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Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Assistance

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(Gallatin County, Mont.)  On November 26, 2016 a male suspect entered Casey’s Corner Gas station in Four Corners near Bozeman Montana. The suspect walked through the store and into the bathroom where he remained until the store was empty of patrons. The suspect then dawned a ski mask seen on his head and detained the store clerk in a back room with two 12-inch kitchen knives.

The suspect was in the store over 15 minutes until the crime was complete. The suspect exited the back of the store when a patron entered. It is believed the suspect ran past the Carriage House Car Wash and or Summit Motor Sports to an unknown location/vehicle.  The Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following photos in hopes someone will recognize the suspect.  Two photos show the suspect wearing a stalking cap on their head and two photos were captured of the suspect immediately after removing the cap partially revealing the suspect’s face.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gallatin County Detective Division at 406-582-2121 or Crime Stoppers at 406-582-1131. You may remain anonymous. Persons providing information leading to the apprehension or conviction of suspect(s) could be eligible for a reward.

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Two Searches Wednesday a Special Holiday Bargin

img_0248-8.jpg(Gallatin County, Mont.) The night before Thanksgiving was a busy one for search and rescue in Gallatin County.   Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to two simultaneously occurring back country searches.  At 7:15 pm, searchers responded to the Fairy Lake area of the northern Bridger Mountains.  A group of backcountry snowboarders had lost contact with a 22-year-old male member of their group about four hours earlier.  The reporting party was only able to contact help via text message due to very limited cell phone coverage in the area.

Then at 7:38 pm, searchers responded to a lost 35-year-old hunter in the upper Moser Creek drainage in Hyalite Canyon.  The hunter, who reported being cold and lost was able to message a friend.  The friend called for help from search and rescue.  Poor cell phone contact also hampered efforts during this search.

A winter storm and darkness created hazardous conditions for both searches.  Helicopters were unable to fly due to the weather, so ground teams responded to both search areas.

After battling almost impassable roads into the Fairy Lake area, hikers and skiers started searching in heavy snowfall.  The missing snowboarder was able to find his way out to the Fairy Lake Road a short while later and was picked up by searchers around 10:30 pm.

The hunter was able to make contact with searchers via intermittent text message.  Once he had stopped moving and built a fire, he was able to screen shot his cell phone’s compass app which showed his GPS coordinates.  He texted the screen shot to searchers.  Searches were then able to move directly to his position by foot and four-wheeler.  He was finally located around 11:27 pm.

Both lost subjects were cold but otherwise ok.  Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that even during the winter months, people enjoying the backcountry should be prepared to spend the night outdoors.  Have appropriate clothing and equipment and carry a means of communications.  Helpful hint; cold saps battery life.  Keep your phone next your body to keep the battery warm.  Let others know where you are going and when to expect you back, and it is always a good idea to enjoy backcountry snow activities in groups.

 

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North Dakota Mutual Aid Update

 

There was a miscommunication between the Sheriff and the State of Montana in reference to the mutual aid agreement with North Dakota. Due to their not being a current agreement authorizing local law-enforcement to assist, and that reimbursement and liability are not covered, Sheriff Gootkin has decided to wait for Governor Bullocks decision.

 

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North Dakota Mutual Aid Request

 

  As many of you are aware, there have been protests in North Dakota that have recently turned violent.  I have worked with the North Dakota Sheriffs in the past and they have requested our assistance. 

  The Montana Highway Patrol has already sent troopers there to assist.  I will be taking four Gallatin County deputies to help those Sheriffs keep the peace.  We will be there for approximately a week. 

  We are working with Montana DES and Governor Bullock for mutual aid with the state of North Dakota for reimbursement of expenses. 

  My decision has nothing to do with the politics of the situation and only to do with trying to help deescalate a volatile situation.  We are peace officers and law enforcement and I am confident that if we had a large incident occur here, they would not hesitate to help. 

  The Montana Sheriff’s and Peace Officers have sent a request to Montana Sheriffs for assistance and are coordinating sending teams from other Offices and our deployment.  Please feel free to contact me on my cell with any questions.  

