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A woman who fished mail and checks out of post office bins around the state — and then forged them into $19,000 worth of personal checks — has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.

Stefani Ruland, 40, was caught and arrested by Cody police in January as a result of cooperation between several agencies, including the Johnson and Sheridan county sheriff’s offices and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

July 31, 2014 7:35 am

Sheriff’s race heats up

The candidates for Park County Sheriff took some shots at one another during a Monday night forum in Clark.

Park County Sheriff Scott Steward’s two challengers — Deputy Bruce Olson and former deputy Roger Dunn — said the sheriff’s leadership is lacking, while Steward shot back that they were inventing problems.

Six of the eight Republican candidates for the Park County Commission sparred at a forum in Cody last week, with their views on federal lands emerging as a topic of contention.

Each made their pitches to voters during the July 15 forum hosted by the Park County Republican Women.

It seemed like a great cause to support.

In 2007, horse advocates gave a rural Park County woman about $3,500 to save a group of equines from slaughter and fix the eyesight of a rescued animal.

But prosecutors say that’s not what Catherine M. Petersen did with the money, using deceit to solicit the donations.

The education of a few dozen students in Yellowstone National Park may again be in doubt.

A group of Park County officials have called a July 21 meeting to reconsider their earlier recommendation to place the northern part of Yellowstone inside the Powell school district.

The state of Wyoming has given another big boost to a planned multi-use facility for the Park County Fairgrounds.

Gov. Matt Mead, Secretary of State Max Maxfield, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, Treasurer Mark Gordon and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill unanimously approved an additional $485,391 for the project last week.

Park County officials have cleared the way for the state of Wyoming to begin paying for the education of students living in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park.

The Park County District Boundary Board — made up of the five county commissioners, the assessor and treasurer — voted grudgingly but unanimously June 5 to recommend that the Powell school district be expanded to include the northern part of the park.

Police have concluded there was no attempted abduction last week.

The two 12-year-old girls initially told police that, on the night of May 28, they’d fought off a man near Northwest College after he grabbed them and tried to pull them to his truck. On Tuesday, however, the children admitted that hadn’t actually happened, said Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt.

After a trickle at the start, the filing period for the primary election closed with a flood of candidates.

Nine Republicans have entered the battle for three Park County Commission seats, three law enforcement professionals will compete to be Park County sheriff, another three contenders are in the mix for Park County clerk and a trio of local legislators have drawn challengers in the Republican primary.

Powell police are asking the community for help to find a man who reportedly tried to abduct a pair of 12-year-old girls on Wednesday night. Police and school officials are also urging parents to be alert and to review safety measures with their children in the wake of the incident.