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COLD CASE SLAYINGS
Woman, 75, gets life term for killing husband
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A judge in Wyoming has sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison for killing her husband in the mid-1970s.
Alice Uden was sentenced Monday in Laramie County by District Judge Steven Sharpe.
In May, jurors in Cheyenne didn't buy Uden's argument that she shot 25-year-old Ronald Holtz in the head to defend her toddler daughter from him. They found her guilty of second-degree murder.
In a separate case, Uden's current husband, 72-year-old Gerald Uden, pleaded guilty in November to shooting his ex-wife and her two children in central Wyoming in 1980. He's serving a life sentence.
Authorities arrested the Chadwick, Missouri, couple in southwest Missouri last fall.
Wyoming sees nearly $200K in 1st-day lottery sales
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The opening day of the new Wyoming Lottery saw nearly $200,000 in Powerball and Mega Millions tickets being sold.
Wyoming entered the nationwide jackpot frenzy at noon on Sunday when Mary Ogg, of Sheridan, purchased the first ticket. The 67-year-old grandmother had won a promotional contest to buy the first ticket.
The Wyoming Lottery Corporation says Powerball ticket sales from noon Sunday to midnight amounted to more than $130,000, while Mega Millions sales were more than $68,000.
Mega Millions draws its winning numbers on Tuesday, while the first Powerball drawing under the new Wyoming lottery is Wednesday.
Among the counties, Natrona County had the most sales with $36,450, followed by Sweetwater with $24,855, Laramie with $22,028, Uinta with $17,378 and Campbell with $17,693.
Laramie man charged with 1972 murder faces hearing
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A Laramie man charged with murder in the death of a woman more than 40 years ago faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
Laramie police arrested 61-year-old Lance David Bean on Friday. He's charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Sharon Reher, who was 20 when she was killed in her Laramie apartment in 1972.
Bean remained in jail on Monday and his lawyers Vaughn Neubauer and Charles Pelkey declined comment.
Bean's preliminary hearing will be in Laramie before Circuit Court Judge Robert Castor.
Laramie Police Commander Mitchell Cushman said the case against Bean resulted from testing, but he declined to say what kind.
Laramie police announced in 2000 they were submitting evidence from Reher's slaying and another case to a private Maryland firm for DNA testing.
Cheyenne man shot by apparent truck burglar
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Cheyenne man who was shot after surprising someone who was apparently trying to burglarize his truck is expected to recover.
The 29-year-old man was shot early Sunday morning after going outside his home to smoke. Police say he heard someone tampering with his work truck and, when he went to investigate, saw a man pulling lead wire from a roll on the truck.
The suspect then reportedly pointed a handgun at the man and fired.
Police spokesman Lt. Rob DaFore told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that he didn't believe the injuries were life-threatening.
The suspect ran away after the shooting. Police say they don't have a good description of him.
UW coach to have TV on Thursday nights
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl will have a half-hour weekly television show Thursday nights during the season.
The show will premiere on ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain this Thursday at 6 p.m., and will be part of ROOT SPORTS Thursday night lineup throughout the 2014 season.
The Cowboys open their season at home on Saturday against Montana.
ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain is the home of the Colorado Rockies and Utah Jazz, as well as televising numerous Mountain West Conference football and basketball games. The network reaches cable and satellite viewers in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and parts of Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico and South Dakota.
TRAIN KILLS PEDESTRIAN
Suicide suspected in Loveland train death
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say the death of a 13-year-old hit and killed by a freight train in Loveland was a suspected suicide.
The BNSF train hit the boy just before 11 p.m. Friday. The Larimer County Coroner's Office has ruled his death a suicide and is not naming him because of his age.
The (Loveland) Reporter-Herald reports that the boy's teachers and fellow students at Lucile Erwin Middle School have been informed and that counselors were on hand Monday.
The train was traveling from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Denver.