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Apr 9, 2013 - The Associated Press
Second man sentenced in bank heist
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Another Wyoming man has been given 18 to 36 months in prison for a botched bank robbery in western Nebraska.
Twenty-year-old Drew Steier was sentenced on Monday in Lincoln County District Court. Steier told the judge that he regretted what he did and was glad no one was injured.
Steier's accomplice, 53-year-old Tracy Black, was given the same sentence last month.
Authorities say Black was the getaway driver in the attempted robbery of Farmers State Bank in Wallace in August. Steier went into the bank wearing a ski mask and wielding a BB gun. Steier fled without any money and drove away with Black, who was waiting in a pickup outside. They were arrested near Imperial about an hour later.
Both men are from Evanston.
Repairs set at bridge where cyclist died
JACKSON -- Repairs are planned for a bridge where a bicyclist competing in a race crashed and fell about 35 feet to his death into the Snake River.
Authorities say 42-year-old Robert Verhaaren, of Mesa, Ariz., was participating in an annual race from Logan, Utah, to Jackson when he crashed on Highway 89 about eight miles south of the finish line last September. The race, referred to as LOTOJA, is a popular end-of-summer event that draws about 1,000 riders annually.
Wyoming Department of Transportation engineer Bob Hammond said the work isn't a reaction to the death but a maintenance project that was already in the works.
The repairs will include replacing asphalt and installing a protective membrane meant to extend the life of the road.
Bald eagle dies of lead poisoning
JACKSON -- A Kelly-based wildlife group says the final bald eagle it was tracking through GPS has died of lead poisoning.
The group Craighead Beringia South has been tracking eagles in the area for the past several years and researches the link between hunting with lead bullets and lead poisoning of raptors.
Beringia South avian biologist Bryan Bedrosian says the eagle was found next to an elk carcass near the Bar BC Ranch in northwestern Wyoming a couple of weeks ago.
Bedrosian says the lead in the eagle probably was a result of the mature male feeding on elk carcasses and gut piles left in the area by hunters. The group says an average of 145 visible lead fragments are left in each pile.