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Aug 24, 2012 - The Associated Press
Bond set for suspect in standoff
CASPER -- Casper police are confirming a standoff at a Super 8 motel ended with one suspect dead and another suspect in custody.
The 20-year-old Jacob Alan Dziewic is being held on charges of felonious restraint, aggravated assault and possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent. His bond was set at $200,000 Wednesday.
The other suspect's identity and cause of death weren't immediately disclosed.
The standoff Tuesday lasted nearly 11 hours and ended after officers tossed undisclosed "chemical agents" into a room where the suspects had holed up.
Three males and one female were taken hostage. No hostages were hurt.
Police are trying to determine what prompted the standoff.
Man sentenced to life for killing
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Wyoming man convicted of killing a Colorado man whose body was found in western Nebraska has been sentenced to life in prison.
Vencil Ash III, of Cheyenne, was convicted last month of first-degree murder in Kimball County District Court. The 41-year-old Ash was charged with killing Ryan Guitron, of Fort Collins, Colo., in 2003. Guitron's remains were found at an abandoned farm near Bushnell in 2010.
Authorities believe Ash took Guitron to an abandoned farm, shot him and buried him in a woodpile.
Kelly Meehan, who told investigators of the crime, also was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months to five years in prison for being an accessory to the crime. The 24-year-old Meehan, of Fort Collins, Colo., would have been 15 when the shooting occurred.
ACT scores show mixed results
CHEYENNE -- Wyoming students scored lower than the national average on the most recent ACT college entrance exam.
The state's average ACT composite score was 20.3, compared to the national average of 21.1.
Wyoming's average score was the lowest in English at 19.2 out of 36.
However, the state's ACT scores are skewed because Wyoming is one of only nine states that have all high school juniors take the ACT.
Compared to the other states that give the test to all their juniors, Wyoming students had higher average scores in English, reading, math and science than Mississippi. Students also scored higher in some areas than those in Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee.
However, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Wyoming's averages were lower across the board than Colorado, Illinois and North Dakota.
Memorial removed for crash victims
WOODLAND PARK, Colo. -- A memorial honoring three Boy Scouts killed in a crash in Wyoming has been removed from Woodland Park High School where they were students.
School officials said the makeshift memorial made of wood covered with mementos violated school policy.