POLICE IN WYOMING SAY THEY'RE INVESTIGATING CLAIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE FOLLOWING AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION BY LOCAL ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OFFICIALS.

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF CHEYENNE ANNOUNCED IN JULY THAT A 2002 INVESTIGATION BY AUTHORITIES WAS "FLAWED" AND THE DIOCESE FOUND THAT FORMER BISHOP JOSEPH HART SEXUALLY ABUSED TWO BOYS IN WYOMING.

CHEYENNE POLICE SPOKESMAN KEVIN MALATESTA SAID THURSDAY INVESTIGATORS WOULD LIKE ANY CHURCH ABUSE VICTIMS TO TALK TO INVESTIGATORS WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH.

MALATESTA SAYS POLICE WANT TO KEEP THEIR INVESTIGATION MOVING BUT WILL INVESTIGATE ANY CASES AS THEY'RE REPORTED.

WYOMING LAW PROHIBITS INVESTIGATORS FROM IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS IN SEX ABUSE CASES AND POLICE HAVEN'T IMPLICATED HART.

HART DENIES THE WYOMING ALLEGATIONS AND PREVIOUS CLAIMS INVOLVING SEVERAL MEN IN THE KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, AREA THAT LED TO LEGAL SETTLEMENTS.

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THE MAN WHO ROBBED A CASPER RESTAURANT AND CONVENIENCE STORE IN LATE DECEMBER RECEIVED A LENGTHY PRISON SENTENCE THURSDAY MORNING IN NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT COURT.

40-YEAR-OLD LEVAR ELLIS THOMPSON WAS SENTENCED TO 20-25 YEARS ON EACH OF TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ROBBERY. THOSE SENTENCES WILL RUN CONCURRENTLY WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND CONCURRENTLY WITH ANOTHER PRISON SENTENCE THOMPSON RECEIVED LAST WEEK FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER.

IN LATE DECEMBER, THOMPSON REPRESENTED AN AIRSOFT PISTOL AS A REAL FIREARM WHEN HE THREATENED EMPLOYEES AT WYOMING HOT WINGS AND THE BIG D CONVENIENCE STORE ON EAST 12TH STREET. THE ROBBERIES TOOK PLACE WITHIN A FEW DAYS OF EACH OTHER.

THOMPSON'S MOTHER AND DAUGHTER EACH SPOKE TO THOMPSON'S CHARACTER. THAT FOLLOWED A VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT FROM THE GAS STATION CLERK THOMPSON THREATENED DURING THE GAS STATION ROBBERY.

ITZEN CALLED THOMPSON'S CRIMINAL RECORD "HORRIBLE," AND SAID THOMPSON HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN GIVEN A NUMBER OF OPPORTUNITIES AT TREATMENT, PROBATION AND PAROLE, ALL OF WHICH FAILED.

OLDHAM RECOMMENDED A PRISON TERM OF 20-22 YEARS.

IN HIS STATEMENT TO THE COURT BEFORE BEING SENTENCED, THOMPSON APOLOGIZED TO THE PEOPLE HE THREATENED DURING THE ROBBERIES AND ASKED FOR THEIR FORGIVENESS.
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THE WYOMING SPECIAL PROSECUTOR SAYS NO CHARGES ARE WARRANTED AGAINST AN OFF-DUTY OFFICER FROM COLORADO WHO PULLED A GUN ON A TEENAGER RUNNING TO A BUS STOP IN JACKSON.

FREMONT COUNTY ATTORNEY PATRICK LEBRUN DETERMINED THAT VANESSA SCHULTZ LACKED CRIMINAL INTENT DURING THE JULY 6 INCIDENT.

A POLICE OFFICER IN LAKEWOOD, COLORADO, SCHULTZ WAS VACATIONING IN JACKSON WHEN SHE HEARD A LOUD NOISE AND ASSUMED A TEENAGER RUNNING NEARBY HAD COMMITTED A CRIME.

LEBRUN SAYS IT'S REASONABLE FOR SCHULTZ TO SUSPECT THE 18 YEAR OLD WAS FLEEING A CRIME SCENE.

THE TEEN WAS RUNNING TO CATCH THE BUS.

LEBRUN SAYS SCHULTZ SHOULDN'T HAVE PULLED HER GUN BUT THAT WASN'T GROUNDS TO FILE CHARGES.

THE TEEN'S ATTORNEY SAYS HER CLIENT IS CONSIDERING LEGAL ACTION..
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AN OFFICIAL WITH MARK GORDON'S CAMPAIGN SAYS THE REPUBLICAN WAS NOT BEHIND A SERIES OF ROBOCALLS URGING DEMOCRATS TO VOTE FOR GORDON AHEAD OF THIS WEEK'S PRIMARY ELECTION...

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JACKSON HOLE, WYO. (AP) - OFFICIALS SAY FOUR WOLF PUPS FOUND DEAD LAST WEEK IN THE HORSE CREEK AREA NEAR JACKSON LIKELY DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES.

THE JACKSON HOLE NEWS AND GUIDE REPORTS WYOMING GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN MARK GOCKE SAYS THE AGENCY WON'T KNOW FOR SURE UNTIL THEY GET THE NECROPSIES BACK FROM THE LAB.

GAME AND FISH OFFICIALS INITIALLY SAID THEY COULD NOT RELEASE MUCH INFORMATION, CITING A WYOMING STATUTE THAT'S INTENDED TO PROTECT THE IDENTITY OF PEOPLE WHO LEGALLY KILL WOLVES.

AN AREA HORSE GUIDE SAW TWO OF THE PUPPIES THURSDAY WHILE LEADING A PRIVATE RIDE AND IMMEDIATELY REPORTED THEM TO AUTHORITIES.

WYOMING GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL ARRIVED AND FOUND A THIRD DEAD YOUNG WOLF NEARBY AS WELL AS A FOURTH PUP THAT WAS BARELY HANGING ON.