(Lander, Wyo.) – Thursday’s law enforcement recap from across Fremont County.
Riverton Police Department
Arrests will be added when available.
A concerned citizen called police at 12:55 p.m from the 800 block of Liberty to report two children, a 5- year-old female and a 12-year-old male, had been outside “for quite awhile” without any adult supervision. The children were described as not having any socks or shoes, dirty with no evidence of any recent bath, and it was 90 degrees outside. The children were playing on an asphalt surface. The arriving officer checked the temperature of the asphalt using an anemometer and found it to be 127°F. The reporting party said they had noticed the children about 20 minutes before they went outside to watch out for them. At some point, a male came from a residence and told the officer that the children had just gone outside. Northern Arapahoe Department of Family Services was contacted and the case was transferred to the RPD’s new Juvenile Detective for follow-up and charges. A police log indicated police had been called to the residence on three other separate occasions on a CHINS complaint (Children In Need of Supervision).
A Riverton resident showed up at the RPD counter on Wednesday to complain that a motel in Montana would not send her mother a ring that was accidentally left there. The ring had a value of $10,000. The woman said the hotel had turned the ring over to the Butte County, MT Sheriff’s Department and they would not release it unless it went to another law enforcement agency. The RPD contacted Butte County who agreed to send the ring to them, and the woman can reclaim her ring at the police department when it arrives.
A resident whose home borders the Rails to Trails Pathway in the city limits called police to complain about people drinking and making noise in her back yard during the night time hours. She reported that she had to collect empty alcohol bottles each morning. Police will increase their patrols in that area.
Oops! A 20-year-old Riverton female was cited for following too closely after her black 2013 Toyota Tundra ran into the back of a white 2011 Ford Super Duty pickup truck at North Federal and East Park Wednesday at 5:20 p.m.
Clerks at the Good 2 Go store called police after a child ran into the store to report that someone had tried to lure him away from the street. Upon investigating, police said the youth reported that a man lying on the grass in city park tried to get the young man to come over to him, but he became frightened and ran to the store instead. Police were unable to locate the man matching the description. The incident was reported at 5:47 p.m.
A REDDI report was called in to the RPD for a 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup heading into Riverton from the area of the Wind River Casino. The reporting party said people inside the truck were passing an open bottle between themselves and the driver and that the truck was weaving in and out of traffic. Police spotted the vehicle and stopped it in the 200 block of North Federal. Arrested was the driver, 42-year-old Melanie Gambler of Arapahoe who was charged with Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol with a child passenger. Her BAC level was measured at .15 percent. Charged with an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant, two counts of resisting arrest and having an open container was 32-year-old Derek Gould of Arapahoe, whose BAC was noted at .30 percent. The underage person in the vehicle was 15-years-old.
Police were called from a motel in the 200 block of East Main where the caller said they thought an odor of marijuana had been detected from one of the rooms. Officers arriving at the scene knocked on the door and found three adults and two children in the room. There was no marijuana, but the adults had been drinking alcohol. Officers observed a woman carrying a baby to be visibly staggering after the door was opened, and she fell against another man in the room, “squishing the baby” according to a police report. One of the children, who was 18 months old, was also observed picking up a half-full can of beer and starting to drink it. An officer took the beer away from the baby, and later took lighted cigarettes away from the child, who began playing with them on a table. Cited were a 28-year-old female from Fort Washakie and a 24-year-old male from Arapahoe. Northern Arapahoe DFS was also contacted in reference to the small children in the room.
At 9:50 p.m. Source Gas was called to the 300 block of South Broadway to investigate a small of natural gas in the area. Nothing was found out of the ordinary.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Holly Wolcott, 44, Dubois, False Reporting to Authorities. Wolcott was arrested following a 6:54 p.m. report of a family fight on Hough Street in Dubois.
No updates on yesterday’s apparent homicide investigation in Riverton were readily available. Read the latest here.
At 10:27 a.m. on Wednesday, deputies were called to Sunrise School in Hudson for a report of a 14-year-old boy being physical with staff and having broken a window frame.
A woman told deputies her son saw a man carrying what appeared to be a knife on the 600 block of East Fifth Street at about 10:15 a.m. He then reported seeing a suspicious brown van in the area.
A woman on Pebble Drive in Riverton reported that she received a check in the mail for $2,480 from Craigslist and she thought it was a scam.
A family fight reported in the Lander area at 1:52 p.m. is under investigation.
At 6:33 p.m., deputies and Wyoming Game & Fish officials were called to Bald Mountain Road in Dubois for a report of an adult grizzly bear in the caller’s barn. More information on this call will be added when it comes available.
A woman near Riverton reported her Facebook account had been hacked and was sending out scam messages to her friends.
At 9:47 p.m., a woman on the 1300 block of Holly Road in Riverton said someone stole her purse and a shirt out of her car. She reported that her purse contained her wallet and a .38 caliber pistol.
At 10:50 p.m., deputies were called by a man on the 100 block of East Euclid Avenue in Pavillion who said people had been threatening to beat him up, and now there was a suspicious Jeep that kept stopping in front of his home.
Lander Police Department
At 8:04 a.m., police were called by a woman on Del Street who said she met someone on a dating website and now believes that the person she met is not who they say they are. LPD Chief Jim Carey said over a long period of communicating online, much personal information was shared. He urged residents to be careful about where and how much personal information they share online.
A suspicious person/circumstances call on Main Street at 10:29 a.m. is under investigation. Carey declined to release any additional information.
A report of a stolen vehicle was transferred to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, but it could be a civil issue.
At 7:08 p.m., police were called to the 100 block of Jefferson Street for a report of a 7-year-old who was bit by a dog. Carey said the puppy, less than 6 months old, apparently bit the girl multiple times on the leg. The dog’s caretaker, a 35-year-old Lander woman, was cited for Biting Dog. The girl was not seriously injured.
At 1:56 a.m. on Thursday, police were called to a parking lot on the 500 block of Main Street for a report of a hit and run. A vehicle had received a scuff causing about $50 in damage. There are no suspects at this time.
An officer on patrol in the alley behind the Lander Bar at 2:23 a.m. observed a male and female, both Native Americans, were arguing. The woman said she did not know the man and that he wouldn’t leave her alone. When asked, Carey said the man couldn’t tell officers her name. Both subjects were intoxicated. Carey said officers told the man to leave her alone, and he was allowed to leave the bar with a sober friend.