Idaho County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Idaho County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 320 W Main St, Grangeville, 83530 ID
  • Chief:
Phone: 208-983-1100
Fax: 208-983-1359

Idaho County Sheriff's Office is located at 320 W Main St, Grangeville, 83530 ID. The Idaho County Sheriff's Office phone number is 208-983-1100.

Idaho County Sheriff's Office News

****Update on the search for Connie Johnson - 10-11-2018**** Searching continued today for Connie Johnson. The Air Force flew the area again using FLIR and four dog teams searched the area, along with Idaho County officers and other ground searchers. Searching will continue again tomorrow, with an additional two dog teams joining the search.

****Update - Terrence Woods Search - 10-11-2018*** On October 5, 2018, at 641 pm, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing person. 27 year-old Terrence Woods, of Maryland, had become separated from his party, a film crew from London doing a documentary on the Penman Mines. Due to the late hour of the report, searching did not commence until Saturday, October 6th. Two Bear Air was contacted and they were out of service for maintenance and unable to fly. Three dog teams from Clearwater County, ground searchers (both on foot and ATVs), personnel from the US Forest Service arrived on Saturday and began searching with Deputy Stan Denham. Clearwater County Back County Rescue Helicopter also did an aerial search of the area. Fish and Game canvased the area and stayed later into the night checking with hunters and continuing to search. Mr. Woods was not located. On Sunday, Deputy Denham, ground searchers, US Forest service and Fish and Game personnel, and the dog teams resumed searching. Back Country Rescue Helicopter also resumed searching using FLIR to attempt to locate Mr. Woods. Rain hampered tracking efforts. On Monday, in addition to the searchers previously listed, a UH1 helicopter from Fairchild Air Force Base responded to do more aerial searches. Searches continued on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the same search teams and air support. Weather did play a factor and helicopters were unable to fly on Tuesday. They resumed air searches on Wednesday, as the weather permitted flying. The decision to cut back the active search was made Thursday afternoon. No leads were obtained from the previous seven days of searching, and no signs of Mr. Woods have been located in the search area or the expanded search area. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor the area and investigate leads. If anyone has any information regarding Mr. Woods’ disappearance, please contact the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office at (208)983-1100. Please be mindful of comments on this post. Mr. Woods’ family is devastated by the disappearance of Terrence and inconsiderate comments will be deleted.

****Update on the search for Connie Johnson - 10-10-2018**** Searching continued today for missing person Connie Johnson. In addition to Idaho County personnel on scene and previous searchers listed, additional dogs were flown in today to assist with the search. The dog teams are certified through the Tri-State K-9 Cooperative. Both Back Country Rescue Helicopter and the Air Force UH1 helicopter searched the area. Searching will continue tomorrow.

****Update on the search for Terrence Woods - 10-10-2018**** Searching continued today for missing person Terrence Woods. In addition to Idaho County personnel on scene and previous searchers listed, with the assistance of the US Forest Service, ground searches continued for Terrence. The Air Force UH1 helicopter was able to fly and search the area. Searching will continue tomorrow.

On October 9, 2018, a Sea-doo Speedster boat with custom decals (Kelly's Nightmare) and a Polaris UTV (6 wheels, cracked headlight housing, tube bumpers and winch) were reported stolen from the Winona/Thorn Springs area. It is believed they were stolen sometime between October 1-5th. If you have any information regarding the theft of these vehicles or their locations, please contact the Idaho County Sheriff's Office at (208)983-1100.

****Update searches - Connie Johnson - Terrence Woods - 10-09-2018**** Searching continued today for both Connie Johnson and Terrence Woods. Weather hampered air search efforts for both individuals, as helicopters were unable to fly. Two Uh1 Air Force helicopters were standing by in Grangeville and were unable to launch into the search area due to weather. Back Country Rescue Helicopters out of Orofino were also unable to launch due to weather conditions. Searching will continue tomorrow for both Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Woods. Weather permitting, the Air Force will be assisting Idaho County and Forest Service personnel on both scenes.

***Search Update - Terrence Woods - 10-08-2018*** The search continued today for Terrence Woods. In addition to Idaho County personnel on scene, Idaho County Search and Rescue members, Idaho County Posse members, and several other volunteers continued searching for Mr. Woods. The search will continue tomorrow with Idaho County Sheriff's Office/Search and Rescue/Posse personnel, along with the assistance of Forest Service personnel from the Elk City Ranger Station and the Red River Ranger Station, and other volunteers. Wet weather has hindered some search efforts. The search for Mr. Woods will continue again tomorrow.

