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Lyon County man convicted of trying to run over deputy

YERINGTON (AP) — A Lyon County man faces one to 12 years in prison after he was convicted of trying to run over a sheriff’s deputy in Silver Springs.

A district court jury in Yerington found Florencio Brito guilty Tuesday of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

The Nevada Appeal reports Brito threatened to kill someone with a screwdriver and harm police officers during a domestic dispute on May 2.

When Lyon County sheriff’s deputies attempted to talk to him, he jumped in a car and tried to run over a deputy then crashed into another deputy’s vehicle before he was taken into custody.

Lyon County District Attorney Stephen Rye says that thanks to the deputies’ actions, no one was harmed.

In addition to prison time, Brito faces up to a $10,000 fine at his sentencing March 4.


Wyoming seeks help dealing with CWD

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is bringing together citizens, outfitters, activists and experts to develop recommendations on how to deal with elk feedgrounds and chronic wasting disease.

Game and Fish spokesman Mark Gocke tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that it is another way for the agency to gather comment and feedback and help it make decisions on a complicated issue.

Chronic wasting disease is an incurable, degenerative neurological disorder that is fatal elk, deer and moose.

Some conservationists and biologists say feedgrounds can spread the disease and have called for phasing out elk feeding in northwestern Wyoming.

However, feedgrounds maintain considerable support from the ranching and hunting communities that say worries about chronic wasting disease impacts are overblown.