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Judge: Man must face charges in sons’ deaths

WHEATLAND, Wyo. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered a Wheatland man to answer charges that he killed his three sons and his brother.

Circuit Judge Randal Arp ruled that the state’s case against 36-year-old Everett Conant III is strong enough that he must face the four murder charges in district court.

Prosecutors accuse Conant of shooting and killing his sons — ages 11, 13 and 18 — and his 33-year-old brother in July. He’s also charged with attempted murder in the wounding of his wife.

Court proceedings against Conant had been on hold since this summer while he underwent a mental evaluation at the state hospital in Evanston. Conant’s lawyers now say they’re not contesting that he’s competent to face the charges.


Man killed when train hits his truck near Casper

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Natrona County authorities say a man was killed when a train hit his pickup truck northwest of Casper.

Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Sellers says the man, whose name has not been released, was headed north on County Road 121 when a train struck the vehicle just after 5 a.m. Monday.

The man was the only one in the truck, and no other injuries were reported.

Few other details were released, and the sheriff’s office continues to investigate the accident.


ND, WY women killed in car crash in northwest SD

LUDLOW, S.D. (AP) — A woman from North Dakota and a woman from Wyoming died in a weekend car crash in South Dakota.

The Highway Patrol says 21-year-old Samantha Vogel of Lincoln, N.D., was driving a car that collided with a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 85 near the northwest South Dakota town of Ludlow. She was killed, along with a passenger in her vehicle, 61-year-old Judith Hampton of Newcastle, Wyo.

The Texas driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries in the crash late Sunday afternoon.


Hunters find frozen body in snow near Jackson

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A frozen body found near Jackson has been identified as that of a 59-year-old man from Dallas.

Hunters found the body partially buried in snow Saturday morning above Cache Creek, and authorities identified the man Monday as David Wayne Percival.

Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Stanyon says he suspects the man died of either natural causes or an accident.

Percival looked to be prepared for a day-hike but it’s not known what he was doing in the area. The spot where he was found is about 1,300 feet above the Cache Creek parking area but it’s not near any established trail.

An autopsy was performed Monday, but no other information was released.


Wyoming snowpack surges in last week

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s statewide snowpack surged in the past week.

The National Resources Conservation Service in Casper reported Monday that the amount of water in Wyoming’s overall snowpack jumped to 110 percent of average last week.

That is up from the previous week’s 95 percent of average.

The Powder-Tongue river drainage in northern Wyoming had the highest average in the state at 141 percent this past week, followed by the Upper Yellowstone at 125 percent.

This season’s snowfall water equivalent is slightly ahead of last year at this time, when it was 101 percent over average.


Record breaking trout caught in north Wyo. canals

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — The East Yellowstone Chapter of Trout Unlimited has rescued a record number of stranded trout from irrigation canals in northern Wyoming this fall.

Nearly 5,200 trout were caught recently by volunteers, placed temporarily in a tank and then released in the Shoshone River.

Bob Capron of East Yellowstone Trout Unlimited says the organization’s previous high trout rescue catch total was just over 4,000.


Wyoming wind farm builder wins lawsuit

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The contractor hired to build three wind farms in Converse and Carbon counties has won a $1.4 million judgment against a dirt subcontractor for construction delays and costs.

A federal jury recently sided with Tetra Tech EC Inc. in its case against California-based Jerry Herling Construction Inc.

The jury determined that Jerry Herling Construction breached its contract by failing to pay its vendors.

Some of those vendors are Wyoming businesses.

Tetra Tech is based in Pasadena, Calif.

PacifiCorp hired Tetra Tech in early 2008 to build the Glenrock and Rolling Hills wind farms in Converse County, and the Seven Mile Hill wind farm in Carbon County.


Wyoming QB named MW offensive player of week

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming freshman quarterback Brett Smith has been named the Mountain West Conference offensive player of the week for his performance last Saturday against New Mexico.

It is the second time this season Smith has received the award.

Smith rushed for a career high 140 yards and passed for 212 for 352 yards of total offense in leading Wyoming to its seventh win of the season and bowl-eligible status.

He scored two rushing touchdowns — one from 10 yards out and the other a 69-yard gallop that was the longest offensive play of the season for the Cowboys. His two rushing TDs both came in the fourth quarter.

Smith also threw a 26-yard TD.


Smith praised for having the ‘it’ factor

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Players, coaches and analysts all agree that Wyoming freshman quarterback Brett Smith has what is simply referred to as “it.”

Through 10 games, Smith has shown that he has “it,” even if it’s tough to agree on one definition for the term.

Fellow teammates note Smith’s toughness, competitiveness and leadership skills on the field.

Through 10 games, Smith has completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 2,226 yards with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions.

He’s also posted 518 rushing yards with a team-high 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Former NFL draft pick Kelly Stouffer says Smith seems to have an almost intrinsic, natural understanding of the game and is doing things that are advanced for his age.


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