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Aug 22, 2012 - The Associated Press

Few details on motel standoff

CASPER -- A standoff at a motel in Casper has ended after nearly 11 hours.

Casper Police Chief Chris Walsh says officers apprehended a man after tossing undisclosed "chemical agents" through the room's windows.

Walsh said no bullets were fired by police.

He says the man was taken to Wyoming Medical Center with undisclosed injuries.

There was no immediate word on the man's identity.

Police weren't sure what started the standoff at the Super 8 Motel. Five people came out of the room over the course of the standoff while police negotiated with the man.

Three schools in the area, open for the first day of school, were put on lockdown.

Bears back in park

JACKSON -- One of Grand Teton National Park's celebrity grizzlies wandered just outside the park's southern boundary last week, possibly in search of food due to the drought.

The grizzly sow known as 610 and her three cubs were hazed back to the park with "cracker shells", a sort of flying firecracker.

The park's senior wildlife biologist, Steve Cain, said there isn't a lot of food available and she may have been looking for food.

Both Cain and state bear management specialist Mike Boyce say it wasn't safe to allow a bear so accustomed to humans to remain in an area near homes.

Bear 610 is the daughter of bear 399. Both are famous for frequent roadside appearances in the park, attracting the attention of visitors.

Trial set for man in shooting

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A Wyoming man accused of shooting at law officers following a vehicle chase in South Dakota has been scheduled for trial late this year on charges including attempted murder.

Judge Mary Thorstenson has reserved the week of Dec. 3 for the trial of 41-year-old James Baker.

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