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Cheyenne – The overpass at mile marker #34.4, 24 miles north of Cheyenne at the Nimmo Road Interchange on Interstate 25 remains closed while WYDOT determines the extent of damage caused by an oversize load striking the bottom of the overpass on Friday. The driver of the oversize load thought his load was under the posted height, however, it proved to be just slightly taller. The load, a large open pit mining truck, struck the bottom of the southbound side of the overpass causing major damage to the bridge girders. The impact also caused the oversize mining truck to become partially off of the...
Arlington – A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper seated in his patrol car in the median was injured this morning when his vehicle was struck as he was completing an investigation of a previous jackknifed semi tractor trailer non-injury crash. The crash occurred approximately 1½ miles east of the Arlington Interchange on westbound Interstate 80 in Carbon County just after 8:00 a.m. Roadways in the area were icy. Variable message signs had the speed on both east and westbound lanes of the Interstate reduced to 55 MPH. Trooper Kaycee Shroyer was seated in his parked patrol car in the median off...
Evanston – This week thousands of dollars of U.S. currency and over 21 pounds of marijuana and over a pound of psilocybin mushrooms have been seized in two separate traffic stops by Troopers. One out-of-state resident is facing serious felony charges to include possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. Both unrelated traffic stops were made on Interstate 80 in Uinta County east of Evanston and involved the use of a WHP drug detection canine. The first stop on February 24th resulted in the...
Farson – A traffic stop by a Trooper on a vehicle speeding 111 MPH in a 65 MPH zone has resulted in the recovery of hundreds of persons individual personal information and three individuals facing federal indictments on felony charges of credit card fraud and identity theft. The speeding vehicle was stopped Monday 10 miles east of Farson on WYO 28. Taken into custody were 28 year-old Maurice Bright, 27 year-old Porsha Slones and 28 year-old Jasmine Bradley. All list address's in the State of Florida. Bright was also cited for driving while under suspension and all three were arrested for possession...
Elk Mountain – Two Evansville, Indiana residents face felony charges for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, felony possession of a controlled substance in plant form and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance after a Trooper discovered over 20 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop. The marijuana was discovered Tuesday morning when the driver, 54 year-old Randy Rheinhardt, was stopped for speeding 78/65 zone on eastbound Interstate 80 approximately 12 miles west of Elk Mountain in Carbon County. In addition to the felony charges Rheinhardt has...
Although the Patrol's first official day of existence was June 1, 1933, its roots go back another 12 years. Paving the way for establishing the Patrol was the dissolution of the Wyoming Department of Law Enforcement, which had been created to enforce liquor prohibition laws. The department's duties were later broadened to include enforcement of motor vehicle laws. By early 1933, prohibition was nearing an end contributing to the sentiment that an agency created to enforce "dry" laws was no longer needed.
Realizing that something was needed to fill this freshly created void in state law enforcement, Govenor Miller went before the Highway Commission and proposed establishing a Highway patrol. The Commission concurred. On May 23, 1933 the Highway Commission confirmed Captain George "Red" Smith as the first Commander of the patrol and hired six patrolmen to cover the state. The Patrolmen were paid $175 a month, were furnished an automobile, uniforms and Sam Browne belts and Brown riding boots.
Although June 1st was supposed the first day of existence, it was almost a week later before the new patrol cars were delivered and the seven men could begin their new duties.
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