Police Blotter: Arrests; Home burglarized in Riverton; LPD kept busy with fireworks calls

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is the weekend’s law enforcement recap from around Fremont County. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests:

Kenneth Looper, 31, Riverton, Domestic Violence Battery warrant.

Kelli Thayer, 40, Lander, Driving Under the Influence. Thayer was contacted and arrested after deputies were called to the Loop Road Friday evening for a report of blue Trailblazer that almost caused a wreck.

Calls:

At 9:37 a.m., a caller from a business in the Riverton area reported a John Deere Gator stolen sometime over Thursday night. The vehicle was located and returned to the owner later that day. Suspects have been identified, and the investigation is on-going.

At 10:13 a.m., deputies were called to North Cherry Street in Pavillion for a missing girl who walked away from the school. Deputies were told to disregard while they were en-route.

At 10:34 a.m. on Friday, deputies were called to the 700 block of Muskrat Road near Shoshoni for a report of dumped garbage, tires and a dead dog at the end of the caller’s driveway. There are no suspects at this time.

A bear jam was reported north of Dubois on Togwotee Pass about a mile east of Wind River Lake.

At 11:15 a.m., deputies were called to the 700 block of South Railroad Avenue for a report of goats in the area that were dragging their legs and bodies. The caller thought they needed some help. The responding deputy found only goats in good shape and well cared for. Goats dragging parts of their bodies were not located.

Approximately $200 in gasoline was reported stolen from an address on Dodrill Road.

At 2:09 p.m., a person was allegedly bit by a dog in the Wind River Casino parking lot. The dog was reportedly loose in the parking lot; the alleged victim had left prior to deputies’ arrival.

At 4:41 p.m., a caller on Freedom Drive reported to deputies that a woman took a horse from a pasture. Deputies were later advised to disregard the call.

An ex-employee at a business in Dubois reportedly came in at 5:30 p.m. on Friday intoxicated and making threats.

At 9:25 p.m., a woman on the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue reported that subjects nearby were shooting off fireworks, and that the fireworks were scaring her kids.

At 9:53 p.m., a woman on the 200 block of W. Welty Street in Dubois reported there was a woman sitting in the middle of the road. Deputies were unable to locate the subject.

A fight between two men was reported at 1:32 a.m. on Saturday at bar in Dubois. Deputies were unable to determine who was the primary aggressor.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, a woman in the Kinnear area reported that someone crashed through her fence at the intersection of 132 and Highway 26. The vehicle was found to be abandoned.

At 3:33 p.m., a vehicle v. tree wreck was reported on Webbwood Road near Riverton. The driver was a 17-year-old male. There were no injuries.

At 6:45 p.m., a man reported that another man walked into his camp in Boysen State Park, covered in blood. The man reportedly said he was in a wreck. The incident is being investigated by the Wyoming State Parks.

At 8:25 p.m., a person on Goldeneye Drive in Dubois reported that they were attacked by dogs while walking. The Sheriff’s Office reports that the alleged victim might have been on private property. The report is still under investigation.

At 10:53 p.m., a woman on Firethorn Lane near Riverton reported that her ex broke into the house. Deputies arrived to find a verbal only altercation. The man had reportedly been locked out by the caller.

A fight in which someone allegedly tried to grab someone else’s girlfriend outside of a bar in Dubois resulted in no arrests. Deputies arrived to find the parties agreeing that there had been a misunderstanding.

Possible domestic abuse was reported Sunday shortly after noon on Snowberry Lane near Riverton. Deputies found no physical evidence of domestic violence.

A man reported Sunday afternoon that he had left some items at a residence a while back and now he was seeing that people were selling his property online.

A possible burglary reported on West Second in Hudson was determined to be a civil issue by deputies. A grill was reported stolen.

A theft of prescription medications at a location in the Lander area is under investigation.

Within about 10 minutes of each other, two reports of dangerous fireworks usage were called in in the Riverton area. Juveniles were reportedly shooting fireworks toward vehicles at the Rendezvous site, and other people were reportedly throwing fireworks at each other in the Cozy Court near a propane tank.

 

Riverton Police Department

Arrests/Citations:

16-year-old male, Shoshoni, was cited for Posession of Marijuana. An officer on patrol noticed a vehicle driving on North Federal was weaving in and out of its travel lane around 9:35 p.m. Friday night. A traffic stop was initiated and the officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The teen driver said he was grooving to music on his iPod and wasn’t paying attention to his driving. Upon further investigation, officers found a clear plastic bag with marijuana inside, including buds and stems plus two glass pipes. The marijuana weighed 6.5 grams. The youth’s parents were called to come and pick him up.

Cody Jolley, 24, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol. Officers stopped Jolley at Day Drive and Morfeld Avenue. His blood alcohol level was measured at .11 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent.

