A COMPANY THAT SUED THE WYOMING DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SAYS THE SOCIAL STATUS OF THOSE AFFECTED BY THE DISAPPEARANCE OF KRISTI RICHARDSON IN OCTOBER 2014 AND THE APPARENT SUICIDE OF MICK MCMURRY IN MARCH 2015 MAY HAVE INFLUENCED THEIR INVESTIGATIONS.

THE SHERIDAN-BASED LOVCOM, HEADED BY BUSINESSMAN KIM LOVE, SAID THE RESIDENTS OF CASPER HAVE A NEED TO KNOW HOW THEIR POLICE DEPARTMENT HANDLED THE INVESTIGATIONS, AND WHETHER THE SOCIAL POSITION OF THOSE INVOLVED AFFECTED ITS WORK.
LOVCOM WANTS TO INTERVIEW FORMER CASPER POLICE CHIEF CHRIS WALSH, NOW A CASPER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, AND DETECTIVE SHANNON DALEY ABOUT THE POSSIBLY RELATED INVESTIGATIONS, WHICH IN TURN MAY AFFECT THE RELEASE OF DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE CASES.

LOVCOM SUED THE CITY IN JUNE 2017, QUESTIONING WHETHER IT AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT DID ALL IT COULD TO INVESTIGATE RICHARDSON'S DISAPPEARANCE AND MCMURRY'S DEATH.

THE CITY TURNED THOSE CASES OVER TO THE DCI.

LOVCOM WANTS A DEPOSITION OF DALEY REGARDING THE CONDUCT OF THE RICHARDSON INVESTIGATION BECAUSE SHE HAS INFORMATION WHETHER THE DEPARTMENT CONSIDERED INTERVIEWING MICK MCMURRY AND OTHERS.

DALEY ALSO COULD SAY WHERE THE DEPARTMENT DIRECTED THE INVESTIGATION, AND WHETHER A CABLE NEWS STORY ABOUT THE RICHARDSON DISAPPEARANCE FOCUSED ATTENTION ON A TRUCK DRIVER AND POSSIBLY AWAY FROM PERSONS OF INTEREST WITH A HIGHER SOCIAL STATUS.

LOVCOM SAID WALSH WROTE A LETTER TO THE CASPER CITY MANAGEMENT STATING HE HAD RECEIVED INFORMATION INSIDE THE DEPARTMENT THAT WARRANTED AN INVESTIGATION BY THE DCI.

LOVCOM ADDED THE DEPOSITIONS WOULD SERVE THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT'S BEHAVIOR, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD.

THE DCI AND THE CASPER POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE OPPOSED THE REQUEST FOR THE DEPOSITIONS.
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ONE MAN WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD THURSDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A ROLLOVER CRASH ON INTERSTATE 80 NEAR ROCK SPRINGS.

42-YEAR-OLD BRIAN SANFORD WAS NOT WEARING HIS SEAT BELT WHEN THE CRASH OCCURRED AT 6 A.M. NEAR MILEPOST 100 IN SWEETWATER COUNTY, ACCORDING TO A CRASH REPORT FROM THE WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, SANFORD WAS DRIVING A HYUNDAI EASTBOUND ON I-80 BEFORE THE VEHICLE DROVE INTO THE MEDIAN, HITTING A DELINEATOR POST AND THEN A CABLE BARRIER POST.

THE HYUNDAI THEN VEERED SHARPLY TO THE RIGHT, CROSSING BOTH EASTBOUND LANES AND EXITING THE ROADWAY TO THE RIGHT. THE HYUNDAI THEN ROLLED ABOUT ONE AND A HALF TIMES, COMING TO REST ON ITS ROOF FACING SOUTHWEST ON THE SERVICE ROAD ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF I-80.

SANFORD WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE AND WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL, WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.

THE ROADWAY WAS DRY AND WEATHER WAS CLEAR AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE SANFORD MAY HAVE BEEN FATIGUED OR ASLEEP WHEN THE CRASH OCCURRED.
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CASPER, WYO. (AP) - A WYOMING PROSECUTOR SAYS A MAN SHOT AND KILLED BY POLICE HAD INDUCED A CONFRONTATION WITH OFFICERS WITH THE INTENTION OF ENDING HIS LIFE.

DOUGLAS ONEYEAR WAS SHOT SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON FEB. 25 IN CASPER AFTER HE REPORTEDLY SWUNG A SWORD AT A PASSING CAR AND ASSAULTED A CONVENIENCE STORE CLERK.

PROSECUTORS CLEARED BOTH OFFICERS WHO WERE INVOLVED WITH THE SHOOTING. ONEYEAR'S FAMILY HAS SAID HE WAS CARRYING A TOY SWORD AND DIDN'T POSE A THREAT THAT REQUIRED DEADLY FORCE.

NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY MICHAEL BLONIGEN WROTE THAT OFFICERS FACED A "SUICIDE BY COP SITUATION" AND HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO SHOOT ONEYEAR, WHO HAD MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES.=
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CASPER, WYO. (AP) - A REPORT BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION RANKS WYOMING 16TH IN THE NATION IN PAYING ITS TEACHERS...