NSI student released after serving time for unauthorized use of vehicles

SHERIDAN — Matthew White was released Aug. 20 at 8 a.m. from the Sheridan County Detention Center after serving 73 days incarceration for two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

White, 17 at the time of his arrest, was charged as an adult June 10 and court ordered to the Sheridan County Detention Center, where he turned 18, Sheridan County Sheriff Allen Thompson said.

Thompson could not confirm but said there are indications that White was released back to the Normative Services Inc. facility.

The other individual was 14 years old at the time of his involvement in the alleged incident and no court documents have been filed under his name at this time.

White was initially charged with four counts of burglary but two counts were dismissed and the remaining two counts were amended to misdemeanor unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to court documents.

Burglary is a felony which carries potential punishment of 10 years incarceration and a $10,000 fine. Misdemeanor unauthorized use carries potential punishment of one year incarceration and a $1,000 fine.

Court documents said NSI informed law enforcement June 9 that two students had fled the facility. Both students were seen inside Walmart at 1695 Coffeen Ave. When the juveniles attempted to flee the area, officers placed them in handcuffs, court documents said.

The juveniles are suspected of breaking into or attempting to steal four vehicles that evening, court documents said.

Both individuals were transported to Campbell County’s juvenile detention facility June 9 without incident.


Man to change plea for involuntary manslaughter of an infant

SHERIDAN — Jayson Zimmerman is scheduled to appear for a change of plea hearing Aug. 27 at 11:30 a.m. in 4th Judicial District Court. Zimmerman pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter Aug. 3, 2017.

Zimmerman was charged with involuntary manslaughter of a six-month old child May 17, 2017, court documents said.

Involuntary manslaughter is a felony which carries potential punishment of 20 years incarceration and a $10,000 fine.

In July 2015, law enforcement officers and emergency responders were dispatched to a report of an infant not breathing, court documents said.

Zimmerman said he had been trying to burp the infant when he became unresponsive. The infant passed away July 13, 2015, at Denver Children’s Hospital. Findings during an autopsy led doctors to conclude that the cause of death was homicide.


Man to appear on charges of neglecting vulnerable adults

SHERIDAN — Zachary Grasky will appear in 4th Judicial District Court Aug. 27 at 10:15 a.m. for an order to show cause on two counts of neglect of a vulnerable adult and one count of property destruction.

Property destruction and defacement is a felony that carries potential punishments of 10 years incarceration and a $10,000 fine. Neglect of a vulnerable adult is a misdemeanor that carries potential punishments of one year incarceration and $1,000 fine.

Grasky was arrested May 11 on suspicion of abuse of a vulnerable adult, interference with a peace officer and was cited for driving while suspended and property destruction.

Court documents said May 12, Grasky said during an interview with law enforcement officers that he had transported two residents of Eagle Ridge to his residence and gave them alcohol.

He said he should not have done so given his own level of intoxication at the time, court documents said.

Grasky’s roommate told law enforcement officers she observed Grasky consuming half of a gallon of vodka May 10. Grasky admitted to breaking objects in his house while he was intoxicated, court documents said.

Court documents said the following morning, Grasky was called into work at Eagle Ridge Rehabilitative Services. His roommate advised him not to go to work because he was still intoxicated.

One of the Eagle Ridge clients Grasky transported back to his home suffers from a traumatic brain injury and the other client suffers from Huntington’s disease. Grasky had been trained and advised that clients should not consume alcohol as it could be dangerous to their health.

When officers responded to a call from Grasky’s roommate that one of the clients was on the ground outside the house, Grasky admitted to driving while intoxicated to pick up both clients.

Grasky was physically combative during his arrest and dented a patrol vehicle by kicking it as he was placed in the vehicle in handcuffs. Officers used knee strikes to get Grasky into the patrol car, court documents said.

Grasky violated the conditions of his release from the Sheridan County Detention Center by testing positive for alcohol Aug. 9.

Grasky pleaded not guilty to all charges June 25. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Oct. 8 and jury trial is scheduled for Nov. 4.