A 14-YEAR-OLD WYOMING STUDENT DIED LAST MONTH AFTER FALLING FROM THE HOOD OF A CAR AND HITTING HIS HEAD ON THE ASPHALT IN A SCHOOL PARKING LOT, ACCORDING TO THE TOWN'S POLICE CHIEF.

RYDER HADERLIE WAS A NINTH-GRADE STUDENT AT STAR VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WHEN HE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED ON THE EVENING OF SEPT. 12. HADERLIE WAS LIFE-FLIGHTED TO EASTERN IDAHO MEDICAL CENTER IN IDAHO FALLS, WHERE HE PASSED AWAY THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

ACCORDING TO AFTON POLICE CHIEF JASON ROMBERG, HADERLIE HAD JUMPED UP ONTO THE HOOD OF A CAR. THE VEHICLE THEN BEGAN TO MOVE FORWARD AT A VERY LOW RATE OF SPEED; ROMBERG SAID THE VEHICLE WAS ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN TRAVELING AT NO MORE THAN 15 MPH.

HADERLIE REPORTEDLY BEGAN TO SLIP AS HE STOOD ON THE HOOD OF THE CAR, AND AT THAT POINT THE FEMALE DRIVER APPLIED THE BRAKES. THAT'S WHEN HADERLIE FELL BACKWARD OFF OF THE CAR AND HIT HIS HEAD ON THE PAVEMENT.

THE FEMALE DRIVER WAS NOT THE ONLY OCCUPANT OF THE CAR AT THE TIME HADERLIE FELL, ROMBERG SAID. THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

BECAUSE ALL PERSONS INVOLVED ARE JUVENILES, ROMBERG SAID HE IS UNABLE TO RELEASE FURTHER INFORMATION UNTIL THE CASE HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY THE COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.
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CASPER, WYO. (AP) - A JURY HAS ACQUITTED A WYOMING MAN WHO SHOT A 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL TWICE WITH A BB GUN WHEN SHE ENTERED HIS TRAILER.

JURORS IN NATRONA COUNTY FOUND JOHN THELLMAN NOT GUILTY TUESDAY OF CHILD ABUSE STEMMING FROM THE AUG. 21 INCIDENT IN MILLS. PROSECUTORS SAY HE WAS DRUNK WHEN HE SHOT THE GIRL AND THAT HE THREW THE GUN AWAY AFTERWARD.

BUT DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOSEPH COLE ARGUED THAT THELLMAN WAS STARTLED WHEN THE GIRL ENTERED THE TRAILER, AND THE SHOOTING WAS AN ACCIDENT. HE SAID THELLMAN THREW THE GUN OUT BECAUSE HE WAS DISGUSTED BY HIS MISTAKE.

THE GIRL UNDERWENT SURGERY TO REMOVE BBS FROM HER FACE AND CHEST.
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PINEDALE, WYO. (AP) - THE NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS WORKING TO CONTAIN A WILDFIRE IN WESTERN WYOMING IS BEING REDUCED AS RAIN IS HELPING TO PUT A DAMPER ON THE FIRE...

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LARAMIE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JEREMIAH SANDBURG IS DEFENDING HIS OFFICE'S DECISION NOT TO PURSUE CHARGES AGAINST CHEYENNE ANIMAL SHELTER CEO BOB FECHT AND TWO ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS IN THE PEPPER SPRAYING OF A DOG LAST MONTH.

POLICE SAY FECHT DIRECTED ERIC SMALE TO PEPPER SPRAY THE DOG -- AN 80 POUND PIT BULL NAMED TANNER -- WHILE RYAN JOHNSON HELD IT. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED A DAY AFTER TANNER BIT EMPLOYEE MARISSA COX.

POLICE INVESTIGATED THE INCIDENT AND RECOMMENDED MISDEMEANOR ANIMAL CHARGES LAST WEEK, BUT SANDBURG ON TUESDAY SAID THERE WAS "NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT A FINDING OF PROBABLE CAUSE TO FILE CRIMINAL CHARGES."

"THIS IS NOT SOMETHING NEW AND CERTAINLY IT'S NOT SOMETHING WE HAVEN'T TALKED TO THE LEGISLATURE ABOUT. NO, I'M NOT THE ONLY PROSECUTOR IN THE STATE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE PROSECUTORS ARE ALWAYS THE ONES THAT GET BLAMED WHEN WE HAVE A SCENARIO LIKE THIS HAPPEN."

SANDBURG SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS PEOPLE ARE UPSET AND IS ENCOURAGING THEM TO CONTACT THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD.

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CODY, WYO. (AP) - WILDLIFE MANAGERS IN WYOMING ARE INVESTIGATING THE SHOOTING OF A GRIZZLY BEAR BY A HUNTING GUIDE AS THE BEARS BECOME MORE ACTIVE SEARCHING FOR FOOD BEFORE THE HARSH WINTER SETS IN.

PARK COUNTY COMMISSIONER AND OUTFITTER LEE LIVINGSTON SAYS A GRIZZLY BEAR WAS SHOT MIDMORNING TUESDAY IN THE UPPER SOUTH FORK OF THE SHOSHONE RIVER AFTER CHARGING THREE OF HIS GUIDES AND THEIR HORSES.

LIVINGSTON TELLS THE CODY ENTERPRISE THAT THE GUIDES WERE HAULING A DEAD ELK OUT OF THE BACKCOUNTRY AT THE TIME.

GAME AND FISH OFFICIALS SAY THE INCIDENT IS BEING INVESTIGATED.

ON SEPT. 14, A HUNTING GUIDE DIED IN THE BEAR ATTACK AFTER HE AND A CLIENT WENT TO CUT UP AN ELK THAT THEY HAD HUNTED IN A WILDERNESS AREA EAST OF GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK.

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