Madison County Sheriff's Office
Non-Emergency Public Information & Notices
Last Updated - July 21, 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
7/13/14 thru 7/19/14

7/13/14
Received unfounded 911 call
Received unfounded 911 call
Dispatched TBFD & RVA to 1900 blk MT Hwy 41 S
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 50
T/s on US Hwy 287 at Recycle Way
Dispatched SFD to an alarm in 400 blk Ruby River Dr
T/s on US Hwy 287 at Cemetery Rd
Deputy dispatched to welfare check in 100 blk Walsh Rd

7/14/14
T/s on US Hwy 287 at Lion’s Park
Received report of vehicle accident at MT Hwy 287 MM 1
Deputy dispatched to dog complaint in Pony
Deputy dispatched to criminal mischief complaint on FX Ranch Rd
Received traffic complaint on Meadowlark Ln
Received theft complaint at Meadowlark Campground
Received unfounded 911 call
Received drug violation complaint in Harrison
Vehicle inspection requested on Ennis Lake Rd
Received request for welfare check at MT Hwy 41 S MM 16
Received traffic complaint on US Hwy 287, Ennis
Received unfounded 911 call
Received unfounded 911 call
Received threats complaint in 80 blk MT Hwy 287
Dispatched RVA to Virginia City
Dispatched EA to Red Mountain Campground
Dispatched Summit Air to Shedhorn Basin
Received request for public assistance on US Hwy 287 at Slide Inn

7/15/14
Received an alarm in 300 blk N Main St, Ennis
Dispatched TBQRU & RVA to Utley Ln
Dispatched VCFD to Main St, Virginia City
Received unfounded 911 call
Received criminal mischief complaint at Twin Bridges cemetery
Received report of no contact order violation in 300 blk N Main St, Twin Bridges
Received an alarm on Ennis Lake Rd
Deputy dispatched to animal complaint on Stiles Ln
Dispatched EA to 100 blk Tobe Ln
Coroner dispatched to 100 blk of 1st St, Alder
T/s on MT Hwy 41 N of Twin Bridges

7/16/14
Deputy dispatched to welfare check in 100 blk Gallatin St
Received animal complaint at MT Hwy 287 MM 26
Deputy dispatched to vehicle accident at MT Hwy 287 MM 38
Received bad check complaint in Sheridan
Vehicle inspection requested in 200 blk Pony Rd
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances complaint in 300 blk W Fagin St
Deputy dispatched to criminal mischief complaint in 600 blk MT Hwy 359
Vehicle inspection requested on Tobacco Root Dr
T/s at MT Hwy 287 MM 10
Received unfounded 911 call
Dispatched EFD to an alarm in 100 blk Page Ranch Rd
Received traffic complaint on US Hwy 287 Ennis
Deputy dispatched to vehicle/cow complaint on Mill Gulch Rd

7/17/14
Received request for welfare check in 300 blk W 8th Ave
Received dog complaint at Ennis RV Park
Dispatched HQRU & HFD to vehicle accident at MT Hwy 84 MM 11
Received unfounded 911 call
Dispatched EA for transport to Bozeman
Received wildlife complaint in Virginia City
Deputy dispatched to burglary complaint at mine up Wisconsin Creek
Deputy dispatched to traffic complaint at US Hwy 287 Norris area
Received traffic complaint on MT Hwy 41 at Beaverhead Rock
Deputy dispatched to trespass complaint on Wisconsin Creek Rd
Received unfounded 911 call
Received an alarm in 200 blk E Main St, Ennis
Received traffic complaint at MT Hwy 84 MM 1
Received an alarm on Cottonwood Ln
Received suspicious circumstances complaint in Twin Bridges

7/18/14
Received unfounded 911 call
T/s at MT Hwy 287 MM 34
T/s at MT Hwy 287 MM 13
T/s at MT Hwy 287 MM 13
Vehicle inspection requested in 600 blk Mirza Way
T/s at MT Hwy 287 MM 12
T/s on E Main St Ennis
T/s at MT Hwy 287 MM 14
T/s in Nevada City
T/s at MT Hwy 287 MM 16
Deputy dispatched to an alarm in 100 blk W Idaho St
T/s in Virginia City
T/s on US Hwy 287 at Madison Foods
Received report of vehicle accident on Middle Rd at MT Hwy 287
Deputy dispatched to suspicious circumstances complaint in Cataract Lake area
Received animal complaint at MT Hwy 87 MM 1
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 68
Received unfounded 911 call
Received assault complaint in Ennis
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 45
Received unfounded 911 call
T/s in Ennis
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 54
Deputy dispatched to disturbance complaint in 400 blk N Main St, Twin Bridges
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 55

7/19/14
Received dog complaint in 5300 blk MT Hwy 41
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 48
Received request for welfare check on N Meadow Creek Rd
T/s on N Main St, Ennis
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 50
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 50
T/s on Main St, Ennis
T/s on N Main St, Ennis
Received a traffic complaint on US Hwy 287 Norris area
T/s on N Main St, Ennis
T/s on US Hwy 287 at Laura Ln
Received OP violation complaint in 300 blk N Main St, Twin Bridges
Deputy dispatched to dog complaint in Virginia City
Dispatched EA to 200 blk E Fagin St
Deputy dispatched to dog complaint in 500 blk W Hugel St
Received report of vehicle accident on S Boulder Rd
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 49
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 48
Deputy dispatched to assist other agency at Mayflower Bridge
T/s in 200 blk N Main St, Ennis
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 52
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 48
Dispatched HQRU & HFD to vehicle accident at MT Hwy 359 MM 2
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 55
Deputy dispatched to public assistance at US Hwy 287 MM 79
Received unfounded 911 call
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 55
T/s on US Hwy 287 at Mountain View Rd
T/s at US Hwy 287 MM 55

The Sheriff’s Office made 38 traffic stops and received 81 calls for service