THE NATRONA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS WORKED FOR NEARLY A DECADE ON STAFF AND STUDENT SAFETY, BUT TWO RECENT INCIDENTS SHARPLY FOCUSED WHAT MORE COULD BE DONE, TRUSTEES AND THE SUPERINTENDENT SAID DURING A WORK SESSION BEFORE THE REGULAR BIWEEKLY BOARD MEETING MONDAY.

NATRONA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT STEVE HOPKINS SAID MONDAY THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN WORKING ON SAFETY ISSUES FOR NINE YEARS.

BUT THE RECENT WATERBOARDING OF A MEMBER OF THE KELLY WALSH HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING TEAM, AND THE SHOOTING AT A FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL THAT LEFT 17 PEOPLE DEAD TWO WEEKS AGO HAVE SHARPENED THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WHAT MORE CAN BE DONE.

HOPKINS SAID A SAFE ENVIRONMENT IS NECESSARY BEFORE TEACHING AND LEARNING CAN BE DONE.

SO THE DISTRICT HAS CRAFTED A PROPOSAL FOR ADMINISTRATORS TO HEAR FROM THE SCHOOLS AND OTHERS ABOUT POLICIES, GAPS IN POLICIES, NEEDED TRAINING AND COMMUNICATING WITH THE PUBLIC.

MONDAY, TRUSTEE DAVE APPLEGATE FLOATED IDEAS TO DEAL WITH WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS A "LOW PROBABILITY, HIGH IMPACT" EVENT SUCH AS A SCHOOL SHOOTING.

APPLEGATE SAID ALLOWING STAFF TO BE ARMED IS A POSSIBILITY, BUT PREVENTION IS MORE IMPORTANT.
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DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY A PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN WAS INSTITUTED AT STAR VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL AND LINCOLN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2 FOLLOWING A REPORTED THREAT MONDAY MORNING.

THAT LOCKDOWN WAS LIFTED A SHORT TIME LATER.

THE DISTRICT SAYS NO SPECIFIC THREAT HAS BEEN VALIDATED AND IT WAS BEEN DEEMED SAFE TO RETURN TO A NORMAL SCHEDULE.

LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS BEEN INVOLVED THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT, AND AUTHORITIES WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION, WHICH THE DISTRICT INITIALLY ANNOUNCED SHORTLY AFTER 9:30 A.M.

THE DISTRICT ADVISED THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT WOULD BE VISIBLE AT STAR VALLEY SCHOOL BUILDINGS ON MONDAY.

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THE NATRONA COUNTY CORONER AND THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A 36-YEAR-OLD CASPER MAN WHO WAS SHOT BY TWO POLICE OFFICERS IN EAST CASPER LATE SUNDAY NIGHT.

CORONER CONNIE JACOBSON SAID THE MAN WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE IN THE 3800 BLOCK OF EAST 15TH STREET ABOUT MIDNIGHT.

SHE IS WORKING ON VERIFYING POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION AND NOTIFYING NEXT OF KIN, WHO ALSO IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE AND MANNER OF DEATH.

THE INCIDENT HAPPENED WHEN TWO OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A CALL LATE SUNDAY AT THE LOAF 'N JUG, ON CENTENNIAL COURT.

THE FEMALE CLERK TOLD DISPATCH A MALE CAME INTO THE STORE WIELDING A SWORD AND HAD THREATENED HER.

HE PHYSICALLY ASSAULTED HER, AND THE MAN LEFT THE STORE.

THE CLERK DID NOT RECEIVE ANY INJURIES REQUIRING IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION.

SHORTLY AFTER RESPONDING TO THE CALL, TWO OFFICERS CONFRONTED THE MAN SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS AWAY FROM THE STORE WHERE THEY SAW HIM WIELDING A SWORD.

DURING THE CONFRONTATION, OFFICERS FIRED THEIR SERVICE WEAPONS AT HIM.

THEY GAVE MEDICAL ATTENTION TO THE MAN, BUT HE DIED AT THE SCENE

THE CASE HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE DCI, AND THE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE DURING THE INVESTIGATION.

BOTH OFFICERS WERE UNINJURED.
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A 38-YEAR-OLD MISHAWAKA, INDIANA WOMAN ACCUSED OF CONSPIRING WITH TWO OTHERS TO DELIVER HEROIN HAS WAIVED HER RIGHT TO A PRELIMINARY HEARING.

YAZENIA DIAZ; 46-YEAR-OLD DAVID GIBSON, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS; AND 40-YEAR-OLD LOVELESS NAYLOR, OF SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, WERE ARRESTED ON FEB. 15 AFTER A CHEYENNE-AREA TROOPER DISCOVERED 872.9 GRAMS OF HEROIN IN THEIR CAR.

ALL THREE WERE CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO DELIVER HEROIN, WHICH CARRIES A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON.

GIBSON AND NAYLOR WERE ALSO CHARGED WITH INTENT TO DELIVER HEROIN AND FELONY POSSESSION OF HEROIN.

THE TWO MEN WERE SCHEDULED TO BE IN LARAMIE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON, BUT EACH WAIVED HIS RIGHT TO A SPEEDY PRELIMINARY HEARING.

DIAZ IS FREE ON A $5,000 CASH BOND, WHILE GIBSON AND NAYLOR REMAIN JAILED ON $50,000 CASH BONDS.