Special Press Release
*** PRESS RELEASE 12-06-2013***
The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring an emergency exercise at the Corvallis High School on Wednesday, December 11th. The Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Corvallis School District, Corvallis Rural Fire District, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, Ravalli County Office of Emergency Management and the National Institutes of Health to conduct the exercise. The scenario for the drill is an active shooter incident that results in numerous victims at the Corvallis High School. The exercise will provide emergency responders and school staff an opportunity to practice plans for school lockdown, rescue and medical triage of victims, and post-emergency reunification of students with parents. The exercise will start at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday and it should be completed by 5:00 p.m. During the exercise there will be emergency response vehicles and personnel at the school and area immediately surrounding the Corvallis High School. The public is advised to stay away from the Corvallis High School during this drill so as to not interfere with emergency exercise activities. For more information on the exercise, contact Sheriff Chris Hoffman at 375-4060.
November 22, 2013
In response to numerous inquiries, Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said today that his office has noticed a significant spike in reports of credit card fraud. Hoffman said that in the past week or so, his office has fielded several reports of Ravalli County citizens either finding erroneous charges on their credit card statements, or reporting that they were being notified by their banks of fraudulent charges.
Sheriff Hoffman said that his family, and at least one member of his own staff have been affected.
Sheriff Hoffman said that because the activity is wide spread across western Montana, and is not centered locally, the crimes fall under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service. Hoffman said that he has been in touch with Secret Service officials, and that he is satisfied that they are conducting the appropriate, aggressive investigation into the matter.
Hoffman encourages victims to contact his office with questions or concerns, and says that he will be staying in touch with Secret Service officials for updates on the investigation. Further, he is advising people to carefully check their credit card statements often, and to immediately notify their banking institution, or credit card company if they notice any unusual activity on their statements.
August 26, 2013
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August 23, 2013
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August 19, 2013
Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman today appointed Steve Holton to the position of Ravalli County Undersheriff.
Holton is a 17-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, having begun his career there as a Reserve Deputy in 1996. He was hired as a full-time deputy in 1999, and graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in 2000.
Holton has served as a Patrol Deputy, Corporal/Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Hostage & Crisis Negotiator during his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office. He is a Deputy Coroner and sits on the board of directors of the Montana Coroner’s Association. Holton also coordinated the Reserve and Cadet programs, and currently serves as the office’s Search and Rescue Coordinator.
Holton is married and the father of four children. He and his wife, Michelle, have owned the Back Door Deli in Hamilton since 1999. A graduate of Hamilton High School, Holton has lived in the Bitterroot Valley since 1990 when his family moved here from Beaverhead County.In making this appointment, Hoffman said that Holton is eminently qualified for the position and that, throughout his career, “Steve has shown a high level of dedication to the community and to the Sheriff’s Office. His work ethic and record are impeccable, and he and his family are very committed to this community. His intelligence and understanding of our mission will serve us well for a long time to come.”Holton takes the post vacated by Perry Johnson, who retired last week to accept the position of Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Director in Helena.
May 13, 2013
Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman advises local citizens to be aware of a scam involving houses for rent on Craigslist. A report was taken by the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office from a resident who had a house listed for sale. The seller then discovered that it was being posted for rent on Craigslist by a person unknown.
The person (suspect) on Craigslist used information and photos of the victim’s property while offering to rent the house for $900 a month with a required deposit of $600. The person (suspect) also cautioned prospective renters not to contact the listing real estate company about the rental offer.
The suspect who was posting the house for rent went by the name of “Gary Mills” with the email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mills has responded by email to those inquiring about the house for rent advising that he has traveled to West Africa and plans to be there for 2 or more years. Mills advises that he is affiliated with a program called, "Family Life and HIV Education and the HIV Prevention for Rural Youth Program."
Sheriff Hoffman urges anyone suspicious about rental properties to contact property management and real estate companies if there is a question/concern regarding the validity of such a posting.
February 8, 2012
Sheriff Chris Hoffman today states that during a recent investigation the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office discovered a significant amount of Susan B Anthony dollar coins, James Madison dollar coins and John F Kennedy fifty cent pieces.
Sheriff Hoffman requests anyone who may have experienced the recent theft of coins matching this description to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 375-4060 during business hours or the dispatch center at 363-3033.
Discovery of these coins is part of an ongoing theft investigation. More details will follow as the investigation develops.
