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C17 Crime Clips for Friday, Feb. 3

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).

Drugs, Feb. 2, Camel Drive, GPD

Gillette police issued citations at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 to a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy at Campbell County High School for possession of a vaping device and possession of a controlled substance, respectively, after a teacher saw the students exchanging items in class, Deputy Chief Brent Wasson said. THC was found in the 16-year-old student’s backpack, Wasson said.

Theft, Feb. 2, Richards Avenue, GPD

At 11:25 a.m. Feb. 2, a 34-year-old woman reported that her white Husky dog’s missing, Wasson said. He said the woman noticed that the dog’s collar had been cut and left on the ground.

Breach of Peace, Feb. 2, Douglas Highway, GPD

A 24-year-old man reported that at 12:52 p.m. Feb. 2 he was eating lunch in his vehicle near Buffalo Wild Wings and observed the driver of a red Volkswagen run a four-way stop sign and yelled at the driver about the violation, Wasson said. According to the police report, the man said “he began to walk towards yelling threats,” Wasson said. The 24-year-old man said he held up an ax recovered from the trunk of his vehicle for protection and the other driver, whom he described as a 6-foot individual weighing 190 pounds, left the area, Wasson said. Wasson said that while he doesn’t like to make assumptions, he would assume that the person in the red Volkswagen began walking toward the 24-year-old so the 24-year-old man grabbed the ax from his trunk to defend himself and the driver of the Volkswagen subsequently left.

Assault, Feb. 2, Boxelder Road, CCSO

Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said that at 4:03 p.m. Feb. 2, Campbell County’s detention center contacted deputies that a 47-year-old inmate assaulted a detention officer at about 6:48 a.m. Feb. 2 in the booking area of the jail. Reynolds said the detention officer was hanging curtains on the door of the inmate’s cell to protect the inmate’s privacy and to protect others from viewing the cell, as the inmate tends to leave his clothes off and the cell was covered in human waste. The inmate threw a mixture of human waste on the detention officer through the cell door, and it struck the officer’s face and chest, Reynolds said. Deputies are investigating the incident, with the county attorney seeking charges, Reynolds said. Assault on a detention officer is a felony, Reynolds said. Per policy, the detention officer will undergo testing for exposure to biohazards, Reynolds said.

Intoxication, Feb. 2, Douglas Highway, GPD

At 8:27 p.m. Feb. 2, Gillette police responded to a report that a man had fallen in the lobby of Ramada Plaza Gillette, Wasson said. Police found that the 54-year-old man was obviously intoxicated, Wasson said. EMS evaluated the man, and he became uncooperative and created a disturbance, Wasson said. He said police arrested and charged the man with intoxication.

Interference, Feb. 3, Highway 14-16, CCSO

Reynolds said that at 12:22 a.m. Feb. 3 deputies observed a 2005 blue Cadillac Escalade with a broken passenger-side taillight, which was causing a white light to emit to the rear of the vehicle. Reynolds said the deputies made a traffic stop on the vehicle as it pulled into Eastside Liquors. The deputy found that the driver’s seat was empty, Reynolds said. He said the deputy saw three individuals in the vehicle: a 25-year-old woman in the front passenger seat, a man sitting in the backseat and a 22-year-old woman who was sitting on the man’s lap. Nobody in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt, Reynolds said. The deputy repeatedly asked who was driving the vehicle, and nobody responded, Reynolds said. The man repeatedly declined to give the deputy identification, and the deputy informed the man that he’d be under arrest if he didn’t identify himself, Reynolds said. Once backup deputies arrived, the deputy repeatedly asked the man to exit the vehicle, and the man repeatedly refused, and the deputy grabbed the man and removed him from the vehicle, Reynolds said. The man attempted to pull away from the deputy, who then pinned the man, Reynolds said. A backup deputy recognized the man as a 26-year-old man, who had a bench warrant for probation revocation on an original charge of possession of meth, Reynolds said. The man was arrested and transported to the detention center without further incident, Reynolds said. Reynolds said the 26-year-old man’s the vehicle’s driver and left the driver’s seat to get into the backseat.

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.


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