Newspaper Archive of
Lovell Chronicle
Lovell , Wyoming
May 19, 2011     Lovell Chronicle
PAGE 5     (5 of 18 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 5     (5 of 18 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
May 19, 2011

Newspaper Archive of Lovell Chronicle produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2023. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

www.LovellChronicle.com May 19, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 5 BOB RODRIGUEZ With pitchforks and fire hoses, members of the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department stir up a hay pile to extinguish the flames that got out of control on May 14 outside of Lovell. re00rt LPD investigates reported home theft The Lovell Police De- partment received the fol- lowing calls for the week of May 10-16, 2011: May 11: Officers recov- ered an X-box 360 during a search of a Lovell resi- dence (see information in pill story). ir Officers received a re- port of a dispute over custody of a child, but the LPD advised the caller that the case would have to be han- dled civilly before charg- es can be filed. May 13: A theft at a Lovell home was reported to the LPD. The case is under in- vestigation. Deputies find riders without horses The Big Horn County Sheriffs Department re- ceived the following calls for the week of May 9-16, 2011: May 9: A Lovell area resi- dent called to complain about someone tampering with the irrigation ditch. Deputies advised the man that the case was a civil matter and there was noth- ing the Sheriffs Department could do at this time. May 11: Deputies received a report of two horses running down the road with saddles but no riders. Deputies re- sponded and found the rid- ers without their horses. A deputy gave them a ride back to their truck and trail- er and assisted searching the area for the horses. Mr Deputies arrested Wil- liam C. Tucker, 36, on an outstanding Natro- na County warrant and transported him to jail in Basin before he was transferred to Natrona County. May 14: Deputies received a report of hay on fire on coun- ty land outside of Lovell. The Lovell Volunteer Fire De- partment handled the call. May 15: Deputies separated two parties for the night af- ter being called to the scene of a domestic disturbance with drinking involved. Arrests made in March drunk-driving fatality BY JENNIFER BUTLER Last week Big Horn County Sheriffs deputies made two arrests in the Burlington area following an investigation into the fa- tal crash that killed Tylor Burke, 17, of Powell. On Wednesday, May 11, Donna Marie (Burke) Brunko, 39, was arrested and charged with criminal- ly negligent homicide and permitting house parties where minors are present. Both are misdemeanors. The homicide carries a pen- alty of up to a year in jail and the house party charge carries a sentence of up to six months. Brunko was also cited for criminal entry and in- terference with an emer- gency call for not reporting the accident. According to Circuit Court documents, Brunko allegedly admitted in a vol- untary verbal statement to allowing her son, Ty- lor Burke, and his under- age friends to have a house party where alcohol was provided on Friday, March 11. She also allegedly said she witnessed Burke and his friends drinking alco- hol and allegedly advised them they were allowed to "drink" only if they re- mained at the residence, Soon after, Brunko left the minors unsupervised and went inside her home while the minors remained out- side on the lawn. According to the affi- davit, Brunko had noticed that her son and his friends had left the residence, and at this point she attempt- ed to contact them via text messages and phone calls. In the early morning hours of Sat.urday, March 12, the other minors re- turned to the Brunko res- idence without Burke. Burke&apos;s friends allegedly said Burke had taken his friend's vehicle and left the Burlington Bar, where they were. Around 1 a.m. Burke's mother and his friend began looking for Burke. Brunko said they had noticed debris on U.S. Highway 14/16/20 from what appeared to be an accident and found pieces to the friend's car. They soon left the scene of the accident and continued searching for Burke, and although they returned to the scene of the accident several times they alleged- ly failed to notify authori- ties for assistance. According to court re- cords, Brunko and Burke's friends returned to Brunko's residence around 5 a.m. About 6 a.m., Brunko returned to the