Wyoming News Briefs
CLARK, Wyo. (AP) — Residents in a rural Wyoming town say they remain on edge even after a quick arrest following a triple slaying. Clark volunteer firefighter Jerry Ruth says the town’s citizens were “lulled into a false sense of security in a way.” Ruth had responded to the shooting Saturday and spotted the Audi SUV stolen from the victims as he left the scene. He called authorities and Stephen Hammer and Tanner Vanpelt were arrested.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — An attorney for a Wyoming basketball player facing an assault charge in a Laramie bar fight says his client was a victim, not the aggressor, in the brawl. Luke Martinez pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he kicked an unconscious man in the face during the fight. His trial is set for Aug. 26.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Two of three people arrested on suspicion of stealing a yacht are being released from jail just days after the vessel ran aground in Northern California. The San Francisco Chronicle reports prosecutors determined the two didn’t know the sailboat was stolen. Prosecutors said charges will still be filed against 63-year-old Leslie Gardner of Gillette, Wyo.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Legislation awaiting Gov. Matt Mead’s signature would let drivers use their smartphones to prove they are insured if they are pulled over or involved in a crash. Republican Sen. Charles Scott, of Casper, tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle he decided to sponsor the measure after learning many large insurers offer apps that display insurance information.