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Former Wyo. officer is latest suspect in 1985 slaying

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former police officer facing murder and arson charges in a 1985 slaying is the latest in a series of suspects investigators have focused on in the search to find the killer.

Laramie police last week arrested 67-year-old Fredrick J. Lamb in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Shelli R. Wiley. She was a University of Wyoming student.

Lamb had worked as a police officer in Laramie and as a local sheriff's deputy before Wiley's death. His lawyer and a county prosecutor declined comment Tuesday.

Authorities filed murder charges against a teenager after Wiley's death but dropped them after determining he had made a false confession. Investigators later performed DNA tests on a convicted rapist in Utah.

A judge is set to decide Thursday whether Lamb will stand trial.

Cheyenne man shot by troopers after chase identified

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was shot by troopers following a high-speed chase that ended near Casper.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the Wyoming Highway Patrol says 38-year-old Jimmie Files was taken to a hospital after being shot Sunday. He has since been jailed, but authorities did not release his medical condition.

The incident began when troopers acting on a reckless driving report started pursuing a pickup truck on Interstate 25. The chase spanned two counties.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the truck went over a spike strip, drove into oncoming traffic and started driving in the median before being rammed by a trooper's vehicle.

The patrol says officers shot the suspect as he drove toward them.

Two troopers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Wyoming school board to allow superintendent to vote

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's Board of Education will now allow the state schools chief to retain a vote, ending a debate that began during the tenure of former Superintendent Cindy Hill.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the vote, which was not listed on Thursday's agenda, grants voting rights to all ex-officio board members, or in this case Hill's successor Jillian Balow, and Wyoming Community College Commission Director Jim Rose.

Two years ago the board voted to remove the superintendent's voting rights. At the same time the Wyoming Legislature stripped Hill of many of her responsibilities. Hill has dismissed the Legislature's rebuke over misconduct as a "smear campaign."


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