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www.LovellChronicle.com September 16, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle 7 Dearer does fine festival BRAY DEVEREAUX PHOTOS Darla Murray, 90, and her daughter, Linda, of Powell were busy browsing the large selection of antique jewelry for sale at the Dearer Festival Saturday. The fest featured live entertainment throughout the day, along with vendors, kids activities, demonstrations and more. Ken Chrissley, president of the Wind River Cowboy Association, was one of many performers to deliver cowboy poetry at the Deaver Festival Saturday. Some of the stories told were serious and others were humorous, but they all offered a real-life look at cowboys. Hunt petition hearing .. Petition hearing centers on NCIC report and DUS prosecution BY KARLA POMEROY The majority of evidence and testimo- ny at last Wednesday's hearing on the peti- tion to remove Big Horn County Attorney Georgia Antley Hunt from office centered on three of the five allegations -- the NCIC report on Petitioner Letitia Abromats, the "vindictive prosecution" of Abromats and an order to show cause filed against Clerk Dori Noyes. The three allegations are all part of federal lawsuits filed by the Abro- matses. The NCIC report of Abromats was gen- erated after Abromats sued Don and Bren- daVoodfor wltC/'believed to be libel- ous siatementsffmde in a victim impact statement regarding an accident involving Abromats and the Woods' son. Hunt testified she wanted to assist the Woods in finding an attorney and contacted a friend from law school. She provided her with a criminal history of Abromats that she obtained through the NCIC database. Hunt, according to testimony and docu- ments submitted at the hearing, also ran an NCIC chbck for Philip Abromats on Tom Grime when Abromats had filed a civil suit against Grime. Hunt testified, "At that time my opin- ion was such records were public record. I have subsequently learned that NCIC in- formation is restricted." Abromats alleges a violation of federal statute in the petition. Testimony showed that after a Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation hearing no charges have ever been filed against Hunt. Hunt, through attorney Larry Jones, entered into evidence a deposition taken for the federal suit of John O. Housel of Cody, who testified, according to Jones, that he saw nothing improper with what Hunt did and would have done the same thing. Hou- sel is a former prosecutor and circuit court judge. Abromats also entered into evidence a deposition of their expert witness, Cleve- land State University Professor David R. Barnhizer, who stated Hunt's actions were a breach of professi0nal:rules :of conduct. - She also entered into evidence eri- can Bar Association codes of conduct re- garding conflicts of interest. VINDICTIVE PROSECUTION Abromats alleges misconduct by Hunt for refiling a Greybull Municipal Court ci- tation for third offense driving under sus- pension that was issued by then Big Horn County Sheriffs Deputy Matt Miller. The citation had been previously dismissed by Greybull Attorney Scott McColloch. Abromats testified that she believes the case was refiled after she wrote a letter criticizing Hunt and Miller in the newspa- pers. She said her letter was published Dec. 6, 2007, and e-mails from Hunt to Randy Royal regarding refiling the DUS citation began on Dec. 10, 2007. Hunt testified that Abromats could have been arrested on the third DUS cita- tion but that she chose to issue a summons. She said that she prosecuted the case be- cause there had been a violation of the law with no consequences. Abromats said she spent about 40 hours in jail after her initial arrest on the charge until her court appearance. There was a lot of testimony and docu- ments submitted regarding Abromats' first two citations and the third citation, and whether Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper BJ Kidgell told her that she could not drive after issuing the second citation. She also testified that her license was suspended due tea clerical error of not en - tering her payment in a timely manner at the circuit court. When asked why she did not get her li- cense reinstated after her first offense in March, she said she was not able to talk to a prosecutor. The reinstatement fee was paid and her license was reinstated, thanks to the efforts of attorney John Worrall, within 48 hours after receiving her third DUS ci- tation, Abromats said. Jones submitted into evidence a letter from McColloch to Miller stating that un- der certain conditions he would reconsider refiling the citation. In questioning Hunt, Jones asked her if she treated the DUS case any different than others and she said no. She testified she did not refile because of the letters. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE A third allegation related to an or- der to show cause filed against Big Horn County Clerk Dori Noyes on a civil suit the Abromatses filed on behalf of Sam Rho- des against Miller, et al. Noyes had been served with a subpoena to turn over docu- ments showing the layout of the Big Horn County Jail. On the advice of Hunt, through an e-mail submitted into evidence, she did not comply with the subpoena. An order to show cause on why she did not abide by the subpoena was served on June 24, 2008. Noyes, during testimony last week, said she was afraid of getting hauled off to jail .if something wasn't filed. She said she :hd didul contacting Hunt and fi nally contaff'Local Government Liabil- ity Pool attorney Richard Rideout, who was representing the Sheriffs Office in the suit. Rideout told her it would be taken care of. According to testimony and documents submitted at the hearing, an order quash- ing the subpoena was filed July 25, 2008. The deadline to file an answer for the order to show cause was July 29. Noyes said she did not recall who told her she would go to jail. The order to show cause makes no reference to a possible ar- rest. Hunt testified that she did not want to comply with the subpoena because of secu- rity concerns in making layout plans of the jail public record. When asked if there was ever any chance of Noyes being arrested, she said "No." Welcome back iiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiiii!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiii!iiiii!!!iiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i this Ma00that=ll= Thursday, September 30 Airport Board Meeting, 3 p.m., Bank of Greybull. Saturday, September 28 Lovell Memory Walk, 8 - 10 a.m., North Big Horn Senior Center, 548-6556 for more info. BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2nd Thursday. BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2nd Monday, board room, 7p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Big Hem Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America, Skyline Care in Powell, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m., 754-5921. Big Hem County 4-H Leader's Council, fst Monday, Extension Office on Hwy 310, 7 p.m. Big Hem County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2rid Tuesday, 1 p.m., W&P office at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Llone Club, fat and 3rd Tuesday, Byron Town Hall, 7 p.m. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., NHCC multi-purpose room. Compassionate Friends Support Group, last Wednesday, Long Term Care Center Conference Room, West Park Hospital, 7 p.m. Contact Melodye Trusty, 578-2416. Cowley Riding Club, 3rd Monday, 7 p.m. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, Lange's Kitchen Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Hem Federal Hos- pitality Room, 7 pro. Lovell Guitar Club, Thursday, 8 pro. Call Steve, 548-7227. Lovell Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Lovell Rldem, Inc. meeting, 2nd Thursday, Big Horn Federal, 7 p.m. Lovsll Town Council, 2nd Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman's Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 1 p.m. Contact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. NAMI Big Horn County, 1$t Thursday, 548-2431, 548-6885. North Big Horn County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-6410. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m., North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Plndroppere Quilt Club, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Big Hem Federal hos- pitality room. Spokes-n-Folks, call 548-2431; 548-2883. 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