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Investigators say failed engine caused Wyoming plane crash

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Federal investigators have determined that a plane crash near Cody that killed four people last year was likely caused by a failed engine. An April report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot, 66-year-old Don Scott from Denver, likely lost control of the Cessna when its left engine lost power on July 18, 2015. The board was not able to determine what caused the engine to fail. Scott, his friend Joyce Bartoo from Washington, D.C., his sister 68-year-old Diane Jean Stubbs and her 69-year-old husband Gerald Bruce Stubbs, both from Annapolis, Maryland, died in the crash. Scott had been flying from Sheridan to Billings when the plane went down in a wooded area northwest of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir and caught fire. … Read entire article »

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Fremont County residents get new phone scam

(LANDER, Wyo.) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is alerting all Residents of a telephone scam occurring in our area today. Unknown person(s) are calling and identifying themselves as a Fremont County Deputy Sheriff, complete with a phone number that seems valid. The scammer informs the intended victim that they will be arrested immediately if they do not proceed to a local Western Union Station and obtain bond vouchers or other forms of payment. The Scammer informs the victim that the payment is being made to satisfy a false Arrest Warrant, or a fabricated Civil Issue. The criminal is going so far as using the real names of local Deputy Sheriff’s that might be familiar to the victim, … Read entire article »

Odors force closure of school in Natrona County

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A school in Natrona County has been closed down because of chemical odors thought to be coming from a nearby oil field. Officials with Natrona County School District 1 say the Midwest School will finish that last few days of the school year at another school in Casper. Midwest School has grades K-12 and about 150 students. The school has been closed since Wednesday when gas odors were detected. On Thursday, a spokesman for the company that owns the nearby Salt Creek oil field says natural gas, carbon dioxide and trace amounts of methane have been detected in the area. Trevor Christensen of Texas-based Fleur de Lis Energy said the company is trying to identify … Read entire article »

Wyoming reservoir to spill over in rare occurance

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in Wyoming say the dam at Pathfinder Reservoir will spill over for the fourth time in 30 years. Mahonri Williams, chief of the resources management division for the Wyoming office of the Bureau of Reclamation said the Pathfinder in Alcova doesn’t spill over often. The most recent spill was in 2011. Williams says an unexpected increase in snowpack levels in March and April led to the overflowing dam. He says officials will try to move water downstream if they know a big inflow is coming, but they weren’t expecting this year’s snowpack increase and had little time to react. Williams expects the reservoir to be two feet above the spillway by mid-June. … Read entire article »

Former Bi-Rite Gifts manager pleads no contest to theft

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A former manager of Bi-Rite Gifts in Rawlins has pleaded no contest to a charge of theft. Sherry Roberts appeared in Carbon County District Court on Wednesday for the change of plea hearing. She is accused of activating about $35,000 worth of gift cards that were not paid for. According to a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of three to six years in prison be suspended for three years of supervised probation. Roberts will also have to pay $38,500 in restitution. Sentencing in the case is scheduled for Aug. 31.   … Read entire article »

Activity in the United States Attorney’s Office

Robert Joseph Aragon, III, 19, of Fort Washakie, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on May 25, 2016, for sexual abuse in Indian Country. Aragon, III was arrested in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. He received 70 months imprisonment, to be followed by 20 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and restitution in the amount of $5,655.52. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Allen Joseph Whiteplume, Jr., 30, of Riverton, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on May 23, 2016, for burglary of a post office. Whiteplume, Jr., was arrested in Riverton, Wyoming. He received … Read entire article »

Enzi: I want you to know what keeps me awake nights

Washington, D.C. – As the nation continues to add to its $19 trillion debt, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., says he can’t get to sleep at night over fearful thoughts about his grandkids and the bleak future for them because of the federal government’s overspending.   “I hear them ask ‘You were there; why didn’t you fix it? Why didn’t you give us the same chance you had?,” Enzi said yesterday speaking on the Senate floor.   The answers to fixing the country, according to Enzi, can’t just come from Congress, but also must come from everyone in America. Everyone has and is getting benefits from the country at the expense of the future.   “I’m asking everyone in America: Can … Read entire article »

Sheriff’s Office Phone Scam Alert!!!

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is alerting all Residents of a telephone scam occurring in our area today. Unknown person(s) are calling and identifying themselves as a Fremont County Deputy Sheriff. The scammer informs the intended victim that they will be arrested immediately if they do not proceed to a local Western Union Station and obtain bond vouchers or other forms of payment. The Scammer informs the victim that the payment is being made to satisfy a false Arrest Warrant, or a fabricated Civil Issue. The criminal is going so far as using the real names of local Deputy Sheriff’s that might be familiar to the victim, thus making the victim feel as though they are actually speaking with one of … Read entire article »

2 people killed in fatal Rock Springs house fire

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed in a house fire in Rock Springs. Officials identified the victims as 79-year-old Floyd Logan and 72-year-old Joyce Logan. Authorities are investigating the cause of the Wednesday morning fire. … Read entire article »

Yellowstone to have checkpoints on roads this weekend

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Park rangers will conduct traffic safety checkpoints in Yellowstone National Park this holiday weekend. The checkpoints are set up to identify and correct traffic and safety violations and to identify any impaired drivers. Yellowstone has more than 300 miles of paved roads, and driving can be a challenge because of high traffic volume, stopped vehicles, rapidly-changing weather conditions, and wildlife and people on roadways. The National Park Service says its rangers have seen an increase in impaired driving contacts over the past few years compared to previous years. Drivers charged with driving under the influence in Yellowstone face prosecution in federal court and penalties that can include up to six months in jail … Read entire article »