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Man With Bad Footwear Choice Wanted For Passing Counterfeit Money in Rock Springs

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It’s bad enough that someone in Rock Springs chose to pass a counterfeit $100 bill. But to do so wearing sandals shows very poor decision-making abilities.

The Rock Springs Police Department is not looking for him because he wore sandals but they are asking for the public’s help in identifying him because passing counterfeit money is against the law.

The department said the individual is a white man in his 30’s, about 5’10, some facial hair, a light colored shirt, blue jeans, and hideous footwear.

The public is asked to contact Officer Joey Machado at 307.352.1575 with information on the suspect. Messaging the police department’s Facebook page is ok as well.

The Rock Springs Police Department reminds the community that all suspects are presumed innocent until their case has been adjudicated in a court of law.

In related news, sandals should never be worn by men.

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Children Cause $60K In Damage At Mills Elementary School

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The public is being asked to help identify a number of children in the Mills area believed to have caused more than $60,000 in damages to a permanently closed school over the summer.

The Mills Police Department posted information about the damage caused and photos of the children on its Facebook page Monday.

The department said over the summer, the Mountain View School was flooded with water, multiple items were stolen and numerous fixtures were destroyed.

Mountain View has been closed since the end of the school year in 2018, although the small town fought the decision with a lawsuit, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

It was one of four schools in the Natrona County area deemed “small and inefficient.” Around 150 students attended Mountain View before its closing.

Anyone providing information leading to the successful prosecution and conviction of the suspects is eligible for a $1,500 reward. Tips can be submitted at 307-266-4796.

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Gillette Man Accused of Assaulting, Kidnapping & Leaving Wife Naked in Walmart Parking Lot

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Republished with permission from County 17 News

A Gillette man was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping his wife and leaving her naked in the Walmart parking lot, where she sought help from store employees.

John Jesse Crump, 37, was arrested for domestic assault, domestic battery and kidnapping, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the Campbell County Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial Court on Monday, Sept. 14.

Gillette Police Department (GPD) officers responded to a call from Walmart staff around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, reporting that a naked woman had run to a door of the business screaming for help.

She was completely nude and appeared to have been assaulted, staff told police, according to court documents.

The victim told police that her husband had allegedly assaulted her and dropped her off without clothing or undergraments in the Walmart parking lot in an attempt to embarrass her, per the affidavit.

The victim stated that the fight had begun earlier in the evening after the couple met with friends at Boot Hill Legendary Steakhouse and Nightclub, where Crump reportedly became intoxicated while she remained sober as the designated driver.

On the way home later that evening, the victim said that Crump allegedly began arguing with her over past issues in their marriage, stating that he wanted her to “pack her belongings and move out.”

In an attempt to deescalate the situation, the victim said she told him that it was late and that they should discuss it in the morning, per the affidavit.

As they drove home on Middle Prong Road, Crump allegedly asked his wife to pull over, so that he could relieve himself.

When she did, he allegedly demanded that she get out of the truck and walk home, according to documents filed in the case. When she refused, Crump then reportedly got irate and walked around the vehicle to the driver’s side door, per the affidavit.

The victim reported being scared and said she would walk home but first needed to get her jacket from the back seat.

As she attempted to put on her jacket, Crump allegedly “wrestled” her to the ground, grabbed her by her hair and drug her back toward the truck, causing her back to bleed from road rash, court documents state.

He then reportedly proceeded to rip off all of her clothes and force her into the driver’s side backseat while he got behind the wheel and drove back toward Gillette.

Crump stopped at Walmart and told her to get out of the truck and said that he’d allegedly intended to embarrass her and hoped that someone would cause her harm. She managed to run to the front door where store staff let her in and offered her a robe, per the affidavit.

Crump then allegedly parked his vehicle in an adjacent parking lot, walked over to Walmart and attempted to enter the store as officers apprehended him and transported him to the Campbell County Detention Center.

He was arraigned on Sept. 15, where he was given a “no plea” by the Circuit Court Judge and released on a $50,000 bond. If convicted, Crump could face up to 20 years in prison.

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Woman Stabbed Multiple Times; Cheyenne Man To Be Charged With Attempted Murder After

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A Cheyenne man was arrested on Sunday morning after allegedly stabbing a woman multiple times at a local residence.

