Madison County Sheriff's Office
Non-Emergency Public Information & Notices
Last Updated - August 4, 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
/27/14 thru 8/2/14

7/27/14
Received report of vehicle/deer accident on Melrose Frontage Rd
Received wildlife complaint at US Hwy 287 MM 52
Received unfounded 911 call
Received request to standby to assure peace in 100 blk Mt Hwy 359
Deputy dispatched to vehicle accident at MT Hwy 287 MM 25
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 40
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 52
Deputy dispatched to public safety complaint on N Ennis Lake Rd
Deputy dispatched to animal complaint at MT Hwy 287 MM 20
Received unfounded 911 call
Received wildlife complaint on Dutchman Trl
Dispatched EFD to an alarm on High Valley Ranch Rd
Deputy dispatched to report of vehicle/deer accident at MT Hwy 287 MM 26
Dispatched EA for transport to Bozeman
T/s at MT Hwy 287 MM 30
Received dog complaint on Deer Ln

7/28/14
Dispatched EFD to an alarm in 300 blk Riverview Dr
Deputy dispatched to dog complaint in 100 blk E Ennis St
Deputy dispatched to watering county road complaint on E Bench Rd at Trout Creek Rd
Deputy dispatched to vehicle/deer accident at US Hwy 287 MM 55
Dispatched EA to 100 blk Moores Creek Rd
T/s on Hamilton St
Deputy dispatched to trespass complaint in 5300 blk MT Hwy 41 N
T/s on Mill Gulch Rd at MT Hwy 287
Deputies dispatched to disturbance in 800 blk Madison Ave
Dispatched EA to Big Sky Airport
Dispatched EA & EFD to MT Hwy 87 MM 7
Deputy dispatched to dog complaint on Buckshot Ln
Deputy dispatched to disturbance on Grant Mine Rd

7/29/14
Deputy dispatched to vehicle accident in 500 blk E Fremont St
Received traffic complaint in 2300 blk MT Hwy 41
Received unfounded 911 call
Received traffic complaint at US Hwy 287 MM 53
Deputy dispatched to dog complaint at Mt Hwy 359 at Cemetery Hill Rd
Received privacy in communications complaint in 200 blk S Main St, Twin Bridges
Deputy dispatched for warrant service in 700 blk First St
Received unfounded 911 call
T/s at US Hwy 287 Mm 49
Received unfounded 911 call
Received unfounded 911 call
Received burglary complaint in 100 blk N Ennis Lake Rd
T/s on Main St at Third St
T/s on Main St at First St
T/s on Main St at Chowning St
Deputy dispatched to vehicle accident on Melrose Rd

7/30/14
Received report of vehicle/moose accident at US Hwy 287 MM 11
Received suspicious circumstances complaint in 5600 blk US Hwy 287 N
Received wildlife complaint at VC dump site
Deputy dispatched to criminal mischief complaint on Main St, Virginia City
Dispatched VCFD to Main St across from Governer’s Mansion
Received unfounded 911 call
Dispatched HFD to Lake Rd
Received fraud complaint in 100 blk Pearl St
Received unfounded 911 call
Received suspicious circumstances complaint on Novich Ln
T/s on US Hwy 287 at Harrison
Deputy dispatched to an alarm in 100 blk E Main St, Ennis
Received unfounded 911 call
Dispatched EFD to 4300 blk US Hwy 287 N

7/31/14
Received animal complaint at US Hwy 287 MM 47
Received an alarm in 100 blk Ulreys Lake Rd
Received report of vehicle/horse accident at US Hwy 287 MM 54
Deputy dispatched to traffic complaint at US Hwy 287 MM 70
Deputy dispatched to request to standby to assure peace on Norwegian Creek Rd
Deputy dispatched to traffic complaint at US Hwy 287 MM 52
Received suspicious circumstances complaint in Twin Bridges
Received traffic complaint at US Hwy 287 MM 26
T/s on Main St, Harrison
Received traffic complaint at MT Hwy 84 MM 9
Dispatched SFD to Ramshorn Creek Rd
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances complaint in Twin Bridges area
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances complaint in Virginia City
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 46
Dispatched EA for transport to Big Sky airport

8/1/14
Received report of vehicle/deer accident on Pony Rd
Vehicle inspection requested in 300 blk N George St
Deputy dispatched to theft complaint in Sheridan
Received unfounded 911 call
Dispatched EA to 800 blk Bauer Ln
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 74
Dispatched EA to 5000 blk US Hwy 287 N
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances complaint on MT Hwy 287 Alder area
Deputy dispatched to public safety complaint at MT Hwy 41 S MM 15
Received theft complaint in Norris
Deputy dispatched to an alarm in 100 blk W Main St, Ennis
Received unfounded 911 call
Received unfounded 911 call
Received unfounded 911 call
Received traffic complaint at MT Hwy 84 MM 2
Received unfounded 911 call
Received an alarm in 500 blk S Main St, Twin Bridges
Received dog complaint in Ennis

8/2/14
Received animal complaint on Boe Ln
T/s in Nevada City
T/s in Nevada City
Dispatched HFD to I 90 MM 266
Received harassment complaint in 1st blk Wisconsin Creek Rd
Dispatched EA, EFD & lifeflight to multi vehicle accident at US Hwy 287 MM 38
Deputy dispatched to traffic complaint at MT Hwy 287 MM 16
T/s on Water St
Received unfounded 911 call
Deputies dispatched to disturbance on Jeffers Ln
Dispatched EA to Big Sky Airport
Deputy dispatched to traffic complaint on US Hwy 287 at Jeffers Ln

The Sheriff’s Office made 16 traffic stops and received 88 calls for service