KKTY NEWS Sept 11 Archive



(Fri 9/30/11) - One of the Best Small Towns in America has one of the Best Rural Hospitals in America. Spokesman Karl Hertz says Memorial Hospital of Converse County has received a very prestigious award... audio here

Hertz says the Hospital Strength Index compares 56 different measures of performance... audio here

The award marks Memorial Hospital of Converse County as one of the top-100 out of the 1327 hospitals surveyed. Our congratulations to MHCC on the honor.


(Fri 9/30/11) - Warm, dry weather continues, and another fire ban was put into place today. The Douglas Ranger District of the US Forest Service has placed a fire ban on the Thunder Basin National Grasslands north of Douglas effective today. Bob Sprentall of the Douglas Ranger District says the ban on the Grasslands prohibits fires, campfires or stove fires... the only exception would be for propane or other petroleum-fuled stoves, lanterns and heaters. Smoking is also prohibited, except inside of vehicles and buildings, or while stopped in and area threee feet in diameter that's been cleared of flammable materials. The Thunder Basin Grasslands ban is added onto fire bans put in place earlier this week by the Converse County Commissioners and the Bureau of Land Management.


(Thu 9/29/11) - The escaped convict is captured. After almost a week on the run, 40 year old Derrick Lee Brock was captured Wednesday in Casper. Brock was placed on escape status last Friday morning after he went missing from a work detail at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas. Early in the week, Tim Lockwood with the Wyoming Department of Corrections told KKTY News that they had credible leads that Brock might still be in the Casper area. The Casper Police and Natrona County Sheriff's Office had developed a probable area from leads and known associates where Brock was hiding or frequenting. Police officers and Sheriff deputies coordinated the apprehension of Brock and he was taken into custody without incident. Brock is being held at the Natrona County Detention Center in Casper and is awaiting a preliminary hearing on escape charges. When he escaped, he was serving a sentence for Larceny. He was sentenced in 2011 to 7 to 10 years.


(Tue 9/27/11) - A safe resolution to an early-morning standoff at Lone Tree Village Mobile Home Park. DPD Chief Steve Annetts said they were called out about 12:30 this morning on a domestic disturbance call... audio here

Annetts said that there were a total of nine people in the trailer most of the night, four small children, two juveniles and three adults. The chief said they arrested Levi George, no age given, after he fell asleep around 7:30 this morning and a person inside the trailer called in the police. The Natrona County Special Response Team came in and assisted in resolution of the incident. Charges have been filed... audio here

Annetts said that alchohol was a factor in the incident, and he said no one was injured. Lone Tree Mobile Home park was locked down for over 7 hours, with no traffic allowed in or out during that time.


(Sun 9/25/11) - The search continues for an inmate from the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp at Newcastle. 40 year old Derrick Lee Brock was part of a crew working on general maintenance projects last week at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas. Brock was placed on escape staus when he was discovered missing at 6:30 Friday morning. Rob Akers, Program Manager of of the State Forestry division that works with the Wyoming Department of Corrections said in the 31 years he has worked in the forestry program, this is the first escape. The Department of Corrections is coordinating with Converse and Natrona County law enforcement in an effort to apprehend Mr. Brock. The Douglas Police Department, Converse County Sheriff's Department, Highway Patrol, Natrona County and Casper Police are all involved in the search . Inmate Brock is serving a 7 to 10 year sentence for Larceny. He was moved to the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp in July 2011, from the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington. Brock is 40 years old, 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighs approximately 170 lbs., is Caucasian with a fair complexion, blond hair and blue eyes.


(Sun 9/25/11) - Authorities are taking a fresh look at the case of a Lander woman who went missing while jogging more than 14 years ago. But Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker says there is no new information about the Amy Wroe Bechtel case that sparked the new investigation. Hornecker says that investigators want to close some loopholes in the case. He says the case is reviewed on a regular basis. Wroe Bechtel, a Douglas High School graduate, disappeared in July 1997, while running along a road in the Wind River Mountain Range.


(Mon 9/12/11) - It's official... Douglas has a new Police Chief... audio here

Steven Annetts, a Patrol Commander and 21-year veteran of the Pickering, Ohio Police Department, was sworn in before the Douglas City Council at tonight's Council Meeting... audio here

Annetts is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Leadership College and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He'll assume the job here in Douglas immediately. Council and City Administrator Steve Henning also recognized interim Chief Jim Pond for his services to the Douglas community... audio here

Pond was named interim Police Chief in early May following the firing of Chief Ryan Evans in late April.


