A 65-YEAR-OLD CASPER MAN WAS SENTENCED TO PRISON TUESDAY FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING TWO OF HIS FEMALE RELATIVES OVER A DECADE AGO.

DISTRICT JUDGE THOMAS S ULLINS SENTENCED JEFFREY LANCE BRYDEN TO A TOTAL OF TWO TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON. BRYDEN RECEIVED THE SAME SENTENCE ON EACH OF TWO COUNTS: INCEST AND INDECENT LIBERTIES WITH A MINOR.

IN KEEPING WITH A PLEA AGREEMENT BETWEEN BRYDEN AND THE NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, THE SENTENCES WILL RUN CONCURRENTLY. IN PRONOUNCING THE SENTENCES ON TUESDAY, SULLINS SAID HE "RELUCTANTLY" ACCEPTED THE PLEA AGREEMENT.

OF THE SENTENCE ITSELF, SULLINS SAID THAT THERE ARE "HUGE CONSIDERATIONS" TO BE MADE IN SUCH CASES. BRYDEN COULD HAVE FACED A MAXIMUM OF 15 YEARS IN PRISON ON THE TWO COUNTS, AND SULLINS SAID HE CONSIDERED REJECTING THE PLEA AGREEMENT, BUT ULTIMATELY DECIDED TO GO ALONG WITH IT.

COURT DOCUMENTS SAY BRYDEN SEXUALLY ABUSED TWO FAMILY MEMBERS WHEN THEY WERE 11-15 YEARS OLD AND 18-22 YEARS OLD, RESPECTIVELY, BETWEEN DEC. 1, 2002 AND JAN. 31, 2005.

ONE VICTIM REPORTED THE ABUSE TO THE CASPER POLICE DEPARTMENT IN SEPTEMBER 2016.
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THOUSANDS OF MOTORISTS WILL TAKE TO THE ROADS THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE CRACKING DOWN ON THOSE WHO DON'T BUCKLE UP.

TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF SEAT BELT USE, WYOMING GOV. MATT MEAD JOINED LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND FIRST RESPONDERS AT THE CHEYENNE PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER TUESDAY TO KICK OFF THIS YEAR'S "CLICK IT 307" MAY MOBILIZATION CAMPAIGN.

MEAD SAYS 62 PERCENT OF THOSE KILLED ON WYOMING'S HIGHWAYS LAST YEAR WERE NOT BUCKLED.

"SO FAR ALREADY IN WYOMING IN 2018, THERE HAVE BEEN 33 CRASH FATALITIES IN WYOMING COMPARED TO 35 LAST YEAR, SEVEN FATALITIES IN THE LAST WEEK ALONE."

IT'S ESTIMATED THAT SEAT BELT USE SAVED 14,668 LIVES IN 2016 AND MEAD SAYS WYOMINGITES "NEED TO DO BETTER" AT BUCKLING UP.
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CODY, WYO. (AP) - NORTHWEST COLLEGE IN NORTHERN WYOMING HAS AGREED TO IMPLEMENT A NUMBER OF POLICY REVISIONS AND CHANGES AS A RESULT OF A PAIR OF FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS INVESTIGATIONS.
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A FORMER LARAMIE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING TWO UNDERAGE TEENAGERS WAS SENTENCED IN ALBANY COUNTY DISTRICT COURT MONDAY.

MATTHEW ALLYN STROM WAS SENTENCED TO 18-20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR EACH OF THE TWO COUNTS OF SECOND DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT. THEY WILL EACH RUN CONSECUTIVELY, MEANING STROM COULD BE IN PRISON FOR A MAXIMUM OF 40 YEARS.

STROM PLEADED GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF SECOND DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT IN JANUARY AS PART OF A PLEA DEAL. IN EXCHANGE THE STATE AGREED TO DISMISS THE OTHER EIGHT CHARGES, FIVE OF WHICH WERE SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE.

STROM WAS CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO MALE MINORS, ONE OF THEM REPEATEDLY, ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS.
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BIOLOGISTS WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND A GROUP OF FEDERAL, STATE AND TRIBAL AGENCIES WILL BEGIN CONDUCTING SCIENTIFIC GRIZZLY BEAR AND BLACK BEAR RESEARCH OPERATIONS IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK AND THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM FROM MONDAY THROUGH JULY 30.

THE PARK SAYS THE BIOLOGISTS WILL BAIT AND TRAP BEARS AT SEVERAL REMOTE SITES AND ANESTHETIZE THEM TO ALLOW WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS TO ATTACH RADIO COLLARS AND COLLECT SCIENTIFIC SAMPLES.

THE BIOLOGISTS WILL NOT PLACE ANY OF THE TRAP SITES NEAR ANY ESTABLISHED HIKING TRAILS OR BACKCOUNTRY CAMPSITES, AND ALL TRAP SITES WILL HAVE POSTED WARNINGS FOR THE CLOSURE PERIMETER.

POTENTIAL ACCESS POINTS ALSO WILL BE POSTED WITH WARNING SIGNS FOR THE CLOSURE AREAS.

THE PARK IS WORKING WITH A GRIZZLY BEAR STUDY TEAM THAT INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE, THE EASTERN SHOSHONE AND NORTHERN ARAPAHO TRIBAL FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT, AND THE STATES OF IDAHO, MONTANA AND WYOMING.

THEY MONITOR AND MANAGE BEARS IN THE ECOSYSTEM TO HELP WILDLIFE MANAGERS DEVISE AND IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT THE ONGOING CONSERVATION OF YELLOWSTONE’S GRIZZLY BEAR AND BLACK BEAR POPULATIONS.