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Fremont County Year in Review: September
Dec 31, 2012 - From staff reports
2 - A former star athlete was killed and his father injured severely in a one-vehicle rollover Sept. 1 near Riverton.
Reported killed in the wreck was Shawn Brogdon, 25, of Riverton. His father, Jerry Brogdon, was injured and later was airlifted to Casper for treatment, according to witnesses.
4 -- The Wyoming Highway Patrol completed its investigation into the one-vehicle rollover that took the life of a Shawn Brogdon, 25, of Riverton.
Information gathered from witnesses at the scene of the wreck stated initially that seatbelts were not in use, but the WHP later said seatbelts were being used properly.
5 -- Riverton councilwoman Diana Mahoney announced Sept. 4 that she had withdrawn her name from the Riverton City Council Ward 1 election race against Jonathan Faubion.
Mahoney had served on the city council for almost nine years.
5 - Fremont County rescue workers recovered the body of Chelsea Friday, 22, of Ethete, Sept. 4 from the Washakie Dam.
Friday was one of two subjects reported missing at the dam at about 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3.
6 - Search and rescue crews recovered the body of 18-year-old Theron Quiver, of Ethete, from Washakie Dam at about 6 p.m. Sept. 5.
Quiver was one of two people who had been the subjects of a search and rescue mission that was initiated Sept. 3. According to preliminary autopsy results, Coroner Ed McAuslan said Friday's death was because of drowning.
9 - A Riverton man pleaded guilty to one felony count of third-degree sexual assault and one count of misdemeanor sexual battery as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
Ryan Allen Foos, 25, originally was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault involving a minor. With those charges, Foos would face up to 20 years for each count.
11 - The Lander Police Department would not release the names of the victim or the potential suspect who was in custody in connection with a homicide reported to authorities Sept. 11.
Police chief Jim Carey said his agency was dispatched at 3:13 a.m. to 947 N. Second St. for a report of a shooting and a victim lying in a pool of blood at the residence.
12 - Fremont County Commission District 2 incumbent Dennis Christensen went from a narrow 20-vote win in August to a steep 377-vote loss in the special run-off election that determined the office's Republican nominee.
Challenger Larry Allen secured 882 votes to earn the nomination compared to Christensen with 505 in the mail-ballot election.
13 - Lander police chief Jim Carey confirmed the victim of the Sept. 11 homicide as a 32-year-old of St. Stephen's. He said the suspect is a 24-year-old of Lander.
Carey said the names of the two men were being withheld after a judge signed a non-disclosure order restricting the release of the identities.
14 - The Riverton Police Department began investigating the death of Lucas Myhre, 27, of Riverton, who was pronounced dead Sept. 13 at the scene of a shooting in the 800 block of East Adams Avenue.
Officials said Dustin Nickelson, 23, of Riverton, was in custody on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the incident, which police are calling a homicide due to "initial indications" according to a press release.
16 - A Riverton man remained in jail on a second-degree murder charge after a judge set his bond at $1 million cash after he was accused of shooting and killing a man the previous night.
Prosecutors accused Dustin Dean Nickelson, 23, of shooting Lucas Myhre, 27, of Riverton, multiple times with a .45 caliber SAR handgun and killing him in front of an apartment at 811 E. Adams Ave.
19 - The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees finalized the CWC budget for the fiscal year.
Vice president for administrative services Ron Granger said the budget was nearly the same as what was presented to the board in May. The total budget was $56.6 million, a 1.6 percent increase compared to 2011's $55.7 million.
19 - The Wyoming Department of Health confirmed Fremont County had its first reported human case of West Nile virus for the season.
20 - One of the five co-defendants accused in the killings of a couple at a Hudson home in November admitted her guilt Sept. 20.
As part of a plea agreement, Samantha June Hanway, 21, of Ethete, entered guilty pleas to two counts of aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the deaths of Eric Clinton Likes, 42, and his girlfriend, Elva Charlotte Quiver, 20.
20 - A state statute restricting information about individuals involved in an alleged sexual assault was being used by authorities to withhold the names of the suspect and victim in the Sept. 11 homicide at a Lander residence.
Fremont County deputy attorney Patrick LeBrun said he could not specify what charges had been filed or whether the alleged sexual assault victim was the suspect, homicide victim or another person.
23 - The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees voted Sept. 19 to discontinue live webcasts of its regular monthly meetings. The broadcasts had been available to the public since April.
23 - A District Court judge issued an order sealing the criminal file of the youngest defendant in the Hudson double-homicide case while he decided if the case should be transferred to juvenile court.
Judge Marvin L. Tyler granted the restriction filed Sept. 14 that closed "all pleadings, orders, records, transcripts or any other evidence" to the general public in the case against Jude Blackburn, 16, of Riverton.
25 - The Alpine Lake Fire burning on the Wind River Indian Reservation was the fourth largest wildfire in Wyoming as of Sept. 25, weather officials said. The lightning-caused fire had consumed 43,032 acres since it was detected Aug. 7.
26 - Officials confirmed the identity of the suspect being held in connection with the Sept. 11 homicide at a Lander residence.
Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn said John Hereford, 24, of Lander, faced two first-degree murder charges and a kidnapping charge in connection with the incident.
30 - Fremont County School District 25 trustee Marissa Root shared her intention to step down from the board.
Riverton schools superintendent Terry Snyder said he asked Root to remain on the school board until after the general election because of a state statute that requires vacant positions to be voted upon in the next election of trustees.