Category Archives: Public Safety

Former undersheriff asks court to dismiss charge against him; media requesting investigative file from CCSO theft cases

The attorney for former undersheriff John Stevens filed a motion last week asking the district court to dismiss the charge of misdemeanor theft and to terminate the remaining six months of his deferred sentence. In July, Stevens signed a plea agreement, entering a plea of no contest and in exchange, the state amended the felony theft charge to a misdemeanor,

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County implementing pre-trial assessment tool in hopes of reducing jail population

Cascade County has adopted a public safety assessment tool in what they hope is a way to help reduce the county jail population. The jail is designed to hold 365 people, Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said on Friday, when the jail population was 428. Finding solutions: Local efforts for mental health court; mental health police officer; pre-trial and addiction services Overcrowding

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Commissioners delay decision on fire board appointment policy based on opposition from most fire districts

County Commissioners tabled a decision regarding a proposed policy on appointments to the rural fire districts boards that would prohibit volunteer firefighters in those districts from serving on the board that governs their operation. Commissioner Joe Briggs was absent and commissioners said they’d prefer to have all three present for making a decision. Commissioner Jim Larson said he’d received a

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County considering policy for fire board appointments to reduce conflicts of interest

During their Jan. 14 meeting, County Commissioners will consider a policy regarding appointments to the various fire boards in the county. Currently, there is no policy regarding whether staff or volunteer firefighters at those fire departments can be appointed to the boards that govern their operations. That’s a “tremendous problem,” Deputy County Attorney Carey Ann Haight told commissioners during their

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GFFR reminds residents of fireworks rules, safety for New Year’s holiday

Great Falls Fire Rescue wants to remind those setting off fireworks over the holiday to take the necessary steps and precautions to keep themselves and others safe, as well as the rules regarding fireworks in the city limits. “Our goal at Great Falls Fire Rescue is to educate residents about fire prevention and safety. There is no question about it;

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Commission approves contract for fire station sewer repairs

Updated Jan. 2 Commissioners voted unanimously during their Dec. 17 meeting to approve a $149,750 contract to Copper Creek Construction for plumbing upgrades at three of the city’s fire stations. Great Falls Fire Rescue Chief Steve Hester said that work would begin in a few weeks at Station 4 at 1800 Fox Farm Rd. Hester said the work will require

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GFPD, other agencies investigating triple homicide; Lincoln Elementary closed today due to proximity of incident

UPDATED 10:38 a.m. Dec. 18 The Great Falls Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a triple homicide that occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 17 in Great Falls. In a Dec. 18 press release, officials named Ricky Lee Gardipee, 41, of Great Falls as the man

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City Commission to consider contract for sewer repairs are fire stations

Next week, City Commissioners will consider awarding a $149,750 contract to Copper Creek Construction for plumbing upgrades at three of the city’s fire stations. The need for the project arose in 2017 when city staff were planning kitchen and restroom remodels at some of the fire stations. During the initial states of those remodels, it was discovered that sewer pipes

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