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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 10, 2019 

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...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 8, 2019

Jail sentence for Gillette man charged with meth possession

Jason Arnhold of Gillette has been sentenced to jail for possession of methamphetamine after allegedly leading a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper on a late-night chase along both the interstate and a graveled county road, at one point driving directly...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    August 8, 2019

Gillette man sentenced for meth possession

A disappearing shave kit and an unusual excuse for using meth has led to a suspended sentence for Gary Otto of Gillette on a felony charge of possession, third or subsequent offense. On September 1, 2018, the trooper was parked near milepost 152 on I...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 25, 2019

Tornado touches down

A tornado touched down last Tuesday evening during a heavy storm west of Moorcroft. Located outside populated areas, it did little damage and no injuries have been reported. According to Corporal Ed...

 

Fair week kicks off

Fair Week kicked off on Sunday with the horse show at the arena, as kids spent two days displaying their prowess with horsemanship, reining, ranch riding and much more. The fair officially kicked off...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 11, 2019

Accessibility project planned at Devils Tower

A project to improve accessibility at Devils Tower National Monument is on the near horizon, says Superintendent Amnesty Kochanowski. The work will aim to make the popular site more accessible and safer for visitors and will concentrate on the main...

 

Forest Service updates on projects

District Ranger Mike Gosse provided an update on current Forest Service activities to the county commissioners last week, beginning with the Cook Lake dam project that began on Monday. The new concrete dam that is to be installed will withstand a...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 27, 2019

Colorado man arrested trying to sell pot to a cop

A Colorado man faces felony charges after allegedly trying to sell marijuana to a pair of Moorcroft homeowners – and then to a police officer. On May 27 at around 11 p.m., a Moorcroft Police Officer was alerted to the presence of a male subject on...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 20, 2019

Mental Health welcomes new therapist

Crook County Mental Health welcomes a new therapist to the team: Kim Kaper, who hails from Lander and has followed a career in counseling that began with 18 years in Nebraska with her then-husband and two daughters. "I worked in the prison systems...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 6, 2019

Strangulation charges lead to deferred sentence for Moorcroft man

Dustin Regan of Moorcroft has received a deferred sentence on charges of strangulation of a household member after an incident in 2018 during which police were alerted of his presence in a local bar showing signs of having been assaulted. On October...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 11, 2019

Seamless transitions

Local medical staff have been training alongside Black Hills Life Flight to improve transport protocols when a patient needs to be airlifted to another facility. "We're doing more regular training with them to streamline hand-off with the ER...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    April 11, 2019

Moorcroft man arrested for strangulation and assault

Patrick LeFave of Moorcroft faces felony charges of strangulation and assault following an alleged incident in which he physically attacked a female victim who then locked herself in a room to contact law enforcement. A Sheriff’s Office deputy was...

 

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