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Apr 16, 2014 - The Associated Press
Strangling suspect to get mental tests
GERING, Neb. -- A mental health evaluation has been scheduled for a 15-year-old Wyoming boy charged with killing a Nebraska jail guard.
Dylan Cardeilhac will be taken to the Omaha suburb of Papillion for the screening later this month.
Cardeilhac, of Torrington, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the slaying of 24-year-old Amanda Baker on Feb. 14.
Authorities say he lured Baker into his jail cell and then pounced on her, strangling her from behind.
Roads to Old Faithful set to open
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Spring plowing continues in Yellowstone National Park and people should be able to drive to Old Faithful starting Friday.
That would be right on time. Park officials typically try to get the roads east of West Yellowstone and south of Mammoth Hot Springs plowed and open by the third week of April.
Last year, federal budget cuts threatened to delay plowing in Yellowstone. Local officials pitched in to hire state snow plows and plow crews. That helped to get Yellowstone opened up on schedule.
Park officials say the park's gates should open up on time again this year. The East Entrance is scheduled to open May 2 and the South Entrance May 9.
The road from the North Entrance to the Northeast Entrance remains open all year.
Stolen wedding dress listed for sale
ROCK SPRINGS -- Sweetwater County deputies have arrested a man on a theft charge after a woman spotted her stolen wedding dress for sale on Facebook.
Authorities said Tuesday the dress and other items were taken from a home north of Rock Springs in February. On Thursday, the woman told authorities the dress was listed in a posting for a garage sale at a Rock Springs-area home.
Sheriff's officials say an undercover deputy bought the dress at the sale. Deputies then searched the home with a warrant they had already obtained and found other allegedly stolen goods, including a motorcycle missing from Uinta County since 2010.
Fifty-year-old Leon Lynch was arrested on suspicion of theft, wrongful taking or disposing of property and marijuana possession. No phone listing could be found for him.
Grass roof getting costly
JACKSON -- The grass roof over the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center may be replaced soon by more conventional, asphalt-based shingles.
National Elk Refuge spokeswoman Lori Iverson says the visitor center on the refuge at Jackson could have a new roof installed as early as this fall.
The sod roof has been leaking for a couple of years.
The elk refuge has requested $115,000 for a new roof.
But Iverson says estimated costs for a new earthen roof came in at more than twice as much -- between $250,000 and $300,000.