According to a statement from the Cheyenne Police Department, Anthony Brassard, 29, faces charges of attempted murder in connection with the incident.

At 3:40 a.m. Sunday, the Cheyenne Police Department’s SWAT team was called to the residence for a domestic violence call where they found a woman who had been stabbed.

The police department said she was transported to the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center where she is listed in serious condition.

Brassard barricaded himself in a bedroom and was unresponsive to the SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team, the statement said.

According to the police department’s Facebook post, the suspect “put on a tactical vest and refused to negotiate.”

“SWAT introduced gas and took the suspect in custody without incident,” the post reads.

The police department is collecting evidence at the scene and is not expected to update the story until Monday.

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Chase Suspects Fire Weapons at Wyoming Highway Patrol Before Barricading Themselves in Northern Colorado

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On August 27, 2020, at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Wyoming Highway Patrol was pursuing a vehicle southbound on Interstate 25 into Colorado/Larimer County.

The trooper believed the man and woman inside the vehicle were involved in some type of physical disturbance with each other while the vehicle was moving.

During the vehicle pursuit, both the male driver and female passenger allegedly fired weapons at the pursuing troopers. The troopers were not injured.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies say the department joined the pursuit as it continued westbound on Owl Canyon Road (CR70).

The pursuit then turned southbound on Terry Lake Road (CR15/HWY1) where the driver allegedly rammed the closed garage door of a home near the 8800 block with his vehicle causing significant damage to the home.

The pursuit continued southbound and ended around 12:00 p.m. near the intersection of E. Douglas Road (CR54) and Terry Lake Road.

Deputies say the man and woman drove their vehicle into the closed garage door of a nearby residence which allowed them to unlawfully enter the home. The sole resident of the home was able to safely escape.

Deputies and troopers set a perimeter around the home as the Larimer County Regional SWAT Team responded.

An Everbridge Emergency notification was sent to the immediate area alerting residents to the law enforcement activity and asked them to stay inside their homes.

Larimer County Regional SWAT hostage negotiators successfully convinced the man and woman to surrender. The man and woman exited the home and were taken into custody round 6:30 p.m. without incident.

Katelyn Sidney Bohl (04/26/1993) of Edmond, OK and Jesse Allan Spahr (11/14/1982) of Oklahoma City, OK were booked into the Larimer County Jail on the following allegations:

Attempted 1st Degree Murder of Peace Officer (Class 2 Felony) Attempted 1st Degree Assault (Class 4 Felony) Spahr was also booked on: Possession of Weapon by Previous Offender (Class 6 Felony) Eluding (Class 5 Felony) Felony Criminal Mischief Outstanding felony warrants from Oklahoma.

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Wyoming AMBER Alert Canceled Due To Baby Boy Being Found Safe

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Wyoming AMBER Alert was canceled after the missing child, a six-month-old boy, was found safe on Tuesday morning.

The Montana Department of Justice announced Tuesday that Lucas Warner was found safe after being kidnapped by his biological father over the weekend.

Not much information was provided, other than that the Lincoln County, Montana, Sheriff’s Office found the baby Tuesday morning.

According to MTN News, law enforcement officers believed the abduction was planned by Warner’s non-custodial father, Andrew Warner, and babysitter Hayli Emerson.

An AMBER Alert was sent out late Saturday evening across multiple states, including Wyoming. The alert said Andrew Warner was reportedly bipolar and off his medication, and that Lucas was believed to be in danger as a court determined that Andrew Warner was an unfit parent.

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Wyoming Supreme Court Rejects Convicted Killer Gerald Lee Uden’s Appeal

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s Supreme Court has dismissed the latest appeal of a man who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife and two adopted sons in Fremont County.

The court, reviewing the case of convicted murderer Gerald Lee Uden, said it lacked jurisdiction over a lower court’s decision to dismiss Uden’s request to have his record cleared because of his discovery of new evidence.

Uden pleaded guilty in 2013 to three charges of first-degree murder filed in the 1980 murders of his ex-wife Virginia and adopted sons Reagan and Richard.

Uden told investigators he shot the three and then hid their bodies, first in old gold mines in Fremont County and then by putting them in barrels and then sinking the barrels in Fremont Lake.

At about the same time, Uden’s wife at the time of the murders, Alice Uden, was herself convicted of murdering her third husband in the 1970s. Their story was detailed in the book “Alice and Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story” by true crime author Ron Franscell, a former Wyoming newspaper publisher.

