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Jun 22, 2012 - The Associated Press
Teen presumed dead in capsize
CASPER -- A 17-year-old from Colorado is presumed dead following a canoeing accident at Wyoming's Glendo Reservoir.
Authorities say the boy was canoeing with two friends on Wednesday afternoon when the boat capsized. The two other teens were found by rescuers.
Divers have been searching for the unidentified teen and planned to use sonar equipment to find him on Friday.
The reservoir has 9,000 surface acres of water.
Platte County emergency manager Jane Carlson said one or two people die there every year.
Court weighs Sheridan killing
CHEYENNE -- A Sheridan man serving life without parole on a murder conviction in the January 2010 killing of another man deserves a new trial, a lawyer told the Wyoming Supreme Court on Thursday.
Shawn Osborne, 31, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Gerald Bloom. Authorities say Osborne cut Bloom's throat and disposed of his body in a sleeping bag beneath a trailer home because Osborne was upset that Bloom owed him $20.
David Westling of the Wyoming Public Defender's Office acknowledged in his opening statement that Osborne's case would have been difficult for any lawyer to defend. He said the prosecution had an eyewitness; police recovered a weapon; and Osborne, covered in blood, showed up at the police station 12 hours after the attack.
Osborne consumed three pints of vodka, up to eight beers and several shots of whiskey as well as taking amphetamines in the hours before the attack, Westling said.
Westling told the five justices that he doesn't believe Osborne has much chance of escaping a second-degree murder conviction if he gets a new trial. "But for somebody looking at life without parole, that's something worth pursuing," he said.
Grizzly killed by car in park
MOOSE -- The National Park Service reports that a motorist hit and killed a young, male grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park.
The agency says the incident occurred about 9 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 26/89/191, about 1 mile south of the Snake River Overlook.
The circumstances of the collision are under investigation by park rangers.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the bear sustained minor injuries.
The agency says the driver told rangers he was swerving to avoid hitting another vehicle that had stopped in the road and was attempting a U-turn to view the bear.
It is the first bear fatality caused by a vehicle on park roads this year.