(Mon 9/12/11) - A Wyoming park ranger is recovering from injuries he suffered in a shootout that left another man dead. Domenic Bravo is administrator for state parks, historic sites and trails. Bravo says Ranger Phil Martindale was shot in the chest on Friday near Glendo State Park. The shootout occurred after Martindale and officers with the Platte County Sheriff's Office stopped a motorist on the east side of the reservoir. County officials say the motorist fled the scene and was killed in a shootout with officers at a nearby residence. Bravo says Martindale has been transferred from the intensive care unit to a regular room at the Wyoming Medical Center and was speaking this morning. Officials haven't released the name of the man killed in the incident.


(Mon 9/12/11) - Changes coming to the City's Planning Commission. On the agenda for tonight's meeting, the Douglas City Council will consider on first reading amendments to city ordinance that would shrink the Douglas Planning Commission from seven members to five. Dropping the number would make it easier to get a quorum at planning commission meetings, and would lower costs of training and producing packets for the commission. While the board may get smaller, they'll also get more responsibility. Council will also ask the planning commission to take on zoning as one of their duties, and will ask the same group to serve as the City's Board of Adustments. The City Council meets tonight at 7 in council chambers at Douglas City Hall. Council meetings are open to the public, and are broadcast live on Comminicom Cable channel 61.


(Tue 9/6/11) - Wyoming law enforcement officers and judges say they have encountered annoyances but few problems since a new law went into effect making it illegal to refuse a test for drunken driving. Warrants requiring tests have been issued in at least 16 of Wyoming's 23 counties since the law went into force on July 1. Under the old law, drivers could refuse tests. That triggered an automatic license suspension but made it harder to convict someone. Now officers can ask a judge for a search warrant requiring a test. In four counties, that has lead to officers forcibly taking blood samples. Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas informed law enforcement agencies in July that they would not draw blood without a patient's consent. Laramie criminal defense attorney Michael Vang says taking blood by force violates the U.S. and state constitutions. He expects the law will be challenged.


(Tue 9/6/11) - The Union Pacific Railroad has begun a $31 million rail line improvement project between Lusk and Shawnee. Projects over almost 37-miles of the line include removing and installing more than 28 miles of rail and nearly 75,000 concrete ties, as well as renewing the surfaces at seven road crossings. Crews will also spread nearly 48,000 tons of rock ballast to help provide a more stable roadbed and replace three switches that move a train from one track to another. The project began last Friday, September 2 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-November.


(Fri 9/2/11) - A missing person report has turned into a homicide investigation for the Douglas Police Department. According to a press release from the DPD, police were called to a residence in the 100 block of South Riverbend on Wednesday, August 31st. The caller was concerned that the woman who lived at the residence hadn't been seen for a few days. Officers found the body of the 42 year old female alone in the apartment. Cause of death was determined as suspected homicide, and that's how it's being investigated by the Douglas Police Department, the Converse County Coroner, the Converse County Attorney's office and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. The victim's name is not being released pending further investigation. A person of interest has been identified in the case.


(Fri 9/2/11) - A contractor has been killed in an accident at an area coal mine. State Mine Inspector Terry Adcock says the accident happened around midday Thursday at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine. The coal mine is owned by St. Louis-based Peabody Energy and is one of the largest surface mines in North America. The mine shipped more than 100 million tons of coal last year. Adcock says details of the accident remain sketchy and he's headed to the site to join other investigators there. The victim's identity wasn't immediately available. The accident is at least the fourth workplace death in Wyoming in less than a week after an oilfield explosion killed three workers here in Converse County on Monday. Wyoming has one of the nation's highest rates of fatal workplace accidents.


(Thu 9/1/11) - Wyoming's chief workplace safety official has released the names of three workers he says were at the scene of a fatal oilfield explosion earlier this week here in Converse County. J.D. Danni is manager of the Wyoming Occupational Safety & Health Administration program. He identified the men on the scene as 55-year-old James Turner, of Double D Welding and Fabrication of Casper, 32-year-old Llewellyn Dort and Gerardo Alatorre, no age available, both of Wild West Construction. Danni says relatives have been notified. He says autopsies are being performed in Colorado to verify the identities. The explosion occurred Monday at an oil production facility\par owned by Tulsa-based Samson Resources Co., about 23 miles north of Glenrock. Danni says two 4,000-gallon tanks that hold oil and water exploded, causing a fire that burned about 10 acres on the Hornbuckle Ranch.



(Fri 9/20/11) - Douglas Cats now 4-1. The Bearcats football team scored three times in the first quarter on their way to a 45-7 Homecoming win over the Lander Valley Tigers tonight. Unofficially, Douglas put up 546 yards of offense, 451 on the ground and 95 in the air. The Cats scored on several big-yardage plays, including a 68 yard run by Tanner Miller, a 75 yard run by Ty Etchemendy, and a 95 yard kickoff return for a score by Etchemendy. In other 3A play, the unranked Star Valley Braves upset #1-ranked Powell 19-13, #2 Green River beat Worland 48-10, #5 Buffalo beat Riverton 38-13, Cody beat Jackson 22-7, and Torrington beat Rawlins 34-3. In 2A, the Glenrock Herders are now 5-0 with a 33-14 win over Newcastle. Big Horn snuck past Wheatland 32-31. 1A, Lusk shut out Pine Bluffs 35-0 and Sundance beat Lingle 15-6. 4A, top-ranked Natrona wins over Cheyenne East 24-3 and Kelly Walsh beats Rock Springs 17-14.

