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Riverton police investigate child abduction

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Police are investigating the abduction of a Riverton girl from her home. The  9-year-old girl was taken from her bedroom at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday. Capt. Eric Murphy of the Riverton Police Department says the girl’s parents went to her room after they heard a scream and found the screen on her window had been cut and the girl missing. Police found the girl walking along a nearby street about 40 minutes later. She told them that an older man wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and blue shoes had abducted her. Murphy would not discuss whether the girl was injured. He says her parents took her to medical attention. Police reports indicate that a suspect in the crime was located yesterday (Tuesday) in Lander. … Read entire article »

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Prosecutors say man told deputies he shot wife

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a Burns man told deputies he shot and killed his wife because she was yelling at their grandchildren. Prosecutors allege 61-year-old Ronald Thomas Zimmerman shot and killed 51-year-old Teresa Zimmerman on Sunday at the family home in Burns, a small community about 30 miles east of Cheyenne. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports ( ) that Zimmerman appeared in Laramie County Circuit Court on Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder. Circuit Court Judge Denise Nau set Zimmerman’s bond at $100,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for July 31 to decide if there’s enough evidence for him to face charges in district court. Prosecutors say Zimmerman told an officer of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office that he shot his wife in the face with a 12-gauge shotgun. … Read entire article »

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Casper man pleads guilty to abusing boy

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy. The Casper Star-Tribune reports ( that a lawyer for 31-year-old Derek Alexander McCollum pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Natrona County District Court. Prosecutors say the abuse occurred in 2007 and 2008 with a boy who was 5 and 6 years old at the time. McCollum faces up to 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced following completion of a pre-sentence report. His sentence will run together with a 10-year sentence he’s currently serving in Missouri for theft and sexual exploitation of a minor. … Read entire article »

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Thunderbirds return for Cheyenne Frontier Days

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are back for Cheyenne Frontier Days after missing last year’s event because of budget cuts. They’re set to put on their legendary air show Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. over Laramie Community College. Maj. Blaine Jones told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that flying over Cheyenne is a bit like flying over water because there aren’t many land markers. He is the lead solo pilot in the No. 5 jet which often flies in the opposite direction of the rest of the team doing high-speed tricks close to the ground. On Sunday, Denver Bronco Wes Welker flew as a backseat passenger with another Thunderbird pilot in Cheyenne. … Read entire article »

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Missing worker from Wyoming found in ND oil patch

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A Wyoming man who went missing in the western North Dakota oil patch has been found. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Jared Holloway was taken to a Dickinson hospital on Tuesday to be treated for dehydration after being found in his tanker truck off a rural road. Holloway had not been seen since leaving a well site in McKenzie County late Friday. KXMB-TV reports that he was tracked through a GPS signal from his truck. … Read entire article »

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Man gets probation for crash that killed 3

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A 23-year-old Wyoming man who was involved in a crash in northern Colorado that killed two siblings and an Air Force senior airman has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation. The Greeley Tribune reports Anthony Alacca of Cheyenne also was ordered Tuesday to perform 20 hours of community service and take a safe-driving class. He pleaded guilty in January to careless driving resulting in death. Investigators say Alacca was driving on U.S. 85 early on the morning of Aug. 15 when he failed to negotiate a curve north of Nunn near the Colorado-Wyoming border. Killed were 21-year-old Michael De La Rosa, 19-year-old Mariah Lynn De La Rosa, both of Cheyenne; and 21-year-old senior airman Michael Gnoato, who was stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne. … Read entire article »

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Man found dead after apparent fall in Grand Teton

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A 36-year-old man was found dead after he apparently fell from a cliff in Grand Teton National Park. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says Will Cornyn of San Francisco was found dead near Inspiration Point at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after his girlfriend told authorities Monday he failed to return from a hike. Cornyn headed out Sunday afternoon to hike to Lake Solitude in the North Fork of Cascade Canyon. He did not plan to camp and did not have the equipment necessary to spend a night in the mountains. An aerial search was temporarily delayed as thunderstorms passed through the Teton Range and battered the area with heavy rain, strong winds and lightning. Park officials did not say how far Cornyn apparently fell. … Read entire article »

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State providing safety training to schools

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state will be providing special training this fall to help local school districts prevent the type of school shootings that have occurred in other states. The training includes how to handle in-school shootings and how to identify a person who might be a danger to a school and students. The training was among the recommendations made last year by a task force formed by Gov. Matt Mead that studied the safety and security of Wyoming’s schools. The review of school security came up after the massacre of children in a Connecticut elementary school in 2013. The state this year hired two full-time emergency preparedness experts who are working with both the state Office of Homeland Security and the state Department of Education on school safety. … Read entire article »

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Mother of sick boy pleads not guilty to theft

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper woman has pleaded not guilty to a felony fraud charge alleging she exaggerated her son’s medical condition to collect thousands of dollars from the community. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Krishelle Layton appeared in Natrona County District Court on Tuesday. Prosecutors say Layton received about $7,000 from various fundraisers when word spread late last year about her son’s brain cancer. Court records say Layton’s son, six-year-old Dorian Layton, does have a tumor on his brain. But prosecutors say Krishelle Layton gave the impression that the boy was near death even though the boy’s doctor had said he was improving and death was not imminent. … Read entire article »

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Federal judge won’t reduce bison protester’s fine

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has refused to reduce a fine against a man who chained himself to a concrete-filled drum to protest the slaughter of bison from Yellowstone National Park earlier this year. Twenty-year-old Comfrey Jacobs was arrested in March after blocking the road to the Stephens Creek corrals. Park officials were holding bison in the corrals, near the park border in Montana. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman last month found Jacobs guilty of misdemeanor interference with a government agency function. Carman ordered Jacobs to pay the Yellowstone Park Foundation Wildlife Protection Fund $2,500 in addition to other fines and fees. Montana lawyer Summer Nelson represents Jacobs. Nelson protested the $2,500 payment was improper because the park foundation wasn’t a victim. Carman on Tuesday denied Nelson’s request to drop the payment requirement. … Read entire article »

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