Wyoming Digest

Sep 29, 2017 From wire reports

Worker killed by falling coal

ROCK SPRINGS (AP) -- The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a worker at a southwestern Wyoming coal mine.

Representatives for the Bridger Coal Company and Rocky Mountain Power say Jaime Olivas was hit when a slab of coal suddenly came loose and fell from one of the walls in the underground mine Thursday afternoon.

Olivas, a mining equipment operator, was conscious and speaking when he was brought out of the mine but died on the way to a hospital in Rock Springs.

No other information was released.

Wyoming's coal industry has a good safety record overall.

Man convicted of killing 3-year-old

GILLETTE (AP) -- A jury has convicted a northern Wyoming man in the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son.

The Gillette News Record reported that 22-year-old Joseph Nielsen was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder for the death of Caiden Fedora.

Prosecutors say Nielsen caused Caiden's brain injuries while he was baby-sitting the boy on Aug. 6, 2016. The boy died a few days later at a children's hospital in Aurora, Colorado.

According to court documents, Nielsen told investigators the boy jumped from a coffee table and fell over a plastic dollhouse.

But doctors said the boy's injuries -- including bruises, fractured ribs and a fractured jaw -- were caused by a much greater force.

Nielsen's sentencing date has not yet been set.

Families sue Casper over 2015 fire

CASPER (AP) -- Three families who lost homes or property in a 2015 fire have filed counterclaims against the city of Casper that allege it is liable for the blaze.

The three lawsuits come after the city requested a judge rule on whether the city is liable for the fire.

The 2015 fire originated in a Casper landfill and burned nearly 16 sq. miles (41 sq. kilometers) of land.

One counterclaim seeks $100,000 as compensation for damaged property.

The second asks for $68,661 and the third asks for an unspecified amount.

A report by fire investigators has determined that the fire was accidental.

The city's lawyer in the case, Jay Gilbertz, declined to comment on the counterclaims.

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