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Submitted by Newsroom on April 5, 2013 – 1:35 pmNo Comment

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HEADLINES: Expo features tomatoes, trees, birds, bugs … Carnival features bounce house, bingo, bail … Bath gets probation for bank robbery … Affidavit connects Jagers arrest with missing Riverton man case …..

Written, Produced, Broadcast by KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

Expo features tomatoes, trees, birds, bugs

LANDER — Sherry Shelley of Riverton said this Saturday’s Gardening and Backyard Living Expo planned for Lander will be a great place to bring the family to enjoy locally grown food and learn about tomatoes, trees, birds and bugs. Those are just some of the topics to be discussed in the free classes. She said people will learn what tomatoes and trees grow best in this area, how to raise chickens and what they can do to keep away those pesky insects.

To hear more about the expo – CLICK HERE

The event runs from 9-3 at the Lander High School field house, with classes held on the hour from 10-2. In addition to the locally grown food and classes, there will also be booths to browse through set up by commercial vendors, along with concessions and an activity area for the kids.

To hear more about the activities  — CLICK HERE

She said the expo is a joint production put on by four organizations. They are Fremont Local Foods, the Popo Agie Conservation District, Central Wyoming College and the extension office of the University of Wyoming.

To hear the details about the individual classes, listen News Director Leslie Stratmoen’s interview with Sherry Shelley that aired live this morning on the Chit Chat showCLICK HERE

Carnival features bounce house, bingo, bail

RIVERTON — In Riverton, anywhere from 500-800 people are expected to show up at this weekend’s 4-H Carnival at the county fairgrounds off South Federal Boulevard. That’s based on the number that’s turned out in past years, according to organizer Alex Malcolm of the local University of Wyoming Extension Office.

The annual carnival that raises money for the local 4-H clubs is set for Saturday night, from 5-9. The event features games for the whole family like ring toss and bowling and Malcolm says the kids can even feed the elephant.

He explains –  CLICK HERE

There’s no cost to get in, but Malcolm says if you want to play any games or enjoy the other attractions like the bounce house, bingo, pillow fight, dunk-tank or put a friend in the mock jail, that’ll cost you – 20 cents a ticket or five for a dollar.

And, he said, families could make the carnival their dinner destination, because there will be chili dogs, nachos, cotton candy and popcorn; and win money. There will be a balloon-pop for $5 a choice, with balloons holding a variety of bills, from a dollar up to a one-hundred dollar bill.

To hear more about the carnival, listen to News Director Leslie Stratmoen’s interview with Alex Malcolm that aired live this morning on the Chit Chat showCLICK HERE

Bath gets probation for bank robbery

RIVERTON – A local man accused of robbing a bank has been sentenced to probation. Nicholas Shane Bath of Riverton was sentenced this week to five years of supervised probation, with the first four months to be served on house arrest. He was further ordered to pay restitution of $24,000.

The sentence was handed down by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal. The report comes from the US Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne.

Spokesman John Powell of the U.S. Attorney’s Office told our news partner that the federal charges stemmed from destroying and stealing money from an ATM owned by a federally insured bank and attempting to break into another. Powell said Bath and another man went on a “bit of a crime spree” in 2009. He said Bath had already served time for state charges. Powell said he believed the ATMs in question were in the Riverton area.

The case was investigated by both the Shoshoni and Riverton police departments, along with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and FBI.

Affidavit connects Jagers arrest with missing Riverton man case

RIVERTON — We now have an update on the arrest made earlier in the week of a man connected to a case of a missing man that dates back to the 1970s. Fremont County Attorney Michael Bennett told KVOW/KTAK that James Jagers of Ohio had been arrested on felony charges of theft of an automobile.

Now, according to an affidavit acquired by our news partner, we’ve discovered more specifically that it was the Fremont County Attorney’s office that charged the 66-year-old man with grand larceny and theft of the automobile. Each of which are felony charges, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

According to the affidavit, the stolen car was a 1966 Ford LTD that belonged to Larry Marvin Morris of Riverton who went missing in 1974. The 25-year-old was last seen in Riverton on April 27 of that year planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park on his way to a job in Oklahoma.

The Riverton police detective who provided the affidavit report says Jagers had been interviewed many times over the years as a possible suspect. He’d been released by a Colorado prison the month before the Riverton man went missing. And his cell mate Jack Lincoln escaped from the same prison just three days before Morris went missing.

They were connected to the missing man because they were eventually arrested for using the missing man’s credit cards and were in possession of his car. But details have still not been released about why it took so long to make the arrest.


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