Ex-Casper city employee avoids jail time for $19K theft

An ex-Casper city employee avoids jail time for stealing from the city. KTWO-AM reports Heather Kirkendall was sentenced to probation. A judge also ordered her to repay the $19,000 she stole. Investigators say she took money from the city over a year-and-a-half period from 2016 to 2017. They made the discovery after receipts issued didn’t match worksheets.

Elderly Wapiti man held without bail in murder of wife

An elderly Wyoming man accused of killing his wife is being held without bail. Dennis Klingbeil faces first-degree murder charges in a failed murder-suicide attempt. Police say he killed his wife Donna and then took pills in an effort to kill himself, but failed. Documents say they couple and been arguing over their trust; their son says his mother wanted a divorce.

Petro-Hunt slapped with $20K fine for public health violations

A Dallas-based oil and gas firm is fined for public health violations.in Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Petro-Hunt was slapped with a $20,000 fine for not doing baseline testing of its water wells near drilling locations; they also failed to alert the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission before spudding their well in 2015. An attorney for the company called the violations “unintentional oversights.”

WA man pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges in southern WY

A Washington man arrested in southern Wyoming has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges. KTWO-AM reports David Vier was handcuffed in Sweetwater County in January after deputies received a call from a hotel employee about two girls hiding from a man. The girls told authorities that their mother had recently kicked them out when they met Vier in Seattle; they said he agreed to drive them to Wyoming for $100.

Gillette man sentenced to 30-50 years for beating death of wife

A Gillette man gets between 30 and 50 years for beating his wife to death. Timothy Welch pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the August 2017 death of 41-year-old Kayleen Welch. Welch says he and his wife got into a fight after he returned home from a dentist appointment when he beat her to death. The couple’s 10-year-old daughter called 911.

‘Controlled burn’ ends up burning home

A controlled burn turns out-of-control. In high winds, the flames spread to a nearby home in Worland, completely destroying it. The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports the homeowner was burning piles of foliage when the fire spread Sunday night into Monday morning. No one was hurt.

Carbon technology could bring thousands of jobs to WY

Carbon technology could support up to 2,600 jobs a year in Wyoming.The Casper Star-Tribune reports the American Jobs Project study could address the loss of young people moving to other states.

1 dead, 1 hurt, 2 missing in Bighorn Lake boating accident

A woman is dead, a man hurt, and two still missing in a boating accident on Bighorn Lake near the Montana-Wyoming border. The National Park Service says the accident happened Saturday night on the Montana side. The body of Tammy Scoville of Billings was recovered Sunday. Robert Ludwick was hurt in the accident.

WY delegation against sending back church bells that serve as war memorial

Wyoming officials oppose any returning of church bells that were seized as war trophies from the Philippines over a century ago. Defense Sec. James Mattis says it’s “in the interest of national security” for the U-S return the bells–two of which rest at the F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. In a joint statement, Wyoming’s congressional delegation calls the bells “memorials to American war dead.” The bells were seized following an attack on the island of Samar in which 48 American troops were killed in 1901.

UW defends campus gun ban

The University of Wyoming is defending its right to ban guns on campus. Lyle Williams, a local delegate, was cited for openly carrying on campus during the state Republican convention in April. The Laramie Boomerang reports attorneys for UW say the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that overturned a handgun ban in Washington, D.C., said that guns could still be banned in sensitive places like schools. They argue because the university is a state entity, it can pass gun regulations.