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Bond denied in Riverton stabbing death

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — A 22-year-old Riverton man who is charged with breaking into a house and killing a man who was in bed with his estranged wife will remain jailed without bond. Jeremiah Shull made an initial appearance in District Court on Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death early Sunday of Jacob Willenbrecht of Riverton. Shull also was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing his estranged wife, Julie Cordell-Shull, but that charge was not immediately filed. He did not enter a plea. Police say Shull confessed to the killing after being arrested and prosecutors asked that he be jailed without bond. Shull’s attorney says it was a crime of passion, but understood the state’s recommendation. Shull’s preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 29. … Read entire article »

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Judge upholds $28M verdict in carbon monoxide case

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a jury’s $28.2 million damage award to a woman who suffered a permanent brain injury from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty furnace in the apartment she was renting in Casper. Amber Lompe sued apartment owner Sunridge Partners LLC and Apartment Management Consultants alleging they knew about a previous carbon monoxide leak and failed to repair or replace the furnaces before she was poisoned in February 2011. A federal jury awarded Lompe $2.7 million in compensatory damages and $25.5 million in punitive damages in December 2013. The apartment owners and managers appealed, saying the jury reached a runaway verdict. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson rejected those claims Tuesday, … Read entire article »

Mead touts progress at broadband summit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — About 200 industry professionals and state officials attended a summit highlighting Wyoming’s successes and challenges in expanding Internet speeds and access across the state. The annual Wyoming Broadband Summit was held Tuesday in Cheyenne. Gov. Matt Mead told the summit that the state has seen an incredible growth of its high-speed infrastructure in the past several years. Mead says all 23 counties now have access to Ethernet circuits compared to just two in 2011. But the governor and other state officials said there is work to do to make sure the state is best using and improving the technology. State leaders and private providers also stressed the needs to reduce regulations and to work together to … Read entire article »

Man charged in slaying deemed unfit for trial

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A 57-year-old man arrested in June for a murder in Sheridan County has been deemed unfit to stand trial. The Wyoming State Hospital has determined that Paul Brookhouse is suffering from a mental illness. But the evaluation says if he is treated, he could become competent for trial in “a reasonable amount of time.” Brookhouse has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 62-year-old James Lee Drake. Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff ordered Brookhouse to the Wyoming State Hospital for 90 days of treatment. … Read entire article »

More than 12,700 absentee ballots turned in

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office says it has received more than 12,700 completed absentee ballots for the general election. Absentee voting for the Nov. 4. election began on Sept. 25 and ends on Nov. 3. In order to be counted, voted ballots, returned by mail or in person, must be received in the clerk’s office not later than 7 p.m. on the day of the election. Wyoming is one of 27 states that allows any qualified voter to vote absentee without providing an excuse. Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by contacting their county clerk. … Read entire article »

Wyoming gay couples get marriage licenses

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has become the latest state to allow same-sex unions. Gay couples began to apply for marriage licenses Tuesday, shortly after the state began to recognize same-sex unions. Fremont County saw its very first application for a marriage license by a same sex couple yesterday. In Wyoming’s largest city, Cheyenne, two couples were licensed as the change went into effect. About 175 miles north, in Casper, three couples got licenses. Dirk Andrews and Travis Gray said they had considered going out of state to be married, but now plan to marry in Wyoming in a few weeks, so friends and family can attend. … Read entire article »

Men acknowledge poaching bull elk in Grand Teton

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Two men accused of gunning down a bull elk in Grand Teton National Park while drunk have been sentenced to a week in jail and ordered to pay a total of more than $10,000 in fines and restitution. 28-year-old Rex Geldert and 22-year-old Tyson Lopez, both of Lyman, struck a deal with prosecutors Monday and each pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges. Prosecutors say the men were on their way to Dubois at about 3 a.m. Sunday when the elk crossed Highway 26 near Moran Junction. Geldert is accused of getting out the vehicle, and on Lopez’ suggestion, shooting the elk. Lopez pleaded guilty to DUI and aiding and abetting an act of poaching. … Read entire article »

Wyoming senior Larry Nance Jr. cleared to play

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming senior forward Larry Nance Jr. has been medically cleared to participate in full practices for the upcoming 2014-15 basketball season. University of Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt said Tuesday the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year is back in shape after he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on Feb. 18. Shyatt said the coaching staff will continue to be conservative with their approach to Nance’s rehabilitation. Last season, Nance earned All-Mountain West first team and All-Defensive Team, despite suffering a season-ending knee injury on Feb. 18. Nance is the first Cowboy to be named to the preseason all-conference team since Brandon Ewing in 2008-09 and the first Cowboy to … Read entire article »

Fremont County Commission minutes from October 21, 2014

(LANDER, Wyo.) THE BOARD APPROVED FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW IN THE MORTIMORE LANE ALTERATION PROJECT.   THE BOARD APPOINTED EILEEN DAVIS TO THE FREMONT COUNTY EXECUTIVE HEALTH INSURANCE COMMITTEE.   THE BOARD ACKNOWLEDGED, WITH REGRET, THE RESIGNATION OF JOHN APPLEGATE FROM THE FREMONT COUNTY EXECUTIVE HEALTH INSURANCE COMMITTEE.   A LETTER TO THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS WAS APPROVED REGARDING THEIR RECEIPT OF AN APPLICATION FOR THE ACQUISITION OF LAND BY THE UNITED STATES TO BE HELD IN TRUST FOR THE USE AND BENEFIT OF THE NORTHERN ARAPAHO TRIBE (11 PARCELS).   A LETTER FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AUDIT WAS ACKNOWLEDGED REGARDING A LIST OF SPECIAL DISTRICTS WITHIN FREMONT COUNTY THAT HAVE NOT FILED AN ANNUAL REPORT. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————--   MEMO TO EMPLOYEES:   GENERAL ELECTION – … Read entire article »

Unique Wyoming Assisted Living Facility Supports Residents with MS, Muscular Dystrophy and Parkinsons

(Dubois, Wyo.) – Many people assume that an “assisted living” center is a place for elderly residents in the twilight of their lives. Many people are wrong. Qualification of residency at Dubois, Wyoming’s Warm Valley Lodge isn’t based on age; it’s based on need. That is why Warm Valley Lodge is such a perfect fit for 53 year old Renay Baldes, who moved into the Warm Valley Lodge in April. It’s hard to catch up with Warm Valley Lodge resident Renay Baldes, who has multiple sclerosis. This summer she attended square dances, concerts, and rodeos. At the Lodge she enjoys the river walk, computer classes, and has rekindled her love of knitting. She enjoys watching movies, Bible … Read entire article »