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January 22, 2015 I The Lovell Chronicle I 5 BY PATTI CARPENTER Search and rescue teams from the north and south ends of the county combined their efforts to find a young man from Ar- izona who reported in a 911 call that he was stuck in a bog somewhere in North Big Horn County. To compound matters, shortly into the call his cell phone died, causing him to lose contact with au- thorities, who were left un- certain about how much as- sistance he needed. Cameron Coplen, 18, of Queen Creek, Ariz., called 911 at around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, report- ing that he accidental- ly drove his vehicle into what he thought was a ca- nal somewhere near the Deaver-Frannie area. Ac- cording to Sheriff Ken Blackburn, the call was ac- tually received in Red Lodge but was transferred as soon as the Montana dispatcher realized the incident was oc- curring in Wyoming. Black- burn said the young man was not familiar with the area, so he could not explain to authorities where he was. Making matters worse, his cell phone ran out of charge before he could give enough information about his location or need for as- sistance. Since the sheriffs department does not have instant GPS tracking capa- bility on their system, they had to rely on the man's cell phone company to help track where the signal originat- ed, as SAR teams searched into the night on Friday, re- suming efforts on Saturday morning at daybreak. "Unfortunately, it took a while for the cell phone company to trace the ping," said Blackburn. "When they finally located where the last call came from on his phone, they could only tell us the call originated at the cell tower near Warren." Blackburn said ranch- ers and farmers in the area were contacted and the civil air patrol was dispatched to help find Coplen. It was not known at the time who the victim was or how urgent the victim needed their help, so searchers proceeded with some degree of urgency. Eventually, Coplen's 1998 Chevy pickup truck was found abandoned in a bog and rescuers followed his footprints until they found evidence that he had spent the night in a barn on private property, where Blackburn said evidence revealed that he obviously built a fire to warm himself. SAR teams continued their search until they found him at around 12:30 p.m. on Sat- urday on a horse, literally riding in circles. Blackburn said when questioned, Co- plen said he was attempting to ride to the nearest town. "He said he decided to catch a horse and ride it to town," said Blackburn. "He said he thought he knew the person who owrmd the horse, but we informed him that person had been dead for about a year and the horse actually belonged to some- one else and that he would be stealing the horse if he took it off the property. He continued to insist on riding the horse even though we of- fered him a ride. It took a bit of convincing but we finally got him to agree to accept- ing a ride with us. I think he was somewhat hypothermic and it may have affected his thinking." Authorities contact- ed Coplen's family as soon as they figured out who he was. His family in Arizo- na was on alert and ready to fly to Wyoming. Once it was established that Coplen wasn't injured or in need of further assistance, au- thorities gave him a ride to Powell. "Fortunately, this sto- ry had a happy ending, but it also showed us how much we need the GPS tracking on our system," said Black- burn. "We could have found the victim much faster in this type of situation if we had the tracking capability on our system. In this case, we were lucky that time was not an issue. In a greater emergency, this is the type of thing that can make a difference between life and death." Police Report Numerous residents receive junk vehicle warnings The Lovell Police De- partment received the fol- lowing calls for the week of Jan. 13 - 19: Jan. 13: A suspicious vehicle was reported near the bus barn. The individual driv- ing the vehiCle was autho- rized to be on the property. Edward Charles Foster was arrested on an