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CJ Baker

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.

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.

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