(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Friday’s law enforcement roundup from across Fremont County. Those persons cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
Riverton Police Department
Marc Cunningham, 34, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence and Possession of marijuana. His BAC level was .17 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent.
Carlos Zazueta, 22, Riverton, Assault, Interference with Police, Public Intoxication. Police were called to the 200 block of East Main on the report of a disorderly male trying to fight everyone inside and outside of a bar there. When police arrived on the scene, Zazueta was observed to be restrained by a group of people, however when the patrol vehicle stopped, he is alleged to have broken free and pushed a woman backwards onto the hood of the police vehicle. Zazueta reportedly tried to leave the area, and when officers attempted to stop him, he began swinging at them with his fists. One officer used a two heel palm strike to Zazueta’s chest, which disabled him momentarily and he fell to the sidewalk, where he was handcuffed and taken to jail.
While on patrol at 10:37 p.m. Halloween night, an officer observed a light colored sport utility driving west on Sunset blow through a stop sign at College View. The officer began following the vehicle, and stopped it on Rose Lane. The three residents of the SUV were all cited for a controlled substance violation. All three were Central Wyoming College students. Cited were an 18-year-old female from Texas for possession of marijuana, a 19-year-old male from California for use of marijuana and a 19-year-old female from Utah for use of marijuana.
A call from Rendezvous School Thursday about possible gunshots in the area turned out to be unfounded. Captain Eric Murphy said police flooded the area after the call as the school went on “stay put” status, but no individuals, firearms or fireworks were found. The school stood down from the stay put about an hour later.
A hit and run was reported at 12:04 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Main where eye witnesses said a white van struck a white Pontiac in a parking lot and drove away. Damage was minor.
Two backpacks containing college text books were taken from an unlocked vehicle in the 300 block of Spire Drive. The theft was reported at 12:35 p.m.
Woodwards Liquor called police at 12:46 p.m. to report that two males and a female had been shoplifting at the adjacent ACE Hardware Store and from the liquor store. The three were seen leaving the area headed north in a multi-shade blue SUV. Police were unable to locate the trio.
A female reported to police that she had been assaulted “three or four days ago” but was unable to provide any details.
Fremont Chevrolet-Buick reported Thursday that two vehicles were missing from its inventory, a 2003 tan Ford F-150 and a 2003 black Chevrolet Tahoe. The dealership was unsure of when the vehicles went missing or where. There was no record of anyone from the dealership picking up the vehicles in Colorado, but they turned up on the local firm’s inventory list. The report was turned over to detectives to investigate.
A Riverton man fell victim to a telephone scam on Thursday, purportedly from the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes. The man told officers that he had received a call saying that he was a $450,000 winner BUT that he had to call an 800 number and give them a verification number to claim his prize. He made the call and was informed he had to have a Green DOT card and put $339 in on the account, and he was given another number to call. After he authorized the transfer of the money, he called the second number and a person there asked him for the number on the back of the card, which he gave them. After hanging up, he suspected he had been taken in and he called police. He was correct and he lost the $339. When police were at the home taking down the information, the caller phoned the house again, and when they realized they were talking with a police officer, they hung up. “It’s very hard to track down these kind of calls because of the maze of numbers they use,” Murphy said. “I’m afraid the man is out his $339.”
A new Riverton resident who just moved here from the State of Texas found that someone had keyed his blue Chevy truck. A police report said the scratch was “very deep” and ran from the tail light to the front door. Damage was estimated at $500. The incident was reported in the 400 block of West Pershing. There are no suspects.
A woman reported that she was receiving “sexually explicit” texts from her ex-boyfriends. She considered the texts to be harassment.
A second harassment incident was report from the 300 block of Elk Drive where neighbors had been exchanging bad words across the property line for some three years. The reporting party showed police the texts she had been receiving. The police report said the bad blood between the neighbors started when a limb of the reporting party’s tree broke off and damaged the neighbors house. They have been at odds since the. A police report said it was unclear reading the texts who had initiated the alleged threats. A report was taken and both parties were asked to try to get along with each other.
A bar in the 700 block of East Main reported that their door was broken, and they reported they knew who did it. The investigation is ongoing. The complaint of property destruction was called in at 2:06 a.m. Friday.
Two separate calls to police were made at 3:55 this morning from residents in the 900 block of Forest Drive who both reported they had heard screaming and yelling and things breaking and someone shouting out for someone to call the police. A man who was bleeding was also reported to be leaving the apartment. Police were unable to locate the male subject.