(Fri 9/20/11) - Douglas's LadyCats Swimmers win a dual. At the Rec Center Pool this afternoon, Douglas beat Worland 104-77. Several new state qualifiers... Lateesha Hiser and Ciara Blain qualified in the 50 and the 100 freestyle, Celina Leman qualified in the 200 free and the 100 backstroke and Kyla Caves qualified in the 100 breaststroke. The LadyCats host the Douglas Invitational on Saturday.

(Fri 9/20/11) - The top-ranked Douglas LadyCats knocked off another set of wins on the volleyball court last night. Douglas beat Newcastle in three, 25-18, 25-19, 25-23 at the DHS Rec Center Gym. Douglas hosts Worland on Saturday, and coach Angela Rhoades says the LadyCats will be playing for an organization called "Win The Battle"... audio here

Everyone is asked to wear pink as the LadyCats play Saturday for "Win The Battle". Freshmen and JV will play at 2pm... varsity tip it up at 3 at the Rec Center Gym.

(Sun 9/25/11) - A strong night on the ground gave the Douglas Bearcats football their 3rd win in 4 weeks. On Friday night at Buffalo, the Cats edged the Bison 27-21. The Cats scored first, but trailed 14-7 at the half. Douglas marked 344 yards of offense, 302 yards rushing. Tanner Miller carried the ball 32 times for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Ty Etchemendy ran in a 5-yard touchdown as well. Cats quarterback Luke Andews connected on 4 of 9 passing with two interceptions and 42 yards gain. Douglas hosts the 4-0 Lander Valley Tigers this Friday night for Douglas's Homecoming game. Kickoff's at 7 at Bearcat Stadium.

In other 3A play, Powell hammered Jackson 55-0, Green River battled back for a 16-14 win over the Cody Broncs. The Wolves senior quarterback Colter Hamel scored his team's final nine points and kicked a 42-yard field goal with six seconds left to propel Green River to victory against Cody. Lander danced past Torrington 38-7, Riverton doubled up on Rawlins 28-14, and Star Valley beat Worland 28-14. 4A, Natrona beat Kelly Walsh 49-6 in the Oil Bowl at Casper. 2A, the Glenrock Herders collect a 30-19 win over Big Horn. Herders freshman Jordan Millay ran for 203 yards and his 72-yard TD scamper put the finishing touches on Glenrock's key second quarter. The Herders are now 4-0. Top-ranked Lovell edged Mountain View 21-19, Newcastle shut out Wright 20-0, and Wheatland evened its overall record at 2-2 with a 22-0 win at Moorcorft Friday. The Dogs scored two touchdowns in the second quarter on runs by Brendan Ruwart and Kolby Braisted. Quarterback David Chesser added another scoring run in the fourth quarter. 1A, Lusk shut out Lingle Ft Laramie 21-0.

3A State Golf this weekend, Rawlins won the girls title while Powell won the boys. Individually, Cody's Sidney Gunn won by five strokes on the girls side while Bowen Prestwich of Powell held off Jackson's Scooter McGill by a single shot for the boys title. The Douglas boys placed 6th. Dylan Davidson had the best Bearcats score as he shot a two-day 175 to finish tied for 18th. Madison Lehner had the best Douglas girls score with a two-day 251 and 30th place. The Sheridan boys and the Gillette girls won the 4A titles. The Lusk Tigers went to Kemmerer and won the 2A boys trophy, and the Tigers' freshman Denton Shaw finished second. Moorcroft won the girls 2A title.

Volleyball action over the weekend, the Douglas LadyCats played at the Casper Invitational. In pool play on Friday, Douglas opened with a 2-0 loss to Cody, then cam back and beat Natrona 25-16, 25-19. The Douglas girls then beat Rock Springs 25-22, 25-21. In bracket play on Saturday, Douglas lost 2-0 to Kelly Walsh and lost 2-1 to Cody in the consolations.

(Fri 9/16/11) - A touchdown in all four quarters... the Douglas Bearcats football team move to 2-1 on the season with a 27-7 win over the Star Valley Braves. Luke Andrews hit Jake Lake with a 2-yard pass for the first score of the night. In the second quarter, Tanner Miller nabbed an interception and scrambled 7 yards for a touchdown. Douglas led 14-0 at the half. Tanner Miller took in a 3- yard run to score in the third, and Ty Etchemendy scored on a 12-yard run in the 4th. Unofficially, the Bearcats offense put up 370 yards, 237 on the ground and 133 in the air. Tanner Miller carried the ball 22 times for 147 yards. Douglas travels to Buffalo next Friday night.

