AMBIEN DEFENSE DELAY
Casper molestation trial delayed until March
(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com)
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A man accused of molesting a 10-year-old Casper girl won't go on trial until March, nearly a year after his arraignment.
Prosecutors asked a judge Thursday for more time to arrange expert testimony and allow Glynn Howard Johnson to be evaluated by the state hospital.
The Star-Tribune reported that Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking was visibly angry but granted the request. She said it would be the fourth delay in the proceedings.
Johnson's lawyer, Tom Fleener, has indicated he will present the so-called Ambien defense at trial. Fleener has said Johnson took the popular sleeping pill the night of the alleged crime and doesn't remember what happened.
Sheriff: Arrest yields close to 40 pounds of drugs
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Laramie County Sheriff's Department says officers have seized a total of nearly 40 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine following the arrest of a local man last month.
Federal prosecutors have charged 53-year-old Phillip Martin of Cheyenne with possession of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine following his Nov. 26 arrest. A federal magistrate has ordered him detained.
A press release from the sheriff's office on Thursday states officers first found nearly 9 pounds of meth and cocaine in Martin's vehicle. It states a later search of his residence turned up 29 pounds of meth and another pound of cocaine, along with 25 guns and $18,500 in cash.
Cheyenne lawyer Terry Harris represents Martin and has declined comment on the prosecution. An attempt to reach Harris on Thursday was unsuccessful.
Governors prepared to do more to fight wildfires
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Governors from several Western states told federal officials on Thursday they are prepared to take on more responsibility for fighting wildfires.
During the annual winter meeting of the Western Governors Association on Thursday, state leaders told officials from the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Agriculture that they recognize times are tight and that they plan to spend more of their own resources fighting fires in their states.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said "This is not just a federal issue, it's a state issue, and the states need to be involved heavily in it."
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said he recognizes the number of available firefighting planes is on the decline. He said he was interested in building a fleet of aerial support resources in Colorado.
The federal officials seemed caught off-guard by the governors' offer to give more of their states' resources to fighting wildfires.
PACKAGED MEAT RECALL
Windsor meat company expands recall
WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) - A Windsor meat company is expanding a recall of meat and poultry that was produced in unsanitary conditions.
The U.S. Agriculture Department announced the expanded recall Thursday. There have no reports of illness from the recalled products.
Products subject to the recall expansion include various meat and/or poultry products from the following brands: Four Sisters Farm, Heart Rock Bison, High Point Bison, Luc's Pizza, Mountain States Poultry & Meats, Rocky Plains Quality Meats, Schmidt's Bakery & Deli, Wag's Livestock, Wayne's Specialty Meats, Windsor Dairy, Wyoming Pure Beef and Yauk's Specialty Meats
All products being recalled are packaged in retail-ready packaging of various sizes. The products were produced between April 1, 2013, and Dec. 5, 2013 and can be identified by four-digit Julian dates ranging between 3091 and 3339. The products were sold in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service reported unsanitary conditions including rodent activity.
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