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Kidnapping suspect returned to Wyoming

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man suspected of abducting and assaulting an 11-year-old girl has been returned to Cody, Wyo., to face charges.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin announced Wednesday evening that 39-year-old Jesse Paul Speer of Manhattan had been transported from the Gallatin County jail to Wyoming to face charges.

Prosecutors allege Speer forced the Cody girl into his SUV at gunpoint on Oct. 8 then assaulted and abandoned her outside of town. The girl was found by hunters driving through the mountainous area.

Speer was arrested Saturday in Belgrade. He waived extradition during a court hearing in Bozeman on Monday.

Speer and his former wife lived in Colorado for about five years before moving to Montana in 2008.


Wyoming Treasurer Joe Meyer to lie in state

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Treasurer Joe Meyer will lie in state at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne on Thursday.

Meyer died earlier this month at age 71. He also served as Wyoming secretary of state and state attorney general.

Gov. Matt Mead will lay a wreath in Meyer’s honor at a ceremony that will start at 10:30 a.m. Mead and other officials will present remarks.

Meyer will lie in state from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. His funeral is scheduled for Friday in Cheyenne.


Gov. Mead appoints PSC member

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Bill Russell to a seat on the Wyoming Public Service Commission.

The PSC regulates public utilities that provide services to consumers in Wyoming. Russell must be confirmed by the State Senate.

Russell will replace Cindy Lewis, who recently resigned.

Russell has been an assistant attorney general with the state since 2001. He was an officer in the Air Force from 1975 to 1998. He received his law degree from the University of Wyoming.


North Dakota company buying 3 Nebraska dealerships

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — North Dakota-based Titan Machinery Inc. says it’s buying three CaseIH agriculture equipment dealerships in Nebraska.

Titan, of West Fargo, N.D., says it is acquiring Toner’s Inc., which operates Toner’s in Grand Island, Red Line Equipment in Broken Bow and Ord Equipment in Ord.

The deal is expected to close around the beginning of November. Terms are not being disclosed.

Titan owns and operates a network of agricultural and construction equipment dealerships in the United States and Europe. With the acquisition of Toner’s, Titan Machinery will have 102 North American dealerships. They are in Montana and eight other states.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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