(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Friday’s law enforcement recap from around the county over the weekend. All those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Christopher Hardcastle, 32, Shoshoni, Bond Revocation.
At 11:03 a.m., deputies were called about a red pickup with local plates driving all over the road on Highway 789 southbound near Lander. No contact was made with the vehicle.
A woman at 12:30 p.m. reported a possibly rabid raccoon on North Smith Road near Riverton.
A man discovered a house broken into on Pilot Court near Riverton. The caller said it could have happened any time between mid-November and the time of the call. The report is under investigation.
A caller on the 500 block of North Smith Road said two vehicle pulled into the caller’s driveway and turned around when they saw the restricted sign. The gate was reportedly unlocked and open. Investigation determined that the gate was likely blown open by the wind.
At 4:28 p.m., deputies were called about roughly 20 large trash bags dumped in the ditch along the 300 block of Paradise Valley Road. The sheriff’s office reports that the bags blew out of the back of a truck and the owner returned to pick up the bags.
At 12:02 a.m. on Friday, deputies were called to a camper on the 100 block of Lost Wells Circle near Riverton for a report of three to four people in the camper who shouldn’t be there. Deputies found no one in the camper.
Riverton Police Department
Ty Roush, 27, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation. Police were called to make the arrest at the Probation and Parole Office in the 600 block of East Madison at 8:15 a.m. Thursday.
Jeffrey Rivera, 55, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence, Duty to Stop at an Accident, Reckless Driving and Interference. Police were called to the 500 block of South Federal at 6:15 p.m. in an attempt to locate a copper and white Ford pickup that had been involved in a crash and had left the scene. The vehicle was located on Heather Drive. Police made contact with Rivera, who was hiding in a shed on a property there. When asked why he was hiding, Rivera allegedly blamed President Obama and told the police that he hated them, according to a report. His blood alcohol level was measured at .15 percent (.08 percent is the legal limit).
Byron Amos, 43, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant. Police were called to the 300 block of East Madison where an intoxicated man, Amos, was in an apartment that he wasn’t supposed to be in.
Steven Huntley, 23, Riverton, Driving while Under the Influence. Huntley was stopped in the 200 block of South Federal at 10:40 p.m. and found to be intoxicated.
A 25-year-old Riverton man was cited for Possession of a Controlled Substance after police were summoned to Ron’s Auto Sales on South Federal Boulevard during the repossession of a truck. Car lot personnel found “suspicious” looking materials in the vehicle and contacted police. The man became combative with police and would not move away from the vehicle so he was placed in handcuffs. The material found by the car lot included a scale with drug residue, syringes and bindles that are commonly used to distribute methamphetamine. The man was brought to the police department, fingerprinted, cited and released to his father.
A 14-year-0ld girl from Ethete was cited for Shoplifting at Walmart at 8:05 p.m. Store officials said they observed the teen plug a cell phone case in its package down the front of her sweatshirt. The girl said she was shopping with the mom and dad, saw the cell phone case and decided she would take it. The case was valued at $50.
The Riverton Workforce Center called police about a vehicle blocking its handicapped parking space. The vehicle was a maroon Dodge and it came back registered to an address in Fort Washakie. The vehicle was unlocked. Because the vehicle was on private property, police could not take any action.
A woman who told police that she never locks her vehicle called up to complain that someone entered her car and took her purse. It was identified as a silver colored leather purse with white and purple circles on it. The purse did not have any cash in it, but it did contain her identification and social security cards, a drivers license and various credit cards. The purse also contained two checkbooks. The vehicle was parked in the 500 block of North 5th East.
A resident on Sierra Drive called to report that a license plate off of a camper trailer had been stolen.
As reported in the arrests on Thursday, 55-year-old Jeffrey Baxter was charged with Battery-Domestic Violence after striking the sister of his girlfriend in the sister’s home. The woman was shaken and crying when police arrived, and she had red marks on her neck. The victim, 49 years old, told police that when she went to get a cigarette from her sister, the Baxter allegedly grabbed her by her arms, threw her against a hallway door and held her there with his hands on her neck. Baxter had left the residence by the time police arrived, but armed with his description, they were able to locate him and he was arrested. The victim reported that she had allowed her sister and Baxter to stay at her residence.
