Police Blotter: Arrests; Semi crashed into three elk near Dubois; Ambulance hit a deer near Kinnear; LPD phone system changed, messages lost

(Lander, Wyo.) – Tuesday’s law enforcement recap from across Fremont County.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Richard Skyberg, 53, Havre, Mont., Driving Under the Influence.


At 4:30 p.m. on Monday, deputies were called to the 500 block of Green Street near Riverton for a report of person who has been stealing from the caller’s property. The caller said dogs were barking in the area last night.

At 8:43 p.m., deputies were called to Highway 26 near Dubois for a report of a semi that hit three elk. The driver was not injured in the wreck.

At 8:58 p.m., deputies received a report from Fremont County Ambulance near Kinnear. The ambulance struck a deer.

At 9:38 p.m. on Monday, deputies were called to the 300 block of Escarpment Road near Lander by a man who said his girlfriend at the location heard someone knocking on her window. He said she was scared.


Lander Police Department




Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said his department is in the process of changing phone systems. He said messages left with LPD in the last five days might have been lost. He encouraged anyone who left messages recently to call back.

At 10:41 a.m. on Monday, police were called to the 1000 block of East Main Street for a report of a passenger that was hit in a hit and run in Laramie. Police helped the individual file a report with Laramie officials.

At 1:23 p.m., police were called to the 900 block of Fremont Street for a report of a black lab chasing deer. The dog was found by police, but was not seen chasing deer. The owner was given a verbal warning.

At 3:41 p.m., police received a report of trespassing on the 900 block of Washakie Street.


Riverton Police Department


Rosetta Hutchinson, 35, Ethete, on a Contempt of Court warrant.


Under investigation is a report received by police that a someone has been writing checks on a deceased person’s bank account.

Captain Eric Murphy said police received a call from the On Star dispatch center reporting a fight involving individuals from three different vehicles in the parking  lot at a business in the 200 block of North Federal Boulevard. Murphy said by the time On Star had reported the incident, all the parties had left the scene. “Witnesses should always call the RPD first in such a case,” he said. “On Star reports are traditionally slow to come in.”

Police were called  to the 1200 block of South Federal at 7:42 p.m. Monday night after a person found a small black bag in the parking lot that appeared to have a needle in it. Upon investigation, officers discovered the bag contained a small silver spoon and a syringe. Further testing of the contents resulted in a positive test for amphetamines. The bag and contents were logged into evidence. “Twice a year we do a destruction order on that kind of paraphernalia,” Murphy said.

Murhpy said an RPD officer transporting a prisoner to the Detention Center in Lander encountered very slick and snow covered roads last Friday around midnight. The vehicle slid partially off of the roadway and the rear of the vehicle impacted a delineator post. “There was minor damage to the rear side of the vehicle, but there were no injuries,” Murphy said. He also said the in-vehicle video showed the driver not on a cell phone or otherwise distracted, and the prisoner was seat-belted in. The Wyoming Highway Patrol investigated the crash and checked out the  prisoner, Murphy said. When the prisoner arrived at the detention center, he also said the Sheriff’s Department staff checked the prisoner and reported no injuries.

Murphy also noted that Detective Sergeant Julie Mathews had left the department this past week and that Sgt. Byerly had been promoted to to that position. Murphy said the ripple effect of Mathews’ resignation would result in several other personnel moves.




  1. Kristy Fried

    Sad to hear Julie leaving but glad to hear Byerly will take her position.

  2. Jimmy Porter

    Needless to say, the three elk struck by the 18 wheeler were killed? Isn't Wyoming the state that just passed a road kill law wherein it is possible to take this kind of a kill and use the meat? Of course if they just slowed down at dusk and sun rise a lot of animals would not suffer. Where the hell in Wy are you going that you have to drive so fast to get there?

  3. Toby Shook

    WOW dude, if he hit them at almost 9 pm it was dark (the sun had gone down, and had been set for many hours), but I'm sure that your brilliant enough to figure that out. I'm certain that the truck driver hit the elk on purpose so he could get some good bloodshot, worthless meat. If my memory is correct (which it is!) I don't recall the artical saying anything about the truck driver speeding. MAYBE just MAYBE it was an accident, not sure though. It sounds like your probably right. I suspect your an educated college professor so your level of knowledge is far superior to the lowly truck driver that intentionally ran the elk over for meat. Get real!!

  4. Jimmy Porter

    Dain, Thank you for your comment. I often wondered why I could never keep a girl friend. Know that I know I am an idiot, I'll stay in the closet.

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