Archives for October 2017

Trio from Tennessee arrested on felony drug charges

Sixty-three pounds of pot–that’s how much the Wyoming Highway Patrol say it found during a routine traffic stop along I-80. Troopers in Laramie arrested three people from Tennessee with felony possession of drugs with intent to deliver. Police believe the trio was transporting the drugs from California to Tennessee.

Police: Casper man drunkenly plows into town sign

A Casper man is arrested on felony theft and DUI charges after police say he stole his ex-girlfriend’s car and drove it through a town sign. Police say Gabriel Roybal plowed through several orange traffic cones in a construction zone and slammed head-on into the Mills town sign over the weekend. Court records show his girlfriend had broken up with him because she said he drank too much.

Lawmakers seek to divert funds to pay for schools

State lawmakers want to divert money from other funds to pay for ailing schools. The Casper Star-Tribune reports a recommendation seeks to take a percentage of the state mineral royalties and 1 percent of the severance tax to pay for school maintenance construction. They say that would bring $260 million over two years

Leaks, structural issues found at WY State Penitentiary

Big structural problems at the Wyoming State Penitentiary. Crews found gallons of water that was sealed underneath the maximum-security prison in Rawlins. The leaks came from the prison’s kitchen. Bolts that hold fire hose lines in place are also rusting and breaking. Rebuilding the prison that was constructed on unstable soil would cost $80 million.

Solar eclipse didn’t benefit Casper as much as expected

Casper didn’t benefit as much from the solar eclipse as economists had predicted. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the city’s sales tax revenue didn’t increase significantly. The latest numbers show sales tax was up by ab out 8 percent over 2016. A full study of eclipse-related tourism is due next month. City managers say either way it was a success because of the positive publicity Casper garnered.

Improper garage storage leading to bad bear habits

A lack of proper garbage storing is causing bears to be killed in Jackson. The Wyoming Fish and Game Department says it’s received reports of more than 30 bears causing problems in Jackson over the past two weeks. One bear had to be euthanized because it was picking trash every night, and experts say it would’ve never gotten over its bad habits.

WY man sentenced in fatal crash

A Wyoming man who caused a fatal crash as he was being chased by authorities in has been sentenced to 12 to 16 years in prison. The Gillette News Record reports 28-year-old Grant Gleason was sentenced Tuesday for the June 2015 death of 70-year-old George Bryant. Gleason pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide. He had been drinking and doing cocaine before a sheriff’s deputy pulled him over in northern Wyoming for not having license plate lights. He fled, leading law enforcement on a chase reaching speeds of more than 80 miles per hour.

WY man sentenced in fatal crash

A Wyoming man who caused a fatal crash as he was being chased by authorities in has been sentenced to 12 to 16 years in prison. The Gillette News Record reports 28-year-old Grant Gleason was sentenced Tuesday for the June 2015 death of 70-year-old George Bryant. Gleason pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide. He had been drinking and doing cocaine before a sheriff’s deputy pulled him over in northern Wyoming for not having license plate lights. He fled, leading law enforcement on a chase reaching speeds of more than 80 miles per hour.

UW student being treated for meningitis

A University of Wyoming student is being treated in a hospital after being diagnosed with meningitis. UW Student Health Services says the student lives off campus and the risk to the campus community is low. But health officials say as a precaution the university and the Wyoming Department of Health are contacting individuals who have had close, personal contact with the student. These individuals will be offered preventive treatment with the appropriate antibiotic.

Natrona Co. schools preparing for ‘Doomsday’

Natrona County schools is preparing for what it’s calling the “Doomsday scenario.” The Casper Star-Tribune reports Natrona County stands to lose nearly $50 million in funding if lawmakers take big swings at education, that’s already facing a $350 million budget shortfall statewide. The district says that’s a quarter of its budget, and they couldn’t continue to get by without layoffs.