Police Blotter: Arrests: Young thief caught; 14 year-old driver cited; Man Tasered in Lander; Dog fight investigated
(Lander, Wyo.) – Tuesday’s law enforcement recap from across Fremont County.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Chrystal Felter, 28, Riverton, Domestic Violence and Reckless Endangerment. Felter was arrested after officers were called to the 300 block of Velma Jo Street near Riverton for a report of a family fight. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said it is alleged Felter assaulted a man then threatened him with a knife.
At 9:05 a.m. on Monday, deputies were called about a restroom along Highway 789 near Jeffrey City had graffiti inside it. The caller said it happened last Wednesday.
At 10:07 a.m., deputies documented a complaint by a woman on the 300 block of North Main Street in Pavillion. She said her power line was “sabotaged by a tree crew.” She said someone came and cut her power line with a chainsaw, and she thought they did because she called them when she thought they stole a truck grill from her. She said the power company has done nothing about the issue.
A woman on Stalnaker Street in Dubois reported that at about 10 a.m. on Monday two elderly men were shooting at a pile of rocks with pellet guns.
A caller on the 100 block of Sunflower in Lander said her mail had been opened by someone else for the last three weeks.
Six members of Fremont County Search & Rescue have been sent to assist Sublette County in a search for a missing 61-year-old man. They were called out at 5:27 p.m.
At 9:38 p.m., a woman on the 100 block of Haymaker Road near Riverton reported her cat wandered onto a neighbor’s property and they shot it. She also said they were shootin gin the direction of her home. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said deputies were unable to confirm who shot the cat and there was no evidence of anyone shooting toward the home.
Riverton Police Department
Lilly Washington, 43, Lander, on a Riverton Municipal Court warrant. At 1:48 a.m. Police were phoned by a motel in the 4o0 block of North Federal to deal with a party being too loud in one of their rooms. The occupants were refunded their money and told to leave the motel. One occupant, however, received free room and board for the night when Washington was found to have an outstanding warrant and was taken into custody.
Travis C’Hair, 18, St. Stephens, Possession of a Controlled Substance and on two Fremont County warrants. Police were summoned to the Comfort Inn on the report of a man passed out in their front lobby. The call came in at 11:53 p.m. Officers tried for several minutes to wake up the individual, later identified as C’hair, who had a bottle of whiskey in his front pants pocket. C’Hair told officers that he was staying at the hotel, but they did not have a room reservation for him. When patted down, a quantity of suspected marijuana was found on his person and he was arrested.
Kenneth Shakespeare, 28, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication
12-year-old juvenile male, Riverton, Larceny. The mother of the 12-year-old boy called police Monday at 5:25 p.m. because she found a cell phone that did not belong to him in the boy’s room. According to the police report, the mother routinely checks out her son’s room “because he steals stuff.” When confronted by police, the boy admitted to taking the phone from the Tonkin Activities Center during wrestling practice “because he was upset that other kids had a phone and he didn’t.” The phone was returned to its owner and the pre-teen was cited for Larceny and given a Youth Services notice.
A caller reported a person sleeping on a residential porch on Elizabeth Drive at 4:38 a.m. Upon investigation, police learned it was the home’s occupant who decided to beat the heat and sleep outside.
There are no suspects in the theft of $500 worth of 4×8 sheets of light gray wood grained siding taken from a residence in the 700 block of Sunset Drive. The siding was last noticed alongside the house on June 29th.
The animal parade continues. Earlier this week a prairie dog and a raccoon were removed outside of the city and Monday, the RPD’s Animal Control officer was called to help round up a flock of five ducks. The ducks were captured and returned to 606 N. 10th East.
Police were called to what officers believe is a civil matter involving a dispute between a lender and a business operator at Riverton Regional Airport, specifically the Airport Cafe.
A reported case of animal abuse was called in to the RPD Monday by a reporting party saying two boxer dogs had limited shade and no water at an address on North 11th Street West. An officer found two dogs in good shape, with one small doghouse and two empty water bowls. An attempt was made to contact the owner.
Police responded to the 300 block of East Madison where a woman was reported to be banging on doors at a residence there. Upon investigation, it was learned the woman was a distant relative of the occupant, who did not want her at the residence, so she refused to answer the door.
The theft of $450 in cash was reported Monday at noon from the 800 block of North Federal. A woman said she had left her purse at work Sunday, and when she returned to work on Monday, the purse was still there but the money was missing.
A 2006 blue Saturn crashed into a power pole at 12:18 p.m. in the 900 block of Webbwood Drive, and then left the scene. A guy wire attached to the pole was dislodged and the power company was notified. An officer later located the hit and run vehicle and a state accident report is in process.
A white 1997 Ford delivery truck bumped into a black 2008 Mercury Mariner in the Safeway parking lot at 12:33 p.m. There were no injuries, damage was minor.
Another gas drive off was reported at the West Main Maverik Store when a black Honda CRV with Arizona plates left without paying for $22.11 in fuel.
A concerned motorist called police to report that a silver pickup in the 800 block of North Federal had a small child in the pickup bed who was not secured. Police were unable to locate the truck.
A property damage two vehicle crash was reported at 2:55 p.m. in the 600 block of North Federal between a gray 2002 Ford Taurus and a black 2005 Jeep Liberty. There were no injuries.
