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Judge finds probable cause to charge Wyoming man with murder
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming judge has found probable cause to pursue a first-degree murder charge against a Cheyenne man charged with killing his girlfriend in November. A preliminary hearing was held Friday for 45-year-old Joseph Underwood in the Nov. 1 death of 40-year-old Angela Elizondo. Prosecutors said Underwood told investigators that he had argued with Elizondo and she returned a ring he gave her. He said he blacked out and when he came to he was straddling her body. Defense attorneys said Underwood had brain injuries from a 1992 motorcycle crash and from shooting himself in the head during a standoff with police in 2014.
ROCK SPRINGS DEATHS
Authorities rule deaths of Wyoming couple as murder-suicide
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities in southwest Wyoming have ruled the deaths of a married couple as a murder-suicide. Rock Springs Police Department officials say 26-year-old Hunter Jeremy Sewell and 29-year-old Whitney Nicole Sewell were found dead in their home in Rock Springs on Dec. 16. A police statement issued Friday says they both died of a gunshot wound. The Rocket-Miner reported that investigators said the following day that there were no signs of any immediate threat to the public and no one else is considered a suspect in the case. Authorities say memorial services were held in December.
Ruling revives lawsuit over release of harassment report
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona court ruling revives an academic's lawsuit accusing the University of Arizona of breaching the confidentiality of a 2005 investigative report into harassment allegations against him. The Court of Appeals ruling says a trial judge erred in dismissing key parts of Timothy Slater's lawsuit stemming the 2010 release of the report to an astronomer under a public records request that the university later said was granted by mistake. Slater was an associate professor of astronomy for the Tucson-based school from 2001-2008. In 2015, a congresswoman read portions of the report into the congressional record to raise awareness about sexual harassment in university science departments.
WYOMING GOVERNOR-CLIMATE CHANGE
Wyoming governor: Carbon capture technology can help coal
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says he believes climate change is a man-made problem, but that addressing it doesn't have to come at the expense of fossil fuels. Gordon spoke Friday at the Wyoming Press Association banquet in Casper. He argued Wyoming could be ground zero at coming up with a solution for climate change He notes the University of Wyoming is researching carbon capture technologies and has received grants to study the feasibility of carbon sequestration and different ways of burning coal. Wyoming is the nation's top coal-producing state.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN PARK DEATHS
2 found dead in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park
ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) — Two people were found dead in Rocky Mountain National Park in north-central Colorado. Park officials were searching for a suicidal person on Friday afternoon and found that person's vehicle near Upper Beaver Meadows Road. Park rangers found the subject and another person deceased. Their bodies were turned over to the Larimer County Coroner's Office. Officials did not release any identifying information about the deceased individuals. Park officials said the coroner's office would be releasing their names and cause of death after an autopsy and after family members are notified.
Wyoming teen pleads guilty to bringing guns to school
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming teenager said his biological father had died just days before he brought two guns to his eighth-grade English class with what he said was an intent to threaten others. Dale Warner, now 15, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of possession of a deadly weapon and no contest to a charge of aggravated assault. He brought guns and ammunition to Sage Valley Junior High in Gillette in November 2018. He said he didn't know how to handle the pain of his biological father's death, so he took guns to school and tried to get arrested. He was disarmed after a classmate told the principal about the weapons.