THERE WAS A SHOOTOUT SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN AN EMPTY
LOT NEAR LOWELL AND FARNUM STREETS.

AN EYEWITNESS SAYS HE HEARD GUNSHOTS AND WENT OUTSIDE TO SEE POLICE EXCHANGING GUNFIRE WITH A MAN WHO HAD APPARENTLY BEEN DRIVING A WHITE SEDAN WITH TWO CHILDREN INSIDE.

OTHER WITNESSES SAY THE MAN DRIVING THE CAR WAS AN UNCLE TO THE TWO CHILDREN, REP0RTEDLY AGED 3 AND 6 YEARS OLD.

THE WITNESS SAID THE MAN LET THE CHILDREN DRIVE ON THE EMPTY DIRT LOT, AND HAD DONE SO LAST WEEK AS WELL.

POLICE WERE CALLED AND AN OFFICER TOLD THE MAN TO STOP. WHY THE CONFRONTATION TURNED TO GUNFIRE, NO ONE COULD EXPLAIN.

AT ONE POINT, WITNESSES SAID OFFICERS USED THE CAR FOR COVER WITH THE CHILDREN STILL INSIDE.

IN THE EXCHANGE, ONE OFFICER WAS SHOT AND TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION, AND THE MAN INVOLVED IS DEAD.

AS THIS HAPPENED, THE WITNESS SAID THAT ANOTHER MAN, CLAIMING TO BE THE CHILDREN'S FATHER, PULLED UP AND WAS SHOUTING TO GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE CAR.

CASPER POLICE CONFIRMED THE SHOOTING AND DETAILS ON THOSE SHOT. SINCE IT WAS AN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING, THE INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.
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A JUDGE ON FRIDAY GRANTED A HEARING AFTER A MAN, CONVICTED LAST YEAR OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY, CLAIMED THAT HIS ATTORNEY DID NOT ADEQUATELY DEFEND HIM DURING TRIAL.

JOSHUA ASHBY WINTERS WAS CONVICTED OF KIDNAPPING, FIRST-DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR AND SECOND-DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR. DISTRICT JUDGE THOMAS SULLINS IN SEPTEMBER SENTENCED WINTERS TO A TOTAL OF 80-115 YEARS IN PRISON.

WINTERS'S ATTORNEY, KEITH NACHBAR, FILED A MOTION IN MARCH CLAIMING THAT WINTERS' CONVICTION WAS "A CONSEQUENCE OF CONSTITUTIONALLY DEFICIENT TRIAL COUNSEL, AND THAT DEFICIENCY PREJUDICED HIS ABILITY TO RECEIVE A FAIR TRIAL." THE MOTION REQUESTED A NEW TRIAL.

DURING A HEARING ON FRIDAY, SULLINS GRANTED NACHBAR'S REQUEST FOR AN EVIDENTIARY HEARING IN THE MATTER. THAT HEARING, WHICH WAS SET FOR JULY 2 AT 8:30 A.M., WILL GIVE NACHBAR AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP, ON THE RECORD, THE CLAIM THAT WINTERS'S TRIAL ATTORNEY WAS INEFFECTIVE.

PUBLIC DEFENDER ROBERT OLDHAM REPRESENTED WINTERS DURING THE MAY 2017 TRIAL. NACHBAR, IN HIS MOTION, ALLEGES FIVE FAILURES BY OLDHAM DURING TRIAL.

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY KEVIN TAHERI, IN HIS RESPONSE TO THE DEFENSE CLAIM, SAYS OLDHAM'S WORK DURING THE TRIAL WAS ANYTHING BUT DEFICIENT.

WINTERS'S APPEAL OF THE VERDICT IS STAYED PENDING THE MOTION FOR A NEW TRIAL. THE APPEAL WAS DOCKETED WITH THE WYOMING SUPREME COURT IN EARLY DECEMBER.
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THE UNOFFICIAL START OF SUMMER VACATION SEASON IS JUST A MONTH AWAY, AND POLICE ARE REMINDING THOSE PLANNING A TRIP TO CHEYENNE TO "LEAVE THEIR WEED AT HOME."

OFFICER KEVIN MALATESTA SAYS WHILE MARIJUANA MAY BE LEGAL IN OTHER STATES, INCLUDING NEIGHBORING COLORADO, IT'S NOT IN WYOMING.

"WE GET PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING TO CHEYENNE FROM OUT OF STATE, VISITING FROM A STATE WHERE MARIJUANA MAY BE LEGAL THERE, AND THEY SEEM TO GET CONFUSED WHEN THEY END UP GETTING A TICKET OR STOPPED BY US AND THEIR MARIJUANA IS SEIZED AND THEIR INTO CRIMINAL TROUBLE FOR IT."

ANYONE CAUGHT WITH MORE THAN THREE OUNCES OF MARIJUANA IN WYOMING FACES A FELONY PUNISHABLE BY UP TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON.
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A WYOMING GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE SAYS HE'S SWITCHING FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO THE CONSTITUTION PARTY.

ROCK SPRINGS VETERINARIAN REX RAMMELL HAS BEEN A PERENNIAL CANDIDATE FOR THE GOP IN IDAHO AND WYOMING FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, INCLUDING A FAILED RUN FOR THE U.S. HOUSE IN 2016.

HE'S REPORTEDLY DESCRIBED HIMSELF AS "WYOMING'S DONALD TRUMP" AND PLEDGED TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE STATE'S FEDERAL LANDS BY FORCE IF NECESSARY.

RAMMELL SAID IN A SUNDAY EMAIL HE'LL REVEAL HIS REASONS FOR SWITCHING AFFILIATIONS DURING EVENTS THURSDAY IN CASPER AND CHEYENNE.

HE SAID HE COULD GET MORE ATTENTION AS A THIRD-PARTY CANDIDATE.

OTHER ANNOUNCED REPUBLICANS IN THE GUBERNATORIAL RACE INCLUDE STATE TREASURER MARK GORDON, CHEYENNE ATTORNEY HARRIET HAGEMAN, BILL DAHLIN OF SHERIDAN, TAYLOR HAYNES OF CHEYENNE, AND SAM GALEOTOS OF CHEYENNE.