Apr 3, 2013 The Associated Press

Halfway house escapees found

CASPER -- Two men who failed to return to a Casper halfway house have been captured.

Officers in St. Louis picked up Michael Robert Harvey and Erick Allen George on Monday. Authorities say the two left the Casper Re-Entry Center to do work with a tree service March 22 but failed to return.

Natrona County sheriff's Lt. Gus Holbrook says authorities learned the men could be in the St. Louis area after the two secured jobs there.

Harvey was originally sentenced out of Natrona County for third-time possession of a controlled substance. Sheriff's officials say George was originally sentenced out of Sweetwater County for causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to a peace officer.

Group says gas leases retired

JACKSON -- A land conservation group says all of the drilling leases it recently bought in Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming now have been officially retired.

The Trust for Public Land bought the leases in the Hoback River headwaters from Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production. The group raised $8.75 million to buy the leases from the company and donate them back to the U.S. Forest Service.

Chris Deming with the Trust for Public Land says the Forest Service now has retired the leases.

Woman accused of hitting three

CHEYENNE -- A Cheyenne woman is behind bars after allegedly hitting three women with her car in a bar parking lot.

Twenty-year-old Julia Big Crow was being held at the Laramie County jail on Wednesday on aggravated assault charges. Police spokesman Dan Long said additional charges could also be filed against her, including attempted manslaughter charges.

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