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Jun 13, 2014 - The Associated Press
Ex-parole officer enters guilty plea
SHERIDAN -- A former Sheridan probation and parole officer accused of sexual assault has entered a conditional guilty plea.
Chris Yager's plea to third-degree sexual assault was entered Wednesday after a district judge denied a motion to dismiss his case.
Under terms of the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend that Yager be sentenced to two years of supervised probation.
Yager also will be allowed to appeal the court's decision to the state Supreme Court.
Yager was originally charged with second degree sexual assault after a woman he formerly supervised reported that she had had a sexual relationship with Yager. The woman said Yager continued to make advances after she tried to end the relationship.
Air traffic rising in Jackson
JACKSON -- Jackson Hole Airport has seen a significant rise in the number of travelers through the first five months of this year.
The 108,000 commercial fliers from January through May marked a 10 percent jump over last year's numbers and reflect a 25 percent jump over the number of travelers in 2012.
No new flights have debuted to date in 2014, meaning that more people are simply booking more of the flights that are available.
Airport Director Ray Bishop says the numbers reflect a more robust local economy -- and good weather in the area.
Man to prison after sex with girl
CHEYENNE -- A 57-year-old man has been sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in Cheyenne.
Narciso Ludi also received 20 years of supervised probation after his prison term for felony second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
He was sentenced Thursday by Laramie County District Judge Catherine Rogers, who said the sentence was based on the court's obligation to keep the community safe.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that court documents say Ludi began the relationship with the girl in January 2010 when she was in seventh grade and included Ludi providing the girl alcohol.
Larceny conviction overturned
SHERIDAN -- The Wyoming Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a woman accused of stealing money from the Sheridan Eagles Club, where she worked.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, the court ordered Miranda Mraz to be acquitted.
The 25-year-old was accused of stealing money from the safe in April 2012 and making it look like a burglary. She was sentenced to eight years of probation.
The Supreme Court said the stolen money was never found so there wasn't enough evidence to convict her.
Her legal troubles aren't over though. Last week, she was charged with one count of misdemeanor theft for changing customers tips while working as a waitress at another bar and restaurant.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled June 19.