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Janos and Hildegard Volgyesi and their young daughter Ildiko came to the United States from Germany decades ago for the same reason as many immigrants.

September 05, 2013 8:38 am

Life without parole

Teen killers accept deal to conclude murder case

It was the night of March 2 when Thomas Volgyesi got the phone call that would overturn his life: his sister Ildiko Freitas, mother Hildegard Volgyesi and father Janos Volgyesi had been shot dead in Clark.

“How does one even begin to process the news that your loved ones are gone due to murder?” Thomas Volgyesi, of California, asked in Park County’s District Courtroom on Tuesday.

“How could I even begin to take the loss of a love one and multiply that by three?" he said. My whole family — the only family I’ve ever known — just gone.”

Two 19-year-old Cody men have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering three Clark residents in March.

August 29, 2013 7:32 am

Deal reached in Clark murders

Plea agreements mean death penalty will not be sought

Six months after the murder of three Clark residents, the two 19-year-old Cody men charged with the crimes are poised to accept plea agreements.

The two young Cody men charged with murdering three Clark residents back in March are set to be sentenced next week.

A woman wanted on dozens of warrants in Utah, Alabama and Wyoming is back in police custody.

Jamie Cleghorn, 34, was recaptured Monday by Layton, Utah, police. Layton Police Sgt. Alex Davis said a detective was tipped off by an anonymous citizen that Cleghorn was in the area.

August 22, 2013 9:12 am

Fires rage across region

Firefighter injured, homes evacuated, threatened as smoke makes way into Powell Valley

Disruptive wildfires continued to burn across Wyoming and southern Montana Wednesday.

Fires forced the evacuation of several homes and a resort near Red Lodge, Mont., on Tuesday and the temporary closure of one of Yellowstone National Park’s major roads.

The two wildfires are among roughly a dozen burning in the region and among many in the West that have brought smoke to Powell. The Rock Creek Fire started Tuesday afternoon several miles south of Red Lodge and quickly burned through 500 acres. One unidentified firefighter suffered non-life-threatening during the initial attack on the blaze. Three homes were evacuated and additional homeowners in the area were warned to be ready to leave.

An armed couple sought by U.S. Marshals led a Wyoming Highway patrolman on a high-speed chase last month that ended only after their car got stuck and an attempt to hide in a creek failed.

Police say Nicole Rae Presfield, 32, and Raymond Lee Norcutt Sr., 57, gave fake names and fled after being pulled over for speeding on July 17 on Wyoming Highway 120 between Thermopolis and Meeteetse.

August 22, 2013 8:56 am

Panther golfers ready to tee it up

Powell High School has some big golf shoes to fill after losing three All-State players to graduation.

The golf teams — which start their competitive season today (Thursday) — are coming off a 2012 campaign in which the girls took second in Class 3A (also winning the Class 3A West Conference Tournament) while the boys finished third at state and runner-up at conference.

“We lost five seniors total ... so with those spots to fill, people may not have the same expectations of us here at the beginning of the year,” said PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand. “But I look for us to just try to get better each week throughout the season and hopefully — if we can be playing our best at the end, having conference at home — maybe we can have some of that same success that we had last year.”

Not as injured as previously thought

A woman wanted on dozens of warrants in Utah and Wyoming — including one from Powell — is again at large after being released from a Salt Lake City hospital on Wednesday.

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