 Brian M. Gootkin

Gallatin County Sheriff

615 South 16th

Bozeman, MT  59715

(406)582-2125

 

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Annual Update on Flood Mitigation Accepted

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Release # 161101-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, 582-2395

Annual Update on Flood Mitigation Accepted

Bozeman, MT – On October 27th Gallatin County’s All Hazard All Discipline Group accepted an annual update on flood mitigation work as part of the Community Rating System renewal currently underway by Gallatin County.  This update provided an overview of the progress made on flood related projects identified in the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan which is also scheduled to be updated in 2017.  The Community Rating System requires this update to be distributed to local media.

View the annual update at:  https://www.gallatinmedia.org/?wpfb_dl=6

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Kirkwood Trail Rescue

(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On October 27, 2016 at 12:30 p.m., West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch center received a 911 call from a hunting guide reporting that one of his hunters had sustained a compound fracture of his leg after being kicked by a horse. The incident took place on the Kirkwood Trail approximately seven miles from the trailhead, which is about sixteen miles northwest of the town of West Yellowstone. The injured party was a 49-year-old male from South Dakota who was on a guided hunt with friends.

Due to the recent large rain showers, the resulting muddy trails, and accessibility to the area only by hiking or horseback; Gallatin County Search & Rescue personnel made the decision to launch a helicopter from Air Idaho to retrieve the injured hunter.

The Air Idaho helicopter was able to land safely at the scene, package the injured hunter, and transport him to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for medical evaluation.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind hunters that the outdoors we enjoy can quickly become a dangerous arena, particularly if you are unprepared. Make sure you have proper survival gear, clothing, food, water and first aid gear. Traveling with a group can also be extremely beneficial as an injury such as this can be immediately and completely debilitating. The hunting party in this case had multiple means of communication, emergency equipment, gear to survive in the wilderness for days, and the ability to provide rescuers with exact GPS coordinates.

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Hunter Injured North of West Yellowstone (not by a bear)

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(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On October 26, 2016 at 12:04 p.m., West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from a hunting guide reporting that one of his hunters had sustained a back injury while riding a horse on the Cub Creek trail. The injured party, a 55 year old male from upstate New York, was unable to stand up due to the injury and was requesting assistance in getting out.

Due to the recent large rain showers and the resulting muddy trails, the decision was made to launch a helicopter from Air Idaho to retrieve the injured hunter.

The Air Idaho helicopter was able to land safely at the scene, package the injured hunter, and transport him to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for medical evaluation.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind hunters that the outdoors we enjoy can quickly become a dangerous arena, particularly if you are unprepared. Make sure you have proper survival gear, clothing, food, water and first aid gear. Traveling with a group can also be extremely beneficial as an injury such as this can be immediately and completely debilitating.

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Texas Man Found After Becoming Lost East of Bozeman

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On Monday at 10:00 P.M. the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a lost hunter in the New World Gulch area of Bear Canyon. A 73-year-old Texas man had been hunting in the area with a number of friends and had not returned to the camp after dark.

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Teams including Deputies, the Posse, K9, Heli-Alpine and HAMs were dispatched for the search.  The REACH medical helicopter was also requested to search the area with night vision goggles.  At about midnight, REACH Air reported seeing a man just off the trail waving a flashlight in strobe mode.  At 01:26, ground teams reached the man who was uninjured and in good spirits but very lost.  Ground teams escorted the man back to his hunting camp.  #####

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Cobblestone Incident Update

 

 At approximately 1:45 am this morning, after a lengthy standoff, the Gallatin/Bozeman Special Response Team unfortunately discovered a deceased male at 114 Gemstone west of Belgrade.  The gunshot wound appeared to be self -inflicted.

  Due to the death occurring while in the custody of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, we have requested the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations to investigate the incident and the Park County Coroner’s Office to investigate the death.

  Sheriff Gootkin will be available for questions after 11:00 am today.

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