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May 4, 2012 - The Associated Press

Kid sick after drinking food coloring

CHEYENNE (AP) --Laramie County authorities say 24 children at a Cheyenne elementary school were sickened after ingesting an unidentified substance that a fellow student brought to school.

Gerry Luce is public information officer with the Laramie County Sheriff's Office. He says investigators recovered two vials of the substance on Thursday and sent it to the state Crime Lab for analysis.

Luce says the substance appears to be a concentrated form of food coloring with a high sugar content.

Luce says a child at the school, and possibly the child's sibling from a junior high school, brought the substance into the school. The children were assessed by medical personnel and the school nurse after showing signs of upset stomachs.

Trial scheduled in fatal car crash

BUFFALO, S.D. (AP) -- Trial has been scheduled for a Texas man charged in a crash in South Dakota that killed women from North Dakota and Wyoming.

34-year-old Winchester Wearden of Austin, Texas, is to stand trial Aug. 21-22 in Buffalo on two counts of second-degree manslaughter.

Wearden was cited for reckless driving and passing in a no-passing zone after the crash last Nov. 20. Authorities allege that Wearden's pickup truck collided with a car on U.S. Highway 85 near the northwest South Dakota town of Ludlow. The crash killed 21-year-old Samantha Vogel of Lincoln, N.D., and 61-year-old Judith Hampton of Newcastle.

Police shooting ruled justified

POWELL (AP) -- The Park County attorney has cleared a Powell police officer who fatally shot a man after a standoff last winter.

Officer Paul Sapp shot 31-year-old Nicholas Ungar at the Park Motel on Feb. 9 after Ungar fired toward officers and pointed a gun at a woman he claimed was one of several hostages. Authorities later learned that he was bluffing.

County attorney Bryan Skoric concluded that the officer was justified in trying to prevent perceived harm to the woman, Brook-Lynn Jones.

During the standoff, Jones told police by telephone that she and three other women were being held hostage. She later said Ungar told her to say that.

Police Chief Roy Eckerdt said officers had to act on the information they had at the time.

Hospital sues former CEO

POWELL (AP) -- Powell Valley Healthcare is joining in litigation against its former CEO Paul Cardwell, who is accused of authorizing about $848,000 in false billings to the hospital.

Cardwell and his acquaintance Michael Plake face criminal charges alleging Cardwell authorized paying Plake for staff recruiting work that Plake allegedly never performed.

Prosecutors allege that instead, Plake pocketed 25 percent of what he was paid and kicked the rest back to Cardwell.

The men have denied the allegations.

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