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					8              The Sheridan Press, Thursday, August 18, 2011                                                                                                                                                    

Wyoming judge faults investigators in murder case
    CHEYENNE (AP) — A Wyoming judge                   Ehlers, 25, of Jackson. Ehlers was found shot                                                         the town of Daniel, about 65 miles south-          of Ehlers’ killing at about 6 a.m. on June
cited “misguided zeal” on the part of investi-        dead along a western Wyoming highway                • At a glance                                     east of Jackson, met with Willoughby               21.
gators in his decision to overturn a murder           south of Jackson.                                   District Judge Timothy Day ruled that             shortly after midnight on June 21, 1984,               In arguing against a new trial, the
conviction and order a new trial for a Montana            Willoughby, 47, remains in the Wyoming          investigators withheld a police report            the day of Ehlers’ death.                          state contended that it would have been
man serving a life sentence for a 1984 shoot-         State Penitentiary.                                 that could have helped Troy Willoughby                The report showed Willoughby had               possible for Willoughby to travel from
ing.                                                      The state attorney general’s office, which      at his trial.                                     been drinking at a Pinedale bar that night         his house and shoot Ehlers after talking
    District Judge Timothy Day on Tuesday             argued against Willoughby’s request for a                                                             and got into a disagreement with three             to police about the rock throwing inci-
ruled that investigators withheld a police            new trial, has 30 days to appeal Day’s deci-                                                          people after returning home. Willoughby            dent.
report that could have helped Troy                    sion.                                               police report but did not disclose it to          threw a rock at their car, and they went to            McMahon denied withholding evi-
Willoughby at his trial.                                  Deputy Attorney General Terry Armitage          Willoughby before trial as required.              the police station to make reports about 1         dence, testifying that she relied on the
    “The court suspects that the evidence with-       said Wednesday that the next legal step in          Willoughby argues the evidence proves             a.m. on June 21, according to court                opinion of investigators at the time that
held in this matter was done under a misguid-         the case, which could include an appeal of          he wasn’t at the shooting.                        records filed by the defense.                      the police report was immaterial because
ed zeal that the disclosure of the report may         the judge’s decision, was up to Sublette               Willoughby was arrested March 1,                  Kerri Johnson, a lawyer with the                Willoughby’s ex-wife had told them the
result in a failure of justice, in the eyes of the    County Attorney Neal Stelting.                      2009. He was implicated by his ex-wife            Wyoming public defender’s office repre-            rock throwing occurred after Ehlers was
investigators, because they ‘knew’ the defen-             Stelting was out of the office and              and an old friend who testified against           senting Willoughby, has argued the report          killed.
dant was guilty,” Day wrote. “If this philoso-        unavailable for comment Wednesday                   him. He was convicted of first-degree             undermines         testimony        against            McMahon, who now works on the
phy prevails, the danger is that there will be a      afternoon, according to his office.                 murder by a jury on Jan. 29, 2010. The            Willoughby about his whereabouts when              Pacific island of Palau, did not immedi-
failure of justice because of the mentality that          News about the police report arose in           Wyoming Supreme Court upheld                      Ehlers was killed. At Willoughby’s trial,          ately respond to an email seeking
the ends justify the means; justice is measured       June when Stelting announced that a pre-            Willoughby’s sentence in June, a week             prosecution witnesses had testified that           comment.
by the government and not by the jury.”               liminary investigation revealed his prede-          before Stelting revealed that the police          Willoughby was in Jackson the preceding                Stelting beat McMahon in the
    Willoughby, of Wickes, Mont., was con-            cessor, former county attorney Lucky                report had been withheld.                         day and into the pre-dawn hours of June            Republican primary for the county
victed last year in the death of Elizabeth Miles      McMahon, had known of an exculpatory                   The report documented that police in           21, 1984, and prosecutors placed the time          attorney’s job in August 2010.

                                                                                                                                                                              ACT: 18 percent of Wyo.
