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Sep 12, 2017 From wire reports

Shooting might have been self-defense

LARAMIE (AP) -- Authorities say a man who was involved in a fatal shooting in southeast Wyoming apparently acted in self-defense.

According to the Albany County Sheriff's Office, 43-year-old Matthew Butrick was shot to death on a Forest Service road southeast of Laramie on Saturday. The shooter, who has not been charged, told investigators he saw Butrick chasing two teenagers on ATVs with his truck.

Butrick was confronted when he ran the teens off the road and started to assault one of them.

The shooter says he tried to intervene and shot Butrick as he aggressively advanced toward him -- and despite warnings for him to back away.

The county attorney's office is reviewing the shooting to determine if any charges should be filed.

Grizzly attack halted by bear spray

GARDINER, Mont. (AP) -- A grizzly bear attacked a woman in southwest Montana but was driven off by bear spray.

It was the second grizzly attack in the region in a week.

Andrea Jones of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department says the latest attack occurred on Saturday on a private ranch north of Gardiner.

Jones says the victim and two companions were near a cow carcass when the bear attacked and bit the legs and back of the victim. The bear fled when her companions deployed bear spray.

Jackson getting CNG filling station

JACKSON -- Teton County's first compressed natural gas station.

Spearheaded by Energy Conservation Works, the natural gas station opening Monday was brought to fruition via a partnership of Lower Valley Energy, the town of Jackson, Teton County, Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities and the Wyoming Business Council.

The station was nearly three years in the making.

Teton County Commissioner Natalia Macker said the state represents collective efforts toward resiliency, commitment to cleaner fuels and support for Wyoming's economy.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, compressed natural gas offers low cost and lower emissions than more traditional gasoline and diesel.

Freed robber heading back behind bars

CASPER (AP) -- A convicted Wyoming bank robber who was recently released from prison has been returned to custody for violating the terms of his probation.

Jack Taber on Thursday admitted two violations of his federal probation. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal sentenced him to another five months in prison. After that he will spend three months in a residential re-entry program, followed by 27 months on supervised release.

Taber was sentenced to three years in prison for robbing a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Casper in March 2014. He began his probationary term earlier this year.

Beginning in May, the U.S. Probation Office reported a series of probation violations, mostly involving alcohol consumption and failing to report for drug testing.

Drunken vandal gets prison term

GILLETTE (AP) --A South Dakota man will serve eight to 10 years in prison. Thirty-four-year-old Bobby Rice of Belle Fourche, South Dakota was sentenced Aug 24.

A judge recommended Rice be placed in the prison system's Intensive Treatment Program.

Rice pleaded guilty in 2015 to a charge for felony destruction of property. A judge had suspended Rice's sentencing twice prior to his second probation violation.

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