Madison County Sheriff's Office
Non-Emergency Public Information & Notices
Last Updated - November 17, 2014

CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITS

The Madison County Sheriff’s office has had a major increase in requests for Concealed Weapon Permits.  While we would like to ensure that every qualifying individual obtains a CWP in a reasonable time period, the following procedures could speed up the CWP process.

1)State Law requires that any CWP holder provide proof of a firearms training and familiarity course.  This would include a Hunter Education certificate, prior Law Enforcement and in many cases, prior military experience. 

Currently a Hunters Education Course must be taken to obtain a hunting license, however this hasn’t always been the case.  If you find that you do not have proof of firearms familiarity training, please contact the Sheriff’s Office Detention staff to obtain information on attending a one day course.  

As a side note, many people may have taken the course but can no longer find their certificate. If this is the case please contact Detention Officer Carmin Hill. It may be possible to obtain a duplicate.


2)AN APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED.  Once you have your application filled out, contact the Detention Staff to schedule an appointment.  The Detention Staff will work to schedule a time that is convenient for you.  

Please call
1-406-843-5301
if you have questions

Thank you
Detention Officer Carmin Hill


HOW TO AVOID BEING A SCAM VICTIM

DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 98% of scam attempts.

REMEMBER - If an offer appears to good to be true - it probably is.

NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service unless you know them - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer and thief.

FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
Don't accept payment from far away places - Don't send purchased items until a check or money order has been given 21 days in your bank in order to clear verification of funds.

NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.

CREDIT BUREAU INFORMATION

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PO BOX 740241  PO BOX 2104   PO BOX 2000
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1-800-685-1111    1-888-397-3742      1-800-888-4213
www.equifax.com       www.experian.com  www.transunion.com



PUBLIC BACKGROUND CHECKS

The public does have limited access to criminal background checks and driver's license checks via the State of Montana Department of Justice.  The checks listed below are for Montana only.  Name-based checks mean the check is done for the person's name, date of birth and social security number.  Fingerprint searches are done using the person's fingerprints along with the information above.  Fingerprinting services can be obtained through the Madison County Sheriff's Office for a $10 fee.

CRIMINAL HISTORY WESITE:  https://doj.mt.gov/enforcement
MONTANA DRIVER RECORDS WEBSITE:  https://doj.mt.gov/driving

ON-LINE CRIMINAL HISTORY REQUESTS:  You must submit the individual's complete name and date of birth.  Social security numbers are optional but allow for a more thorough search.  Cost is a $11.50 fee.  Go to:  https://app.mt.gov/choprs/

MAIL CRIMINAL HISTORY RQUESTS:  Requests for background checks should include the complete name, date of birth, social security number and any aliases or maiden names.  Specify whether the request is for a name-based check or fingerprint check.  The requester must include the fingerprint card for a fingerprint check.  Mail to:  JISD/Customer Services Bureau, Criminal Records Section, PO Box 201403, Helena, MT 59620-1403.  Include a self addressed stamped envelope and $10 processing fee (check or money order) for each individual.

MONTANA DRIVER RECORDS ON-LINECHECKS:  Include the individuals full name, date of birth and driver's license number.  Cost is $7.25 per search.  Go to: https://app.mt.gov/dojdrs/

MAIL REQUESTS FOR DRIVER RECORDS:  Complete the form #34-0100 request available from https://doj.mt.gov/driving and mail to Montana Motor Vehicle Division, PO Box 201430, Helena, MT 59620-1430.  Cost is $4 per check.  Send a self addressed and stamped envelope with request or it will cost an additional $3.

Other criminal history checks are also available by going to:  https://doj.mt.gov/ and searching for "Revised Fee Schedule".  Once there, click on "Read more" under background checks.  You can contact Montana State records at:

Montana Criminal Records
303 North Roberts
PO Box 201403
Helena, MT  59620-1403
e-mail: dojitsdpublicrecords@mt.gov
(406) 444-3625


Sheriff Dave Schenk
Undersheriff Roger Thompson
Madison County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 276
Virginia City, MT  59755
(406) 843-5301
e-mail: madisoncounty25@yahoo.com

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The Madison County Sheriff's Office consist of a hardworking, close knit group of individuals who strive to make Madison County a safe and secure place.

