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CJ Baker

Police have arrested a Powell woman in connection with a rash of thefts from parked vehicles here and in Lovell last week.

Lori A. Viarengo, 33, was arrested Thursday night and charged with two felony counts of auto burglary. On Monday, Viarengo was being held on $15,000 cash bail.

Defense asks if state will seek death penalty

A 28-year-old accused of murdering his wife in Cody last month pleaded not guilty at a Monday court appearance.

Myron J. Friday has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 26 killing of his wife, 44-year-old Julie Friday.

Santorum win voided

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney came one delegate closer to clinching the Republican party’s nomination on Monday night, as Park County Republican Party officials reversed course and determined he should receive the county’s delegate to the Republican National Convention.

A Rick Santorum supporter had won a re-vote at this month’s Park County Convention, but those results were challenged by Romney’s campaign and supporters and the state party believed the results should be voided.

A judge has ruled that Park County prosecutors have enough evidence to proceed with a first-degree murder charge against a Cody man alleged to have killed his wife.

The case against Myron Friday, 28, was bound over to Park County’s District Court after a Monday afternoon hearing in front of Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters.

The state of Wyoming is more than tripling the maximum sentence for repeated drunken or impaired driving.

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Sam Krone, R-Cody — overwhelmingly passed by the Legislature last month and recently signed into law by Gov. Matt Mead — says offenders who drive while under the influence for a fourth or subsequent time in a decade can receive as much as seven years in prison.

The felony charge previously carried a maximum sentence of two years behind bars. Wyoming’s DUI laws apply to people who drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs.

Krone, a deputy Park County prosecuting attorney, took issue with the fact that two years was the most someone could get for repeated impaired driving, even if it was, say, a 12th offense.

A clean-up of the remains of a of home that exploded last summer is finally under way after more than half a year of uncertainty and frustration for the homeowner.

Allstate Insurance paid some of Mark Imsand’s claim for his destroyed Willwood area home in January, according to Imsand, and after some delays due to frost, he finalized a contract with Spomer Construction last week to clean up the rubble.

Santorum win challenged

The Wyoming Republican Party’s Presidential delegate selection process is, when running smoothly, complex and potentially confusing. But at Park County’s Republican convention Saturday, it was much more so.

Park County Republican Party officials initially declared a Rick Santorum delegate to the Republican National Convention the winner after a poll of convention delegates, then realized he hadn’t received a majority and announced they’d made a mistake.

A second run-off vote was then held and narrowly went to a Mitt Romney delegate, but those results were then voided because of errors in the way ballots were distributed and confusing instructions that resulted in one man apparently voting twice.

The Santorum delegate then narrowly won a third vote and was declared the winner — only to have Romney’s campaign launch a legal challenge.

Two consecutive losses at the Class 3A State Tournament ended the Powell High School girls basketball team’s season a little earlier than they would have liked.

PHS head Coach Luke Danforth said he was sorry to see the season end on losses to Rawlins (51-29) and Douglas (44-39), but pleased the Lady Panthers made it to state and put themselves in a spot to potentially win there.

Republican Presidential contender Rick Santorum has won the Park County Republican Party's delegate to the Republican National Convention, though former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's campaign is challenging his win.

A Cody woman representing the former Pennsylvania Senator won a 29-27 vote over a Cody man supporting Romney during the Park County GOP's convention on Saturday morning.

The vote was the morning's third and followed significant confusion in which Santorum was first announced the winner, then Romney, then finally Santorum.

Romney's campaign is contending that the second vote -- which Romney won 28-26 -- should have been accepted. The campaign's position is that holding a third vote was not in accordance with the party's rules, according to an email from a Romney lawyer read aloud by Park County Republican Chair Geri Hockhalter at the convention Saturday afternoon.

The Wyoming Republican Party posted on its Facebook page Saturday evening that the Park County's results were in "contested mode," "to be determined," and not considered final.

Romney had won Park County's straw poll last week, but it was non-binding.

A candidate needs 1,144 delegates at the national convention to secure the Republican party's nomination.

The Tribune will have more details in Tuesday's newspaper.

Citing evidence that his bloody footprints and cell phone were found at the scene, the Park County Attorney’s Office has charged 28-year-old Myron Friday with the murder of his wife in Cody.

Friday, 28, faces a count of first-degree murder in connection with the killing of 44-year-old Julie Friday on the night of Feb. 26.

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