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HEADLINES: Goodman gets probation for bank burglary … UW singers perform in Riverton … Local fire managers say don’t burn slash …..
Goodman gets probation for bank burglary
SHOSHONI — One of two men who could have spent years in prison for burglarizing a bank in Shoshoni four years ago has been sentenced to three years of supervised probation, with the first four months on house arrest. 35-year-old Joshua Goodman of Pavillion was also ordered to pay restitution of $24,000.
The plea hearing for his accomplice, Nicholas Bath of Riverton, has been set for March 18. The report is coming from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne. Bath faces 45 years in prison and $70,000 on charges of aggravated burglary, larceny and property destruction.
Goodman confessed to the crime that dates back to Sept. 14, 2009, then detailed the series of events through an affidavit that described a hunting expedition turned bank robbery. Goodman said he and his buddy, Bath, took off that morning to hunt jackrabbits on Muskrat Road near Shoshoni, but along the way decided to rob the Atlantic City Federal Credit Union. He said they disguised themselves with what they had – he put on his camouflage jacket and Bath wore a snowmobile face mask with his black hat and jacket.
He said they first tried to remove the ATM from the bank’s lobby, but realized it was bolted to the floor. So, he said, they went back to their vehicle for tools, including a Sawzall, which they used to break open the ATM and steal the cash box. He said Bath threw the cash box into a pond along Rendezvous Road.
They split the cash and went home, he said, then met up later that morning and took off in Bath’s vehicle for Portland, Ore. He said they spent part of the money on a two-day overnight at a motel before returning to Riverton.
By the time Goodman confessed, the Sawzall tool had already been seized from his property by the sheriff’s department in connection with another case. The tool was reported stolen the year before from the Hampton Inn Building Project in Riverton.
UW singers perform in Riverton
RIVERTON — Two all-male vocal music groups from the University of Wyoming will be in Riverton this month to perform. The two groups are the UW Singing Statesmen and The Happy Jacks. Their concert is set for Sunday, March 10, at 3 in the afternoon at the Arts Center auditorium at Central Wyoming College. The concert is sponsored by the college music department and the Arts in Action community organization. Tickets are $10, and $5 for students.
The Happy Jacks sing a cappella, which means without musical accompaniment. Members have been chosen from the larger men’s choir and Singing Statesmen at the university. They perform a wide range of hits that includes classics from the 1960s, along with more contemporary chart-toppers and original compositions. The Singing Statesmen is the university’s newest performance group, known for performing standard male chorus repertoire. The Statesmen have invited local high school singers and alumni to join them for three of the selections.
Local fire managers say don’t burn slash
DUBOIS – In the Wind River Mountains above Dubois, fire managers say brush fires that are intentionally set by land owners have become problems.
Ron Wempen of the Fremont County Firewise organization says weather conditions and high winds have already caused fires to escape and cause property damage. So, he’s urging residents in the area to take caution when burning slash this spring. Slash is typically an open tract in a forest that’s strewn with debris.
He went on to say that the current snow depths in many areas just aren’t sufficient enough this year to prevent fires from escaping into surrounding vegetation. It’s that exposed, fully cured vegetation that is now at the most vulnerable state for fire ignition and rapid fire spread.
Even with small amounts of snow on the ground, he said the exposed portion of grasses and sagebrush will ignite and burn easily. So, he said, if you decide to conduct a burn, notify the sheriff’s office first, then firefighters won’t be called out on a false alarm.
Then before burning check the weather forecast, prepare the area around the burn to keep the fire contained, have firefighting tools like shovels, rakes and water available, and stay with the burn until it’s out. And if your fire does burn out of control, call the local fire department, immediately.
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