Montana Lil’s Casino Robbery

On June 11, 2015 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of an armed robbery at Montana Lil’s Casino, 29001 Norris Rd. in Four Corners.  The suspect reportedly walked to the cashier’s cage and pointed a handgun at the clerk who surrendered an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect then left the building and fled the area.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting your help in locating this subject. The suspect is described as male, approximately 6’ tall, thin build, wearing dark pants, a dark hooded sweatshirt, gloves and a painters-type respirator or dust mask.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gallatin County Detective Division at 406-582-2121 or Crime Stoppers at 406-582-1131.  You may remain anonymous. Persons providing information leading to the apprehension or conviction of suspect(s) could be eligible for a reward.

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Belgrade Fatality

  On Tuesday morning, June 2, 2015, the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office was called to an address on 8th Street in Belgrade.  Gallatin County resident, Christopher Laxson, was found deceased in his vehicle in the driveway of his home. 

  The death remains under investigation by the Coroner’s Office.  At this time there is no indication of criminal activity. 


Phone Scam



The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has recently learned of a new telephone scam involving unknown subjects contacting local residents advising them that their power will be shut off.  The subjects are identifying themselves as NorthWestern Energy employees or representatives and demanding customers obtain a reloadable debit card and contact a 1-800 number with the card information.  This is not NorthWestern Energy’s procedure and anyone receiving such a call should recognize this as a scam and not reply.


Belgrade Vehicle Fire


Belgrade Police and Central Valley Fire Departments received a report of a vehicle fire in the 100 block of 8th Street in Belgrade early this morning.  The call was dispatched by Gallatin County 9-1-1 at 06:44; with police and fire arriving 4 minutes later.

First responders found a deceased male in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The male was removed and the fire was quickly extinguished. The male will not be identified pending notification of the family.

The cause of death and the cause of the fire are under investigation at this time.  There is no threat to the public and this is an isolated incident.  Any person who may have information concerning this incident should contact the Belgrade Police Department at 388-4262.



Gallatin County K9 Retires

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend its congratulations to Gallatin County K-9 Hondo, who is retiring.  Hondo, who originally came from the Netherlands, is eleven years old and has successfully served Gallatin County since 2006.  Like some of his other fellow local law enforcement K-9’s, Hondo was trained to perform several jobs.  He has located narcotics, tracked criminals, as well as finding and apprehending criminals hiding in buildings, wooded areas and other open areas.  Hondo has also helped protect his handler Deputy Lieurance, other officers in Gallatin County and the citizens of Gallatin County.

It is not often we get to celebrate our four legged officers and their service so we want to, again congratulate Hondo on his years of service and wish him well on his retirement.  Hondo will be retiring to his home with Deputy Lieurance, where he can relax and reflect on all the adventures they’ve experienced together.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office will be honoring Hondo this morning at 10:30 at the Detention Center if anyone would like to attend please do.

White Water Rafting Fatality


On May 31st, 2015 at 4:17 pm, the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for a 43 year old male who had drowned in a white water rafting accident. The individual has been identified as Brian Niedermeyer of Bozeman, MT. Mr. Niedermeyer was one of 8 individuals who were on a guided white water trip when the raft flipped, just north of House Rock.  According to the Geyser White water company had safety measures in place to include 2 rescue Kayaks and 2 people on land with safety line throw bags. Mr. Niedermeyer failed to grab the safety lines as they were thrown to him.