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).
Welfare check, Jan. 20, Gillette, CCSO
Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny said a deputy responded at 9:50 a.m. Jan. 20 to a report that a Thunder Basin High School student had been shot, and the student told the deputy that he hadn’t been shot or told anyone that he’d been shot. The student even did a push-up to further prove he was fine, Matheny said. The boy’s mother said that the 44-year-old man who made the report was being dramatic in response to how the boy was recently being bullied at school, Matheny said. The mother said the school is responding to and handling the bullying, Matheny said.
Harassment, Jan. 20, Wright Boulevard, CCSO
Matheny said a 36-year-old Town of Wright worker reported at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 20 that a 41-year-old man who has been trespassed from the town maintenance facility has been driving slowly past and staring down workers who are operating snow removal equipment. The 41-year-old man has been confronting the snowplow worker in the past few months after a snowplow worker reported to law enforcement that the man did something wrong, which resulted in the 41-year-old man receiving a citation, Matheny said.
DWUI, Jan. 22, Highway 59, CCSO
At 4:36 p.m. Jan. 22, deputies stopped a blue 2010 KIA Forte that was traveling 112 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone on Highway 59, Matheny said. The man, 38, was found to have a suspended license and no current insurance, according to Matheny. Deputies smelled alcohol while they were talking to the man, Matheny said. The man performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tests and admitted that he had a mixed drink in an open container in the vehicle, according to Matheny. The man was arrested for DUI and transported and blew a .088 on a breath test, Matheny said. The man has a prior DUI conviction, Matheny said. The arrest log showed that the man received misdemeanor charges for open container by vehicle operator, speeding, DWUS (subsequent offenses), DWUI .08% after two hours after driving and compulsory auto insurance.
Hit and run, Jan. 20, Highway 59, GPD
Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said a deputy informed police at 8:57 p.m. Jan. 20 that a hit-and-run occurred in the mine parking lot near the south Shell in the 10000 block of Highway 59. A 48-year-old man was witnessed backing a 2017 Ford pickup into a parked 2001 Ford pickup, Wasson said. The owner of the 2001 Ford pickup, a 26-year-old man, flagged down the deputy, who was in the parking lot, Wasson said. The 26-year-old man provided his driver’s license to the deputy and then left the area while the deputy was checking his license and requesting Gillette police to respond, Wasson said. The man was not located at his home and didn’t answer his phone, according to Wasson. The man was found to have a requirement for an ignition interlock in his truck, and no device was visible in the truck, Wasson said. He said police are still attempting to contact the 26-year-old man.
Theft, Jan. 22, Highway 14-16, GPD
A 59-year-old woman reported to police at 4:12 p.m. Jan. 22 that a purple backpack and a blue backpack were stolen from the parking lot of the Shell Food Mart on Highway 14-16, Wasson said. The backpacks were valued at $100 and contained personal identifying information, he said. The investigation is ongoing, Wasson said.
Fireworks, Jan. 22, Warlow Drive, GPD
A woman reported at 8:40 p.m. Jan. 22 that neighbors in the 200 block of West Warlow Drive were setting off fireworks, Wasson said. He said responding officers contacted a 58-year-old man who denied setting off fireworks, but they located footprints from his apartment to a field where fireworks debris was located. The man ultimately admitted he lied to officers, Wasson said. The man was cited for fireworks, Wasson said.