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Dec 26, 2012 - The Associated Press
Man sentenced for wild car chase
CHEYENNE -- A Colorado man who led Wyoming state troopers on a wild high-speed chase in June has been sentenced to prison after reaching a plea deal.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that 47-year-old Kenneth Movellan of Berthoud pleaded guilty to felony interference with a police officer Friday in Cheyenne.
Troopers chased Movellan from Interstate 25 to Interstate 80. Then Movellan drove on the prairie and continued to flee on county roads, until his vehicle broke down. He was also accused of trying to ram troopers' vehicles.
The plea agreement called for Movellan to be sentenced to be between one and three years. But he told the judge that he didn't think that fit the crime since no one was hurt. The judge agreed that it wasn't appropriate and made the minimum sentence 18 months instead.
More snowy weather predicted
CHEYENNE -- More snow is coming to Wyoming after a Christmas Eve storm dropped up to 18 inches in the northwestern corner of the state.
The National Weather Service says a Pacific storm system moving across the Rockies on Wednesday will bring snow to the Snowy and Sierra Madre ranges and southeastern Wyoming. The snow is expected to continue until Thursday evening with up to 12 inches expected in the Snowies and Sierra Madre.
Monday's storm brought a white Christmas to much of the state. Lower elevations, including Casper and Riverton, got between 2 and 4 inches of snow while the Snotel at Grand Targhee Ski Resort recorded 18 inches of new snow. Fifteen inches of snow fell at the Rendezvous Bowl at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Investigators trying to ID woman
LARAMIE -- An Albany County sheriff's detective whose investigation identified a woman found dead in 2010 is trying to do the same for another woman whose remains were found in 1999.
The 2010 victim was identified this year as Rosella Lovell, a former Laramie resident, in part through a facial reconstruction. The circumstances of her death remain a mystery.
Sheriff's Cpl. Bill Meyer said identifying the 1999 victim has been more difficult.
Skeletal remains, two rings, athletic shoes and bits of clothing were found southwest of Laramie.
One of the rings is engraved with "M.S.S," the initials of a woman from Tennessee who has been missing since 1972. Meyer has asked for a DNA comparison.
Meyer says the woman, her husband and their vehicle vanished in 1972.
Wright rec center gets more funds
WRIGHT -- A recreation center under construction in the town of Wright is getting an addition of more than $93,400 to upgrade existing basketball hoops and add new backboards.
The money will also pay for a decorative rock veneer in the exterior of the gym. The additional funds come from the town of Wright.
The project is part of an expansion of the recreation center. The town, Campbell County, and the Campbell County School District are all funding it.
Wright is budgeting $1.5 million for the project, Campbell County is putting in $7.7 million, and the school district is contributing $780,300.