Wyoming Highway Patrol investigating I-80 truck fire

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating a commercial truck fire Monday on Interstate 80 eastbound at milepost 399 near Pine Bluffs.

The fire, which began around 12 p.m. Monday, started in the rear axle area of the truck’s trailer. The Highway Patrol blocked all eastbound lanes following the fire, slowing traffic flow in the area for a couple of hours.

There were no injuries or additional damage to property. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Drunken driver crashes into tree on Carey Junior High property

A drunken driver crashed into a tree at Cheyenne’s Carey Junior High about 6:40 a.m. Monday, rerouting traffic at the school for about an hour.

Kevin Malatesta, public information officer for the Cheyenne Police Department, said Daniel Fair, 35, of Cheyenne was traveling east on Pershing Boulevard when he lost control of his van, crossed the westbound lanes, drove up onto the lawn of Carey Junior High and struck a tree.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash and Fair was the only occupant of his vehicle, Malatesta said. Police had to extricate Fair from his vehicle, and he was taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

Malatesta said Fair received summonses for driving under influence, failure to maintain a lane, no insurance, no registration, possession of methamphetamine and other warrants.

That portion of Pershing Boulevard was closed during the time students arrive at school, so Carey Junior High officials directed families to drop off students behind the school. Malatesta said officers reopened the road by 8 a.m.

Western States Bank gives $25,000 to LCCC food pantry

Western States Bank provided a $25,000 gift Thursday to Laramie County Community College to continue its support of the Western States Bank Food Pantry, which first opened in 2012.

LCCC officials will use the endowed gift long term to buy needed items or to purchase needed equipment and shelving.

So far in 2018, the pantry has been accessed 656 times by LCCC students. Located in the newly renovated Crossroads Building, it is available to any current LCCC student with a valid student ID. Students can obtain free food and toiletry items when they may not otherwise be able to afford such products.

For more information about the pantry, contact Zeke Sorenson at or 307-778-1119.

Cheyenne Pyro City raises $1K for Needs Inc. this year

Cheyenne’s Pyro City raised $1,000 to benefit Needs Inc. July 4 through the purchase of Pro Punks, a large punk used to light fireworks.

The fundraising program debuted this year and also took place at other Pyro City locations.

As an official food pantry in Laramie County, Needs Inc. provides food, clothing and school supplies to county residents in need.

Throughout the summer, a portion of proceeds from the Pro Punk packages benefitted Needs Inc.’s program.

Fugitive Wyo. sex offender located by marshals in Calif.

A noncompliant sex offender from Chugwater was located in Fairfield, California, over the weekend, after a lengthy fugitive investigation spanning several states and jurisdictions.

Paul Daniel Hatcher, 58, was wanted by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department after a warrant for his arrest was issued in June. The warrant alleges five new counts of sexual abuse of children. In July, sheriff’s detectives requested assistance the United States Marshals Service in locating and arresting Hatcher.

The fugitive investigation followed Hatcher through several states, including Oklahoma, Washington, Oregon and California. Investigators for the Marshals Service believe Hatcher was taking active measures to avoid detection and arrest.

Ultimately, information obtained during the investigation showed that Hatcher was in the area of Fairfield, California. U.S. Marshals Taskforce Officers in California were notified, and Hatcher was located and arrested shortly after.

Average gas prices fall 1.8 cents per gallon in Wyoming

Average retail gasoline prices in Wyoming have fallen 1.8 cents per gallon, averaging $2.93 per gallon Sunday, according to gasoline price website’s daily survey of 494 gas outlets in Wyoming.

This compares with the national average that has increased 1.6 cents per gallon to $2.84.

Including the change in gas prices in Wyoming during the past week, prices Sunday were 40.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and 0.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 18.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

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