                                             Around Wyoming
                                                                                                                                                                               grads ready for college
   State GOP, Democratic party                              owner of the Wyoming Downs racetrack.                    Spearhead Peak in the Caribou-Targhee National
                                                                Both quarter horses and thoroughbreds will par-      Forest on Tuesday. An emergency call was rout-
         directors leaving                                  ticipate. Joyce told the Rock Springs Rocket-Miner       ed to a dispatch center at about 7 p.m., and a hel-
                                                                                                                                                                                CHEYENNE (AP) — Fewer                      Scores in each subject tested
                                                                                                                                                                             than one in five of this year’s            increased from 2010, but the
                                                            that the next round of races won’t be held until         icopter picked Mauch up just after 8:30 p.m.
     CHEYENNE (AP) — The executive director                                                                                                                                  Wyoming high school graduates              scores were below the national
                                                            Labor Day weekend because quarter horses need a              Grand Teton National Park spokeswoman
 positions for both the Wyoming Republican and                                                                                                                               are considered fully ready for col-        averages for those subjects.
                                                            two-week break.                                          Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles told the Jackson Hole
 Democratic parties are opening up.                                                                                                                                          lege, according to the results of             Some        states,     including
                                                                                                                     News and Guide “this whole thing was pretty
     State GOP Executive Director Evan Ridley is                                                                                                                             the ACT college entrance exam.             Wyoming, require all high school
 stepping down later this month and moving to
                                                            Fire near Rock Springs grows                             remarkable considering what happened and how
                                                                                                                                                                                Only 18 percent of students             students to take the test. In others,
                                                                                                                     well he fared.”
 Washington, D.C., to become deputy press secre-                  to about 200 acres                                                                                         met all four benchmarks for readi-         the test is generally limited to stu-
 tary for Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi.                                                                                                                                    ness in English, reading, math and         dents hoping to attend the most
     Wyoming Democratic Party Executive Director                ROCK SPRINGS (AP) — Federal and local
                                                                                                                        Gillette police investigate                          science. That’s up from 17 per-            selective colleges.
 Bill Luckett is leaving in October for Oregon where        firefighters are battling a wildfire 45 miles south of          child left in vehicle                            cent last year but less than the 25           Wyoming’s composite score
 his wife recently found work.                              Rock Springs.                                                                                                    percent of graduates considered            on this year’s test was 20.3, up
     The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Ridley has            The Bureau of Land Management said the fire              GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Police say a 9-               college-ready nationwide.                  from 20 last year. The national
 served as state GOP executive director since               had grown to between 200 and 250 acres by                month-old Gillette boy is being treated for heat           The Wyoming Tribune Eagle               average composite score — com-
 December, while Luckett has been executive direc-          Wednesday night. It expects to have it fully con-        exhaustion at a Denver hospital after being found       reported Wednesday that nearly             bining test results for English,
 tor of the state Democrats the past three years.           tained by Friday.                                        alone in a parked vehicle.                              one in three Wyoming graduates             math, reading and science — was
                                                                The fire is burning on grass, sagebrush and              Authorities say emergency responders were           didn’t meet any benchmarks.                21.1.
   Rock Springs gets ready for                              juniper on both private and federal land. The BLM        called at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday by someone
                                                            says firefighters are working to fully suppress the      who found the boy.
     return of horse racing
                                                                                                                                                                                  Local news?
                                                            fire because the land is a designated sage-grouse            The Gillette News-Record reports the boy
                                                            core area.                                               was taken to a local hospital and then flown to
     ROCK SPRINGS (AP) — Rock Springs is get-                                                                        Denver Children’s Hospital, where he was listed
 ting ready to host horse races for the first time in
                                                                 Kentucky man crashes                                in critical condition Wednesday.

                                                                                                                                                                                Call The Sheridan
 nearly two decades.                                                                                                     Authorities have not released the names of
     Workers are preparing the Sweetwater County               ultralight aircraft in Tetons                         the boy or his parents.
