Madison County Sheriff's Office
Non-Emergency Public Information & Notices
Last Updated - November 24, 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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1-800-685-1111    1-888-397-3742      1-800-888-4213
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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
11/16/14 thru 11/22/14

11/16/14
Privacy in communications on Panorama Ln
Trespassing in 500 blk Jack Creek Bench Rd
Trespassing at CB Ranch
Suspicious circumstance at US Hwy 287 MP 29
Alarm in 400 blk Upper Ruby Rd

11/17/14
Unfounded 911 call
Medical emergency on Texs Loop
Suspicious person/circumstance in 3400 blk MT Hwy 287
Wildlife complaint on US Hwy 287 N
Accident on US Hwy 287 at Jeffers Rd
Unfounded 911 call
Unfounded 911 call
Accident on US Hwy 287 N Cameron
Medical emergency in 100 blk Two Bumps Rd
Gas leak/odor in 100 blk W 4th Ave
Accident in 100 blk Sweetwater Rd
Traffic complaint on Norris Rd
Public safety complaint on Granite Creek Rd at MT Hwy 287
Accident at Wall Creek MP 4
Wildlife complaint at US Hwy 287 MP 55
Alarm in 700 blk Jack Creek Rd
Public safety complaint on Jefferson River
Suspicious person/circumstance in 300 blk N Main St, Twin Bridges

11/18/14
Citizen assist in 200 blk Poppleton St
Citizen assist on Panorama Ln
Alarm in 100 blk E Idaho St
Animal problem on MT Hwy 287 Twin Bridges
Accident with damage on Mill Gulch Rd
VIN number inspection in 4400 blk US Hwy 287 N
Accident with damage on Main St, Sheridan
Traffic complaint in Ennis
Accident with damage at MT Hwy 287 MP 26
Animal problem on MT Hwy 287 north of Sheridan

11/19/14
Unfounded 911 call
Dog complaint at Ennis fishing access
Medical emergency in 900 blk Middle Rd
Wildlife complaint in 300 blk E Hugel St
Wildlife complaint in 100 blk Johnson Rd
Assault on Golden Trout Ln

11/20/14
Animal problem at MT Hwy 41 MP 17
Accident with damage at Trends Salon parking lot
VIN number inspection on Point of Rocks Rd
Accident with damage at US Hwy 287 MP 16
Disturbance in 100 blk Johnson Rd
Disturbance at Town Pump

11/21/14
Traffic complaint in 200 blk Mill Creek Rd
Traffic complaint at MT Hwy 84 MP 6
Trespassing on E Bench Rd
Accident with damage at MT Hwy 287 MP 1
Agency assistance in McAllister
Citizen assist in Virginia City
Citizen assist in South Madison Indian Creek area
Accident with damage on US Hwy 287 Harrison
Alarm in 100 blk Pennington Rd

11/22/14
Agency assistance in Big Sky
Traffic complaint on MT Hwy 41 N
Accident with damage on Upper Ruby Rd at Short Creek