Press Release

For Immediate Release

September 7, 2011

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office was called at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, September 7 to a report of an assault and burglary near 129 Village Drive in the River Rock Subdivision west of Belgrade. A 42 year-old man was assaulted as he serviced an ATM.

The man received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the ATM.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that anyone having information regarding these crimes to contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2100 option #2 or Headwaters Crimestoppers tip line at 586-1131. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Department of Revenue Alcohol Compliance Classes

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In order to help business owners, alcohol servers and sellers comply with SB129 by the mandated September 30 deadline, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is offering three additional “Let’s Control It classes”, which are approved by the Department of Revenue.
The classes will be held on September 9th, 16th and 23rd in the Community Room at the Gallatin County Detention Center. Each class will begin at 9:00 a.m. The cost is $15 for each individual, and payment must be made upon attendance and in the form of cash, business check or money order/cashier’s check. Reservations can be made by calling 406-582-2117.
Businesses with more than 20 attendees may be eligible to have the class taught at their respective business, depending on scheduling availability.

Labor Day Weekend Rescue


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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Update at 12:15 a.m.

(Bozeman) – An skier injured on the east side of the Bridger Mountains was safely transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Saturday night thanks to the efforts of Gallatin County Search and Rescue workers and the U.S. Air Force.

   A 19 year old male, with three other companions, was injured Saturday afternoon following a 1,000 foot slide on the east slope of Sacajawea Peak on a chute that holds snow most of the year, known as ‘The Great One’, located north of Bridger Bowl south-east of the Fairy Lake campground.

   One of the injured skiers’ companions was able to call 9-1-1 with his cell phone and reported the incident at 4:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

     GCSO Search and Rescue units on the ground at Fairy Lake coordinated their efforts with six members of the SAR Heli-Rescue Team flown to the mountain-top by Carisch Helicopter Service. The Heli-Rescue Team, all expert climbers, included a Physician’s Assistant and an Emergency Medical Technician, hiked down to the injured skier and stabilized the patient.   

   Due to the nature of the conditions on the mountain and the condition of the patient, SAR officials determined that they needed to transport the patient by air.  The area is very steep, rocky and extremely difficult to move around in.  At the same time, with the sun going down and temperature dropping, the call was made to Malmstrom Air Force Base to bring in a helicopter with a hoist, night vision capability and a flight nurse. 

   “We were concerned about how quickly we were loosing the sunlight,” said Incident Commander Sheriff’s Sergeant Alex Fuller.  “The overnight forecast was for chilly temperatures and we didn’t want folks on the mountain if we could prevent it.”

   The patient was flown to Gallatin Field Airport at 11:59 p.m. for transport by ambulance to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Emergency Room. 

   “It was a long night, but we had a good outcome,” said Sgt. Fuller.  “Thanks to a cell phone and some hard working volunteers, the patient is now getting the care he needs at BDH.”

   Sgt. Fuller says this incident is a good chance to remind back-country travelers that an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.  “When you’re out there, a short trip can turn into a long day very quickly.  Be prepared with extra clothing, water, food and a way to make a fire.” 

   Sheriff’s SAR Commander Lt. Jason Jarrett said that there are many places in Gallatin County that are relatively close to town but are still very remote and challenging to get to or evacuate people from if they are injured.  It can be frustrating to be able to almost see the hospital but not be able to get there until the next day.  

   Lt. Jarrett reminds outdoor enthusiasts that there is no guarantee of receiving help quickly in the back-country.  Our Rescue teams are very capable but the public needs to understand that some of these incidents will be all night and into the morning affairs. 





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On August 31, 2011, at approximately 2:30 a.m. the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office was advised of a fatal motor vehicle accident. The accident occurred on West Dry Creek Road in Manhattan. The accident, a one vehicle roll over, is still under investigation. The victim was 32 year-old Tina Marie Beltz of Belgrade.

Press Release – CrimeStoppers

CrimeStoppers Announcement

At approximately 9:30 am on Saturday, August 27, a motorcycle was observed eastbound on Huffine Lane traveling at an extremely high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic. The same motorcycle was later observed eastbound on Valley Center from Wylie Creek, and then southbound on Davis.

