Police Blotter: Arrests; “Mexican Penis” psychedelic shrooms bring Haz-Mat squad to Sunset; Window shot out of Tribal Game warden’s truck

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Thursday’s law enforcement recap from across the county. Those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

FBI Spokesman Dave Joly released the following information about last Friday’s shooting on the Wind River Indian Reservation: “On October 18, 2013, the Wind River Police Department received a call from a BIA commissioned Tribal Game Warden on the Wind River Indian Reservation. It was reported that somebody shot out the driver’s side window of a patrol vehicle while parked on Mexican Pass Road in the Missouri Valley, a location within the external boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

“The BIA, FBI, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Wyoming DCI, and additional Game Wardens responded to the scene.  After an exhaustive search of the roads that access the Missouri Valley and with the assistance of a Wyoming DCI aircraft, the Missouri Valley area was deemed safe.  A joint investigation has been launched into the incident and is actively underway.”

 

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests:

None in the past 24 hours

The Fremont County Detention Center currently is responsible for 149 inmates. Of these, 138 are being held in the Fremont County Detention Center, seven are in substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state and out of the facility. One is on home detention out of the facility, and three inmates are being housed out of the facility.

Calls:

At 8:52 a.m., deputies were contacted by a woman from the Riverton area who said her ex-boyfriend was threatening her.

A report of child abuse or neglect in the Riverton area is under investigation.

At 9:41 a.m., a man on Trail Lake Road in Dubois reported that on Oct. 17 one group of hunters shot in the direction of another group of hunters.

Another hunter in the Dubois area reported that a gun went missing while he was hunting last Saturday.

At 11:37 a.m., Federal Auto Recycling in Riverton reported extension cords and welding weave stolen sometime over night.

After a vehicle on the 400 block of South Kansas Avenue in Hudson became high centered after having crashed into some tree limbs, deputies determined the driver had experienced a medical issue.

A caller in Atlantic City reported receiving two letters from the IRS for people who have never lived at that address before.

At 7:50 p.m., deputies were called to Lander Mountain Road for multiple of reports of a family fight where people were accusing each other of rape and murder threats. Deputies determined all the accusations to be unfounded in the verbal family dispute.

At 5:18 a.m. on Thursday, deputies were called to the Fast Lane in Shoshoni where a subject located a baggie of marijuana in the bathroom.

 

Lander Police Department

Arrests:

Anthony Swimmer, 46, Ethete, LPD Warrant. A police report indicated a bronze colored truck heading into Lander “had been throwing items out of the vehicle” along highway 287. A traffic stop was initiated in the 900 block of West Main at 8:11 p.m. and the driver, who had been drinking, denied throwing anything out of the vehicle. He was given a standard field sobriety test, and passed, but a passenger, Swimmer, was found to have an active LPD warrant and was arrested.

Ted Jarvis, 46, Lander, and Pauline Oldman, 34, Lander, Public Intoxication. Officers on patrol at 1:38 a.m. observed the pair behind the Loaf ‘N Jug store at Second and Main streets falling into a fence. Both were found to be intoxicated, Jarvis with a BAC of .28 percent and Oldman with a .28 BAC. Police attempted to contact family members to pick them up, but unable to reach anyone, the pair were arrested and taken to jail.

Calls:

Police Chief Jim Carey said the LPD was advised Wednesday of another scam attempt.  A Lander resident reported a phone contact with a caller disguising themselves as a grand son who had been incarcerated overseas and needed money. The resident checked and found their grandson to be fine and not overseas. Carey said a fraud was averted in this instance, but advised residents who receive such a call to do their own followup investigation and that they should not send any money on just a phone caller’s request.

Police received a tip of suspicious and possibly drug-related behavior at the intersection of the Baldwin Creek and West Main Street intersection where occupants of a blue passenger vehicle were alleged “to be doing dope.” Upon arrival in the area, no vehicle matching that description could be found.

Carey said an emergency training exercise involving Lander Valley High School on Wednesday “went very well.” The training began with a 911 hang-up from the school that resulted in law enforcement response to the area. “The high school worked with us on scenario training,” he said.

A call from the 400 block of Garfield that three long-haired young men were trying to trying to break into the back door of a residence turned out to be unfounded. “Officers were unable to locate any evidence of an attempted break in, and they did not find any one in the area matching the description of the trio,” Carey said.

