Big Sky Pharmacy Burglary

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At approximately 3:05 am this morning Dispatch received a burglar alarm notification at the Bozeman Deaconess Pharmacy in the meadow village of Big Sky.  A deputy arrived at 3:15 am to discover that the back door window had been broken out and someone entered the building.  Detectives are investigating the burglary.  There was a similar incident at the same Pharmacy on October 18, 2014.  If you have any information please contact our Detective Division at 582-2125.

 

Wildfire Awareness Month News Conference

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WHAT:                 News Conference

WHEN:                  Wednesday, April 29th at 1:30 pm

WHERE:              Intersection of Mystic Heights Drive & Majestic Court

WHY:                    To encourage Gallatin County to participate in Montana Wildfire Awareness Month by learning how to prepare their homes and property for fire season; better understand the fire adapted environment that we live; learn ways to prevent human-caused fires; and practice using emergency routes and using personal communication plans.

WHO:                   Fire representatives from the following agencies and organizations in Gallatin County: US Forest Service, MT DNRC, local Fire Departments & Emergency Management.

AUDIENCE:         Local media

AGENDA:            

  • Welcome
  • Statements by local fire officials
  • Ready, Set, Go! Montana Program
  • Opportunity for Interviews with local agencies

 

PURPOSE OF WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH:

  • Raise awareness about the importance of preparing for wildfires
  • Encourage the public to take action in preparing for and reducing their risk of staring a wildfire.

 CONTACT:

Patrick Lonergan

Gallatin County Emergency Management

(406) 582-2350

ReadyGallatin.com/wildfire

RESOURCES:

Wildfire Awareness Month Release

Wildfire Awareness Month Proclamation

Reported Fiber Cut Affects Landline 911 Service in Manhattan and Three Forks

Date: April 27, 2015, 11:45 PM

Contact: Kerry O’Connell, 406-539-2559

A fiber cut Monday evening, April 27th, affected many landline phone customers in Manhattan and Three Forks. Many landline customers were unable to call the main dispatch center at Gallatin County 911 on their landline phones. Cell phone service to 911 was not affected. Over 75% of all 911 calls are received from cell phones. Technicians responded quickly to the outage and were working throughout the night but had no estimate of when the service would be repaired . Residents in Manhattan and Three Forks should first use their cell phones to call 911 for emergency services until the repairs are complete.

Headwaters Search Update and Identity of Girl

IMG_0248.JPG(Gallatin County, Mont.) The Sheriff’s Office today announced that it is suspending the search for the 8 year old girl lost in the Missouri River one week ago.  She is identified as Madison Veele of Logan, Montana.  Suspension of a search is when areas have been covered to a such an extent that additional searching is not likely to be productive.  Active, daily operations cease but the case remains open.  There will be regular patrols and a plan to bring back resources if new information or changing conditions indicate a reasonable probability of finding her.MadisonSheriff Gootkin said today “As a father I wish we could continue all day, everyday until we could return this little girl to her family, but as the Sheriff, at some point, I have to say when.  Unfortunately that time is now.  Since last Sunday we have over 3000 man hours on the ground, water and in the air using every tool available and we have not found her.  We have done everything in our power, but now we need some help from the river and mother nature. ”

The river remains a dangerous place.  Steep, slippery banks, strong hidden currents, rattle snakes and tics are just some of the hazards.  With high water time approaching, those hazards will only increase.  The family appreciates offers of assistance for continuing to search, but respectfully request not to be contacted.

It has been mentioned all week, but deserves mention again, the support of the community and the numerous volunteers has been wonderful and invaluable.

The Sheriff’s Office is always interested in the public’s observations.  If someone sees something or has information that may be of assistance please call  406-582-2100 ext. 2.

Photograph courtesy of the family.  For additional comment contact Sheriff Gootkin 406-539-8824 #####

 

 

Headwaters Search for Sunday Morning

IMG_0248.JPG(Gallatin County, Mont.)  Search efforts today include 3 boats and associated personnel.  Searchers continue to search high probability areas using underwater cameras and sonar.  Weather is overcast, windy and raining which significantly hampers the search effort.  Stream flows in the Gallatin and Jefferson Rivers have increased significantly over the last week with a corresponding decrease in visibility.

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WIDESPREAD RAIN AND SNOW WILL DEVELOP AROUND 2AM SUNDAY MORNING
AND THEN CONTINUE UNTIL MID AFTERNOON SUNDAY. PRECIPITATION
AMOUNTS FROM 0.15 TO 0.30 ARE POSSIBLE BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS AROUND AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE ON SUNDAY MORNING.
CONDITIONS BEGIN TO IMPROVE AFTER 3 PM SUNDAY. EXPECT A MOSTLY DRY
AND MILD DAY ON MONDAY. IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE DRY AND WARM FOR
BOTH TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.

.SUNDAY…

SKY/WEATHER………CLOUDY. SNOW AND RAIN IN THE MORNING
TURNING TO RAIN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
CHANCE OF RAIN/SNOW.90 PERCENT.
MAX TEMPERATURE…..45-50.
WIND (20 FT)……..NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 10 MPH.

Headwaters Search Saturday Morning April 25

  

 (Gallatin County, Mont.)  70 mostly volunteer searchers started scouring the Missoui River Headwaters this morning looking for the 8 year old girl missing since Sunday.  Resources include; 1 helicopter, 1 Civil Air Patrol plane, 9 boats, 8 dog teams, 10 ATVs, 20 ground searchers and a management team.  The weather has reduced visibility and recent rain has increased the river flow and decreased water visibility.  Incident Commander Sgt Jeremy Kopp stated “We are not deterred by conditions today and will do everything in our power to find her.”  Sheriff Gootkin would like to express his great appreciation to the community members and business who have worked so hard to support this operation.  “From food and beverages to support for the family and responders this community has been great.” he said.

Responsible Agency is The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

Assisting agencies include: Madison County, Sweet Grass County, Stillwater County, Broadwater County, Lewis and Clark County, Fish Wildlife and Parks, Civil Air Patrol, Central Helicopters, Highway Patrol, Three Forks Ambulance, AMR Ambulance, Gallatin County Road Department, Mt. Dept of Transportation and Montana Rail Link.

Headwaters Search Update for Friday April 24

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(Gallatin County, Mont.) Today 7 dog teams, the Two Bear Helicopter from Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue Boats from Sweetgrass, Park, Broadwater, Gallatin County and 1 private boat, 2 four wheelers, a kayaker, an AMR ambulance and MHP were dedicated to looking for the 8 year old girl lost in the Missouri River Sunday night.  Weather played into today’s operations with reduced visibility, higher and cloudy river conditions and rain showers.  Incident Commander, Sheriff’s Sgt Jeremy Kopp stated that Saturday is slated for the largest operation so far this week.