This week we are looking back at the top stories of 2013 that happened in Johnson County.
Today we will look at the stories from October through December of 2013.
Hunters discovered human remains while in the field the weekend of October 28th, but the remains look to be old, according to Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek.
County Coroner Dave Harness said the bones were found about 20 miles south of Buffalo near the foothills of the Bighorns.
Harness said the bones were human and were scattered and broken up, but there was an intact jawbone. He sent the bones to the University of Wyoming to be examined and dated and his belief is they will turn out to be “quite old.”
Kozisek said there was no evidence of foul play or of any unnatural death.
After the initial rounds of arrests were made in a marijuana distribution ring in Buffalo October 29th, the investigation continued and more arrests have not been ruled out, according to Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek.
The nine arrested wee Lynnard Immenschuh, Jacob Schoonover, Raider Harriet, Monica Frausto, Timothy Reculusa, Christopher Ball, Roger Mohns, Joseph Heater, and Bradley Asay.
Kozisek said they believe those charged purchased marijuana in other states for distribution mainly in Northeast Wyoming.
The investigation is continuing, and more arrests are possible, according to Kozisek.
A reported kidnapping originating in Montana and ending in Johnson County near Buffalo November 4th turned out to be a false report, according to Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek.
The original report came from a man in Colstrip, Montana who called police there to report his wife had been kidnapped and that he was in contact with her through her cell phone.
Sheriff Kozisek said at about 4:30 that morning, the woman contacted the Buffalo dispatch center and reported that she had been kidnapped, that she had been pregnant but had given birth to the baby in the trunk of the car, that the kidnappers had taken the baby from her and she was walking down the Interstate just east of Buffalo.
Police and sheriff's deputies responded to her location and transported her to the hospital. Through their investigation they determined the woman was not nor had she been pregnant nor given birth and that she was suffering from emotional stress and mental health issues.
On November 10th Johnson County and Natrona County Sheriff's deputies, with the help of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a homicide in Campbell County.
The two deputies and the Highway Patrolman made traffic stop just south of Kaycee where Orlando Gonzales, 30, was arrested and taken
into custody and eventually transferred to Campbell County.
Tabitha Gonzales was taken into custody, questioned by Campbell County authorities and released.
Three minor children in the vehicle were not hurt and were placed into protective custody by the Department of Family Services.
The Wyoming Game And Fish on November 17th, again postponed their decision decision to lease water rights in Lake DeSmet this time until their January 2014 meetings in Cheyenne.
The decision has been postponed a number of times in the last year for various reasons, the latest due to the government shutdown, and a wish to complete an assessment of the water value they will lease.
The 99-year lease is for water rights in the lake that the Game and Fish wants to protect the fishery there. They will pay Johnson County just under $3 million for the lease if approved by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Paul Mavrakis, Sheridan Region Fisheries Supervisor, said although he has not officially heard a decision yet, it does appear that all entities are looking favorably upon the lease agreement for a January decision.
The Game and Fish Commission meetings are set for January 22nd and 23rd in Cheyenne.
On December 12th a jury in the the Fourth Judicial District Court in Buffalo found Michael Lindstrom guilty of three counts of first degree sexual abuse of a minor; three counts of second degree sexual abuse of a minor; two counts of sexual assault; and two counts of aggravated assault.
The sexual abuse of a minor charges carry a sentence of life without parole on each count. The sexual assault charges each carry a minimum sentence of 25 years and a maximum of life. Because Lindstrom has previous felony convictions, the aggravated assault charges carry a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of 50 years.
Sentencing is expected to be scheduled soon in the case.