The Gillette Police Department (GPD) and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) issue daily press briefings to help keep local news outlets like County 17 up to date on area crime and ongoing investigations. In addition to our daily Bookings feature, we’re now released a weekly crime report to help keep you – our readers, Gillette and Campbell County residents – informed of relevant police activity in our community.
Here’s our heavily editorialized and not always entirely funny, potentially offensive run-down of the recent crimes and ongoing investigations in Campbell County, courtesy daily briefings with GPD and CCSO. For those who prefer straight reporting over sarcasm and childish humor, check out our daily blotter.
K-9 Officers at Work
- Some people simply do not learn as was the case with a 27-year-old woman who was pulled over on Highway 50 Thursday morning for speeding 82 in a 70-mph zone. When she rolled down her window, the tell-tale smell of burnt marijuana wafted through the air and the K-9 confirmed that she had indeed indulged in the devil’s lettuce. A search of the vehicle revealed 4.1 grams of THC gummies, .14 gram of marijuana plant form and three containers of suspected urine. The female was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and defrauding a drug or alcohol test with her portable pee. Also that morning, another 20-something man was pulled over for speeding at the intersection of I-90 and Skyline Drive. He, too, was showing signs of being under the “influence of a controlled substance,” and once again the K-9 went to work, finding .64 grams of liquid heroine and 19.14 grams of Alprazolam. Ouch! And he was driving! He was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance.
- Hey, that’s not me! A 60-year-old Gillette man was no doubt surprised to learn he had a clone in San Jose, California, who turned up with his driver’s license, which was identical to his except for the photo. He believes that this was a breach of data by US Bank and the investigation is ongoing.
Rebels with Reefer
- Two teenage boys were pulled over Wednesday near the intersection of Highway 59 and Camel Drive as they were leaving high school. The stench of marijuana gave them away and both the 14 and 15-year-old boys were cited for possession of a controlled substance and turned over to their parents. Looks like someone lost their hardship!
Back to the Big House
- When attempting to escape jail, the worst thing one can do is draw attention to themself. Especially if one is wanted on a national warrant by the U.S. Marshall’s Office. Sometimes, these lessons are learned the hard way, however, as one 38-year-old man discovered Friday night when he got drunk and tried to fight random people after escaping from the VOA. When police tried to calm him down at his rented motel room, he lunged, prompting them to taze him. Once in custody, it was discovered that not only was he an escapee but that he was also wanted on a federal warrant. This guy wins the “Worst Hangover of the Week” award, hands down.
- Note to self #7,497: when drinking heavily, do not invite other drunk strangers back to your house. This lesson was lost on a 23-year-old who discovered that drunk strangers will steal. After reportedly hosting an after-party following a night of drinking at Boot Hill, he woke Sunday morning to find he was missing three musical instruments, a pair of air pods and a painting. Whether this was a velvet oil of Elvis has yet to be determined. All together the items taken are valued at $1,150. The investigation is ongoing, but his music career is definitely on hold.
- No you didn’t! Don’t talk smack about another guy’s girl as a 20-year-old man learned the hard way at the Way Station Saturday night after he got into a fight with a 39-year-old man who punched him in the mouth, causing him to lose a tooth. The older man was cited for battery while the youngster is presumably still at the dentist’s office.
- An 18-year-old kid who was trespassed from Thunder Basin High School Monday, because though he wasn’t a student, he was nonetheless caught on campus multiple times. When asked to leave, boomerang-like, he came right back. And back. Now, maybe he will be forced to move on and, I don’t know, get a job?
Two Guys and a Runaway
- Two guys – an 18 year old and a 22-year-old driver – were pulled over for “equipment violation” at the intersection of 4-J and South 4-J early Sunday morning. One of the guys had an open container of alcohol and a gram of THC wax. He was cited for MIP and possession of controlled substance (marijuana). Also in the vehicle was a teenage female, who initially gave a false name but was later identified as a 16-year-old runaway. She was found with a tobacco vaping device and was under the influence of alcohol. She was cited and returned to her parents. The driver was not cited and was released.
Satanists in Southern Campbell County
- One woman in Wright had a rough morning on Sunday when she realized that two of her horses were victims of theft (and we think abuse). The Sorrow and Palomino’s tails had been cut straight across as if the perpetrator had used some kinda rusty kitchen scissors. CCSO Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds guessed the motivation for the crime was to make horse-hair jewelry. The investigation is ongoing, (but we think we’ve solved it because we are experts) based on a recent crime of similar nature in which a goat was brutally shot and killed for no reason at all.
- A 47-year-old Gillette man reported that he’d found a “laundry jug” on his property filled with syringes and other drug paraphernalia. There are no suspects and the investigation is ongoing. The laundry jug was removed.
- A Gillette woman went to her daughter’s place on East Boxelder Road Sunday to find her front door unlocked and all the doors unscrewed from their hinges with the living room couch upside down. She was housesitting for her daughter and believes the suspect snuck in through a window. Nothing appeared to be missing, but I’d start checking those co-workers!
Dude, Where’s My Car?
- A 43-year-old guy was arrested early Tuesday morning for DWUI, driving under suspension, unauthorized use of a motorcycle and for using the lamest excuse ever (okay, we added that one). After police pulled him over for stealing a stranger’s Ford pickup, he said, “Oops, I thought it belonged to my stepfather!” It didn’t. But given that he was super drunk, it’s lucky he was stopped. Thanks, GPD!
Heads in the Clouds
- In this week’s episode of “Young Love,” two 13-year-olds were busted for having their heads in the clouds – vapor clouds that is! This modern-day Bonnie and Clyde were riding the school bus while passing a tobacco vaping device back and forth when they were caught red handed. They were cited for underage use of the addictive tool, and sources say the two later engaged in a lover’s quarrel via Snapchat. (Just kidding!)
- You took my phone! No, I didn’t. It’s mine. No, it’s not. Give it to me or I’ll stab you in the right thigh with a kitchen knife?! That may have been the argument leading up to the stabbing of a roommate after two females got into a fight over a phone. The roommates were not 13, as you might expect, but rather 39 and 40 years old. The cut did not require stitches, and the older woman was arrested for aggravated assault. It’s unclear when she’ll be released from police custody, but one thing’s for certain: that’s gonna be one awkward first day back home.
- We’ll let you make sense of this one! “A 55-year-old female reported that a 50-year-old female was in a family protection order violation with the 38-year-old son of the 55-year-old female. The 50-year-old female entered the house of the 38-year-old male, which violated the order and she was arrested.” This was Wednesday.
- In a trifecta of public intox, a 66-year-old man was arrested for public intoxication and battery after police found him lying near the intersection of Third Street and Emerson at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Beside the man was a bicycle from which he had reportedly fallen off. When EMS arrived, he tried to punch one but was eventually transported to the ER where he was treated. Also this week, around the same time in the evening, officers arrested a drunk 63-year-old guy for peeing in Lasting Legacy Park. Then, on Monday just after 4:30 p.m., police arrested a drunk, shirtless 38-year-old man stumbling along Butler Spaeth Road. And where we’d usually see disorderly conduct as humorous, we do notice the troubling trend occurring here in Gillette, and for that we’re providing the phone number and address for our local Alcoholics Anonymous. Call (307) 686-6107 or visit 720 W. 8th Street in Gillette if you’ve noticed an increase in your drinking habits. Unprecedented times call for unashamed self-help measures. Stay safe, County 17!