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Oct 4, 2013 - The Associated Press

Man charged in wife's murder

CHEYENNE -- Police in Cheyenne have charged a man with murder in the shooting death of his wife.

Police booked 31-year-old Christopher M. Town into the Laramie County jail on Wednesday night on a charge of first-degree murder.

Police say 29-year-old Crystal Town died after she was shot with a handgun.

An arrest report says Christopher Town called police and said he had shot his wife. Officers found her dead when they arrived at a residence.

Prison term for refinery incident

RAWLINS -- A man accused of deliberately damaging valves at the oil refinery in Sinclair has pleaded no contest to a felony charge of making terroristic threats.

Carbon County District Judge Wade Waldrip on Monday sentenced Bryant Paul Willingham to two to three years in prison. The judge suspended the prison time in favor of six months in jail and two years of probation.

Prosecutors agreed to drop charges of aggravated assault and battery, and reckless endangerment.

Refinery workers discovered the damage in October, 2012. Police say Willingham told them it was a joke to get the refinery evacuated so workers could go home.

A Sinclair spokesman says two workers shared a $25,000 reward that was offered for anybody who provided useful information in the case.

Vietnam reunion planned

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Veterans Commission is planning to hold a statewide Vietnam veteran reunion in June 2015 in Casper.

The reunion would mark the 50th anniversary of the start of U.S. combat operations in Vietnam.

The commission will host an organization meeting next week at the Wyoming National Guard armory in Casper.

Commission Chairman Al Ellefson says the commission looks forward to partnering with local and statewide organizations to ensure Wyoming Vietnam veterans are honored in a positive manner.

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