Thursday, August 28, 2014 1:00 p.m.
The investigation into the "alleged" robbery resulting in the shooting of a Pastor of the Centennial Valley Community Church has concluded.
-When deputies arrived at the scene Tuesday night, they immediately became suspicious of the alleged crime. Combined with conflicting statements made by Davis and evidence at the scene, Deputies became suspicious of a false report.
Albany County Sheriffs had a total of (8) deputies responding to Centennial to investigate the incident and conduct a search for the reported suspect. While contacting residents in the area, one witness reported hearing two muffled sounds that may have been gun shots but was unsure. A Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, first on scene, was deployed in the general area where the suspect reportedly fled. The K-9 team was unable to identify any evidence indicating a person had fled from the scene. After searching the area, Deputies were unable to locate any person matching the suspect description provided by Davis.
NEWS RELEASE CENTENNIAL SHOOTING
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:20 p.m.
At approximately 8:20 P.M on Tuesday night (August 26,2014) Albany County Deputies were dispatched to the Centennial Valley Community Church in Centennial Wyoming on the report that a man had been shot.
While responding Deputies had been advised by dispatchers that the Victim had apparently interrupted a possible burglary in progress and that a subsequent struggle ensued over a .380 caliber handgun that the victim owned and was on his person.
Upon the arrival of the Deputies they encountered a man who was a friend of the victim who was assisting him as were medical personnel of the Centennial Valley Volunteer fire department.
During the alleged struggle the victim advised Deputies that the weapon discharged which caused a wound to his lower abdomen area.
Albany County Clean Up Day
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A voucher number is needed for refrigerators and car and light truck tires. Voucher numbers can be obtained at eh county planning office (1002 South Third Street), by phone (307-721-2568), or by emailing Cleanup@co.albany.wy.us. Voucher numbers may be available at the dump entrance IF funds allow.
Laramie Landfill is located at North 9th St., 112 Roger Canyon Road.
Free admittance to the dump will be permitted for all county residents for disposal of trash, junk, tires, appliances, e-waste and batteries. No Commercial Waste will be accepted. Tires & refrigerators will be accepted for free with a voucher number only. Property owners will be responsible for getting their items to the landfill.
No household hazardous wastes will be accepted. (Paint, oil, herbicides, pesticides, etc. – you may call the City of Laramie Hazardous Waste Program at 721-5279, M-F from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to schedule a drop off of these chemicals).
Hazard Mitigation Survey
Albany County, along with the incorporated jurisdictions of Laramie and Rock River, are currently engaged in a planning process to update the local hazard mitigation plan. This plan is part of a federal requirement to identify risks and become less vulnerable to natural disasters. Your participation in this brief, 10 minute online survey is very important to ensure your voice is heard. We invite all residents to participate in the planning process by taking this on online survey.
This questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process. The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that should help lessen the impact of future hazard events. This survey is anonymous and open to the public. Should you have any questions, please contact Caroline Cunningham (Louis Berger), the planning consultant on the project. She can be reached at (919)-866-4413.
Two Fires Start on Routt National Forest, Camp Creek and South Fork
(STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.) July 23, 2014 – Small fires were discovered in both the Pinkham area and Mount Zirkel Wilderness on the Routt National Forest, Tuesday afternoon, July 22.
The Pinkham area fire, named the Camp Creek Fire, was fully contained as of Wednesday morning. Jackson County and U.S. Forest Service crews caught the fire during initial attack and limited its’ spread to 12 acres.
Camp Creek Fire was located about a half mile south of the Colorado/Wyoming state line, approximately 20 miles due north of Walden, Colo. A single-engine air tanker, as well as a county dozer contributed to the early success of crews on Tuesday, while a Type I helicopter is working the fire Wednesday.
Lake Owen Campground Opened, Fire 100% Contained
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 16, 2014 – The Owen Fire has been declared 100% contained and the nearby Lake Owen Campground and Day-Use Area have re-opened to the public.
Storm Peak Wildfire Module from Steamboat Springs, who had been managing the fire since Saturday, turned the incident back over to the Laramie Ranger District today. The District will continue patrolling the fire until it is fully controlled, completely out.
