Drowning Victim Identified


(Bozeman, Mont.)

On June 28, 2015 at approximately 10:32 PM Kevin R. Franklin of Bozeman, MT died at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.  Franklin had been involved in an accident while recreating at the East Gallatin Recreation Area on June 27, 2015.  The Cause and Manner of death have been determined as an accidental drowning by the Gallatin County Office of the Sheriff/Coroner.

Social Media Post Instuctions Lead to 911 Calls


(Gallatin County, Mont.)  Sheriff Gootkin and 911 Director Kerry O’Connell advise that in the last few days the 911 center has been recieving unintentional 911 calls from cell phones. Upon investigation it has been discovered that postings on social media have led to these calls.  The postings indicate that if someone wants to make “Siri” mad ask her to dial 112.

112 is the equivalent of 911 in most of Europe and other countries.  Director O’Connell asks that parents advise their social media using children of this and reminds the public that all 911 calls are taken very seriously.  “If dispatchers and first responders are distracted by  non emergency calls it can delay help for those who have true emergencies.  The 911 center is always busy and this time of year it can get especially hectic.” she said.  Sheriff Gootkin added that there can be criminal charges for misuse of 911.

Multiple Fire Districts Suspend Burn Permits

Media Release
For Immediate Release         Contact: Kerry O’Connell
6/29/2015 6:00 PM               Phone: 406-582-2085

Multiple Fire Districts in Gallatin County Suspend Burn Permits
Residents in several fire districts in the Gallatin Valley will not be able to activate burn permits starting this week. As of Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Three Forks, Willow Creek, Clarkston, Fort Ellis, Manhattan, Big Sky, Bridger Canyon, Gallatin Rural Fire (areas outside of a fire district), and Gallatin River Ranch have closed their fire districts to any open burning that requires a burn permit.
As the weather continues in a warm and dry trend, fire officials are concerned that the fire danger is too high in some areas for residents to safely burn. All remaining fire districts are watching the weather closely and may also be closing their districts to any burning that requires a burn permit. Permits are required to burn natural vegetative material accumulated in a pile that is greater than four feet in diameter. Campfires do not require a burn permit.
Fire activity is starting to increase around the state and fire officials in Gallatin County urge residents to use caution with any open flame and when using fireworks over the 4th of July holiday. Residents are encouraged to delay their open burning activities until the weather improves and to be aware that they may not be able to activate their burn permits until late in the burning season. Permits can be activated at http://burnpermit.mt.gov if your fire district is still allowing open burning.

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Belgrade Officers Respond to Robbery at Fireworks Stand


At approximately 4:20 PM on June 26, 2015 the Belgrade Police Department responded to a reported robbery at the fireworks stand located at 501 West Main Street. Through the course of the investigation a male was identified and is currently in custody. There is no further danger to the public as a result of this offense. The Belgrade Police Department will not be making any further statements at this time as the investigation is still being finalized.

Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity near this fireworks stand during this time period are being encouraged to contact the Belgrade Police Department Detective Division at 406-388-4262.

Suicide Prevention Awards

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin and Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton received impact awards this week for the hard work done by law enforcement and mental health professionals in crisis intervention.  The awards were given at the Suicide Prevention conference this week in Helena.

Suicide Prevention Award 2015


Food Truck Crash on I-90 at Manhattan Traffic Rerouted


The Gallatin county sheriff’s office is currently on scene of a tractor trailer crash at the Manhattan interchange of I-90. The westbound lanes of traffic are being rerouted over the interchange.

It is expected to take a considerable amount of time to clean up the guardrail debris and the contents of the trailer. Please be mindful of traffic and first responders in the area as you travel to work this morning.

The Crash occurred about 2:30 A.M. this morning. Montana Highway Patrol is investigating and Montana Department of Transportation is on scene. 


M Rescue

(Bozeman, Mont.)On Monday evening at 6:00 pm, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue an American Medical Response ambulance, and the Bridger Canyon Fire Department responded to the “M” trailhead for a backcountry rescue. A 47 year old female fell about a quarter of a mile from the trailhead. She injured the ankle on one leg and the knee on the other leg. The severity of the injuries left her unable to walk back to the trailhead.
American Medical Response personnel hiked to the patient and provided medical care. Search and Rescue members arrived shortly afterwards with a specialized rescue liter. Responders transported the patient back to the trailhead on the rescue liter. She was transferred to the waiting American Medical Response ambulance and taken to the hospital.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind people enjoying the outdoors to carry a means of communication with them. The ability to call for help in this incident helped to ensure a quick and successful rescue.

Follow Up to Vehicle Fire and Fatality


(BELGRADE, Mont.) The Belgrade Police Department has received the final findings from the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office and the Office of the State Medical Examiner, with regard to the vehicle fire and fatality which occurred on June 2, 2015.

The cause of death has been ruled to be carbon monoxide poisoning and the manner of death has been ruled suicide.  Investigators from the Belgrade Police Department and the Central Valley Fire Department determined that vehicle fire was caused by a mechanical issue with the vehicle, well after the victim was deceased.


Sgt. Dustin Lensing

Belgrade Police Dept.



Standoff ends peacefully, Investigation Continues


(Bozeman, Mont.)  At 7:12 this morning the standoff at the Microtel Inn was ended when the male suspect was taken into custody by members of the Special Response Team.    We appreciate the professionalism and teamwork of the responding officers, dispatchers, tactical team members and negotiators who worked to successfully resolve this event.  The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be made available later today.  #####




Police Standoff near N 7th and Griffin


(Bozeman, Mont.) At about 1:00 A.M. this morning Bozeman Police responded to a 911 hang up call at the Microtel Inn on Nikles Drive near North 7th Ave and Griffin.  A child caller was on the line and made a statement about being scared and there being a “bad guy” in the room.  When Officers arrived they contacted a male suspect who was not compliant with officers and attempted to jump out a window before locking himself in the hotel room with a young male.  During the incident there were possible gun shots heard within the room also.  Officers have evacuated affected guests in the hotel and currently have the scene contained to a hotel room.

The Gallatin County – Bozeman Police Special Response Team is on scene and hostage negotiators are in contact with the suspect in the room.  Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford states that some roads in the area are blocked and asks that the public use alternate routes to avoid delays.  There is no danger to the public in the area at this time.  More information will be released later this morning as it becomes available.