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May 3, 2012 - The Associated Press
Game Dept. urges trash control
CODY -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the grizzly bear problem around Clark will continue to get worse if residents' garbage isn't strictly controlled.
Dusty Lasseter of the game department urged Park County commissioners on Tuesday to create a centralized spot for Clark's garbage.
Lasseter says storing the trash in secure containers would help control the bear problem.
He says it also would help the department deal with bears all in one location.
Body could be recovered in June
ROCK SPRINGS -- Authorities are making preparations to recover a body found in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir last weekend.
Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said Wednesday that the recovery operation is tentatively set for June.
The body is believed to be that of Richard Herren, who apparently fell into the reservoir while fishing 15 years ago.
His wife directed searchers to the spot on the reservoir where Herren disappeared on Saturday. They used cadaver dogs and side-scan sonar to locate a body 130 feet below the water's surface.
Haskell said a dive that deep can be very dangerous at high altitude and that water temperature, visibility and weather are among the factors that will have to be taken into account.
He also said the body will be difficult to remove because it's so fragile.
Classroom fire closes school
CASPER -- A fire in a classroom has forced the closure of a school in Natrona County and officials say one student was being treated for a chemical burn.
A fire in a classroom at Midwest School injured the student on Thursday.
Officials evacuated students and announced that the school would remain closed for the day. The school offers classes to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Attorney: Cop justified in shooting
POWELL -- The Park County attorney has cleared a Powell police officer who fatally shot a man after a standoff this winter.
Officer Paul Sapp shot 31-year-old Nicholas Ungar at the Park Motel on Feb. 9 after Ungar fired toward officers and pointed a gun at a woman he claimed was one of several hostages. Authorities later learned that he was bluffing.
The Powell Tribune reported Thursday that county attorney Bryan Skoric concluded that the officer was justified in trying to prevent perceived harm to the woman, Brook-Lynn Jones.
During the standoff, Jones told police by telephone that she and three other women were being held hostage.
She later said Ungar told her to say that.
Police Chief Roy Eckerdt said officers had to act on the information they had at the time.