University of Wyoming photo
University of Wyoming student body President Ahmed Balogun was among students who took their licks with sledgehammers Thursday to tear down a mock Berlin Wall that was erected on Prexy’s Pasture. The ceremony was the first in a series of events at UW this fall to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Casper police say woman
burned baby with hot pan

CASPER (AP) — A Casper woman faces felony charges alleging she burned an infant’s face with a hot saucepan and shook the baby hard enough to require trauma care.
The 14-month-old girl was flown to the children’s hospital in Aurora, Colorado, on Tuesday with a brain bleed and bleeding in the eyes. Authorities say she remains in stable condition.
The Casper Star-Tribune reported Casper prosecutors filed charges Wednesday in Natrona County Circuit Court against Stephanie Shirts, 25.
She’s charged with burning the girl, causing a brain injury and suffocating her with a blanket before resuscitating her.
Shirts faces four counts of child abuse, four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count of aggravated child abuse.
Bobbi Humphreys, 24, is the baby’s mother. She faces charges of four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count of child endangering.
Jason Cathcart, 37, faces four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and two counts of drug possession.
All three defendants will be represented by lawyers with the Wyoming Public Defender’s Office, according to court records. No lawyers have been assigned yet, the office said Friday.
An emergency room doctor at Wyoming Medical Center contacted Casper police at 7 p.m. Tuesday after Humphreys brought the baby to the hospital. Officers arrived and found the baby lethargic and unresponsive, according to an officer’s sworn statement filed in court.
Detectives saw burns on the baby’s face and head and bruises on her face, abdomen, pelvis and legs, according to the officer’s statement. A neurosurgeon suggested the infant be transferred to a children’s hospital in Colorado because of the child’s level of trauma.
Three other children, all younger than 5, resided and the home shared by Shirts, Humphreys and Cathcart. Police say the children did not have any injuries.
They were placed in foster care by the Department of Family Services.
Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen forbade the defendants to see the children except under the supervision of DFS. Patchen said Shirts should have no contact with the 14-month-old girl.
Authorities searched the home and found several bags of synthetic marijuana. They also found glass pipes containing meth residue and meth in the closet in Cathcart and Shirts’ room.
Mike Blonigen, Casper district attorney, said Friday he expects the defendants will have a preliminary hearing next Thursday at which a judge will decide whether the state’s case against them is strong enough to advance to district court.
Blonigen said it’s difficult to determine at this stage whether the girl suffered permanent injuries. He emphasized the defendants are presumed innocent.


Couple accused of keeping child in cage charged

LARAMIE(AP) — Prosecutors have charged an Albany County couple accused of keeping a 7-year-old child in an outdoor cage.
The Laramie Boomerang reports 31-year-old Jena Harman — the boy’s mother — and 38-year-old Alexander Smith — Harman’s boyfriend — appeared in court Friday on charges of aggravated child abuse and felonious restraint. They are set for trial March 2.
Harman and Smith were arrested July 24 after sheriff’s deputies responded to a tip that the child was caged outside a home on Fox Creek Road southwest of Laramie.
Deputies say the child told them he had been living in the cage on and off for three weeks, taking meals there and sleeping there overnight even during rainstorms.


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State Nickname: Equality State, Cowboy State

State Flower: Indian Paintbrush

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Tree: Cottonwood

State Gemstone: Jade

State Mammal: Bison

State Fish: Cutthroat Trout

State Reptile: Horned Toad

State Dinosaur: Triceratops

State Sport: Rodeo

State Coin: Sacajawea Golden Dollar Coin

State Grass: Western Wheatgrass

Area: 97,914 Square Miles

Date of Statehood: July 10, 1890

State #: 44

State name is from a Delaware Indian word meaning "mountains and valleys alternating"

First National Park: Yellowstone 1872

First National Monument: Devil's Tower 1906

First state to give women the right to vote

First National Forest: Shoshone National Forest

First state to have a country public library system

First state to have a woman governor Nellie Tayloe Ross 1925

First artificially lit evening football game in Midwest 1925

First town in nation to be governed entirely by women: Jackson 1920 to 1921

First business west of the Missouri River: Trading post at Fort William

 

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