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Apr 3, 2012 - The Associated Press
Driver of runaway truck killed
BUFFALO (AP) -- A tractor-trailer hauling a load of bentonite jack-knifed and went over a 300-foot embankment near Buffalo, killing the driver.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the accident Sunday killed 44-year-old Oscar L. Vizcarra, of Lewisville, Texas.
Witnesses said the truck's brakes were smoking as Vizcarra drove downhill on U.S. 16, the highway that goes over Powder River Pass.
Patrol officials say Vizcarra drove past a runaway truck ramp alongside the highway without pulling off. He was thrown from the truck before it crashed alongside the Clear Creek River.
Troopers say that failure to use lower gears might have caused the brakes to overheat.
Biker dies in Poudre Canyon crash
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- The Colorado State Patrol says a Wyoming motorcyclist was killed when an SUV crossed the center line in Poudre Canyon.
Trooper Nate Reid identified the victim as 47-year-old Scott Brelsford. Brelsford was wearing a helmet when he was struck Saturday near Poudre Park.
No information was available on possible charges against the driver of the sports utility vehicle, Collin Claussen, of Minnesota.
Man pleads not guilty in wife's slaying
CODY (AP) -- A 28-year-old Cody man accused of stabbing his wife to death with a screwdriver has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
Myron J. Friday appeared in District Court on Monday, and his court-appointed attorney entered the plea on his client's behalf.
Friday's wife, Julie Friday, was found dead at her home Feb. 26 by one of her teenage children. Myron Friday was arrested after a daylong search and remains in the Park County jail on $1 million bail.
Church offered gas discount
CHEYENNE (AP) -- It looked like a miracle. Fill up your tank for $2.46 a gallon?
A church offered drivers a dollar discount on at a gasoline station in Cheyenne on Saturday.
Element Church covered the $1 discount for hundreds of people who showed up to take advantage of the offer. RVs and tractor-trailers were excluded from the offer.