Archives for August 2017

Former Trooper Appeals Walmart Driver Kidnapping Plot

A former Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper sentenced to 15 years for a kidnapping and murder plot has appealed his sentence in U.S. District Court.
Franklin Joseph Ryle, Jr., of Douglas illegally arrested and kidnapped a Walmart truck driver near Douglas in January 2009, and used his service weapon in the arrest. Ryle’s new attorney said his lawyers were ineffective because they failed to appeal the sentence, and failed to ask for a competency hearing.

Ryle, now 50, was sentenced in 2009 to 10 years, one month imprisonment for depriving a person of his rights while acting under color of law

Ryle had told others that he wanted to stage an accident with the Wal-mart truck, have the driver killed, use the truck to hit his patrol car and receive a large settlement with the company.

Ryle decided not to steal and crash the Wal-mart truck because it had a GPS system.

Nebraska Teen Found Dead in Burning Car

Western Nebraska sheriff’s officials are investigating after a body of a 17 year-old girl was found in a burning vehicle near Morrill.

Firefighters responding Friday night to a burning vehicle in a field about three miles south of Morrill found a body inside once they had extinguished the flames.

Sheriff’s investigators say the identitified the remains of Lilyanna Martin who was reported missing Saturday morning. Determination of the manner of death is pending the results of toxicology tests which will likely take 4-6 weeks.

White Supremacist Dies In Wyoming Prison

The founder of a white supremacist prison gang in Colorado has died at a Wyoming prison.

The Wyoming Department of Corrections says 42-year-old Benjamin Davis died of apparent suicide. His body was found Saturday morning at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins.

Davis was in prison for a 1994 robbery spree in Denver. He and another inmate established the “211 Crew” in 1995 — with 211 being the California penal code for robbery.

Davis was given another 108 years in 2007 for racketeering for conspiring to commit assaults in prison.

Wyoming Red Cross Volunteers Head to Houston

The Colorado-Wyoming region of the American Red Cross has sent 32 volunteers to Texas to help the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey.
Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane when it moved into Texas on Friday evening, and since has stalled as a tropical storm mostly in the central area of the state with Houston being the most hard-hit.
More than 30 inches of rain have fallen and upwards of another 20 inches are expected; the death toll is at 6

Man Arrested After Wife Found Dead in Powell

Police in northern Wyoming have arrested a man after finding his wife dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

Park County received a called 911 early Saturday that led them to the home of 64-year-old David Williamson in Powell. When officers arrived they found Williamson sitting on the porch and 65-year-old Shirley Williamson dead in a bedroom.

The woman had an apparent gunshot wound to her head and investigators found a gun nearby.

No charges had been filed as of Monday.

Rangers search for illegal drone flying over Grand Teton

An illegal drone is spotted flying above Grand Teton National Park. Park rangers are searching for the rogue device, which they say was spotted taking photos of grizzly bears in the Oxbow Bend portion of the park. The National Park Service reminds you that launching, landing or operating drones on most federal parklands is illegal. They say not only does it disturb the wildlife, but it interfere with other visitors or fire and rescue efforts. Those caught face up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

WY lawmakers consider mostly tax hikes to close deficit

Wyoming lawmakers are considering an array of options to deal with a $350 million education fund deficit-many of the potential solutions include hiking your takes. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Rep. Mike Madden, chairman of the joint revenue committee says the options include raising the property tax, temporarily raising the sales tax by a half-percent, upping the tax on beer, wine and spirits, or implementing a new way to tax tourism. A potential hike to the cigarette tax was considered, but didn’t make it out of committee. Governor Matt Mead isn’t in favor of hiking taxes-he thinks the state should use its Rainy Day Fund first.

Wyoming Gonorrhea Increase

With gonorrhea infections continuing to climb, the Wyoming Department of Health recently sent an alert to healthcare providers across the state encouraging them to promote prevention, testing and treatment with patients.

The most notable case number increases have been in Laramie County with a 140 percent increase in 2017 over the same date in 2016, and Natrona County with a 33 percent increase. Officials state “The only way to know for sure if you have gonorrhea is to be tested.

Illegal Drone Buzzes Bears in Grand Teton

Grand Teton National Park rangers are investigating the illegal use of a drone that buzzed a grizzly bear and her two cubs.The incident occurred Wednesday evening.

Park rangers and others saw the drone hover close to the grizzlies.

But whoever was managing the drone was able to flee without being seen.

Drone use is illegal on National Park Service property, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone.

Illegal drone use was also reported during the total solar eclipse Monday, but no cittations were given.

Afton Police Searching for Abduction Suspect

Authorities in western Wyoming are looking for a man who allegedly abducted one woman and attempted to assault another woman Wednesday evening.
The Afton Police says a juvenile female reported that a man forced her into a vehicle somewhere in Afton. She was taken to the Smoot area, where she was able to get away from the suspect and get help.
Later Wednesday, the same suspect went into a business in Afton and tried to assault a female clerk in the back room.
The suspect is described as early to mid-40s, 5’8? to six feet tall weighing roughly 180-200 pounds.
He has sandy blonde crew-cut hair with a reddish-blonde mustache. The man was reported to have very strong body odor and driving a dark red or black older-model single-cab flatbed truck with Idaho license plates.