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Mar 18, 2014 - The Associated Press
Alleged strangler says 'not guilty'
GERING, Neb. -- A 15-year-old Wyoming boy has pleaded not guilty to murder in the strangling of a western Nebraska jail guard.
Dylan Cardeilhac, of Torrington made his plea Monday in Scotts Bluff County District Court. Authorities say security video shows Cardeilhac luring 24-year-old Amanda Baker into his cell on Feb. 14 and shows him pouncing on her and strangling her from behind.
Authorities say another inmate, 16-year-old Guy Eagle Elk, of Lisco, told Cardeilhac how to choke the woman. Eagle Elk's trial on a charge of aiding and abetting assault is scheduled for July.
He also has pleaded not guilty.
Both boys are charged as adults.
Great Lakes quits more airports
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Great Lakes Airlines will suspend service to two more North Dakota locations by the end of the month.
The Wyoming-based company says it is suspending service to the Dickinson and Williston airports. It pulled out of Devils Lake and Jamestown at the end of January.
Great Lakes has said it is pulling out of several regional airports because of problems retaining pilots. The company has cited new federal rules that require co-pilots to log 1,500 flight hours before they can work for commercial airlines. They previously required 250 hours.
The new regulations have also affected Great Lakes flights in Pierre, S.D. The shortage of pilots caused about 17 percent of flights to be cancelled in February in Pierre.
Death may be drug related
BOULDER, Colo. -- Authorities say a Colorado man found dead in Wyoming was scheduled to meet one of the suspects in his murder for a marijuana deal.
An arrest report released by the Boulder County Jail on Monday says 25-year-old Nathaniel Tallman of Lafayette was headed to meet 58-year-old Russell Britton on Jan. 21. Investigators say phone records show Tallman called Britton several times on the way to the meeting, and the last known location of his cellphone was near Britton's Larimer County home just before 8 p.m.
The report says investigators found blood in Britton's van that matched Tallman's DNA.
Britton and 26-year-old Moises Cazares Mendez were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of first-degree murder. Tallman was found shot to death outside Lusk.
Site reopens after flooding
HYATTVILLE -- The Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site has reopened after being closed for a week due to flooding.
Heavy runoff from melting snow damaged the park's main road. State officials say the road is being repaired but visitors should be cautious around work zones.
The archaeological site is on the western slope of the Big Horn Mountains about 20 miles north of Ten Sleep. The site features a large cliff with hundreds of Native American petroglyphs and pictographs.