accident site, along with another of Burke's friends, to continue looking for Burke. Brunko allegedly did not contact au- thorities or emergency per- sonnel to aid in the search. It was not until about 7 a.m. when a passerby noticed the accident and called 911 that the accident was reported. Burke's body was found at 7:15 a.m. Burke left the road at the intersection of US 14/16/20 and Wyoming 30. He was not wearing a seat- belt and was ejected from his friend's vehicle, accord- ing to the Wyoming High- way Patrol report. Burke was pronounced dead at the scene. On Thursday, May 12, Melissa Braten, 30, was arrested and charged with criminally negligent homi- cide and allowing minors to enter into a dispensing room where alcohol is being served. According to the affida- vit, on Friday, March 11, Braten, the leaser and bar- tender of the Burlington Bar, Burke and his friends entered the bar about 11 p.m. Braten allegedly told authorities that Burke and his two friends were "ex- tremely intoxicated" when they entered the bar and they had all been drink- ing. Braten reportedly was informed by one of Burke's friends that they were all 19 years old (with the legal drinking age 21), but she allegedly failed to check for proper identification. Braten, according to court documents, said Burkehad been passing out inside the bar, so she asked one of his friends to take Burke and his other friend home de- spite the fact that they had all been drinking. According to court re- cords, Burke was put into his friend's vehicle while the engine was running. His friends then left him unat- tended, and Burke drove off with his friend's vehicle. Braten did not contact authorities or the parents of the intoxicated minors, "because she knew the par- ents and sympathized (with one of the friends) for hav- ing to babysit his 'drunk friends.'" Sheriff Kenneth Black- burn said, "Any time a young member of our community dies it is very wrenching, and we do not take it light- ly. The tragic fact of this is- sue is that it is not only the authorities' responsibility but also the responsibility of the community to look out and ensure the safety of the youth. It needs to be a triangle of police, parents and community. This kind of case brings life pain- fully into perspective. Our hearts go out to the fam- ily and everyone involved. I would like to commend the efforts of the county at- torney's office as they work tirelessly on this case. We at the sheriffs office will do everything in our power to ensure safety of the youth no matter how unpopular or unpleasant." He added, "I emphasize the alleged suspects are in- nocent until proven guilty." Blackburn said he is concerned about the upcom- ing graduations and cele- brations. He said, "Be sure with the choices you make that you are able to live with the consequences." On 0000cord in Big Ito00 County BIRTHS We are interested in printing the births of North Big Horn County babies. Please call and personally report these births by con- tacting the Chronicle at 548-2217. Born to Analyn A. and Mazher Khan at the fined $70 For speeding in a 20 mph school zone: Richard T. Longtim, 27, Evanston, 30 mph, fined $180 Vernon L. Wood, 60, 25 mph, fined $65 Jessica Rael, 25, 25 mph, fined $65 Powell Valley Hospital bn May 9, 2011, at Kelly Sourer, 52, Ogden, UT, 25 mph, fined 1:44 p.m., a baby girl, Sofia Khan, weighing 7 Ibs. 11 oz. Grandparents are Mohd Maq- sood All Khan, Shajhan Begum, Alfredo and Erlinda Andres. MARRIAGES Marriage licenses issued from the Big Horn County Clerk's office recently were: Dana Gregory Nordlund of Greybull and Steph- ante Marie Creatore of Canfield, OH Logan Scott Triplett and Jennifer Clarke Gra- ham, both of Basin DEEDS Warranty deeds issued from the Big Horn County Clerk's office recently were: Daniel P. May and Sheridan A. May to Steven A. Frost; (part) NW4SW4, Sec 32, T57N, R96W MUNICIPAL COURT Persons fined in the Lovell Municipal Court before Judge Sylvia Gams recently were: Aubrey M. Jordan, 33, dog at large, fined $40; dog at large, fined $40 Angelo Jones, 18, illegal passing, fined $70 Pamela A. Dodd, 61, Rock Hill, SC, failure to yield to pedestrian, fined $70 Mona Lee Averett, 75, no seat belt, fined $25 Vangi A. Hackney, 36, no valid registration, $65 Roger D. Hiser, 77, 25 mph, fined $65 Josephine C. Rodriguez, 76, 25 mph, fined $65 Boyd Barchinger, 57, 25 mph, fined $65 For speeding in a 30 mph zone: Stevie Eaves, 20, Wodand, 40 mph, fined $100 Individuals are local residents unless