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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A city in Wyoming has settled a lawsuit over a fatal shooting by two police officers.

Attorneys for the estate of John Randall Veach said Tuesday they settled the lawsuit for $925,000 in damages.

Rawlins Police Sgt. Jared Frakes and Officer Joe Balestrieri shot and killed the Fort Collins, Colorado, man in a gas station parking lot in December, 2015.

A prosecutor from a county elsewhere in Wyoming concluded the shooting was justified. Attorneys for Veach's estate say the officers killed him "execution style" while he was trying to drive away. They say the officers weren't in danger and killed Veach without reason.

They say the department failed to discipline its officers.

Rawlins City Attorney Amy Bach and City Manager Scott Hannum did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.


YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in Yellowstone National Park tell drivers to honk at bears.

Recently a black bear in the northern part of the park put its paws up on cars. Similar problems have happened over the past year.

Park officials say drivers should honk and drive away whenever a bear gets too close.

They say bears that are used to people and get food from them can become aggressive and have to be killed.


CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A street gunfighter show in Wyoming will use a real firearm for the first time since an actor mistakenly wounded spectators with live ammunition three years ago.

Actors stage the Wild Bunch gunfighter show for tourists visiting the town of Cody.

Organizer Kenny Martin tells the Cody Enterprise this year's shows will begin with a woman shooting a real shotgun loaded with blanks into the air.

Actors in the show have been using prop guns with blocked barrels since 2017.

In 2016, an actor mistakenly loaded live ammunition in a real gun. He wounded three spectators when he fired the gun during the act.

The accident shut down the show for the rest of that season.

This year's show takes place Mondays through Saturdays starting June 3.


Michael Pearlman begins his new job Thursday. He previously was a reporter and editor at Wyoming newspapers including the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

He's also worked in marketing at Sierra Trading Post in Cheyenne.

Pearlman was a child actor who appeared in films and the television show "Charles in Charge" in the 1980s. He holds a journalism degree from New York University.

Previous Gordon spokeswoman Rachel Girt plans to go back to working in private-sector communications.

Gordon took office in January. He continues to hire staff including Karen Hayes as executive assistant; Lachelle Brant, Erica Legerski and Beth Callaway as policy advisers; and Pamela Perea to manage boards and commissions.


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has named a new district court judge for Fremont County.

The governor's office announced Monday that Jason M. Conder will succeed Judge Norman Young, who plans to retire in July.

Conder is currently an assistant U.S. attorney based in Lander, a job he has had since 2005. He was previously deputy county attorney in Uinta County.

He holds a law degree from the University of Wyoming.

Gordon chose Conder from three finalists chosen by the state Judicial Nominating Commission.


CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Police say a Wyoming cyclist is in critical condition after he was hit by a pickup truck.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the pickup turned right on a green light in Casper and struck the cyclist as he was entering the crosswalk Monday afternoon.

Police say the man hit his head and was unresponsive but breathing. He was taken to a hospital.

The driver stayed at the scene and was interviewed by officers.

Casper police spokeswoman Rebekah Ladd says no arrests have been made.

Police did not identify the driver or cyclist.


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