Police Blotter: Arrests; ‘Outrageous’ numbers of motorists passing stopped school buses with flashing lights;
(Lander, Wyo.) – Thursday’s law enforcement report from across Fremont County:
Fremont County Sheriff’s Department
Ryan Cover, 23, Rohnert Park, Calif., Possession of a Controlled Substance, Speeding, No Insurance.
Mathilde Hakoun, 23, France, Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Raymond Mcking, 21, Riverton, Failure to Appear warrant.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ryan Lee in Riverton today issued an advisory to motorists and their interaction with school buses on county roads and highways. “Anytime you see a bright yellow bus driving down the roadway, use common sense; SLOW DOWN, THINK CHILDREN, THINK SAFETY,” Lee said in a news release. “Be aware that there may be children standing along the roadway waiting, or crossing the road. Be aware that the bus will stop to load or unload children at any given moment.”
Lee said Fremont County has “what I would call an outrageous number of incidents this school year concerning motorist failing to yield for school busses that are stopped and unloading children.”
The Sheriff’s Office has received a total of 10 reports of people passing stopped school buses with red lights flashing and unloading children so far this year. Reports have been generated in all parts of the county excluding the areas in and around Lander.
The highest numbers of calls have been generated along Wyoming Highway 134 in the Missouri Valley area, and along U.S. Highway 26 east and west of Dubois. The most recent incident was reported along Highway 134 and is being called a near miss, when a semi truck and trailer combination passed a stopped school bus. These incidents as well as most of the calls are being investigated by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Lee said.
“We do have our Deputies shadowing rural school routes when they can, however it is a tremendous task given the high number of rural roadways and school bus Routes County wide,” he said.
Alleged violators can receive misdemeanor fines; however Lee said that is not the big picture. “Driving without regard to the safety of other citizens and passing stopped school buses can injure and kill the most precious members of our community, our children. SLOW DOWN, BE AWARE, THINK SAFETY, THINK CHILDREN.”
A Wind River Elementary student was killed last December when struck by a vehicle near Crowheart when the driver passed a stopped school bus despite its red lights flashing.”
At 2 p.m., Wednesday, a woman in Riverton reported two men in an older maroon pickup driving in the area and looking at her horses.
Riverton Police Department
Audrelia Jenkins, 26, Riverton, Natrona County Warrant
Natalie Brown, 27, St. Stephens, Federal Warrant
Johnny Tillman, 57, Fort Washakie, Municipal Warrant
Steven Amos, 40, Riverton, Public Intoxication
Captain C. T. Smith said a hit and run incident was reported at 7:53 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 1000 block of College View Drive where a motorist had reported that another vehicle had broken a drivers side mirror and left the scene. Damage was under $1,000.
Smith said a three vehicle crash at the intersection of North Federal Boulevard and Sunset Drive was reported at 1:01 p.m., Wednesday. He said there were no injuries. A report had not been completed on the incident.
A 27-year-old Riverton male received a misdemeanor citation for shoplifting after attempting to take a car battery valued at $108.87 from the Walmart Store. A second shoplifting incident was reported by a liquor store in the 600 block of North Federal, but details of that incident were not immediately available. The suspect was identified as a woman wearing a blue tank top, black pants and who was not wearing shoes. She fled the store heading toward City Park, according to the initial report. A third shoplifting incident reported at Walmart resulted in one individual being transported to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center.
Lander Police Department
Takini Bell, 21, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence.
Tiffany Willow, 22, Fort Washakie, Failure to Appear Warrant.
Justin Moody, 32, Lander, cited for DUI.
Jeffrey Wright, 36, Porta Aransas, Texas, Public Intoxication.
At 5:43 p.m., Wednesday Lander Police, Lander Volunteer Fire Department and EMS responded to a single motorcycle crash at the intersection of North and West lanes. Police Chief Jim Carey said the wreck is still under investigation, but it appeared the driver of the Kawasaki KX dirt bike was traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed while negotiating a turn. Carey said there were skid marks measuring 197 feet. The wreck occurred in a residential area where the speed limit is 25 mph.
Justin Moody, 32, of Lander was cited for DUI. Carey explained that he was cited instead of arrested because he was transported by EMS to the hospital for injuries. The initial report to police was that he was bleeding from the face or head. Carey was unsure whether or not Moody was wearing a helmet. Moody’s condition was unknown as of Thursday morning, he said.
At 8:59 a.m., Wednesday Carey said officers were called to Western Printing for a report of an intoxicated individual. Jeffrey Wright, 36, of Port Aransas, Texas, was reportedly in the business asking for a phone charger and financial help. He was arrested for public intoxication and had a BAC of .25. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08. Wright was arrested for public intoxication on Monday after he fell asleep on a couch at Bank of the West. At that time he had a BAC of .36.