KKTY NEWS Jul 11 Archive


(Sun 7/31/11) - Deputy's Body Found... The Converse County Sheriff's Office has announced that search and recovery efforts ended Sunday morning at about 11:20am when the body of Converse County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Gross, 29, was recovered from the waters of the North Platte River. Deputy Gross was found between the I-25 bridge and the Anderson Dairy Road bridge about a mile and a half downstream from where he went into the river.

Deputy Gross entered the water Thursday afternoon in an attempt to rescue a juvenile female who was reported to be struggling in the river. The girl was rescued and taken out of the river, and while accounting for all personnel involved in the rescue, it was discovered that Deputy Gross was missing. Search efforts began immediately, and Gross's vehicle was located on Pearson Street on the west side of the river. His vest, boots, shirt and duty belt were found a short distance away near the river.

The three-day search was a coordinated effort among numerous law enforcement and emergency response agencies, along with many citizen volunteers. National Guard, Civil Air Patrol and private pilots provided aircraft and manpower to aid in the search, and the Converse County Sheriff's Department thanks all who were involved in the recovery effort.

Funeral services and arrangements for Sheriff's Deputy Brian Gross are pending.


(Sat 7/30/11) - No luck yet... audio here

That's Converse County Undersheriff Don Schoenleber. Searchers came up empty Saturday as the search continued for Converse County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Gross. Gross dissappeared in the North Platte River at Douglas during a rescue operation Thursday afternoon... audio here

Scheonleber says the search dogs use their noses to try to turn up clues... audio here

Schoenleber says the Bureau of Reclamation is turning down the flow on the North Platte River to aid the searchers... audio here

Turning down the flow of the river will help the searchers, and the Albany County swift water divers in particular... audio here

Schoenleber talks about how the divers work... audio here

Undersheriff Schoenleber says that the entire stretch of the river from Douglas to Glendo has been searched multiple times, but Saturday's search had a focus... audio here

Schoenleber said Saturday's temperatures in the mid 90's meant the searchers had to take extra precautions... audio here

Day three of the search of Deputy Bryan Gross will begin shortly after daybreak Sunday morning. The Douglas Police Department is requesting the public to stay away from the river and away from the bike paths along the river, so as to not impede the progress of the search.


(Fri 7/29/11) - A Converse County Sheriff's Deputy is missing in the North Platte River. Deputy Bryan Gross went into the river on a rescue operation late yesterday afternoon. Converse County Undersheriff Don Schoenleber they were called out about 5pm Thursday afternoon, on a report of a girl being swept down the river... audio here

The girl and one swimmer came up and made it to the bank... audio here

Schoenleber says the girl, a minor whose name will not be released, was taken to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital of Converse County. Search efforts of Deputy Gross ran til well after dark Thursday night... audio here

The search extends all the way down river to Glendo Reservoir... audio here

The search began again shortly after daybreak this morning. An Army Blackhawk helocopter will be here from Cheyenne today to fly the river and aid in the search.


(Wed 7/27/11) - It may be funny money, but nobody's laughing, except maybe the person who passed it. The Douglas Police Department says two counterfeit $50 dollar bills have shown up in Douglas in the last couple of weeks. Here's Corporal Brian Kelly... audio here

In addition to watching for bills that look or feel funny, Corporal Kelly says there's a couple of other ways to detect counterfeit money... audio here

It's not just a local crime... the United State Secret Service is involved with the investigation of the counterfeit bills. Local businesses are being reminded to examine cash bills that come through their establishments to avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime. If you come across a bill that you think is suspect, you can call the Douglas Police Department at 358-3311 or the Converse County Sheriff's Office at 358-4700, or your local law enforcement agency.


(Mon 7/25/11) - You may have noticed that water levels on the North Platte River here at Douglas aren't dropping as expected. We told you earlier this month that the Bureau of Reclamation was planning to drop water releases through Gray Reef Dam at Alcova by about a third. However, high flows into Seminoe Reservoir, the first reservoir on the North Platte system, are delaying federal water managers' plans to lower flows along the river. The Natrona County Emergency Management Office says the high flows have forced officials to wait until Monday to cut upstream releases. Flows along the North Platte scheduled to drop from 7,500 cubic feet per second to 5,000 cfs by Friday. Authorities are still warning people to remain cautious when using the river.


