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CJ Baker

July 06, 2012 8:27 am

Boy dies in South Fork accident

A 9-year-old Utah boy apparently died in the South Fork of the Shoshone River on Monday after being thrown into the water by a horse.

Tyler Hatch of Eagle Mountain, Utah, was attempting to cross an upper portion of the South Fork river near Fall Creek when he was thrown from his horse and swept downstream, said Park County Sheriff Scott Steward in a Thursday news release.

July 06, 2012 8:26 am

Fire restrictions implemented

Commission cites ‘extreme’ fire danger

Fireworks, controlled burns of agricultural fields and other open fires are banned on many Park County lands until further notice.

The Park County Commission unanimously passed a resolution at its Tuesday meeting restricting the use of fire on “unimproved” land in Park County due to “extreme” fire danger.

County likely to adopt fire restrictions starting July 5

Park County will likely restrict fires on private land following the July 4 holiday, and officials are urging folks to be extremely careful about using any fireworks over the holiday, given the high fire danger.

In Park County, fireworks are only legal to use if deployed on private property outside of city limits with the landowner’s permission, said Deputy County Fire Warden Sam Wilde.

Three Colorado Boy Scouts, their Scout leader and a toddler were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Saturday morning south of Meeteetse.

It was the region’s deadliest crash in four and a half years.

Opponents of the Copperleaf subdivision in Wapiti kept the development tied up in court for years with claims that the county improperly allowed it to go forward. Now, the county is taking the subdivision’s owners to court.

Cody police are asking for help from the public to find and identify an individual or individuals who robbed a credit union and a bank this (Tuesday) morning.

Alleged he was in contact with children

Prosecutors allege that a former Clark resident recently convicted of bizarrely abusing his three children and put on probation has already violated the terms of his release — and they now want him sent to prison.

It will be at least another nine months before a Cody man charged in connection with the Feb. 26 murder of his wife will be put on trial.

At a hearing last Wednesday, District Court Judge Robert Skar set a tentative March 15, 2013 trial date for the first-degree murder case against 29-year-old Myron J. Friday. However, there’s another case already scheduled for March 15 at the Park County Courthouse, so if that matter is not settled and goes to trial, Friday’s trial will wait until May 20.

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.