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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming Police Department is creating a post for a full-time crime prevention officer. UW Police Chief Mike Samp says the idea is to free up other police officers to focus their efforts on law enforcement on the Laramie campus. In 2011, UW reported a drop in rapes and burglaries but an increase in drug violations.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Nigerian citizen has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Wyoming to prison for sexual abuse of a minor. Prosecutors say the charge stemmed from an offense in March on the Wind River Indian Reservation involving a child under the age of 16. Thirty-six-year-old Aaron David Mbonu was sentenced Wednesday.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a car was apparently on fire before it crashed into and destroyed Chugwater’s only gas station. Authorities are investigating why the driver, identified as John Barberini of Casper, drove into the station Sunday. Two employees and a customer were inside but no one was injured. The Associated Press reports one witness says Barberini had shoe polish on his face and hands and was wearing a ski mask on top of his head.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The holiday season is over, but Jackson Hole’s hotels are set to be about half full on Saturday. The Associated Press reports that according to data from the area’s chamber of commerce, 45 percent of rooms are booked this weekend, compared to 37 percent for the same weekend last year.

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