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Aug 29, 2012 - The Associated Press

Horses' tails stolen in two counties

CASPER -- Authorities in Converse and Natrona counties say some residents are reporting that someone has been cutting their horses' tails off in the middle of the night.

Natrona County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Sellers said it isn't the first time this has happened in the area. He remembers people were cutting horse tails several years ago and using the hair to make and sell items such as jewelry, hat bands and belts.

Illegally cutting horse tails is a misdemeanor and only becomes a felony if the value of the hair stolen exceeds $1,000.

Laramie police officers allowed back

LARAMIE -- Two Laramie police officers involved in the shooting and wounding of a 26-year-old man earlier this month have been cleared to return to work.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation's preliminary findings of the Aug. 15 incident determined that the Laramie officers acted within the scope of their duties and according to the law.

The DCI's final report will be completed in four-six weeks and turned over the Albany County Attorney's office for review.

The officers were placed on administrative leave after the shooting.

The man who was shot, Kevin R. Cook, of Laramie, remained in a Colorado hospital where he is being treated for gunshot wounds.

Police say Cook faces charges of aggravated assault on an officer, arson and auto burglary.

Company finds 4,455 billing errors

CHEYENNE -- A review by Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power of its 41,000 accounts found billing mistakes in 4,455 of them.

Most mistakes involved overcharging rural residents in Laramie County when the utility incorrectly charged them with a 2 percent franchise fee.

Cheyenne Light pays franchise fees to the city of Cheyenne for use and access of city alleys and streets to run utility lines.

Mark Stege, of Cheyenne Light, says any overbilling charges will be paid back with interest.

Representatives from Cheyenne Light told the state's Public Service Commission on Monday about the mistakes and how it will fix them.

Stege says Cheyenne Light doesn't have dollar amounts for the mistakes yet and doesn't know why the billing errors occurred.

Teen arrested after 100-mile chase

KEMMERER -- A 17-year-old from Idaho is accused of leading authorities from Wyoming and Idaho on a 100-mile chase in a stolen car.

The teen was arrested after allegedly stealing the 2006 Chrysler 300 from a job site in Green River on Saturday night and fleeing into Idaho as he was pursued by a Wyoming trooper.

The Wyoming State Patrol said the chase started after the trooper pulled the teen over outside Kemmerer. It said the teen sped off as the trooper approached.

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