A resident in the 100 block of East Jackson reported that last Thursday, June 27th, someone entered his fenced yard and took a 1970s model Malibu Hopper Beach Cruiser bicycle with blue tires. The bike hasn’t been turned in. There are no suspects. It was not reported why the man waited five days to make the report.
A report of two people, a man and a woman, in a car being disorderly and pushing each other in the 800 block of North Federal was called in at 5:05 p.m. The female was reported to be the aggressor. Police made contact with the individuals and issued the 14-year-old female driver a citation for Driving Without A License. The male passenger was a 15-year-old boy. the two were separated. Police contacted a responsible party, a 16-year-old, to come and get the car.
A 39-year-old man called police to complain that a 27-year-old man was following him as he rode his bicycle on the Rails to Trails Pathway in the vicinity of Railway Plaza. The bike rider said he felt he was being harassed. Police were unsuccessful in their first attempt to contact the pickup driver.
A man leaving the Acme Theater in downtown complained to police at 6:23 p.m. that someone had “punched” his truck while he was in the movie.
Police were called to the Livestock Bar right after midnight on the report of two individuals who had assaulted a third man outside on the sidewalk. The man was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital for treatment, but his assailants were gone upon arrival of an officer.
Lander Police Department
Patrick Perry, 41, Lander, Aggravated Assault. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said officers responded to the 800 block of Main Street on the report of a person who was allegedly suicidal and threatening to jump out in front of traffic. Officers saw the man in the 900 block of Main, and he took off running. The man, later identified as Perry, was found hiding under a bush. When officers began talking to him, he became agitated and, according to Carey, “at one point he reached into his pocket and pulled out a knife, opened it, and due to his statements, it was obvious he was a threat to the officer and himself.” Carey said the Officer McOmie “decisively deployed his Taser, potentially saving this man’s life and serious injury to the officers on the scene.” The LPD Chief said that due to the circumstances facing the officers, “deadly force was justified,” but he said “Tasters save lives, and this is one time when it did. If we didn’t have a Taser, there was no other alternative to the use of deadly force. I’m happy with the way the officers conducted themselves.”
Lucinda Wallowingbull, 20, Ethete, cited for Shoplifting. Family Dollar store officials called police after Wallowingbull tried to leave the store without paying for a $1 make-up brush. When confronted, she attempted to pay for the item, but police were called instead. Lt. Chuck Carr said anytime someone conceals something while shopping, that fits the definition of shoplifting.
Lt. Chuck Carr said police responded at 10:06 a.m. Monday to the area of North 7th and Lincoln streets on an incident that had occurred the night before around 7 p.m. He said a 44-year-old man was walking his dogs when a Pit bull that was chained up in a yard began barking. At the same time a Bulldog came out of the yard and attacked one of the man’s dogs. The subject tried to break up the fight, but was unable to. A woman came out of the house but together they could not stop the fight. The man then kicked the bulldog, which ended the canine brawl. The woman, described to be in her late 20s, became upset with the man for kicking the Bulldog and allegedly began to threaten him. Police continue to investigate the incident and charges may be filed.
A case of animal abuse was reported at 11:15 a.m. in the 300 block of Main Street where a Poodle had been left in a vehicle without the windows being down. Police located the suspect vehicle and the dog, laying on the floorboard of the vehicle, appeared to be okay. The officer was stopped by passersby to ask directions, and when he turned back to the vehicle, it was gone. It was later located in the 700 block of South Third and officers talked to the owner about the dangers of leaving a animal in a closed vehicle on a hot day when temperatures inside a vehicle can reach dangerous levels.
A woman who could barely walk due to alleged intoxication and trying to get into a vehicle Monday in the 200 block of Wood Street allegedly told neighbors that she was trying to get to an AA meeting. Police were unable to locate the woman upon arrival.
A playful Black Labrador apparently frightened a five year old boy who was scared of the animal. The incident was reported in the 1200 block of Goodrich Drive. The owner of the dog was informed that it was their responsibility to keep their animals in their control and not running loose. The owner put a leash on the dog. No citations were issued.
A REDDI report was called in on a driver in the 300 block of South Third. The man had been drinking, but he was not intoxicated. He was warned about the dangers of drinking and driving.
A fender-bender was reported in the parking lot of the Pronghorn Lodge at 3:19 p.m. Monday when a van turned into a two-door Mitsubishi passenger car that was parked and unattended. Combined damage was estimated at $200.
A woman met officers at the police department’s parking lot to make a report of 140 missing tablets of a prescription medicine from a residence in the 1000 block of Cliff Street. The medication was last seen Wednesday night. The reporting party only wanted a report made of the incident and did not wish to have a police investigation.
A report of disorderly conduct from a residence on North Fifth Street brought police to the neighborhood at 8:26 p.m. Monday night. A caller to the police reported a child screaming “stop, you are hurting me.” Police officers could hear a male and a female yelling at each other and contacted the couple. Apparently the couple’s 11 year-old female child “was not listening to the father” a police report stated. Police suggested that the family work out their differences quietly rather than disturbing the entire neighborhood.
Police received a call of suspicious activity in the drive through lane at McDonald’s Restaurant Tuesday morning at 7:04 a.m. A woman called police that a man walked up to her vehicle and told her there was a kitten stuck in her grill. He had a tiny tuft of hair that he produced. When calling police later, the woman said she did not look in the grill for a kitten, or get out of her vehicle, but instead drove away to her place of employment so someone there could check. The woman said she did not know if there was a kitten there or not.