THE WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL ARRESTED A MALE SUSPECT TWO WEEKENDS AGO WHO WAS DRIVING TWO TEENAGE GIRLS WHO MAY HAVE BEEN IN DANGER OF BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.

THE HIGHWAY PATROL SAID THURSDAY THAT TROOPERS WERE DISPATCHED ON JANUARY 20TH FOR AN ATTEMPT TO LOCATE ALERT ABOUT A PICKUP WITH WASHINGTON STATE LICENSE PLATES THAT WAS BELIEVED TO BE ON THE WAY TO KANSAS.

DURING THE TRIP, THE GIRLS WERE ABLE TO GET THE DRIVER’S CELL PHONE, AND THEY RECEIVED INFORMATION THEY WERE TO BE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AT THE LITTLE AMERICA HOTEL IN CHEYENNE.
TROOPERS IN CHEYENNE DETERMINED THE SUSPECT’S CELL PHONE NUMBER AND HAVE IT PINGED TO A LOCATION WEST GREEN RIVER.

SOON AFTER THAT, THE MANAGER OF THE HOTEL IN LITTLE AMERICA SAW THE GIRLS WITH THE SUSPECT AND CALLED THE HIGHWAY PATROL.

TROOPERS AND SWEETWATER COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES RESPONDED AND CONTACTED THE SUSPECT AND THE GIRLS.

THEY INTERVIEWED THE SUSPECT WHO GAVE IMPLAUSIBLE TRAVEL PLANS AND ARRANGEMENTS ABOUT THE GIRLS.

LAW ENFORCEMENT ALSO SEARCHED THE PICKUP AND FOUND ITEMS TO AID HIM IN SEXUALLY ASSAULTING THE GIRLS.

SWEETWATER COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES TOOK THE TWO GIRLS INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY, AND TOOK THE SUSPECT INTO CUSTODY FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

THE NEWS RELEASE FROM THE HIGHWAY PATROL DID NOT IDENTIFY THE SUSPECT, WHERE HE OR THE GIRLS WERE FROM, HOW THE HIGHWAY PATROL LEARNED ABOUT THE INCIDENT, WHETHER THERE ARE OTHER SUSPECTS, HOW THIS SUSPECT KNEW THE GIRLS, WHETHER CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AND WHERE, AND WHETHER THE INCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.
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A CASPER MAN CHARGED WITH BREAKING A WINE BOTTLE OVER HIS GIRLFRIEND'S HEAD AND OTHER CRIMES IN DECEMBER PLEADED NOT GUILTY IN NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT COURT ON THURSDAY.
JUDGE CATHERINE WILKING HEARD THE PLEA FROM DANIEL BURGESS AFTER READING THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM INCLUDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND BATTERY, AND A THIRD OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION OF DOMESTIC BATTERY WITHIN 10 YEARS.

IF CONVICTED ON ALL COUNTS, HE FACES UP TO 25 YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT.

A TRIAL DATE WILL BE SET LATER, AND BURGESS REMAINS IN CUSTODY ON A $75,000 BOND.

COURT RECORDS SAY THE CASE BEGAN ON DECEMBER 20 WHEN THE VICTIM WENT TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHERE AN OFFICER SAW THE VICTIM HAD BRUISED EYES, A SMALL CUT IN THE MIDDLE OF HER FOREHEAD, A WELT ON THE BACK OF HER HEAD AND TWO LIGHTLY BRUISED AREAS ON HER RIGHT ARM.

SHE SAID SHE AND BURGESS WENT OUT FIVE DAYS EARLIER , AND THAT BURGESS HAD BEHAVED WELL WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT HIS RESIDENCE.

BUT SHE NOTICED HIS DEMEANOR BEGAN TO CHANGE AND SHE WANTED TO LEAVE.

WHEN SHE REACHED THE DOOR, SHE WAS STRUCK ON THE BACK OF HER HEAD BY A BLUNT OBJECT AND BLACKED OUT.

WHEN SHE REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS, BURGESS WAS DRAGGING HER FROM THE DOORWAY INTO THE RESIDENCE, AND SAW PIECES OF A WINE BOTTLE WERE STREWN ON THE FLOOR.

SHE STOOD AND RAN TO HER TRUCK.

BURGESS CAUGHT UP WITH HER, SMASHED A WINDOW, BROKE OFF THE REAR VIEW MIRROR AND BEAT HER IN THE FACE WITH IT.

SHE QUICKLY DROVE AWAY, WHICH FORCED BURGESS FROM THE VEHICLE.
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A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS ORDERED U.S. WILDLIFE OFFICIALS TO RECONSIDER A 2015 DECISION THAT BLOCKED ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROTECTIONS FOR ICONIC BISON HERDS IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.

U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE CHRISTOPHER COOPER SAID IN A RULING LATE WEDNESDAY, THAT THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE FAILED TO CONSIDER A SCIENTIFIC STUDY SUGGESTING THE PARK'S BISON POPULATION MIGHT BE TOO SMALL TO SUSTAIN ITS TWO HERDS.

YELLOWSTONE'S 5,000 BISON MAKE UP THE LARGEST REMAINING WILD POPULATION OF A SPECIES THAT ONCE NUMBERED IN THE TENS OF MILLIONS.

THE ANIMALS, ALSO CALLED BUFFALO, ARE ROUTINELY SLAUGHTERED BY STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES DURING THEIR WINTER MIGRATIONS OUTSIDE THE PARK.

WILDLIFE ADVOCATES FROM THE BUFFALO FIELD CAMPAIGN AND OTHER GROUPS SOUGHT PROTECTIONS FOR THE HERDS IN 2014, THEN SUED WHEN THEIR PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT WAS DENIED.

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CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) - A WYOMING LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE HAS REJECTED ALL THE TAX PROPOSALS IT WAS CONSIDERING TO BOLSTER THE STATE'S SAGGING REVENUES...