Police Blotter: Arrests; Roughhousing leads to strangulation charges; Dozens of turkeys killed in Lander

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

Riverton Police Department


David Ferris, 46, Ethete, Driving While Under the Influence, Possession of a Controlled Substance, marijuana

James Dupont, 31, Woodworth, LA. Two counts of Strangulation of a Household Member

The following were issued misdemeanor citations with a promise to appear in court:

11-year-old female, Riverton, Petit Larceny

12-year-old female, Riverton, Petit Larceny

13-year-old female, Riverton, Petit Larceny


A report of a possible drunk driver turned out to be unfounded, however the driver stopped at 7:10 a.m. on Highway 789 in Riverton was tired. The driver told officers he had been up very early driving from Casper to Lander.

The owner of a recently purchased automobile called police to report that someone had taken the temporary registration off of the back license plate holder.

A resident in the 900 block of Westridge backed his 2008 Nissan into a gas meter in the alley behind his house, resulting in both police and Riverton Fire responding.

Police were informed of a husband who punched his wife in the head during an argument. The call came in 12:39 p.m. from the 100 block of West Jefferson Avenue. The husband was gone upon arrival of responding officers. The victim was advised to consult with the Domestic Violence office at the RPD about options she has. Police are conducting a follow-up investigation.

A bicycle theft spree resulted in three juvenile girls, ages 11, 12 and 13 to be cited by police. The bicycles had been taken from the College Hill Apartments. The girls earlier in the day were caught shoplifting by concealing items in a bag while at Kmart, but the merchandise was returned and no charges were filed. When the three were found in possession of the missing bicycles, however, they were cited.

Under Wyoming State Statutes, three unrelated individuals who are domiciled together in one living unit as roommates are considered a family unit. Under that statute, Dupont was charged with Domestic Violence after allegedly strangling his two roommates, ages  27 and 32, at the Rodeway Inn on West Main at 1:37 Monday. One of the roommates was strangled into unconsciousness, according to a police report, and the other became “very dizzy.” Both of the victims are from Washington state. All three are in town on a work assignment and living at the motel. Dupont and the other two were apparently horsing around when he locked his legs around the necks of the other individuals. WWE it was not, and the police were called.

A property damage fender bender with damages over $1,000 was reported Monday at at East Pershing and North 1st South between a silver 2004 Nissan Centra and a brown 1980 Lincoln Town Car. There were no injuries.

The owner of a green 2005 Toyota Camry returned home in the 300 block of West Monroe to discover that his parked and unattended vehicle had been struck by a hit and run driver. There are no suspects.

Police were informed of a minor bumper-car incident in the 300 block of Moose Drive. The driver of a 2008 gray Mazda backed out of their driveway and struck another vehicle.

Okay, this works better on hallways or doorways than streets. Police were called at 10:10 p.m. to the area of north Broadway and East Pershing where someone had strung a length of Saran Wrap across the street.


Lander Police Department


Alfred Friday, 53, Ethete, Public Intoxication. At 11:41 a.m. on Monday, police were called to the 1100 block of Main Street for an intoxicated man. Friday was found sleeping on the ground, and police had a difficult time waking him, Lt. Chuck Carr said. He was subsequently arrested.

Carolyn Wazelle, 42, St. Stephen’s, LPD Warrant.


At 11 a.m., police were called to the Bread Board for a report of a burglary. Carr said cash was taken. The burglary is under investigation and additional details are not being released.

At 12:30 p.m., police were called to the 900 block of Hobson for a report of gunshots. Police were informed by the caller that she heard the shots at about 7:20 a.m. Police heard nothing out of the ordinary.

Police were called to the 900 block of Main Street for a report of a portable windshield rack stolen from a business sometime in the last week. The equipment is valued at about $800.

At 5:57 p.m., police were called to the 100 block of Valley View Drive for a report of a 1-year-old wandering around without supervision. Police arrived and found the mother was watching a 2-year-old child.

At 6:21 p.m., police were called to the Safeway parking lot for a report of three young children left unattended in a van. Upon police arrival, the van had already left.

At 7:48 p.m., police were called to the alley of the 200 block of Popo Agie for a report of a person lying in bushes. Carr said officers made contact with a somewhat intoxicated individual. They directed him to City Park to stay the night.

Police responded to Shopko at 8:29 p.m. for a report of several female shoplifters who left in a vehicle headed north out of town. Several empty DVD cases were found in a bathroom. Vehicle information and surveillance footage is being collected for further investigation.

At 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday, police were called to the 700 block of Canyon Street for a report of carrots stolen out of a garden. Police could not find where the perpetrator entered the backyard, but most of the carrot tops remained in the garden.

40 turkeys were reported killed Tuesday morning in Lander. Photo provided by Kate Swistowicz.

40 turkeys were reported killed Tuesday morning in Lander. Photo provided by Kate Swistowicz.

Also on Tuesday morning, a Lander woman reported to police that 40 turkeys were killed in a dog attack. Additional details about the attack and the investigation were not readily available. More information will be added.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Vickie Blake, 48, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Jesse Manzanares, 31, Riverton, Court Ordered Arrest.


At 7:17 a.m. on Monday, deputies were called to Wilson Road in Riverton for a report of a stolen firearm.

A woman on Cazier Lane outside of LAnder reported a man who was living in her trailer stole everything out of it.

A man near South Pass City reported someone stole his hunting blind sometime on Friday night.

At 4:26 p.m., deputies took a call from a man who said his son found a 2003 Polaris 700 four-wheeler in the Pete’s Lake area. The caller said the tires and gas line were shot out. The vehicle was actually first reported as found two weeks ago and the investigation was turned over to the U.S. Forest Service.

At 6:46 p.m., deputies were called to Elder Lane near Riverton for a report of a man going around the neighborhood trying to sell text books and offering to tutor kids. The caller said he was stopping children to talk to them.

–Editor’s Note: In all criminal cases, the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty and convicted in a court of law. 


  1. Sarah JC Green

    And why exactly was the drunk directed to city park to "stay the night"? Is that not illegal? WOW!

  2. Emily Hutson

    Lander park doesn't have as many problems as the park here. And I think there isn't a charge to camp there

  3. Sarah JC Green

    I still don't think that's a good thing…. it could start a problem. SMH. :(

  4. Carrie Gavin

    I have to agree! They found him laying in a bush and directed him to the city park to spend the night??? Wouldn't it have been safer to take him home or take him to a motel? Don't we have a detox center for this kind of thing? Crazy!! Good job guys!!

  5. Joe Garcia

    because he was white did you notice the indain went to jail.

  6. Karyn Aarthun Ervin

    Carrie Gavin This is Lander Police Department's report, not Riverton. Does Lander have a detox center?

  7. Monte Draper

    the police and Safeway… child left in car, are in the same building. cant be 50 yds? They should have been able to look out front door. I wonder how long it took them to drive over.

  8. Joshua Scheer

    Additional information on intoxicated individual sent to Lander City Park: Lt. Carr said the man was not intoxicated beyond being able to care for himself and he had been kicked out of a home on the reservation. Lander does not charge for camping in City Park. There is not a detox center in Lander.

  9. Mike Yawalkijr

    if that guy was a ndn he would have been in jail for the night.

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