and we take that job very seriously.”  In the end Mr. Migliore was found, cold and suffering from mild frost bite.  He was taken to the hospital to be checked then arrested on outstanding warrants.  One officer also suffered a mild case of frost bite.

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Central Park Woman found Deceased Outside Her Home

(Gallatin County, Mont.)   On January 3, 2017 at 8:30 A.M., Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner was called to a home on Central Park Road between Belgrade and Manhattan.   Betty Jean Schneiter, an 88 year-old female suffering from Alzheimer’s, was found deceased outside her home.  Preliminary investigation indicates her death was weather related.  Official Temperatures at the Airport reached -16 degrees F during the night and early morning.   #####

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Missing Woman Found West of Bozeman

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Unfortunately the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has discovered Crystal Collins deceased.   Jake Collins has been taken into custody by Sheriff’s Detectives and is being held at the Gallatin County Detention Center charged with Deliberate Homicide.  Further information will be available through the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.

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Woman Missing from West of Bozeman

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Corrected 1-2-17 6:24 PM

Crystal (Keller) Collins, a 32-year-old Bozeman woman was last seen between 3:00 – 4:00am New Years Day when she reportedly walked away from her residence in the Mountain View Trailer Park at 8628 Huffine Lane, just west of Bozeman. She has not been seen or heard from since this time.  The report was received by the Sheriff’s Office Monday at 9:45 am.

Collins is 5’7”, medium build, dyed red hair with green eyes, last seen wearing black coat, blue jeans and brown leather boots with a multi-colored knit hat. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 406-582-2100 or Crime Stoppers at 406-582-1131. You may remain anonymous. Persons providing information leading to the location of Collins could be eligible for a reward.

**Photos Attached Below**

**Does not depict clothing worn on night of disappearance.

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Gallatin County Capable of Wireless Emergency Alerts

GCEM Media Release

Release:  161228-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2395

Gallatin County Capable of Wireless Emergency Alerts

Bozeman, MT – With the arrival of the Community Notification System Gallatin County is now one of only a handful of counties in Montana that can generate Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) during an emergency.  WEA’s allow emergency officials to send emergency messages to any cell phone in a defined area without the need for cell phones being registered or downloading an app.  This operates in the same way as AMBER Alerts where the phones will alert and display an emergency message.

Patrick Lonergan, Gallatin County Emergency Manager explains, “This is a great step forward in alerting with our ability to activate an alert on any cell phone in the alerting area.  Now we can reach out to visitors, as well as residents who have not registered in the Community Notification System.”  While Wireless Emergency Alerts bring a great advance in alerting to the county, the system is not perfect and is still being refined by industry and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.  Limitations in the message length, content and size of the alerting area currently exist with WEA.  Many of these limitations are currently under revision and will likely be refined over the next couple years.

Despite the ability for agencies in Gallatin County to send a WEA message to cell phones, we still encourage all residents to register with the Community Notification System at http://alerts.readygallatin.com.  The best way to ensure you and your family are alerted is to register with the Community Notification System as WEAs are generally only used for large wide spread events.  “Wireless Emergency Alerts are great at reaching large numbers of people in widespread emergencies, but until the WEA system is refined over the next couple years the best bet to ensure you are alerted for an emergency is registering directly in the Community Notification System.” according to Patrick Lonergan.

While WEAs appears to many like a fancy text message, it is actually much more complex.  Wireless Emergency Alerts became possible in Gallatin County with the new Community Notification System and its integration with FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).  IPAWS is a collaborative system that allows authenticated users to generate emergency messages and instantly hand those off as a verified message to a multitude of partners for distribution.  When the cellular providers receive the verified message they automatically send the message as a Wireless Emergency Alert to all the cellular phones currently associated with a cell tower in the defined alerting area.  To avoid system overload the WEA messages are sent as a single message that all cell phones receive at the same time rather than a specific message to each phone.

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Holiday DUI Patrols in the Gallatin Valley

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 20, 2016

Holiday DUI Patrols in the Gallatin Valley:

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over December 14 through January 1

Gallatin County —  On December 17, 2016 from 8:00 p.m. to 02:00 a.m. several local agencies participated in a Multi – Agency patrol to reduce D.U.I. drivers and promote the use of safety belts in Gallatin County. This patrol is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown.

The agencies involved were the Montana Highway Patrol, Bozeman Police Department, Belgrade Police Department, Montana State University Police Department and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

These agencies put 13 extra Officers on streets and roadways of Gallatin County in an attempt to locate D.U.I. drivers and prevent a tragedy from taking place.  The weather was less than perfect as the temperatures fell to below -18. However, the officers worked hard to provide a safer Gallatin Valley and managed to produce the following numbers.

D.U.I. Arrests:                   3            Total Citations:  19

Suspended Driver:          1            Total Warnings: 50

Drug Related Arrest:      1            Total Stops:        69

Total Arrests                      5

 

We are committed to reducing D.U.I. and raising awareness about wearing your safety belt. We will be working more of these joint patrols in the future.

