Tag Archives: felony

Wyoming Woman Arrested for Several Probation Violations

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3A felony-grade drug offender sought by Wyoming authorities since last month has been tracked down and captured. According to Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell, in February of 2009, 26-year old Brittany Poignee of Rock Springs pled no contest to Unlawful Manufacture or Delivery of methamphetamine, Continue reading

Wyoming Fugitive Caught in Western Colorado

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3A Rock Springs fugitive sought since March by Sweetwater County authorities was captured yesterday in western Colorado. Sheriff Mike Lowell said detectives from the Sheriff’s Office SNAAG unit followed up on information they developed concerning the whereabouts of 27 year old Matthew Fernandez, who was wanted for Continue reading

Governor Signs Habitual DUI Bill

DONT-DRINK-DRIVE-300Habitual DUI offenders will soon face tougher penalties in Colorado. Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law yesterday that would make a fourth DUI a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of as much as $500,000. The proposal has repeatedly failed in recent years because of concerns about increased Continue reading

Rock Springs Man Arrested on Drug Charges

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3A Rock Springs man arrested Friday faces a range of drug-related charges. 28 year old Jerrod Lee Griffin is charged with unlawful manufacture or delivery of Subutex and Suboxone, a felony, and misdemeanor-grade possession of prescription pills, and marijuana. Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell said Griffin’s arrest was the result of Continue reading

Hash Oil Production Ban Hits Governor’s Desk

MARIJUANA-300A ban on common procedures for making homemade hash oil is headed to the governor’s desk. The bill would make it a felony for amateurs to make hash or marijuana concentrate using an “inherently hazardous substance” such as a flammable liquid chemical or compressed gas. Such methods have been blamed for more Continue reading

Hash Oil Bill Moves Forward in Legislature

MARIJUANA-300Colorado lawmakers advanced a measure that would make it a felony to use explosive gases to make hash oil at home. The proposal is a response to explosions and injuries resulting from amateur hash oil production. At least 30 people were injured last year in 32 butane explosions involving hash oil, according to the Continue reading

Green River Residents Charged with Drug Crimes

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3Two men and a woman face drug charges after their arrest in Green River on March 26th. 30-year old Randy Britt and 27-year-old Oscar Rodriguez, both of Rock Springs, and 23-year old Stormie Prime of Green River, face a variety of drug-related charges. Britt was charged with unlawful manufacture or delivery of Continue reading

Inmates Busted for Drugs

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3Three female inmates at the Sweetwater County Detention Center, all initially arrested and jailed for drug-related offenses, are currently facing additional drug charges after bringing meth into the jail. 26 year old Lindsey Graham, of Jamestown, is charged with taking controlled substances into jail, a felony, and Continue reading

House Bill would Set Mandatory Fines for Animal Fighting

co-state-capitol-300A Colorado bill to set mandatory fines for people convicted of animal fighting is headed to the governor’s desk. Animal fighting is not widespread in Colorado, with only two people in the state convicted of the crime during the past Continue reading

Legislature has Busy Week Ahead

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers have a packed fourth week of the 2015 legislative session. Republicans have tried and failed to pass a law making repeat DUIs a felony. This year, the effort has the backing of Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper. A bill Continue reading

Gardner and Virden Plead Guilty To Theft

court-300Renae Virden and Kimberly Gardner were arraigned Monday in the District Court of Moffat County on charges of Theft and Conspiracy to Commit Theft. They are accused of stealing approximately $400,000 from Advocate Crises Support Services (“ACSS”), a nonprofit organization of Moffat County. Because of the relationship between the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and ACSS, the cases are being handled as a special prosecution by Deputy District Attorney Matthew Barrett of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

At the arraignment, Kimberly Gardner pled guilty to Theft – $20,000-$100,000, a class four felony. This offense carries with it a potential prison sentence of two to six years, along with fines, fees, and other sentencing alternatives. Also at the arraignment, Renae Virden pled guilty to Theft – $5,000-$20,000, a class five felony. This offense carries with it a potential prison sentence of one to three years, along with fines, fees, and other sentencing alternatives. Both Defendants will be required to pay restitution to the ACSS. They are set to be sentenced by the Court on January 9, 2015.

The Judge will make the final determination as to the appropriate sentence for each of the defendants. There were no sentence concessions made by the District Attorney. Both defendants are first time offenders.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Conducts Sex Offender Compliance Check

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3Sweetwater County detectives carried out a sweep of registered sex offender compliance checks throughout the county last week. Sheriff Rich Haskell said detectives carried out nearly 100 registered offender compliance checks in Rock Springs, Green River, Farson-Eden, Wamsutter, Superior, Continue reading