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Town Crier: Wednesday's Highlights

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Wednesday support meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous: 6:30 a.m., 917 N. Beech; 8:30 a.m., 500 S. Wolcott; 10 a.m., 328 E. A; noon, 500 S. Wolcott; 2 p.m., 917 N. Beech; 5:30 p.m., 1124 Elma, Imitate the Image Church; 5:30 p.m., 328 E. A; 7 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, closed; 7 p.m., 520 CY; 8 p.m., 328-1/2 E. A; 8 p.m., 328 E. A; 8 p.m., 917 N. Beech. Douglas: 7:30 p.m., 628 E. Richards (upstairs in back). Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open. Casper info: 266-9578; Douglas info: (307) 351-1688.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 7 p.m., 15th and Melrose, at the church. Web site:

TOPS #162, weight loss support, 8:30 a.m., 1868 S. Poplar.

Interfaith open house

Interfaith of Natrona County is now located in The Landing at Roosevelt, 140 E. K St., Ste. 100 (this is the old Roosevelt High School building). Tour new offices and meet the staff and volunteers at an open house from 9 a.m. to noon.

Summer clearance at Methodist thrift

The summer countdown clearance sale has begun at the Methodist thrift shop, 611 W. Collins St., in Casper, one block west of the NCHS football stadium.

All merchandise and clothing is half price now. The prices get lower as time passes but the selection gets smaller. Shop soon for best bargains in men’s, women’s, kids clothing, fabrics, linens, kitchenware, dishes, wall art, books and miscellaneous knick-knacks.

Open store hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of clean, usable clothing and items are gratefully accepted during open hours.

Cleaning and re-stocking closure is Sept. 21 to 30 with a re-opening Oct. 2 with an all-new fall inventory.

The thrift shop is staffed with volunteers from the Methodist church however the net proceeds go to Interfaith and Holy Cross Brothers. Your support enables us to do this and is greatly appreciated. For more information, call 234-6611.

Daytime Women in the Word

Women in the Word is a nondenominational, community-wide Bible study for women of all ages. We meet on Wednesdays from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. at Highland Park Community Church.

Join for fellowship and to learn more about the Bible. Childcare is provided for preschool children.

For more information, call Angela at 267-8061 or Barbara at 277-3366.

Quilts of Valor every Wednesday

The Central Wyoming Chapter of Quilts of Valor meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to sew at the Central Wyoming Senior Services Center, 1831 E. Fourth St. Quilts of Valor are made by volunteers. Donated fabrics, supplies or monetary donations are appreciated. The chapter awards quilts to veterans who reside in the Central Wyoming region. Dues are $5 per year, and new members are always welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Yung Hui Torske at 258-5578, Sandy Elliott at 307-554-0331 or any chapter member.

Learn about Google Drive

The Natrona County Library will offer a Google Drive class from 3 to 5 p.m. Learn how to save files online, create your own documents using Google’s word processor, and learn about Drive’s collaborative sharing features. Call 577.READ x2 or email for more information.

After School at the Library

The Natrona County Library will host a LEGO hour for elementary-age students at 4 p.m. All supplies provided at no cost. Call 577-READ x5 for more information.

Taco bar at Elks

Wednesday Night Special at the Casper Elks Lodge is taco bar with all the fixings. All you can eat for $7. Build your own tacos, nachos, taco salad or any combination you desire with green chili and refried beans. Children 5 to 12 are $3, serving from 6 to 7 p.m. or until gone. Also enjoy a dessert for $1. Member, significant other and guest accompanied by a member. For more information, call 234-4839.

Auto club meets

The Oil Capitol Auto Club will hold its regular monthly meeting at Z’s Classics on East Yellowstone. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and all members are urged to attend. All guests, car folks, and any interested in cars are welcome to attend. Come and meet more of our veterans who have received scholarships. There are also some local car shows coming up so come on down and join the fun. Any questions can be directed to Jerry Russell at 577-7119.