Recent rains were a major factor in full containment of the fire. Although Forest Road 540, which accesses the campground and day-use area, has reopened, there are still a few remaining closures. The portion of the Rail Trail that runs through the west side of the fire is still closed to the public, as well as Forest Road 517.G and its’ spurs along the north edge of the fire. Several dispersed camping spots along Forest Road 540 are also closed.
Owen Fire Receives Precipitation, Area Closures Remain In Effect
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 11, 2014 – The Owen Fire received widespread precipitation yesterday after firefighters made progress constructing containment line with the assistance of mechanical equipment. Containment remains at 80 percent and fire managers want to remind the public that the remaining 20 percent will be the most challenging and time consuming to complete.
“We hope to have the fire fully contained by around the end of the month.” said Laramie District Fire Management Officer Tom Gonnoud. “With the rugged terrain and hazard trees in the area, remaining containment will take more time to assure firefighter safety.”
The fire will downgrade to a Type 4 incident on Saturday, July 12 with fewer resources assigned; personnel from the Storm Peak Wildfire Module in Steamboat Springs will take command of the fire.
Owen Firefighters Continue To Construct Fireline, Area Closures Remain In Effect
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 10, 2014 – The Owen Fire remains 80 percent contained with fire managers optimistic that today’s forecast of evening rain showers will assist firefighter efforts. Fireline construction, with the aid of mechanical equipment, is taking place along the east side of the fire.
The wildfire is approximately 500 acres and located directly north of Lake Owen on the Medicine Bow National Forest.
There have been no firefighter injuries, nor have there been any structures burned. Firefighter and public safety remains the top priority of the incident.
Owen Fire Crews Making Good Progress, Smoke Still to be Expected
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 9, 2014 – The Owen Fire was declared 80 percent contained following Tuesday’s operational period and crews are hopeful to make even more gains today.
The wildfire has not grown in size over the last 24 hours and remains at approximately 500 acres in the area directly north of Lake Owen on the Medicine Bow National Forest.
Despite the significant containment progress, there are still many pockets of unburned timber within the fire perimeter and thus the public should still expect to see smoke in the area for some time to come.
Public Advised to Avoid Area around 500 Acre Owen Fire
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 8, 2014 – The Owen Fire, which was discovered Monday afternoon about 30 miles southwest of Laramie on the Medicine Bow National Forest, has now burned an estimated 500 acres. The fire is burning primarily in large beetle-killed timber north of Lake Owen and remains on the National Forest. There is no estimated containment at this time.
Only Forest Roads 517 and 540 immediately adjacent to the fire perimeter have been closed at this time; however, fire officials are discouraging the public from entering the area.
Owen Fire Discovered on Medicine Bow National Forest
LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 7, 2014 – Dubbed the Owen Fire, a wildfire was reported Monday afternoon on the Medicine Bow National Forest about 30 miles southwest of Laramie. The 300-acre fire is burning in timber near Lake Owen in southern Albany County.
Campers and recreationists have been evacuated from the popular area by the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Forest Service.
Residents in the communities of Woods Landing, Jelm and Fox Park, as well as those along Fox Creek Road have been advised by the Sheriff’s Department to shelter in place until given further notice.
A local Type III Incident Management Team will assume management of the fire on Tuesday morning. Current fire management actions include assessment, structure protection and assisting the Sheriff’s Department with safely evacuating residents and the public.
In the early morning hours of Monday June 30, 2014 Deputies were requested to respond to a residence in the Centennial, Wyoming area on the report of an Estranged husband forcibly entering the house through a window armed with a shotgun and large knife threatening to harm the victim.
- A responding deputy who was near the location at the time of the call was updated that the suspect was also threatening to shoot responding deputies yet had fled the area prior to dispatch receiving the 911 call.
County test of the Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System
The Albany County Emergency Management Agency is CANCELLING testing of the Outdoor Warning Siren system scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday July 4th, 2014 for all Albany County Sirens located in Laramie, Rock River, Centennial and Albany.
During an actual emergency, when residents hear the sirens they should take cover immediately and tune into a local radio or television station to receive additional emergency information.
Portions of 512 and 543 Roads Closed on Laramie Ranger District
-(LARAMIE, Wyo.) June 24, 2014 – Two forest management projects for hazard tree removal will begin this week and will result in temporary road closures on the Laramie Ranger District (LRD) of the Medicine Bow National Forest.
