A CASPER MAN FORMERLY EMPLOYED BY UPS IS ACCUSED OF STEALING PACKAGES CONTAINING PAINKILLERS AND OTHER DRUGS MEANT FOR PATIENTS OF THE VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER IN SHERIDAN OVER A PERIOD OF ROUGHLY 19 MONTHS.

35-YEAR-OLD BRYAN ALAN DENNIS PLEADED NOT GUILTY THURSDAY MORNING BEFORE DISTRICT JUDGE CATHERINE WILKING TO THREE COUNTS OF BURGLARY, ONE FELONY COUNT OF POSSESSION OF HYDROCODONE AND ONE FELONY COUNT OF POSSESSION OF DEXTROAMPHETAMINE. IF CONVICTED ON ALL FIVE COUNTS, DENNIS COULD FACE UP TO 44 YEARS IN PRISON.

CHARGING DOCUMENTS SAY THAT ON JANUARY 25, SECURITY PERSONNEL AT THE UPS DISTRIBUTION CENTER CONTACTED THE LOCAL OFFICE OF THE U.S. DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION REGARDING SOME 15 PACKAGES THAT HAD BEEN LOST OR STOLEN.

THE PACKAGES, SENT FROM THE VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER IN SHERIDAN, CONTAINED PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS -- MOSTLY THE PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS OXYCODONE AND HYDROCODONE.

SECURITY PERSONNEL TOLD INVESTIGATORS THAT THE PACKAGES WERE EVIDENTLY TARGETED BECAUSE THEY WERE COMING FROM THE V.A. MEDICAL CENTER AND REQUIRED A SIGNATURE FROM THE RECIPIENT UPON DELIVERY. WHEN THE PATIENT WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO SIGN FOR THE DELIVERY, THE PACKAGES WERE RETURNED TO THE UPS DISTRIBUTION CENTER AND LOCKED INSIDE A SUPERVISOR'S OFFICE, BUT SOMEONE HAD ALLEGEDLY BEEN STEALING THE PACKAGES.

SPECIAL AGENTS CONDUCTED SURVEILLANCE ON DENNIS FOR WEEKS, AND ARRESTED HIM IN MARCH AFTER HE WAS SEEN ALLEGEDLY STEALING FOUR PACKAGES FROM THE DISTRIBUTION CENTER.

IN SEARCHING DENNIS'S VEHICLES AND HOME, AGENTS ALLEGEDLY FOUND HUNDREDS OF HYDROCODONE PILLS AND OVER 30 DEXTROAMPHETAMINE PILLS.

DENNIS REMAINS FREE ON BOND.
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THE WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS ITS TROOPERS RESCUED FIVE MISSING CHILDREN DURING TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS NEAR DUBOIS AT THE END OF APRIL.

ON APRIL 27TH, WHILE WORKING A TRUCK FIRE ON U.S. HIGHWAY 26, TROOPERS WERE NOTIFIED ABOUT A DRIVER WANTED BY IDAHO LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR ASSAULT AND ABDUCTION OF TWO CHILDREN.

THE WANTED DRIVER WAS LOCATED IN HIS VEHICLE, WHICH WAS STOPPED ON THE HIGHWAY BECAUSE OF THE TRUCK ACCIDENT.

TROOPERS FOUND THE TWO CHILDREN IN THE VEHICLE AND ARRESTED THE DRIVER.

TWO DAYS LATER, TROOPERS RECEIVED A REPORT ABOUT A VEHICLE WITH THREE MISSING CHILDREN LEAVING A GAS STATION IN WYOMING.

TROOPERS LOCATED THE VEHICLE AND IDENTIFIED ONE OF THE CHILDREN AS A MISSING CHILD FROM LAS VEGAS, NEVADA.

THEY ARRESTED THE TWO ADULTS ON VARIOUS CHARGES.
THE WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS ITS TROOPERS RESCUED FIVE MISSING CHILDREN IN TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS NEAR DUBOIS IN THE PAST WEEK.

PATROL SGT. KYLE MCKAY SAID IN A STATEMENT THAT THE FIRST INCIDENT, WHICH OCCURRED APRIL 27, BEGAN WHEN TROOPERS WERE DISPATCHED TO A CRASH THAT RESULTED IN A FUEL TANKER TRUCK CATCHING FIRE ON U.S. 26. THE HIGHWAY WAS CLOSED FOR SAFETY REASONS.