The Udens were incarcerated at the same institution — the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington — and Alice Uden died last year. 

After Alice Uden’s death, Gerald Uden began efforts to exonerate himself.

Uden filed a petition with a state district court seeking to have his conviction dismissed under the Wyoming “Factual Innocence Act.” Under the act, if a person convicted of a crime can offer new factual evidence that proves their innocence, the person can be exonerated.

However, the state district court found that Uden only offered transcripts of his trial and guilty plea, not new evidence that might prove his innocence. As a result, the district court dismissed Uden’s request.

Uden appealed the dismissal to the Supreme Court, but a unanimous court ruled since his request was only dismissed and not denied, it has no jurisdiction over the issue.

The Supreme Court said Uden is free to file another request with the district court. As a result, the dismissal is not a final order that can be appealed to the Supreme Court, Justice Lynne Boomgaarden wrote.

“If Mr. Uden could credibly document the existence of newly discovered evidence that establishes a bona fide issue of his factual innocence, he would be free to file a petition that satisfied all of the (Factual Innocence) Act’s requirements,” she wrote. “Anything short of that, however, would again be subject to dismissal following the court’s initial review.”

In a footnote, Boomgaarden wrote that given Uden’s detailed admissions in court, it might be difficult for him to prove his innocence.

“We agree with the district court that it is difficult to imagine how Mr. Uden could credibly assert a bona fide factual innocence claim given his detailed admissions as to how and why he murdered his ex-wife and sons,” the footnote said.

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Lander Man Arrested in Michigan; Charged With Trying to Run Over Someone With Truck

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It was not a good night for a 49-year-old man from Lander, Wyoming.

The Michigan State Police said the unnamed man was jailed on Saturday night in Beulah, Michigan, for trying to run someone over with his pickup truck.

The arrested individual said someone tried to steal his truck and he was just trying to get it back.

The alleged truck thief disputes that, however, telling a Michigan newspaper he was merely trying to turn the radio down.

“A 47-year-old Silverdale, Washington, resident, woke to the blaring of early morning music on the street outside. He rose from bed and ventured out to find the Wyoming man’s seemingly abandoned pickup parked in the middle of the road with its driver’s side door open, lights on and radio blasting,” the newspaper reported.

He told the police that he reached inside the truck, turned the music down and put the keys on the front seat.

“He turned to head back to bed, but didn’t get far before a man ran at him screaming,” the reports reads. “The Washington man dialed 911 and made a run for it with the Wyoming man at his heels.”

Investigators told the news outlet that Wyoming man chased the Washington man on foot before getting into the truck and continuing the chase in his truck.

A Michigan TV station reported that the Wyoming man was found by troopers lying next to his damaged pickup truck. The state police said he wasn’t injured by was merely “resting.”

The Wyoming man is now facing a felonious assault charge.

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Cheyenne Woman Arrested After Shooting At Boyfriend

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Cheyenne woman was arrested Sunday afternoon after firing a handgun at her boyfriend.

According to a release from the Cheyenne Police Department, officers were dispatched to a Cheyenne home around 4 p.m. Sunday in reference to a report of shots fired.

Due to the nature of the call and all parties involved retreating back into the residence and refusing to come out, the SWAT team and crisis negotiation unit were called in.

Both parties eventually came out of the residence without incident.

It was found that after a verbal altercation, Brenda Sutton allegedly fired a handgun at her boyfriend, although the round didn’t strike him.

She was taken into custody on scene and transported to the Cheyenne Public Safety Center, where she was interviewed. She was found to have a warrant in Laramie County for failure to appear in court on an original charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Sutton was booked on the warrant on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Man Breaks Into University Of Wyoming Apartment, Flees

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The University of Wyoming Police Department is on the lookout for a man who broke into a university apartment late Monday night, according to an alert sent out by UW around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A man was seen coming into the apartment through a kitchen window. When confronted, he left the area on foot.

He’s described as a white man, around 40 years old, 5-foot-9 with a slightly heavy build and dirty blond hair. He was wearing a dark shirt and dark trucker hat.

The suspect hasn’t been identified, and the report is under investigation by the UW Police Department.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Laramie Police Department (307-721-2526) or UWPD (307-766-5179).

As a safety precaution, it is recommended that students always keep all windows and doors locked.

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