 

We are continuing to ask drivers and members of the public to do their part to save lives and prevent injuries on the roads. Here are some tips this holiday season:

  • Alcohol can enhance the side effects of medication. Avoid mixing alcohol with any medications, and ask your doctor about possible consequences of doing so.
  • If you plan to drink at a party, bar or restaurant, have a sober friend do the driving, or find another alternative.
  • Expect your friends and family to have a sober driver and let them know it.
  • Provide safe transportation for your party guests—as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report an impaired driver.
  • The best defense against a drunk driver is wearing a seatbelt – everyone, every trip, every time.

These traffic safety patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement and education campaigns are combined under Vision Zero, the shared vision for zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways.  For more information Contact Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation 406-444-3439, cwatt@mt.gov

Please Drink Responsibly – Don’t Drink and Drive – Use a Designated Driver

HAPPY HOLIDAYS – From your local Law Enforcement

Sheriff Brian Gootkin         Chief Dennis Hengel          Chief Steve Crawford

Gallatin County Sheriff       Manhattan Police Dept.   Bozeman Police Dept.      

 

Chief E. J. Clark Jr.             Chief Robert Putzke       Captain Mark Wilfore

Belgrade Police Dept.          MSU Police                       MHP

 

 Chief Scott Newell     

West Yellowstone Police Dept.   

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Statewide AMBER Alert Test Scheduled for January 13

NEWS RELEASE
ATTORNEY GENERAL TIM FOX
MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | December 21, 2016
Contact:
Montana AMBER Alert Coordinator Jennifer Viets, 406-444-2483, jviets@mt.gov
DOJ Deputy Communications Director Anastasia Burton, 406-444-9869, aburton@mt.gov

Statewide AMBER Alert Test Scheduled for January 13
Test Scheduled for National AMBER Alert Day

HELENA – The Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) is notifying the public a statewide test of the Montana AMBER Alert System has been scheduled for National AMBER Alert Day – January 13, 2017 at approximately 10:00 am.  This will be an end-to-end live system test and should include cell phone alerting.
The public should be aware Montana’s AMBER Alert system uses two types of cell phone notifications:

•       The first type of cellular alert is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS) Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) which broadcasts a loud tone and sends a short text message.  This is the same system used to broadcast Presidential Emergency messages.  Every cellular phone in the AMBER Alert area should receive this message if they have not disabled the alert.  If citizens do not receive this alert, they should contact their cell phone carrier.
•       The second type of cellular alert comes from CodeRED and allows more detailed AMBER Alert information to be distributed, including photographs.  However, in order to receive these cellular alerts, citizens must download the free CodeRED application available at:  https://ecnetwork.com/codered-mobile-alert-app/

Montana’s AMBER Alert system is activated to alert the public when law enforcement believes a child has been abducted under life-threatening circumstances.  “The upcoming test of our AMBER Alert system is key to maintaining  this life-saving notification tool for Montana’s missing children,” Attorney General Tim Fox said.  “We know that the first few hours after an abduction are the most critical for a kidnapped child’s safe return.  Citizen tips are vital for Montana’s law enforcement agencies as they work to recover children and arrest kidnapping suspects,” Attorney General Fox added.

Since Montana’s AMBER Alert Program was established in 2003, there have been 32 AMBER Alerts issued; seven of them were for abductions that occurred in other states or Canada.  Due to strong public participation, all 47 children were located.  Tragically, four were located deceased:  Two were murdered in cases that started in Idaho and Canada respectively; one child was the victim of an accidental death; and one child was murdered in Montana last year.

Last summer, DOJ announced it began using CodeRED to issue Montana’s AMBER Alerts and Missing Endangered Person Advisories (MEPAs), thanks to a generous donation by the Town Pump Foundation, which made the switch to the new alert system possible.

Montana’s AMBER Alert system is effective in large part because of the dedicated partnership among Montana law enforcement, the Montana Broadcasters Association and media, the Montana National Weather Service, and several state agencies including the Montana Department of Justice, the Montana Department of Transportation, the Montana Department of Administration, and the Montana Lottery, as well as Montana’s citizens.

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Search Warrant Being Executed on Suspect Methamphetamine Lab Near Gallatin Gateway

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Sheriff’s Deputies from the Missouri River Drug Task Force are currently executing a search warrant on Garnet Mountain Way near Gallatin Gateway.  Investigators from the Drug Task Force have recently developed information about a suspected clandestine meth lab in a residence.  A search warrant was obtained and is being executed.  The manufacture of methamphetamine involves the use of volatile and toxic chemicals.   Because of the potential for chemical hazards the Bozeman Fire Department’s regional hazardous materials team is on scene along with Gallatin Gateway Fire Department and AMR ambulance.  There is no know hazard to the public at this time.

The Missouri River Drug Task Force is a 6 county investigation team made up of Sheriff’s Deputies, local Police and Federal Officers focused on drug enforcement and is administered by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.  Follow-up questions can be directed to Sheriff’s Captain Ryan Stratman at 582-2104#####

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