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Sep 18, 2013 - Associated Press

New school facilities chief named

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Bill Panos as the new director of the Wyoming School Facilities Department.

Panos is the City Manager in Eureka, Calif. He previously served as School Facilities Director in Washington State.

The Wyoming School Facilities Department is charged with making sure each public school district has adequate space to deliver quality education to students.

Mead noted in a statement that the state has spent more than $1 billion on building schools over the last decade, and there are many more school projects in line.

Panos plans to start work in Wyoming on Nov. 4. He will be paid $150,000 a year.

Prison term for man who bit cop

CHEYENNE (AP) -- A man accused of biting a police officer during a disturbance in Cheyenne has been sentenced to three to six years in prison.

David C. Croy appeared in court Monday after previously pleading no contest to interfering with a peace officer.

Police who were called to a disturbance Sept. 21 say Croy was in an argument and smelled strongly of alcohol.

He then became agitated and started swinging his arms back and forth as paramedics were treating him.

Authorities say the officer was bitten on his right hand as he was trying to stop Croy from injuring the paramedics.

Autopsy says missing man drowned

WORLAND (AP) -- Authorities say no foul play is suspected in the death of a 91-year-old man whose body was found in Worland last week.

George Sumida, of Worland, was reported missing on Sept. 8 and his body was found in a canal last Wednesday.

Washakie County Coroner Jeff Lapp says the preliminary autopsy lists the cause of death as drowning.

Lapp said Sumida was a World War II veteran who suffered flashbacks during thunderstorms.

There were storms in the area on the night Sumida went missing.

Free Yellowstone day coming up

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- Visitors to Yellowstone and other national parks will be admitted free on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28.

A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks usually costs $25 for private vehicles. Camping fees and other fees will still apply on National Public Lands Day.

The Park Service is waiving entrance fees to encourage people to visit national parks.

The agency plans to waive entrance fees on November 9-11 to mark the Veteran's Day holiday.

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