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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal charges have been filed against a former Casper firefighter accused of getting another man to set fire to his home and pickup truck in 2012 for the insurance money. Patrick Bennett is charged with fraud and using fire to commit federal crimes. Bennett was among the firefighters who responded to the fire in Casper. The indictment states he collected $250,000 in insurance. The other man faces similar charges.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An inmate at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins has died after an illness. Prison officials say the man died Monday at the Rawlins hospital. The inmate was serving three consecutive eight- to 10-year sentences for multiple counts of second-degree sexual assault.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Some residents aren't happy about a proposed new 80-foot cellphone tower that would be built on top of a 300-foot hillside in Teton County. AT&T and Verizon want to use the new tower to provide service south of Jackson but it would be higher than allowed under new regulations that the county spent three months drafting. County commissioners are expected to decide whether to grant a variance for the tower during a meeting today.
KEMMERER, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct controlled burns on up to 2,000 acres on the Kemmerer Ranger District this spring and early summer. Agency managers hope to start the burning in the Pole Creek area in the next couple of weeks as conditions permit. They say the burns will improve habitat for big game and reduce hazardous fuel accumulations.
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