Archives for September 2018

Cheyenne psychologist, wife admit to defrauding Medicaid

A Cheyenne psychologist and his wife admit to Medicaid fraud. The federal government says John Sink Junior and his wife Diane submitted fake bills for group counseling that included activities like coloring, karaoke and eating out. None of that constitutes rehabilitative mental health treatment. The couple is accused of bilking more than $6 million from the program.

Roosevelt fire destroys 55 homes, just 35 percent contained

A massive wildfire burning in Grand Teton National Park has now destroyed 55 homes in the Hoback Ranches subdivision and charred 80 square miles in western Wyoming. Firefighters say the blaze is just 35 percent contained as crews work to prevent it from jumping Highway 191 and threatening more structures.

Inmate at Newcastle bootcamp dies

An inmate at the Newcastle boot camp dies. The Casper Star-Tribune reports 22-year-old Tyler Lane was pronounced dead at the West County Health Services Hospital Thursday. It’s unclear how he died. Lane was serving time for a conviction of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Roosevelt Fire destroys 40 homes in Hoback Ranches subdivision

A massive wildfire tearing through Grand Teton National Park has destroyed more than 40 homes, many in the Hoback Ranches subdivision of Bondurant. More than 300 people remain evacuated from the area. Highway 189 also remains closed as a result of the fire that’s burned more than 77 square miles.

Albany County Commission Chairman accused of drunk driving

A longtime Albany County commissioner is accused of drunk driving. The Laramie Boomerang reports Chairman Tim Chesnut was arrested Tuesday after deputies say his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit. Chesnut, who’s the only Democrat on the commission and is up for re-election this year, declined comment to the paper.

UW investigating whether campaign ad violated school policy

The University of Wyoming is investigating whether a campaign ad for an Arizona Congressional candidate violated the school’s filming policy. The ad for Democrat David Brill was filmed in Wyoming and features six siblings of his opponent U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, urging people to vote him out of office. Former UW football player Tim Gosar is shown speaking in the school’s stadium. The university says filmmakers are required to submit applications to film on-campus and that school buildings and landmarks can’t be used as an endorsement without approval. Filmmaker Randy Murray apologized and says he was unaware of the policy.

Wildfire in Grand Teton destroys 20 homes

A destructive wildfire burning in Grand Teton National Park has demolished at least 20 homes in the Hoback Ranches subdivision, which had been evacuated. Firefighters hope more favorable weather conditions today will help them gain ground on the fire that’s burned 77 square miles so far and is just 25 percent contained. US Highway 189 remains closed due to firefighter operations.

Ex-Cheyenne teacher admits to having sex with former student

A Cheyenne junior high math teacher pleads guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl, ending his trial that began earlier this week. Joseph Meza was accused of having sex with a former student when she was 15 and 16 years old in 2015 and 2016.  He faces between 20 and 40 years in prison even with the plea deal.

WY weighs options after judge cancels grizzly hunt

Wyoming is weighing its options after a judge blocked what would’ve been the state’s first grizzly bear hunt in decades. The state could lean on Congress to exempt the bears from the Endangered Species Act or cease to cooperate with the U.S. government on species management. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead gave no hints on what his next move would be.

Judge calls of WY’s 1st grizzly hunt in decades

Wyoming’s first grizzly hunt in decades won’t be happening. A judge has restored federal protections for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Wyoming and Idaho had been on the cusp of allowing hunters to kill up to 23 bears this fall. In his ruling, the judge says with just 700 bears roaming around Yellowstone from a previous 50,000 across the U.S. it would be disingenuous to allow hunting in one of the few areas where they’ve bounced back.”