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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER-DUI

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Wyoming arrested a 58-year-old school bus driver at a bus stop after receiving reports that the bus was being driven recklessly, running stop signs, speeding and leaving the road.

Barbera J. Sleeth pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of driving under the influence and five counts of reckless endangering. All the charges are misdemeanors.

Judge Paul Phillips set bail at $20,000 cash or surety.

Sleeth indicated that she would like an attorney appointed to represent her.

The Gillette News Record reports that Sleeth was arrested about 8 a.m. Monday.

Gillette Police Lt. Chuck Deaton says she was operating a 30-passenger bus with five children and an adult aide aboard.

Deaton says Sleeth performed poorly on a field sobriety test and police found prescription medications on her.

MINERS WORKING ALONE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal mine safety officials are warning mine operators about several on-the-job deaths this year of miners who were working alone.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says five miners have died while working alone since the year began. Two of those deaths occurred in coal mines, and the others were at non-metal mines.

The federal agency says it is focusing on communicating best practices with operators and miners during routine inspections. MSHA says mines should have procedures in place to account for the whereabouts of every miner.

Two workers, one in an Iowa limestone mine and another in a Kentucky coal mine, died in work accidents within 24 hours of each other in January, MSHA says. Both men were working in an area of the mine by themselves.

DRUG SMUGGLING-PRISON

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — Two Wyoming women have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to bring a controlled substance into the state penitentiary.

The Rawlins Times reports 30-year-old Natalie Anderson of Cheyenne and 35-year-old Katrina Pearson of Mills are accused of trying to deliver the synthetic form of marijuana known as "spice" into the Wyoming State Penitentiary. They both pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Court documents say the women sent drugs into the prison through envelopes carrying magazine subscription cards that had been dipped in a liquefied form of spice.

A prison staff member became suspicious and began swapping out the tainted cards for clean ones and completed the delivery of the mail.

Authorities say the suspects were tied to the crime through phone calls from inmates and text messages.

OIL FIELD ACCIDENT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A man suffered a head injury in an accident over the weekend at an oil field in northeast Wyoming.

Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker said the man was working at an oil wellhead about a mile south of the Campbell County-Converse County line when a pipe burst because of a pressure issue, and a pipe or pipe fitting hit his head.

Becker tells the Gillette News Record that the man was conscious and awake prior to being transported Saturday to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

The name of the man was not released and no other details were immediately available.

SheridanWyoming.com

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