THE CITY OF CASPER IS WORKING WITH THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PAY BACK $1.7 MILLION THAT WAS ERRONEOUSLY DEPOSITED IN CITY COFFERS BY A COMPANY IN SWEETWATER COUNTY.

MAYOR RAY PACHECO SAID AFTER TUESDAY'S COUNCIL MEETING THAT THE CITY, WHICH HAS SEVERELY TRIMMED ITS BUDGET, WON'T HAVE TO PAY IT BACK IN ONE LUMP SUM.
PACHECO SAID THE MONEY WAS COLLECTED AS SALES TAX FROM AN UNIDENTIFIED VENDOR IN SWEETWATER COUNTY PROBABLY FROM 2011 TO 2015, ACCORDING TO A RECENT AUDIT.

SWEETWATER COUNTY ALSO HAS A 6 PERCENT SALES TAX, COMPARED TO NATRONA COUNTY'S 5 PERCENT SALES TAX, WHICH COMPLICATES MATTERS A BIT.

NOT ALL THE MONEY GOES BACK TO SWEETWATER COUNTY, BECAUSE THE STATE HAS A BASE 4 PERCENT SALES TAX AND THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE WILL RECOVER ITS SHARE, TOO.

PACHECO SAID PROBABLY NO CIVIL OR CRIMINAL LEGAL ACTION WILL OCCUR AS A RESULT BECAUSE THIS WAS AN HONEST AND UNUSUAL MISTAKE ON THE PART OF A COMPANY IN SWEETWATER COUNTY.

HE SAID REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE WILL VISIT WITH CITY OFFICIALS IN A FEW WEEKS TO TALK ABOUT THE DETAILS OF WHAT HAPPENED AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN.

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A MAN WHO STANDS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING A YOUNG GIRL APPEARED IN NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT COURT ON TUESDAY AND DENIED THE FIVE FELONY CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST HIM.

32-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW CANADY PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF FIRST-DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR, TWO COUNTS OF INCEST AND ONE COUNT OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN. IF CONVICTED ON ALL COUNTS, HE COULD FACE 55-142 YEARS IN PRISON.

THE CASE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO THE OCT. 1 TRIAL STACK. CANADY REMAINED IN CUSTODY ON $50,000 CASH OR SURETY BOND AT THE TIME OF TUESDAY'S ARRAIGNMENT HEARING.

ACCORDING TO AN AFFIDAVIT, CASPER POLICE BEGAN INVESTIGATING ON JUNE 5 AFTER RECEIVING A REPORT FROM THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES. THAT REPORT CONTAINED ALLEGATIONS THAT CANADY HAD ABUSED A SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL.

THE ALLEGED VICTIM PARTICIPATED IN A FORENSIC INTERVIEW AT THE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY PROJECT ON JUNE 6.

IN A POLICE INTERVIEW, CANADY REPORTEDLY ADMITTED TO CERTAIN ALLEGATIONS, BUT DENIED OTHERS. HE ALLEGEDLY TOLD THE DETECTIVE THAT HE BEGAN ABUSING THE VICTIM IN 2017, AND SAID THE ABUSE OCCURRED SIX OR SEVEN TIMES.
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A WYOMING POLICE OFFICER WHOSE GUN ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGED AT A YOUTH BASEBALL TOURNAMENT IN COLORADO LAST MONTH HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO MISDEMEANORS.

MARKUM KING OF CHEYENNE IS CHARGED WITH RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT STEMMING FROM THE JUNE 15 INCIDENT IN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS.

CHEYENNE POLICE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN KEVIN MALATESTA SAYS KING WAS DISCIPLINED BUT HE COULDN'T RELEASE SPECIFICS. HE SAYS KING WAS OFF DUTY AT STEAMBOAT SPRINGS AND CARRYING A PERSONAL WEAPON SECURED WITH AN UNSAFE CLIP DEVICE.

KING WASN'T AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT.

THE BULLET GRAZED KING BUT DIDN'T CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR HIT ANYONE ELSE.

THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AFTER AN FBI AGENT'S GUN WENT OFF JUNE 2 AS HE WAS DANCING AT A DENVER NIGHTCLUB, HITTING A BYSTANDER IN THE LEG.
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LARAMIE, WYO. (AP) - JOHN MACPHERSON HAS RESIGNED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

IN A LETTER TO BOARD PRESIDENT DAVE TRUE, MACPHERSON SAYS IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO STEP ASIDE TO ALLOW A REPLACEMENT WITH A FRESH SET OF IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES.

A SEMI-RETIRED ATTORNEY, MACPHERSON WAS APPOINTED AS A TRUSTEE BY GOV. MATT MEAD IN 2011. HE SERVED AS THE BOARD'S SECRETARY IN 2012-14, VICE PRESIDENT IN 2014-16 AND PRESIDENT IN 2016-18. HE WAS REAPPOINTED BY MEAD IN 2017.

THE GOVERNOR WILL APPOINT A REPLACEMENT TO FINISH OUT MACPHERSON'S TERM, WHICH RUNS UNTIL 2023.

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES CONSISTS OF 12 MEMBERS APPOINTED TO SIX-YEAR TERMS. THEY SERVE AS THE INSTITUTION'S GOVERNING BODY AND HAVE A BROAD RANGE OF RESPONSIBILITIES, INCLUDING MAJOR POLICY AND BUDGETARY MATTERS AFFECTING THE COLLEGE.