Wyoming DigestSep 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.