Sep 11, 2013 The Associated Press

Officials name girl shot in park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Yellowstone National Park officials have identified a 3-year-old girl who died from a gunshot wound in the park as Ella Marie Tucker, of Pocatello, Idaho.

Park officials said the shooting remained under investigation. They did not release the girl's parents' names or further details of what happened, including how they believe the girl got ahold of the gun.

Park officials say Ella's mother called for help on Saturday to report her daughter had shot herself with a handgun. Park rangers who responded to Grant Village Campground on the western shore of Yellowstone Lake were unable to resuscitate her.

It was the first shooting death in Yellowstone since 1978. Two shooting deaths occurred in the park that year, records show.

Carrying a gun in a national park has been legal under a federal law that took effect in 2010.

Inmate seen twice since escape

CASPER -- Authorities say an inmate has been seen twice in Wyoming since he escaped on his way to the Sweetwater County jail over the Labor Day weekend.

Natrona County Sheriff Gus Holbrook said Kenneth James Ward was seen in Bairoil north of Rawlins on Monday, about 20 miles from where he first went missing. He is believed to have walked that distance before hitchhiking to Rawlins.

The man who gave him a ride called authorities after he dropped him off.

Ward fled Saturday, Aug. 31, after the Inmate Services Corp. van stopped near Independence Rock for a restroom break, and Holbrook says the company's two guards decided to search for him on their own before notifying his office.

Historic inn to be rejuvenated

SHERIDAN -- There's some new hope for the landmark Sheridan Inn.

Aman with Sheridan roots is planning to purchase the historic structure and reopen it.

Bob Townsend and his wife are currently under contract to purchase the Sheridan Inn and they hope to close on the property by the end of October.

The Inn was forced to close its doors about year ago after failing make a $100,000 payment to the Wyoming Bank & Trust in January 2012. At that time, the Inn was run by the Sheridan Heritage Center.

The Sheridan Heritage Center had been trying to repair and renovate the inn.

Man charged in hit-and-run case

CASPER -- Police have arrested a man suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a preteen Evansville boy.

Lawrence Martinez appeared in court Monday on a charge of aggravated assault. His bail was set at $100,000.

Police say witnesses told them they saw a truck matching Martinez' speeding through their neighborhood when it hit the boy and dragged him under the vehicle as he was playing on his scooter Aug. 17. The boy suffered severe bleeding from the brain and was flown to a Denver hospital.

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