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Community colleges in state generally safe, statistics show

Dec 6, 2012 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press

The vast majority of reported crimes are limited to burglaries and alcohol violations.

CHEYENNE -- Major violent crimes, such as the killing last week of a Casper College instructor in his classroom, are a rare occurrence on the campuses of Wyoming's seven community colleges, according to crime statistics.

"Something this tragic I don't think has probably ever occurred on a college campus in Wyoming," Matt Petry, deputy director of the Wyoming Community College Commission, said Wednesday. "I think we've been fortunate that way."

Last Friday, James Krumm, 56, was killed when his 25-year-old son, Christopher Krumm, shot him with an arrow in front of a handful of students, police say. Christopher Krumm then stabbed himself to death. No students were hurt.

Police say Christopher Krumm had earlier stabbed to death another Casper College instructor, Heidi Arnold, 42, off campus at the home she shared with James Krumm.

Police are still investigating and have not released a motive for the attack.

Crime statistics each college must file annually show an occasional assault or sex offense reported on the campuses of Wyoming community colleges based in Casper, Cheyenne, Rock Springs, Sheridan, Powell, Torrington and Riverton. But the vast majority of reported crimes are limited to burglaries and alcohol violations.

In 2011, Casper College, which has about 4,400 students, reported 21 alcohol arrests, four burglaries, three aggravated assaults and one forcible sexual assault, according to statistics the college is required by federal law to compile. In 2010, it reported three burglaries, two drug arrests and two forcible sexual assaults on campus. There were no murders or crimes involving manslaughter.

"I don't know where the college ranks in safety, but certainly violence is quite rare as evidenced by our annual security statistics," Casper College spokesman Rich Fujita said.

By comparison, the University of Wyoming, with about 13,000 students, reported 171 alcohol violations, 65 drug arrests, 13 burglaries and four rapes on campus in 2011.

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