Mar 26, 2014 The Associated Press

Couple charged in more robberies

CASPER -- A couple accused of robbing a Casper bank in January have also been charged in the hold ups of banks in Rock Springs and Laramie.

A federal grand jury indicted 38-year-old James P. Thain and 34-year-old Mindy N. Lawrence last week. They are accused of robbing a U.S. Bank in Rock Springs on Jan. 21 and a U.S. Bank in Laramie on Jan. 27.

They were previously charged with robbing a Bank of the West in Casper on Jan. 29.

According to an FBI affidavit, Thain got about $3,000 from the Casper bank. He and Rankin were arrested after a chase. A customer at the bank's drive-through window saw the hold up. She followed the couple and told police where they were headed.

Mountain roads closed this week

LARAMIE -- Wet conditions and illegal off-roading are causing Medicine Bow National Forest officials to temporarily close most roads in the section of forest between Cheyenne and Laramie.

The closures announced Tuesday for the Pole Mountain area will take effect later this week. The closures won't affect Forest Service permit holders or access to private land. The Tie City and Happy Jack recreation areas will remain open.

Hiking, bicycling, skiing, rock climbing and other non-motorized activities still will be allowed.

District Ranger Frank Romero says the closures come as a last resort following years of damage caused by vehicles during springtime.

Elk hunt count up 30 percent

JACKSON -- The number of elk killed in the Jackson Hole area is up over last season.

Data from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department released this week shows hunters killed 1,437 animals from the Jackson Elk Herd last fall, a 30 percent increase.

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