Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Supreme Court has suspended a former Laramie attorney who received supervised probation for trying to sell ecstasy near an elementary school last year. The court on Wednesday ordered lawyer Robert W. Ingram suspended from law practice in the state for 18 months. Ingram early this year received first offender status for one count of aiding and abetting the possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance within 500 feet of school property. The sentence allowed him to avoid a felony conviction provided he
LARAMIE, wyo – Drivers on I-80 driving between Laramie and Walcott Junction may have noticed brand new snow fences being erected in the recent weeks. Some of the fencing is to replace old, worn out fences, but a majority are new.
Clifford Spoonemore with the Wyoming Department of Transportation says funding to replace old snow fences came from the federal stimulus package, which in turn left money to put in new fencing along I-80.
Laramie, WY – A federal agency says the rare pygmy rabbit does not warrant protection under the endangered species act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that while there are threats to the tiny rabbit's habitat, it is not enough to threaten the survival of the species. The pygmy rabbit is the smallest in North America, growing between 9 and 12 inches in length. The agency considered protecting the rabbit in Wyoming and several other western states.
Laramie, WY – A lightning-sparked wildfire burning in Yellowstone National Park has now burned about 4,400 acres, or 6 point 8 square miles. Yellowstone National Park officials say the fire grew by about 1,300 acres Tuesday. The fire west of the Yellowstone River is the biggest in the park this year. Fire managers are letting it burn in certain areas because it is helping park officials to manage habitat there.
LARAMIE, wyo – Removal of the Spread Creek Dam in Grand Teton National Park has started. The dam, which has been there since 1967, is being removed primarily as a conservation effort aimed at the fish, particularly the cutthroat trout, that live in the stream. Project supervisor Scott Yates says the dam's removal will open up more habitat for the fish.
LARAMIE, wyo – Authorities with the police department have identified many gang members in and around Cheyenne. Some of these individuals claim to be affiliated with organized national gangs like southern California based Suerenos and Sur 13. Both of those gangs maintain links with the Mexican Mafia. Cheyenne Police Sergeant Rob Dafoe says the total number of gang members is larger than expected.
Sheridan, Wyo. – A Sheridan teenager is asking to withdraw the guilty pleas he entered recently in the home-invasion killing of a prominent businessman last year.
Seventeen-year-old Wyatt Bear Cloud pleaded guilty early this month to first-degree murder and other charges in the August 2009 killing of 79-year-old Robert Ernst. Bear Cloud faces a minimum sentence of life in prison.