out- standing warrant. Jan. 15: Alyssa Ridens was arrested on a warrant for bond revocation. A Lovell resident report- ed a hit and run accident that caused damage to a home. Travis Kuhl was cited for failure to report the accident and for care- less driving. Jan. 17: Bonnie Rodriguez was arrested on outstand- ing felony warrants. Jan 19: A burglary was re- ported involving the theft of :prescription drugs: The matter is under investigation. Numerous warning no- tices were issued for junk vehicles in violation of a local ordinance. Note: The calls listed above were received by the Lovell Police Dept. Persons arrest- ed are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law and charges made upon initial arrest may be amended~ or' dismissed cts-~" determined by the County Attorney. Sheriff's report The Big Horn County Sheriffs Office received the following calls for the week of Jan. 12 - 19: Jan. 13: A resident living outside of the Lovell town limits reported receiving a threatening phone Call where the caller said she was about to be arrested. Sheriff Ken Blackburn said other residents in the county received similar phone calls from a man with a foreign accent. He advised residents not to give out any personal information to callers. Jan. 14: A resident of Byron reported a stray bull on her property. Evan Keith Scheetz of Lovell was arrested on a drug court order. Note: The calls listed above were received by the Big Horn County Sheriffs Office. Persons arrested are pre- sumed innocent until prov- en guilty in a court of law, and charges made upon ini- tial arrest may be amended or dismissed as determined by the County Attorney. BIRTHS We are interested in printing the births of North Big Horn County babies. Please call and person- ally report these births by con- tacting the Chronicle at 548- 2217. Born to Destiny Isabell, at Powell Hospital on Jan. 16, 2015, at 8:54 p.m. a baby boy, Sterling Kiaser Isa- bell, weighing 4 lbs. 4 oz. Great-grandparent is Rich- ard Dale Preuit. DEEDS Warranty deeds issued from the Big Hom County Clerk's office recently were: Susan C. Jeide, successor trustee of the Grant H. Cut- ler 2004 revocable living trust, November 19, 2004 to Jose M. Madrigal and Jose L. Madrigal; Lovell Cityview Addition Subdivi- sion, Lots 1 & 2, Block 3. Jose M. Madrigal and Pablo Madrigal to Pablo Madrigal and Raquel Briz De Madri- gal; Lovell Linnabary "B" Subdivision, (Part) Lot 1, Block 7. MUNICIPAL COURT Persons fined in the Lovell Mu- nicipal Court in Lovell before Judge Sylvia Gams recently were: Susan L. Green, 49, stop sign violation, $120. Larry Wayne Brost, 60, ex- pired registration, $70. For speeding in a 20 mph school zone: Shane A. Gunn, Culbertson, Mont., 37, 28 mph, $170. John G. Hyde, 62, 25 mph, $65: For speeding in a 30 mph zone: Waylon R. Rickford, Billings, 48, 35 mph, $65. Julie A. Mielke, Billings, 38, 41 mph, $114. Kurtis D. Haun, Thermopolis, 45, 35 mph, $65. Marco J. Garza 21, 35 mph, $65. Johnna S. Gard, Billings, 29, 39 mph, $106. CIRCUIT COURT Persons fined in the Fifth Ju- dicial Circuit Court in Big Horn County before Judge Thomas Harrington recently were: Taylor T. Glass, La Junta, Colo., no seat belt: driver, $30. Dennis V. E. Jewell Jr., Basin, no seat belt: driver, $25; driving while license is sus- pended, $420. Michael J. Johnson, Shell, no seatbelt: driver, $30; op- erating a vehicle with im- proper equipment, $75. Ryan L. Roberts, Powell, no seat belt: driver, $30. Charles L. Getzfreid, Wor- land, failing to produce con- servation stamp, $70. Carlos Jara, Greybull, no seat belt: driver, $25; no valid driver's license, $120. Guy E. Tharp, Manderson, transferring license, stamp, tag or coupon, $420. Coray R. Snell, no seat belt: driver, $30. Joseph B. Smith, Greybull, taking game birds without a license, $125. Speeding in a 20 mph zone: Darold D. Bulanek, $100. Bryan W. Hess, Bozeman, Mont., $115. Speeding in a 65 mph zone: Bridgette Watts, born in 1984, 76 mph, $73. Taylor T. Glass, La Junta, Colo., $109 Anthony Gludice, Billings, $69. Gary T. Mcafee, Limon, Colo., $75. David