Five Wyoming grocery store chains are pulling some celery from their shelves after a California-based vegetable producer announced a recall due to concerns it may contain E. coli.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported that the recall affects certain Taylor Farms Pacific products that are sold at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Albertsons, Safeway and King Soopers stores.

The recall involves stores throughout the west including Idaho, Montana, Utah and Colorado after a celery and onion blend tested positive for E. coli.

The E. coli outbreak has resulted in 19 infected people in seven states. Five people have been hospitalized. No cases have been reported in Wyoming.


A Montana man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting a bartender and killing his dog because the bartender made a “red beer” with Clamato juice rather than tomato juice.

KECI-TV reported that 60-year-old Monte Hanson, of Hamilton, pleaded guilty in September to attempted deliberate homicide for shooting Joseph Lewis.

Hanson told investigators he became angry because it is against his Jewish religion to drink Clamato juice, which is tomato juice flavored with clam broth.

Lewis was shot May 9 after he returned home from work. He was carrying his dog when Hanson fired the first shot, hitting the dog in the head. Another shot hit Lewis in the ribs.


Dave Bieter, the mayor of Boise, Idaho, declared an emergency situation, and police Friday started the process of clearing out a homeless tent camp called Cooper Court near downtown containing about 135 people.

“Over the course of the last several weeks, the situation at Cooper Court has become increasingly a concern to us,” the mayor said. “On top of that it’s become unhealthy, unsafe and really unsustainable.”

A temporary shelter has been set up at the Fort Boise Community Center where food, medical and mental health help will be available. The temporary shelter will remain open Saturday. Bieter said the city’s existing homeless shelters contain enough space for everyone.


A judge in Denver on Friday ordered Colorado theater shooter James Holmes to pay about $955,000 in restitution to the victims of his 2012 movie theater shooting — money the imprisoned mass killer likely will never pay.

District Court Judge Carlos A. Samour, who presided over Holmes’ monthslong trial, said there is no question many people “endured, and continue to endure, undue suffering and hardship” because of the attack.

“Nothing can ever make the victims whole for the harms suffered at the hands of the defendant,” Samour wrote in his order. He added Holmes is under a moral and legal obligation to make full restitution to his victims.

Still, the former graduate student has no income and no assets to speak of, so it’s unlikely the victims will receive their money.

Holmes murdered 12 people and injured 70 during a midnight showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

In August, Samour sentenced him to 12 consecutive life terms without parole plus 3,318 years.

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