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Submitted by Newsroom on September 8, 2011 – 7:51 amNo Comment

FIRST NEWS

Police TASE suspect

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

LANDER, Wyo. — A local man has been charged on multiple counts after fighting with police officers during a Monday morning altercation at a private residence in Lander. Lander Police Chief Fred Cox said in a release that 19-year-old Kyle Duran was arrested for interference, resisting arrest and property destruction.

stock photo of TASER

The chief said the suspect tried to flee when an officer showed up at the residence on Cottonwood responding to a report of a domestic argument.

The suspect then fought with the officer when apprehended and police used a TASER stun gun to calm down. But the suspect still kicked the rear window out of the patrol car when he was placed inside.

DISASTER PROGRAM

Wyoming encourages residents to be prepared

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – With the 10-year mark of the Sept.11 terrorist attacks on the Unites States looming, one local government agency is galvanizing the community into action.

The public health office of Fremont Count, Wyoming, is asking doctors, nurses, veterinarians, firefighters, and emergency responders to get on their disaster volunteer list.

Emergency response coordinator Terry Wilson of Riverton said having a list will speed up the process when disaster strikes. To make the list in Wyoming, she said volunteers need to sign up online at – vol.wyoming.gov.

She said list, called the WYeROLL, was put in place after the 9-11 event and is getting an extra push this September as part of National Preparedness Month.

Also this month, a program featuring an online promotion has been launched in Wyoming. During September, state residents can enter to win one of 90 preparedness prizes after submitting a tip or commenting on a preparedness video on the Wyoming Homeland Security web site. That’s wyohomelandsecurity.state.wy.us.

Director Guy Cameron of the Wyoming Homeland Security Office says the program is the first of its kind in Wyoming and provides, what he called, a unique way to spread the message of being prepared.

With contributions from The Associated Press

YELLOWSTONE BEAR DEATH

2 grizzlies captured after Yellowstone attack

By The Associated Press

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo.  – In news coming from Yellowstone National Park, we’ve learned that two more grizzly bears have been captured as part of an investigation into last month’s mauling death of a man from Michigan.

Park spokesman Al Nash said Wednesday the adult male bears were captured Sunday in the Hayden Valley area, where 59-year-old John Wallace of Chassell, Mich., was killed on Aug. 25 while hiking alone in the park’s backcountry.

Nash says hair samples were taken from the animals for DNA testing, then fitted with radio collars and released. Park officials made it clear they will kill the bear that mauled the Michigan man if they can confirm its role through DNA analysis.

Another bear captured last week was also released after being radio collared.

From information provided by The Associated Press

FATALITY-FREE WEEKEND

Patrol reports fatality-free holiday

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — For the second time this summer Wyoming appears to have gone through a long holiday weekend without a highway fatality.  On one of the busiest weekends of the year the 5 Districts of the Wyoming Highway Patrol reported no fatalities over the three day Labor Day Holiday weekend. 

Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend says that’s significant because Wyoming has not seen a fatality free Labor Day Holiday for nearly two decades, since 1992. 

In fact, he says, the patrol investigated only one fatal crash during the three summer holiday weekends, which in addition to Labor Day included Memorial and Independence days. That fatality happened on Memorial Day weekend.

This latest holiday weekend, however, he says did tally crashes. Preliminary numbers durint the six day safety campaign indicate troopers investigated about 87 crashes, resulting in 64 arrests. Forty-two of those arrests were for drunken driving.

The holiday enforcement period for Labor Day weekend started Saturday and ended Tuesday at midnight.

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