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Jun 12, 2014 - The Associated Press
Slaying suspect arrested in state
GILLETTE -- A man wanted in a fatal shooting in New Mexico has been arrested on charges of stabbing a woman in Wyoming.
Charles J. Robinson, 36, of Gillette, was arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder after a woman identified as his girlfriend was stabbed Saturday in Gillette.
The Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal reports Robinson is wanted in the shooting death of 25-year-old Thomas Manuel last month.
Robinson was being held on $2.5 million bail in Wyoming. Campbell County jail officials didn't know whether he had an attorney.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a trooper arrested Robinson shortly after the stabbing. The patrol says Robinson was asleep in a vehicle about 70 miles west of Gillette. The patrol says Robinson's 1-year-old son was in the vehicle.
Jackson to seek state funding
JACKSON -- The town of Jackson plans to ask the state for help in covering the cost of a creeping landslide that damaged and threatened several homes and businesses.
The Town Council will meet June 16 to consider asking the Wyoming Business Council for a $250,000 "imminent threat" grant to stabilize the hillside and protect infrastructure that serve the neighborhood west of downtown Jackson.
Town staff also plan to apply to the State Land and Investment Board for a grant. A final amount hasn't been settled on yet.
Assistant Town Manager Roxanne Robinson said the request could be around $8 million.
A consulting engineer presented the Town Council with stabilization options for the slide that ranged in cost from $8 million to $30 million.
Man killed by train in Laramie
LARAMIE -- A 54-year-old man has died after being run over by a train near Laramie.
The Albany County Sheriff's Office has not released a name, but it says the victim appeared to be a transient.
Authorities were notified about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday of an injured man on the railroad tracks about a half-mile north of the Laramie city limits. The man was taken to Ivinson Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The initial investigation indicated that the man was either struck or had fallen under the wheels of a train.
Union Pacific Railroad officials are also assisting in the investigation.
Sheriff drops records fee
CHEYENNE -- The Laramie County Sheriff's Department has stopped charging fees to view public documents.
The department said it dropped the practice May 20.
Many Wyoming government agencies charge for copies of records, but the state open records law doesn't authorize charging for the time and effort required to make them available to the public.
Sheriff Danny Glick says the department won't usually charge for photocopies, either, but fees could be imposed for large-scale requests.
Cheyenne attorney Bruce Moats, an expert on the public records law, praised the change. He has been critical of the sheriff's policy in the past.
Moats says the costs of compiling and copying records can be prohibitive for citizens and can be a detriment to open government.