Buffalo's Top Stories of 2011: October-December

Buffalo's Top Stories of 2011: October-December

Today we will look at the top news stories from Buffalo and Johnson County for October through December of 2011.

A traffic stop, chase and crash resulted in the arrest of Richard Gray, 27, of Sheridan, who was arrested after crashing through a fence at Buffalo High School and leading Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies on a low-speed chase south on Old Highway 87, where he eventually crashed his vehicle and was apprehended.

Gray was wanted on a warrant from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation for delivery of methamphetamine.

Buffalo city councilman and former mayor Bruce Hepp was found deceased in his home Thursday, October 6th, of natural causes. Mayor Randy Dyess made the announcement to the media late that night.

Hepp's funeral was attended by an estimated 750 people.
The Buffalo City Council eventually chose Justin Gerard to fill Hepp's vacant seat on the council.

The Town of Kaycee, upset that talks and negotiations with the solid waste district had not produced an acceptible compromise for both entities, approached the county commissioners for permission to form their own solid waste district in southern Johnson County. The commissioners agreed, but urged both parties to try again to reach an agreement.

The City of Buffalo and Johnson County were approached by representatives from NERD Gas about possibly building a natural gas/coal-to-gasoline plant at Lake DeSmet. The plant would have been a major economic boon to the region, but the company turned its attention to Sweetwater County for the possible site for the plant.

Buffalo High School Football Coach Pat Lynch resigned as coach amid controversy over an inappropriate letter he gave to his players. Some had called for his termination by the school district, but it was decided to accept his resignation as coach but to retain him as the guidance counselor. The story made international news via the internet.

An investigation into the previous county assessor's office involving current and former employees upset some of those employees, which came out in a public commissioner's meeting December 6th. No other information on the matter has been made public and the investigation continues.

In a special ceremony December 15th, Uranium One representatives presented checks to a number of Johnson County organizations totaling $103,000.

Receiving donations were Johnson County Search and Rescue; the Library Foundation; CASA; the YMCA; the Boys' and Girls' Club; and Clear Creek School's track and field team.

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