 Events Complex for races on Saturday and Sunday.                                                                        Police Lt. Brent Wasson would not comment
 New railings are being installed at the track and              JACKSON (AP) — A 57-year-old Kentucky                on how long the boy had been left inside,

                                                                                                                                                                               Press at 672-2431.
 graders have been preparing the oval track.                man suffered only minor injuries when he crashed         whether any windows were open or how hot it
     State regulators approved the plans last month.        his ultralight aircraft in the Tetons.                   was inside the vehicle because the matter
 The races are being operated by an investment                  James Mauch, of Louisville, Ky., activated an        remains under investigation.
 group led by Eugene Joyce, the son of a former             emergency beacon shortly after crashing north of

        2011 Holy Name Catholic School 6th Annual Golf Tournamen
        2011 Holy Name Catholic School 6th Annual Golf Tournament
                                  August 6, 2011                                                                          THANKS to all our Donors
                                                                                                                          19th Tee Restaurant-Keith Stewart, Bernie & Linda Spielman Family, Big Horn Beverage, Cloud Peak Energy,
                              at Kendrick Golf Course                                                                     Coca Cola of Sheridan, Culligan Water - Roland & Lexie Culligan, Decker Coal Company, Dukeʼs Custom
                                                                                                                          Seasonings, First Interstate Bank - Sheridan, Goose Creek Pediatric - Dr. Mary Bowers, MD, Holy Name
                                                                                                                          Catholic Community, Holy Name Catholic School, Holy Name CCW, Holy Name Mayfest Committee, J.C.
                             Hole-in - One Sponsor on #3, #7, #12, #15                                                    Penney-Sheridan, Jeff Tomlinson, Joe & Karla Mallo Family, Joel & Beverly Peckham, John Pine, Kane
                                         World Wide Consultant Group LLC                                                  Funeral Home, King Ropes, Mark & Carrie Rogaczewski Family, Maverick Country Store, Metz Beverage,
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                                         World Wide Consultant Group LLC                                                  Center, Roger & Susan Appell, Special Sponsor - John & Susan Bigelow, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Sun
                                              Inter-MountainLabs, Inc                                                     America, T & C Liquor, The Bank of Sheridan, The Players Golf Shop - Brian James and World Wide
                                              Dave & Donna Kinskey                                                        Consultants LLC
                                             Groathouse Construction                                                                  THANKS
                                                                                                                                      THANKS to Kendrick Golf Course, Course Superinterndent & Employees.
                                                                                                                                      THANKS to the Knights of Columbus for donating the chairs and tables.
            Hole #1                                                     Hole #10                                                      THANKS to Steve Washut for providing colesaw.
            World Wide Consultant Group LLC                             Groathouse Construction                                       THANKS to Our Lady of the Pines CCW for providing desserts.
            Cloud Peak Energy-Spring Creek                              Yonkee & Toner, LLC                                           THANKS to The Players Golf Shop, Brian James for providing the range balls.
            Joe & Marty Jo Cisneros                                     John & Susan Bigelow                                          THANKS to all of the private cart owners who allowed us to use their carts.
            Hole #2                                                     Rogaczewski Family                                            THANKS to Deer Run Graphics - Stan Woinoski for taking action shots!
