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C17 Crime Clips for Monday, Feb. 12

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Here is a summary of notable crimes that occurred in and around Gillette this past weekend, obtained through law enforcement reports compiled by the Gillette Police Department and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.  

Drugs, Feb. 9, Church Avenue, GPD

Officers responded to a residence on Church Avenue where a 42-year-old man reported he was being held against his will by several armed individuals around 9 a.m., Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said. When they arrived, the caller and a 38-year-old man were the only people in the residence. The older man admitted to using methamphetamine with two children in the residence. He was arrested for using a controlled substance and for endangering children.

Fraud, Feb. 9, Sunrise Lane, GPD

A 32-year-old woman called the police at 1:29 p.m. after she reportedly fell victim to a PayPal scam, Wasson said. The woman was contacted through email by people posing as PayPal representatives who requested her account information to investigate suspicious charges. When she provided the information, the scammers began charging her PayPal account to purchase Bitcoin. The woman managed to stop the transactions after contacting her financial institution.

Assault, Feb. 9, Tanner Drive, GPD

Officers responded to Flightzone around 8:09 p.m. after a 47-year-old man reported being assaulted by a 28-year-old man, Wasson said. The older man reportedly attempted to intervene in a physical altercation between his friend and the 28-year-old man. The 28-year-old was upset over comments made by the older man’s friend regarding his children and approached their table, at which point a fight broke out. Both men sustained physical injuries but declined to pursue charges.

Criminal entry, Feb. 9, South Douglas Highway, GPD

A 19-year-old man was charged with concealing a deadly weapon and unlawfully carrying the weapon into a bar after officers were called to an establishment on South Douglas Highway around 1:41 p.m., Wasson said. The man reportedly concealed a .380 caliber handgun in his clothing and took it into the bar. When officers arrived, the man was sitting in a 32-year-old man’s vehicle without permission and the handgun was on the driver’s seat. The older man said that he didn’t know the 19-year-old man and that the handgun wasn’t his. The 19-year-old smelled of alcohol and admitted the handgun was his and that he took it into the bar. A consent search of his vehicle yielded tobacco products and alcohol. He was also charged with consuming alcohol while under 21 and criminal entry.

Drugs, Feb. 10, South Douglas Highway, CCSO

A 36-year-old woman was arrested for felony drug possession following a traffic stop on South Douglas Highway around 4:28 a.m., Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said. The woman was a passenger in a 2017 Nissan that was stopped for driving with brights on. During the stop, a drug dog indicated on the vehicle and deputies seized a syringe filled with liquid meth found in the woman’s coat. At the Campbell County Detention Center, the woman turned over a glass pipe with crystal meth and had more hidden on her person. She was charged with bringing a controlled substance into jail.

DWUI, Feb. 11, Camel Drive, GPD

Officers responded to the McDonald’s on Camel Drive around 2:25 a.m. to investigate a potential drunk driver, Wasson said. A 21-year-old man had been sleeping in a white 2009 Toyota for approximately 45 minutes when they arrived. the man was obviously intoxicated and performed field sobriety tests. He was taken into custody for impaired driving.

DWUI, Feb. 11, Richards Avenue, GPD

A 33-year-old woman was arrested for impaired driving after she was stopped in a 2000 Pontiac without an illuminated license plate around 11:32 p.m., Wasson said. The woman had an alcoholic beverage in the center console and performed field sobriety tests. She was taken into custody for DWUI. During a search of her vehicle, officers located two one-dollar bills coated with a white powdery residue that appeared to be Vicodin. The same powdery residue was observed in the woman’s nose and she admitted to snorting Vicodin earlier that day.

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 victims’ identities and to avoid compromising ongoing criminal investigations.

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