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(Wyo)-State Lawmaker Pleads Not Guilty To Interfering During Fire Response

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/28/2019 10:34 AM
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming state lawmaker has pleaded Not Guilty to misdemeanor interfering with emergency vehicles for allegedly refusing to move a tractor he was driving out of the way of federal officials during a wildfire.
       Republican State Representative Thomas Walters of rural Casper is a rancher who has served in the Wyoming Legislature since 2013.
      The Natrona County Sheriff's Office says Walters drove a tractor around a road closure and refused to yield for  Bureau of Land Management rangers in an area near a wildfire east of Pathfinder Reservoir in August.
     Federal officials say they are turning the case over for state prosecution because the offense is a misdemeanor.  Walters told KTWO Radio on Friday he wasn't interfering with the officers and he's confident he will be found not guilty.


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