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CJ Baker

A Park County man has been charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Christopher L. Swartwood, 34, made his initial appearance on the felony charge in a U.S. district courtroom in Lander on Wednesday, said John Powell, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wyoming.

Federal agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms arrested Swartwood around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday following a search of his South Fork home on Bartlett Lane, said Park County Sheriff Scott Steward.

Travelers along the Beartooth Highway this summer may be asked to pause their trip and answer a few questions about their travels on the road.

Dems nowhere to be found

Republicans have lined up to run for the Wyoming Legislature and the Park County Commission, but there will be only one contested race in the city of Powell.

A woman accused of stealing items from more than a dozen different cars in Powell and Lovell has pleaded guilty to burglary.

Lori Viarengo, 33, entered the plea on Friday through her court-appointed attorney, Brigita Krisjansons of Cody. Krisjansons told District Court Judge Steven Cranfill that the plea — along with a planned guilty plea to a separate burglary charge in Big Horn County — is part of an agreement with prosecutors that calls for Viarengo to receive five to seven years in prison.


Federal prosecutors have alleged that Powell Valley Healthcare’s former CEO conspired with an accomplice to embezzle nearly $848,000 from the healthcare organization in 2011. Now, they’re reportedly preparing to charge the two men with additional crimes in Indiana.

The Park County Attorney’s Office contends that a Cody man should be put to death in connection with the February murder of his wife.

Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric filed notice on May 23 that his office plans to seek the death penalty in its first-degree murder case against 29-year-old Myron J. Friday.

Documentary features Meeteetse man

A young Cody filmmaker has won $25,000 toward his next project after taking top honors in the Wyoming Film Office’s 2012 Short Film Contest.

The 15-minute film was not the one Preston Randolph initially set out to make. It was only with about a week to go before the April 4 contest deadline that it became clear that actors’ schedules and other issues simply weren’t going to come together for the project he’d been planning.

Damning emails from Dr. Schneider uncovered

An embattled local neurosurgeon has settled allegations that he was behind a mass mailing that falsely disparaged a fellow surgeon, but court records say other investigations into his actions remain pending.
Attorneys for the target of the disparaging mailing, Dr. Jimmie Biles of Cody, told a U.S. District Court judge on Friday that they have reached a settlement with the three individuals they’d accused of conspiring to mail it: Dr. John H. Schneider Jr., his wife Michelle, and Indiana resident Lisa Shaurette Fallon.

A couple has settled a lawsuit against their gas company over the 2006 explosion of their Powell home.
Former Powell residents Jared and Lynne Collins alleged in a February 2010 lawsuit that Montana Dakota Utilities personnel had negligently failed to detect a leaking gas line the couple had left open.

Yes, the area around the Sleeping Giant Ski Area is good grizzly bear habitat, and yes, it’s a popular place for the bears.
But Shoshone National Forest managers say that doesn’t mean the slope is off-limits for a summer zip line course.

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