Archives for November 2017

Cody lawyer suspended, again

A Cody lawyer is suspended for a second time. The Cody Enterprise reports Nick Beduhn didn’t properly defend his client from a 2016 DUI charge. He was also fined more than $10,000.

Casper man not guilty in teenage sex assault trial

A Casper man is found innocent of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. A jury found Levi Zitterkopf not guilty Wednesday. He was charged last fall after the girl, who was staying at his home with her family, said he assaulted her. He faced up to 50 years in prison.

WY’s congressional delegation backs GOP tax reform

Wyoming’s congressional delegation is backing a Republican tax reform plan that would cut corporate income taxes and give some relief to individuals. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the plan would endanger Wyoming’s health insurance market and give tax cuts to only the state’s wealthiest residents. Middle-class Americans could even see tax hikes under this plan. Public opinion for the plan is unpopular. But Senator John Barasso says it would create a simpler, fairer tax code and would result in more jobs and higher wages for Wyoming families.

Survey: WY ranks 4th in charitable giving

It turns out Wyoming residents are pretty generous. A new report from WalletHub shows the Cowboy State is ranked fourth among charitable states. Only Utah beat out Wyoming in the West.

Former Casper police officer to avoid jail time in child abuse case

A ex-Casper cop pleads guilty to felony child abuse charges. The Casper Star-Tribune reports a plea deal would allow Laura Starnes-Wells to avoid prison time. Instead she’d get between 1 and 5 years’ probation. Investigators say one of her children showed up to school in 2016 with a black eye and puffy lip. The child told school officials her mother had beaten her.

Closing arguments in WY man’s sexual assault case

Closing arguments expected to day in the trial of a Wyoming man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl presses on. Tuesday, three women testified that Levi Zitterkopf also assaulted them. Two of alleged victims were teens at the time. One of the assaults allegedly happened in middle school, where the two were classmates. If convicted, Zitterkopf, who was briefly a reality TV star, faces a half-century behind bars.

Central WY teacher fired for allegedly hitting autistic student

A central Wyoming teacher accused of hitting an autistic student no longer works for the Natrona county school district. District officials confirm assistant teacher Mark Brattis is no longer employed by the district. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the 14-year-old student ran out of high school in late October and was throwing rocks at staff. Police say one of the rocks hit Brattis, who then struck the student in the face.

Alleged victim takes stand in sexual assault case

Trial continues for a Casper man charged with sexual assault. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the alleged victim testified that Levi Zitterkopf tried to repeatedly kiss her days before he held her down on a couch and assaulted her. The victim says she was scared to come forward because her family had been living with Zitterkopf, and she thought he might force them out. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

Sheriff: Man found in WY reservoir was shot in head

We’re learning more about a body found in reservoir outside Cheyenne. The Laramie County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Justin Robinson of Cheyenne had been shot in the head. He was found floating Sunday in the Wyoming Hereford Ranch Reservoir Number 1. A burned vehicle was found nearby.

Body found floating in reservoir in Laramie Co.

A gruesome discovery in Laramie County. Deputies were called to Burlington Road for reports of a burned vehicle just outside Cheyenne Sunday. Deputies say they found a man’s body floating in the river near the shoreline. An autopsy will determine the man’s cause of death.