Police briefs

2005-08-11T00:00:00Z Police briefsFrom staff reports Casper Star-Tribune Online
August 11, 2005 12:00 am  • 

Youth finds dynamite on ranch

While Shelly Trumbull is used to her 16-year-old son coming across artifacts as he roves and works on the Banner Ranch outside Casper, the discovery he came home with on Tuesday came as a surprise.

"It scared the life out of me when he opened up the can and showed me what was inside," Trumbull said. "It looked like dynamite from old Western movies."

To be precise, the can contained 31 sticks of old dynamite, according to Sgt. Mark Sellers of the Natrona County Sheriff's Office. Bomb technicians responded to the ranch Tuesday night and stabilized the material, Sellers said.

On Wednesday, they took the dynamite to a safe location and destroyed it, Sellers said. He cautioned that explosives can become increasingly unstable with time and that, as a rule, people who find materials that look suspicious should leave them be and notify authorities.

Trumbull said her son spotted the can on Monday and was told to bring it home. She was expecting him to return with an old battery, however, rather than explosives.

Woman gets prison sentence

A 29-year-old woman who admitted in May to passing fraudulent $20 bills at businesses in the Casper area was sentenced Wednesday morning to up to four years in prison.

Dawnelle Engleman was arrested in November after a bingo parlor employee told police he had received a $20 bill that a counterfeit detection pen had showed to be a fake. The report led police to Engleman, another woman and Steven Gettings.

Investigators say Gettings printed the bills using a home computer and then the group used the bills at a bingo hall, a convenience store and other businesses.

Gettings was recently sentenced to as many as six years in prison on a fraud conviction. He also awaits trial on new kidnapping and drug charges.

Man pleads to felony DUI

A 44-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to his fourth charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in five years, which is a felony.

Police say Larry Wagner was observed one afternoon in January driving into a parking lot sign and a parked car. Wagner told police before he was taken into custody that his license was then under suspension for a previous DUI.

According to Wyoming statutes, a fourth DUI conviction is a felony punishable with up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Severe weather returns

The National Weather Service reported Wednesday afternoon that a tornado or funnel cloud may have formed and lasted for about a minute in an area about 11 miles northeast of Casper shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday's weather came on the heels of two previous significant storms to have hit the area in the last two weeks. The brunt of the most recent storm hit northwestern Natrona County, and the NWS issued a flash flood warning in that area to last until the early evening.

Forecasters also warned of the possibility of lightning and large hail.

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