The manner of travel and speed was extremely hazardous to both the rider and the public. If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the rider, please contact Sgt. Ryan Stratman at the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2100, or CrimeStoppers at 586-1131. Information given to CrimeStoppers may be kept anonymous. In addition, information given by either means may qualify the caller for a reward.

Playing it Safe Pays Off



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  A good plan produced a good outcome for a backcountry search this week near West Yellowstone.

On August 27, 2011, at 5:47 p.m.  a Bozeman resident called the Gallatin County Sheriffs Office and said that he was concerned about his wife and another couple from the Bozeman area who were hiking near Coffin Lake, which is northwest of West Yellowstone.

He said that the three hikers parked their vehicle at the Coffin Lake trailhead on Friday the 26th and planned to camp that evening in a pre-determined area in between lower and upper Coffin Lake. He said that he received an “all okay” message from his wife’s SPOT satellite GPS messenger that evening at the prearranged time.  The caller said that he planned to fly to the area the next day in a helicopter and photograph the campers by the lake.  He said that when he arrived at 8:30 a.m. he did not see the hikers at the pre-determined spot.  Later that day when he did not receive another “all okay” message from his wife at the arranged time, he requested assistance.

Personnel from the West Yellowstone division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue, the U. S. Forest Service, and the Gallatin County Sheriffs Office assisted with the search.

While search crews headed to the area, the caller flew to the area in a helicopter to assist with the search.  While he was enroute he received an “all okay” message from his wife’s SPOT messenger.  This also provided her current GPS coordinates.  The caller flew to the coordinates and found the three hikers.  They were in camp and gave the thumbs up sign.  Since nobody has spoken with the hikers it is currently unknown what caused their delay.

“We had a great and safe outcome today because the involved parties were prepared and had a plan to take immediate action when it appeared that there was trouble,” said Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell.  ###






Fort Ellis Fire Service Area Closes All Open Burning

As of 6 PM, August 262011, the Fort Ellis Fires Service Area, encompassing the area East from the Bozeman City limits to the Park County line, has closed open burning due to extreme fire conditions. The open burning closure includes all fires requiring a Gallatin County Burn Permit and open flame campfires.

This closure does not include BBQ or other approved fire appliances.

This closure is in effect until further notice.

More information can be found on the Fort Ellis Fire Department’s web site


All Open Burning Closed in Bozeman City Limits due to Extreme Fire Conditions

At 4:30 P.M. Friday August 26, 2011 all open burning in Bozeman City Limits was suspended.

Due to extreme fire conditions, high temperatures, low humidity and forecast high winds, all open burning is closed in the Bozeman City Limits until further notice. The open burning closure includes all fires requiring a Gallatin County Burn Permit and open flame campfires.

This closure does not include BBQ’s or other approved fire appliances.

We will re-evaluate conditions on August 29, 2011.

Thank you for your consideration in helping the City of Bozeman Fire Department keep our citizens safe from fire and other life safety hazards.

Other fire districts or fire service areas that have similar restrictions include;
Belgrade City, Central Valley Fire, Fort Ellis, Big Sky, Gallatin River Ranch, Rae and Sourdough.

Search and Rescue Phone Solicitations


August 22, 2011

The Sheriff’s Office has been made aware that phone solicitations are being made in the Gallatin County area by people representing themselves as “local search and rescue”.

Gallatin County Search and Rescue does not solicit funds by phone. 

In the past few years we have tracked a company back to the West Coast and because of a loop hole in the law they are allowed to say the represent “local” search and rescue if they contribute a percentage of what they get back to a SAR group.  The law is not specific that it has to “your” local group.  Gallatin County Sheriff’s SAR is a division of the Sheriff’s Office and County Government.  It is staffed by volunteers that respond to about 100 search or rescue calls annually.  Although it does accept donations we do not solicite by phone. 

Questions can be directed to Lt. Jason Jarrett, Sheriff’s Office SAR and Support Services Division.  582-2105.