Category Archives: Public Safety

Fire prompting evacuations off Vinyard Road, north of Great Falls

Update 7 p.m. Sept. 2: The fire is contained, there are no further evacuations and the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, per an email from Sheriff Jesse Slaughter. Due to the grass fire burning near Vinyard Road and eastbound winds, Cascade County deputies are evacuating homes near Vinyard Road. All of Golden Valley Loop is being evacuated, according to

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Proposed county budget now available, commission to take action Sept. 3

Cascade County Commissioners are holding a public hearing on their budget on Sept. 3. Their meeting is at 9:30 a.m. in the courthouse annex. The budget is for the fiscal year that began July 1 and the full document is available in the commission office and online here. During the Sept. 3 meeting, the county budget officer will make a

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10th Avenue bridge lane closure for inspections next week

The Montana Department of Transportation is conducting the annual bridge inspection on the 10th Avenue South/Warden Bridge eastbound beginning Aug. 26 through Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The bridge will have a single lane closure during the duration of the inspection. The public should expect single lane closure, reduced speed limit of 35 mph, inspection vehicles and workers

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County approves contract for CCSO electronic detection dog

The county’s newest law enforcement member hasn’t yet arrived, but during their Aug. 13 meeting, County Commissioners approved an agreement with Neighborhood Electronic Detection K-9 Inc. for their assistance in acquiring a dog for the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office. The dog is being funded by an anonymous $11,000 donation. The dog is purchased and will be trained by Todd Jordan

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County gets software to help recover stolen property

Cascade County Commissioners approved an agreement with LeadsOnline to operate and maintain electronic reporting and criminal investigation systems, primarily to assist in the recovery of stolen property that moves through pawn shops across multiple jurisdictions. The agreement was approved during the Aug. 13 meeting and includes an initial $2,823.63 cost with an annual $3,227 fee. The agreement runs through 2023.

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County sues state over unpaid fees for housing inmates at detention center

Cascade County has filed a lawsuit against the Montana Department of Corrections over unpaid fees for housing offenders at the Cascade County Detention Center. The suit was filed last week in district court in Helena and alleges that the state owes Cascade County more than $766,599 for room and board of people serving a DOC sentence at the Cascade County

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City considers code change for new part-time judge

City staff are proposing a change to city code to allow for the part-time Municipal Court judge included in the city budget that was approved July 16. City Commissioners will consider the proposed change on Tuesday on first reading and likely set the second reading for Sept. 3, when they’d also vote. The new city budget includes a part-time assistant

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Suspect in custody near Malmstrom AFB, no current threat

The Great Falls Police Department and Cascade County Sheriff’s Office were looking for a suspect in the theft of 4-wheelers on Tuesday afternoon. The suspect was believed to be in the vicinity of Malmstrom Air Force Base, according to GFPD Capt. John Schaffer, and is now in custody. The suspect was apprehended off-base at 3:50 p.m., according to Malmstrom. According

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Contract to replace library air handler on tonight’s city agenda

During the Aug. 6 meeting, the City Commission will consider awarding a $315,000 construction agreement to replace the aged and failing basement air handler at the Great Falls Public Library. The agreement is with McKinstry Essention LLC and is a project identified through McKinstry’s 2017 energy performance audit performed at the request of the city. The project will replace the

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Sample near Simms tests positive for West Nile Virus; CCHD urges protection

The Cascade County Weed and Mosquito Division has detected its first West Nile Virus positive mosquito sample this year. A WNV positive sample of adult Culex tarsalis mosquitos was collected near the town of Simms on Aug. 1. The sample was confirmed to be West Nile Virus positive by the lab at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

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