Madison County Sheriff's Office
Non-Emergency Public Information & Notices
Last Updated - July 28, 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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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
7/20/14 thru 7/26/14

7/20/14
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 43
T/s at US Hwy 287 at Madison Foods
T/s in 100 blk E Main St
Deputies dispatched to domestic complaint in 700 blk S First St
T/s on Main St at Hamilton St
Deputy dispatched to an alarm on Riverwood Dr
Deputy dispatched to dog complaint in Twin Bridges
Received report of neighbor dispute on Wright Dr
T/s at MT Hwy 287 MM 1
Received traffic complaint on MT Hwy 84
Received request to assist other agency on McCartney Mountain
Dispatched EA, HFD & HQRU to MT Hwy 84 MM 7
Dispatched RVA to 90 blk Wisconsin Creek Rd W
Dispatched SFD for helicopter landing at RVH
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 50
Received animal complaint on Wisconsin Creek Rd
Received request to assist other agency in Pueblo CO
Received unfounded 911 call
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances complaint in 300 blk E William St
Deputy dispatched to welfare check at Silver Star fishing access
Deputy dispatched to assist other agency on Norwegian Creek Rd

7/21/14
Received traffic complaint on MT Hwy 287 SB from Laurin
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances complaint on US Hwy 287 south of Ennis
Received traffic complaint on Main St, Ennis
Received theft complaint in Sheridan
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances complaint in 3700 blk MT Hwy 287
Deputy dispatched to vehicle/deer accident in 100 blk Duncan District Rd

7/22/14
Deputy dispatched to welfare check in 100 blk First St
Dispatched RVA to 100 blk W Hamilton St
Deputy dispatched to disturbance on Main St, Ennis
Received unfounded 911 call
Received unfounded 911 call
Received unfounded 911 call
Received disturbance complaint in Silver Star
Deputy dispatched to traffic complaint at Mt Hwy 287 MM 3
Deputy dispatched to public assistance at MT Hwy 84 MM 4
Deputy dispatched to wildlife complaint in 300 blk W Madison St
Received request for welfare check in 200 blk E Hugel St
Received criminal mischief complaint in 400 blk S Boulder Rd

7/23/14
Received privacy in communications complaint in 2100 blk Upper Ruby Rd
Deputy dispatched to traffic complaint in Ruby Creek area
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances on Burma Rd
Dispatched SFD & RVA to MT Hwy 287 MM 28
Deputy dispatched welfare check in 100 blk E Grizzly St
Received civil complaint in Nevada City
Dispatched RVA for transport to Bozeman
Received unfounded 911 call
Received unfounded 911 call
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 53
Deputy dispatched to dog complaint on W Main St, Ennis
Deputy dispatched to disturbance complaint in 100 blk E 9th Ave
Dispatched EA for transport to Bozeman
Deputy dispatched to vehicle/deer accident at MT Hwy 287 MM 41
Deputies dispatched to domestic complaint in 100 blk Mt Hwy 359

7/24/14
Deputy dispatched to wildlife complaint at Ennis Campground
Deputy dispatched to traffic complaint at MT Hwy 84 MM 5
Vehicle inspection requested on Moose Ln
Deputy dispatched to disturbance in Virginia City
Received request to assist other agency on Harding Way
Received dog complaint in 100 blk E Ennis St
Dispatched RVA for transport to Butte
Received harassment complaint in Twin Bridges

7/25/14
Deputy dispatched to disturbance in front of Ennis School
Dispatched RVA to Patrick Ln
Dispatched EA to 300 blk Jeffers Rd
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 75
Vehicle inspection requested in 700 blk N Meadow Creek Rd
Deputy dispatched to disturbance on Main St, Ennis
Deputy dispatched to assault complaint in Virginia City
Deputy dispatched to trespass complaint on Sagebrush Ln
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances complaint at Ennis Lake Campground
Deputy dispatched to vehicle/deer accident at MT Hwy 287 MM 24
Deputy dispatched to traffic complaint on US Hwy 287 at McAllister
T/s at MT Hwy 287 in Alder
T/s in Nevada City

7/26/14
Deputy dispatched to dog complaint in 200 blk Boundry St
Received suspicious circumstances complaint on MT Hwy 287 at Varney Rd
Dispatched EA to 200 blk Slade Ave
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 63
Deputy dispatched to wildlife complaint in 300 blk E William St
Deputy dispatched to traffic complaint on Mt Hwy 84 at Norris
Dispatched SFD to 200 blk Ruby River Dr
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances complaint in Virginia City
T/s at MT Hwy 287 MM 16
Deputy dispatched to traffic complaint at MT Hwy 41 S MM 14
T/s on MT Hwy 84 at Cherry Creek
Received unfounded 911 call
T/s on US Hwy 287 at N Ennis Lake Rd
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 55
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 55
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 57
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances complaint at Lyon’s Bridge
Received report of vehicle/deer accident at MT Hwy 287 MM 41
Received unfounded 911 call

The Sheriff’s Office made 17 traffic stops and received 77 calls for service