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Dec 21, 2012 - The Associated Press
Arraignment planned in kidnapping
CODY -- A Montana man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old Cody girl is set for arraignment in district court.
Jesse P. Speer is scheduled to appear in court in Cody on Friday. He'll hear the charges against him and be called on to enter a plea.
Speer, of Belgrade, Mont., is accusing of luring the girl to his vehicle in Cody with a request for help finding a lost dog. They say Speer pulled a pistol, drove her out of town, sexually assaulted her and released her. Hunters later found the girl and took her to safety.
Snow, wind slows I-80 travelers
CHEYENNE -- Wind gusts of over 50 mph are creating hazardous driving conditions in southeastern Wyoming.
The wind is blowing new snow around and reducing visibility between Cheyenne and Laramie on Interstate 80 on Thursday. A blizzard warning has expired but winds are expected to keep gusting until late afternoon.
A gust of 52 mph was reported at Arlington earlier in the day. Bordeaux had a gust of 51 mph.
State observes moment of silence
CHEYENNE -- Wyoming observed a moment of silence and remembrance Friday to honor the victims of last week's shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
St. Mary's Cathedral in Cheyenne and other places of worship rang their bells 26 times in honor of the victims.
Gov. Matt Mead and governors across the country called on citizens to observe the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. in local time zones -- the hour of the shooting last week in Connecticut.
Killer mentioned Asperger's in note
CHEYENNE (AP) -- A suicide note left by a man who killed his father in a Wyoming community college classroom blames his father for causing him to have Asperger's Syndrome.
Christopher Krumm wrote he was unable to keep a job or have a love life, and always subsisted as a "bottom feeder."
The 25-year-old Krumm shot 56-year-old James Krumm with an arrow in front of about six students at Casper College on Nov. 30. He then stabbed his father and himself.
Earlier that morning he fatally stabbed his father's girlfriend, 42-year-old Heidi Arnold.
Asperger's is a mild form of autism not typically associated with violent behavior.
Casper police released the note Wednesday after The Associated Press filed a records request. Copies were found at Casper College and the home where Arnold was killed.