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SCHOOL-STUDENT GUNS

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Attorneys for a boy charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder for bringing guns to a junior high school in Gillette are asking that his case be moved to juvenile court.

The boy, now 15, was charged as an adult and pleaded not guilty in March.

The Gillette News Record reports a hearing is set for Oct. 28-29 for his public defenders to lay out their case. They also want his $275,000 cash bail be reduced. Prosecutors oppose a reduction.

The boy has been jailed since Nov. 13, 2018, when he allegedly took two guns and 36 bullets to Sage Valley Junior High with plans to shoot nine teachers or students.

He showed another student one of the guns and that student told the principal.

His attorneys argue he was charged too harshly.

WYOMING-COAL COMMITTEE

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers have voted to create a subcommittee to address the negative effects of bankruptcy filings by coal companies that do business across the state.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the legislature's Management Council voted Thursday to create a subcommittee to focus on ensuring coal companies that file for bankruptcy continue to meet their obligations, such as employee health care benefits and money for reclamation work

The eight committee members are expected to be selected within the next 10 days. The committee is authorized to meet up to six times ahead of Wyoming's monthlong 2020 budget session, which begins in February.

The committee has authority to draft legislation but any bills it creates would require a two-thirds vote of the legislature to be introduced during a budget session.

WYOMING WILDFIRE

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Evacuations are being lifted as a wildfire in northwest Wyoming slows down.

Firefighters said Saturday they don't expect the Fishhawk fire east of Yellowstone National Park to grow much over the next several days.

The fire has charred 17 square miles (45 square kilometers) in the Fishhawk Creek drainage a few miles from Yellowstone's East Entrance.

The Cody Enterprise reports cooler temperatures arrived and up to half an inch (1 centimeter) of rain fell on some parts of the fire Friday.

Cabins and a Boy Scouts camp were evacuated as the fire surged Tuesday and Wednesday.

TWO DEAD

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A coroner says a man and woman whose bodies were found in western Wyoming died of gunshot wounds.

Teton County Coroner Brent Blue says 69-year-old Heinrich "Heinz" Johann Karl Munz died by suicide and 64-year-old Barbel "Babs" Munz died by homicide around 10 p.m. Monday.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports a home health care worker went to the couple's home for a scheduled appointment Tuesday but nobody answered the door.

She returned Wednesday, heard voices and went inside. She saw one victim, left and called 911.

The voices turned out to be a television.

WYOMING-BLACK 14

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has announced plans to honor the Black 14 after they were cut from the school's football team for wanting to protest during the civil rights movement.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported that 14 student-athletes were dismissed for wanting to wear black armbands during a 1969 game against BYU in protest of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' former policy barring black men from the priesthood.

Athletic officials say nine of the living 11 members are expected back next week for the scheduled tribute.

Officials say the weeklong commemoration includes a plaque presentation, football halftime recognition and a free public panel discussion.

It could be the largest known contingent of the Black 14 on campus since they were dismissed 50 years ago.

WILDFIRE ROBBERIES-SENTENCE

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to burglarizing homes evacuated during a wildfire in southern Wyoming.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that Albany County district court Judge Tori Kricken sentenced 35-year-old Jayce Peterson to 5-to-8 years imprisonment this week.

Officials say Kricken also recommended Peterson receive drug treatment while in prison.

Officials say Peterson agreed to a plea deal in May, meaning prosecutors dropped an aggravated burglary charge and did not recommend a prison sentence to the judge.

The dropped charge would have carried a minimum five-year imprisonment sentence if convicted.

Officials say rural communities in Woods Landing and Jelm Mountain were evacuated last June during a nearby forest fire.

When some residents returned to their homes, they found missing items, including firearms, jewelry and an ATV.

SheridanWyoming.com

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