 

Riverton Police Department

Arrests:

Nelson Duran, 33, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication

Eric Hall, 27, Riverton, on a Probation and Parole warrant

Robin Behan, 31, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant

Dominic FightingBear, 36, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication

Calls:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. (Photo by Amanda Norton)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. (Photo by Amanda Norton)

Police were called to the 300 block of East Madison at 5:56 a.m. Wednesday on a domestic abuse complaint. Arriving officers found a 38-year-old Riverton woman with facial injuries, including swelling on her forehead, a left eye swollen shut, a right eye swollen but still open, bruising at the base of one eye, blood covering her nose and blood stains all over her blouse. She was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital for treatment of the wounds. According to a police report, there was alcohol involvement in the assault. The victim’s BAC was .28 percent . The report indicated there had been a party at the residence and another male subject had passed out on the victims bed, which was indicated as a mattress on the middle of the living room floor. The woman’s 26 year-old boyfriend  apparently became jealous and knocked the victim down and began hitting her. Another person in the apartment, a witness who was not involved in the attack, had a BAC level of .17 percent. The suspect left the scene and citations are pending.

You’ve seen it on TV and yesterday it happened at Pit Stop #3 at 819 South Federal. A truck hit a gas pump, but unlike the TV videos, the station’s emergency shut off worked, there was no gasoline spill and no fire. Damage was listed at over $1,000. No other information was available.

A two vehicle crash was reported at College View and West Bend Drive at 10:27 Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported, but a report had not been completed and no other information was available.

An intoxicated man who had been caught shoplifting at the Riverton Safeway Store, but was taken instead to Riverton Memorial Hospital for a high BAC level.

There were no injuries in a hit and run crash reported at 4:58 p.m. in the 400 block of Federal Boulevard. A gray 2002 Dodge pickup was alleged to have crashed into a 2005 Ford at that location. There were no injuries, but the driver of the Ford requested medical to have her baby checked. Police later located the gray pickup driven by a 27-year-old Arapahoe man. Citations are pending.

A man who reported that his soon to be ex wife had taken their children out of school and was refusing to take them back, failed to respond to numerous follow-up calls from the RPD.

A person in Riverton who reported they had lost a credit card on the 13th of this month apparently didn’t cancel the card and called police to complain that now someone is charging on the card. A report was taken.

An incident of bullying was reported Wednesday after school near Aspen Park-which is located across the street from the elementary school of the same name. According to a police report, several boys of middle school age assaulted another boy, 13, and broke his glasses. When the boy returned home, his mother reported that he would not look nor talk to her. He finally said that some boys had beaten him up. According to a police report, the two bullies grabbed the victim by his shirt, pushed him into a fence, began choking him and asking him if he wanted to perform oral sex on them. The boys finally let him go, but called him a “bitch.” The victim had a scratch on his nose and one of his eyelids was red, and his $400 pair of glasses had been broken. The case has been forwarded to the School Resource Officer at Riverton Middle School for followup action.

At 2 a.m. this morning, police were called from staff at Smith’s Grocery to report that an apparently intoxicated man had been behind their store and they found a quantity of blood where he had been spotted. Responding officers found the man in the 2100 block of West Main. He had a deep cut on his right hand, but he refused medical attention. The man said he had been drinking and had gotten into an argument with his former girlfriend. As he was walking home, he tripped and as he was falling, reached out to grab a post and cut his hand. The man was taken home.

Police were called to Walmart at 4 a.m. this morning when store officials reported a male subject had taken a product, opened it and was consuming it while walking around the store. When police arrived, they found the man at the check out counter, paying for the product. He was intoxicated and was taken home.

Follow-up report: “Shrooms” found

The Region V Haz-Mat team responded to the call. (photo by Jenna Lane)

The Region V Haz-Mat team responded to the call. (photo by Jenna Lane)

Riverton Police updated County10.com today on an incident Tuesday evening that brought the Region V Hazardous Materials Squad to a residence on Sunset. Residents of the area expressed concern in posts to C10 that personnel responding to the scene had been outfitted in Haz-Mat “space suits” before entering the residence. RPD Captain Eric Murphy said the protective gear was ordered after several beds of a psychedelic or “magic” mushroom were found growing on the  home’s front  porch and in a back yard greenhouse. The mushrooms, known on the street as “Mexican Penis” mushrooms, because of their appearance that apparently closely resembles that of male genetalia, are from the Psilocybe Cunesis genus, and according to published material, can be used as a party drug in very light dosages.

Personnel dressed in Haz-Mat suits at the scene (Photo by Ron Howard)

Personnel dressed in Haz-Mat suits at the scene (Photo by Ron Howard)

An occupant in the home, Malcolm Wade, 22, Riverton, was detained on a Probation/Parole courtesy hold. Police were originally called to the scene on the report of a disorderly male at the residence.

Sgt. Scott Komrs said the safety precautions were taken because if “spores from the mushroom were to be inhaled, they would enter the respiratory system and attach themselves to the spine. It’s nasty stuff,” he said.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality was called in to gather and dispose of the mushrooms.

It’s the first case of this variety of mushrooms being found growing in the Riverton area.