Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office

CORONER’S PRESS RELEASE

On January 25, 2011, at approximately 1:50 am, a single vehicle accident was reported in the westbound lanes of I-90 at approximately milepost 304. Responding EMS personnel found that two people were involved in the accident, and that 38-year-old Jennifer Soule had not survived. The accident is currently under investigation by the Montana Highway Patrol.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Gallatin County Commission and the County Attorney’s Office have completed a three year contract with Madison County for housing inmates in our new Detention Center. The three year contract went into effect January 3, 2012.

The amount of revenue this will generate for Gallatin County is approximately $142,350. “We are contacting other law enforcement agencies and actively pursuing similar contracts with other jurisdictions.” Please feel free to contact Sheriff Brian Gootkin with any questions.

Update Sales Road Fire

Update at 7:00 p.m. Saturday January 14th

According to Incident Commander Mike Ulmen, Fire Chief Manhattan Fire, the fire is 90% contained and under control.  There are hot spots on the north side of the East Gallatin River and crews will be working through the night mopping up.  The estimated size is between 100 and 120 acres.  The fire was fast moving and wind driven.  A total of 77 fire firghters,  Carish Helicopters, a DNRC helicopter and a road grader from the Gallatin County Road Dept made the difference in stopping this fire before it did more damage.  Ulmen thanks the residents in the area for their help and composure during this unusual event. The are still no reports of injuries or structures lost. 

Agencies that responded to this event; Manhattan FD, Amsterdam FD, Centeral Valley FD, Three Forks FD, Fort Ellis FD, Bozeman FD, Rae/Sourdough FDs, Gallatin River Ranch FD, Gateway FD, Bridger Canyon FD and Willow Cr. FD, Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol, County Road Dept, DNRC, Carish Helicopters. 

According to Sheriff Brian Gootkin the cause of the fire is under investigation.   

At about 1:30 p.m. this afternoon Manhattan Fire dept was dispatched to a wildland fire north of Manhattan endangering structures. Currently 11 Fire Departments, 2 helicopters and 8 deputy sheriff’s are working to contain the fire. Deputies have contacted 50 residences in the area to make sure they are aware of the current conditions and are prepared to take whatever action may be necessary . There are NO evacuation orders in effect. The estimated size of the fire at this time is about 100 acres.  At this time no structures have been damaged.

 

Sales Road Fire

At about 1:30 p.m. this afternoon Manhattan Fire dept was dispatched to a wildland fire north of Manhattan endangering structures. Currently 11 Fire Departments, 2 helicopters and 8 deputy sheriff’s are working to contain the fire. Deputies have contacted 50 residences in the area to make sure they are aware of the current conditions and are prepared to take whatever action may be necessary . There are NO evacuation orders in effect. The estimated size of the fire at this time is about 100 acres.  At this time no structures have been damaged.

Leverich Canyon Rescue

(Bozeman) – A hiker injured in a fall south of Bozeman was quickly rescued thanks to a cell phone call. At approximately 1:21 Friday afternoon, a 61-year old female hiker called 9-1-1 to say that she’d slipped and fallen on an icy portion of the Leverich Canyon trail. She told dispatchers that she thought that her pelvis was broken. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue along with crews from Rae, Sourdough Fire and AMR Ambulance responded to the scene, located south of Bozeman, south of Nash Road.  Less than a hour after the call, the patient was being tended to by three paramedics and a Sheriff’s Search and Rescue physician’s assistant. The medics stabilized the patient on a litter and during their assessment determined that she had a fractured femur. Due to the extremely icy conditions on the trail, the patient had to be secured to a litter and lowered by rope to a safer portion of the trail. From there she was taken to a waiting ambulance and transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. GCSO Sergeant Kevin Larsen was the Incident Commander for today’s rescue. “We are very glad that our patient was hiking with a cell phone today. We were able to get to her and get her medical care in a timely fashion due to the fact that she was able to call 9-1-1.” Sheriff Gootkin reminds all back-country travelers that having a good communications device, along with plenty of warm clothing, food, water and a way to make a fire are essential, especially during the bitterly cold winter months. “We didn’t have the weather working against us today but,” said Sheriff Gootkin. “Folks need to keep in mind that even a short hike can turn into an overnight stay when you’re dealing with winter in Montana. Always be well prepared, because you just never know.” Sheriff Gootkin also says that if you’re thinking about hiking ice and snow covered trails to use either snowshoes or traction devices that give your boots extra grip on ice. ####