Laramie, Wy – A Sheridan man accused of shooting a teenage girl and stealing her car has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Twenty-two-year-old Stephen Hyatt entered the plea in court Thursday. District Judge John Brackley scheduled a trial for March 28th. Hyatt allegedly forced 18-year-old Kaleigh Ford, of Sheridan, into the passenger side of her car at an intersection July first. After she fled the vehicle, he allegedly shot her three times. He was caught the following night in Ten Sleep.
Laramie, Wy – The sugar beet harvest in the Big Horn Basin of northern Wyoming continues to look good both in terms of yield and sugar content. Sugar content is said to be excellent this time of year, which means more sugar produced and more money for producers. And that is good news to the local economy. The beet business employs 64-hundred people in Wyoming a year, many of them in the Big Horn Basin.
Laramie, Wy – A federal judge based out of Cheyenne has struck down the Clinton-era ban on snowmobiling in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Judge Clarence Brimmer says the Clinton ban did not take into account the views of people in Wyoming and violated several federal laws.
Casper, Wy – Secretary of State Joe Meyer thinks state law should punish primary candidates who file financial reports late, but not by removing them from the general election ballot. Meyer met with the Legislature's Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee in Casper yesterday (Thursday). He told the lawmakers that access to the ballot is guaranteed under the Wyoming Constitution. He says that's why he recommended that five successful legislative canddiates who filed financial
Laramie, Wy – The School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming will be renamed after two German philanthropists who have donated three (M) million dollars to the school. U-W President Philip Dubois says the school will be renamed the Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources in honor of the Haub family. Erivan Haub is chief executive officer of the Tenglemann Group, a family-owned business with locations in 15 countries. The couple have a summer home in the Pinedale area.
Torrington, Wy – The Goshen County school board has fired the district's business manager after he was found guilty for a scam in which copy machines were paid for but never delivered. A jury in Cheyenne found Robert Childs guilty last Wednesday of three counts of wire fraud and one of mail fraud. Prosecutors say Childs struck a deal five years ago with co-defendant Joseph Cherry, Junior, who owned a photocopier business in Cheyenne. Under the deal, Cherry secured financing for 17 copiers that weren't delivered.
Laramie, Wy – Police in Gillette say three boys went to a woman's home Wednesday and made a simple pitch. It went like this: Would she be interested in buying insurance to protect her home from being attacked with eggs and toilet paper on Halloween? The woman called police after the visit. Police Chief Ric Paul says the incident is being investigated. The boys were between the ages of 12 and 15. Their identities are not being released. No word on whether the woman bought a policy.
Laramie, Wy – A U.W. student is taking a proactive approach to getting University of Wyoming students to vote. Hannah Griscom is taking to standing out in front of the Wyoming Union on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the noon hour. She wears a sign saying, "Ask me how to vote on November second" and passes out voting information. The information includes how to find out where voting districts and locations are and how to find out more about the candidates running for public office.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Director of the Equality State Policy Center opposes two constitutional amendments dealing with medical malpractice. Amendment C would set up a review panel, in an effort to weed out frivolous cases. Amendment D would allow legislators to cap non-economic damages. Doctors believe that the amendments could lower malpractice premiums and aid in recruitment and retention of doctors. But Tom Throop says it would only hinder citizens who have been harmed by doctors. He also says it is a big lie to say Doctors have been leaving the state.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Division of Victim Services is focusing on trying to address Domestic Violence in the state. Family Violence Program Manager Lee Ann Stephenson says they are working with a wide range of groups to help train people to better identify the problem, so that it can be addressed. Stephenson believes it is also important that communities understand the problem. Stephenson says children who grow up in abusive homes face a wide range of long term problems. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.