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Aug 29, 2017 From wire reports

Police chase ends with suicide

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Cheyenne police say a 27-year-old man shot and killed himself after leading authorities on a chase in southeast Wyoming.

Police say the incident began about 4 a.m. Saturday when an officer attempted a traffic stop in south Cheyenne. But police say Kreshon Slack, of Cheyenne, did not stop and led officers on a chase that included shots fired at officers.

Officers say the chase ended on Interstate 80 when Slack shot himself. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Person who caused wildfire might be billed

POWELL (AP) -- The person who caused a wildfire that destroyed a home and threatened several others east of Yellowstone National Park could be ordered to pay millions to cover firefighting costs.

The fire last year burned more than 19 square miles (31 square kilometers) of rugged terrain 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of Yellowstone.

Federal officials say they are still investigating the fire. They haven't publicly identified the person they say accidentally caused the blaze with sparks from a metal grinder.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Sarah Beckwith said the federal agency seeks to recoup the cost of wildfires caused by people.

Beckwith says the fire cost the BLM roughly $1.4 million and several agencies were involved in fighting the fire.

Judge: Shared campground ownership OK

JACKSON (AP) -- A Wyoming judge has ruled local officials can't prohibit fractional ownership of campgrounds.

Teton County District Judge Timothy Day recently struck down a local regulation that prohibited multiple people from owning a campground. The case applied to two campgrounds in the Jackson area with cabins and spaces for motor homes, trailers and tents.

Owner Jamie Mackay sought to sell ownership shares in each campground. Shareholders would be able camp on and rent out their spaces to others.

Complaints from neighbors prompted Teton County officials last year to threaten fines of up to $750 per day for selling the shares. Mackay sued and won.

Woman wanted in death case arrested

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -- A Tennessee woman wanted in Wyoming in connection with the death of a man who is believed to have been pushed off a moving train has been arrested in Arkansas.

The Sentinel-Record reports 29-year-old Ashley Nicole Chandler of Cookeville, Tennessee, was arrested Thursday in Hot Springs.

Sweetwater County, Wyoming, Sheriff Mike Lowell says Chandler is wanted as an accessory after the fact in the death of Eric Barrett of Royal, Arkansas.

Barrett's body was found Aug. 19 and authorities believe he was pushed off a train by a man who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case and has been arrested in Texas.

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