Local News 4/21/17

WYATT PRELIMINARY HEARING

(Lander) – A 50-year-old Riverton man who was found dead in his home on March Fifth suffered 17 individual injuries to the head and body including a gunshot wound in the back.

That was some of the evidence presented in Lander’s Ninth District Court Wednesday against 27-year-old Florin Brandon Wyatt at his preliminary hearing on a charge of first degree murder in the death of Keith Stephenson.

Fremont County Attorney Patrick Lebrun presented the case accusing Wyatt of murdering the victim with a claw hammer in a premeditated attack.

Wyatt has been bound over for trial at a date to be set.

 

FATALITY WEST OF RIVERTON

(Riverton) – Wyoming’s number of highway fatalities is now at 28 for 2017, which compares to only 13 at this time last year.

The latest victim is 29-year-old Matthew Morin of Riverton who died last Friday evening when the pickup he was driving went out of control on U.S. 26 about eight miles west of Riverton and rolled several times.

Morin was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating why Morin apparently made an “aggressive” move that caused the loss of control.

 

SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETING

(Lander) – A special meeting of the Fremont County Commission will be held Monday at 10 a.m. to consider a Tribal request regarding the maintenance of county roads on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The commission will meet with members of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho business councils to begin negotiations that could lead to the tribes assuming responsibility for road maintenance.

 

HABITAT AREAS REMAIN CLOSED

(Lander) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds the public that Wildlife Habitat Management Areas in the Lander Region remain closed to human activities to help big game animals after a harsh winter.

Habitat Management Areas offer protections for wildlife at this time of the year when they are especially vulnerable.

The Red Canyon Management Area is closed through the end of the month while the Whiskey Basin, Inberg/Roy and Spence and Moriarity areas are under full or partial closures through May 15.