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Submitted by rebecca on May 23, 2013 – 10:33 amNo Comment

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CASPER COPS

Casper mulling local version of “Cops”

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Casper is considering a local version of the reality show “Cops.”

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the city council was presented with an idea to have a public-access television show following Casper police officers as they do their jobs. Some episodes would follow other city jobs, such as firefighters and garbage collectors.

The show would be produced by an independent production company, Wolf Gang of Wyoming. The company currently produces the weekly television show “Wyoming Portraits.”

The council liked the idea for its expanded programming coming to Channel 3. The council is also considering using the channel to show notices of community activities and

The council will vote on a $44,500 contract for a year of programming at an upcoming council meeting.

PATROL-MEMORIAL DAY

Wyo. Patrol prepared for first holiday weekend

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be out in force this Memorial Day Weekend.

The patrol says it will be paying particular attention to enforcing seat belt law as part of a nationwide enforcement campaign.

The campaign is an attempt by law enforcement officers across the United States to reduce the number of unrestrained fatalities and injuries associated with vehicle crashes.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Shannon Ratliff says the best way to accomplish the task is to take a zero tolerance approach toward drivers and passengers who fail to buckle up.

MYSTERY MOOSE

Moose hindquarter found under Cheyenne viaduct

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A moose’s hindquarter has turned up under a viaduct in Cheyenne, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking for information about where it came from.

Game officials say it’s possible the unspoiled meat is from a moose killed during hunting season and frozen. The moose still had its hooves attached, which is a difficult way to store it in a freezer. Discarding game meat is still a violation.

Killing a bull moose out of season could bring a $10,000 fine, one year in jail and a 10-year suspension of hunting and fishing privileges.

Authorities have asked anyone with information can call the Stop Poaching Hotline at 877-WGFD-TIP. Officials are offering $5,000 if the information leads to a conviction.

CLERK SENTENCING

Judge sends former Guernsey treasurer to prison

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced the former Guernsey town treasurer to two years in prison for failing to pay taxes on money she has admitted to embezzling from the town.

Judge Alan B. Johnson ordered U.S. Marshals to take 39-year-old Leslie Diane Zynda into custody immediately after Wednesday’s sentencing hearing in Cheyenne.

Johnson ordered Zynda to repay Guernsey more than $276,000. He also ordered her to pay the IRS more than $75,000 in unpaid taxes on the embezzled money.

Zynda apologized for taking the money from the town.

Prosecutors said the embezzlement started in 2005 and stopped after current Guernsey Mayor Edward Delgado was elected in 2010 and started scrutinizing the books.

Delgado told Johnson that Zynda’s actions have hurt public confidence in town government.

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