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Sep 28, 2012 - The Associated Press

Former Powell officer charged

POWELL -- A former Powell police officer is accused of using his former position of authority to get a woman to submit to unwanted sexual contact.

Kirk B. Chapman is charged with third-degree sexual assault, and a judge ruled last week that there is enough evidence for the case to proceed.

Chapman encountered the woman after officers stopped to deal with two men wrestling outside a bar. The woman, who apparently was worried about getting in trouble for public intoxication, asked officers for a ride home, and Chapman agreed to drive her.

The woman alleges Chapman inappropriately touched her and kissed her at her home.

Chapman repeatedly denied the allegations to investigators.

Chapman resigned in November. He is free on a $2,500 cash bond.

Lawmakers looking at Medicaid

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming lawmakers may seek more control over Medicaid eligibility.

A bill under development would put into state statute guidelines for receiving the health care assistance for the needy. The bill does not address expanding Medicaid as part of the new federal health care law.

The measure would not change who receives Medicaid, just put the eligibility standards into law. Health officials say about 90,000 people in Wyoming now receive Medicaid.

Lawmakers would still need federal approval before they could change Wyoming's eligibility rules. The federal government covers half the Medicaid tab but in exchange requires certain eligibility standards from the states.

The Legislature's Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee will next consider the proposal in November.

Trustee apologizes in Strep A case

GILLETTE -- A Campbell County Memorial Hospital trustee is apologizing for how the community learned the hospital had treated two cases of flesh-eating bacteria.

When the Gillette News-Record asked Sept. 5 about rumors of a Streptococcus A outbreak, hospital spokeswoman Karen Clarke said there were only rumors. The hospital has since said it treated three patients with serious Strep infections, including two with flesh-eating bacteria.

Trustee George Dunlap said Wednesday he had heard about the cases before Clarke's initial response and believes she was given bad information. Dunlap said he didn't speak up because he was tired of Board of Trustees Chairman Brook Bahnson criticizing him for speaking out about hospital issues. Bahnson declined to comment.

Hospital officials maintain that they informed the public as they learned of information.

Quilt honors museum anniversary

CASPER -- Women traveling the Oregon, Mormon and California trails more than 150 years ago would have stitched these same patterns.

They would have used all the fabric scraps they could find. Around the fire at night, they would have pulled out needle and thread to make quilt blocks representing a Christian cross and the evening star and birds flying through the air.

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