In other Friday night 3A football action, 5th -ranked Buffalo upset #1 Green River 17-14 at Green River... #2 Powell blasts Torrington 49-0... #4 Lander over Jackson 21-7... Riveton beats Cody 35-20... and Worland beats Rawlins 32-22. In 4A, Natrona dumps Rock Springs 43-0 and Kelly Walsh loses 23-30 to Gillette. In 2A, Glenrock whacks Wheatland 35-6... Newcastle shut out Burns 31-0... Big Horn shuts out Wright 31-0... and Lovell beat Lyman 21-7. 1A, Southeast beat the Lusk Tigers 18-12... and Lingle-Ft Laramie lost 34-46 to the Cheyenne East JV.

The Douglas LadyCats beat the Lady Bison in four games at Buffalo this evening. Buffalo took the first game 25-20, but Douglas came back and won the next three, 25-14, 25-16, 25-13. Douglas volleyball hosts Torrington on Tuesday.

The Jackson Broncs dominated the boys ranks and Natrona the girls at the Douglas Invitational Cross Country meet. Friday afternoon at the Douglas Community club, Jackson's Oliver Schofield led the boys race, with Glenrock's Raider Nelson second out of 106 runners. Robert Ricks was the fastest Douglas runner, finishing 20th. Anne Brinegar of Cody led the girls. Douglas's Sarah Townsend was 19th. Glenrock's Johnathon Finch and Kylan Montgomery placed 3rd and 5th in the boys middle school 3k, and Douglas's Lisa Townsend was 2nd in the girls middle school 3k.

(Fri 9/9/11) - Cheyenne Central, Rawlins and Buffalo were the strong shooters Thursday at the Douglas Invitational Golf Tournament. Central and Rawlins girls teams both shot a 297, with Central winning a chip-off to claim the girls team title. Buffalo's boys tallied a 325, three strokes under Torrington to win the boys title. Douglas finished 4th in the boys team scores. Indiviually, Dami Metzler of Central swung an 89 for low girls score, and Ross Breedlove of Torrington stroked a 77 for the boys title. Douglas's Dylan Davidson shot a 78 for part of a three-way tie for second.

(Fri 9/9/11) - First Win... the Douglas Bearcats football team notched their first win of the season tonight, beating the Cody Broncs 34-7. In their home opener at Bearcat Stadium, Douglas hit hard and fast, scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter, didn't score in the second, and held a 27-0 lead at the half. Cody got their lone score of the night late in the third quarter when Trey Jackson picked off a Luke Andrews pass & returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. Douglas answered with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the game when Luke Andrews claimed an interception, the Cats worked the ball into the Red Zone, and Tanner Miller made a five yard run to the endzone. Douglas will host Star Valley next Friday night.

(Wed 9/7/11) - An opening weekend loss drops the Douglas Bearcats to #4. Following the first weekend of play, this weekend's WyoPrep.com Coaches & Media Poll places the Green River Wolves on top of the 3A prep football poll after their 32-15 win over the previously top-ranked Bearcats. Buffalo and Powell both earned first-week wins, and they'll grab the #2 and #3 spots. Douglas falls to 4, and Cody drops from 2 to 5 after a loss to Hardin, Montana. Douglas hosts Cody this Friday night.

Casper Natrona moves up to #1 in the 4A poll, followed by East and Gillette. Sheridan drops from 1 to 4, and Evanston's ranked #5.

Lovell leads the 2A ranks, followed by Lyman, Greybull and Glenrock. Kemmerer and Thermopolis tie for 5th.

The leaders swap places in the 1A poll, with Southeast up to #1 and Cokeville down to 2. Lusk is 3, Lingle-Ft Laramie and Rocky Mountain tie at #4.

Snake River tops the 6-man poll, followed by Dubois, Kaycee, Hulett and Hanna-Elk Mountain.

(Fri 9/2/11) - The Douglas Bearcats football team opens their 2011 football campaign tonight. The 3-time defending state champion Cats travel to Green River to meet the Wolves, a team that's dropping down from 4A this season. Kickoff is at 7pm Friday night at Green River... our pregame coverage begins at 6:30 on 99.3FM KKTS, 99 Cats FM, and on the internet at kktyonline.com. Also Friday night, Glenrock's at Thermopolis, Wheatland hosts Lander, Wright's at Lovell, Torrington hosts Chadron, Natorna hosts Sheridan, Kelly Walsh hosts Evanston, Lingle-Ft Laramie hosts Saratoga, Lusk hosts Burns, and Guernsey-Sunrise hosts Hulett.