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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.

June 05, 2012 8:21 am

Candidates line up for races

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.

MORE CHARGES POSSIBLE IN INDIANA

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.

May 15, 2012 8:38 am

Dr. Biles reaches settlement

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.