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Oct 3, 2012 - The Associated Press

Four wolves killed so far

The quota for this year's first Wyoming wolf hunt is 52 wolves out of an estimated 328 in Wyoming, and hunters had killed four wolves as of Tuesday: one each in the hunt areas due northeast of Yellowstone and due west of Meeteetse, and two in the hunt area south of Yellowstone and just northeast of Grand Teton National Park, according to a Game and Fish wolf hunt hotline.

Driver dies in crash on Teton Pass

WILSON -- A truck driver from Oregon was killed in a crash after his brakes failed while descending Teton Pass in northwestern Wyoming.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said 36-year-old Jay P. Winn of Hines, Ore., was pulling a car crusher down the pass on Sunday when he lost control of his 1973 Peterbilt semi-trailer. He went off the right side of the road on the outskirts of the town of Wilson.

The investigation found that the truck was nearly 30,000 pounds overweight.

The pass has a 60,000-pound weight limit because of its sharp curves and steep grades.

Runaway trucks have been an ongoing problem there. Drivers use the route because it is shorter than "going around" the mountains via Alpine Junction to the southwest. Teton Pass usually closes to truck traffic later in the season as winter conditions arrive.

The portion of road where Winn lost his brakes has a 10 percent grade.

Man pleads guilty in fraud case

POWELL -- An Indiana man accused of helping to defraud Powell Valley Healthcare in Wyoming out of almost $850,000 has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges.

Former youth minister Michael Plake of West Lafayette, Ind., pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

He and former Powell Valley Healthcare CEO Paul Cardwell were accused of defrauding the organization out of $847,884 last year.

Plake says it was Cardwell's idea to have Plake pose as a recruiter that Powell Valley Healthcare would pay to find doctors. Instead, Plake says, he deposited the recruiting payments and then wrote checks to Cardwell.

Cardwell is on the lam from federal authorities.

Plake's sentencing is set for Nov. 26 in Cheyenne.

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