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Nov 28, 2012 - The Associated Press

Plane missing from Gillette

GLENROCK -- Searchers in central Utah are looking for a missing airplane from Gillette.

The plane disappeared from radar on Sunday shortly after making a refueling stop in Fillmore, Utah. It was heading from Bakersfield, Calif., back to Gillette.

Four planes helped search for the missing plane around Fillmore on Tuesday.

The wing chaplain of the Civil Air Patrol in Utah, Stu Boyd, says no transmitter signals from the plane have been detected.

The Gillette News Record reports the plane was carrying pilot Matthew Ahrens, passenger Trista Meyer and her 9-year-old daughter, Shyann Lenz. Meyer's mother, Myra Fees, tells the newspaper Ahrens is an experienced pilot, and Meyer has been working toward her pilot's license.

Ranchland lawsuit goes to judge

CHEYENNE -- A judge heard arguments Tuesday on whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a woman who gave her family's ranch to two university foundations and now accuses them of not honoring the intent of her gift.

Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell said he would rule later on a request by the University of Wyoming Foundation and Colorado State University Research Foundation to dismiss the suit brought by Amy Davis of Denver.

The schools want to sell the Y Cross Ranch, a 50,000-acre property between Cheyenne and Laramie that was in Davis' family more than 50 years. She claims the schools haven't fully honored her intent for the ranch to be used for hands-on agriculture education.

Builder sentenced for larceny

CASPER -- A builder accused of taking $165,000 from his clients without finishing or even starting construction projects is going to prison.

A judge on Tuesday sentenced Greg Jarrard to between seven and 10 years in prison, the maximum allowed under a plea deal.

Defense attorneys said the 37-year-old didn't intend to cheat anyone but got in over his head and suffered from undiagnosed depression.

Jarrard was accused of defrauding more than 20 customers. Supporters as well as customers filled the court room for the two-hour hearing.

Jarrard's voice wavered as he addressed the victims before he was sentenced. He said he was ashamed for what he had done and apologized for causing pain and hardship.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of larceny in September.

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