(Lander, Wyo.) – Today’s law enforcement roundup from across Fremont County. All persons arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty and convicted in a court of law.
Riverton Police Department
None reported in the past 24 hours.
Police were notified at 10:50 a.m. that a stray cat had kittens at Owl Creek Apartments. The Cat and kittens were taken to PAWS shelter.
Riverton Police are investigating a reported embezzlement from a business in the 400 block of West Adams. A business reported that their till was short by $182. A surveillance camera video is being reviewed for information on the reported theft. An investigation has been launched.
A 57-year-old Riverton woman was cited by police Tuesday for a Riverton City Code Violate in the 400 block of East Adams. The property owner had been sent several letters asking that their property be cleaned of excessive weed and piles of debris, but there was no response. A police report said the property was in disarray and the debris included an old mattress.
The manager of the Burger King restaurant called police Tuesday to report that he had left his back pack that contained a lap top computer in the lobby of the restaurant last Saturday, and that it is now missing. No reason was given for the delay of three days in reporting the theft as given. Police took a report.
A woman who left her purse in the family restroom in the rear of the Walmart Store called police to say that when she returned to retrieve it, it was gone. Surveillance video is being analyzed to determine if the perpetrator can be identified. The purse contained $205 in cash, credit cards and personal identification.
A road rage incident in Riverton Tuesday afternoon occurred right in front of the chief of police and a police captain at the intersection of Sunset and North Federal Boulevard. Both drivers wee cited for careless driving. Here’s the scoop: A police report indicated a 31-year-old Riverton man in a silver Toyota SUV was at the turn light on Federal, but failed to notice that it had turned green. A 68-year-od man in a silver Toyota Tundra pick-up behind the SUV became enraged, began gunning his engine, crept in on the other vehicle’s bumper and was gesturing and yelling. When the SUV finally turned, the man in the pickup truck passed the vehicle in violation of the law while accelerating in an aggressive manner. The two Riverton officers followed the two vehicles. The SUV turned right on Broadway and the pickup turned left. But then the SUV made a U turn and began chasing the pickup. Both drivers were stopped and cited and advised that road rage is not a good idea.
A property damage crash with damage over $1,000 was reported at South Federal and East Monroe involved a green 1953 GMC truck and a 1998 Ford Mustang.
A woman who parked in a handicapped parking spot at Sunset Park around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night called to report a male there was being belligerent toward her. Investigating officers discovered the man was complaining to the woman that she parked in a handicapped spot without displaying a proper license plate or sticker. No citations were issued and the woman was warned not to park in handicapped spots in the future.
Police were called for a woman who was reported to be unresponsive on the Rails to Trails Pathway at 7:20 a.m. today (See separate story on homicide).
Lander Police Department
A 12-year-old boy from Hudson was cited for Shoplifting. Police Chief Jim Carey said the youth had tried to take a raspberry iced tea valued at $1.79 from Mr. D’s.
Brian Wright, 30, Lander, Driving While Under Suspension
Rodney Littlemouth, 37, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication. Police received a complaint of a man knocking on doors in the 300 block of North First Street. Littlemouth told officers he had been released from the Fremont County Detention Center only five hours earlier. He made a return visit that evening.
A minor property-damage traffic mishap was reported on Buena Vista drive when a vehicle backed into another. The drive left insurance information on the other vehicle and reported the incident to police.
Carey said an alert officer noticed a silver Dodge Durango driving in town at 10:45 p.m. and called in the license number. The plate came back as stolen from Natrona County. The vehicle turned off of Main Street was located again, unattended, in the 100 block of North Sixth. Upon checking the vehicle’s VIN on the dashbord, it also came back as stolen. Police said the vehicle had been taken from Casper. “This was a pretty sophisticated theft with both the license plate and VIN number changed,” Carey said. “It’s not your run of the mill stolen vehicle.” Carey said the LPD is continuing its follow-up investigation. No suspects have been identified at this time. Two people were earlier seen in the vehicle.
Carey had additional information on the crash Monday at the intersection of Highways 287 and 789 in which a tan 2006 Ford Taurus rolled over after failing to make a right hand turn into Lander. Carey said the man was exceeding the speed limit, and lost control of his car when attempting to merge from 789 onto 287. The driver was identified as 31-year-old Jeffrey Montez of Lander. He was cited for Careless Driving. Montez was taken to Lander Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries. The crash was reported at 10:07 p.m.
A second car crash earlier in the evening at 6:51 p.m. occurred at the intersection of Ninth and West Main Streets when a blue 2003 Ford pickup driven by Albert Baldez, 24, of Fort Washakie turned in front of a 1995 blue Jeep Wrangler. Baldez was issued citations for Improper Turn and No Proof of Liability Insurance. A passenger in the jeep identified at a 53-year-old Lander woman was injured in the crash and was taken to Lander Regional Hospital. Seat belts were not in use in the Jeep.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Department
Ashlee Bojaj, 29, Lander, on a Probation Violation
A motorcycle crash was reported near Crowheart Tuesday at 1:36 p.m. One person with a possible concussion was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital. State Troopers are investigating the crash.
A vandalism was reported to a fuel tank on a tractor parked on Crest Road at Atlantic City.
A vacant house in the 1400 block of the 17 Mile Road was reported to be burglarized after a lock was found picked at the resident and some items missing from the home.
A possible wire transfer fraud was reported by a Dubois area resident Tuesday evening.