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Aug 9, 2012 - The Associated Press
Patrol nabs LSD shipment
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a trooper has confiscated a large amount of LSD after stopping a speeding vehicle on I-80 west of Laramie.
The patrol on Wednesday announced that the trooper seized 200 dosage units of LSD, a felony amount of the drug ecstasy and other drugs in last week's traffic stop. The agency says it was the largest seizure of LSD in the last 12 years.
A 21-year-old California man and 24-year-old Nevada woman were arrested and face felony charges. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into where the drugs came from and where they were headed.
Arrested official worked in Wyo.
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A former top Bureau of Land Management official has been arrested in Nevada on charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
Ronald Wenker was arrested Tuesday in Reno by Washoe County sheriff's deputies. He remained jailed without bail Wednesday on two felony counts each of sexual assault and lewdness with a child under 14.
Wenker, 64, was named head of the BLM office in Reno in 2005. Before that he held a similar post in Colorado, and worked in several states around the West, including Oregon, California and Wyoming.
In 2009 he temporarily served as acting director for the federal agency in Washington, D.C. He retired last year after a 40-year career with the BLM.
Conditions ripe for new fires
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- The risk of new fires starting is high across western Wyoming, including Yellowstone National Park.
The National Weather Service says a weak monsoonal moisture flow is expected to bring strong wind gusts and dry lightning Thursday afternoon, making it possible for new fires to start and spread.
The fire danger in Yellowstone is rated as extreme following the outbreak of three small fires on Tuesday.
Charcoal grills and back-country fires are prohibited in the park because of the fire danger.
The Ferris Fire has burned about 8,800 acres 30 miles northeast of Rawlins. Firefighters hope to have it contained by Friday.
Police cite Campbell commissioner
GILLETTE -- Gillette police have cited a Campbell County commissioner after one of his employees reported he touched her inappropriately.
Police ticketed Commissioner Stephen F. Hughes on Monday. He's set to answer a misdemeanor charge of unlawful contact in Circuit Court in November.