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Accounts differ at elderly woman's murder trial

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An investigator says a 75-year-old Missouri woman accused of killing her husband in Wyoming almost 40 years ago said she shot him as he slept.

Alice Uden, of Chadwick, Missouri, is on trial in Cheyenne. She's charged with first-degree murder in the mid-1970s death of 25-year-old Ronald Holtz.

Wyoming state investigator Tina Trimble testified Monday that Uden told her last fall she shot Holtz as he was about to attack Uden's 2-year-old daughter. Trimble says Uden then changed her account, saying she shot Holtz as he slept at their home in Cheyenne.

Uden's attorneys argue Uden acted to defend herself and her daughter.

Uden's current husband, Gerald Uden, recently pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife and her two sons in central Wyoming in 1980. Investigators haven't linked the two cases.


Former nuke officer reprimanded in gambling case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy says the admiral who was fired last fall as the No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces has been reprimanded and fined for violating the military's code of conduct but allowed to remain on duty as a Navy staff officer.

A Navy criminal investigation failed to determine with certainty how Rear Adm. Timothy Giardina obtained counterfeit poker chips that he used last summer at a casino in Iowa. At the time, Giardina was serving as deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Neb., with responsibility for nuclear forces.

In a brief statement, the Navy said Giardina on Monday accepted what the military calls "non-judicial punishment," rather than opting to challenge the letter of reprimand and the $4,000 fine by requesting a court-martial.


Sheriff asked for Albany County prosecutor probe

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Albany County Sheriff Dave O'Malley says he asked the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct an investigation into the Albany County Attorney's Office.

O'Malley said Monday he cannot discuss any further details of the matter.

O'Malley says documents related to the investigation will be available once a search warrant is filed in Goshen County.

DCI deputy director Kebin Haller tells the Laramie Boomerang it's unlikely that the investigation will affect the outcome of any past or current prosecutions carried out by the Albany County Attorney's Office.

Albany County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Bohling did not return a phone call Monday seeking comment.

A Republican, Bohling was first elected to the office in 2002.

He announced April 19 that he would not seek re-election this November.


Summer could bring more arrests in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Police and deputies across Wyoming could face an increase in crime as summer approaches.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday that the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police recorded about 1,250 arrests in April 2013, compared with 1,550 in July.

That roughly mirrors the nationwide trend.

Art Washut, head of Casper College's Criminal Justice Department, says one factor in the summertime increase is that crime-prone 14- to 25-year-olds are out of school.

Washut says alcohol consumption also increases in the summer, which might lead to more arrests. In 2013, 77 percent of the 19,000 arrests in Wyoming involved alcohol or drugs.

Washut says studies show arrest numbers often increase with the temperatures, but only until they hit the mid-80s, and then they begin to decline.


Colorado man gets 10 years in child sex sting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a northern Colorado man to 10 years in prison following his guilty plea in a child sex sting operation.

Judge Alan B. Johnson sentenced 58-year-old John Scott Pinkerton, of Pierce, Colorado, on May 1.

Pinkerton pleaded guilty earlier this year to attempted online solicitation of a minor.

Prosecutors say Pinkerton responded to an advertisement that officers with the Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force had placed on the Internet. Prosecutors say Pinkerton agreed to pay $200 to have sex with and photograph a 12-year-old girl.

Pinkerton was arrested when he arrived at a Cheyenne hotel with $200 cash and a digital camera.


Gillette's summer water rules kick in June 1

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Gillette's Monday yard-watering ban kicks in again on June 1.

The Gillette News-Record reported Sunday the ban lasts until Oct. 1.

The drought forecast is improving for this summer, but Michael Foote, the city's sustainability coordinator, says city officials are planning for the worst.

The city began the water conservation program in 2006, asking residents to voluntarily not water on Mondays.

The City Council passed an ordinance banning Monday watering a few years later. Last year, the city added a $100 fine for the first violation, with an additional $50 for subsequent offenses up to $250 per violation.

Foote says no tickets were issued last year. He says when officials received complaints, they they spoke with the offenders about the ordinance and the possible penalties.


Class project changes UW food policy

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming Dining Services is changing how it handles leftover food thanks to a group of students.

The excess food will now be given to the Laramie Soup Kitchen.

Samantha Brant and seven other students designed the plan for their community and public health class last fall.

Once the class ended and the project was still in the works, Brant and the others continued developing a proposal as an internship.

Donated food will include whole meals not eaten after a scheduled event or cafeteria lunchtime.

Brant tells the Laramie Boomerang that bags of food were being thrown away each day after events where people didn't show up or dining services wasn't planning to use certain foods.


Bullying declines in Cheyenne-area schools

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Fewer students in Cheyenne-area schools are reporting being bullied than a year and a half earlier.

The Cheyenne Tribune Eagle reported Sunday the number of girls in Laramie County School District 1 who said they'd been bullied several times a week dropped to 4.7 percent from 8.6 percent. The number of boys dropped to 4.6 percent from 8.4 percent.

Chris Zimny, who works on district violence prevention programs, says students were surveyed in January 2012 and again last fall.

The percentage of students who told someone when they were being bullied declined, however. For boys, the percentage dropped to about 54 percent from 67 percent. For girls, it dropped to 64 percent from 71 percent.

Zimny says that's concerning because it reflects what he called a culture of silence.


Game agency takes comment on proposed wolf quotas

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is proposing to increase the number of wolves hunters can take this fall.

The agency's proposed hunting quotas for 2014 would allow 46 wolves to be hunted in the trophy game area. That is 20 more than in 2013 but still less than the 2012 harvest of 52 wolves.

Dan Thompson is the large carnivore section supervisor for the department.

Thompson tells the Casper Star-Tribune that the state ended up with more wolves at the end of last year than it had estimated.

The department is holding meetings across the state to take comment on the new quotas. The Game and Fish Commission will vote on the changes during its meeting in July in Dubois.

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