FELON ESCAPES RE-ENTRY CENTER
Federal felon escapes from Wyoming re-entry center
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Federal authorities have confirmed a prisoner escaped from a Wyoming re-entry center in December after leaving to report to Healthcare for the Homeless and then perform a job search. KTWO-AM reported Tuesday that 45-year-old Jeremiah Anthony Mahoney left the Casper Re-Entry Center Dec. 26 and did not return by his designated time. A U.S. Marshal filed a criminal complaint Monday in U.S. District Court. Authorities say the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Marshals Service were notified of Mahoney's escape before a federal magistrate issued an arrest warrant. Officials say the complaint did not explain why authorities waited 12 days before announcing the escape.
Deputies at Wyoming jail now required to wear body cameras
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming sheriff says deputies who work in the Sweetwater County Detention Center are now required to wear body cameras. Sheriff John Grossnickle says in a statement the program is the first of its kind in a county jail in Wyoming. Detention deputies on all shifts must record any contact with an inmate or when they are in an inmate zone. There are some privacy exceptions. The recordings will be saved and available for official review. Sheriff's officials say misconduct complaints have plummeted since patrol deputies started wearing body cameras, and that they instill higher professionalism and public trust.
Montana grants 65-day extension for Navajo-owned coal mine
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Montana officials say a Navajo Nation company may continue operating a coal mine for two more months amid negotiations over the terms of a state permit. The extension announced Tuesday keeps about 300 miners at work at the Spring Creek mine near Decker, Montana. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the Navajo Transitional Energy Company have been negotiating how the department might be able to take the company to court to enforce environmental laws despite tribal sovereignty. The company's purchase of Spring Creek and two Wyoming mines in a 2019 bankruptcy sale made it the third-biggest U.S. coal company.
Wyoming firefighters investigate cause of house fire
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have started an investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed a southeast Wyoming house. Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that Laramie County fire authorities responded Monday to a house fire north of Cheyenne near Interstate 25. Fire authorities say the fire was extinguished Monday and firefighters were handling smoldering debris and other remnants from the fire throughout the day. Authorities say no one was in the house when it caught fire. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
SCHOOL LUNCH DEBT-INVESTIGATION
Wyoming police investigate fundraiser for school lunch debt
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming school district has paid off more than $4,000 in student lunch debt after a crowd-sourced check bounced. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday that the Casper Police Department has opened an investigation into the “Feed Casper Students” fundraising campaign on GoFundMe aimed at paying off the Natrona County School District's student lunch debt. School officials say the district accepted about $19,000 in fundraising donations in April, the same month the check bounced. Officials say the district paid off the lunch debt for about 250 students out of its general fund, rather than re-open the outstanding debt for the students.
Woman wounded, man dead of self-inflicted gunshot in Wyoming
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Cody say a man fatally shot himself after shooting a woman in the head. The 44-year-old woman was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Neither her identity nor the 76-year-old man's was released. A two-hour standoff with police and Park County sheriff's deputies Monday began after the woman left a camper at an RV park and sought help at a gas station. The woman says her boyfriend shot her during an argument. Police approaching the camper say they heard what sounded like a gunshot. They later used a robot to confirm the man inside died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.