Photos of similar coins attached.
Susan B. Anthony Dollar
Kennedy 50 Cent Piece
James Madison Dollar
August 11, 2011
The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office is urging all homeowners within Ravalli County to exercise extreme caution when hiring contractors to perform asphalt installation and/or maintenance this summer.
Consider using well known, local contractors with a good reputation for quality.
Do your homework before getting started by talking with satisfied customers in your neighborhood.
Ask the contractor for a list of jobs he has done in your area and inspect them with the landowner's permission.
Find out who the contractor is and where the contractor is from.
Make sure the contractor is registered and licensed with the state.
Be cautious when a contractor comes to your door ininvited looking for work.
Remember, asking more questions now can save your big headaches later.
Sheriff Chris Hoffman states that the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office took a report from the Treasurer’s Office relating to a scam that is taking place in the Bitterroot Valley.
Sheriff Hoffman said that employees at the Treasurer’s Office had received complaints from residents who had received phone calls from unknown person(s) telling them their property taxes were delinquent.
The suspect caller stated he was from the Treasurer’s Office and tried to obtain personal non-related information that had nothing to do with the victims or their tax payment. None of the victims contacted were delinquent.
Sheriff Hoffman reminds all valley residents to be extremely suspicious of any person calling or emailing them requesting or demanding personal or financial information.
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office at 375-4060.
Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman cautions local residents to be aware of an ongoing scam. This scam relates to money requests for relatives to post a bond for a child or grandchild who is incarcerated in jail in Canada.
Sheriff Hoffman states that there have been several incidents in Ravalli County where people have received calls from people who identify themselves as a relative, such as a grandson, saying they have been picked up for a criminal or traffic violation in Canada and are in need of a cash bond. Some victims believed they were actually talking to their relative only to find out later that they were no where near Canada. This same scam has been seen all across the United States.
Sometimes the caller is a person who identifies himself as a police officer or other authority figure, such as an attorney.
The caller will give the victim/target a phone number for what is supposed to be a law enforcement agency and give a specific police officer’s name as a point of contact. This phone number and point of contact is fictitious.
When the victim makes the call they will talk to a person who claims to be the arresting officer and a bail amount, usually several thousand dollars, is demanded of the victim. The victim is directed to wire the money to the (fictitious) police department to post the bond.
Another scam that has been seen recently is an ominous contact where a victim is called by a person who claims they have been contracted to kill the victim. The caller states if the victim will wire them money, they will cancel the contract.
Once money is wired out of the United States the chances of recovery are slim to none.
Sheriff Hoffman states that there are many scams out there similar in nature but each share commonality: the caller is often from a foreign country, the caller creates a sense of urgency to the victim, and most commonly the caller insists the money be wired to them.
Sheriff Hoffman states that if anyone is contacted by anyone claiming they need money wired to them, that they verify the identity of the person. Anyone with questions can contact Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office at 375-4060.
On Thursday July 8th, 2010, Detectives from the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office recovered portions of human skeletal remains in the Stevensville Forest Service District in the area north of Saint Mary’s Peak.
No identification was found at the scene and investigators are following up leads that may help determine the victim’s identification and possible cause of death. It appears the remains may be those of a male adult.
Anyone with possible information relating to a missing person is asked to contact the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office at 375-4060.
January 21, 2010 (REVISED)
Sheriff Chris Hoffman and Undersheriff Perry Johnson responded to the news of a federal prosecutor’s motion, in United States District Court in Missoula, to dismiss the murder charges pending against Brian Weber relating to the Florence homicides of November 6, 2001, by stating that they remain committed to the ongoing investigation into these heinous crimes.
“This case is not closed and we remain committed to the families of our victims and our community to bring a successful resolution to the investigation. We will continue to apply the resources of this office to that end no matter how long it takes” said Sheriff Hoffman.
“This investigation has always been about our victims, the families of our victims and our neighbors in our community. The focus and efforts of the Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners will continue toward the apprehension and prosecution of the people responsible for the murders of Dorothy Harris, Brenda Patch and Cynthia Paulus. They won’t be forgotten.” said Undersheriff Perry Johnson.
Sheriff Hoffman repeated “The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with all of our law enforcement partners. We will continue to investigate all information that becomes available for further follow up. This case will remain open until it is resolved.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office at 375-4060.
Last updated 12/6/2013 4:17:17 PM by Scribner, Renee