On February 21, 2013, Kaleb Laatsch was found guilty of one count of Child Endangerment as charged in the Misdemeanor information.
The jury consisting of six men, deliberated for approximately one hour. Jacqueline K. Brown, Deputy Campbell County and Prosecuting Attorney and Lisa K. Finkey, Deputy Campbell County and Prosecuting Attorney prosecuted the case. Nicholas Carter was Mr. Laatsch’s attorney. The honorable Terrill. R. Tharp presided over the case. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 19, 2013 at 3:30PM.
Laatsch had forgotten to drop off his son at a local day care on the morning of August 16, 2011. The Gillette Police Department responded a little after 4:00 that afternoon, after the child's mother found out the child was not at the day care. His parent's arrived at Kaleb's workplace moments apart, and the 9-month-old boy was located in his father's vehicle. Officers arrived on the scene to learn the child was unresponsive with labored breathing.
A police affidavit said soon after the child was taken to Campbell County Memorial Hospital, officers learned the baby's temperature had reached 108 degrees. The child was later sent by Life Flight to Denver Children's Hospital. He returned home on September 17, 2011 and is said to be recovering from traumatic brain injury.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2013 11:00
At the February 19th Gillette City Council Meeting, an ordinance to provide new regulations for false burglary alarms had its first of three readings. The council voted 5-2 to approve the change on the first of three readings of the item that had been tabled to weeks earlier. Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 13:59Read more: New Regulations On Burglar Alarms Pass First Reading
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A larger crowd than is typical attended last nights Gillette City Council Meeting. One of the items drawing public comment was the councils first of three readings of an ordinance to amend a section of Gillette city code concerning water wasting. Gillette City Councilman, Ted Jerred addressed concerns brought up by citizens that they would not be allowed to water between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m during key watering months.Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:11 Read more: Water Wasting On Mondays Biggest Concern For Council
On February 19th, the Gillette City Council held a public hearing to consider the renewal of liquor licenses in Gillette for the licensing period of April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. During that public hearing, regional businessman, Doug Davis, talked to the council about his hopes to bring a Buffalo Wild Wings location to Gillette in 2014. Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:51Read more: Buffalo Wild Wings Might Be On Gillette's 2014 Calender
The City of Gillette's Engineering Division announces the lane closure of the southbound right hand land on 4J Road, Boxelder Road shoulder on the northwest corner of the 4J Road/Boxelder Road intersection beginning Monday, February 18th and lasting until March 1st. Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 10:40Read more: 4J Road Lane Closure begins Monday, February 18th
A little after 10 am yesterday morning, a seventeen-year-old female fled from the custody of the Campbell County Sheriffs Office. Campbell County Sheriff, Bill Pownall said the female had been transported for a medical appointment and fled a local doctor's office. Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 12:47Read more: Juvenile Flees From Custody