oth- erwise noted. CIRCUIT COURT Persons fined in the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court in Lovell before Judge Thomas Har- rington recently were: Angel Montanez, 40, driving under the influ- ence, deferred sentence, fined $190, 6 months unsupervised probation Michael Martinelli, 29, interference with a peace officer, fined $190, 180 days in jail (69 days suspended), 6 months unsuper- vised probation For speeding in a 65 mph zone: Walter L. Deshazo, 26, Horatio, AN, 79 mph, fined $87 Individuals are local residents unless oth- erwise noted. Koritnik joins Lovell Police Dept. BY BRAD DEVEREAUX After only a day's rest from attending his senior year at the University of Wyoming, Lovell resident Matt Koritnik was in uni- form for his first day on the job as Lovell's newest police officer. Koritnik, the son of Joe and Janet Koritnik of Lovell, began working on the force Tuesday, May 10, and said he has already been in- volved in a number of high- profile cases during his first week on the job including drug-related arrests, search warrants and involuntary holds. He also experienced some less exciting calls, like gathering up dead cats and doing VIN inspections. "It's been a lot of fun so far and I was fortunate to start on a pretty eventful week," Koritnik said. "I'm looking forward to some more education and being an asset to the department." Koritnik studied crim- inal justice at Sheridan College and UW, receiv- ing a bachelor's degree this spring. He interned with the Lovell Police Department in December of 2010, applying for the open officer position soon after. He said he wanted to be a police officer to help peo- ple and because every day on the job is different. Koritnik was born in BRAD DEVEREAUX Matt Koritnik joined the Lovell Police Department last week and has gained some valuable experience already. Koritnik was hired as a full-time officer and will complete his training at the police academy this fall. Cheyenne and lived in Cody for six years before moving to Kansas for three years, then to Lovell with his fam- ily in 2003. Koritnik worked as a firefighter for the Big- horn National Forest dur- ing summers while he was in college. He will attend train- ing at the Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas Aug. 22-Nov. 18 to complete his training. Big Horn County Long Range Forecast Thursday Mostly cloudy, rain showers 52 / 41 Friday Mostly cloudy, rain showers 51/40 :]pm -- [.]i,= :r..i..,e p|.ii Saturday Scattered showers 53 / 44 Sunday Showers, a few thunderstorms 59 / 47 Monday Mostly cloudy, rain showers 60 / 46 rl+p'J'l :(=..] +, [e i[oIII i I': A large trough of chilly and wet Pacific low pressure will make for cooler and wetter than average conditions through at least early next ...... + .%** .4. week. Lower elevations wilt see mostly rain, but late season snow wil , .... '<::::: . ++.++  ......... -+- . /-.<. :'.. 50s 140s still be possible at night for a few locations. Mountain locations will see ..... ,::,l;-r..., so/4os ,e ,-:..- - mostly snow. Flooding concerns will continue for the entire area. " "ii: +, :+i-+,.,- e + + Cody, + Climate Almanac Normals for 05/19 to 05/23 .... % +%.80S 1 40S Basin +]+ k.. Love. Grebull :   s Record Hilh/Low 94 in 1980 25 in 1931 Rerd H h/Lw 9] n !992 26 n 2Q03 Record 24hr. Precip. 0.85" in 1927 Record 24hr. Precip. 1.16" in 1981 Jet Stream Forecast for 05/23 Sunrise & Sunset Sunrise Sunset Friday 5:45 AM 8:36 PM Sunday 5:43 AM 8:37 PM National Weather Service Forecasts: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/riwAndax.htm 60S 140S''++'++ .. .. " : +-.. +.+++++. Worland ...... . .. SOS / 40s .. +. - . Recreation Outlook Big Horn Lake - Unseasonably cool with cloudy skies " - s . . and periods of rain. Rain witl generally be light. River Basin River Basin Yellowstone National Park- Wet snow will be falling at Shoshone River 145% of normal Upper Yellowstone River 166% of normal times for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At least small : i%:i new accumulations are likely. Road and "fi'avel - (1-888-996-7623) or (307) 772-0824; Cellular: #ROAD Big Horn Mountains - This will not be a nice spring Road and Travel on the web- http'Jttydotweb.state.wy.us/web/highway/text_road.html weekend. Look for chilly temperatures and light rain and F .... t prepared by: DayWeather, Inc. Cheyenne,  82001 snow showers. www.oayweather.com Big Horn County Forecast sponsored by lilll/llilllllllil - -- I+ ..................... -.,7 .........