Dec 18, 2012 The Associated Press

Deer mortality a concern

CHEYENNE -- Biologists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department warn that dry conditions in Wyoming this year are leaving wildlife susceptible to high mortality this winter.

The game department reports that plant growth has been low because of lack of moisture. That's caused wildlife to be in poor condition.

The department warns that a heavy snowpack in lowland deer wintering areas will likely result in significant mortality.

Snowpack above Wyoming drainage basins so far this season ranges from average to below average after a dry season last winter. Forecasters note that the biggest snow months are yet to come.

Man pleads guilty in shooting

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A Wyoming man accused of shooting at law officers after a vehicle chase in western South Dakota has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Forty-two-year-old James Baker of Gillette had faced an attempted murder charge after the Jan. 10 shootout with officers in the Rapid City area. He pleaded guilty on Friday to aggravated assault on a public officer and committing a felony with a firearm, in a deal with prosecutors who will recommend a prison term of 70 years.

Baker's attorney said his client was trying to commit suicide and regretted the incident. He is to be sentenced Jan. 4.

No officers were hit in the shootout but Baker was wounded and hospitalized.

Suicide notes tied to college slaying

CASPER -- Investigators say they found two suicide notes written by a man who killed his father in front of a computer science class at a Wyoming community college.

Court documents indicate an officer found one note in 25-year-old Christopher Krumm's car and a second note at Casper College. The documents don't specify exactly where the second note was found or the contents of either note.

Police say Krumm barged into a classroom at the college Nov. 30 and shot his father, 56-year-old James Krumm, with an arrow in front of a handful of students. As the students fled, the Vernon, Conn., man stabbed his father with a knife, then killed himself.

Before the campus slaying, the younger Krumm stabbed his father's girlfriend, 42-year-old Heidi Arnold, at the home she and James Krumm shared.

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