19-year-old male, Amory, Mississippi, was cited for Following too Closely. Police were called to Riverview and Rein roads where a red 2006 Ford F-150 had rear-ended a silver 2008 Buick. Damage was over $1,000.

Calls:

The RRD responded to 36 calls for service on Friday.

A woman reported that someone had been using her debit card number and had rung up $689.43 in unauthorized charges. The woman had already contacted her financial institution who also suggested she contact the police for a report.

A child in need of supervision call was received by police from Arapahoe Drive where a 3-year-old child was reported to be wandering in the area. The responsible adult at the child’s home, an 18-year-old male, was contacted, who thought the child was in the yard playing with friends. The child had escaped the yard.

A resident in the 1400 block of Evelyn Circle complained that she caught someone dumping their trash in her dumpster. The resident was able to get the license place of the fleeing vehicle and police will follow-up.

A woman called police to report that a bicycle had been left in her yard in the 500 block of North 15th East. She said it was a Redline bicycle with black handlebars. The bike was not registered and is valued in the neighborhood of $400. The woman also said her son’s bicycle had been stolen out of the same yard earlier this month. The RPD logged the bicycle in evidence.

A property damage two-vehicle crash was reported at 4:33 p.m. Friday at East Main and South 6th East. The vehicles involved were a gray 1995 Jeep and a blue 2005 Dodge 1500. Damage was over $1,000.

A white Ford flatbed truck stalled in the intersection at West Main and College View Drive at 5:02 p.m. and had to be towed from the scene, as it was blocking traffic.

The West Main Maverik Country Store reported a gray Ford SUV pumped $46.04 worth of fuel and then drove away without paying Friday at 6:18 p.m.

At 6:24 p.m. police received a report that an argument broke out between a divorced couple when the ex-husband showed up to pick-up their two sons on a court ordered visitation, but the children did not want to go with their Dad. As she was standing next to her ex’s van, after the children were loaded, he sped away and allegedly the van’s front passenger door struck the mom. She did not want to pursue any charges, but wanted the incident documented.

A father watching his son’s house while he is overseas in Paupa New Guina called to report a burglary at the home. According to a police report, since the man last checked the home, he found a cooler placed under a window on the outside of the house and inside he found his son’s bedroom door had been forced open and that different items had been tossed about inside. He also found several rifle cases without rifles in them, but he thought his son had locked up the guns in a gun safe before he had left.  The kitchen had also been rummaged through and lights at the home had been left on. It won’t be known if anything is missing until the son returns home.

At 7:15 p.m. Friday a hit and run crash was reported in the 400 block of North Federal when the owner of a silver Chevrolet pickup reported that his vehicle had been struck. A report had not been completed, no other information was available.

A woman in the 1600 block of Lincoln Avenue reported finding a license plate in her yard, that she thought was brought there in the heavy runoff from Thursday’s big rain. Police are attempting to contact the registered owner of the plate.

The department responded to 36 calls for service on Saturday.

At 12:07 a.m. police responded to the report of a fight involving 8-10 people outside of Bomber’s at North 5th East and East Main. The suspects were gone on arrival, but police were told one man had been struck in the head, was throwing up and possibly had a concussion. A friend reportedly took the man home. Then at 1:04 a.m. police were called to the 3100 block of Riverview Road at Hill Street where a vehicle parked in the westbound lane of Riverton had its flashers on and the driver was out of the vehicle and on the street. The man had apparently been involved in the fight at Bombers and was apparently suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and was having flashbacks. Police followed the man to his home to ensure he got home safely. No other action was taken.

Police provided an agency assist at 3:35 A.M. to Central Wyoming College Security when a leaseholder on a college apartment was apparently arrested and he said a non-student was at his apartment. CWC checked the apartment and found another man sleeping on a couch who was not on the lease, a violation of CWC policy. The security staff allowed the man to spend the rest of the night but was told he would need to find other living arrangements.

Two 16-year-olds, a male and a female, were found on the benches at the Family Dollar Store in the 500 block of East Pershing at 4:19 a.m. Saturday. The two said they left their home without their parents knowing and had taken a walk. The two were advised of the city’s curfew and were taken home and released to their parents.

A police report indicated that a 17-year-old female was found face down, vomiting and partially naked. She was taken to SageWest-Riverton Health Center. When the teen was ready for release, she said she had no family in town and the hospital was reluctant to release her to an older boyfriend, so police were contacted. The RPD, in turn, contacted the Department of Family Services and the teen was placed into their custody.

Police responded to the 100 block of East Jefferson to assist an ambulance crew on a reported breathing problem, but when they made contact with a 92-year-old female at the residence, she had a theft complaint, and not a medical issue. The woman was concerned that her wallet and money were missing and she was suspecting a landscaping crew from the Set Free Church were responsible. When the woman was asked by police to double check her purse, the wallet and money were found. There was no theft.

