Year in Review: Third Quarter of 2016

Broadway Standoff (Rustin Burr)

The third quarter of 2016 started out with a slew of wildfires in July. The Beatty Spur Fire, which was a grass blaze about 12 miles north of Sheridan, was reported on the afternoon of Friday the 8th and was contained several hours after crews arrived. Goose Valley Fire Chief Bob Williams says the fire burned a little over 300 acres.

Later in July, there were three fires reported in the Bighorn National Forest, the Buck Mountain Fire, the Arden Fire, and the Hatchery Fire. Between the three fires, over 3,000 acres were burned.

August started off with a 41-year old man, Christopher Fisher, being arrested, and later charged with Second Degree Murder, for allegedly killing his wife, 40-year-old Martha Bailey at their home on East Burkitt Street in Sheridan on August 5th. Fisher allegedly shot Bailey in the head with a 9mm pistol during a domestic dispute. All five of the couple’s children, ranging in age from 2 to 9, were at home at the time of shooting. In an interview with law enforcement following the incident, Fisher admitted to shooting his wife, but claimed it was out of fear of her attacking him. He waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing.

Starting on the night of August 31st, the Sheridan Police Department were engaged in a standoff on Sheridan’s Broadway street that ended at 10:30 a.m. on September 3rd, with the surrender of 32-year-old Scott Bronson and his girlfriend, Michelle Lakey. According to Police Chief Rich Adriaens the Sheridan PD was dispatched to resolve a domestic between a mother and her adult son, Bronson, that started in a car, until the mother was forced to drop Bronson off on the 600 block of Broadway. Adriaens said that is when the situation changed.

Thanks to help of a police robot and a female negotiator, the situation ended peacefully without incident. Be sure to join us tomorrow, as we will finish our Year in Review series with a look at the fourth quarter of 2016.

Beatty Spur Fire (Rustin Burr)