DAILY NEWS photo by Susan Lockhart
Worland High School junior Bailey Shipley works on a painting of the Wyoming State flag during art class. Art instructor Pam Greek said a Big Horn Basin business had commissioned the art students to paint the U.S. and state flags for their business.


City OKs bid on 2 new police cars

By Jeanette Johnson
Staff Writer

WORLAND – After reviewing the packets from five dealerships, the Worland City Council passed a motion to accept the low bid from Castle Rock Dodge out of Afton.
The company’s bid of $49,954 is for two new Dodge vehicles for the Worland Police Department. The price includes delivery to Worland, City Clerk/Treasurer Tracy Glanz said.
Other bids came from Fremont Motors in Lander, Sheridan Motors, Fremont Motors in Cody and Greiner Motors in Douglas.
Bruce Briggs, with Rendezvous Lounge, and Casey Rice, with Rock Bottom, appeared before the council to request extended hours on Friday, Oct. 31, Friday, Nov. 28 (the day after Thanksgiving), and Wednesday, Dec. 31.
The council approved the request which is effective to all the retail liquor license holders in Washakie County, Glanz said.
A viewing of the preliminary video put together by CGI for the town website took up some time during the meeting. Afterward, changes and suggestions were made, some of which will be made to the video.
Upon Mayor Dave Duffy’s recommendation, George Sheaff was approved to fill the slot on the Worland-Ten Sleep Visitors Council. He replaces Greg Hammons who resigned.
In other action:
•During business of the council, the members were informed the wayside horn project will be turned over to the city on Friday, Oct. 24.
Glanz said residents should be able to notice a decrease in the noise the trains make when they travel through Worland.


Bond denied for suspect in Riverton stabbing death

RIVERTON (AP) — A Riverton man accused of breaking into a house and killing a man in bed with his estranged wife will remain jailed without bond.
Jeremiah Shull, 22, made an initial appearance in District Court on Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death early Sunday of 27-year-old Jacob Nash Willenbrecht of Riverton.
Shull also was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault in the stabbing of his estranged wife, 29-year-old Julie Cordell-Shull, but a charge was not immediately filed. He did not enter a plea.
Police said Shull acknowledged breaking into the house through a window and stabbing Willenbrecht to death with a pocket knife, court records said.
Shull’s attorney says it was a crime of passion, but understood the state’s recommendation that the suspect be held without bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 29.
Cordell-Shull spoke to investigators at the hospital and said she awakened early Sunday and saw Shull stabbing Willenbrecht. She said she put her arm between the two men and it was stabbed.
She said she tried to flee the bedroom but the door was locked and Shull grabbed her around the neck and threw her away from the door, charging documents said. Shull then choked Cordell-Shull until she was unconscious, detective Eric Granlund wrote in his affidavit.
The Ranger reported police had been looking for Shull because his father called and said his son was thinking of committing a crime and that he was “going to be going to jail for the rest of his life.”
“He and his wife have been fighting and may be divorcing. Just sounds like a bad thing,” Jesse Shull told police.
When Jeremiah Shull was arrested, he had what appeared to be dried blood on his clothing, hands and lower arms, court records said.


Man pleads guilty to oil patch murder

SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of a Montana teacher in an oil boom town where residents say their lives were forever altered by the crime.
Montana District Judge Richard Simonton accepted Michael Keith Spell’s guilty plea on a count of deliberate homicide. A charge of attempted kidnapping was dropped as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Spell testified that Sherry Arnold, 43, was killed when he and an accomplice tried to abduct the Sidney High School math teacher while she was out for a pre-dawn jog in January 2012. He said Arnold struggled when he tried to drag her into their vehicle and that she ultimately lost consciousness.
Spell, who is mentally disabled, said he and accomplice Lester Van Waters Jr. smoked large amounts of crack cocaine leading up to the attempted abduction. Spell appeared unable Wednesday to recall events in detail.
“I’m not sure who killed her. It could have been either one,” he said. “All I can say is I’m sorry and ashamed of what I did.”
Waters pleaded guilty last year to deliberate homicide by accountability in the case. He is awaiting sentencing.
Richland County Attorney Mike Weber recommended a 100-year prison sentence for Spell with the possibility of parole.
Attorneys for the 25-year-old man from Parachute, Colorado, said they’ll ask for Spell to be sentenced to the state health department, which could allow him to serve his time in a facility for the mentally disabled.
Defense attorneys also reserved the right to ask for a lesser sentence.
If Simonton accepts the prosecution’s sentencing recommendations, Spell would have to serve at least 25 percent of his time before he would be eligible for parole. Factoring in time he’s already served, that means he could be eligible for release in 22 years, defense attorney Al Avigone said.
A sentencing hearing was not immediately scheduled.


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State Flower: Indian Paintbrush

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Tree: Cottonwood

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