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May 16, 2013 - The Associated Press
Escaped convict caught in Wyo.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A former Army Ranger who fled from Fayette County Circuit Court last summer just before being convicted of rape and sodomy has been caught in Wyoming.
Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts told the Lexington Herald-Leader that 29-year-old John C. Buckley IV was back in custody after he fled July 12.
A U.S. marshals task force found Buckley in Wyoming. A news release from the marshals office said Buckley was arrested Wednesday by members of the Central Kentucky Fugitive Task Force along with marshals offices in Colorado and Wyoming.
Buckley was out of jail on bond during the trial. He had been ordered to wear an ankle monitor that tracked him, but authorities said it had apparently been cut off.
DUI convictions can't be used
GILLETTE -- Prosecutors won't be able to use a Gillette man's two previous driving under the influence convictions against him in a trial over the death of a tow-truck operator.
A district court judge on Wednesday ruled that the two previous cases are not admissible in Justin Helsper's upcoming vehicular homicide trial.
Investigators say he was nearly four times over the legal limit for driving when he struck and killed 65-year-old tow truck Larry Schofield along Interstate 90 in November.
County Attorney Jeani Stone declined to comment on how the decision will affect the case against Helsper.
Also Wednesday, the 28-year-old changed his plea to a drunken driving charge to no contest. He'll be sentenced for that charge in circuit court in July.
Quake felt along Wyoming border
BOISE, Idaho -- A small earthquake jolted parts of southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor measured at 3.6 magnitude occurred late Wednesday on the Idaho side of the Idaho-Wyoming border.
The nearest town is Afton, about 14 miles from the epicenter. Afton police say officers felt the quake but there were no reports of damage.
Police in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, both about 60 miles from the epicenter, say the quake went mostly unnoticed.
College starts on new building
POWELL -- Northwest College in Powell is beginning construction of a $14.25 million building on campus.
Ground breaking on the Yellowstone Building is scheduled for Thursday.
The 47,000-square-foot building will house nursing, allied health, criminal justice and law enforcement education programs. In addition, it will have a community conference center to accommodate workforce training programs, conferences, community events and larger-venue demands.
It also will be home to the Communication Program and the Social Science and Education Division.