(Lander, Wyo.) – Friday’s law enforcement recap from across Fremont County. All persons cited or arrested are considered innocent until convicted in a court of law.
Fire crews received about 45 calls of electrical hazards and wires down throughout the county prior to 8 a.m. 17 were reported in Lander and 25 were reported in Riverton. To see reports and photo galleries of the storm damage, see individual stories posted on County10.com.
Riverton Fire Department
Firefighters battled a crawl space fire in the 1700 block of East Monroe this morning. See the photos and story by clicking here.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Terence Lasergio Hanway, Lander, Driving Under the Influence. Hanway was arrested after a crash was reported on Lower North Fork Road outside of Lander. Hanway’s vehicle crashed off the road into a fence. There were no injuries.
At 12:47 p.m., Deputies were called to the 2000 block of Missouri Valley Road by a woman who said someone stole her credit card and tried to use it.
A person on Moose Drive reported to deputies that they believed a house guest was stealing things from them.
At 3:09 p.m., deputies received an anonymous tip regarding an abused horse. The caller said the bay horse on Lost Wells Circle was “skeletal” and had been eating nothing but dirt and feces.
At 9:33 p.m., deputies were called to the 1500 block of East Monroe by an intoxicated man who said the kids in the house were out of control and he was too intoxicated to do anything about it.
Deputies were called to the 300 block of North Pine Street in Pavillion for a report of rattling and banging sounds happening in front of the residence at 1:56 a.m. Deputies determined the noise to be caused be trees in the snow.
A wreck on the 300 block of Williams Road in Pavillion is under investigation. The caller reported a tan Dodge truck in a ditch with an male driver who appeared intoxicated. No further information was available.
Lander Police Department
Steven Kirkpatrick, 29, Lander, Driving Under the Influence and No Interlock Device. At 4:27 p.m., an off-duty LPD officer observed an intoxicated subject enter a car on Grand View and drive away, Chief Jim Carey said. On-duty officers pulled the vehicle over on the 300 block of Main Street. Kirkpatrick was the driver. He was arrested after failing field sobriety testing, and a blood draw was taken to determine the level of intoxication.
At 1:42 p.m. on Thursday, police were called to the area of Second and Lincoln streets for a report of a car with slashed tires. The evening before 10 cars and five bikes received slashed tires in the area. Carey said the two incidents are likely connected, and an early, probably low damage estimate, is at $2,000 for all the vehicles involved.
A Riverton juvenile was detained on the 200 block of Wyoming Street at 7:23 p.m. The 17-year-old boy was a runaway from the Boys Group Home in Riverton.
Police received numerous calls of emergency alarms and residences and business over night. Carey said police followed-up with the calls, and all were believed to have been triggered by weather. Carey said that many alarm systems are triggered to call 911 when phone lines are tampered with, and snow and trees hitting the lines likely caused all of the alarms.
A gas drive off from the Maverik store was reported at 4:56 a.m. A dark blue Ford Explorer with no hubcaps reportedly left without paying for $77 worth of gas. The vehicle was last seen traveling north on Highway 789, and Wyoming Highway Patrol was notified.
Riverton Police Department
Benjamin Ridgley, 57, Ethete, Public Intoxication
Leah Lonebear, 32, St. Stephens, on two Fremont County warrants and Interfering with a Police Officer. A REDDI report brought police to the area of 300 block of West Monroe where they found a vehicle parked and a man passed out in the passenger seat. When a woman appeared on the scene, she denied that she was the driver and gave police a false identity. After he real identity was discovered, police found she had outstanding warrants and was arrested. She received the Interference charge for giving officers false information.
Kenneth Shakespeare, 27, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication
Byron Lincoln, 48, Riverton, Public Intoxication
Those issued misdemeanor citations and released with their promise to appear in court are:
41-year-old Riverton male for a Dog At Large. Police were called to the 400 block of East Jefferson at 10:28 a.m. where a dog at large had entered a yard and killed a 7-year-old Silky Terrier belonging to the wife of the reporting party. The owners of the deceased dog were able to point out the attacking dog and it residence to officers. It was a neighbor’s residence. The terrier had puncture wounds in its neck. The owner of the attacking dog arrived at the scene and was cited by police.
14-year-old Fort Washakie male, Petit Larceny, Use of Toxic Substance. Store officials at Walmart allegedly found a young juvenile male “huffing” from a can of Dust Off in the store from a cleaning station at 6:39 p.m. When caught, the youth allegedly fled the store, but police were able to contact both him and his mother outside where the youth admitted the offense. The youth was cited, not for shoplifting, as the product was used to clean the store’s computers and was not for sale, but on the charge of Petit Larceny. The case has been referred to the RPD’s Child Welfare Detective.
The Carquest Auto Parts Store at 1011 North Federal called police to report that someone had just taken some batteries from that location and had fled south. A witness following the suspects told police they crossed into the Wind River Reservation and out of Riverton Police jurisdiction. Police were unable to locate the culprits .
Police are investigating a reported home burglary in the 800 block of Rainbow Drive. No other information was available.
Several door-to-door sales people selling cleaning products around town continue to generate “suspicious persons” calls from Riverton neighborhoods. The salespeople were identified in police reports as being African American. One woman told police she “did not approve of them” being in the neighborhood. That call came from the 3000 block of Carson Drive.
Police were notified by an anonymous subject that an inmate had been receiving coded letters with secret information. The caller did not identify the inmate nor where the inmate was being held.
It’s what for dinner. A male and female who were in a verbal argument in an apartment in the 900 block of Forest Drive both allegedly calmed down when the reporting party told responding officers that they “were made to eat dinner” according to a police report.
Responding to a REDDI report at 7:07 p.m. in the 500 block of West Main Street, officers made contact with the driver who said he had a medical condition and that his vehicle had mechanical problems. He also admitted to having some drinks. Police called a taxi to take the driver home.
Police received a call of a disorderly person at 10:22 p.m. from the Railway Plaza area. Upon arrival, officers contacted a female subject who said it was her mother who had called because the two were having an argument. But the mother left, and the situation was calm, so the police left too.
Apparently dinner was over. Police returned to an apartment in the 900 block of Forest Drive at four minutes before 11 p.m. on the report of an intoxicated female who would not leave the apartment. Police were then informed that the woman had a laceration on the back of her head. She was taken to the Riverton Memorial Hospital by ambulance.
Police responded to a third REDDI report of the shift at 11:07 p.m. in the 900 block of East Roosevelt. The motorist was contacted outside of the vehicle, which had its bonnet up and the driver reported it had mechanical problem. The man had been drinking, but was coherent and was advised by officers not to drink and drive.
The RPD took one dozen calls of wires down starting at 1:04 p.m. through 3 p.m. Friday.