The Sheriff's Office supply's law enforcement service to roughly 3,500 square miles of some of the most isolated, picturesque and mountainous rural environments in the continental United States.
The "Black and White" of this past week -
Madison Co. Sheriff’s Dispatch log
11/9/14 thru 11/15/14

11/9/14
Alarm in 100 blk E Main St, Ennis
Animal problem at MP 27 MT Hwy 287
Death investigation in 300 blk N Main St
Wildlife complaint on MT Hwy 359 at Hedges Ln
Animal problem at MP 23 MT Hwy 287
Wildlife complaint on US Hwy 287 at Ennis Trade Cntr
Disturbance on Landmark Rd

11/10/14
Wildland fire reported on NW side of Sweetwater
Unfounded 911 call
Unfounded 911 call
Unfounded 911 call
Unfounded 911 call
Citizen assist at US Hwy 287 MP 60
Wires down on N Madison St at E 9th Ave
Wildlife complaint at Jessen Park
Alarm in 300 blk Waterloo Rd
Accident on Kearney Ln
Alarm in 100 blk W Main St, Ennis
Alarm on Eagle Rock Rd
Privacy in communications complaint in 200 blk Madison Ave
Medical aid on US Hwy 287 at Sappington

11/11/14
Alarm on V Timber Ln
Public safety at US Hwy 287 MP 60
Unfounded 911 call
Abandoned vehicle in 3100 blk MT Hwy 287
Suspicious person/circumstance on Ennis Lake Rd
Animal problem at MT Hwy 287 MP 20
Unfounded 911 call
Medical aid in 400 blk N Main St, Twin Bridges

11/12/14
Public safety complaint on Wisconsin Creek rd
Traffic complaint at US Hwy 287 MP 46
Citizen assist in 200 blk S Main St, Sheridan
Alarm on S Jefferson St, Pony
Alarm in 200 blk E Main St, Ennis
Animal complaint at US Hwy 287 MP 61
Alarm in 200 Blk E Main St, Ennis
Welfare check in 200 blk E Crofoot St
Lost or found property at US Hwy 84 MP 10
Animal problem at MT Hwy 287 MP 20
Accident with damage at MT Hwy 287 MP 30
Criminal mischief in 200 blk McCollum Rd

11/13/14
Unfounded 911 call
Fraud in 200 N Main St, Twin Bridges
Vehicle accident in 400 blk N Meadow Creek Rd
Wildland fire on Granite Creek
Burglary in 400 blk Biltmore Rd
Burglary in 100 blk Steffens St
Structure fire in 100 blk Harrison St
Citizen assist at US Hwy 287 MP 68
Public safety at US Hwy 287 MP 68

11/14/14
Alarm in 500 blk Jack Creek Bench Rd
Wildlife in 4700 blk US Hwy 287
Suspicious person/circumstance in Virginia City
Fraud complaint on Chief Gull Rd
Unfounded 911 call
Unfounded 911 call
Accident with damage at Varney Rd MP 5
Traffic complaint at US Hwy 287 MP 53
Accident with injuries in 100 blk W Golf Course Dr
Threats/harassment in 100 blk Airport Rd
Wildlife complaint at Bear Creek Rd
Citizen assist on Warm Springs Creek at Meadow Creek

11/15/14
Suspicious person/circumstance at Rock Mountain Supply
Unfounded 911 call
Accident with damage on Adkins Rd
Alarm in 4900 blk US Hwy 287
Fire on Washington Bar Loop Rd
Accident in 400 blk Upper Ruby Rd
Alarm on Main St, Ennis
Animal problem at MT Hwy 41 MP 58
Criminal mischief at N Meadow Creek Rd MP 3
Unfounded 911 call
Theft complaint on N East St
Traffic complaint in 100 blk Chowning St
Threats/harassment complaint in 100 blk Ballard Ln
Trespassing on Indian Creek, Cameron
Traffic complaint at I 15 MP 88
Citizen assist on Main St, Sheridan