Madison County Sheriff's Office
Non-Emergency Public Information & Notices
Last Updated - May 4, 2015

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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3037475013    19022
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


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 County Sheriff’s Dispatch Log
4/26/15 thru 5/2/15

4/26/15
Alarm on S Jefferson St Pony
Child Custody Dispute in Ennis
Suspicious Person/Circumstance in 300 Blk Madison Ave Ennis

4/27/15
Fire – Controlled Burn in Jack Creek Area Ennis
Citizen Assist on Broadway St Pony
Fire – Controlled Burn on N Sandru Ln Twin Bridges
Traffic Complaint at Norris Gas Station Norris
Medical Aid in Sheridan
Theft Complaint in 200 Blk N Main St Twin Bridges
Vandalism at Madison County Fairgrounds Twin Bridges
Unfounded 911 Call in 100 Blk Mill St Sheridan
Alarm on S Jefferson St Pony

4/28/15
Wildlife Complaint on Varney Rd MM 5, Ennis
Dog Complaint on US Hwy 287 Ennis
Unfounded 911 Call in Virginia City
Animal Problem on US Hwy 41 S MM 19 Twin Bridges
Fire – Structure Fire on Barton Gulch & Aunt Tex Rd Alder

4/29/15
Citizen Assist in Virginia City
VIN Inspection in Virginia City
Citizen Assist in Cameron
Traffic Complaint on US Hwy 287 MM 64 Norris
Traffic Complaint in Harrison
Agency Assist at MT Hwy 41 & MT Hwy 2 Whitehall
Disturbance on Britton Way Sheridan

4/30/15
Fraud Complaint in 200 Blk Middle Rd Sheridan
Suspicious Person/Circumstance in 100 Blk E Hugel St Ennis
Citizen Assist in 200 Blk Ruby St Sheridan
Suspicious Person/Circumstance at Broadwater & Madison Sts Harrison

5/1/15
Public Safety Complaint on MT Hwy 287 MM 25 Sheridan
Fire – Controlled Burn on US Hwy 287 Ennis
Traffic Complaint on US Hwy 287 MM 58 McAllister
Agency Assist on Spring Creek Rd Whitehall
Scam in 100 Blk Anderson Ln Alder
Civil Service on Crofoot St Sheridan
Civil Service on Tolson Ln Sheridan
Civil Service on Tuke Ln Twin Bridges
Suspicious Person/Circumstance in 4900 Blk MT Hwy 41 N Silver Star
Suspicious Person/Circumstance at Two Bumps Rd & Badger Rd Ennis
Theft Complaint in 2500 Blk MT Hwy 287 Virginia City
Unfounded 911 Call in Virginia City
Theft Complaint at Ennis Fishing Access/Campground Ennis
Suspicious Person/Circumstance in 700 Blk E Cover St Virginia City
Suspicious Person/Circumstance in 100 W Canyon Rd Ennis
Suspicious Person/Circumstance on Ruby Springs Ln Laurin

5/2/15
VIN Inspection in 100 Blk Norwegian Creek Rd Harrison
Traffic Complaint on US Hwy 287 MM 60 Norris
Unfounded 911 Call in Virginia City
Assault in Sheridan
VIN Inspection in 200 Blk Ruby Rd Sheridan
Unfounded 911 Call at Harrison Lake Rd & US Hwy 287 Harrison
Traffic Complaint on US Hwy 287 MM 9 Cameron


Sheriff Roger Thompson