NO ONE WAS HURT THURSDAY NIGHT WHEN NATRONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A SHOTS-FIRED CALL NEAR THE AIRPORT AND REPORTEDLY FOUND THEMSELVES ON THE WRONG END OF AN AR-15.

40-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL KEGLER WAS ARRESTED ON THREE COUNTS OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, BUT HE MAY FACE DIFFERENT CHARGES AFTER THE NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE REVIEWS THE CASE.

COURT DOCUMENTS SAY DISPATCHERS RECEIVED A SHOTS-FIRED CALL SHORTLY AFTER 9:45 P.M. THURSDAY.

DEPUTIES ARRIVED AND SPOKE TO TWO MEN WHO SAID THEY HEARD SEVERAL GUNSHOTS. THEY THEN DIRECTED THE DEPUTIES TO A NEARBY TRAILER HOME.

DEPUTIES APPROACHED THE TRAILER’S FRONT DOOR, WHICH WAS NOT WELL-LIGHTED. ONE DEPUTY POINTED A FLASHLIGHT AT THE FRONT PORCH AND REPORTEDLY SAW KEGLER STANDING THERE WITH AN AR-15.

AS THE DEPUTY’S FLASHLIGHT ILLUMINATED KEGLER, HE REPORTEDLY BEGAN TO RAISE THE BARREL AND POINTED IT DIRECTLY AT THE DEPUTIES.

THE DEPUTIES IMMEDIATELY TOOK COVER BEHIND PARKED VEHICLES AND TOLD KEGLER TO DROP THE GUN, WHICH HE DID. HE WAS SAFELY TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

KEGLER LATER TOLD DEPUTIES HE WAS SO INTOXICATED HE DIDN’T REMEMBER MUCH OF THE INCIDENT.

SGT. AARON SHATTO TOLD REPORTERS FRIDAY "THE DEPUTIES INVOLVED USED REMARKABLE RESTRAINT."

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A FEDERAL REPORT HAS DETERMINED THAT WYOMING IS DIVERTING TOO MUCH OF THE MONEY IT RECEIVES FOR OLD COAL MINE SITES TO OTHER USES NOT ASSOCIATED WITH RECLAMATION.
A REPORT RELEASED MARCH 30 BY THE U.S. INTERIOR DEPARTMENT'S INSPECTOR GENERAL SAYS THAT BETWEEN 2008 AND 2012, WYOMING SPENT $134 MILLION ON COAL RECLAMATION PROJECTS VERSUS $329 MILLION ON NON-COAL PROJECTS.

WYOMING OFFICIALS SAID THAT THE STATE HAS CONSISTENTLY FOLLOWED FEDERAL RULES ON ABANDONED MINE LAND SPENDING.

WYOMING ISN'T REQUIRED TO SPEND ALL THE AML FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR THE STATE ON RECLAMATION OF OLD COAL MINES BUT MUST GIVE COAL-RELATED PROJECTS FIRST PRIORITY. IT'S A DEAL THAT THE STATE HAS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BECAUSE WYOMING HAS RECLAIMED ITS MOST EGREGIOUS COAL SITES.
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FEDERAL JUDGES IN WYOMING RECENTLY SENTENCED SIX MEN, INCLUDING THE HEAD OF A CASPER DRUG RING, FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND METHAMPHETAMINE CRIMES.

THE WYOMING U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SAYS JUDGE ALAN JOHNSON SENTENCED RICHARD LEE WICKHAM OF CASPER TO 19 YEARS, SEVEN MONTHS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE AT LEAST 1.5 KILOGRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE.

WICKHAM HEADED A METHAMPHETAMINE DISTRIBUTION RING AND BROUGHT ENORMOUS QUANTITIES OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND HEROIN FROM COLORADO TO SELL IN CASPER AND ELSEWHERE IN WYOMING.

CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE NANCY FREUDENTHAL SENTENCED DYLAN TYLER CARPENTER OF GILLETTE TO 11 YEARS, EIGHT MONTHS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE 50 GRAMS OR MORE OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND FOR USING FIREARM IN RELATION TO A DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME.

FREUDENTHAL SENTENCED CHAD THOMAS JOHNSON OF NEWCASTLE TO 17 YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.

SHE ALSO SENTENCED ROBERTO JIMENEZ BELTRAN OF CASPER TO THREE YEARS, ONE MONTH OF IMPRISONMENT FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE.

JUDGE SCOTT SKAVDAHL SENTENCED DUSTIN ALLYN LEE OF CARPIO, NORTH DAKOTA TO FOUR YEARS, NINE MONTHS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MORE THAN 50 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE.

SKAVDAHL ALSO SENTENCED CHARLES PATRICK JEFFERY OF KINNEAR TO THREE YEARS, FOUR MONTHS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.