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Fremont County Year in Review: March
Dec 31, 2012 - From staff reports
1 - A Fremont County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a Pavillion man after responding to a report of a "disturbed, barricaded subject" at a home in the small town, the agency reported.
Law enforcement received a call at 8:35 p.m. Feb. 29 concerning a suicide threat in the 300 block of South Pine Street in Pavillion.
2 - The Riverton City Council voted to put the former Daisy Cleaners property up for sale after demolishing the building and requiring the new owner to bring the property up to city code within six months of purchase.
4 - Overall enrollment in Fremont County's eight school districts increased by 127 students in the 2011-12 academic year compared to the year before.
4 - A Riverton man who allegedly brutally attacked and nearly killed someone in October 2011, while on probation for a previous sexual assault conviction, pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness or deficiency.
George William Lucas, 46, also entered a coupled not-guilty plea to his charges that include attempted first-degree murder, four sexual-related criminal allegations and a single count of intimidating a witness.
6 - Gavin Shurtleff, of Riverton, received a sentence of two years of home detention and $4,000 in fines for his role in a fatal accident at Boysen Reservoir.
On Aug. 25, 2011, Shurtleff's Encana work truck smashed into the back of the car occupied by Deaun L. Smith, 54, and Anthony C. Smith, 53, both of Riverton. The married couple died during the crash.
Shurtleff said the accident was the result of a dirty windshield, his reaction to a construction sign and eyes that may have been affected by Stargardt's disease that left him 5 percent blind.
8 - Former Riverton High School teacher Sean Coby Stoehr pleaded guilty to felony third-degree sexual abuse of a minor under a plea agreement that called for a suspended prison sentence of three to five years in exchange for up to five years of supervised probation. Stoehr, 33, also had to register as a sex offender.
The charges alleged the criminal actions by Stoehr happened between June 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2011.
8 - Authorities arrested an Ethete man in connection with the homicides of Elva Charlotte Quiver and Eric C. Likes, whose bodies were found in a charred mobile home in Hudson in November 2011.
The Fremont County Sheriff's Office reported that Laziur S. Hanway Jr., 19, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
11 - Authorities said they thought Eric Likes and Elva Quiver were stabbed numerous times and died before Ethete teen Laziur Stephen Hanway Jr. set fire to their Hudson mobile home where the bodies were later discovered.
Nearly four months after the fire, police arrested the 19-year-old Hanway for two counts of first-degree murder after searching his home on 17 Mile Road and finding evidence they thought tied him to the crimes.
13 - Authorities made two more arrests in connection with the arson and related homicides of Eric Clinton Likes and Elva Charlotte Quiver in Hudson in November 2011.
Authorities said they captured Joseph Jude Jenkins, 20, of Arapahoe, and Samantha June Hanway, 20, of Ethete, at about 9 p.m. March 12 at a residence on Trout Creek Road in Fort Washakie.
14 - Officials said the three suspects in the arson and homicides at a mobile home in Hudson in November 2011 planned the murders and fire to cover up a robbery.
The three faced several felony charges in connection with the homicides of Eric Clinton Likes and Elva Charlotte Quiver including first-degree murder, which can be punishable by the death penalty.
14 - The Fremont County Commission approved placing an optional 1 percent sales tax to fund infrastructure projects resolution on the ballot. Commissioners unanimously supported placing the tax proposal before voters.
15 - Police arrested two more suspects in connection with the Hudson double homicides, robbery and arson case.
Authorities arrested Ryan Blake Hanway, 22, of Arapahoe, and a 15-year-old Riverton boy, Jude Blackburn.
16 - The former owner of Austin's Steakhouse in Riverton pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver cocaine under a deal that required him to provide information in other drug investigations.
Gerardo H. Rico-Holguin, 39, entered his plea in exchange for the dismissal of other charges, including delivery of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver marijuana.
21 - Sloan Michelle Lane's sexual encounters with two underrage teen boys resulted in a one-year jail sentence March 21 in Lander's 9th District Court.
District Judge Marvin L. Tyler of Sublette County sentenced the Riverton woman in accordance with the plea agreement. Her sentence included a year in jail for misdemeanor sexual battery, to which she pleaded no contest.
She also received suspended but consecutive prison sentences of between three and five years on each of two counts of third-degree sexual abuse of minor, to which she pleaded guilty.
22 - A 17-year-old Ethete boy accused of stealing a car and plowing nearly 300 feet through Riverton's Walmart in January pleaded not guilty to charges against him.
Prosecutors charged Donovan James Shakespeare with felony larceny and two counts of felony property destruction, as well as one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence, reckless endangering and reckless driving.
28 - Two Northern Arapaho men charged in the beating death of John Michael Crispin III were sentenced to prison during separate hearings at the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander.
Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal sentenced Anthony Thomas Lincoln to nine years for his involvement in the 33-year-old man's death that occurred Aug. 5 at a residence on Blue Sky Highway near Ethete.
Lincoln's cousin, Ronald Keith York Jr., was sentenced to five years.
28 - Authorities closed the investigation into a fetus found in an outhouse after they determined the death was naturally caused.
The fetus, which Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said was likely 17 or 18 weeks old, was discovered Feb. 23 in an outhouse at a residence on Rendezvous Road.
29 - Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan ruled the manner of death of Micheal Eugene Huff, 42, of Pavillion, who was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff in February as suicide.
"He put the deputy in a position that he had to shoot in self-defense," McAuslan said. "In our opinion, it was his intent to have the deputy shoot him."
29 - An Ethete woman pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for her role in a fatal crash on 17 Mile Road.
Michelle Crispin, 32, was the intoxicated driver during the rollover crash Jan. 2 on 17 Mile Road that resulted in the death of Mitchell James C'Hair Jr.