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Aug 16, 2013 - The Associated Press
Old murder investigated again
CHEYENNE -- A special prosecutor is looking into how Sublette County law enforcement officers handled the investigation of a Montana man who was convicted of murder but later cleared.
Troy Willoughby, of Wickes, Mont., was convicted in 2010 in the 1984 killing of Lisa Ehlers.
Willoughby's conviction was overturned after Sublette County Attorney Neal Stelting in 2011 announced investigators had failed to disclose possibly exculpatory evidence to Willoughby's attorneys. Willoughby was acquitted at his second trial last year.
Willoughby is pressing a federal lawsuit against two former officers of the Sublette County Sheriff's Office and a former investigator with the county attorney's office.
Court records show Sheridan County Attorney Matt Redle is working as a special prosecutor with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation to examine the officers' conduct. Redle declined comment.
Four injured in bear incidents
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- A couple of run-ins with bears in and near Yellowstone National Park have left four people injured.
The National Park Service says a grizzly bear charged two hikers in Yellowstone, leaving one person with bite and claw marks and another with injuries that were treated at the scene. The hikers had come across a young grizzly Thursday just before noon when a sow charged.
Roughly 70 miles away, near Island Park, Idaho, two Bureau of Land Management contract workers were bitten by a grizzly bear Thursday. At least one of the men required stitches in wounds on his thigh and buttocks.
Three killed in Colorado wreck
ROCKPORT, Colo. -- Three young people from Wyoming are dead and two others are injured after their car crashed in northern Colorado.
The crash happened early Thursday morning after the driver apparently failed to negotiate a curve on U.S. Highway 85 on the open prairie in rural Weld County. The accident, about seven miles south of the Wyoming border, was reported at 5:43 a.m.
The Colorado State Patrol says two 21-year-old males and a 19-year-old female died. Another female, believed to be in her 20s, was taken to North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley with life-threatening injuries. A 22-year-old man, believed to be the driver of the 2013 Hyundai sedan, was taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Their conditions weren't immediately known.
Authorities are still working to identify the victims but all are believed to be from Cheyenne, Trooper Josh Lewis said.
Woman gets probation in fraud case
CHEYENNE -- A federal judge has sentenced an Evanston woman to serve five months home confinement and two years of probation following her guilty plea to committing health care fraud.
U.S. Attorney Kip Crofts announced that 52-year-old Brenda Murray also must pay more than $56,000 restitution.
Murray pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal this June to defrauding the state Medicaid system by falsely claiming she provided services to children with developmental disabilities.