(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Wednesday’s law enforcement wrap-up from across the county. All persons cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
Fremont County Fire Protection District
A single-family home on late Tuesday evening was a complete loss due to a fire, Fremont County Fire Warden Craig Haslam said. The home on the 100 block of Missouri Valley Road was reported on fire at 11:37 p.m., and Haslam said when firefighters arrived the roof of the home was fully involved. Roughly 15 volunteer firefighters were on scene until about 4:30 this morning. The home was occupied at the time of the fire, but Haslam said everyone exited the home and were uninjured. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall’s Office. “A wood stove might have been involved,” Haslam said.
As of Wednesday morning, he did not know of any organized effort to aid the family.
Haslam urged caution with people using stoves and fireplaces as the weather continues to be frigid. He said to make sure that stoves and fireplaces are cleaned regularly, inspected and working properly. When warming frozen pipes, Haslam suggests using a hairdryer rather than the open flame of a torch. He also said the community should check their smoke detectors and anyone needing help with batteries or detectors can contact his office at 857-3030.
Riverton Police Department
Chauncey Friday, 47, Ethete, Public Intoxication.
Two 21-year-old females from Arapahoe were cited for Simple Assault and given No Trespass orders for a bar on South 7th East. Bar employees had earlier trespassed the women after an incident in the bar on September 13th. The bar called police after the two, and a 20-year-old Arapahoe woman, who should not have been in the bar anyway, showed up at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. The three left without incident.
A 15-year-old male student from Riverton in possession of spit tobacco at Riverton High School was cited for a tobacco violation at 8:15 a.m. by the RHS School Resource Officer.
The snowfall and resulting slick streets resulted in six fender benders reported to police on Wednesday. None involved injuries, but one involved a city snow plow when a blue Dodge pickup slid into the stopped plow. Damage was minor. A hit and run crash was also reported Wedneday, but it is unknown when the incident occurred. Officials at Desert Mountain Corporation reported that a truck had apparently backed into a 6,000 gallon tank at its facility off of Chantelle Boulevard in the Riverton Airport Business Park and that all 6,000 gallons of a deicer chemical solution had drained from the tank. The chemical was not identified, nor was the value of the spilled fluids. A report was taken on that incident for the corporation’s insurance claim.
Police followed a vehicle that was reported to be a drunk driver at 5 a.m., but officers did not notice any indications of bad driving and the driver was following all traffic laws. The report was determined to be unfounded.
A neighbor of an apartment in the 300 block of East Madison called police to report that they heard noises, talking and laughter from a next door apartment that should’ve been empty because the renter there was incarcerated. Upon arrival, police knocked at the door and it was answered. When asked what they were doing in the apartment, the person is alleged to have said, “We’re having a good time.” The occupants of the apartment were known to the renter, but police escorted them from the apartment and then locked the door behind them. No citations were issued.
A gas drive-off was reported at 9:57 a.m. from the South Federal Maverik store. A clerk reported that a white GMC Yukon had driven off without paying for $37 in fuel. The license number actually came back to a black GMC Yukon, but it was snowing Wednesday.
The police department in Naples, Florida contacted the RPD Wednesday after stopping a white Ford F-150 in that community. When the license plate number was checked, the license belonged to a green van and was traced to a woman who used to live in Riverton. A police check on the woman revealed she no longer worked nor lived here. The license plate on the pickup was from Natrona County. Police are continuing an investigation.
A caller in the 800 block of East Adams reported suspicious activity of a party in an adjoining apartment and a man sitting outside in a vehicle. Police said no one answered the door at the apartment, they did not hear any sounds of a party, and the man and vehicle were no where to be seen.
A gas drive-off was reported at the North Federal Loaf ‘N Jug at 12:56 p.m. A silver passenger car of unknown make and model was reported to have left without paying for $30.01 in fuel. The report to the police was apparently not made until 30 minutes after the drive-off.
A report of animal abuse in the All Nations Mobile Home Park was unfounded, after a police investigation. A caller said two dogs at a residence there had been fending for themselves for some five days alone. Police discovered that a female had been taking food and water to the dogs every day while their owners were away.
Store officials at Kmart called police at 3:57 a.m. to report that a white Ford Explorer was doing “cookies” in the parking lot (driving in tight circles while spinning its wheels). Police contacted the two juveniles inside the SUV and escorted then from the lot and suggested they knock it off.
Police provided traffic control for the Riverton Fire Department for a reported house chimney fire at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday evening on Sunny Terrace.
Speaking of cookies, a caller reported that two vehicles were spinning cookies in the parking lot at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the 400 block of Elizabeth Drive. Both drivers were contacted. They were also told to knock it off. The two were also advised of the hazards of playing around on private property.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Ronnie Moss, 27, Arapahoe, Warrant for Property Destruction and Attempted Burglary and a Probation Violation Warrant.
At 9:37 a.m., deputies were called to the intersection of South Major and Riverview roads for a report a Dodge truck that hit a Riverton City snow plow. The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Riverton man’s truck slid into the stopped snow plow at a low speed. There was only minor damage, no injuries and no citations.
At 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies were called to the area of Webbwood and North Eighth West in Riverton for a report of numerous vehicles crashing into each other and then leaving. Deputies were unable to located any of the vehicles.
A suspicious person or circumstances report in Dubois is under investigation.
A report of a dog in a backyard without shelter from the weather on the 1400 block of East Monroe Avenue near Riverton was determined to be unfounded. Deputies located a dog house with a heat lamp on the property.
The Fremont County Group Home’s transport van was vandalized sometime Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The caller reported that someone spray painted the word “hooligans” across the back of the van.
Lander Police Department
Brandon Hamilton, 19, Lander, cited for Minor in Possession. Police were called about Hamilton being intoxicated on the 100 block of Main Street at 6:24 p.m. on Tuesday, Chief Jim Carey said. He was cited and sent on his way, with a warning about being intoxicated in public.
Alvin Short, 62, and Daniel Colvin, 22, both of Lander, for Fremont County Warrants. At 8:09 p.m., a woman on the 500 block of Main Street said her neighbors were bothering her and that she believed the stole from her and planted bed bugs in her room. Upon contacting the neighbors, police learned that two of them had outstanding warrants, and they were arrested, Carey said. A third neighbor was also found to be wanted for a warrant later in the evening after the person had given a false name earlier. Police were unable to locate the subject later.
At 1:57 p.m. on Monday, police took a report of a black and yellow Jansport backpack that was stolen out of the back of a pickup somewhere in the county earlier that day. The backpack contained an Asus laptop, school books and other items. The total value was approximately $1,000.
At 7:57 p.m. on Monday, police were called about a vehicle stolen from Railroad Street. Police were cancelled before they arrived; a friend was playing a joke.
At 10:09 p.m. on Tuesday, police were called to the 900 block of Main Street for a report of a person lying in the snow. Carey said officers located an intoxicated woman who refused to be treated by an ambulance, and police assisted her in getting home.