(Tue 7/12/11) - Memorial Hospital of Converse County has chosen a new CEO. Ryan Smith, the chief executive officer of Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, has accepted the job vacated when Tom Nordwick resigned earlier this year. Smith has been with the Soldotna hospital for the last five years, and is credited with extensive growth of the hospital during that time. Smith said his last day on the job in Alaska will be in mid-November.


(Tue 7/12/11) - The Douglas City Council took all of 17 minutes to dispense with city business last night. At Monday's council meeting, the council voted 5-0 to approve a liquor license for the Haught Pots Pizza and Subs that's currently under construction on 2nd St in downtown Douglas. The restaurant license will allow the restaurant to serve beer & wine on-premises. Owner Michael Haught said they hope to have the restaurant open by August 1st. Council approved re-appointment of Robert Wise to the Douglas Housing Authority board, and tabled the final reading of an ordinance amending bulk water rates paid to the City of Douglas. Meeting adjourned, 7:16pm. Next Douglas City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 25th.


And in Sports...

(Mon 7/25/11) - The Douglas Cats are going to State. Coach Zach Andrews' Cats put together a successful weekend at the American Legion North District Baseball Tournament at Gillette, opening with a 12-4 upset win of the top-seeded Powell Pioneers on Thursday. Friday, Douglas fell 14-2 to the Sheridan Troopers. Saturday morning, Douglas won a key semi-final game, beating Cody 4-1. Dylan Klava scattered 6 hits and threw a complete game to send the Cats to State. Saturday afternoon was a 44-run slugfest. Douglas jumped out to a 10-2 lead, but couldn't hold on for the win, and the Casper Oilers won the battle for third place, 26-18.

The Wyoming State American Legion Baseball Tournament opens Wednesday at Cheyenne. First Round Games see (3N) Casper vs. (2S) Wheatland at 9:30 a.m. (3S) Laramie vs. (2N) Sheridan at 12:30 p.m. (4S) Torrington vs. (1N) Gillette at 4 p.m. and (4N) Douglas vs. (1S) Cheyenne Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

(Mon 7/25/11) - The 63rd Annual National High School Finals Rodeo wrapped up on Saturday night in Gillette. No champions from the Cowboy State this year. Texas won the team standings, while Wyoming finished 14th. Top-10 individual finishes, Cassidy Kruse of Gillette placed 4th in barrel racing, Neil Williams of Mills finished the week tied for 4th on barebacks, and Colton Miller of Lance Creek was 7th on saddle broncs. Checking the results for some of our local kids, Ace Thurston of Lance Creek was 11th and Seth Courson of Evansville was 14th on barebacks. Wiley King of Casper was in the 30th slot on saddle broncs. Austin Eller of Glendo was 31st, Ace Thurston of Lance Creek was 38th and Avery Jamerman of Wheatland finished 107th in steer wrestling. Kassidy Scott of Douglas finished 32nd in goat tying. Colby Thurston of Lance Creek was 41st in boys cutting. Taylor Mason of Casper tied for 66th in girls cutting. Amelia McGuire of Wheatland finished 73rd in breakaway roping. Douglas's Dusty Moore finished 77th and Logan Murphy of Torrington was 88th in tie-down roping. A total of 1,461 students from the United States, Canada, and Australia competed in this year\rquote s NHSFR.

(Mon 7/11/11) - The Douglas Cats win this weekend's Bolln Tournament, beating Torrington 6-4 Sunday afternoon at Nida Field in the championship game. Dylan Klava threw 5 innings giving up just 3 runs and Sam Malone pitched 2 innings in relief only giving up 1 run. The Cats pounded out 11 hits and led the Tigers the entire game. Ty Igo hit the only home run of the Tournament to give the Cats a 2-0 Lead in the first inning. In the semi final game Sunday, the Cats revenged an earlier loss to the Lovell Mustangs with an 11-3 Douglas win as Dalton Cheever threw 6 innings only giving up 2 earned runs. Dylan Klava and Joe Ramirez each had 3 hits. Ramirez had a 1 out single in the sixth to help the Cats reach the eight run mercy rule. In earlier Tournament play, Douglas fell 8-2 to Torrington on Friday, lost 6-5 to Lovell Saturday morning, and beat Riverton 9-3 Saturday night. The Cats now stand 18-29 in American Legion Baseball play. Douglas will play one nine-inning game at Wheatland at 5:30 Thursday afternoon.