(Lander, Wyo.) – A Lander man, facing numerous criminal charges, has been charged with Possession of a Firearm on School Property.
Brandon Conard, 28, of Lander, was charged with the weapon offense after he allegedly arrived at Gannett Peak Elementary School on Jan. 28 while carrying a weapon.
According to the police report accompanying the misdemeanor charge in Lander Circuit Court, School Resource Officer James Cronk was asked to meet with Assistant Principal Yvette Majeras “about a parent carrying a gun on school property.”
“Mrs. Majerus told SRO Cronk she witnessed Brandon Coanrd with an unknown type pistol,” the report states. “The pistol was being worn on his hip and in plain view. Mrs. Majerus told SRO Cronk that she confronted Brandon and told him that it was against the law to possess a firearm on school property.”
The reported states that Conard had arrived to pick up two step-children, and Mrs. Majerus reportedly told Cronk that Conard was not causing any problems at the time and left without incident. Conard was formally charged with the crime earlier this week.
Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said in an interview that in all his years with the department this is the first time LPD had charged someone for having a gun on school property. The sidewalk on which Conard had approached the school is owned by Fremont County School District 1.
“The circumstances surrounding this case are unique,” Carey said.
Additionally this week, Conard was charged with felony Aggravated Assault and Battery and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Those charges stem from a Feb. 7 call to his home where he alleged struck a pregnant woman with a wooden paper towel holder. While officers were investigating the alleged assault, they reportedly found a silver spoon with a crystal residue on it which was sitting next to a hypodermic needle with a clear fluid and blood inside, the affidavit states.
The spoon reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine.
These incidents are the latest in a string of interactions with law enforcement for Conard. He was arrested twice in 2013 for Driving Under the Influence, the current disposition of those cases were not readily available. He was also arrested on Halloween for Peace Disturbance, Resisting and Disobeying a lawful order.
As of Thursday, Conard was still being held in the Fremont County Detention Center under a $5,000 cash bond.