AS THE CRASH INVESTIGATION WRAPPED UP, TROOPERS WERE NOTIFIED ABOUT A DRIVER WANTED BY IDAHO LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THE ASSAULT AND ABDUCTION OF TWO CHILDREN. AUTHORITIES "PINGED" THE DRIVER'S CELL PHONE IN ORDER TO DETERMINE HIS LOCATION.

PARK RANGERS FOUND THE DRIVER'S VEHICLE AT THE ROAD-CLOSED GATE ON U.S. 26. TROOPERS ARRIVED, FOUND THE TWO CHILDREN INSIDE THE VEHICLE AND ARRESTED THE DRIVER. THE CHILDREN WERE RELEASED TO THEIR MOTHER.

THEN, ON SUNDAY, TROOPERS RECEIVED A REPORT ABOUT A VEHICLE WITH THREE MISSING CHILDREN LEAVING A GAS STATION OFF OF INTERSTATE 80.

TROOPERS FOUND THE OVERDUE RENTAL VEHICLE AND QUESTIONED THE DRIVER, WHO REPORTEDLY GAVE CONFLICTING INFORMATION ABOUT HIS TRAVEL PLANS AND PROVIDED A FALSE NAME FOR ONE OF THE CHILDREN IN THE VEHICLE.

TROOPERS WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY ONE OF THE CHILDREN AS A MISSING CHILD OUT OF LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. TROOPERS CONTACTED THE WYOMING DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION TO ASSIST WITH THE CASE REGARDING THE OTHER TWO CHILDREN.

TWO ADULTS IN THE VEHICLE WERE ARRESTED AFTER AUTHORITIES ALLEGEDLY FOUND A SPOON WITH METHAMPHETAMINE RESIDUE, MARIJUANA, DIGITAL SCALES, A SYRINGE, A BLOW TORCH AND A LOADED HI-POINT PISTOL. THE ADULTS WERE CHARGED WITH FELONY CHILD ENDANGERMENT, POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND NO CHILD SAFETY SEAT.

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DEMOCRAT MARY THRONE COLLECTED THE MOST MONEY THROUGH THE END OF 2017 AMONG THE EARLY ENTRANTS SEEKING TO BECOME WYOMING'S NEXT GOVERNOR.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS SHOW THRONE, A FORMER STATE LAWMAKER FROM CHEYENNE, RAISED OVER $185,600 FROM AUGUST THROUGH DECEMBER.

THRONE WAS FOLLOWED BY REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY HARRIET HAGEMAN, WHO HAD RAISED ABOUT $112,200 AND GOP SHERIDAN BUSINESSMAN BILL DAHLIN, WHO GENERATED ABOUT $60,700.

ALL THREE CANDIDATES LOANED THEMSELVES SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF MONEY.

THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS DON'T INCLUDE REPORTS FROM SEVERAL MAJOR GOP CANDIDATES WHO DID NOT OFFICIALLY START THEIR CAMPAIGNS UNTIL THIS SPRING.

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES TAYLOR HAYNES AND REX RAMMELL HAVEN'T FILED ANY FUNDRAISING DOCUMENTS WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE FOR THE 2017 PERIOD EVEN THOUGH THEY ANNOUNCED THEIR INTENTIONS TO RUN LAST FALL.
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OFFICIALS SAY DOZENS OF HORN HUNTERS ARE BEING CITED FOR TRESPASSING ONTO THE NATIONAL ELK REFUGE IN JACKSON.

OTHERS VIOLATED THE MIDNIGHT MAY 1ST OPENING OF BRIDGER-TETON NATIONAL FOREST, BREAKING THE CLOSURES DAYS OR WEEKS AGO AND STASHED ANTLERS IN VIOLATION OF STATE LAW, ONLY TO RECOVER THE CACHES TUESDAY WITH THE APPEARANCE OF LEGALITY.

NATIONAL ELK REFUGE DEPUTY MANAGER CRIS DIPPEL ESTIMATES OFFICERS HANDED OUT ABOUT 30 CITATIONS FOR TRESPASSING ON THE REFUGE, A TRANSGRESSION THAT CARRIES A $280 FINE.

HE SAYS THE TRESPASSERS CARRIED ABOUT 50 POUNDS OF ANTLERS, AND WILL HAVE TO PAY $10 A POUND IN ADDITION TO THE FINE FOR STEALING THE ANTLERS FROM THE CLOSED AREA.

THE ILLICIT BEHAVIOR IS DRIVEN PARTLY BY PROFIT.

ANTLER AND A DEADHEAD CAN NET SEVERAL HUNDREDS OR EVEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.