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Casper Re-Entry Center escapee Arrested in Rock Springs

ROCK SPRINGS — The Rock Springs Police Department (RSPD) arrested a Casper Re-Entry Center escapee that the Natrona County Sheriffs Office (NCSO) reported had escaped on Tuesday. Anthony Ray Ortega, 23, was wanted for felony escape from official detention according to the NCSO. Ortega was participating in the work-release program at the Casper Re-Entry Center when he […]

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Kemmerer woman charged with first-degree murder of 5-year-old

SweetwaterNOW News Desk KEMMERER, Wyo. — A 51-year old Kemmerer woman has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred on Friday evening. The Kemmerer Police Department reports that Cheri Lynn Marler was taken into custody on Saturday following the death of a five-year-old female child […]

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Firearms Manufacturer Kel-Tec Announces Plans for new Factory in Rock Springs

The following is from a press release: SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition (SEDC) is pleased to announce jointly with the Wyoming Business Council that Kel-Tec CNC Industries is expanding its production capacity with the acquisition of a 33,000 square foot facility in Rock Springs, WY, augmenting its 125,000 square foot industrial space in […]

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(Update) Shooting suspect arrested in Green River on Friday

Originally reported by Sweetwater Now UPDATE: June 24, 2022, 10:47 a.m. — According to the Green River Police Department, Wolf has been located and arrested. At this time there is no further threat to residents north of Rock Springs. Further details regarding the incident will be released. GREEN RIVER —Sweetwater County law enforcement agencies are currently investigating […]

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Pasborg receives Sheriff’s Commendation for heroic acts in Wyoming house fire

Olivia Kennah – SweetwaterNOW May 17, 2022 SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office recognized Ryan Pasborg with the Sheriff’s Commendation during Tuesday’s Sweetwater County Commission meeting. Pasborg was recognized for his selfless service when saving the Wadsworth family from their burning home in Jamestown in February. Sheriff John Grossnickle said Pasborg was driving down the highway, […]

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Wyoming bill prohibiting mugshot use prior to conviction moves forward

By Stephanie Thompson – SweetwaterNOW February 23, 2022 CHEYENNE — A bill that would prohibit the release of a person’s mugshot unless they have been convicted of a crime has made it onto the Wyoming House of Representatives’ General File for review. In a 5-4 vote Monday the Wyoming Legislature’s House Judiciary Committee recommended a do […]

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PHOTOS: Sweetwater firefighters extinguish truck fire along snowy I-80 in Wyoming

By SweetwaterNOW News Desk – February 21, 2022 SWEETWATER COUNTY — Sweetwater County Fire District No. 1 crews extinguished a truck fire on Interstate 80 this morning and prevented damage to the camper the truck was pulling. Firefighters responded to the blaze around 8:30 a.m. near milepost 112 with two trucks and seven firefighters. They were on […]

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Wyoming bill proposes prohibiting release of mugshots prior to conviction

Stephanie Thompson – SweetwaterNOW February 8, 2022 SWEETWATER COUNTY — A Rock Springs state legislator has submitted a bill that would prohibit the release of a person’s mugshot unless they have been convicted of a crime. Representative Chad Banks (HD- 17) said he drafted House Bill 51 after he was approached by several constituents about the […]

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Sweetwater County Detention Center in lockdown following weekend COVID discovery

Dave Arambel – SweetwaterNOW January 24, 2022 SWEETWATER COUNTY — Officials have confirmed this afternoon that the Sweetwater County Detention Center is in lockdown status due to the discovery of two lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases among its inmates. The discovery was made over the weekend, according to Sheriff’s Department Public Information Deputy Jason Mower. Mower said […]

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Governor’s chief energy advisor provides update on Jim Bridger Plant closures

Olivia Kennah – SweetwaterNOW January 18, 2022 SWEETWATER COUNTY — Governor Mark Gordon’s Chief Energy Advisor Randall Luthi spoke with the Sweetwater County Commission today regarding the status of the potential partial Jim Bridger plant shutdown in Sweetwater County. Commission Chairman Jeff Smith said the Commission knows there’s an ongoing battle with the Jim Bridger plant […]

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Sweetwater Commission to hear update on EPA forced plant closures at Jim Bridger

Olivia Kennah – SweetwaterNOW January 17, 2022 SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Sweetwater County Commission will hear an energy update regarding a potential partial Jim Bridger plant shutdown in Sweetwater County due to the plant not being in compliance with regional haze parameters. Governor Gordon’s Environmental Policy Advisor Randall Luthi will provide an energy update to the […]