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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 9, 2020

High speed chase ends in drug seizure

A North Dakota man led law enforcement on an extended high speed chase on Sunday, reaching speeds well over 100 mph. The chase began when the suspect refused to exit his vehicle and ended with the discovery of a stash of marijuana that he appears to...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 9, 2020

Sheriff's Office to enforce state laws on tobacco sales

The minimum age for purchasing tobacco anywhere in the United States was raised just before Christmas from 18 to 21. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet issued full guidance as to how t...

 

Legal changes to vehicle titles effective Jan. 1

The beginning of the year will bring two notable changes to the process of titling a vehicle. It will now be possible to set up the paperwork for joint ownership such that only one signature is needed to transfer that title on; it will also become le...

 

County water study well underway

The county’s year-long study to find a solution for water issues in the area around Carlile is now well underway, the county commissioners heard last week. Landowner surveys have been sent out and collected and well sampling has taken place across...

 

Commission opts out of "nuisance" decision

The county commissioners heard public comment on an alleged shooting nuisance in the Sundance Canyon Ranch subdivision on Tuesday. Attendees were invited to share their thoughts during a hearing that had been postponed from November to make sure all...

 

Cook Lake reopens

Cook Lake is once again open for recreation, but the dam project is not quite finished yet. Delays due to weather mean that the site will likely close again in the spring to wrap up construction, says District Ranger Mike Gosse. “The Cook Lake...

 

Celebrate suffrage: register to vote

As the 2020 elections begin to ramp up, the County Clerk’s Association of Wyoming (CCA) is encouraging women across the state to exercise their hard-won voting rights. Wyoming was not only the first U.S. territory to grant women the right to vote,...

 

Hunter found safe after overnight trek

A 73-year-old hunter from Riverton got turned around in what he’d thought was a familiar part of Boundary Gulch last week. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Crook County Sheriff’s Office and Crook County Volunteer Search & Rescue, he was...

 

Moskee acquisition nears public comment period

A state land acquisition that would return part of the Moskee to public ownership may finally be coming to fruition. Originally given the blessing of the State Board of Land Commissioners more than three years ago, the 4714-acres of scenic canyon...

 

Teen grief group launches next week

A grief group launches next week specifically for Crook County’s teens, offering a confidential environment in which bereaved young people can learn to work through loss in a constructive way. The teenage years bring their own set of challenges...

 

Youth charged with murder of missing girl

17-year-old Michael Campbell of Sturgis, SD appeared in court in Meade County, SD, last week charged with murder in the second degree after a body was discovered in his home that was believed to be that of missing Upton resident Shayna Ritthaler. Rit...

 

Juvenile charged with murder of missing 16-year-old

Michael Campbell of Sturgis, SD appeared in court this morning charged with murder in the second degree after a body was discovered in his home that was believed to be that of missing Upton resident Shayna Ritthaler. Ritthaler disappeared on October...

 

Second goat show even more popular

It wouldn’t be possible without support from the community, says Tanja Miller of Alpenthal’s Dairy Goats, who organized the Black Hills Dairy Goat Association’s Dairy Goat Show at the fairgrounds over the weekend. This was the second year...

 

Cody man sentenced for Keyhole assault

Andrew Carl Buller of Cody, otherwise known as Andy StandingWolf, has been sentenced on charges of domestic battery, false imprisonment and interference with emergency calls following an incident at Keyhole State Park in January, 2018 during which...

 

Descendants of Wyoming POWs invited to anniversary dedication

Descendants of the Wyoming prisoners of war whose lives were lost during World War II when a Japanese freighter was sunk are invited to an event honoring the nine men in Riverton next month. The dedication will honor the 75th anniversary of the sinki...

 

Committee needed for 2020 census

The federal government will be performing its ten-year head count in 2020 and the U.S. Census Bureau has requested help to ensure as many people as possible consent to be included. County Clerk Linda Fritz has been tasked with forming a five-person...

 

Fire season finally arrives

Surprising thought it may seem this close to cooler weather, Fire Warden Doug Leis would like the community to be aware that fire season may finally have arrived. Two small incidents last Wednesday afternoon could mark the beginning of a period durin...

 

Starting a chain reaction

Kids gathered last week at schools across the county to hear a presentation about Rachel’s Challenge, a program that promotes the legacy of Rachel Joy Scott. The young girl was the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy, but what...

 

Moorcroft resident sentenced for drug-related felony

Moorcroft resident Jeffrey Oliver has been given a suspended sentence and fine on charges related to an incident in November, 2018 in which police responded to a report of credit card fraud and discovered marijuana and methamphetamine at a residence....

 

Parents address suicide policy

Supported by a group of community members, Jess and Doug Donnell addressed the school board on Monday evening to encourage more communication about the issue of teen suicide and a rethink on the district’s new policy regarding suicide prevention....

 

Ron Materi Memorial 5K to be held in Upton

Since 2013, the Ron Materi Memorial 5K has been an opportunity to support a local cause and honor the memory of a beloved member of the community while enjoying the fall outdoors. All proceeds go to the Ron Materi Road Trip Fund, which was establishe...

 

Little acts of kindness

From tragedy, hope can often spring. The story of one young girl has impacted the lives of millions of students across America since she lost her life 20 years ago as the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting, and her legacy of...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 8, 2019

West Nile virus found in county

The first human case of West Nile virus in a number of years has been reported in Crook County. The presence of the disease is thought to be a result of the wet spring and summer, which has created a...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 8, 2019

Moorcroft man sentenced for theft

Moorcroft man Dewey Schoenewald has been found guilty of theft after a search of his residence uncovered numerous items that had been taken from another person’s property. On December 28, 2018, Crook County Dispatch received a complaint of a theft...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 8, 2019

Sixth DUI charge for Moorcroft man

Ryan Petersen of Moorcroft has received a suspended sentence for a sixth offense of driving while under the influence of alcohol after law enforcement allegedly observed him driving erratically. On December 8 at around 11:12 p.m., a Highway Patrol tr...

 

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