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" ********** ALL FOR ADC 980 -T November 3, 2016 Newcastle, Wyoming Year 130 Week 44 Jury sees autopsy & crime lab reports by Alexis Barker NLJ Reporter Five more witnesses pro- vided testimony on October 25 in the Coroner's Inquest looking into the death of 60-year-old Richard Campbell nearly a year and a half ago, including the coroner who recovered the body from the scene 11 miles south of Newcastle and ordered the autopsy that was performed in Rapid City. Campbell County Coroner Laura Sundstrom explained to the jury what she found when she arrived at the single-wide trailer that Campbell lived in on June 24, 2015, and provided them with additional details from the investigation that fol- lowed. Sundstrom, who also serves as a Deputy Weston County Coroner, said that she was eating dinner with her children in Gillette when she was contacted to respond to a call in Weston County, and she made her way to Newcastle and pro- ceeded down Old Highway 85 to the home Campbell was living in, which was located on property owned by Caroline Scoutt. Sundstrom indicated that she discovered Campbell in his bedroom, and noted that he was laying on his back at the foot of his bed. He had sunglasses on top of hi's head and grass clippings covering his legs that had sprinkled from the front door to the place where he lay. "Obviously he was dead. I could not see the wound at the time though, there was too much blood coming from his nose and his mouth," recalled Sundstrom, who recovered the body and had it transported to Rapid City for an autopsy. The autopsy determined the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, and specified that the entry wound was in the roof of Campbell's mouth. According to Sundstrom, autopsies are not a common practice unless a death occurs under suspicious cir- cumstances, but she told the jury that Campbell's death seemed very suspicious to her. Those suspicions only increased when Scoutt began calling her regarding the productiQn of a death certificate for Campbell. "I was at my office in Gillette. She called asking when I would sign the death -- See Inquest, Page 3 Detention Officer Jason Jenkins wheels Caroline Scour into Weston County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon. Scour is free on her own recognizance but a second bond hearing has been set for November 9. (Andy McKay/NLJ) by Bob Bonnar NLJ Associate Publisher An ongoing Coroner's Inquest being held to determine the cause and manner of the death of 60-year-old Weston County resident Richard Campbell in June of 2015 has resulted in the arrest of the woman whose relationship with Campbell has been the primary focus of the inquest. According to a press release from Weston County Sheriff Bryan Colvard, Weston County resident Caroline Scoutt, 64, was arrested by deputies shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday after a witness subpoe- naed to testify at the inquest claimed to have been threatened by Scoutt. "The arrest comes after an interview and investigation into a report of witness intim- idation conducted by the Weston County Sheriff's Office on October 28, 2016. After an investigation of the allegations, the information and evidence obtained was for- warded to the Weston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, ultimately leading to the issuance of a warrant for Scoutt's arrest," Colvard wrote in the release. He indicated that Scoutt was arrested at her residence at 1074 Old Highway 85 south of Newcastle without incident, and charged with "influencing, intimidating or impeding a witness." According to :he arrest warrant, Scoutt's alleged actions are a violation of Wyoming Statute 6-5-305, and constitute a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten years and a fine of not more than $5,000 or both. According to an Affidavit of Probable Cause submitted to Weston County Circuit Court by Sgt. Dan Bush, the investigation into Scoutt's alleged witness intimidation began approximately 24 hours prior to her arrest, when Bush conducted a tape recorded interview at the Law Enforcement Center with David and Kimberly Fisher in reference to threats they claimed were made by Scoutt. According to the Affidavit, Kimberly Fisher told Bush that she received a threat- ening phone call from Scoutt last Tuesday, October 25, after she returned home from -- See Arrest, Page 3 by Alexis Barker NLJ Reporter As operators of the historic 4W Ranch in Weston County, Bob and Jean Harshbarger have been actively involved with the county's long running dispute with the U.S. Forest Service over prairie dogs in the -- See Prairie Dogs, Page 7 Unemployment .S by Bob Bonnar NLJ Associate Publisher For the second month in a row, unemployment dropped signifi- cantly in Weston County, according to a report released last week by the Research and Planning Division of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. In its monthly employment news release, DWS reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 5.5 percent in August to 5.3 percent in September, and the non-adjusted rate for Wyoming was logged at 4.6 percent. That's a tenth of a percentage point lower than the 4.7 percent unemployment reported for Weston Hospital staff hopes to move in next month by Alexis Barker NLJ Reporter Construction at Weston Monday afternoon two blocks of Main Street were closed offto traffic so the area businesses could hold a Trunk or Treat. Clockwise County Health Services began from top: The Mad Hatter, Bill HaileR, gets down on the little pumpkins level to let her pick candy out for herself. The elephant, in the late fall of 2015, and Karen Terhune, waves a happy hello. The Cat in the Hat, Penny Loebs, shades her face from the setting sun. (Pam Penfield/NLJ) Phase One of the project is -- See Unemployment, Page 7 nearing completion. Portions of the first phase-- which includes a new patient wing, the front entrance, pharmacy and lab, additional rooms for manor residents and special care unit in the manor-- will be completed and inspected before others, however, and the patient wing and manor rooms will be finished first. 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