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C17 Crime Clips for Thursday, Feb. 2

Incidents that occurred Feb. 1 included blackmail and traffic incidents, according to law enforcement officials.

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).

DUS, Feb. 1, Douglas Highway, CCSO

Sheriff Scott Matheny said deputies stopped a vehicle at 9:49 p.m. Feb. 1 in the 400 block of South Douglas Highway for expired registration. The driver was cited for driving under suspension, he said. A K-9 indicated on the vehicle, and an empty meth pipe was found in the center console, Matheny said.

Leaving the scene of a crash, Feb. 1, Douglas Highway near Interstate 90, GPD

Deputy Chief Brent Wasson said that at about 5:46 p.m. Feb. 1, a 2003 Nissan reportedly stopped abruptly, and the driver behind the car collided with a guardrail while attempting to avoid a crash. The driver of the vehicle that hit the guardrail slid past the Nissan and hit a 2007 Ford pickup that a 37-year-old man was driving, Wasson said. The driver of the 2003 Nissan didn’t wait for Gillette police to arrive and police weren’t provided with a complete description, Wasson said. More than $1,000 in damages occurred, he said. There wasn’t any indication of injuries, Wasson said. The driver of the Nissan could face a charge of failing to find out whether anyone was injured, he said. The abrupt stop isn’t a crime, Wasson said.

Domestic, Feb. 1, Gillette, GPD

Police officers responded at 8:52 p.m. Feb. 1 to a disturbance in a residence and found that a 42-year-old husband and 39-year-old wife were having a verbal argument, Wasson said. During the argument, the woman reportedly kicked holes in a door and allegedly, apparently unintentionally struck the male in the left ear, presumably with the door, Wasson said. Officers observed no signs of injury, Wasson said. The woman asked officers to search the bedroom for narcotics, and the man consented, Wasson said. The officers found about 1 gram of marijuana and a package of THC gummies, he said. The man was cited for possession of a controlled substance, Wasson said. Neither the man nor the woman was issued citations regarding the domestic dispute, Wasson said.

Destruction of property, Feb. 1, Douglas Highway, GPD

Officers responded at 9:09 p.m. Feb. 1 to an 18-year-old man’s report that someone threw a drink on his 2008 Chevrolet, Wasson said. There didn’t appear to be any damage, Wasson said.

Blackmail, Feb. 1, Gillette, GPD

Officers contacted a 30-year-old man via phone at 9:14 p.m. Feb. 1 who reportedly became friends with whom he believed is a woman whom he hasn’t met in person, Wasson said. The two individuals reportedly exchanged photographs of their faces on SnapChat, and the person sent the man a photo of someone else and requested $700, Wasson said. The man declined to send the individual money, and police advised the man to discontinue contact with the individual, Wasson said. The individual has been reported to SnapChat, Wasson said.

Through C17 Clips, County 17 strives to provide our readers with 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 and to avoid compromising ongoing criminal investigations.