Local News 5/5/17


(Lander) – Florin Brandon Wyatt, 27, entered not guilty pleas to charges of First Degree Murder and Felony Theft at an arraignment hearing yesterday (Thursday) in Lander’s Ninth District Court.

Wyatt is accused of beating 50-year-old Keith Stephenson of Riverton to death with a hammer in early March then taking the victim’s vehicle in an attempt to leave the state.

A September 25 trial date has been set and the prosecution has until June Third to decide whether it will seek the death penalty.

Wyatt is being held on a one million dollar cash bond.



(Cheyenne) – Lander will host one of nine meetings around the state where the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will outline its proposed 2017 gray wolf hunting season and gather public input.

Game and Fish deputy chief Doug Brimeyer says a conservative season has been developed for the Trophy Game Area that will ensure a recovered population of wolves is maintained while providing hunting opportunities.

The Lander meeting is planned for May 25 at 6 p.m. at the Game and Fish Office.

Written comments on the proposed hunting season, which is available on the Game and Fish website, may also be submitted online or through the mail.



(Jackson) – Biologists will be trapping grizzly and black bears as part of scientific research in Yellowstone National Park beginning this weekend and continuing through the end of June.

The trapping operations are to be conducted away from established hiking and camping areas and will be marked with posted warnings to stay out of the closed perimeter.

Critical data will be collected as part of a long-term research effort to support the ongoing recovery of grizzly bear populations in Yellowstone.

Bears will be trapped and sedated to collect samples and equip them with radio collars to monitor their activities.



(Riverton) – Today (May 5) is World Hand Hygiene Day and SageWest Hospitals say the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs is by washing your hands.

SageWest adds proper hand hygiene is being highlighted today but it should be every other day as well since 80 percent of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch.

SageWest says wash your hands with soap and water if they look dirty, if you getting ready to eat or have used the restroom while hand sanitizers are effective for other times.

And, SageWest says it’s also okay to ask someone if they’ve washed their hands.