Category Archives: Public Safety

Finding solutions: Local efforts for mental health court; mental health police officer; pre-trial and addiction services

Addiction and mental health are major contributors to crime in Cascade County. The issues are complicated, but many in the community are working to find solutions and The Electric spent the last few weeks learning about a few of the current efforts. Mental Health Treatment Court at Municipal Court Recognizing that many of the same people are in his courtroom

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City approves annexation of 20 acres for 83 homes on southern edge

During their Tuesday meeting, City Commissioners approved the annexation of about 20.5 acres for a NeighborWorks Great Falls project. The undeveloped land along 20th Street South and 24th Avenue South will be used for an 85-lot subdivision, including at least 50 homes that will be dedicated to the NWGF Mutual Self-Help Program. City to consider annexation for 85-lot NWGF development on

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Fire Station Flu Shot Friday starts this week

The Cascade City–County Health Department is collaborating with Great Falls Fire Rescue in providing four flu-shot clinics. The first-ever Fire Station Flu Shot Friday 2-5 p.m. Oct. 5, at Fire Station 1, located at 105 9th St. S. Anyone six months and older is welcome to meet city firefighters, see a firetruck, take some photos, and get vaccinated by CCHD’s immunization

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Cascade County Sheriff’s Office looking to add drug, tracking canine

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office is working to add a canine to its ranks. Officials have been looking into the program for the last year and are hoping to add a dual-purpose–drug and tracking–dog by spring. Capt. Scott Van Dyken said the startup cost would be an estimated $15,000 and it’s something they’ve wanted to do for years, but other

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Sheriff’s office looking for information related to Sept. 22 drive-by shooting

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for any information related to a drive-by shooting that occurred Sept. 22. Capt. Scott Van Dyken said a drive-by shooting was reported at about 7 a.m. near the intersection of 13th Street South and County Home Lane. No injuries were reported. A suspect vehicle has been identified as a dark colored

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Commission approves Cascade County budget with tax increases, new deputies

Cascade County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve their budget for this fiscal year. Commissioners said they had hoped to lower taxes a bit, but an error in tax valuation from the Department of Revenue ended up lowering the value of county mills so there will be an increase in property taxes this year. The commission has used the inflationary factor,

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Sangrey in custody

Earlier this week the U.S. Marshals Service asked the Great Falls community to be on the lookout for James Joseph “JJ” Sangrey Jr. Sangrey was spotted around 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the passenger seat of a vehicle and with the help of a fugitive recovery agent, he was arrested after a short foot pursuit, according to the Great Falls

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14 charged in connection with the July 28 riot at Cascade County jail

Charges have been filed against 14 people in connection with the July 28 at the Cascade County Adult Detention Center. The following have been charged: Jory James Alexander: riot, criminal incitement, criminal mischief Gordon James Bacon: riot, criminal mischief Ernest Anthony Beavers: criminal incitement James Dean Bird: riot, criminal mischief Samuel Donnley Boutwell: riot, criminal incitement Zane Zachary Clark: riot

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GFPD asking community to report suspicious activity to police

The Great Falls Police Department issued a statement today indicating that school resource officers have been taking complaints over the last few days regarding suspicious persons possible following students who are walking to and from school. GFPD investigates these complaints and have not been able to determine any similarities in the suspect descriptions. If they had developed a consistent suspect

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City considering contract amendment to adjust for paramedic shortage

The nationwide paramedic shortage is being felt in Great Falls and on Tuesday, the City Commission will consider an amendment to an ambulance transport contract that’s needed to adjust to a staffing shortage. The city contracts with Great Falls Emergency Services for ambulance transport. In July, GFES notified the city that due to a paramedic shortage it wouldn’t be able

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