Media Alert: Mass Casualty Drill Tonight

Starting at 7:00 this evening, Fort Ellis Fire, Bozeman Fire, Hyalite Fire, AMR, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, and Mount Ellis Academy will be running a live training drill on mass casualty events. The training scenario involves a bus carrying students on Bozeman Trail Road east of the Bear Canyon exit. Training includes extricating students and transporting them to the hospital, where Bozeman Health will train on handling a sudden large influx of patients. First responders will be using regular radio channels so anyone listening to a scanner may hear something about the scenario and mistake it for a real event.
Contact: Deborah McAtee, 406-600-3476

Drug Take Back Event Saturday, October 27


On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Law and Justice Center in Bozeman, 615 South 16th,  the Missouri River Drug Task Force will be partnering with the Alcohol & Drug Services of Gallatin County, Community-Coalition On Drug Awareness, Bozeman Elks Lodge #46, the Montana Elks Drug Awareness Program, Community Medical Services, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to offer the public its 16th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last spring Americans turned in 474.5 tons (949,046 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and over 4,600 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 15 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 10 million pounds – more than 4,900 tons – of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.



For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Day event, go to 

Year-round “Prescription Drug Take Back” boxes are in place at these locations: 


Authorized Collection Box Sites  

Belgrade Police Department*

91 E. Central Avenue

Belgrade, MT  59714

Bozeman Police Department*

121 N. Rouse Avenue

Bozeman, MT  59715

Highland Park Pharmacy

525 Highland Blvd.

Bozeman, MT  59715

Helena Police Department & Lewis and Clark Sheriff

221 Breckenridge

Helena, MT  59601

Law & Justice Center

615 South 16th

Bozeman, MT  59715

Manhattan Police Department*

120 W. Main

Manhattan, MT  59741

Park County Sheriff

414 E. Callender St., Suite 2

Livingston, MT  59047

Town of West Yellowstone*

124 Yellowstone Ave.

West Yellowstone, MT 59759


*Prescription Drug Take-Back box

funded by Elks National Beacon Grant,

and placed by Bozeman Elks Lodge #463.

Scams Circulating Gallatin County

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls of a scam involving an email message on the victim’s computers. The scam email states they have hacked your email account and are viewing and tracking the sites you are visiting. The scammer intimates that the sites you are accessing are pornography related. The scammer states that they will release this information to your contact list if you do not pay them a monetary amount in “bitcoins.”

These scammers are aggressive, convincing and persistent. This is a scam. Your computer has not been hacked. Stating that you have been hacked is a ploy for them to get your money. Do not respond and delete the email.


The IRS scam is also circulating. The caller states that you are delinquent in your taxes and warrant will be issued for you if you do not call them back at a number they provide. Upon calling the number, you are directed to purchase green dot cards or other gift cards as payment. Do not send any cards or money.

The Grandparent scam is also making its way around the county. The caller indicates they are your grandchild and they are in jail and need money for bail. You are directed to a “Financial” person who gives you instructions on the bail amount and how it is to be paid. Again, this is a scam. If you have any doubt that it may be your grandchild or a relative, verify with them or their parents.  Do not send any money or gift cards of any kind.

Missing Woman Located

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

At 6 P.M. this evening Michaela Douglas, who has been missing since October 2nd, was located in Manhattan.  She walked into the Manhattan Police Department where she was met by Sheriff’s Detectives.  Sheriff Brian Gootkin said there is an investigation to complete but no public safety threat.  “We want to thank everyone for their concern and assistance including the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Volunteers that were searching today and in the last couple weeks.”


Get out before you get snowed in

(Gallatin County, Mt.)

Friday night at 11:20, Gallatin County 911 received a call from two persons who had driven up Little Bear Road to Wilson Creek and got their vehicle stuck.  With a snow storm in the forecast the persons became concerned that they would not get out safely.   Search and Rescue members responded with ATV’s and UTV’s to get the two adult males off the mountain safely.  Both of the males are students at Montana State University.

Sheriff Gookin would like to remind everyone to carry extra water, food, blankets, a shovel and chains when traveling in the mountains.  This time of year weather changes are fast and unpredictable.  The weather forecast for Bozeman rarely reflects what the conditions will be at back country elevations.

Body of Big Sky Man Located in Gallatin River

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Saturday morning October 7, Yellowstone National Park Rangers responded to a vehicle off the road and abandoned in the Park near mile post 29 on Highway 191.  A search of the area and attempts to contact the driver were unsuccessful.  During the following days the Park Service requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Office to check the driver’s residence and place of work.  His place of business notified authorities that he had not reported for work for two shifts so additional searches of the area were conducted including aid from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue dogs.  On Wednesday, a drone from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was utilized to search a larger area.  The 29 year old man from Big Sky was discovered deceased in the Gallatin River down stream from the crash site.  His name will be released by the Park Service when next of kin have been notified.


Sheriff’s Office Requests Public’s Assistance on Missing Person Case

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person, 32 year old, Michaela Douglas of Belgrade. Michaela is approximately 5’3”, 150 pounds, brown hair and green eyes.  Michaela was last seen in the vicinity of Frontage Road and Four Dot Lane, west of Belgrade on the evening of Tuesday, 02 October.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2100.