A female called poice at 7:22 p.m. to report that her vehicle had been struck and damaged while in the Walmart parking lot. The woman’s 1999 Chevrolet 1500 suffered damage to the entire length of the passenger side of the pickup bed. Off white paint transfer was noticed in the long dent. Damage is over $1,000. There are no suspects.

A man who had been dating a woman called to complain that he lent his former girlfriend his debit card to purchase $10 worth of prescriptions, but that she would not give the card back, nor his key to the apartment they formerly shared, and that she had taken some of his medication. After three days of trying to recover the property he called the police. The woman, when contacted, agreed to hand over the items to the police, and she did. It was then discovered that she had spent $55 and not the $10 that had been agreed to. He did not want to file charges.

The RPD responded to 26 calls for service on Sunday

Police were notified at 12:24 a.m. that some dogs were chasing horses in a pasture in the 900 block of West Sunset Drive. Concerned that the horses might have been injured, the owner was contacted who determined the horses were fine. Police were unable to locate the dogs.

A visitor from Sweetwater County called at 11:21 a.m. to report that someone had rummaged through his 1999 Ford Taurus and scattered his belongings around. The only item missing, the caller said, was his corn cob pipe. The vehicle had been parked in the 200 block of Parkcrest Way. The owner said he thought he had locked the car.

A fight between sisters has resulted in a citation being issued for one of the women, who fled the scene. According to a police report, a 32-year-old woman was refusing to let her 25-year-old sister into her house because she was intoxicated. The woman entered anyway, and allegedly pinched the victim’s 6-year-old son. That began a running battle between the two and the victim was bitten on the right shoulder before she could get the younger woman out of the house. Police observed a bite mark on the woman’s right shoulder that broke the skin and was bleeding. The victim refused medical treatment and did not wish to press charges. The boy was found with scratches and a mark on his neck, and his mother exhibited other minor scratches.

 

Lander Police Department

Arrests/Citations:

Houston Headley, 46, Ethete, Public Intoxication. Headley was arrested following a 4:33 p.m., Friday call on Jefferson Street for a report of a man laying under a tree with kids yelling at him.

A 21-year-old Lander woman cited for Shoplifting. The woman was cited after she was allegedly caught trying to take a shopping cart full of groceries out of a store at 11 p.m. on Friday.

Calls:

Property on Washington Street was reported as vandalized on Washington Street.

At 11:30 a.m. on Friday, a caller reported a delivery truck parked the wrong direction in the alley on the 300 block of Main Street.

A rattlesnake reported in a yard on Lincoln Street was determined to be a bull snake. LPD captured it.

At 4:09 p.m., police were called to Sweetwater Street for a report of a 10-year-old girl out of control on a school bus.

At 9:34 p.m., officers were called to the area of North Third and Washington streets for a report of subjects shooting off large fireworks.

Threatening text messages were reported at 9:42 p.m. on Friday.

Gunshots or fireworks were reported in the area of South First Street at 11:17 p.m. on Friday. More possible gunshots/fireworks and people yelling were reported in the area of First Interstate Bank on Highway 789 a few minutes later.

People were reportedly fighting at a house on North Ninth Street at 3:32 a.m. on Saturday, No arrests or citations were issued in connection to the call.

More fireworks were reported in the area of North Fifth and Washington streets at about 2 p.m. on Saturday.

At 12:26 a.m. on Sunday, a woman on North Seventh Street reported hearing 10 gunshots or fireworks.

At 1:20 a.m., a caller reported that someone outside of The Forge was trying to start a fight.

A bicycle was reported stolen on Sunday afternoon from an address on North Second Street.

A theft of prescription medications was reported at 7:14 p.m. on Sunday at a home on North Second Street.

At 12:30 a.m. on Monday, police were called to help look for a blue Honda passenger car that was suspected in an attempted child abduction at the Fort Washakie powwow grounds. LPD spokeswoman Ashli Woods said Lander officers assisted in stopping a suspect vehicle, but it turned out to be the wrong person. Wind River Police are handling the investigation; additional information was immediately available.

 

Fremont County Coroner

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen Monday said the death of a 54-year-old woman is under investigation. The woman was found “unresponsive” earlier today. An autopsy is scheduled in Loveland, Colo., Tuesday.

Stratmoen also said the death of Alma Dolan, 70, in the Pavillion area over the weekend was a natural death. No autopsy will be planned.

6 Comments

  1. Randy Ray

    What is a bear jam?

  2. Heather Minnich

    A traffic jam caused by folks stopping to look at bears on the side of the road.

  3. Karlee Larsen-Zach

    A traffic jam caused by tourists stopping to look at bears near the road.

  4. Randy Ray

    Thanks for the answer. For some reason I had visions of a group of bears sitting around playing musical instruments thus, "bear jam."

  5. Shawn Beebe

    I like your version better, randy!

  6. Shawn Beebe

    Funniest thing you'll ever see is when several "tourists" get out of their rides to get a "closer" look! No fences here folks!

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