Category Archives: Public Safety

GFPD officers in schools provide annual report to school board

During the school year that just wrapped up, the school resource officers investigated 660 complaints in Great Falls Public Schools. That uptick is due in large part to a zero tolerance on the increased usage of vaping among students, according to Capt. Jeff Newton of the Great Falls Police Department. Newton presented the SRO report during Monday’s school board meeting.

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GFPD responded to Central Avenue disturbance, suspect in custody

At approximately 12:15 p.m. today patrol teams were dispatched to a disturbance in the 1700 block of Central Avenue. Great Falls Police Department officers and deputies with the U.S. Marshals Service arrived to find a male, believed to armed, barricaded inside a residence. The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Timothy Short, according to GFPD. After several attempts to persuade

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County approves projects for juvenile, adult detention centers

Cascade County Commissioners recently approved a contract with James Talcott Construction for the remodel and addition of two classrooms at the Juvenile Detention Center. The $848,000 contract includes adding two classrooms, over-framing the main entry and reroofing it, reroofing the entire building, as well as site improvements for drainage and parking lot rehabilitation. Commissioners also approved staff to use a

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Multiple inmates, others charged in smuggling ring at Cascade County jail

Several inmates at the Cascade County Adult Detention Center and several people on the outside have been charged in connection with a smuggling operation bringing methamphetamine, suboxone, marijuana, tobacco, lighters and rolling papers into the jail. Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said Wednesday that detectives began investigating the smuggling operation in June and the investigation is ongoing. Inmates involved are Calvin Racine,

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NWS: Severe weather expected today

Severe weather is expected across central and north-central Montana this afternoon and evening. The primary threats will be large hail and damaging winds, however a tornado or two is also possible. For the latest watches and warnings, check our website at www.weather.gov, follow your local media source or listen to NOAA Weather Radio, or access the information on your mobile device at http://mobile.weather.gov. Know

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Former GFFR engine rolling in service for Vaughn Volunteer Fire Department

The Vaughn Volunteer Fire Department put a former Great Falls Fire Rescue engine into service this week. In March, the City Commission approved donating two retired engines to Vaughn and this week, Engine 1401 officially entered service. Early this year, Jason McAllister, Vaughn VFD chief, told the city that his department had a critical need for a fire engine but the

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GFFR, GFPD reminds public of fire pit rules, safety

It’s fire pit season, but Great Falls Fire Rescue and the Great Falls Police Department are asking residents to keep the rules and safety in mind this summer. The city’s public safety departments ask the public to follow these guidelines and rules: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Fire shall be attended at all times. Must have a extinguishing source within 10

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Fourth of July fireworks safety, rules reminder from GFFR

The July 4 holiday is coming up and Great Falls Fire Rescue has issued their annual safety reminders. “Our goal at Great Falls Fire Rescue is to educate residents about fire prevention and safety. There is no question about it; the data shows that incorrectly used fireworks can cause injury. I personally want the families in our community to be

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Firefighters train for mayday situations

First responders face any number of challenges when they arrive on scene, whether it be a crash, fire, medical emergency or something else. Lately, they’re facing increasing danger of being struck by vehicles while working on a scene. Those drives are either texting, otherwise distracted or simply not giving first responders room to work. GFFR nearing paramedic staffing goal, eight

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