***Search Update - Connie Johnson - 10-08-2018*** The search continued today for Connie Johnson. In addition to the Idaho County personnel on scene, a UH1 rescue helicopter out of Fairchild Airforce Base searched the area. They will do another aerial search tomorrow. Clearwater County Back County Rescue had two helicopters in the area today. They transported 2 canines and 3 handlers to the area to search this afternoon and again tomorrow. Clearwater County Dispatch helped coordinate the efforts of the helicopters and canine searchers and their assistance is greatly appreciated. The Moose Creek Ranger District has 6 individuals spread out over the area searching. Two are on horseback, along with mules. The Back Country Horseman also have 2 riders out searching. Search efforts will continue tomorrow.

****Update**** Mr. Mendez-Morales has been safely located. On October 7, 2018, at approximately 530 pm, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office was advised of an overdue person. Jose Mendez-Morales, 42, of Tacoma, Washington, left his residence and was going to Elk City, Idaho. Jose checked in with his family from Grangeville on September 25th, but no one has heard from him since. He normally checks in every three days. Jose is driving a red and white Ford F-250 with Washington plates A84361P. If anyone has seen Mr. Mendez-Morales or has any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (208)983-1100.

On Friday, October 5, 2018, at approximately 918 pm, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing person up the Selway in the Fog Mountain area near Big Rock. Connie Johnson, 76 years of age of Nezperce, was at hunting camp, where she was the camp cook. Last communication with her was on Tuesday. When other members of her party arrived Friday, they were unable to locate her or her dog, Ace. The area was searched by Richey Outfitters and no tracks were found. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office was notified on Friday and search efforts were organized. In addition to Idaho County personnel, the Forest Service, the US Air Force, and Back Country Rescue Helicopter are assisting in the search. If anyone has seen Mrs. Johnson or has any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (208)983-1100.

On Friday, October 5, 2018, at approximately 530 pm, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing person. Terrence Woods, 27 years of age, from Maryland, was filming in the Orogrande area and was separated from his film crew. He was last seen near the Penman Mine near Orogrande. Search efforts are being made by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, Fish and Game, Forest Service, the Clearwater County Dog Team and Back Country Rescue Helicopter. If anyone has seen. Mr. Woods or has any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (208)983-1100.

The driver's license system is experiencing problems, statewide. We can only do Concealed Weapon transactions, Idaho license and identification card renewals or duplicates (no Commercial licenses or STAR Cards). Each transaction (other than Concealed Weapons) requires a call to the ITD call center for customer verification and a system override. Estimated transaction times are 45 minutes to an hour. There is no ETA of when this problem will be fixed. We apologize for the inconvenience!

The new Driver's License program is currently down statewide. Please call (208)983-2217 before coming to Grangeville to check if it is back online. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We are just as frustrated with this system as the public is. If you have any questions, please contact Alberto Gonzalez at (208)334-8234.

http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/news/2018/sep/12/icsos-august-emphasis-patrol-nets-11-people-23-dru/

This applies to all DL offices in the state.

STATE OF IDAHO EMERGENCY EXTENSION FOR IDAHO DRIVERS LICENSE CREDENTIALS August 29, 2018 ATTENTION ALL IDAHO DMV CUSTOMERS AND PUBLIC AGENCIES The Idaho Transportation Department hereby extends the expiration date for expiring and expired driver’s license and identification cards through October 31, 2018. This does not apply to drivers whose privileges are currently withdrawn until reinstatement requirements are fulfilled. Time is needed to implement a lasting solution to the DMV system problems and allow expired residents the opportunity to apply in person after that time. THIS EXTENSION DOES NOT APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING: 1. Drivers with Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDLs) who do not have a legal presence document on file with the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles. 2. CDL drivers with expired HazMat endorsements. (These individuals will need to contact the department for further information and instructions.) It is highly recommended that those affected carry a copy of this letter to show law enforcement or TSA. If any customer or agency is in need of a physical document specifically identifying a customer for any service or need, please contact the Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Motor Vehicles at 208 334-8736, or fax your request to 208-334-8586, or by email to dlmail@itd.idaho.gov. As further information becomes available, it will be relayed via public service announcements, and on the ITD Website. Please check frequently for new updates. Sincerely, Alberto Gonzalez, DMV Administrator Idaho Transportation Dept.