            Dave & Donna Kinskey                                        Hole #11                                          THANKS to all our Volunteers
            Olivaʼs Kitchen                                             Inter-Mountain Labs, Inc                          Brea Schwartz, Brenda Lamb, Dave Rojo, Debbie Paullin, Diane Ramey, Doreen Choong, Emily Emond-
            Inter-Mountain Labs, Inc                                    Bank of Sheridan                                  Martrineau, Jack Bare, Jeanan Herman, Jenni Holden, Judy Steele, Kathleen Smith, Loretta Tonak, Malcom
            Excaliber Construction                                      Culligan                                          & Connie Gray, Pat Chilcutt, Patty Meyers, Phil & Margaret Klebba & family, Tera Miller, Tom, Kathy, Rich &
            Hole #4                                                     World Wide Cattle Group                           Laura Redle
            Robert & Barbara Bender                                     Hole #13                                          THANKS Holy Name Catholic School Students
            Babeʼs Flowers                                              Tegler Insurance - Dave Alden                     Brendan Schafer, Cal Botten, Hannah Deutscher, Jacob Botten, Krisjan Yager, Max Meyers, Olivia Eldridge,
            Pradere, Mohatt, & Rinaldo LLP                              State Farm Insurance - Bill Phillips              Presley Felker, Tyler Myers
            World Wide Cattle Group                                     Stifel Nicolaus                                                                          Tournament Results
            Rogaczewski Family                                          Joe & Karla Mallo                                                  22 Four (4) Person Teams Participated. This yearʼs tournament
            Groathouse Construction                                     Paul & Carrie Fall
            Benth Garage - Emil & Linda Benth
                                                                                                                                                           raised approximately $9,000 for
                                                                        Bernie & Linda Spielman
            Nickey Arney - Clerk of District Court                      Dr. Michelle Meehan                                                                  Holy Name Catholic School
            Hole #5                                                     Cloud Peak Energy                                 Gross Winners                      Net Winners:
            DFV Associates                                              Hole #14                                          1st Place Score 54                 1st Place Score 53.5
            Dukeʼs Custom Seasonings                                    Big Horn Beverage                                 Cameron Lindell                    Dave Engles
            Wyoming Audiology                                           Centennial Collaborative                          Randy Wieland                      Dan Roberts
            Fr. Tom Ogg                                                 The Pilch Family                                  Cheryl Wieland                     Ken Muller
            Hole #6                                                     BUSTECH INC                                       Bernie Spielman                    Curt Niner
            Dr. & Mrs. P, M. Meehan                                     Hole #16
            Husske Chiropractic                                         Last Chance Bar
            Rick & Julie Estes Family                                                                                     2nd Place Score 59                 2nd Place Score 54.2
                                                                        Willis & Caroline Burke                           Mike Coulter                       Jim Benepe
            World Wide Cattle Group                                     Players Golf Shop                                 Dan Overton                        Jeff Tomlinson
            Hole #8                                                     Dave & Donna Kinskey                              Tyler Thomas                       Steve Rucki
            Bob & LaDonna Leibrich                                      Hole #17                                          Barry Thomas                       Patrick Johnson
            Joe & Karla Mallo                                           Botten law Office
            Rogaczewski Family                                          Decker Coal
            Cloud Peak Energy - Spring Creek                            Wells Fargo                                       3rd Place Score 62                 3rd Place 544.3
            Mike Coulter - Oil & Gas Propertiies                        World Wide Cattle Group                           Rex Arney                          Verlin Danner
            Bagel Express                                                                                                 Joe Mallo                          Harley Reile                          Left-Right: Bernie Spielman, Cheryl Wieland,
                                                                        Bill & Debbie Huppert
            D.A. Davidson                                                                                                 Greg Madison                       Ruth Reile                                Randy Wieland and Cameron Lindell
                                                                        Groshart Eye Clinic
                                                                        Frank & Jan Sterbenz                              Leonard Hurst                      Brent Elliot
            World Wide Consultant Group LLC
            Hole #9                                                     World Wide Consultant Group LLC                   Highest Score: 82
            Bridge Creek Homes - Paul DelRossi                          Hole # 18                                         Dave Kinskey, Donna Kinskey, John Bigelow, Ryan Mullholland
            Gift of Stolcis Acre ranch                                  Wayne & Barb Ransbottom                                Our tournament would not be possible without our sponsors, donors and volunteers. Your gernerosity is greatly appreciated.
            Rogaczewski Family                                          Baccari & Associates                                                                    Holy Name Catholic School Tournament Committee
            Coca Cola                                                   Msgr. Eugene Sullivan                               Jerry Pilch, Bernie Spielman, Joel Peckham, Bob Bender, Mark Rogaczewski, Brian James, Joe Mallo, Ralph Rumpz, John Pine
                                                                        Cloud Peak Energy                                                                         Mary Legler, Terri Bare, Angel Yager and Liz Gale

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