North Dakota Man Rescued after Snowmobile Crash

 On Saturday at 1:38 pm, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched to a report of an injured snowmobiler in the Cabin Creek drainage, which is north of West Yellowstone in remote, rugged terrain where experienced snowmobiles ride.

Personnel from the West Yellowstone division of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, the U.S. Forest Service, the Hebgen Basin Fire Department, and Deputies responded and assisted with the rescue.  Summit Air Ambulance attempted to reach the scene by helicopter but was turned away due to the heavy cloud cover and snowy conditions.

Rescuers responded on snowmobiles and when they arrived on scene they found a 25-year-old male from Bismarck, North Dakota who had a broken femur on his right leg, which he received when he fell backwards off his snowmobile. He was transported out of the backcountry by the rescue team utilizing a specialized rescue sled that is towed by a snowmobile. He was transferred to a Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance and transported to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Sheriff Gootkin reminds all back country users to know the terrain, know their limits and to always take a partner. #####

Sheriff’s Office Press Conference

(Bozeman, Mont.) On Monday January 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Detention Center Community room the Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference to launch a Public Service Announcement campaign. The PSAs are composed of a 30 second and 1 minute video encouraging safe back country behavior.


Residents and visitors to Gallatin County enjoy tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities and on any given day hundreds of people take advantage of what the mountains have to offer. Sometimes those great days can turn bad and about 100 times a year local SAR teams are called to help those that get lost or hurt in the back country. The PSAs encourage back country users to; know their limitations, know the terrain and take a partner. It also encourages people not hesitate to call for help. The earlier the call comes for help the better it is for the professional volunteers and Deputy Sheriff’s to help them.


Sheriff Brian Gootkin states that


“Our community really values the outdoor lifestyle that Gallatin County offers. Sometimes, especially when dealing with Mother Nature, even the most prepared people can have a bad day. When that happens we have an outstanding group of very skilled volunteers and Deputies that will help bring them home.”


 Contact Lt. Jason Jarrett for questions. (406)580-1838


Madison County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office

(Virginia City) – According to Madison County Sheriff David Schenk, the body found at Beehive Basin on Sunday, January 20 by snowshoers has been identified as 47 year old Chris Andrew Karantinos from  Jefferson, South Dakota.

 Snowshoers found Karantinos’ body at approximately 9:00 am and reported the incident to law enforcement.  Karantinos was found near a trail frequently used by backcountry skiers and snowshoers.   Big Sky  SAR personnel and a helicopter assisted in removing Karantionos’ body.

 Sheriff Schenk stated that an autopsy was performed on Karantino and it was determined that Karantinos’ death was self inflicted. 

 “We have a lot of unanswered questions,” says Sheriff Schenk. “While this incident does not appear to be suspicious, Gallatin County Big Sky Deputy Ted Quillen is investigating further into the details of the incident.”

 According to Gallatin County Deputy Coroner Ian Parker, Karantinos’ body was turned over to  Dokken Nelson Funeral Home in Bozeman and arrangements are being made to return him to South Dakota.

 This has been a joint investigation between Gallatin and Madison Counties.

 For further information:  Madison County Sheriff David Schenk 406-843-5301.

Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office



The family of Richard Eugene Wilkins and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in an attempt to locate Richard Wilkins who is reported as a missing and endangered person.  Wilkins last talked to his wife on January 7, 2013 at approximately 10:41 PM.  Wilkins has not spoken with or been seen by any family members since that time.

Wilkins is described as 47 years of age with a date of birth of 4/15/65.  He is 6’00 tall and weighs approximately 180 lbs.  It is not known what he is wearing.  It is believed he is driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala silver in color, with a Montana license plate 6C65976.  Wilkins does not have his cell phone with him and his wife reports he has no cash and he has not accessed their bank accounts to withdraw money. 

Anyone with information on the possible whereabouts of Richard Wilkins is asked to call the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 582-2100 #2.    



Microsoft Phone Scam


The Belgrade Police Department has received numerous complaints from residents reporting a possible phone scam involving a person claiming to be a representative of Microsoft. According to reports, a male caller is contacting citizens via telephone, informing them that their computer may have been infected by a virus. He is then asking for personal and/or computer log in information. It is our belief that this subject is attempting to obtain computer IP data and on at lease one reported occurrence, is believed to have attempted to remotely log on to a victim’s computer in attempt to glean personal information stored on their device. The Belgrade Police Department would like to remind citizens that the majority of unsolicited phone calls and emails requesting personal, banking, or in this case, computer information, are fraudulent in nature. Please do not release this information to anyone. The majority of corporations, such as Microsoft or your bank, do not operate in this manner. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the Belgrade Police Department, your local authorities, or visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center at for additional information on current scams. Reports of such scams can also be filed at, as this is a reporting database maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing
Detective Division
Belgrade Police Department