THE POLICE DEPARTMENT RELEASED THE NAME OF THE OFFICER WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE SHOOTING THAT RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF A 21-YEAR-OLD CASPER MAN ON TUESDAY.

THE DEPARTMENT SAYS OFFICER CRAIG BURNS IS A FIVE- YEAR VETERAN WITH THE DEPARTMENT AND IS A FIELD TRAINING OFFICER, A PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER AND A MEMBER OF PATROL TEAM 3.

HE WAS DRIVING TO WORK WHEN HE RECEIVED A REPORT FROM AN OFF-DUTY NATRONA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY AT A CONVENIENCE STORE ON CY AVENUE THAT A MAN WANTED FOR POINTED A GUN AT PEOPLE IN EAST CASPER EARLIER THAT DAY WAS AT THE STORE.

BURNS WENT TO THE STORE AND CONTACTED THE ARMED SUSPECT, AND THE OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING ENSUED.

THE SUSPECT, IDENTIFIED THURSDAY BY THE NATRONA COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE, WAS WILLIAM MCCOLLUM.

DESPITE EFFORTS TO SAVE HIM, MCCOLLUM DIED AT THE SCENE.

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FOLLOWING ITS POLICIES, HAS PLACED BURNS ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE.

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAID IN THE NEWS RELEASE THAT IT IS GRATEFUL NO ONE ELSE WAS INJURED, AND ACKNOWLEDGED THE GRIEF OF MCCOLLUM'S FAMILY.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS TURNED OVER THE CASE TO THE WYOMING DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, WHICH WILL ULTIMATELY RELEASE THE RESULTS TO THE NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.

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CASPER, WYO. (AP) - TWO RIVERTON HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL CONTACT IN HAZING ATTACKS ON YOUNGER TEAMMATES EARLIER THIS YEAR.

THE TWO 17-YEAR-OLDS WERE CHARGED WITH TWO MISDEMEANOR COUNTS EACH FOR WHAT AUTHORITIES SAY OCCURRED ON A SCHOOL BUS IN JANUARY WHILE THE TEAM WAS IN NATRONA COUNTY TRAVELING FOR A MEET.

THE FREMONT COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 25 EXPELLED THREE WRESTLERS MONDAY FOR ASSAULTING AND SEXUALLY HARASSING EIGHT TEAMMATES.

NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY MICHAEL BLONIGEN SAYS HE IS CONSIDERING CHARGES AGAINST OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE CASE.
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CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) - WYOMING GOV. MATT MEAD WILL TESTIFY NEXT WEEK BEFORE A U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ABOUT THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT...

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TWO CHEYENNE RESIDENTS ARE BEHIND BARS FOLLOWING A POLICE CHASE DOWN DELL RANGE BOULEVARD WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

OFFICER KEVIN MALATESTA SAYS IT ALL STARTED AROUND 2 P.M. WHEN AN OFFICER SPOTTED 29-YEAR-OLD BENJAMIN KETCHAM AND 30-YEAR-OLD NICHOLE PHILLIPP IN A WHITE BUICK, WHICH WAS LATER DISCOVERED TO BE STOLEN OUT OF COLORADO.

KNOWING THE TWO HAD WARRANTS, THE OFFICER ATTEMPTED TO STOP THE VEHICLE, BUT KETCHAM TOOK OFF.

MALATESTA SAYS KETCHAM HIT A VEHICLE AT THE INTERSECTION OF PRAIRIE AVENUE AND DELL RANGE, BUT CONTINUED TO FLEE. THE TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE VEHICLE KETCHAM HIT WERE TAKEN TO CHEYENNE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES.

OFFICERS WERE FINALLY ABLE TO NAB KETCHAM WHEN HE CRASHED NEAR WINDMILL ROAD AND DELL RANGE, BUT PHILLIPP RAN OFF. SHE WAS LATER ARRESTED THANKS TO A TIP FROM THE PUBLIC.

THE TWO ARE BEING HELD IN THE LARAMIE COUNTY JAIL PENDING FORMAL CHARGES.
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THE WYOMING GAME AND FISH COMMISSION HAS APPROVED A WOLF HUNTING SEASON THIS FALL THAT ALLOWS FOR HUNTERS TO TAKE UP TO 58 WOLVES.

THE QUOTA IS UP FROM THE 44 WOLVES THAT WERE ALLOWED TO BE HUNTED LAST YEAR.

THERE ARE ABOUT 350 WOLVES ROAMING WYOMING. ABOUT 210 ARE IN AREAS WHERE THE STATE MANAGES THEIR NUMBERS WITH HUNTING.

STATE GAME MANAGERS WANT TO SEE THAT 210 NUMBER BROUGHT DOWN TO ABOUT 160.

CHANGES APPROVED WEDNESDAY BY THE COMMISSION MEETING IN LARAMIE INCLUDE ALLOWING HUNTERS TO KILL UP TO TWO WOLVES.

WOLF HUNTING CONTINUES TO BE PROHIBITED IN YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS, THE NATIONAL ELK REFUGE NEAR JACKSON AND ON THE WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION.

NEIGHBORING MONTANA AND IDAHO ALSO HAVE ESTABLISHED WOLF HUNTING SEASONS.
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CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) - MEMBERS OF THE WYOMING LEGISLATURE'S JOINT OPIOID ADDICTION TASK FORCE MET FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS THE STATEWIDE ISSUE OF PRESCRIPTION OPIOID ABUSE.

THE TASK FORCE, DURING ITS MEETINGS IN RIVERTON, ADDRESSED ISSUES OF OPIOID EDUCATION IN THE STATE, AND WORKING WITH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, PHARMACISTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ADDRESS SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT AREAS.

A PRIMARY CONSIDERATION FOR THE MEMBERS WAS UPDATING MANDATORY EDUCATION FOR PROVIDERS AND DISPENSERS.

MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE INCLUDE: SEN. ELI BEBOUT, R-RIVERTON; SEN. FRED BALDWIN, R-KEMMERER; REP. SCOTT CLEM, R-GILLETTE; REP. ALBERT SOMMERS, R-PINEDALE, AND A NUMBER OF STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS.

THE TASK FORCE WILL SUBMIT A PRELIMINARY SUMMARY TO THE JOINT LABOR, HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES INTERIM COMMITTEE, JOINT APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MANAGEMENT COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNOR BY OCT. 1.