Here is a brief summary of all things crime that happened in and around Gillette yesterday, obtained through law enforcement reports from the Gillette Police Department (GPD) and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).
Fire, Jan. 18, S. Hwy 59, CCSO
Deputies responded to a report of a building on fire yesterday shortly before noon and found a utility shed emitting a large amount of smoke on S. Highway 59, Sheriff Scott Matheny said. Campbell County Fire Department (CCFD) personnel arrived around 11:44 a.m. to find a 12×12 outbuilding that is used for storage involved in fire, which they extinguished and prevented from spreading to the nearby residence and propane tanks, per a CCFD release, which adds that the cause of the fire appears to be unintentional but remains under investigation. The structure was a complete loss.
Threats, Jan. 18, E. 7th St, CCSO
Deputies responded to Meadowlark Elementary after a 7-year-old male allegedly told a school counselor that his father, a 30-year-old male, was angry at the school and wanted to blow it up, Matheny said. The father, when interviewed, denied making any such statements, adding that he has noticed his son using aggressive language lately but did not know where his son heard that he wanted to blow up a school. No further action was taken.
Dog fight, Jan. 18, Hannum Rd, GPD
An investigation into a dog fight that occurred earlier this month is underway after a 52-year-old male reported to police that his dog was injured by a Bull Terrier at the City dog park, according to Gillette Deputy Chief of Police Brent Wasson. The male told officers that he did not get the other dog owner’s information at the time of the incident because he was unaware that his own dog had been injured. The fight resulted in the reporting party’s dog sustaining a puncture wound in its abdomen, which took four staples to close. No suspects have been identified.
Suspicious activity, Jan. 18, S. Douglas Hwy, GPD
A 54-year-old called the police at 6:45 p.m. to report that someone had scratched the tailgate on his 2008 Dodge pickup while he was parked at Walmart, resulting in $300 in damage, Wasson said. The male believed the incident occurred while he was shopping between 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. There are no suspects, and the investigation is ongoing.
Domestic violence, Jan. 19, Hwy 14-16, GPD
Staff at Fireside Lounge called the police at 12:05 a.m. at the request of a 30-year-old female who had a bloody nose and alleged that she had just gotten into a physical fight with a 42-year-old male during which her phone was destroyed, Wasson said. The female told officers that the male broke her phone, grabbed her by the throat, and threw her to the ground. The male, when contacted, admitted to breaking the woman’s phone but denied the female’s version of events, stating that she attacked him. Based on the evidence and the woman’s injuries, officers arrested the 42-year-old male for domestic battery, Wasson said.
The goal of C17 Crime Clips is to provide the most detailed and comprehensive list of law enforcement interactions with the citizens of Gillette and Campbell County, however, some information will be withheld to protect the identities of victims or to avoid compromising ongoing criminal investigations.