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May 17, 2013 - The Associated Press
Fugitive fought before arrest
LARAMIE -- One of Kentucky's most wanted fugitives ran and fought with officers before being arrested in Wyoming.
Authorities tracked 29-year-old John C. Buckley IV to a hotel in Laramie Wednesday but he ran as they moved in and hid behind underbrush and a dirt berm.
Deputy United States Marshal Justin Stephenson told the Laramie Boomerang that the former Army Ranger fought with officers before his arrest along Interstate 80. He said Buckley wasn't armed and no weapons were found in his room.
Authorities believe Buckley had been in the area for less than a couple of days.
He's being held in Laramie's jail and will be sent to Cheyenne to appear in federal court to be extradited.
He fled in July just before being convicted of rape and assault.
One of two wolf suits dropped
CHEYENNE -- Environmental groups have dropped one of two federal lawsuits challenging last year's federal action that turned management of Wyoming wolves over to the state.
Lawyers for WildEarth Guardians and eight other groups dropped their lawsuit in federal court in Cheyenne this week. That leaves a similar lawsuit still pending in federal court in Washington, D.C.
Both lawsuits generally claim that Wyoming's own wolf management plan doesn't afford adequate protections. The plan classifies wolves as predators that can be shot on sight in most of the state and allows regulated hunting for them elsewhere.
Colorado attorney Jay Tutchton represents WildEarth Guardians. He says the groups dropped the Wyoming lawsuit in the interest of efficiency.
He says it doesn't make sense to have two federal courts hearing essentially the same dispute.
Online faker has assault history
LARAMIE -- A blogger and radio show host accused of posting an anonymous Facebook threat against herself has a previous conviction stemming from a 2005 gun-waving incident, according to court records.
Meg Lanker-Simons, a vocal advocate for liberal causes, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in May 2006 and was sentenced to six years of probation, court records show.
In the Facebook posting case, Lanker-Simons, of Laramie, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a peace officer.
The charge stems from a graphic, sexually-threatening comment against Lanker-Simons that was posted on a Facebook forum for University of Wyoming students.
The forum is not associated with UW, but the university investigated after supporters of Lanker-Simons and others demanded action because the threat was against a UW student.
The posting, written to imply that its author was a conservative Republican, also prompted a student-led rally against sexual violence. Lanker-Simons participated in the rally.
But UW police say their investigation found "substantial evidence" that Lanker-Simons authored the comment and then lied about it.
UW officials say Lanker-Simons participated last weekend in the College of Arts and Sciences' commencement ceremony, graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology.