On October 6, 2011 at approximately 1: 17 a.m. there was a report of an explosion and fire at a residence off of Jackson Creek Road. Numerous fire departments responded.
At approximately 8:00 a.m. a subject was located and was deceased. The deceased is identified as 74 year-old Jerome Joseph Davis. The explosion and fire are under investigation.

Explosion and Fire in Jackson Creek

Press Release – for immediate release 10-6-2011

(Bozeman, Mont.) Bridger Canyon Fire Fighters were called to the 4000 block of Jackson Cr. Road this morning at 1:17 a.m. for a reported explosion and fire in a residence.  Bridger Canyon  Fire Chief Dan Astrom states that he was on the scene within about 10 minutes and found a large home with it’s walls blown out and well involved in fire.  Efforts to fight the fire were hampered by a long narrow driveway and limited water supply.  The fire was declared under control at about 5:00 this morning.  Neighbors reported hearing and feeling the explosion as far away as 4 miles.  One person is reported to have perished in the residence.  A cat and the garage were saved from the fire. 

Bridger Canyon received assistance from Ft. Ellis, Central Valley, Bozeman, RaeDough and Manhattan Fire Departments, The Salvation Army and Northwestern Energy. 

The event is being investigated by Sheriff’s Office Detectives with assistance from Bozeman Police, the State Fire Marshall’s Office and the ATF.  The Office of the Sheriff/Coroner will do a press release later in the day regarding the fatality. 

Chief Astrom reminds rural residents to be sure to maintain rural water sources.  Good water supply makes the difference between good and bad outcomes on structure and wildland fires.

Photo courtesy of Bridger Canyon Fire Figher Cody Wetmore ####

Olson Creek Rescue


For Immediate Release

On September 19, 2011, at approximately 3:13 p.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded to a report of an injured ATV rider in Park County. The call came from the Park County dispatch who reported that a 56 year-old male had crashed his ATV up Olsen Creek approximately a ½ mile on the Park County side.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Gallatin County Search and Rescue along with Bridger Canyon Fire and AMR responded to the scene. The injured rider had suffered neck and back injuries. Rescue personnel were able to stabilize and transported him to an awaiting ambulance. The male was taken to BDH.

Jackson Creek Rescue


For Immediate Release

On September 18, 2011, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report on an injured 66 year-old female in the Jackson Creek area. The emergency call came from the Park County dispatch. The injured female’s daughter was with her when she was injured and was able to call for help from her cell phone.

The female was riding an ATV when she rolled the vehicle and injured her hip. The female was riding on a forest service trail inside the Park County boundary approximately one mile up the trail near the end of Jackson Creek Road. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Gallatin County Search and Rescue along with Fort Ellis Fire Department and AMR responded to the scene.

Rescuers reached the injured rider and transport her about a quarter of a mile to an awaiting AMR ambulance. The female was then transported to BDH.

West Durston Fatal Crash


West Durston Fatal 9-17-11

 (Bozeman) – A 29 year old Gallatin County resident was killed this morning in a single vehicle crash West of Bozeman.

    According to the Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office Northwestern Energy workers were called to a downed power line on the 3200 block of West Durston at approximately 3:00 this morning. They found that a car had crashed and downed a power line on the south side of the road.

    A Sheriffs Deputy called to the scene located Mr. Pelpiers body approximately 100 yards from the crash.

    According to Gallatin County Deputy Coroner Kristine Larsen, Mr. Pelpier was ejected from the vehicle and suffered blunt force trauma to his head during the crash.

       Larsen says blood samples were taken from the victim and will be sent to the State Crime Lab for analysis.

    Inquiries as to the cause of the crash should be made to the Montana Highway Patrol, the agency responsible for the crash investigation.



At approximately 12:30 p.m. on September 15, 2011, two children from the Gateway School were approached by a male driving a dark-colored or black SUV near the school. No threats were made nor was there any attempt to abduct the children.

The children immediately ran back to the school and reported the incident to school personnel. The male is not a suspect at this time; however, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to speak with him regarding the incident. If you have any information concerning the incident or the identity of the individual please contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2100, option #2, or Crimestoppers at 406-586-1131.

Blackmore Mountain Rescue



(Bozeman) – Gallatin County Search and Rescue volunteers rescued an injured hiker in the mountains south of Bozeman this afternoon.

According to Incident Commander GCSO Lt. Jason Jarrett, 9-11 Dispatch received a cell-phone call at just before 4:00 this afternoon with a report of a 22-year-old female who had fallen during a hike near Blackmore Mountain.

Blackmore is located southwest of Hyalite Reservoir.

The caller stated that the hiker had suffered shoulder and knee injuries.

Search and Rescue volunteers, an ambulance crew and a Forest Service employee hiked for a little more than an hour with a wheeled litter and medical equipment in order to access the patient.

At the same time, incident commanders evaluated the time it would take, amount of daylight remaining, and number of rescuers necessary to safely get the patient from where she was to the parking lot at Hyalite Reservoir.  Since evacuation by ground was anticipated to go until almost midnight, a helicopter from Rocky Mountain Helicopters was called in to drop rescuers near the site.  From there the patient was carried a short distance to the landing zone and transported by air to the parking area at Hyalite Dam.

“Due to the difficult terrain and the distance involved, we called in air support,” said Lt. Jarrett.  “Wheeled litters make back-country transport much better than a straight stretcher but it takes much longer to get out carrying someone that is injured than it takes to get to them. This could easily have turned into a late-night, early morning adventure. For patient and rescuer safety we decided to fly her out.”

The patient was delivered to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital about 7:00 o’clock this evening for treatment of her injuries.

“Luckily someone in her party had a cell phone,” said Lt. Jarrett.  “However, the party was unable to give us an accurate location and the cellular technology for location didn’t work in that area.  If you spend any time in the back-county at all, you really should carry a GPS unit.”

“The better information we have,” said Jarrett.  “the quicker we can get help to you.”


Press Release

For Immediate Release

September 7, 2011

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office was called at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, September 7 to a report of an assault and burglary near 129 Village Drive in the River Rock Subdivision west of Belgrade. A 42 year-old man was assaulted as he serviced an ATM.

The man received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the ATM.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that anyone having information regarding these crimes to contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2100 option #2 or Headwaters Crimestoppers tip line at 586-1131. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Department of Revenue Alcohol Compliance Classes

Press Release
In order to help business owners, alcohol servers and sellers comply with SB129 by the mandated September 30 deadline, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is offering three additional “Let’s Control It classes”, which are approved by the Department of Revenue.
The classes will be held on September 9th, 16th and 23rd in the Community Room at the Gallatin County Detention Center. Each class will begin at 9:00 a.m. The cost is $15 for each individual, and payment must be made upon attendance and in the form of cash, business check or money order/cashier’s check. Reservations can be made by calling 406-582-2117.
Businesses with more than 20 attendees may be eligible to have the class taught at their respective business, depending on scheduling availability.