A STUDENT IN ROCK SPRINGS HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON A FELONY DRUG DISTRIBUTION CHARGE AFTER SEVERAL OTHER STUDENTS WERE TAKEN TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM FOR DRUG OVERDOSES, THE ROCK SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TUESDAY.

THE INVESTIGATION BEGAN MONDAY, WITH POLICE LOOKING INTO A MALE STUDENT WHO HAD EVIDENTLY BEEN DISTRIBUTING BUPRENORPHINE PILLS TO OTHER STUDENTS AT ROCK SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL.

THE DEPARTMENT SAID IN A STATEMENT THAT SEVERAL STUDENTS WERE LATER SEEN AT THE SWEETWATER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM FOR DRUG OVERDOSES FROM CONSUMING BUPRENORPHINE. THE DRUG CAN CAUSE NAUSEA, VOMITING AND BREATHING PROBLEMS.

ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF ADVOCATES FOR BUPRENORPHINE TREATMENT, THE DRUG IS AN OPIOID MEDICATION USED TO TREAT OPIOID ADDICTION.

POLICE SAY THE DRUG CAN BE DEADLY.

FOLLOWING THE INVESTIGATION, ONE MALE STUDENT WAS ARRESTED ON A FELONY CHARGE OF UNLAWFUL MANUFACTURING OR DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. FOUR OTHER STUDENTS WERE CHARGED WITH USE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

POLICE SAY ALL THE STUDENTS INVOLVED ARE JUVENILES. LAW ENFORCEMENT TYPICALLY DOES NOT RELEASE SPECIFIC DETAILS REGARDING CHARGES AGAINST MINORS.

THE CASE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
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THE PARENTS OF A WYOMING STATE HOSPITAL PATIENT ARE SUING THE HOSPITAL AFTER THEIR DAUGHTER WAS REPORTEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY AN EMPLOYEE.

THE FORMER EMPLOYEE WAS CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF SECOND-DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT AFTER A NOVEMBER 2016 POLICE INVESTIGATION DETERMINED HE ENGAGED IN SEXUAL ACTS WITH THE WOMAN AT THE PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL IN EVANSTON. CHRISTOPHER S. KING LATER VOLUNTARILY SURRENDERED HIS WYOMING CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE.

THE LAWSUIT ALLEGES THE HOSPITAL BREACHED ITS DUTY OF CARE BY ALLOWING HER TO BE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY A PERSON CHARGED WITH WATCHING HER DURING ONE-ON-ONE OBSERVATION PERIODS. IT SEEKS DAMAGES FOR PAST AND FUTURE MEDICAL EXPENSES, PAIN AND ANGUISH, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS AND COUNSELING COSTS.

WYOMING ATTORNEY GENERAL PETER MICHAEL, WHOSE OFFICE REPRESENTS STATE ENTITIES IN LAWSUITS, DECLINED TO COMMENT.

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WYOMING CONGRESSWOMAN LIZ CHENEY IS SPEAKING OUT ON WHAT SHE SAYS IS THE UNFAIR TREATMENT OF SUPREME COURT NOMINEE BRETT KAVANAUGH..

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BILLINGS, MONT. (AP) - MONTANA'S CROW INDIAN TRIBE SAYS IT'S REVIEWING A U.S. AUDIT SAYING IT MISUSED $4.8 MILLION INTENDED FOR WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS AND CAN'T FULLY ACCOUNT FOR AN ADDITIONAL $7.8 MILLION PAID TO SUBCONTRACTORS AND VENDORS. THE GOVERNMENT FINDINGS RELEASED TUESDAY MARK THE THIRD TIME IN RECENT YEARS THAT THE TRIBE HAS COME UNDER SCRUTINY FOR ITS HANDLING OF FEDERAL MONEY. A SPOKESMAN SAYS CROW CHAIRMAN A.J. NOT AFRAID JR. IS REVIEWING THE AUDIT.

CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) - PROSECUTORS HAVE DECLINED TO PURSUE CHARGES AGAINST TWO ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS AND THE CEO OF THE CHEYENNE ANIMAL SHELTER IN THE PEPPER-SPRAYING OF A DOG LAST MONTH. THE WYOMING TRIBUNE EAGLE REPORTS LARAMIE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JEREMIAH SANDBURG SAID TUESDAY HIS OFFICE WOULD NOT PROSECUTE AFTER CHEYENNE POLICE RECOMMENDED MISDEMEANOR ANIMAL ABUSE CHARGES LAST WEEK.

CASPER, WYO. (AP) - AN OIL AND GAS FIRM HAS INITIATED LEGAL ACTION TO STOP PEABODY ENERGY FROM DESTROYING ITS WELLS IN A CASE OF CONFLICTING RIGHTS TO PRODUCE COAL OR OIL AND GAS. BERENERGY AND THE COAL GIANT HAVE OVERLAPPING LEASE RIGHTS IN CAMPBELL COUNTY. THEY HAVE FOUGHT OVER WHO GETS THE RIGHT TO DEVELOP MINERALS FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS.

CODY, WYO. (AP) - A 44-YEAR-OLD WOMAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO THREE-TO-FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOLLOWED BY FIVE YEARS OF PROBATION FOR STEALING MORE THAN $30,000 FROM A CODY BUSINESSMAN IN 2016 AND 2017. JOY BARELA WAS SENTENCED RECENTLY BY DISTRICT JUDGE BILL SIMPSON. BARELA WAS ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING MONEY WHILE SHE WAS A BOOKKEEPER FOR THE BUSINESSMAN.