The first closure is on Forest Road 512, from the 511/512 Junction (Four Corners) approximately eight miles west towards the North Platte River. Access to Pickaroon and Pike-Pole dispersed camping areas will be affected, as well as the Douglas Creek and Platte River Trails. The contractor plans on starting cutting in units closest to the river and working their way east.
The closure is from Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no operations on holidays or weekends. Alternate access to the Platte River Wilderness and the North Platte River can be found via the Pelton Creek Trailhead and Six Mile Gap Trailhead.
-Wednesday morning (June 11th) at about 8:45 a.m., the Albany County Sheriff's Office and the Laramie Fire department was notified of an adult male that was critically injured approximately 1/2 mile north of the Laramie City limits on the Railroad tracks.
Initial investigation by Deputies has indicated that the man was either struck or somehow fallen under the wheels of the train causing extensive injury. Only moments later Laramie Fire Department EMT's arrived and provided immediate emergency care and quickly began transport to Ivinson Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Heavy Run-Off Prompts Words of Caution from U.S. Forest Service
T(LARAMIE, Wyo.) June 5, 2014 – As the snowpack rapidly melts and National Forest roads open, the possibility for visitors encountering road damage caused by winter run-off is becoming more likely.
U.S. Forest Service crews are finding damage in a variety of areas and are addressing issues as soon as possible, either fixing the problem or temporarily closing the area until repairs can be made.
County test of the Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System
The Albany County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Outdoor Warning Siren system promptly at 10:00 a.m. Friday June 6, 2014 for all Albany County Sirens located in Laramie, Rock River, Centennial and Albany. The warning system will sound a steady signal for a period of 1 to 3 minutes.
Floodwater Health & Safety Hazards May 28, 2014 (Laramie, WY)
Health Risks associated with Floodwaters and Floodwater Dangers:
Aside from fast flowing waters and dangerous currents, floodwaters can carry a myriad of materials that can affect your health. Here are some pointers to help prepare for and be aware of flooding issues in our community.
Albany County EMA Media Release May 27, 2014 9:00 a.m. (Laramie, WY)
Area Flooding Update:
Water is at record levels, higher than seen since the 1980s, due to recent storms, snow showers and warm weather conditions.
The Little Laramie and Big Laramie rivers are running fast and high.
Residents in some target locations around Woods Landing have been asked to consider evacuating, due to high water.
Volunteer fire departments have been given sand and sandbags to assist residents in protecting homes.
Fire in Historic Downtown Laramie - May 24, 2014 (Laramie, WY)
Tranquility in Historic Downtown Laramie was disrupted in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 24, 2014 by a significant structure fire. The fire, reported at approximately 4:30 AM, occurred in the 400 block of South Second Street. The Laramie Fire Department battled the blaze for over four (4) hours before gaining control at approximately 9:00 AM.
The building in which the fire began is a total loss. Through the efforts of the Laramie Fire Department, adjacent buildings remain intact with inspection necessary to determine if losses have occurred. Appropriate agencies have been notified and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.
Possible Flood-Related Health Concerns – Things to consider
With flooding in Wyoming possible during the coming months, the Wyoming Department of Health is asking residents and volunteers to be mindful of potential flood-related health concerns. Dr. Tracy Murphy, acting state health officer and state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health, said during and after a flood, water can become contaminated. “Unfortunately, contaminated water, even a small amount, can sometimes cause illness,” Murphy said. “We’re asking residents in flood prone areas to plan ahead. If flooding does occur, affected people should be cautious and pay attention to specific announcements from local and state health authorities.”
FLOOD WATCH - (May 7, 2014) - Cancelled (5-8-2014 10:00AM)
...Thunderstorms may produce flooding today and tonight...
...Flooding possible along the Laramie River in central Albany County this weekend...
A spring storm system will move across the region today and tonight. Thunderstorms will develop ahead of this system this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may become sever and capable of producing large hail and heavy rains.
NEWS RELEASE - (May 1, 2014)
County test of the Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System
The Albany County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Outdoor Warning Siren system promptly at 10:00 a.m., Friday May 2, 2014, for all Albany County sirens located in Laramie, Rock River, Centennial and Albany. The warning system will sound a steady signal for a period of 1 to 3 minutes.