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C17 Crime Clips for Monday, Jan. 16

GILLETTE, Wyo.— Here is a brief summary of all things crime that happened in and around Gillette over the weekend, obtained through law enforcement reports from the Gillette Police Department (GPD) and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).

Vandalism, Jan. 15, Coal Train Road, CCSO

A man reported at 4:39 p.m. Jan. 15 to Campbell County Sheriff’s Office that someone entered his 2008 Heartland camper trailer and cut his flooring sometime within the past month when the camper was unlocked, Patrol Division Sgt. Gary Sams said. Damage is estimated to be about $200, and the investigation is ongoing, he said.

Ex parte order, Jan. 13, Gillette, GPD

A Wyoming Department of Family Services agent asked Gillette police officers to be present Jan. 13 during the removal of a 2-year-old from the care of her 44-year-old grandmother, who had reportedly tested positive for meth on about six different occasions and the safety of the child was a concern, according to Gillette Police Department Sgt. Steven Dillard. The grandmother allowed the officers into her residence, and officers stood by as DFS took the 2-year-old into protective custody, Dillard said.

Domestic violence, Jan. 13, Gillette, GPD

A 34-year-old man told Gillette police he had been fighting with his girlfriend, 28, after he arrived home intoxicated and his girlfriend told him that he shouldn’t have driven home, Dillard said. The argument escalated and became physical, and statements provided and injuries visible on both parties indicated that the man hit the female in the face, Dillard said. He said the man was arrested and charged with domestic battery.

Drugs, Jan. 13, Douglas Highway, GPD

At 7:31 p.m. Jan. 13, police responded to a report that a man was smoking fentanyl in a white 2011 Ford Escape outside Ramada Inn, 2009 S. Douglas Highway, Dillard said. When officers initially arrived on scene, they didn’t locate anyone in the vehicle, he said. Officers saw three fentanyl pills in plain sight inside the vehicle, and as they were looking inside the vehicle, a 33-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman came around the corner and unlocked the vehicle before they saw the officers, he said. The police officers detained the two individuals and searched the vehicle, Dillard said. Based on the woman’s statements, a search warrant was sought, granted and executed for a hotel room, he said. In all, police found 121 fentanyl pills, at approximately 13 grams; 6 grams of crystal meth; .1 gram of liquid meth; 3.5 grams of marijuana and one Xanax pill, Dillard said. The two individuals exhibited signs of controlled substance use during the investigation, and police learned that the woman had recently used meth intravenously, and the man had smoked fentanyl, according to Dillard. They were each charged with two felony possession counts, three misdemeanor possession counts and use of a controlled substance, he said.

DUI, Jan. 13, Highway 14-16, GPD

A 20-year-old man told police at 8:02 p.m. Jan. 13 that a 2016 F150 hit a parked 2017 Chevy Traverse in the parking lot of Sundance Lounge and the driver drove away without notifying the owner of the Traverse, Dillard said. Officers found and contacted the driver, a 54-year-old woman, in the parking lot of Pizza Ranch, he said. Officers found fresh damage to the rear bumper of the vehicle, and the woman displayed signs of intoxication, he said. The woman performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tests, was arrested for DUI and had a breath test of a .087, Dillard said. She was charged with DUI and hit-and-run, Dillard said. The damage to both vehicles, combined, was about $200, Dillard said. CCSO deputies backed up police officers after they found the truck at Pizza Ranch, which had hit the Traverse three times, Sams said.

False report, Jan. 13, Lunar Avenue, GPD

Officers responded to Lunar Avenue after a 32-year-old man reported at 11:33 p.m. Jan. 13 that a 44-year-old woman was driving a white 2015 Jeep while intoxicated and that she assaulted him, Dillard said. The man said the woman drug him with the Jeep, Dillard said. After the initial report, officers contacted him again and the man said he was angry with the woman and deliberately made a false report to get her in trouble, Dillard said. The woman was contacted and exhibited no indications of being under the influence of alcohol, and the man further stated he didn’t believe she had been drinking, according to Dillard. Dillard said the man admitted he was being untruthful in his initial statements, and the man was issued a citation for false reporting to authorities. The man was intoxicated as he spoke, and he provided a preliminary breath test of a .14, according to Dillard.

Destruction of property, Jan. 14, Desert Hills Circle, GPD

At 9:46 a.m. Jan. 14, police responded to a woman’s report that the gas cap of her 2016 Range Rover was open and filled with a white powdery substance, Dillard said. Video footage has been requested from the apartment manager, and the investigation is ongoing, he said. Damage is estimated to be more than $1,000, Dillard said.