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After evading arrest for nearly 28 years, 58 year old Benigno L. Galeno-Negreros is in custody after being involved in a crash southwest of Casper, Wyoming. On April 16th, around 5:00 a.m., the Wyoming Highway Patrol was dispatched to investigate a crash on WY 220 approximately 46 miles southwest of Casper. With the assistance of the Natrona County Sheriff's Office, the investigating trooper was able to locate varying forms of identification for the driver who had already been transported to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Through the course of the trooper's investigation, the driver was identified...
For the second time in less than five days, Interstate 80 was closed due to a major vehicle pileup approximately 18 miles west of Laramie at mile post 292. Dense fog and light slush conditions are being cited as contributing factors in this crash. Initial reports are that two commercial vehicles crashed with each other at approximately 8:00 a.m. today causing one of the trucks to jackknife in both lanes of I 80 westbound. After the jackknife, the chain reaction of crashes began as multiple westbound vehicles crashed into the jackknifed truck and each other. Two fatalities have been confirmed from...
Three major vehicle pileups near mile post 342 on Interstate 80 on both the east and westbound sides currently have I 80 closed between Cheyenne and Laramie. Blizzard conditions were present at the time of the crashes that involved approximately 33 commercial vehicles and 12 passengers vehicles between the three pileups. The initial event began around 11:22 a.m. 16 motorists were transported by ambulance and 11 motorists were transported by a Laramie County School District bus to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Six of those injured were critical to serious leg or spine injuries....
Col. John Butler, administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol since 2012, has announced he will retire effective June 1. “This was a very difficult decision for me and my family after spending 29 3/4 years of my life serving the citizens of this state,” Butler said in an email to Patrol personnel. “It has been an honor and a privilege to be a member of this great organization and to work with each of you in some manner.” Butler, who spent much of Thursday assisting troopers at the scene of the chain reaction crash that closed I-80 west of Cheyenne, said he is extremely proud of the efforts of Patrol...
Trooper Davis, along with Officer Koritnik (Lander PD) and Officer Brimhall (Lovell PD), took the plunge at the Jackalope Jump to raise money for the Wyoming Special Olympics last Friday in Lovell. To learn more about the Jackalope Jump and Wyoming Special Olympics, visit www.sowy.org.
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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