Wyoming digest

Aug 19, 2013 The Associated Press

Patrol identifies victims in rollover

CHEYENNE -- The Colorado State Patrol has identified three people from Cheyenne who died in a rollover accident north of Greeley, Colo., on Thursday.

Trooper Josh Lewis identified the victims as 21-year-old Michael De La Rosa; 18-year-old Mariah De La Rosa and 21-year-old Michael Gnoato.

Lewis identified the driver as 22-year-old Anthony Alacca of Cheyenne. Alacca was listed in in good condition Friday afternoon at a Cheyenne hospital.

Lewis said 21-year-old passenger Mariah Motschman was flown from the scene of a crash to a hospital in Greeley. A hospital spokesman said Motschman was listed in critical condition on Friday.

Lewis said all five were in a 2013 Hyundai sedan that was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 85 early Thursday when it left the roadway, hit an embankment and landed on its top.

Man killed in accident at mine

GILLETTE -- Authorities say a power shovel crashed into two pickup trucks at a northeast Wyoming coal mine, killing one worker and injuring another.

Campbell County Sheriff Bill Pownall says the accident occurred at Arch Coal's Black Thunder mine about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Pownall says 24-year-old Jacob Dowdy, of Upton, was pronounced dead at the scene, while 38-year-old Mike Lewis, of Wright, was taken to Campbell County Memorial Hospital where he was listed in good condition.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the power shovel was traveling up a ramp when it rolled back into the two pickup trucks. Dowdy had been an employee of Thunder Basin Coal Co., Arch Coal's subsidiary that operates the mine, for about three years. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Police release details on culvert death

GILLETTE -- A preliminary report released by Gillette police says a man who died after being swept into a drainage culvert after a downpour had been checking whether the culvert needed to be cleared of debris.

Twenty-year-old Connor Lindsey died after being swept into the culvert near Providence Park on Aug. 2. Police say Lindsey and his friend Shawn Tays had gone to the culvert to check whether it was clogged. Tays told police the water was up to his waist. Police say Lindsey tripped while in the water and was sucked into the pipe.

An officer wrote that a grate on the inlet side where Lindsey was sucked in was missing. The report says Tays grabbed Lindsey's collar but couldn't hold on.

Trial date set in Facebook post threat

LARAMIE -- A judge has set an Oct. 9 trial date for a former University of Wyoming student accused of posting an anonymous Facebook threat against herself.

Meghan Lanker-Simons is charged with a misdemeanor count of interfering with a peace officer. She has pleaded not guilty.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The charge against Lanker-Simons stems from a UW Police Department investigation into a graphic, sexual comment made on a Facebook page for UW students that targeted Lanker-Simons. Police say their investigation traced the posting to Lanker-Simons' personal computer.

Owners won't rebuild gas station

CHUGWATER -- The owners of a Chugwater gas station that was destroyed when a man crashed his vehicle into it, causing an explosion and fire, have decided not to rebuild.

Mayor Ladonna Sand said ) the owners of Horton's Corner believe they are too old to rebuild, but some companies have expressed interest in the property.

John Barberini Jr. is accused of deliberately driving his SUV into Horton's on Dec. 30.

Horton's was the only place for miles around to get gas. Residents still have to drive to Wheatland, a 48-mile round trip to the north, or Cheyenne, an 80-mile round trip south, to fill up.

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