The Halloween party downtown at which kids were provided candy by Main Street area businesses went off without a hitch, Murphy said. There were no complaints, except for the cold and wind, and everyone behaved themselves.
Lander Police Department
Brandon Conard, 27, Lander, Peace Disturbance, Resisting and Disobeying a Lawful Order. Police Chief Jim Carey said police were called to the 300 block of West Main Street for a man who was either intoxicated or having a medical problem during the downtown merchants Halloween candy distribution for kids. Conard was reported to be cursing in public in front of children and is alleged to have stated that County10.com (because he was listed in the Police Blotter) and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department were causing all the problems for him. He had a child in his care, Carey said, and he was wearing a concealed firearm. Both the child and the firearm were handed over to the child’s mother, and Conard, dressed as a hunter, was taken to jail.
Hiram Addison, Jr., 34, Lander, on a Fremont County arrest warrant. A Lander police officer was on a traffic stop when a vehicle driven by Addison allegedly nearly hit the officer, who radioed for assistance. Addison was stopped in the 300 block of West Main where it was discovered he had a warrant. Addison said he did not know that he almost hit a police officer.
Michael Pingatore, 28, Lander, Public Intoxication. A caller told police a very intoxicated man had just left a residence in the 1000 block of South Second Street. Police made contact with Pingatore, who had a BAC level of .26 percent.
Elizabeth Friday, 55, Ethete, Enhanced DUI. Friday was stopped by officers at 9th and West Main for having a headlight out on her vehicle. Officers made a determination that she had been drinking and her BAC level was measured at .11 percent. She was charged with Enhanced DUI because she had a juvenile passenger, 14 years old, in the vehicle.
Aaron Day, 18, Fort Washakie, Possession of Marijuana, and Belva Day, 18, Fort Washakie, No Drivers License and Possession of a Controlled Substance-marijuana. An officer on patrol on Cascade Street observed the vehicle driven by Belva Day to drift out of its lane, almost hit a curb and go back into the driving lane. After the officer pulled the vehicle over at 5th and Cascade, marijuana use was suspected. The LPD’s drug dog alerted on the vehicle and after a search, three pipes and three small bags of what was believed to be marijuana were found. The total weight of the grass was 4 grams.
At 2:58 p.m. on Halloween, the LPD was called about a person being threatened. Officers determined the disagreement was a family issue that apparently had been ongoing for some time. An information report was taken.
A missing six-year-old girl from Gannett Peak Elementary School was found a short time after the report was made. There apparently was a miscommunication over where the child was to get off of her bus. She was found with a family member.
Police were called at 9:32 p.m. for a person allegedly exhibiting suspicious behavior, and possibly smoking a joint, in a car in the Safeway parking lot. Upon contacting the subject, police discovered the driver was using a computer device and there was no evidence of any illegal activity. Police left the scene.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Kenith Blagg, 24, Rock Springs, Probation Revocation Warrant.
Karl Fournier, 35, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence.
Steven Hays, 59, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence.
Gordon Hines, 25, Fort Washakie, Probation Revocation Warrant.
Alta Hughes, 26, Ethete, four Failure to Appear Warrants.
Phyllis Irwin, 54, Lander, Driving Under the Influence. Irwin was arrested after she reported that someone stole from her and was flipping her off on the 100 block of Sunflower in Lander.
Lavena Laster, 49, Shoshoni, Probation Revocation Warrant.
Seth Martinsen, 20, Lander, Fremont County Warrant (Aggravated Burglary). Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan lee said Martinsen is alleged to have burglarized a home near mile post 86 on 789, which was reported on Oct. 17. “Four firearms were taken during the burglary,” Lee said. “The investigation led to Martinsen who is a Lander resident. A burglary charge is aggravated due to the theft of firearms.”
At 8:09 a.m. on Thursday, deputies were called to the 300 block of South Pine Street in Pavillion by a woman who woke and found someone had painted a derogatory word on her vehicle’s window.
At 4:58 p.m., deputies were called to the 300 block of Velma Jo Street in Riverton for a report of a family fight. The fight was only verbal.
A search is on going this morning for a man in the Dubois man who was possibly a danger to himself. The report came in at 4:24 a.m. As of about 11:30 a.m. Lee said deputies are currently searching the area and have not located him yet. A full-blown search and rescue has not yet been launched.