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HUNTER SHOOTS CHARGING GRIZZLY

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials are looking for a grizzly bear that was shot and wounded when a hunter said it charged him in northern Wyoming.

The Cody Enterprise reports that the bear charged Tev Kelley and his hunting partner Scott Smith Oct. 6 while they were field dressing an elk Smith had just shot.

Kelley first fired his .45 handgun at a log as a warning shot before shooting the bear.

Kelley says the bear began to bleed and rolled downhill before getting up and staggering away.

Kelley said he chose to bring his handgun into the woods instead of bear spray because the gun is a more reliable means of protection.

The Wyoming Game & Fish Department is continuing to search for the wounded bear.

FALLING TREE DEATH

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a 61-year-old Wyoming man was killed earlier this month when a tree fell on him in western Montana.

The Helena Independent Record reports that records released Tuesday by the Powell County coroner's office identify Berwyn Conroy, of Gillette, Wyoming, as the victim.

Conroy was injured Oct. 7 on Ogden Mountain. He died in the ambulance after the incident, and his cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma.

Coroner Lee Jewell declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

SENATE-WYOMING

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi is praising fellow Sen. John Barrasso amid speculation Barrasso could face challengers in next year's Republican primary.

Wyoming U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney isn't weighing in but Enzi tells the Casper Star-Tribune Barrasso's job performance has been excellent.

Two Republicans with ties to former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon say they're thinking about running. They are Jackson financier Foster Friess and Blackwater security company founder Erik Prince, who has a home west of Cody.

Bannon criticizes Barrasso for not doing enough to criticize another Republican, Tennessee U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, after Corker called the Trump White House an "adult day care center."

A Barrasso spokesman says Barrasso disagrees with Corker's remark. A spokeswoman for Cheney says Cheney won't comment on a hypothetical primary race.

CROW GAME WARDEN-POACHING

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Crow tribe member found guilty of poaching an elk in northern Wyoming has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case.

The Billings Gazette reports that a Wyoming jury found Clayvin Herrera guilty last year of two poaching charges from a January 2014 hunt that began on the Crow Reservation in Montana but ended inside Wyoming.

Authorities say Herrera shot and killed the elk out of season in the Bighorn National Forest.

Wyoming District Judge John Fenn upheld the conviction on appeal, and the Wyoming Supreme Court rejected the case in June.

Herrera, who was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $8,080, has maintained as part of his defense that an 1868 treaty allows Crows to hunt on unoccupied federal land.

FATAL CAR CRASH-SENTENCING

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) — A 68-year-old man who pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide has been sentenced to 45 to 50 years in prison.

The Rocket-Miner reports that Sweetwater County 3rd District Court Judge Nena James acknowledged the sentence likely means life in prison, but says it was her intent to make a strong statement.

George Eluid Maestas is accused of crashing his vehicle into a Green River home on March 10 and killing 62-year-old Debra DeVries and her 1-year-old great-granddaughter, Stella Doak. He also injured Frank Johnson, Stella's grandfather.

At sentencing, James said "we can't protect ourselves from someone like George Maestas."

Maestas said he was sorry for what he did and would regret it the rest of his life.

EX-PROSECUTOR-THEFT SENTENCING

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A former Park County deputy prosecutor and state legislator has been sentenced to a 15-day jail term, 20 days house arrest, three years of probation, 240 hours of community service and a restitution payment for allegations that he stole $9,600 in Park County Bar Association funds.

The Cody Enterprise reports that Sam Krone was sentenced last week for felony larceny and misdemeanor theft charges. Five other counts, including two additional felonies, were dismissed as part of Krone's plea agreement.

Krone's jail term can be served during the course of the next six months, at his discretion.

Krone is accused of stealing the money during his more than 10-year tenure as the Park County Bar Association's treasurer.