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Posted on: November 30, 2016

Green River Man Arrested; Faces Multiple Charges

Arrest Photo - Lundgren, Ryan - Facebook.jpg A Green River man was arrested Tuesday by county deputies and SNAAG detectives, charged with multiple offenses stemming from a March assault outside the Bareback Saloon in Rock Springs. Ryan Cole Lundgren, 23, was taken into custody at a residence in Gr...Read on...
Posted on: November 17, 2016

Government Grant Scam Circulating in Sweetwater County

Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell today warned county residents of a telephone scam in circulation involving offers of money available through fake “government grants.”

Scammers are making calls throughout the county that inform the individual he o...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2016

Sheriff’s Office Issues Latest Advisory About Working Sheep Dogs

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The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office issued an updated advisory Friday concerning working sheep dogs.

Sheriff Mike Lowell said people recently picked up a border collie in the southwest area of the county and others a large white sheep dog near the T...Read on...

Posted on: October 11, 2016

Veteran County Officer Recognized by YWCA

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Corporal Michelle Hall was recognized by the YWCA on October 8th as that organization’s “Professional Woman of Distinction” for 2016, Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell said on Tuesday.

The YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award “honors women from across...Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Sheriff's Office Encourages High-Country Hunters to be "Bear Aware"

In light of two recent bear attacks - one in Wyoming northwest of Dubois, the other in southwestern Montana - the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging Sweetwater County hunters who venture north into grizzly country to be “bear aware.”

Sh...Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2016

Sheriff’s Office Issues Warning About Medicare Fraud

A telephone health care fraud targeting seniors on Medicare surfaced recently in Sweetwater County, Sheriff Mike Lowell said on Tuesday.

The callers - who often have heavy accents - begin by addressing their intended victims by name and asking about ba...Read on...

Posted on: June 9, 2016

Fugitive Captured in Rock Springs

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A Nevada fugitive was captured in Rock Springs Thursday afternoon.

Rebecca Alice Chambers, also known as Rebecca Russell, Rebecca Hodgdon, and Becky Heitsch, age 49, was arrested in the Walmart parking lot by a team of Sweetwater County deputy sheriffs...Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2016

Accused Walmart Shoplifter Charged with Nine-Year Old Walmart Bombing in North Carolina

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A man now accused of bombing a North Carolina Walmart in 2007 was arrested and jailed in Rock Springs in 2014 - for shoplifting at Walmart.

On September 26, 2007, an improvised explosive device - a galvanized pipe bomb containing smokeless powder - was...Read on...

Posted on: May 25, 2016

Sheriff’s Office Seeking Witnesses to Knife Assault

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The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office in Rock Springs is hoping to locate additional witnesses to a knife assault in Farson that took place on May 14.

Jose Alfredo Mendoza, 36, was arrested on the afternoon of the 14th near the Farson Feed Store on U....Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Justice Complex

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Ground was officially broken Wednesday morning for the new Sweetwater County Justice Complex west of Rock Springs near the Sweetwater County Detention Center.

The new Justice Complex will feature a Sheriff's Office Administration Building, a County Att...Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2016

Sheriff’s Office Issues Lottery Winnings-Sharing Scam Advisory

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The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office is issuing an alert concerning a lottery winnings-sharing scam circulating in the community.

Authorities said emails and cell phone texts are appearing, purportedly from John Robinson of Munford, Tennessee, announ...Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2016

Fugitive on Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted List Captured in Green River


A fugitive on Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted list was arrested in Green River on Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff Mike Lowell reports the arrest of Timothy L. Dow, age 24, wanted for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetami...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2016

Rock Springs Woman Facing Charges Stemming from Embezzlement Investigation

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A Rock Springs woman charged with over a dozen felony counts stemming from a Sheriff’s Office embezzlement investigation had her initial appearance in court on Friday.

Janette Marie Klapel, 33, was arrested Thursday by county detectives. She is charg...Read on...

Posted on: January 25, 2016

New Deputy Joins the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office

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A new canine deputy recently joined the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office.

Jara, a two-year-old female Belgian Malinois (pronounced “mal-in-‘wah”), is shown here with her partner, Deputy Sheriff Derek Morrell.

The two have so far completed two week...Read on...

Posted on: January 7, 2016

Man Stranded on White Mountain Rescued

A Rock Springs probably owes his life to an alert Albany County official.

At about 5:40 PM on New Year’s Eve, Aimee Binning, the Director of the Albany County Emergency Management Agency in Laramie, was traveling through Sweetwater County on Highway 19...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Rock Springs Woman Cited After Crash

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A Rock Springs woman received four citations as the result of a two-vehicle crash north of Rock Springs on Sunday.

Investigating Deputy Sheriffs Matt Wharton and Mike Klapel were dispatched to the crash scene at the intersection of Yellowstone Road and...Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2015

Scam Telephone Calls from Con Artists Continue to Plague County Residents

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office issued an updated consumer alert on Wednesday warning residents of telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

“We’ve received a great many reports lately and the Joint Communications Center ...Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2015

Active Arrest Warrant Database Now Accessible on Sheriff’s Office Website

A database of active local arrest warrants is now a feature of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office website.

Sheriff Mike Lowell said the new feature went live on Tuesday, and lists the names of over 4,000 people for whom arrest warrants have been is...Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2015

Rock Springs Man Charged with Drug Felonies

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December 4, 2015

Sheriff Mike Lowell reports the arrest of Jake L. Nyland, age 34, of Rock Springs.

In October, detectives assigned to the Sheriff’s Narcotics and Arrest Group (SNAAG) began an investigation into alleged illegal drug activity involvi...Read on...