Archives for February 2018

Coroner Id’s Man Shot by Casper Police

We reported on this story from the Star Tribune on Monday. The Natrona County Coroner’s Office has now identified the man shot and killed by Casper police Sunday night as Douglas Oneyear. Oneyear, 36, was wielding a sword when two officers shot him shortly before midnight, according to police. He died at the scene. The two officers have been placed on administrative leave, as is typical following police shootings. The Casper Police Department has not yet identified them.

Gun Groups Oppose New Senate Bill

The Wyoming Senate gutted a so-called “stand your ground” bill yesterday that sought to provide initial immunity from arrest and prosecution for assault or murder to anyone who claimed self-defense. Prosecutors may still bring charges against someone who claims to have acted in self-defense if law enforcement believes the more reasonable option would have been to retreat or de-escalate the situation. Wyoming Gun Owners and the National Rifle Association sent notes to senators prior to the vote opposing the amendment. Stay tuned.

Family settles with Albany Co. School District in sexual assault of first grader

A family settles with the Albany County School District in the sexual assault of a young girl. The lawsuit, filed last year claimed an 8-year-old boy sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl on a 2014 field trip. The Casper Star-Tribune lawsuit claims the school knew the student had a history of harassment and could’ve done more to protect the victim and other students. The district denied the allegations. Details of the settlement weren’t available.

Alleged social media threat shuttered Star Valley HS Monday

Operations are resuming as normal today at a western Wyoming high school that was placed on lockdown yesterday over an alleged threat was made on social media. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Star Valley High School and admin buildings were placed on the lockdown in the morning as a precaution. Details of the threat weren’t known, aside from that a student took a screenshot of a threatening Snapchat image that was then posted to Facebook over the weekend. No one’s been arrested. Two schools in Natrona County also received prank call threats last week.

Man with sword shot and killed by Casper police

A man wielding a sword has been shot to death by police in Wyoming. It happened late last night in Casper. Casper police say a convenience store clerk called to report a man with a sword had physically assaulted her. She wasn’t hurt. When two officers confronted the man, he allegedly refused to drop the sword so they shot and killed him. The officers weren’t hurt and have been put on administrative leave per departmental policy.

Former female inmate’s lawsuit tossed out

A federal lawsuit filed by a female inmate who wants a rehab program for women in the state’s prisons has been tossed out. The Casper Star-Tribune reports a judge says Taylor Blanchard no longer has standing in the case since she was transferred to a female boot camp in Florida. She plans to appeal anyway.

Mead nominates 3 to be new WY secretary of state

Governor Matt Mead has nominated three people to fill the open Secretary of State position. The nominees are Ed Buchanan of Torrington, Darin Smith of Cheyenne, and Richard George of Cody. The trio was chosen out of eight applicants-all wanting to fulfill the remaining time left on Ed Murray’s term. Murray resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct that two women say happened more than three decades ago.

Rock Springs man’s death declared ‘accidental’

Investigators say the death of a man whose car caught fire west of Rock Springs was an accident. Michael Tinnie was driving to see a waterfall on February 15 when his car got stuck in an area of tall, thick sagebrush that pressed tightly against the driver’s side door. Investigators believe heat from the exhaust system or the catalytic converter sparked the blaze. Tinnie, of Rock Springs, was the only one in the vehicle. He died of smoke inhalation. Investigators say alcohol also played a role in his death.

Quarantined bison, again, let out of pen at Yellowstone

For the second time this winter, someone broke into a holding pen for Yellowstone National Park bison, allowing the escape of 73 animals captured to prevent the spread of a wildlife disease. Park officials said the Stephens Creek pen was opened Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Most of the 73 wild bison that escaped stayed nearby and eventually returned to the pen. Fifty-two bison that were quarantined due to brucellosis escaped in a similar incident last month.

Casper passes anti-discrimination resolution

Casper City Council passes a resolution affirming the right of LGBT residents to live free of discrimination. The Casper Star-Tribune reports councilmember Shawn Johnson voted against it, saying federal and state law already prohibits discrimination. He adds he doesn’t believe in separating people into different classes.