Madison County Sheriff's Office
Non-Emergency Public Information & Notices
Last Updated - September 15, 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
9/7/14 thru 9/13/14

9/7/14
Agency assist on Mt Hwy 41
Medical aid on Recycle Wy
Traffic complaint at MP 49 Mt Hwy 41
Alarm in 1400 blk Mt Hwy 287
T/s on US Hwy 287 Harrison
Trespassing in Alder
Medical aid in 600 blk Beaverhead St
Dog complaint on Middle Rd
Wildlife complaint at MP 30 Mt Hwy 287
Traffic complaint on US Hwy 287 Cameron

9/8/14
Public safety at MP 7 Mt Hwy 287
Wildlife complaint on Park St at Ruby St
VIN number inspection in 100 blk Duck Ln
Medical emergency in 200 blk Madison St, Sheridan

9/9/14
Privacy in communications on Elser Ln
Disturbance in 100 blk Juniper Way
Accident with damage on Mt Hwy 41 Silver Star
Fraud complaint on Chuckwagon Trl
Public safety at MP 58 US Hwy 287
Death investigation in 200 blk Madison St, Harrison
T/s on US Hwy 287 Harrison
T/s at MP 68 US Hwy 287
Accident on Mt Hwy 41 S
Fraud complaint in 100 blk Armstrong Ln
Unfounded 911 call
Unfounded 911 call
Wildland fire at Delmo Lake
Dog complaint at Sheridan Park
VIN number inspection in 2900 blk Mt Hwy 287
Public assist at MP 10 Mt Hwy 287
T/s on US Hwy 287 McAllister
Traffic complaint on Spur Rd
T/s on Main St, Twin Bridges
Dog complaint in 200 blk Madison St
T/s at MP 58 US Hwy 287

9/10/14
Traffic complaint at MP 60 US Hwy 287
Alarm in 4900 blk US Hwy 287
Unfounded 911 call
Accident at MP 25 Mt Hwy 41
Animal problem at MP 23 Mt Hwy 287
Dog complaint in 300 blk S Charles St
VIN number inspection in 100 blk Palisades Dr
T/s at MP 40 US Hwy 287
Animal problem at MP 23 Mt Hwy 287
Accident at MP 16 Mt Hwy 287
Suspicious circumstances on US Hwy 287 Cameron area
Alarm in 1100 blk Mt Hwy 359
Dog complaint in Jeffers
Traffic complaint at MP 1 Mt Hwy 287
Public safety at MP 31 Mt Hwy 287
Threats/harassment in 300 blk S Madison St
T/s at MP 47 US Hwy 287
T/s at MP 47 US Hwy 287
Alarm on Boulder Lakes Rd

9/11/14
T/s at MP 58 US Hwy 287
Unfounded 911 call
Animal problem on Keltner Ln
Unfounded 911 call
Unfounded 911 call
Unfounded 911 call
Alarm on Boulder Lakes Rd
Disturbance in 100 blk S Main St, Twin Bridges
Dog complaint in 400 blk Point of Rocks Rd
T/s on Mt Hwy 287 Twin Bridges
Wildlife complaint at MP 23 Mt Hwy 287
T/s at MP 2 Pony Rd

9/12/14
Unfounded 911 call
Suspicious circumstances in 100 blk E Main St, Ennis
Unfounded 911 call
Wildlife complaint in 300 blk Mill St
T/s at MP 12 US Hwy 287
Fraud complaint in 400 blk Middle Rd
Fraud complaint on Point of Rocks Rd
Unfounded 911 call
T/s at MP 49 Mt Hwy 41
Accident at MP 49 Mt Hwy 41
T/s on Main St, Twin Bridges
Public safety complaint at MP 16 Mt Hwy 41

9/13/14
T/s on US Hwy 287 McAllister
Alarm on US Hwy 287 at Sterling Rd
Dog complaint on Main St, Twin Bridges
Accident with damage at MP 59 US Hwy 287
Unfounded 911 call
Public safety complaint on Marker Ln
T/s at MP 68 US Hwy 287
T/s on US Hwy 287 Norris
Wildlife complaint at MP 24 Mt Hwy 287
Traffic complaint at MP 40 US Hwy 287
Animal problem on Mt Hwy 41 Twin Bridges
Juvenile problem in 200 blk Melrose Rd
Animal problem in 200 blk E Ennis St