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Search succesful for missing children on South Pass

(LANDER, Wyo.) Earlier this morning Fremont County Search and Rescue were dispatched to search for two missing children on South Pass. The children were located and returned to camp and were reported to be in good condition in spite of wearing only t-shirts and shorts.  The 12 and 13-year old brother and sister spent the night in very chilly conditions but did return safely to camp near the upper Sweetwater River Search and Rescue ground teams as well as a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft and a bloodhound and handler participated in the search. … Read entire article »

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Casper man gets 5 years for fatal fight at party near UW

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper man has been sentenced to three to five years in prison in connection to the death of a University of Wyoming student from Lander. 21-year-old Dalton Dale Williams was sentenced Wednesday for his part in the death of 21-year-old Joseph McGowan. Prosecutors say Williams fatally injured the other man during a fight at an off-campus Halloween party last year. Williams pleaded guilty in June to voluntary manslaughter. At that time prosecutors agreed to drop a second-degree murder charge and recommend a maximum sentence of three to five years of incarceration and boot camp. … Read entire article »

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$10,000 reward offered in dead cows case

(LANDER, Wyo.) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding a livestock destruction case in southern Fremont County. Four calves were found shot to death along the Cedar Rim Road south of Riverton near the Beaver Rim area on July 29, 2015. The condition of the animals have led investigators to believe they were killed just days before their discovery, perhaps as early as July 24, 2015. The calves were found within 50 yards of the roadway and appeared to have been killed by use of a high powered rifle. Two more dead calves were found about 8 miles east of the Sand Draw Highway along the Cedar Rim Road in an area described as Hudson Meadows. Two additional calves were located along the same roadway about 6 miles further east in … Read entire article »

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Bear near Lander hazed out of town

(LANDER, Wyo.) The black bear that was seen in Lander earlier this week has left town. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said they hazed the bear out of town and toward the mountains. Last night around 11, a resident living near Lander City Park said a black bear was on their porch. Game and Fish were nearby, however they were unable to locate the bear. Meanwhile, another black bear was captured in Shoshoni yesterday (Wednesday) by Game and Fish personnel. … Read entire article »

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Rawlins woman accused of kicking police officer in groin

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A Rawlins woman has been accused of punching a man in the head, kicking another in the groin and then hiding in the bushes to evade arrest while intoxicated. The woman was arrested Monday and charged with interference with a peace officer and simple assault. Police say the woman was intoxicated and disorderly at a bar when a bouncer tried to escort her out of the establishment. She reportedly punched him in the head, knocking his glasses off but not causing any harm. When officers arrived, the woman ran away and hid in the bushes. When an officer tried to place her in his patrol vehicle, officers say she kicked him three times in the groin. … Read entire article »

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Two Fremont County residents held on theft charges

(LANDER, Wyo.) 34 year old Jeremy Harding of Riverton and 23 year old Toshina Oldman of Hudson were arrested early Tuesday morning on allegations they both were involved in the theft of an enclosed trailer containing two Polaris Snow Machines. A resident living in the 2900 block of Sinks Canyon Road reported hearing a truck outside of her residence at 5:00AM. The resident observed the truck hook up to the enclosed trailer and drive off towards Lander at which time she notified the Sheriff’s Office. Lander Police Officers responded to the general area and were able to stop the suspect vehicle and trailer. Deputies arrived a short time later and both Harding and Oldman were taken into custody on three counts each of Felony Larceny. The combined value of the property was deemed … Read entire article »

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Lawmaker blasts prosecutor for actions on son’s DUI case

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A state lawmaker from Gillette is criticizing the motive and actions of the former Campbell County attorney. Republican Rep. Bill Pownall resigned as Campbell County sheriff last year amid allegations he influenced a drunken-driving investigation of his son. The case against the younger Pownall was dismissed last month because of lack of reasonable suspicion. In an email to the Casper Star-Tribune, Pownall says former Campbell County Attorney Jeani Stone had a “personal history of groundless problems” with his sheriff’s office and used her power in a “personal quest.” Stone, who now is a deputy district attorney in Campbell County, replied that she was fulfilling her responsibility as county attorney. She says no one, including the sheriff, should get special treatment from the county attorney’s office. … Read entire article »

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Ag secretary promises more sage grouse spending across West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency plans to spend more than $200 million over the next three years on programs to protect greater sage grouse — regardless of whether the bird receives federal protections. Vilsack told The Associated Press he wants to almost double protected habitat for the chicken-sized bird to 8 million acres across the West. A formal announcement was planned Thursday. It’s part of a campaign by the Obama administration to demonstrate its commitment to staving off further declines in grouse populations. The bird’s fate has become a potential political liability heading into the 2016 election. Federal protections could prompt limits on energy drilling, grazing and other activities across its 11-state range. Republicans have seized on the issue as evidence of wildlife protection laws run amuck. … Read entire article »

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Montana shooting suspect pleads not guilty to new charges

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Wyoming man has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting a Montana husband and wife who stopped to help what they believed was a stranded motorist. A new grand jury indictment includes death as a possible punishment if 18-year-old Jesus Deniz Mendoza of Worland is convicted of murder in the July 26 deaths of Jason and Tana Shane. Their daughter, 26-year-old Jorah Shane, was wounded while trying to run away. Investigators say the family stopped to help a man who claimed to be having car trouble in Pryor. They say Deniz demanded money and opened fire after they said they had none. Deniz pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Billings federal court. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters says a status conference on the case will be held in late November. … Read entire article »

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Public defender warns governor of death penalty costs

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state of Wyoming is bracing to cover the cost of a new death penalty sentencing hearing for a convicted murderer even as a federal court considers whether the state has lost legal standing to seek to put him to death. Wyoming Public Defender Diane Lozano recently alerted Gov. Matt Mead that the state could be liable for unspecified legal expenses to defend Dale Wayne Eaton. Eaton, 70, was sentenced to death in state court in 2004 for the 1988 murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell, of Billings, Montana. U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson of Cheyenne last fall overturned Eaton’s death penalty, finding he hadn’t received an adequate defense. Johnson now is considering whether the state followed conditions he set on possibly seeking the death penalty against Eaton again. … Read entire article »

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