Johnson County Year In Review 2012: July-September

Johnson County Year In Review 2012: July-September

Over the next few days we will review the top stories that happened in Johnson County in 2012.

Today we will be looking at the top stories from July through September.

The body of a woman found in a car July 4th in Crazy Woman Canyon was identified as 42-year old Pamela Jean Malone of Buffalo.
Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek said Malone had been reported missing the previous week and that she had apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Wyoming's Fourth Judicial District had a second District Judge appointed when Governor Matt Mead announced July 6th that he appointed William Edelman as the Fourth Judicial District Judge for Sheridan and Johnson Counties.
The seat is a new judicial seat created by the 2012 Legislature.

The Eighth Annual Big Horn Mountain Festival was a great success again in 2012, according to co-organizer Paul Jarvis.
The three-day festival began July 6th and ran through July 8th at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Buffalo and featured headliner Michael Martin Murphey, Houston Jones, Northern Departure and Jalan Crossland among many others.
Jarvis said this year's turnout was the biggest yet.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Buffalo August 1st during the Farmer's Market to celebrate the city being designated as a certified “Main Street Program.”
Marie Verger, with the Buffalo Downtown Association, said the city can now get more technical assistance funding from the state and more training and assistance to better local economic development.

During a meeting August 22nd, the Johnson County Commissioners discussed the proposed lease of water in Lake DeSmet by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, which the commissioners again voted against.
The Johnson County Commissioners had numerous issues with the lease including the 99-year term, shoreline management concerns and the possible tax liability to the counties that could stem from the lease.
The Game and Fish had the option of reconsidering the length of the lease or walking away from the proposed agreement.

A public information meeting was held September 2nd in Buffalo to update the public on the Gilead Fire, which was burning in the Bighorn National Forest approximately 10 miles NW of Buffalo since it was started by lightning August 14th.
Representatives of the Bighorn National Forest, Johnson County and Incident Command for the fire discussed the situation and explained what had happened to that point and what the plan was for combating the fire.

A semi-tractor and trailer crashed through a guardrail and into Mosier Gulch west of Buffalo September 2nd, resulting in the deaths of Robert and Margaret Moffitt, a husband and wife driving team working for a family-owned company from Florida, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Rich Burridge.
The wreck occurred in the same area of Mosier Gulch where another fatal wreck happened earlier in 2012.

A death at a bar in Buffalo September 22nd resulted in an arrest and charges of second degree murder against another man.
Buffalo Police Chief Jason Carder said police officers responded to a disturbance call at the Century Club.
Forty-five year-old Brian Newman was transported to the Johnson County Healthcare Center where he was pronounced deceased.
Richard Wilkerson, 30, was charged with second-degree murder and held at the Johnson County Detention Center.

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