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Jun 20, 2014 - The Associated Press
Mead appoints new judge
CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Tom Lee as the new Circuit Court judge for the First Judicial District in Laramie County.
Lee replaces Judge Catherine Rogers, who was appointed to the District Court.
Lee is a graduate of the University of Wyoming law school. He has worked in private practice as well as a prosecutor in Laramie County. He has also served as a Circuit Court Magistrate in Laramie County.
City to seek state help for slide
JACKSON -- The town of Jackson will ask the state for $4.75 million in grant money to help stabilize a creeping landslide that damaged and threatened several homes and businesses.
The town The council unanimously approved the funding requests this week.
Town Manager Bob McLaurin says the estimated cost of stabilizing the hill to the town is $5.5 million.
The proposed solution includes building a wall and buttress to hold the moving hillside in place and digging out and replacing the bottom clay surface of the slide with stone.
The town would like to begin with that mitigation work this year to prepare for the 2015 thaw, which experts fear could accelerate the ground movement.
Woman denies sex assault charge
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A 35-year-old Wyoming woman has denied charges that she twice fondled a young boy in Billings.
Bonnie Lynn White pleaded not guilty Thursday to two felony counts of sexual assault. She remains free on a posted $50,000 bond, but District Judge Mary Jane Knisely ordered her not to have any contact with anyone under the age of 18.
The boy, now 13, told a counselor in February that the assaults happened when he was 10 and 11, during trips to Billings, and that both times White threatened to hurt him and his family if he reported it.
Court records say White faces six similar charges involving three victims, including the boy in the Billings case, in other jurisdictions.
A judge has sealed charges filed against White in Big Horn County in Wyoming.