Man run over by wife

SHERIDAN — A Sheridan woman faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and aggravated homicide by vehicle.

Angela McIver Livingston, 40, was charged after a traffic incident killed her husband at 7:54 p.m. June 9.

Sheridan police responded to the location after receiving a report of an man struck by a motor vehicle. Police said in a press release that the victim was struck by a truck being operated by his wife after he exited the vehicle without her knowledge. The wife of the victim had stopped in the middle of the road during an argument with a man and woman riding a motorcycle.

The man was treated at the scene by Rocky Mountain Ambulance and Sheridan Fire-Rescue before being transported to Sheridan Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“This tragedy unfolded due to a multitude of unfortunate events, with alcohol being a contributing factor,” Sheridan Police Chief Rich Adriaens said.

Cody coroner finds body storage

CODY — Park County has found a place to keep its deceased, at least in the short term.

“It is about the only really feasible, temporary solution that we have,” county Coroner Tim Power said.

The county will use a garage bay at the Park County Law Enforcement Center temporarily to refrigerate corpses being analyzed in county investigations.

Power first announced at a May 21 county commissioner meeting Ballard Funeral Home no longer has space to allow the county to use its facilities to refrigerate corpses being analyzed in county investigations. On June 4 Power returned before the commissioners and said Ballard has given the county two weeks until it must move its bodies.

“We’ve got to have somewhere to go,” he said.

Power said funeral homes around the state are slowly starting to no longer allow counties to use their spaces as certain coroners are not reelected and new owners take over the businesses.

At Ballard, their purchase of a new refrigeration unit eliminated space for the county’s equipment.

Although the new location is a viable solution, it is also a temporary one.

“Certainly if it carries on for years, we’re masters of eviction at the sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Scott Steward said.

Storm strands man on Beartooth

POWELL — Caught off-guard by a June snowstorm in the Beartooth Mountains, a driver had to be rescued from U.S. Highway 212 early Saturday.

The 59-year-old man had been heading east on the Beartooth Highway, traveling Friday night from Red Lodge, Montana, to Cooke City on the mountainous route. It was there, along Beartooth Pass, that the North Dakota resident ran into a late spring blizzard.

“A few miles inside the Wyoming line is where things started to get really windy and heavy snow and drifting,” said Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Pence. “And he happened to drive into a snowdrift and got a little bit high-centered and was stuck there.”

Although the man didn’t have full cell service, he had enough access to text his wife, who called authorities.

A friend of the motorist attempted to reach the man in a four-wheel-drive truck, but had to turn back because of the 4-foot snowdrifts.

Pence was unable to make it up U.S. 212 in the nasty conditions and contacted the National Park Service, which plows the Wyoming part of the highway. It dispatched a plow truck from Cooke City to clear the way to the stranded driver; the truck and Pence reached the man around 5:14 a.m. Saturday.

— From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers

Johanna Love steers the newsroom as editor. Her time off is occupied by kid, dog, biking, camping and art. She loves to hear from readers with story tips, kudos, criticism and questions.

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