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Fremont County Year in Review: January
Dec 31, 2012 - From staff reports
2 - Mitchell James C'Hair Jr., 27, died at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover accident just before noon on 17 Mile Road.
3 - Prosecutors said Gerardo Rico-Holguin, owner of Austin's Steakhouse in Riverton, threatened to shoot a possible informant when Rico-Holguin suspected the man would speak with police. Rico-Holguin was one of 35 people indicted as part of a drug trafficking network in Fremont County.
4 - Fremont County reported a record 23 homicides in 2011, and Coroner Ed McAuslan said the number could rise after ongoing investigations are completed. The previous record of 14 homicides was set in 2008 and 2009.
5 - Shane Blackburn, 23, was taken into custody after reportedly kicking down the door of a residence in a subdivision north of Riverton. The homeowner shot Blackburn, who was charged with criminal entry and property destruction.
5 - Fremont County officials supported Gov. Matt Mead's proposed budget for the 2013-14 biennium, which included about $168 million for local governments.
6 - Officials investigated the death of Amar Merchant, 35, of Goodland, Kan., who was found Jan. 5 in his motel room.
7 - U.S. District Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal denied the request to postpone the trial for Northern Arapaho men Anthony Thomas Lincoln, 25, and Ronald Keith York Jr., 22, both of Ethete, who faced charges alleging they fatally beat John Michael Crispin III, 33, of Ethete.
10 - Fremont County agreed to pay Lander Regional Hospital more than $457,000 to settle a yearlong lawsuit over unpaid bills for mental health examinations. The amount was much less than the nearly $800,000 in allegedly unpaid bills.
11 - Melody St. Clair of Fort Washakie, who pleaded guilty to embezzling from the Northern Arapaho Nation Department of Social Services, was sentenced to serve five months in prison and two years of supervised probation.
12 - Sean Coby Stoehr, 32, a former Riverton High School teacher, received probation under a plea agreement after he allegedly asked a minor to perform a sexually explicit act for him on video and watch pornography on a laptop with him in bed.
12 - Encana Corp. said it will use hydraulic fracturing when it begins development at its properties in Fremont County near Moneta.
13 - A fire that started early Jan. 11 in a massive pile of wood chips belonging to the City of Riverton burned through Jan. 13. Fire officials said it may have started by spontaneous combustion.
15 -- The Fremont County Commission by a 3-2 vote approved a request to endorse Fremont County Public Healths' grant application to obtain funding for family planning services. Public health officials had been denied their request three times before.
15 - Longtime county solid waste board member Dale Groutage resigned from his seat after his colleagues supported another man as chairman.
17 - Sloan Michelle Lane, 31, of Riverton, who was accused of having sex with two teenage boys, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor and no contest to a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery.
17 - The jury trial for two Northern Arapaho men accused of murder -- Anthony Thomas Lincoln, 25, and Ronald Keith York Jr., 22, both of Ethete -- was moved to Thermopolis and set to begin Feb. 7. Both men are alleged to have fatally beaten John Michael Crispin III, 33, of Ethete.
18 - Michelle Crispin, 32, of Ethete, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a Jan. 2 crash on 17 Mile Road that resulted in the death of Mitchell James C'Hair Jr. Crispin allegedly was drove under the influence of alcohol during the crash.
19 - Authorities said the November 2011 deaths of a couple whose bodies were found in burned mobile home were homicides. Officials also concluded that the fire was intentionally set by someone other than the occupants.
20 - After several months of discussions, Dynamis Energy Inc. decided not to develop a facility that would convert Fremont County's trash to energy.
20 - Michelle Crispin, 32, of Ethete, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter stemming from a Jan. 2 rollover crash on 17 Mile Road that killed Mitchell James C'Hair Jr. Crispin allegedly was intoxicated and driving during the crash.
22 - Anthony Thomas Lincoln, 25, and Ronald Keith York Jr., 22, both of Ethete, pleaded guilty to the fatal beating of John Michael Crispin III, 33, of Ethete, as their case approached trial in Thermopolis.
24 - Donovan James Shakespeare, 17, of Ethete, was charged as an adult with three felonies and three misdemeanors for allegedly crashing a car through a Walmart entrance in Riverton. Shakespeare allegedly stole the car that had been idling near Central Wyoming College. No one was injured.
25 - Gavin Lane Shurtleff, 31, of Riverton, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges stemming from a rear-end crash that killed Deaun L. Smith, 54, and Anthony C. Smith, 53, a married couple from Riverton.
26 - Transportation officials started planning reconstruction of an 8.3-mile section of 17 Mile Road using more than $8.2 million in federal grant funding.
26 - Jodi Sue Barquin, 38, and James Delmar Barquin, 40, both of the Kinnear area, pleaded not guilty to charges that they bilked neighbors out of $12,000 to cover fabricated costs associated with flooding along the Wind River.
27 - The board overseeing Riverton Regional Airport formed a subcommittee to begin exploring the possibility of expanded air service with the aid of area businesses. Airport officials said residents want cheaper flights and options for travel to Salt Lake City from Riverton.
27 - An engineering firm started seeking comments on possible routes for a new crossing over the Wind River from Riverton in case of an emergency that halts traffic on the city's only crossing along Wyoming Highway 789.
29 - Riverton school officials continued to work toward meeting the state mandate requiring class sizes in K-3 average 16 students per teacher. Riverton had the highest student-per-teacher ratio statewide, averaging 19.3 students per teacher in K-3 classes.
29 - North Fork Land and Cattle sought at least $600,000 in damages and other costs that would result from the Fremont County Commission's plan to establish use of the controversial Bunker Road right of way.
29 - Marilyn Lund resigned from her seat on the Fremont County School District 6 Board of Trustees after 19 years of service.
31 - Authorities say alcohol was involved in the rollover that killed Spencer Kelii, 21, of Lander, near Strokers motorcycle shop in Lander.