Archives for August 2018

Casper officer injured in gunfight not ready to return to work yet

A Casper police officer, seriously injured in a May gunfight has been given eight more weeks of paid leave. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the police chief told him to return to work in mid-August, against doctors’ recommendations. Police Chief Keith McPheeters says he failed to effectively communicate with Carlson. Carlson was wounded in a May 6th gunfight with David Wolosin, who was shot and killed during the encounter.

Investigators: Propane gas–not meth lab–sparked fatal explosion near Laramie

Propane gas sparked a fatal explosion at a home west of Laramie earlier this summer–that’s the word from investigators. The Laramie Boomerang reports Scott Tiernan was killed in the explosion that injured Kimberly Brizuela near Sheep Mountain in late July. Investigators say rumors that a meth lab sparked the fire are false.

Murder near Glenrock under investigation

A possible murder is under investigation in eastern Wyoming. Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker says a body was found in a Glenrock-area home Monday, and one person is in custody. It’s unclear how the person died.

Denver man who drowned in Laramie Reservoir identified

We now have the name of a man who died while fishing in a reservoir in southern Wyoming. Albany County Undersheriff Josh Debree says 44-year-old Rocky Federico of Denver was fishing on a float tube on Wheatland Reservoir Number 3 north of Laramie when a storm rolled through on August 19th. Investigates say Federico and his tube were blown clear across the reservoir and he tried to walk or swim across when he died.

UW dealing with dormitory capacity issues

The University of Wyoming is dealing capacity issues. They expected 1,700 freshmen to attend classes this fall. The Laramie Boomerang reports that’s a 3 percent increase over fall of 2017 which could eventually cause capacity issues in its dorms. They say to solve it, resident advisors will have to have roommates and some large common areas will be concerned into quad dorms.

New advisory council tasked with keeping state’s workforce up-to-date

A new advisory council is tasked with increasing education among the state’s workforce. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the Executive Educational Attainment Council will be responsible for aligning with business trends and building a workforce that can meet the demands of emerging industries.

Wacky weather brings fire potential followed by snow

Some wacky weather in Wyoming. First fire danger-then snow. Forecasters were warning of a strong potential for wildfires, but a dramatic shift today brings temperature dips into the 40s with eight inches of snow forecast for areas of high elevation.

Family of man fatally shot by Casper Police may sue department

The family of man who was fatally shot by Casper Police earlier this year may sue the department for damages. Two officers fired on Douglas Oneyear, killing him in February. The DA found lethal force was necessary because they said Oneyear provoked the confrontation with the intent of ending his life. They say he swung a sword at a passing car and assaulted a convenience store clerk before encountering police. Oneyear’s attorney argues his client was “harmless” and could’ve been subdued with little harm.

Abandoned mine in central WY to open for tours

An abandoned mining tunnel in Central Wyoming will soon be open to the public. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the tunnel at South Pass City State Historic Site will open for tours starting this Saturday. The 300-foot tunnel was abandoned after no gold was found.

Police look for potential victims of priest sex abuse in WY

Police in Wyoming are searching for potential victims of priest sex abuse. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne announced in July that a 2002 investigation by authorities was “flawed,” and the diocese found that Bishop Joseph Hart allegedly sexually abused two Wyoming boys. Now, Cheyenne Police are asking any victims to come forward within the next month. Hart denies the Wyoming allegations, yet settled other lawsuits for alleged sex abuse in Kansas City, Missouri.