Scam alert! A Riverton resident called police Wednesday to report that he had been contacted by someone over the phone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. He was told he had won some money, but to claim it he had to send back a $500 prepaid credit card. Recognizing the call as a scam, police were notified. The phone number used by the caller turned out to be a bogus number when police attempted to return the call.
A sexual assault reported at 4 p.m. Wednesday is under investigation.
Police are reviewing surveillance video to see if they can see who spread broken glass around and on a car in the Walmart parking lot Wednesday afternoon. The owner of the vehicle returned from shopping and found the glass on both sides of her car. None of her windows were broken out, but glass shards and scratches were also found on the hood of her vehicle. A police report was made for insurance purposes.
A resident in the All Nations Mobile Home Park called police at 9:15 p.m. to report that an individual was lingering around a residence, but no description was given. Police patrolled the area and did not see anything unusual, a report said.
It was a case of He Said, He Said. Police were called to Riverton Memorial Hospital at 9:35 p.m. on a report that one man had threatened another. Upon investigating, one man said he was taking his wife to the hospital and upon arriving there saw a man who he alleged had been sending him threatening messages on Facebook. When police contacted the suspect, he said he was the victim of the threats. Police suggested the two men cool it. Officers left the scene and there were no further calls.
Police were called to the 300 block of East Main at 5 a.m. when workers arriving at their business found a sidewalk bench and decorative trash receptacle tipped over. They were not damaged and an officer placed them both upright again.
Saved by the megaload! A man spinning cookies in the 300 block of North 5th East got away with it because all officers were involved in the escorting of a megaload through the city Thursday morning. The vehicle was seen several times, but police could not contact the driver due to the escort duties. Officers, however, know who the driver is and he will be contacted.
A Riverton resident called police to report that he keeps receiving telephone bills on calls made to the Philippines. Police will follow-up on the call.
A Fremont County School District #1 truancy officer called Riverton police to see if they could locate a Lander student who had not been attending classes. They believed she was living in Riverton with her father. Upon attempting to contact the father, it was discovered he had moved onto the Wind River Reservation. The call was forwarded to the BIA Wind River Police Department.
A man allegedly faking seizures and pushing other people around resulted in a call from the Center of Hope to the police. The man was urged to lay down and go to sleep by officers. He complied.
Police were called to an address on Heather Drive at 7:40 p.m. on the report of an intoxicated driver. Police found the vehicle described in the call, but it was parked and unattended. Later in the evening, police were called back to the scene. Apparently the intoxicated woman had been staying at the residence, but she allegedly became unruly and aggressive, so the resident there tossed he out of the house and locked the doors. Police called the woman’s parents and she went there to spend the night.
Lander Police Department
Christopher Akin, 29, Lander, Colorado Warrant. Akin was arrested following a traffic stop at 1:44 a.m. on Friday on Main Street. Lt. Chuck Carr said the officer pulled the vehicle over for expired registration. Akin was the passenger, and the warrant said Colorado would pay for extradition. Carr was unsure of the nature of the warrant. The driver of the vehicle was cited for the expired registration.
At 9:59 a.m. on Wednesday, police were called to the 800 block of North Third Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle. Police arrived to find a passenger side window shattered on a pickup truck and two smashes to the truck’s windshield. The owner of the vehicle thought it might have to do with her owing money to someone. Carr said there are no firm suspects at this time.
At 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday, police were called to Family Dollar for a report of shoplifting. Roland Cox, 26, of Lander, was cited for shoplifting after he allegedly tried to conceal a small bag of dog food. He was trespassed from the store.
At 6:29 a.m. on Thursday, officers took a report of a possibly stolen Ventura motorized wheelchair. Officers were later notified that the reporting party’s landlord moved the scooter when he didn’t know who owned it. There was no theft.
At 3:52 p.m. on Thursday, police took a report of two young children crossing Main Street not at a corner and by themselves. Officers located the children at home and they were ok.
At 3:53 p.m., officers were notified of a passenger car heading into Lander on Tweed Lane driving in excess of 80 mph. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle.
An employee at McDonald’s at 9:47 p.m. reported their car had been wrapped with cellophane. Carr said the reported vandalism was determined to be a friendly prank and there was no damaged to the vehicle.