Archives for January 2019

Casper man uses new ‘Stand Your Ground’ law to try to get murder charge dropped

A Casper man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man has asked a judge to toss the case under the state’s new “stand your ground” law. Jason John’s attorney argues the new law which took effect July 1st means his client isn’t responsible for the death of Wesley Willow in Casper. John’s attorney says Willow attempted to assault John, so John shot him nine times in self-defense.

Torrington inmate committed suicide, prison officials say

A Wyoming inmate dies in an apparent suicide. Police say 24-year-old John Garcia died at a medium correctional facility in Torrington Wednesday. He was serving a three to five year sentence for felony property destruction.

I-80 WB closed for more than a day by Arlington after hazmat crash

A stretch of I-80 was closed for more than a day for clean-up of hazardous materials. Crews had to shutter the westbound side of the highway just west of Arlington after a truck carrying hazardous materials hydrochloric acid and other flammable materials crazyed. Special crews from Colorado had to assist, and clean-up took longer than usual due to the snow and strong winds. No one was hurt.

WY could repeal death penalty

The death penalty could be repealed in Wyoming. Legislation to rid the state of capital punishment was introduced by Republicans Rep. Jared Olsen of Cheyenne and Senator Brian Boner of Douglas. Both say repeal would save the state $750,000 annually. Wyoming hasn’t executed anyone in nearly 30 years and has no inmates on death row.

Man dies in crash at Snowy Range Ski Area

A man is dead in a ski crash in southern Wyoming. The Laramie Boomerang reports a man crashed into a tree while on an intermediate run Sunday at the Snowy Range Ski Area. The owner of the ski area says it’s the “first time” something like this has happened here.

Cody Stampede Rodeo considers adding women to the board for 1st time in decades

It would be a first-at least in a long time. The Cody Stampede rodeo is considering adding women to its board. The Cody Enterprise reports there hasn’t been a woman on the board of directors since Caroline Lockhart helped found the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede in 1920. Board members say times have changed, and it would be a “good idea” to have the female perspective on the board.

WY prosecuctor wants grand juries convened in all police-involved shootings

A Wyoming prosecutor is calling for grand juries to be convened each time an officer-involved shooting happens in the state. Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent says she wrestled with how to determine whether sheriff’s Corporal Derek Colling was guilty of fatally shooting a mentally ill, unarmed man in a traffic stop. So she convened the state’s first grand jury in decades. The 12-person grand jury met in secret over three days in Laramie and determined the shooting was “justified.” Colling remains on administrative leave, and his future with the department is in question; he was involved in two deadly shootings that were also deemed “justified” in while a Las Vegas police officer. He was eventually fired after he was caught on-tape beating a man.

Young boy struck, killed in Wright

A 4-year-old boy is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Wright. The Gillette News record reports it happened late Saturday afternoon. The state highway patrol is investigation.

Lodging tax gets key committee approval

A statewide lodging tax is one step closer to becoming law. The 5 percent tax got a key endorsement from a House legislative committee. Now, it heads to the full House for debate.

3 killed in head-on crash on US 85 near Cheyenne

Three people are dead in a crash north of Cheyenne. It happened Friday on U.S. 85. Troopers say an SUV crossed the center line and collided head-on with a minivan. Miguel and Selena Cruz of Nebraska, who were in the mini-van were both killed along with the driver of the GMC, Lila Mikesell of Cheyenne.