A CASPER MAN HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING AND ABUSING A WOMAN WITH DOWN SYNDROME OUTSIDE A BAR LAST SUMMER, CONCLUDING A FOUR-DAY TRIAL IN NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT COURT.
ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAN ITZEN TOLD K2 RADIO NEWS THAT RAYMOND MARTIN BROWN WAS CONVICTED OF THIRD-DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND INTENTIONAL ABUSE OF A VULNERABLE ADULT. COMBINED, THE CHARGES CARRY A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF 25 YEARS IN PRISON.

THE VERDICT WAS READ SHORTLY AFTER 8 P.M. FRIDAY. ITZEN SAID THAT BROWN, WHO HAD BEEN FREE ON BOND, WAS REMANDED TO CUSTODY PENDING SENTENCING.

PROSECUTORS ALLEGED THAT THE VICTIM, WHO IS DIAGNOSED WITH DOWN SYNDROME, HADN'T PREVIOUSLY KNOWN BROWN WHEN THE TWO MET AS THE VICTIM ATTENDED A CLASS REUNION AT KEG AND CORK IN JULY 2017. THE TWO REPORTEDLY KISSED IN THE BAR BEFORE BROWN LED HER OUT TO HIS VEHICLE IN THE PARKING LOT, TOUCHING HER IN A SEXUAL MANNER AND PLACING HER HAND ON HIS PRIVATE PARTS.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY DONALD TOLIN ON FRIDAY TWICE BROUGHT A MOTION FOR A JUDGMENT OF ACQUITTAL ON THE BASIS THAT BROWN WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO INTOXICATED TO HAVE FORMED SPECIFIC INTENT -- A REQUIREMENT FOR CONVICTION ON BOTH COUNTS. DISTRICT JUDGE THOMAS SULLINS DENIED THE MOTION ON EACH OCCASION.

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THE TOWN OF MILLS WILL START ITS OWN ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES AND END ITS CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF CASPER AND METRO ANIMAL CONTROL ON JUNE 30TH.

MAYOR SETH COLEMAN SAID THIS WILL PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES TO THE TOWN'S RESIDENTS AND IT IS MORE COST EFFECTIVE.
ON JULY 1ST, THE TOWN'S NEW COMMUNITY SERVICES DIVISION WILL TAKE OVER ANIMAL CONTROL, CODE ENFORCEMENT, AND OTHER DUTIES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE A SWORN OFFICER.

THE MILLS POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL OVERSEE THE DIVISION.

ANIMAL LICENSING WILL BE STREAMLINED, AND MORE TIME WILL BE ALLOTTED FOR HANDLING LOCAL CONTROL ISSUES.

THE TOWN ALSO WILL CONTRACT WITH THE HUMANE SOCIETY FOR SHELTER AND ADOPTION SERVICES, AND WILL CONTRACT WITH LOCAL VETERINARIANS FOR MEDICAL SERVICES

BOTH EXISTING AND NEW COMMUNITY SERVICES OFFICERS HAVE RECEIVED EXTENSIVE TRAINING ON CODE ENFORCEMENT AND ANIMAL TRAINING.

THE TOWN COUNCIL HAS PASSED NEW ANIMAL CONTROL CODES ON SECOND READING AND IS RECEIVING PUBLIC COMMENTS THIS MONTH AS THESE CODES ARE CONSIDERED AGAIN.

MILLS RESIDENTS CAN REACH CODE ENFORCEMENT OR ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES 24 HOURS A DAY THROUGH THE MILLS POLICE DEPARTMENT.
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A BOATING ACCIDENT IN SOUTHWEST WYOMING HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A UTAH MAN.

SWEETWATER COUNTY SHERIFF MIKE LOWELL SAYS THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED SUNDAY ON THE FLAMING GORGE RESERVOIR AND INVOLVED THREE MEN IN A SMALL BOAT.

SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES AND WYOMING GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT WARDENS RESCUED TWO OF THE MEN AND RECOVERED THE BODY OF THE THIRD MAN, WHO IS BELIEVED TO HAVE DROWNED.

NO NAMES WERE RELEASED.

LOWELL SAYS ADVERSE WEATHER IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN A FACTOR, BUT NO OTHER DETAILS WERE IMMEDIATELY RELEASED.

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WYOMING GOV. MATT MEAD HAS SIGNED OFF ON THE STATE'S FIRST HUNT FOR GRIZZLY BEARS IN 44 YEARS.
MEAD APPROVED THE RULES THURSDAY THAT PAVE THE WAY FOR THE FALL HUNT, WHICH WILL BE THE BIGGEST IN THE LOWER 48 STATES SINCE THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE REMOVED PROTECTIONS FOR GRIZZLIES IN THE YELLOWSTONE REGION IN 2017.

THE HUNT'S RULES WILL ALLOW UP TO 22 GRIZZLIES TO BE KILLED IN A WIDE AREA EAST AND SOUTH OF YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS. THE WYOMING GAME AND FISH COMMISSION HEARD FROM HUNT SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS BEFORE VOTING UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF IT IN MAY.

MEAD SAYS GRIZZLIES HAVE "EXCEEDED THEIR RECOVERY GOALS FOR OVER A DECADE."

IDAHO HAS APPROVED HUNTING ONE GRIZZLY THIS FALL, AND MONTANA HAS DECIDED FOR NOW THAT IT WON'T ALLOW GRIZZLY HUNTING.