Category Archives: Public Safety

Four new rookies on the truck floor at Great Falls Fire Rescue

Four new rookies are on the truck floor at Great Falls Fire Rescue this week. Luke Barrett, Ryan Olson, Travis Cik and Brett Castillo were recognized in a firehouse ceremony Tuesday for completing GFFR’s six-week training academy. They’re rookies at GFFR, but they aren’t new to emergency response. Barrett was a smoke jumper in Missoula; Olson was a volunteer firefighter

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Sex trafficking website seized, Great Falls police continue monitoring web for illegal activity

Backpage.com, a website known for sex trafficking and prostitution, was shut down on Friday. The website and affiliate sites were seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, with assistance from the Joint Regional Intelligence Center. Capt. John Schaffer of the Great Falls Police Department said he checks

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GFPD seeking information related to investigation of sexual abuse against children

Joseph Eugene Garcia, 37, was arrested March 19 at his home in Roseville, Calif. The Roseville officers arrested Garcia at the request of the Great Falls Police Department based on a warrant charging him with four felony crimes related to the sexual abuse of children. It is alleged Garcia “groomed” and abused his victim(s) over a long period of time,

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City planning board votes to postpone Wheat Ridge decision

After a three-hour meeting, the Planning Advisory Board voted to postpone the decision on the Wheat Ridge development to April 24. Anthony Houtz, planning board member, made the motion and said there were things he liked about the project that would start with the annexation of 20.98 acres as the first phase for 37 single-family lots and three mixed use

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County Commission considers funding for Expo Park grandstands, budget adjustments, storage unit project

During Tuesday morning’s Cascade County Commission meeting, commissioners will consider allocating $40,000 for betting windows in alternative structures since the area under the grandstands at Montana Expo Park has been deemed unsafe. Commissioners will also consider authorizing $30,000 for the county’s portion of the Tourism Business Improvement District’s infrastructure study at the fairgrounds. County considering Big Sky Trust Fund application

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Wheat Ridge development goes to Great Falls planning board this week

The city planning board will consider Tuesday the annexation of 20.98 acres for the proposed Wheat Ridge Estates behind the Wal-Mart on 10th Avenue South. The board will also consider a Planned Unit Development zoning and the preliminary plat for the project. City staff is recommending denial of the annexation, zoning and preliminary plat. City staff recommending denial of Wheat

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Two inmates deaths in Cascade County Detention Center

Two inmates at the Cascade County Detention Center died on March 10, according to a release from Sheriff Bob Edwards. These were two separate incidents and roughly four hours apart, Edwards said. One of the deaths is consistent with a suicide and the other appears to be from natural causes. Both were pronounced dead at Benefis Hospital. The Montana State

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Revamped Coins for a Cause program continues effort to curb panhandling in downtown Great Falls

Coins for a Cause 2.0 is in full swing and the new boxes are up in the downtown. The program started in Great Falls in 2012 with collection buckets at businesses around town for shoppers to drop their spare change instead of giving it to panhandlers downtown. The boxes are new this year and are attached to lightposts around the

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