Year in Review: Shooting on Halloween Night

Todd Faas (Courtesy photo)

We conclude our Sheridan County year-in-review for 2015 with a look at a few of the top stories for the final quarter of the year, October, through December.

City Council Approves City Administrator Ordinance

In early October, the Sheridan City Council passed the third and final reading of an ordinance that established the position of city administrator within the city. City Attorney Greg Von Krosigk explained the amendment that was approved prior to the council adopting the ordinance.

Von Krosigk said that the strong mayor, strong council form of government that is currently in place will remain unchanged. City Human Resources Director Heather Doke said now that the administrator position has been created, the mayor’s salary will be changing on January 1, 2017.

Halloween Night Shooting

A shooting incident on Halloween night occurred on Highway 335 near the community of Big Horn southwest of Sheridan. The shooting happened between the high school in Big Horn and Red Grade Road.

According to the initial report released from the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office, a shot was fired around 10:30 that night from one moving vehicle to another while both were traveling on Highway 335. The victim, 18-year-old Tyler Lindberg of Sheridan was treated and released from Sheridan Memorial Hospital for injuries he sustained from the shooting.

Following a three day cooperative investigation by the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Sheridan Police Department and the Wyoming Highway Patrol, 49-year-old Big Horn resident Todd Faass was arrested in relation to the shooting. Sheridan Police Lt. Travis Koltiska said it was one of his officers that recognized the suspect vehicle from a description that had been provided by witnesses.

Faas has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder in the second degree and is currently being held at the Sheridan County Detention Center under a $75,000 cash bond. A four day jury trial has been set for May 9 in Sheridan.

Flying High Again

Commercial air service was restored at the Sheridan County Airport, as the first flight out of Sheridan took place November 19, courtesy of Denver Air Connection, a subsidiary of Key Lime Air. Key Lime’s Director of Operations Wade Goetz provided details about the 30-seat passenger jet.