Category Archives: Public Safety

Tensions over jail overcrowding and COVID-19 testing continue in Cascade County

For months, Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter has been asking the Montana Department of Corrections to take custody of inmates in the jail who have been convicted and sentenced to the state prison system. The Cascade County Adult Detention Center has been overcrowded for years and in April, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold locally, Slaughter and Cascade

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Larson charged with attempted sexual assault; GFPD seeking additional information

The Great Falls Police Department is concerned that there may be additional victims related to a man who was arrested Sept. 25 on a felony count of attempted sexual assault. Gerard Larson, 60, was charged in district court after GFPD officers responded to a complaint of a man watching young girls and speaking to a 10-year-old Jane Doe. Through conversations

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Sheriff says more COVID-19 cases in Cascade County jail, first on state prison side

Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said Sept. 13 that after this week’s testing at the jail there are 37 new COVID-19 cases and a total of 60 active inmate cases and 70 inmates that have recovered. There were six new cases in the county on Sept. 13, according to the state map. On Friday, there were 30 new cases. The

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County approves Belt resident deputy agreement

Cascade County Commissioners voted unanimously during their Sept. 8 meeting to approve the agreement with the Town of Belt for a resident deputy in that community. It will be the third resident deputy for the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said his office is now beginning the in-house selection process for the position. CCSO planning to add resident

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Tensions continue between local judicial branch and sheriff’s office

The challenges of COVID-19 in the local legal system are straining relations between some members of the judicial branch and the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office. On Sept. 4, Judge Elizabeth Best filed an order in District Court regarding the enforcement of court orders. The order is also signed by Judges John Kutzman and John Parker. More COVID-19 cases confirmed in

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More COVID-19 cases confirmed in county jail; judge has concerns over COVID in jail; Sheriff details some precautions

More than 100 COVID-19 cases are now associated with the Cascade County Adult Detention Center. Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said Sept. 4 that there 81 current cases among inmates and 32 inmates who have recovered. There are eight detention officers who tested positive and are recovering at home, Slaughter said. No one is in the hospital at this time, he said.

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Cascade County adds 58 cases, total is now 355 with 165 active cases

Cascade County has 58 new positive COVID-19 cases today, Sept. 3, according to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services. That brings the county’s total to 355 with 165 active cases as of Sept. 3, according to the state map. The Cascade County City-County Health Department said the new cases were associated with the jail cluster, contact tracing and

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Man accused of hitting three firefighters, cop while driving drunk enters guilty plea

Scott Allen Jenks changed his plea in District Court on Sept. 2 to guilty for two felony counts of negligent vehicular assault. Jenks is accused of hitting and injuring three city firefighters and a police officer while driving under the influence of alcohol in October 2019. The firefighters and officers were responding to a separate incident when they were, according

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Amber Alert issued for two missing Great Falls children

Updated at 7:13 p.m. The Amber Alert has been canceled, according to the Great Falls Police Department, after several community members recognized the vehicle just outside of Great Falls and called 911. “Ezekiel and Savannah are safe; Martinez and Dahl are in police custody,” according to GFPD. An Amber Alert was issued for two young children in Great Falls who were

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