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C17 Crime Clips for Monday, April 1

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

Death, March 29, Force Road, CCSO

Deputies responded to Force Road for a report of a deceased 28-year-old man around 8:10 a.m., Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said. The man was found in his bedroom by his roommate, who told deputies he last saw the man at 5:30 p.m. the previous day. The 28-year-old had been having health issues, and the investigation is ongoing.

Counterfeiting, March 29, South Douglas Highway, GPD

A 41-year-old woman called the police after discovering a counterfeit $20 bill while counting money at a business on South Douglas Highway on Friday around 12:08 p.m., Gillette Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said. The woman took the bill to a bank, which confirmed it was fake, and she turned it over to officers when they arrived.

Animal cruelty, March 29, South Douglas Highway, GPD

Officers were called to a business on South Douglas Highway by a 60-year-old woman who wished to report two men who recently purchased chicks were going to kill them around 5:19 p.m., Wasson said. The woman was at work when an unidentified man came in to tell her about the two men’s plan, and she tracked the two men down at Lasting Legacy Park. The men did not have any chicks and denied any involvement. The investigation is ongoing.

Drugs, March 29, Highway 50, CCSO

A 42-year-old man and a 43-year-old man were both arrested for multiple counts of drug possession following a Friday night traffic stop on Highway 50 around 7:40 p.m., Reynolds said. The men were passengers in a silver Chevrolet Tahoe stopped for speeding. During the stop, deputies could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and searched. They located over 500 grams of marijuana, over 400 grams of THC gummies and 28 grams of MDMA gummies.

Assault, March 30, Highway 14-16, GPD

Officers responded to a fueling station on Highway 14-16 for a report of two men fighting around 2:29 a.m., Wasson said. When they arrived, officers contacted a 19-year-old man, a 35-year-old woman and an unidentified man who wasn’t wearing a shirt but had injuries from a recent assault. The 19-year-old man was yelling profanities at the shirtless man and refused to cooperate with officers. When he was placed in handcuffs, the 19-year-old man spit on the officers and tried to bite them. It was learned the 19-year-old man had been inside a nearby bar from which he had been trespassed and had banged on the doors after being locked out. He was charged with assault, interference, breach of peace and trespassing.

Death, March 30, South Burma Avenue, GPD

A 48-year-old man died in the parking lot at Campbell County Health around 3:05 a.m. while he was on his way to be evaluated after experiencing a cardiac event, Wasson said. The man was with a 46-year-old woman and collapsed after arriving in the parking lot. He was declared deceased and the police were notified by the Campbell County Coroner’s Office around 12:54 p.m.

Welfare check, March 30, Ledoux Avenue, GPD

Officers conducted a welfare check on a two-month-old child at the request of a 26-year-old woman on Ledoux Avenue around 2:31 p.m., Wasson said. The living conditions in the home were declared unfit, with animal feces and garbage throughout, and the child was taken into protective custody.

MIP, March 30, Fairview Road, CCSO

An 18-year-old man was cited for possessing alcohol while under 21 after deputies came upon him in the backseat of a vehicle with a 15-year-old girl around 11:31 p.m., Reynolds said. While speaking with them, deputies could smell what they believed to be marijuana and conducted a search. No controlled substances were found during the search, but deputies did uncover several beers and a can of hard tea. The man said the alcohol was left over from a recent party, and the girl was picked up by her stepfather.

DWUI, March 31, 2nd Street, GPD

Officers arrested a man for impaired driving at the intersection of 2nd Street and Highway 59 after he allegedly spun 180 degrees while accelerating in a 2003 Ford at a traffic light around 2:43 p.m., Wasson said. The man said he lost control of the vehicle while fighting with his wife. He had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and admitted to drinking. He performed field sobriety tests and was subsequently taken into custody for DWUI.

Through C17 Crime 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.