Quinn Creek Incident Suspect Identified

Law enforcement is currently searching for Shaunesy Cole in relation to the incident on Quinn Creek this morning.  Cole is a 36 year old white male, 5′ 11″ tall, 170 lbs with a red mohawk haircut.  Law enforcement is actively searching for Cole in the Quinn Creek area.  If Cole is located, do not approach and call 911.

Updated – Law Enforcement Looking for Armed Suspect

Law Enforcement is currently searching for an unknown subject in the Quinn Creek area of Bozeman Pass who was involved in a shooting with law enforcement earlier this evening.  Suspect is a white male with a red mohawk that is pressed down.  The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.  If seen, do not approach and call 911 immediately.

This release has been amended to reflect updated suspect information.

Potential for Flooding Begins Thursday

GCEM Media Release

Release:  180321-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2395

Potential for Flooding Begins Thursday

Bozeman, MT – Current weather forecasts are predicting temperatures in the 50’s Thursday, high freezing elevation in the mountains, and rain in both the valleys and mountains which creates the potential for flooding.  Residents in Gallatin County should closely monitor their property Thursday night and Friday for flooding situations that may develop from melting snow and rain.  While we don’t know exactly how much snow melt and precipitation will occur, we know that it happen and the only questions is how much.

The difference between no issue and a big issue is often very small amount.  Officials encourage everyone to keep their eyes open and not be caught off guard.  Emergency Manager Patrick Lonergan explains, ” We always hope there are no issues, but unfortunately won’t know until after the fact if the weather will cause us issues.  To be on the safe side, we encourage people to be vigilant, keep an eye open, and be proactive if they see an issue developing.”

Information on flooding is available at:  https://www.readygallatin.com/flooding.


Potential for Significant Snow Melt

GCEM Media Release

Release:  180319-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2395

Potential for Significant Snow Melt

Bozeman, MT – Valley snow pack and forecast weather conditions later in the week may lead to significant snow melt and associated localized flooding in the Gallatin Valley.  The National Weather Service is expecting temperatures to reach the 50’s on Thursday combined with measurable rain.  The high temperatures and rain will likely cause much of the snow currently on the valley floor to melt and run off, causing flooding in the process.

Property owners are encouraged to survey their property beforehand and address any conditions that they think could cause problems on their property from rapid snow melt.  The challenge with flooding is that once it occurs, it is too late to prevent the damage from occurring.  Property owners are also encouraged to ensure that ditches and culverts on their property are clear of debris to allow as much water as possible to flow through them.

The best location in the valley for bulk sandbags is Bozeman Brick, Block and Tile on Jackrabbit.  They are available as either empty or filled sand bags.

Information on flooding is available at https://www.readygallatin.com/flooding.


Gallatin County Completes Annual Flood Mitigation Update

Gallatin County is a participant in FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) Program. This program offers landowners in County jurisdictional areas a discount on their flood insurance premiums dependent on an evaluation and scoring of the County’s floodplain management program. Gallatin County is currently categorized as a Class 8 community which provides up to a 10% discount on flood insurance policies through the National Flood Insurance Program. One of the activities that Gallatin County is currently receiving CRS credit for is the maintenance of the Gallatin County Hazard Mitigation Plan (adopted by FEMA on September 18, 2012). To continue to receive credit for the Hazard Mitigation Plan we are required to prepare an annual progress report on the flood-related portions of the Hazard Mitigation Plan and provide copies of that update to the County Commission and the media. A progress report was completed in October of 2016, so this progress report covers activities completed over the last year.

To continue to receive credit for the Hazard Mitigation Plan we are required to prepare an annual progress report on the flood-related portions of the Hazard Mitigation Plan and provide copies of that update to the County Commission and the media.

The attached progress report was approved by the All Hazards All Disciplines (AHAD) Group at its October 26, 2017 meeting.

Questions can be directed to the Gallatin County Planning Department.

Download report at:  https://www.gallatinmedia.org/?wpfb_dl=7


New chaplains being sworn in by Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

WHEN: Friday, August 14, 2015 at 5:30pm

WHERE: Community room at the detention center, 605 S. 16th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715

WHO: Public is invited.

For the past twenty-five years Gallatin County has been served by a single chaplain. The chaplain corps has been expanded to better serve the growing law enforcement and first responder communities and their families, and the people of Gallatin County.

These chaplains serve at professional standards giving strength and compassion to others.

A chaplain is a person of faith, holding credentials in their denomination and approved by their denominational leadership for chaplaincy service. The chaplains give their service to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement, and first responder agencies at no charge. The chaplains’ responsibilities are to assist law enforcement and the broader first responder community and their families, upon request, in matters within the chaplain’s professional realm. The chaplains have been trained, at their own expense, in: ministry, ethics, cultural competence, crisis, ministry to crisis victims, ministry to department personnel and their families, ceremonies and events, stress management, incident command system, on scene operations, substance abuse, suicide intervention, post-vention and assessment, death notification, line of duty death and serious injury, chaplain preparedness, and chaplain safety. A chaplain understands the emotional and physical risks involved in their service and serve at the direction of the sheriff.

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Left to right: Chaplain Randy Jones, Chaplain Kathi Gregoire, Chaplain David Young, Chaplain Tim Dolan, Lead Chaplain Warren Hiebert. Not pictured: William Johnson

This Friday there will be three new chaplains sworn in and two more will be sworn in later in September. The new chaplains are: Tim Dolan, Kathi Gregoire, Randy Jones, William Johnson, and David Young. Warren Hiebert will continue to serve as lead chaplain. We invite everyone to come and meet their new chaplains.

New Scam Alert

It has been reported that residents of the Gallatin County have been receiving calls from a solicitor stating that there will be a warrant of arrest and jury duty and if they do not send money. The person of interest is also claiming to be an official of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. If you receive any of these calls, please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately.





DATE: 2 APRIL 2015

 On April 2, 2015, nine individuals were arrested by the Montana State University Police Department and Bozeman Police Department for outstanding warrants relating to charges of possessing, manufacturing, and distributing dangerous drugs. All defendants were transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center and held on bonds amounts from $20,000 to $75,000.

        In recent months, an investigation by the Missouri River Drug Task Force (MRDTF) identified multiple persons manufacturing and distributing dangerous drugs on and around the Montana State University campus. The dangerous drugs included Ecstasy, Acid, Butane Hash Oil (BHO), and Marijuana.

        The Missouri River Drug Task Force is a collaborative local, state, and federal effort to identify, target, and prosecute persons involved in drug trafficking, manufacture, and drug-related violence. Along with local tax dollars, the Montana Board of Crime Control allocates federal grant funds to maintain the MRDTF project.


Former Retired Deputy Sheriff Robert Campbell Passes

On Saturday March 14th, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received news regarding the passing of former retired Deputy Sheriff Robert Campbell. Robert was in involved in a horse related accident located in the Elkhorn Mountains. Robert was employed with the Sheriff’s Officer from 1974 through 1995. Memorial services will be held Saturday March 21st, at 1:00pm.