Babysitter Stopped With Kids, Meth in Car

(Gillette, Wyo.) On July 6th, 50 year old Christine Ness was stopped by Gillette Police on 2nd Street for repeatedly failing to use her turn signal. Before being stopped, officers also noticed she was not wearing her seat belt. While issuing Ness a ticket for not wearing her seat belt, a K9 unit from the Campbell County Sheriff's Office arrived and indicated on the Dodge Stratus Ness was driving may have a controlled substance inside. The three children under the age of 8 that were in Ness's car were removed and a search was conducted. A half gram of marijuana was allegedly found in the driver's bag in the front seat, but in the back seat, in a bag containing towels and children's bathing suits, a glass pipe was found with suspected methamphetamine. When asked about the drugs, Ness said she owned the marijuana but not the meth. The bag with the pipe in it had been given to her by a friend, after she was asked to take the children swimming. Ness is currently being held in the Campbell County Detention Center on $4000 bond. She waived her preliminary hearing this morning and her case will be transferred to District Court. The charges against her are three felony child endangerment counts, each with a possible 5 year prison sentence, and two counts of possession, both misdemeanors, with a possible 1 year prison sentence. #county17 #news