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Submitted by Newsroom on October 8, 2012 – 1:20 pmNo Comment

INJURY COLLISSION

Man fails to report injury collision

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

DUBOIS, Wyo. — Local authorities say a man from Dubois failed to report an injury traffic collision over the weekend. 20-year-old Kayleb Leseberg has been cited in connection to the incident.

According to the Fremont County Sheriff’s report, Leseberg was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger when it overturned on Soda Springs Drive in Dubois sometime overnight Saturday to Sunday and one of his two passengers was injured.

The men fled the scene and later returned to tow away the vehicle. However, one of the passengers later received care at the Riverton hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. That’s when the sheriff’s department was contacted and began investigating the incident.

GATOR CAPTURE

Alligator caught outside trailer court

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — In a separate case, altogether, we’re hearing that sheriff’s deputies are looking for the owner of a pet alligator found Sunday night in a yard outside Gardens North trailer courts. The person who reported the find said the animal was hissing. According to the sheriff’s report, the reptile was captured without incident, put in a plastic container and taken into custody.

LAND CLEANUP

Scout spearheads public land clean-up

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CASPER, Wyo. — In news coming from the state Lands and Investment office, we’ve learned that a teenager from Casper rallied about 40 friends from his school, church and local community to clean up a heavily abused parcel of state trust land 16 miles southwest of Casper for his Eagle Scout Project.

Eagle Scout Trash Pick-up Project

17-year-old Nate Hanley told land commissioners recently that he planned, organized and carried out the work on Saturday, Sept. 29. He said Casper area business owners were central to his efforts by providing donations of shovels, rakes, trash bags, work gloves, bottled water and gift cards. A local waste collection business volunteered equipment to remove the trash, which came to more than 7 tons, and included tires, propane tanks, shell casings, appliances and furniture.

Land managers say the parcel Hanley focused on has seen a history of abuse. The parcel was cleaned up by 225 volunteers in the spring of 2006 at which time nearly 57,000 pounds of trash was removed, along with 14,520 pounds of scrap iron.

In recognition of his efforts, the student received a certificate from Wyoming’s Gov. Matt Mead on behalf of the Land Commission Board. The governor said the Eagle Scout’s clean-up project was an inspiration and reminder to others that we can make a difference.

From information provided by the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments

Gov. Matt Mead and Nate Hanley

RISING GAS PRICES

Wyoming’s rising gas price still lower than national average

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – The national fuel tracking website GasBuddy.com says the state’s average retail price of a gallon of gas went up a penny over the past week to $3.68 cents a gallon Sunday, but is still 12 cents lower than the national average of $3.80.

The website tracks the lowest price in Fremont County, right now, as $3.65 at the Safeway store in Lander. It records Riverton’s high low as $3.75 to $3.91. No prices were reported for Dubois.

According to GasBuddy, prices Sunday were 16.4 cents per gallon higher than the say time a year ago and 7.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 1.3 cents during the past month and stands at 37.2 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.

The company’s senior analyst Patrick DeHaan said he doesn’t expect prices to move significantly higher or lower throughout the week.

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