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Dec 3, 2013 - The Associated Press

First-degree murder alleged

GILLETTE -- A man is charged with first-degree murder for shooting another man at a home in Gillette early on Thanksgiving Day.

The suspect is identified as 21-year-old Todd Michael Sindelar, of Gillette. Sindelar was jailed in South Dakota after a high-speed chase.

Police say a woman called 911 around 4 a.m. Thursday and said someone had knocked at their door and shot her boyfriend. They say 25-year-old Matthew Ryan Boyer was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say Boyer had been involved in a dispute earlier.

Later Thursday, authorities in South Dakota spotted a vehicle possibly linked to the crime. Police say Sindelar fled the South Dakota Highway Patrol at up to 120 mph.

Sindelar faces extradition to Wyoming on the murder charge.

High winds topple truck

A truck driver says he was lucky to escape injury Monday when winds near 60 mph toppled his truck on Interstate 25.

The truck driver was heading south, from Cheyenne to Aurora, Colo., when his semi-trailer was blown over near the Wyoming state line. Truck driver Oscar Pinkard wasn't hurt, and a dog he had in the cab also was uninjured.

The southbound lanes of I-25 were closed for about 30 minutes while rescuers cleared the crash, which happened around noon. At the time of the crash, a nearby weather station was recorded wind gusts of nearly 60 mph, with sustained speeds of over 40 mph.

Woman who abused child sentenced

CHEYENNE -- A Cheyenne woman accused of tying up her 5-year-old son at night and making him sleep inside a dog food bag with a hole cut in the bottom has been sentenced to three to five years in prison.

Tamara B. Kennedy, 28, was sentenced Tuesday. She previously pleaded guilty to physical child abuse and mental child abuse, both felonies.

Police interviewed the boy in April 2012 and found he had electrical tape on his right ankle. The boy told police his mother bound him with tape at night.

Kennedy told officers she made the boy sleep on the floor with his hands and feet tied up because he got up at night, stole or hit her. The boy has been placed in foster care.

Menorah lit in Wyoming Capitol

CHEYENNE -- Government officials lit a menorah in the Wyoming Capitol on Monday, marking the sixth annual celebration there of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Chabad Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn of Jackson presided over the event, which featured musical presentations from local schools and a U.S. Army band.

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