Police Blotter: Arrests; ‘Random’ shooting near Shoshoni; Snowball fight reported in Riverton
(Lander, Wyo.) – Thursday’s law enforcement recap from across Fremont County.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Calvin English, 54, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.
An apparently random shooting was reported early Thursday morning. Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee released this statement: “We are investigating what appears to be a ‘random and dangerous criminal act,’ which occurred just after midnight this morning near the intersection of Bass Lake Road and Highway 789. Two persons were in their RV when they heard the single report of a firearm. Upon exiting their RV they found their vehicle had apparently been struck by a bullet, shattering two windows.
“An investigation revealed that unknown persons discharged a firearm from the area of Highway 789 towards the RV’s location, hitting a nearby parked utility trailer. The bullet passed through the trailer, and then struck the couples’ vehicle, shattering a window. The bullet continued through the front seat of the vehicle and out the back window.
“There are no suspects. Anyone with information is urged to contact Sergeant Bill Braddock at 857-3606.” In a follow-up interview, Lee said it was not known at this time what caliber of bullet was used.
At 3:48 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies were called by the Casper Police Department about woman apparently traveling between Riverton and Casper who was messaging her mother that she was lost. She was apparently driving a UHaul. Deputies were unable to locate the vehicle.
At 10:26 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to a report of a Chrysler PT Cruiser that slid off Highway 26 near Dubois. Lee said there were no injuries and no damage.
Riverton Police Department
Ursula Brown, 28, St. Stephen’s, Probation and Parole Courtesy Hold.
Amanda Jenkins, 26, Arapahoe, Contempt of Court Warrant.
At 7:56 a.m. on Wednesday, police were called about a fence at the water treatment plant that was hit.
At 10:57 a.m., police were called about a Dodge Stratus at the Sundowner Station Motel that had been there for three weeks. The motel decided to have the vehicle towed.
At 1:13 p.m., police were called to Walmart for a report of a man and woman who shoplifted merchandise and left in a black Mazda Protege. Authorities were unable to locate the vehicle.
Police were called at 3:17 p.m. for a report of harassing phone calls on the 500 block of North 15th Street East. The caller said a man was trying to scam her and said there was a bomb in her house. The woman said she had been home all day and no one else had been inside the residence.
Police responded to a three-vehicle wreck at North Federal and Sunset at about 4:30 p.m. Police did not immediately respond to requests for additional information. A woman claiming to have been the cause of the wreck wrote on County10’s Facebook page that she looked away from the road briefly when it occurred.
At 5:15 p.m., police were called to the bandshell at city park by a man who said there were juveniles with guns. Dispatch said the man was difficult to understand. Police only found people throwing snowballs.
At 8:09 p.m., police were called to Safeway for a report of three women who attempted to shoplift and were driving a dark blue Oldsmobile. The women allegedly attempted to steal $435.93 in merchandise.
At 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, police were called to Central Wyoming College’s west apartments for a report of a smell of marijuana coming from one of the apartments. A 19-year-old man and 20-year-old were both cited for possession of marijuana.
Lander Police Department
Police are investigating a report of fraud that came at 9:26 a.m. on Wednesday from a business on the 700 block of Main Street, Chief Jim Carey said.
At 1:38 p.m., police were called about a 21-speed Trek bicycle stolen from in front of the Wyoming Catholic College facility on the 200 block of North Third Street. Carey said an officer later located the bike at the corner of North Third and Washington streets. No suspects have been identified.
At 4:22 p.m., police were called to the 800 block of Cascade Street for a report of an intoxicated woman banging on the door of a home. The woman left before police arrived.
At 7:39 a.m. on Thursday, police received a report of a possibly fraudulent phone call. A woman reported received a call from a subject who claimed to from the U.S. Border Patrol. The caller told her that they had a package containing checks for $200,000 for her husband. The woman told the caller that her husband was deceased and asked if it was a scam. She told police the caller then hung up. Carey warned residents to double and triple check any requests for personal information.