The Driver's License system is currently down statewide. According to Alberto Gonzalez with the Idaho Transportation Department, if your license is expired or expiring and you are unable to renew due to the current system outage, contact ITD to request an extension. You can call 208-334-8735, or the extension application form is available at https://itd.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/3153.pdf

Driver's License is down statewide until further notice.

The Driver’s License system is very unstable right now, due to software problems at ITD. This is a statewide issue. This affects all transactions, including licenses, identification cards, permits, concealed weapon permits, and dealer/salesman ID’s. At this time, we are advising customers to attempt transactions at their own risk, with the understanding that the system may not work and transactions may not be able to be completed. We apologize for the frustration and inconvenience this causes, and we thank you for your continued patience.

*RATTLESNAKE CREEK FIRE UPDATE* Fire evacuations for the Rattlesnake Creek Fire in Idaho County have been cleared and will be lifted as of 1800 hrs (6pm) PST tonight, 08/27/2018.

Press Release For immediate Release August 23, 2018 Kooskia On August 23, 2018, at approximately 1540 hours, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch was notified of a high speed pursuit headed towards the Idaho border on Petty Creek. Dispatch was advised a black Escalade left the city of Missoula headed west towards the Idaho border. The vehicle was failing to yield to Missoula County Sheriff’s deputies, Montana State Police and US Forest Service Officer. The Idaho State Police had a trooper in the area, and he deployed spike strips around MP 168 on Highway 12. The vehicle was able to avoid the spikes and continue on west on Highway 12. Idaho County Lieutenant Doug Ulmer and Sergeant Craig Hoodman responded towards the Montana border. Sergeant Hoodman deployed the spike strips at the Fish Creek Bridge on Highway 12 near MP 120. The vehicle was disabled and traveled a short distance before stopping. Michael W. Murray, 34, of Spokane, Washington, was taken into custody without incident. Murray is currently on felony probation out of the State of Washington. Murray is currently being held at the Idaho County Jail on the charge of felony eluding. Murray will also be facing charges pending out of Montana.

The new driver’s license system that was launched on August 13, 2018 is very slow, which causes lines and longer wait times. Please take this into consideration when planning your trip to driver’s license, especially when you are trying to arrive in time to meet a testing deadline. Wait times can be over an hour, sometimes two hours, depending on customer volume. Additionally, there are times we have to call the State office for overrides or for assistance with bugs or glitches in the system, and it can often take a half hour or more for them to answer the phone, which greatly increases the amount of time it takes to complete a transaction. We apologize for the inconvenience, and greatly appreciate your patience!

RATTLESNAKE CREEK FIRE UPDATE: ***ATTENTION WHITE WATER WILDERNESS AND NORTH POLLOCK RESIDENTS*** All evacuation restrictions have been lifted for the above areas. See below for the READY - SET - GO Evacuation Terminology. Evacuation Terminology Notification of Potential Evacuation This is a notification of potential evacuation for the areas including ____________________ "READY” for potential evacuation. You should be aware that _________________ fire is in your vicinity and you should monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for additional information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel will attempt to contact you. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates. Recommended Evacuation This is a notification of a recommended evacuation for the areas including ________________. “Be Set” to evacuate. YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area from_________________ fire. You should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. You MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at your own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates. Mandatory Evacuation This is a notification of a mandatory evacuation for the areas including __________________. "GO"! Evacuate NOW; LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe. Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.

RATTLESNAKE CREEK FIRE UPDATE: ***ATTENTION NORTH ELK LAKE ROAD/LOWER RANCH DRIVE/HIGH MEADOW LANE RESIDENTS*** A change has been made for the above areas. This area has been changed back to the "READY" (PHASE 1) phase of evacuations. See below for the READY - SET - GO Evacuation Terminology. Evacuation Terminology Notification of Potential Evacuation This is a notification of potential evacuation for the areas including ____________________ "READY” for potential evacuation. You should be aware that _________________ fire is in your vicinity and you should monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for additional information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel will attempt to contact you. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates. Recommended Evacuation This is a notification of a recommended evacuation for the areas including ________________. “Be Set” to evacuate. YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area from_________________ fire. You should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. You MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at your own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates. Mandatory Evacuation This is a notification of a mandatory evacuation for the areas including __________________. "GO"! Evacuate NOW; LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe. Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.