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Trooper Mark Shinost, stationed in Torrington, returned to full duty status yesterday after an eight and a half month battle with esophagus cancer. Trooper Shinost, who is approaching his 26th year of service with Patrol, was diagnosed with the cancer back in late 2014 and has been fighting ever since. The "Mustaches for Mark" campaign started on December 4th, 2014 in support of Trooper Shinost and his family. The campaign, started by Trp. Shinost's fellow troopers, encouraged supporters to grow out their mustaches as Trp. Shinost has sported a mustache for as long as most can remember. Those who...
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is reminding everyone of a new law that took effect on July 1st. The new three foot safety zone when passing bicyclists became enforceable yesterday and states "The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking and passing a bicycle, which is operating lawfully, proceeding in the same direction shall, when space allows, maintain at least a three (3) foot separation between the right side of the driver's motor vehicle, including all mirrors and other projections from the motor vehicle, and the bicycle." This new statute is safety oriented and is designed to help reduce bicycle...
Annie Jetkoski received her 40 year service award last week from Captain Jim Thomas. She began her career on May 5, 1975. Annie has been in Rock Springs for her entire career. She began working for the Highway Department as a Clerk Typist 3 working as a receptionist. After three years, she transferred over to Construction as a Technician for crew "307" and remained there for 20 years. In 1998, Annie came to work for the Highway Patrol. Annie has been an Administrative Assistant for the last 17 years and has contributed significantly to the success of the Highway Patrol in District Three! ...
A traffic stop for speeding on June 15th has led to the arrest of two Indiana residents for possessing multiple forms of marijuana. The stop occurred around 7:00 p.m. at mile post 50 on Wyoming State Highway 191 approximately 10 miles north of Farson, Wyoming. A maroon Lincoln passenger car was stopped for speeding 79 mph in a posted 65 mph zone. While talking with the occupants of the Lincoln, the trooper smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A cache of varying forms of marijuana and THC were located inside of the car including edibles, patches, liquids, lotions, sprays and gel...
A Wyoming State Trooper was injured on June 15th in a two vehicle crash on US Highway 14/16/20. The crash occurred near mile post 33 at the entrance of the Yellowstone Valley Inn west of Cody, Wyoming at 2:11 p.m. The trooper was traveling east on US 14/16/20. A westbound commercial truck with trailer had slowed to turn left into the Yellowstone Valley Inn. The driver turned left and failed to yield to the eastbound trooper. The trooper utilized emergency braking and swerved right in an attempt to avoid the truck. A head on collision was avoided, but the two vehicles still collided. The collision...
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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