Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office

 

On October 13, 2012, the FBI asked for assistance from local law enforcement officers from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman, Belgrade and Manhattan Police Departments in attempting to locate a suspect from an incident that allegedly occurred in Cody Wyoming on October 8, 2012.  

 The suspect, Jesse Paul Speer was located and arrested without incident in Belgrade on the evening of October 13th.  Speer is being held on a Park County Wyoming warrant for Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault and Felony Use of a Firearm.  Speer has waived extradition from Wyoming and is being held without bond pending that extradition. 

 

We are not able to release further details regarding this arrest in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation.  Please contact the Cody Police Department, Park County Attorney’s office or the Federal Bureau of Investigation for specific questions regarding the investigation.

Please re-broadcast: Missing Belgrade Children Located

Please re-broadcast as we are being inundated with calls regarding this matter:

On the afternoon of October 13, 2012, the Belgrade Police Department received a report that two, 9 year old girls were missing from a residence in a north Belgrade neighborhood. The girls had been missing for several hours and a reverse 911 call was placed to all residents of Belgrade and the surrounding areas. The children were located safe and unharmed later that evening. Belgrade Police Officers and Detectives were assisted in the search by members from the Gallatin County Search and Rescue, Fire Fighters from the Central Valley Fire District, the Bozeman Police Department, and Agents from the FBI-Bozeman Office.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing, Detective Division, Belgrade Police Department, ph. 406-388-4262

Missing Belgrade Children Located

On the afternoon of October 13, 2012, the Belgrade Police Department received a report that two, 9 year old girls were missing from a residence in a north Belgrade neighborhood. The girls had been missing for several hours and a reverse 911 call was placed to all residents of Belgrade and the surrounding areas. The children were located safe and unharmed later that evening. Belgrade Police Officers and Detectives were assisted in the search by members from the Gallatin County Search and Resuce, Fire Fighters from the Central Valley Fire District, and Agents from the FBI-Bozeman Office.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing,Detective Division, Belgrade Police Department.

Hebgen Basin Fire District to Re-Open Burning

For Immediate Release                       Contact: Kerry O’Connell
10/12/2012 2:00 PM                           Phone: 406-582-2092
The Hebgen Basin Fire District will allow open burning on private land beginning October 15th at 8 AM. “With the cooler nights added to the moisture we’ve had this month,” said Scott Waldron, Hebgen Basin Fire Chief, “we think it is appropriate that we lift the ban in our district.” Any residents interested in burning will need to purchase a burn permit either through the Gallatin County Burn Permit website at www.burnpermits.mt.gov or at the Hebgen Basin Fire Station in West Yellowstone.
As of Friday, October 12, 2012, Hebgen Basin is the only fire district in Gallatin County that will re-open burning. “Most of Gallatin County has not received enough moisture yet,” says Kerry O’Connell, Gallatin County Fire Warden. “Typically, weather conditions change during the last two weeks of October which will make more fire districts around the County consider re-opening burning in their jurisdictions.” According to O’Connell, the best way for residents to stay updated is to pay attention to media sources and to check on the burn permit website at www.burnpermits.mt.gov .
Fire districts have the authority to re-open burning on private land within their jurisdictions at any time after Monday, October 15th, weather permitting. This is due to action taken by the Gallatin County Commissioners on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 where they voted to rescind the County-wide burn ban they enacted at the end of June. By rescinding this resolution, recreational fires less than four feet in diameter are once again allowed on private land in Gallatin County. “We urge people to be careful with their campfires and their burn barrels,” says O’Connell. “It’s been a long fire season with several large fires in our area. We won’t see the end of the season until the weather brings us a nice dose of moisture.”

Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office

 

On 10-02-12 at approximately 0910 hours, the tower at Gallatin Field called the Gallatin County 911 dispatch center to report a plane crash.  The tower reported a small two passenger Tomahawk airplane crashed somewhere in the Horseshoe Hills area.  The tower received broken radio transmissions indicating an emergency from an airplane in distress.  

 The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office activated the Gallatin County Search and Rescue Team and requested a helicopter to help locate the crash.  The tower called dispatch back several minutes later to report they made contact with the pilot who was safely on the ground. 

 The pilot was with a trainee when they experienced engine trouble and had to make an emergency landing in an open field in the Clarkston area north of Three Forks.  There was no plane crash just an emergency landing.  The pilot and trainee were uninjured. 

Sourdough Rural FD Trustees Seeks Voter Approval

October 1, 2012: Sourdough Rural Fire District Board of Trustees recently voted unanimously to place an initiative on the November Ballot asking District voters to approve up to a 2.9 million dollar issuance of municipal bonds to finance the construction of a new fire station.
The current station which consists of two separate buildings over 40 years old and don’t meet minimum safety requirements is planned to be replaced with one structure housing 4 equipment/engine bays, staff support office room, dorms for resident firefighters, a community room/disaster staging area. The construction process is designed to facilitate no interruption of services to the District residents. Construction of the new building addresses projected District growth service needs, current inadequacies for engine and emergency vehicle storage and maintenance and housing for resident firefighters.
The repayment of the bonds will be funded via adding 23.71 mills to property taxes for a period of 15 years. The mills equate to approximately $2.91 a month per $100,000 of phase in taxable value. At the conclusion of the repayment of the bonds the mills would cease being charged to District property owners.
Upon passage of the initiative in November, construction of the new station is planned for early 2013. Construction is planned for continued seamless delivery of fire and emergency services to District residents and businesses.