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Wyoming Highway Patrol Car (Courtesy of WHP)
Wyoming Highway Patrol Car (Courtesy of WHP)
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Teen Leads Law Enforcement on High Speed Chase

A 17 year old teenager led a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper on  a high speed chase that eventually ended in Idaho. Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend says the juvenile had apparently stolen a car from a job site in Green River Saturday night.  Several hours later, a Wyoming Trooper observed the stolen vehicle, a 2006 Chrysler 300, on the western outskirts of Kemmerer on US 30 and initiated a traffic stop with it just before 11:00 p.m.  The driver of the vehicle did stop and when the Trooper approached the vehicle it took off reaching speeds of 120 mph.

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(Scott Olson/Getty)
(Scott Olson/Getty)
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Recent Rain Helps Soybean Crop But Not Corn [AUDIO]

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a tractor trailer that was pulled over during a traffic stop over the weekend was carrying 231 pounds of marijuana worth almost $1.4 million dollars. Doug Randall reports.  The recent rain is too little too late to help the deteriorating corn crop, but has helped the soybean crop somewhat, that's according to u.s.d.a meteorologist Brad Rippey. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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lilnoe, flickr
lilnoe, flickr
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Highway Patrol Seeking Information In Fatality On I-25

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect and/or a vehicle involved in a hit and run fatal crash Friday on I-25 just north of the Wyoming/Colorado line.  The patrol says Jose Blea of Pueblo ,Colorado was northbound on Interstate 25.  The crash was reported by passerby just after 7:00 a.m., however there was no witness to the crash that has come forward. 

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(Scott Olson/Getty)
(Scott Olson/Getty)
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WHP Cracking Down on Impaired Riding

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says they will be joining with other Wyoming law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the State to launch an aggressive campaign on impaired riding. Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend says during this time of year, we begin to see an increase in motorcycle use here in Wyoming.  As the number of motorcycles increases on Wyoming's highways, so does the number of reported motorcycle crashes.

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Uinta County Safe Kids Event (Courtesy of Wyoming Highway Patrol)
Uinta County Safe Kids Event (Courtesy of Wyoming Highway Patrol)
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Wyoming & Utah Highway Patrol Host Safe Kids Event

The misuse rate of child safety seats is high.  That is why the Wyoming Highway Patrol partnered with Utah Highway Patrol and Safe Kids Uinta County at a recent child safety seat check-up event held in Evanston, Wyoming, at the Bear River Greenway Pavilion.

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Wyoming Highway Patrol (Courtesy of WHP)
Wyoming Highway Patrol (Courtesy of WHP)
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Patrol Planning Holiday Enforcement Effort (AUDIO)

The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period for a proposed rule to require companies to publicly disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Amy Richards has a report. The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be out in force over the July 4th holiday weekend, especially looking for impaired drivers. Sgt. Steve Townsend says the public can help out with this effort. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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(Courtesy CDC)
(Courtesy CDC)
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CDC Releases Youth Risk Behavior Survey [AUDIO]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Amy Richards has a report. A 47 year old Colorado man was arrested in  Laramie County Saturday after leading Colorado and Wyoming law enforcement on a chase that began in Colorado. Click past  jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Col. John Butler (Courtesy of Wyoming Highway Patrol)
Col. John Butler (Courtesy of Wyoming Highway Patrol)
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Butler Named New Head of Wyoming Highway Patrol

Lt. Col. John Butler of Cheyenne has been selected to become the next administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP).

Butler, a 27-year Highway Patrol veteran, is being promoted to the rank of colonel. He officially began his new duties Tuesday, becoming the 12th person to head the Patrol since its formation in 1933.  Butler replaces Col. Jess Oyler, who retired at end of 2011 and Butler had served as interim Patrol administrator since then. A formal pinning ceremony to mark's Butler's promotion will be scheduled for June.

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Patrol's New "Alive at 25" Instructors (Sgt. Steve Townsend)
Patrol's New "Alive at 25" Instructors (Sgt. Steve Townsend)
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Five More Troopers Become “Alive at 25″ Instructors

Five Wyoming Troopers from across the State have successfully completed a 40 hour course of instruction to become “Alive At 25” instructors. The Troopers were presented their certificates by Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Colonel John Butler during a short awards ceremony held Friday morning in Cheyenne.

Wyoming Highway Patrol instructor Sergeant Duane Ellis says the graduating Troopers will now be able to provide a 4½ hour driver education course to young drivers age 14 – 24.

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Automobile of Amy Jones. who surivived this crash while wearing a seatbelt (Doug Randall/TSM)
Automobile of Amy Jones. who surivived this crash while wearing a seatbelt (Doug Randall/TSM)
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‘May Mobilization’ Targets Non Seat-Belt Users

The Wyoming Highway Patrol, Laramie County Sheriff's Department and Cheyenne Police Department held a joint news conference Tuesday morning in Cheyenne to let people know a special state-wide enforcement effort aimed at motorists not wearing seat belts, known as the ''May Mobilization'.

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