L. Engelhardt, Cody, $73. Patrica Ontiveros Powell, $81. Adam I. Scott, Philadelphia, Pa., $78. Savanna J. Cauffman, Burl- ington, $79. Andrew J. Sloop, Shawnee, Kan., $84. Loren B. Vogel, Powell, $81. Isrrael Sandate, Springville, Utah, $81. Gordon M. Stimmel, . Bel- grade, Mont., $81. Shane Comstock. Minot, N.D., $84. Persons are local residents unless otherwise indicated. ...... after forty-five years of dedicated service. They have sincerely requested no party or reception. In lieu of a "retirement party;' we would encourage well wishers to send them a card. Drs. Hoffmann Box 1024, Powell, WY 82435 Join us in congratulating them on forty-five wonderful years and a well deserved retirement! THE HOFFMANN CHILDREN Let us get your summer equipment in shape NOW. iiiiii!iiii!iii!;iiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiii~!iiiik ili!iii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! 4-Wheelers & Snowmobiles We have a full line of 4-wheeler and snowmobile oils. Ne can order all affermarket parts. 36 S. Pryor St., Byron, WY Welding shop at the old school Wayne, Darrell & Ethan Brost hichainsaw mower, "ii'!ili'ii! i i i)ii il,i i ilf e 100 YEARS AGO, JAN. 23,1915 The Cowley Weekly Progress Several more houses were this week placed under quarantine for scarletina. There will be no public gatherings next week. If the people would report all sus- picious cases to Dr. Croft immediately on their appearance, the disease could be stamped out in a short time. 75 YEARS AGO, JAN. 25, 1940 The Lovell Chronicle About three percent of the people of North America have red hair, a percent- age that hasn't varied to any extent in many years. 50 YEARS AGO, JAN. 21, 1965 The Lovell Chronicle Three Lovell High wrestlers are among the undefeated ranks in dual match competition this season. Les Thompson leads the pack with six wins and no defeats. John Franckowiak has piled up 23 points. Don Jolley has scored 21 points to date. Bob Winland also has a total of 21 points. Roy Despain, 180 lb. state champion last year, has a point to- tal of 19. 25 YEARS AGO, JAN. 25, 1990 The Lovell Chronicle Lady Luck must have looked down with favor on Vicky Tippetts the day she decided to buy a Lovell Lions Club raffle ticket for a one shot chance at winning a trip to the Super Bowl, because her $5 ticket won she and her husband Dan the grand prize including air fare to New Or- leans, five nights of paid lodging, $500 cash, as well as tickets to the big game. Big Horn Basin Outlook Weekend Outlook Climate Almanac Normals for 1/22 to 1/26 Recreation Outlook D0eSn't Sleep... then neither do we! Call the professional service team... FIRE & WATER CLEANUP 24 / 7 CARPET - UPHOLSTERY - AIR DUCT CLEANING POWELL ] CODY ] Toll Free: 307.754,9999 307,527,9998 1,800.660,6181 211 E. Coulter Ave, Toll Free 800.660.6181 www.varneycleancare.com j i iii i iiii III i1,1 Big Horn County Long Range Forecast Thursday Friday Partly Cloudy Precip Chance: 10% Saturday Partly Cloudy Preclp Chance: 20% Mostly Sunny Preclp Chance: 5% 30/16 33/13 32/19 Sunday Partly Cloudy Preclp Chance: 10% 35/19 Monday Mostly Sunny Preclp Chance: 5% 39 / 21 Thursday we will see mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 30, humidity of 50%. South southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. The record high temperature for Thursday is 48 set in 1974. Expect partly cloudy skies Thursday night with an overnight low of 16. South southeast wind 7 mph. The record low for Thursday night is -26 set in 1962. Lovell Record High/Low 48 in 1974 -26 in 1962 Record High/Low 46 in 1999:9 in 2007 ;~r~e Precip, 0.05" Avem~ Pre~ Record 24hr, Precip. 0.05" in 1967 Record 24hr. Prscip. 0,07" in 2008 Jet Stream Forecast for 1/26 Sunrise & Sunset Sunrise Sunset Thursday7!42 a:m 5~Sp.~ Friday 7:41 a.m. 5:09 p.m. Saturday 7',40a.m s!~! p.m Sunday 7:39 a.m. 5:12 p.m. Monday 7i38 a~m; 5:t4p.m !ii 32/19 ~ ....... ..... ....... :,, ?-,, ...... Cody Basin ...... ' "~'41 / 28 ~%.~ 30 / 15 " ~*~'~ .... . ...... ::~ ............. ", ..... 40/2r Wor~and i: i~.,:: :::~: ..... .... ::'*: :