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Attempted murder charges dismissed in Gillette shooting

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Campbell County prosecutors have dismissed an attempted second-degree murder charge filed after an August 2015 shooting at a Gillette hotel because the alleged victim refuses to testify.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Leon Harlson Jr. and his father were angry with Paul Martin, who was fired for driving a company truck to a bar and for pestering them to re-hire him.

Gillette police said Martin was in a hotel room on Aug. 4, 2015 when he heard tapping on the bathroom window. He told officers he looked out and saw Harlson Jr. with a pistol. He said he walked away and five shots were fired into the room. Martin was not injured.

Chief Deputy County Attorney Nathan Henkes tells the Gillette News Record that he moved for dismissal because Martin was no longer willing to help with the case.

Police arrest man after hostage-taking in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man has been charged with kidnapping after police say he took an office worker hostage with a box cutter-type knife.

Casper police say the 35-year-old homeless man entered an office building Friday morning and held a 51-year-old man hostage at knifepoint for nearly four hours. According to court documents, the hostage-taker wanted files that he believed the government was keeping about him.

He is also charged with aggravated assault and possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent.

The defendant told the judge he has a mental illness but did not elaborate. Prosecutors say he also has a lengthy criminal record.

The victim was not seriously harmed.


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