Vital Statistics

None reported

Oct. 24 Daron Michael Shelp, 48, of Worland, in Billings, Montana
Oct. 24 Donald A. Fraser, 60, of Worland
Oct. 23 Clarence “Bud” Addison Brimmer, Jr., 82, of Cheyenne in Boulder, Colorado
Oct. 17 Shirley Ann Loberg, 79, of Cody

None reported

None reported

Oct. 23 10:11 a.m. 10th and Big Horn
Oct. 24 1:02 a.m. 711 S. 15th St.
Oct. 24 6:55 a.m. 2209 BIg Horn

Oct. 23 10:11 a.m. 10th and Big Horn
Oct. 23 11:18 p.m. 1623 Big Horn

Worland temperatures: High 77, Low 33 precipitation: 0.00
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Southeast wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. South southwest wind 6 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Sunday Night: A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. West wind 6 to 14 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
Sunset tonight: 6:07 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 7:37 a.m.

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Emergency workers try to remove Rick Capellen from the wreckage of a Corvette on Sept. 22. Capellen was charged with vehicular homicide connected to the wreck.

Man charged with vehicular homicide in head-on collision

By Jeanette Johnson
Staff Writer

WORLAND – Judge Thomas Harrington signed a bench warrant on Friday, Oct. 24 to bring Rick Capellen, 54, back to Washakie County on a charge of vehicular homicide resulting in the death of Karen Sue Davis, 61, of Worland.
Capellen also faces charges of DUI and three felony counts of possession of controlled substance, namely: heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.
“The charges were filed once I had verification that Mr. Capellen was out of the hospital,” Washakie County Attorney Marcy Argeris said on Friday morning.
The charges came as the result of a head-on collision on Monday, Sept. 22 on Hwy. 20 South. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.
Capellen suffered a broken leg and was transported to Washakie Medical Center and later to a hospital in Billings, Mont.
According to the court documents, Count 1 – aggravated homicide by vehicle, a felony, is punishable by imprisonment of not more than 20 years, a fine or both. On Count 2 – DUI, a misdemeanor, is punishable by imprisonment of not more than six months, a fine of $750 or both.
Counts 3, 4 and 5 – unlawful possession of a controlled substance 3rd or subsequent offense, all felonies, are punishable by imprisonment of not more than five years, a fine of not more than $5,000 or both on each count.
In an affidavit signed by Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Karl Germain, there were no other contributing factors to the crash. He noted there were large gouge marks in the pavement indicating the impact occurred in the southbound lane of travel and there were no visible signs either vehicles’ brakes had been applied. Davis was traveling south at the time.
The WHP Crash Investigation Team was called in to assist with the diagram of the scene on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Troopers Brian Bragonier and Pittsley responded. Bragonier agreed with Germain’s assessment the impact occurred in the southbound lane of travel.
Results showed the Chevrolet Corvette driven by Capellen was traveling between 60 and 65 miles per hour prior to impact. The Chevrolet Malibu driven by Davis was estimated to be traveling between 55 and 60 miles per hour.
Inventory of the Corvette turned up a camouflage duffle bag containing: one glass pipe containing suspected marijuana residue; one glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue; two small clear plastic bags containing suspected marijuana; one metal spoon with suspected methamphetamine residue; one small blue and white capsule containing suspected heroin and two syringes. Located under the driver’s seat was one brown and silver metal and wooden pipe with suspected marijuana residue.

DAILY NEWS photo by Susan Lockhart
Ron Vanderpool (right) talks with WHS building trades students (from left) Caleb Workman, Jakob Schaeffer, Angel Ramos, Wade Goncalves adn (hidden) Garrett Michel and R.J. Schrage during a visit to the building site Wednesday.

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