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Judge Combines Sex Abuse Cases Filed Against Councilmember

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming city councilman facing charges of sexually abusing a minor in two counties will have the cases combined.

The Rocket Miner reports that Allan Dean Wilson has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him in Sweetwater and Lincoln counties. Wilson is a member of the Green River City Council.
A judge decided last week to combine the cases in Sweetwater County, with trial scheduled to begin in October.
Wilson faces one charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor in Sweetwater County along with charges of first-degree, second-degree and third-degree sexual abuse of a minor in Lincoln County.

Man charged in 2 states pleads not guilty to wire fraud

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A businessman facing federal charges in two states has pleaded not guilty to wire fraud in Montana.
Larry Wayne Price Jr. is accused of putting nearly $14 million of investors' money into his personal accounts. The Billings Gazette reports he entered his pleas on Thursday.
In Virginia, Price is charged with making fraudulent statements to the FBI after claiming he was abducted and drugged by a biker gang. He pleaded not guilty to those charges in May.
At least three businesses have sued Price in the Montana case.
One, a Wyoming company called Three Blind Mice LLC, got possession of a mansion that Price built in Billings.
A judge also awarded P&H Trucking and MY Company a judgment of more than $6 million after Price failed to respond to their lawsuit against him.

Yellowstone effort to eradicate lake trout shows progress

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - An extensive effort to capture and kill non-native lake trout in Yellowstone Lake is showing progress with fewer of the invasive fish being found.
Yellowstone National Park fisheries chief Todd Koel says so far this year about 155,000 lake trout have been caught, which is down 63,000 from this time last year.
Koel tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that it's a sign that the lake trout population is finally crashing.
The effort against the lake trout is the centerpiece of a long-term fight to help Yellowstone's native cutthroat trout. Lake trout feed on cutthroats, causing the native fish population to decline.
Yellowstone's netting program costs about $2 million a year.

27 Wyoming residents have died in severe flu season

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Twenty-seven Wyoming residents have died from flu-related illnesses during the most recent influenza season.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports its the most deaths from flu-related complications in three years and nearly double the deaths of the 2016-17 season.
The state Department of Health's spokeswoman Kim Deti says they are characterizing the 2017-18 season as severe.
She says at least five people from Natrona County and one child from Fremont County have died from flu-related illnesses.
Deti says 18 of the 27 people that died were over 65, and the median age was 75.
Nationwide, there have been at least 127 flu-related child deaths during the flu season, which spans from October to May.

Anonymous buyer gets piece of Yellowstone history at auction

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A piece of Yellowstone National Park history has been purchased by an anonymous buyer at a Montana auction.
The bright yellow touring bus was one of 27 vehicles used to carry visitors around Yellowstone. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that the bus was donated to the Museum of the Rockies in 1980. Museum officials said they have another touring bus on display and decided to auction the other vehicle off on Saturday.
The bidding war lasted about five minutes, and an anonymous buyer won out over the Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust.
Museum officials say the $170,000 winning bid will help maintain its collection.
Executive director Shelley McKamey says the other touring bus will remain on display and will always be part of the museum's collection.