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Missing Russian found dead in Grand Teton park

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) - A Russian student who went missing in Grand Teton National Park has been found dead.

The body of 20-year-old Aleksandr "Sasha" Sagiev was found in the park Friday. The student from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, was reported missing Monday after going for a hike.

After a three-day search, Sagiev's body was discovered below a steep traverse, known as Cache Couloir, in Glacier Gulch.

Sagiev was a seasonal employee at a pizza shop in the area. About 60 searchers had been looking for him since he was last seen at work Sunday.

Authorities say that when Sagiev was found, he was wearing the metallic blue "Sochi" jacket that he was last seen wearing.

There's no immediate word on the cause of death.


Jackson Hole demonstrators rally against rate hike

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) - Shadowing central bankers and economists at the Federal Reserve conference here, a group of about 10 demonstrators pressed Fed Chair Janet Yellen not to yield to pressure to raise interest rates.

Carrying placards and green T-shirts embossed with the slogan "What recovery?" they said they'd come from New York, Missouri, Minnesota and elsewhere to draw attention to people left behind by the recovery and still unable to find work.

One demonstrator approached Yellen as she prepared to enter the opening reception Thursday night to press their point. With security guards hovering nearby, the two shook hands and spoke for about a minute before Yellen entered the closed-door gathering.

Yellen spokesman Doug Tillett said her staff would seek to arrange a meeting between the chair and the demonstrators back in Washington.


Officer charged in hot-car death of police dog

MILLS, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to an animal cruelty charge that alleges a police dog died after he left it in a hot patrol car for several hours.

According to an investigator's statement filed in Natrona County Circuit Court, Mills police officer Zachary Miller left the female black lab named Nyx in his patrol car for over six hours July 9.

KCWY News 13 reports the car was running but the air conditioning was off and outside temperatures reached 86 degrees.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Miller, a four-year veteran of the Mills Police Department, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge at a court appearance on Friday.

Nyx had been with the department for almost seven years and lived with Miller's family.


Landmark Jackson cabin gets demolition reprieve

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The deadline to save a landmark Jackson cabin from demolition has been extended as town officials work toward moving it to a city park.

The buyers of the land where the cabin sits wanted it removed or torn down by Friday but agreed to a two-week extension.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports town officials are working with the current owner, Graham Mercer, to move the cabin.

Mercer offered to donate it to the city and contribute $5,000 toward the cost of relocating it. The total expense of moving it has been estimated at $12,000 to $20,000.

The cabin once stood on the town square and a photo of it appeared in Life Magazine in 1948. It has been a residence, business, office and storage building.


Woman, 75, to be sentenced for old Wyoming killing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An elderly Missouri woman convicted earlier this year of murdering her 25-year-old husband in Wyoming in the mid-1970s faces sentencing in Cheyenne on Monday.

Jurors in Cheyenne didn't buy 75-year-old Alice Uden's argument she shot Ronald Holtz in the head to defend her toddler daughter from him. They found her guilty in May of second-degree murder.

Yet the argument by Uden's attorneys that Holtz was abusive could come up again when a judge weighs sentencing for Uden, who faces 20 years to life in prison.

In an apparently unrelated case, Uden's current husband, 72-year-old Gerald Uden, pleaded guilty in November to shooting his ex-wife and her two children in central Wyoming in 1980. He's serving a life sentence.

Authorities arrested the Chadwick, Missouri, couple in southwest Missouri last fall.


Natrona recount confirms commissioner results

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A recount has confirmed that Natrona County commissioner candidate Steve Schlager won a spot on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday Schlager had 76 more votes than fourth-place finisher Todd Murphy in Tuesday's Republican primary.

Murphy offered to concede to avoid the expense of a recount, but county officials said state law required the review because the margin was less than 1 percent.

Robert Hendry and John Lawson finished in the top two spots.


Diesel devotees hope to scrub engine's reputation

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Three technical school students in Laramie who like diesel power want to stop other drivers from soiling their reputations with clouds of black smoke.

The Laramie Boomerang reported Friday they formed a chapter of the group Clean Diesel Performance.

They say diesels running at top horsepower and efficiency don't produce a lot of smoke.

They also say that blowing a lot of exhaust from a diesel's tailpipe is irresponsible.

One of their goals is to help persuade federal regulators not to toughen emissions restrictions, and another is to help the environment in general.

The three students are Tanner Wiediger, Scott McIntyre and Logan Sondgeroth. All are in their 20s and are students at WyoTech's Laramie campus.


Defense: New evidence found in Gillette slaying

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Attorneys for a Gillette man charged with murder in the Thanksgiving Day shooting of another man say they have new evidence in the case, but no details have been released.

A pretrial hearing for 21-year-old Todd Michael Sindelar was postponed Wednesday after his attorneys told the judge the new evidence needs to be processed.

The Gillette News-Record reports prosecutors did not object and the judge granted a continuance. No new date has been set for the hearing but both sides said they would be ready to resume in about 30 days.

Sindelar is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 28 shooting death of Matthew Boyer at Boyer's home. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted.

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