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Ex-Laramie County attorney pleads not guilty to property

Former Albany County Attorney Richard Bohling has pleaded not guilty to charges he took county-owned property, including cameras, under false pretenses. Bohling pleaded not guilty to six felony charges at arraignment Wednesday in district court in Laramie. The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office alleges Bohling took the cameras and other property while serving as county attorney. District Judge John R. Perry of Gillette presided over Bohling’s arraignment via a video monitor. The judge said the state has 180 days to bring Bohling to trial. The 54-year-old Bohling remains free on bond. He was first elected county attorney in 2002 and didn’t seek re-election last year. … Read entire article »

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No reopening date for Swinging Bridge

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Swinging Bridge south of Jackson is closed for an unknown amount of time after a truck hit it and damaged the span. Authorities say the truck was carrying a tree machine that was too high and it hit the span. Authorities say the truck also exceeded the bridge’s weight limit. Maverick Bartlett was given two separate citations for exceeding the bridge’s height and weight limits. Bartlett said he had no comment on the incident.   … Read entire article »

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Fremont County Commission minutes from April 21, 2015

THE BOARD APPROVED RESOLUTION NO. 2015-18 TO REMOVE THE GATE AND SEASONAL CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF SHOSHONE LAKE ROAD LOCATED AT THE SOUTH END OF SJOSTROM LAND.   THE BOARD APPROVED AMENDMENT ONE TO THE CONTRACT BETWEEN WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES, SOCIAL SERVICES DIVISION, FOR AN INCREASE IN THE CONTRACT AMOUNT.   WYOMING OFFICE OF STATE LANDS AND INVESTMENTS GRANT AGREEMENTS FOR TUNNEL HILL ROAD REALIGNMENT AND BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AND FOR AMBULANCES FOR FREMONT COUNTY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WERE APPROVED.   THE BOARD APPROVED A PETITION TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF RACHELLE A. FONTAINE AS A PART-TIME MAGISTRATE FOR THE CIRCUIT COURT, NINTH  JUDICIAL DISTRICT, FREMONT COUNTY.   THE BOARD ACCEPTED THE LOW BID SUBMITTED BY 71 CONSTRUCTION FOR THE COLD MIX STOCKPILING PROJECT.   THE BOARD APPROVED A VARIANCE FROM 20’ TO 10’ FOR A UTILITY EASEMENT … Read entire article »

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Man shot to death in front of home south of Worland

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a 58-year-old man was shot to death in front of a home south of Worland. Washakie County Coroner Jeff Lapp said Jamye Don Sorrele died April 13 from multiple gunshot wounds covering his entire body. Sheriff’s investigators say Sorrele was involved in a gunfight with a neighbor who lived yards away in a separate mobile home on the same property. The 31-year-old neighbor is being held in the county jail, but charges have not been decided. … Read entire article »

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Former victim’s advocate sentenced in rape case

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A former Casper police victims’ advocate has been sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault. James Holscher was sentenced Tuesday for assaulting a woman as she recovered from surgery in a local assisted living center. Prosecutor Mike Schafer said the victim’s physical and emotional state made her comparable to a 10-year-old child. Holscher pleaded guilty in January to second-degree sexual assault and exploitation of a vulnerable adult. He confessed he was supposed to be helping the woman get a protection order when he assaulted her. At his sentencing, Holscher apologized for his actions. Holscher served as the police department’s victim services coordinator for 12 years before resigning in July. … Read entire article »

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Charge reduced against trucker in fatal pileup in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have dropped an aggravated vehicular homicide charge against a Canadian truck driver involved in a fiery chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 in southeast Wyoming that killed two people. Instead, 45-year-old Alex Dragaytsev was cited Tuesday for failure to use caution for hazardous conditions. It carries a $60 fine. Albany County prosecuting attorney Peggy Trent says he has been released from custody. Trent says the evidence currently doesn’t support the more severe charge, but the crash remains under investigation. The pileup happened around 8 a.m. Monday about 18 miles west of Laramie in dense fog and light slush. More than 60 vehicles were involved, and traffic was shut down for about 100 miles in both directions. Eastbound lanes reopened late Monday, and the westbound lanes reopened Tuesday afternoon. … Read entire article »

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Former Laramie County Attorney faces arraignment

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Former Albany County attorney Richard Bohling faces arraignment Wednesday in district court in Laramie on felony charges that he took cameras and other county property. According to the Albany County District Clerk’s Office, Bohling is set to appear before Judge John R. Perry on Wednesday morning. Perry, whose offices are in Gillette, will preside over the hearing by use of a video monitor. The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting Bohling on charges that he obtained property by false pretenses. An investigator with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation has filed a report in court alleging that Bohling used public money while serving as county attorney to pay for cameras and computer equipment. Bohling didn’t seek re-election last year. He was first elected county attorney in 2002. … Read entire article »

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Investigation into fire that damages Jackson businesses

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A criminal investigation is underway into a fire that heavily damaged six businesses in a Jackson strip mall building. Teton County authorities said in a statement that the fire that spread through a portion of Grand Teton Plaza within a half hour early Sunday may have started at the front of the Habitat For Humanity portion of the building. The fire destroyed the wooden facade of the building and most of the contents of the six businesses that rent space there. Town spokeswoman Charlotte Reynolds says the damaged businesses also included two restaurants, a gun shop, an engraving business and a laundry. … Read entire article »

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Judge tosses Wyoming lawsuit seeking more horse roundups

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Wyoming officials that sought to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to round up more wild horses. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled Tuesday the BLM doesn’t need to round up horses just because it has determined that their herds are overpopulated. Freudenthal sided with the federal government and wild horse advocates who pointed out the BLM considers many factors before deciding to proceed with horse roundups. Wyoming filed the lawsuit in December. Gov. Matt Mead says he’s disappointed in the ruling. An attorney for the Interior Department didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment. Freudenthal last month upheld the recent roundup of some 1,200 wild horses in southwest Wyoming after it was contested by horse advocacy groups. … Read entire article »

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Cheyenne refinery pledges $95,000 to Boys & Girls Club

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — HollyFrontier Cheyenne refinery pledged $95,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne in 2015 and 2016. The latest donation brings the refiner’s three-year commitment to $285,000. HollyFrontier has donated or pledged $855,000 from 2009 to 2017. The announcement came as representatives from the refinery helped plant a tree in honor of Earth Day in front of the club’s new $5.9 million clubhouse. HollyFrontier is one of the Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne’s biggest donors. In 2009 the refinery began sponsoring educational programs with the organization. The Boys and Girls club provides after-school and summer programs for kids ages 6-18. … Read entire article »

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