Archaeologists meet

The monthly meeting of the Casper Chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society will be held at 7 p.m. on the ground floor of the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building, 2211 King Blvd. Please use the entrance on the east side of the building.

Following a brief business meeting, Dr. Mark Miller, retired Wyoming state archaeologist, will be our guest speaker. His presentation will be on Middle Plains Archaic Bison Hunting in Southcentral Wyoming: Revisiting the Scoggin Site (48CR304). Visitors and potential new members are welcome. Please contact Mavis Greer, chapter president, at if you have any questions.

Jersey Mike’s helps Harvey victims

More than 1,300 Jersey Mike’s Subs locations across the country, including 3095 Talon Dr., in Casper, are partnering with the Houston Food Bank and Corpus Christi Food Bank to help Texas residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

This two-part program provides needed donations to the two local food banks:

1. Through Sunday, participating Jersey Mike’s locations will donate $1 for every regular sized #7 Turkey Breast and Provolone sub sold.

2. Through a grassroots program in September, Jersey Mike’s will hand out special cards in local communities nationwide offering a free sub for a $2 donation to the food banks. Cards can be redeemed in participating restaurants from Friday, Sept. 15, through Friday, Dec. 1.Follow community news editor Sally Ann Shurmur on Twitter @WYOSAS

Idaho man sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for robbing Wyoming bank

An Idaho man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for robbing a Green River bank in 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. He had already been serving time in state prison for a bank robbery later in the same year.

A jury convicted Donald Alexander Sheriff, also known as Donald Sample, 60, of Pocatello, Idaho, on June 30 of bank robbery and using a firearm during a violent crime, both federal felonies.

Sheriff was sentenced Sept. 5 to 23 years for the robbery charge and seven years for the firearm charge. He will begin serving the sentence for the gun charge after completing the robbery sentence.

Sheriff robbed the Wyochem Federal Credit Union in June 2013, making off with more than $175,000.

On June 1, 2013, Sheriff hid near a door of the credit union wearing latex gloves, a fake beard and an earbud transmitting police scanner chatter. When a credit union teller approached the door, he threatened her with a gun and ordered her to deactivate the credit union’s alarm and open the vault.

After taking the money, Sheriff tied up the teller and left within 10 minutes.

Sheriff was caught late that August with earbuds, latex gloves, a fake beard and about $8,000 in cash following a bank robbery in Afton. He later pleaded to state charges in relation to that crime and was sentenced to 20 to 35 years in state prison. He began serving that sentence in 2014.

Sheriff was convicted of robbing 10 banks in the 1980s. He was released from his prison sentence on those charges in 2008 and completed parole in 2011.

Natrona County High School placed on brief alert after report of student with gun
 Seth Klamann  / 

Students and staff at Natrona County High School are safe after a brief lockout Tuesday afternoon instituted after reports that a student had a gun in the area, police said.

When police arrived at the high school, they saw the student’s vehicle on Spruce Street and stopped it, but no gun was found. Another vehicle was pulled over as well, although its relation to the incident is unclear.

The high school was placed under a “precautionary lockout,” according to the district. The lockout was lifted at about 3:45 p.m. A student confirmed in a text message that students were being released from the building.

Spruce was closed north of CY Avenue, and traffic was being diverted west onto 11th Street for at least 30 minutes. It was reopened by 4:15 p.m.

Some of the teens left the scene on foot, but at least one was still detained in the back of a police vehicle as of 4:15 p.m.

District spokeswoman Tanya Southerland directed questions to police.

“NCSD’s first priority is student and staff safety,” Southerland said in a statement.

In a lockout, entrances to the building are locked, but activities inside continue as normal. In a lockdown, teachers also lock the doors of classrooms.

The district said all after-school activities will continue as normal.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune 

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks to students and faculty of Woods Learning Center in Casper during her kickoff for the "Rethink School" tour Tuesday morning, Sep. 12, 2017.