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Feb 21, 2014 - The Associated Press
Teen in jail slaying named
GERING, Neb. -- Two teenagers, one from Wyoming, are facing adult felony charges after a 24-year-old guard at a western Nebraska jail was strangled in a cell on Valentine's Day.
Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner said Thursday in a news release that 16-year-old Guy Eagle Elk, of Lisco, Neb., has been charged as an adult with felony aiding and abetting assault.
On Wednesday, the Wyoming youth 15-year-old Dylan Cardeilhac of Torrington was charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of Amanda Baker.
The two teens were being held in a juvenile section of the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center in Gering, just east of the Wyoming border, when Baker was attacked.
Cardeilhac was being held on charges of armed robbery and use of a weapon in a Dec. 3 convenience store robbery in nearby Mitchell. He also was charged as an adult in that case, according to online court documents. Eagle Elk had been convicted as a juvenile of shoplifting.
Jail security video shows Cardeilhac talking Baker into checking something on his cell floor on Friday, then pouncing on the guard when she turned her back, according to an arrest affidavit. Authorities have said the video shows that Baker was strangled for more than 2 1/2 minutes.
Baker, the mother of a 6-year-old boy, was taken to a local hospital, where she later died.
An arrest affidavit for Eagle Elk says investigators believe he advised Cardeilhac to choke a jailer into submission after Cardeilhac told other inmates that he wanted to escape. The affidavit says Eagle Elk suggested Cardeilhac attack Baker, because she would be an easier target. The older teen then showed Cardeilhac through windows of door cells the best way to apply a choke hold, the affidavit says.
Neither Warner, the prosecutor, nor an attorney for Cardeilhac immediately returned messages Thursday seeking comment.
An attorney for Eagle Elk on his aiding and abetting charge is not listed in online court records.
I-80 back to normal after wreck
ELK MOUNTAIN -- Traffic on Interstate 80 in south-central Wyoming is back to normal after a tanker truck rollover that spilled about 200 gallons of diesel fuel.
The crash happened Thursday about 10 miles east of the Elk Mountain exit and closed the westbound passing lane.
The rear tanker of the double tanker combination tipped over in the median.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the driver wasn't hurt but was cited for going too fast for conditions.
The speed limit had been reduced to 55 mph because of wintry weather.
A small amount spilled compared to the 4,000 gallons being carried. Patrol officials say the spill didn't threaten any waterways or water sources.
Jackson eyes ski expansion
JACKSON -- A new master plan for Snow King Mountain Resort calls for expanding the ski terrain on the local ski hill in Jackson.
Snow King submitted its plan to the U.S. Forest Service this week. Snow King operates under a special permit from the Forest Service.
The ski area has been losing money for years. The number of skiers using the local hill has plummeted by about half over the past eight years.
The new master plan calls for a new lift and runs. The Forest Service would need to conduct environmental studies before signing off on the expansion.