Police Blotter: Arrests; $700+ in headphones stolen; Gun falls out of city vehicle
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Thursday’s recap of law enforcement activity around the county in the past 24 hours. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
Editor’s note: To avoid any confusion, the Mike Bailey arrested on July 4th for driving while under the influence of alcohol in Lander and sideswiping two parked vehicles is not the Mike Bailey of Riverton, who operates Bailey Oil, Bailey Tire and Auto Service and the Pit Stop Travel Centers, among other businesses.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Christian Jones, 25, Riverton, Probation Revocation Warrant.
At 8:58 a.m. deputies were called to the 1000 block of Gasser Road about a neighbor irrigating and causing flooding at a rental. The landowner was contacted to fix the problem.
A report of a runaway in the Lander area is under investigation.
At 2:24 p.m., deputies were called to the area of Williams Road and Tunnel Hill Road near Pavillion for a subject in a pickup shooting from a vehicle. Deputies made contact with the vehicle, and the subjects said they were shooting prairie dogs. No law enforcement action was taken.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol requested deputy’s assistance with a report of an apparently damaged minivan with doors open and subjects from a pickup going through it. The subjects were gone on deputy’s arrival.
Riverton Police Department
Jacob Lujan, 33, Riverton, Public Intoxication, .27 percent BAC. A man found walking in the 500 block of South Federal at 10:15 p.m. was bleeding from scratches on his legs where he had apparently fallen down. Police said the man was very intoxicated and they could not understand his speech when they asked him where he lived. At some point the man whipped out a prescription bottle from a pocket and tried to gulp a quantity of Lorazepam pills. An officer knocked the bottle out of Lujan’s hands. The Center of Hope was full and could not take Lujan so he was arrested.
Timothy Gale, 34, Great Falls, Montana, Public Intoxication, .13 percent BAC. Gale was arrested after a complaint was called in at 11:30 p.m. that his pickup was cutting cookies in a gravel parking lot at the Fremont County Fairgrounds. By the time police arrived, Gale was gone, but he returned a short time later. His truck was found parked in the middle of Fairgrounds Avenue. A woman at the scene who said she was Gale’s girlfriend said they had gotten into an argument, so she turned off the truck and took the keys and he walked away toward his home in a nearby mobile home park. Officers found Gale some time later covered in weeds and walking back to the fairgrounds area from the river. He was intoxicated with a .13 percent BAC. Since the Center of Hope was full and he had no where else to go, he was arrested.
Riverton police were advised Wednesday morning of a theft of three Beats headphones, a $769.85 value, from the Riverton Walmart store that apparently happened in the early morning hours of June 30. Store officials said a teenager believed to be around 14 to 15 years of age entered the store at 1:47 a.m., went to the headphone display in electronics, used something to cut the cables securing the headphones to the display, put them into the front pouch of a black sweatshirt that he was wearing and left the store. The police report said store officials had been working on the theft, but they didn’t get their investigation finished until Wednesday. There are no suspects. The youth was identified only as wearing a gray flat billed cap, a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Sometime between July 2nd and July 9th a vandalism or a hit-and-run crash damaged a 2012 gray Ford Fusion owned by the Department of Health and parked in the 300 block of West Washington. New damage was found on the passenger side bumper. Damage was estimated at less than $500.
At 12:34 p.m. a white 2006 Dodge struck a protective barrier around a natural gas meter in the 600 block of Edith Drive. The gas meter was not damaged and there was no release of gas. Total damages were estimated over $1,000 as the truck’s bumper was apparently torn off.
Riverton City employees working near the baling station on North Smith Road saw an old gun fall out of a city vehicle, presumably a trash truck as the report was not specific. The gun was a brown and black Harrington and Richardson Arms 16 gauge shotgun. Police ran the serial number and it was not stolen. It also was not loaded. The gun was logged in at the RPD.
Pending is the report on a vehicle fender bender in the Walmart parking lot that was reported at 2:34 p.m.
Also pending is the report on a reported theft of a purse from a vehicle in the Cliffview Mobile Home Park on Diamond Drive. A food stamp card that was inside the purse is reportedly being used.
Police provided a citizen assist to a woman driving a Saturn Ion that would not turn off. The key apparently was jammed in the on position. The woman called for help from the Walmart parking lot. She was escorted to Fremont Chevrolet’s Service Department as the Saturn is a former General Motors brand.
A report on a crash between a car and a pickup truck that occurred in the 1700 block of North Federal is pending. No other information is available.
A non-reportable crash was reported at 3:02 p.m. at the parking lot at Linton’s Big R store off of East Sunset. The drivers involved exchanged information. Damage was very minor. A report was taken.
A ZTE Tracphone was found in the city and the person who found it brought it to the police department. The phone was logged in.
Police were called to the 100 block of East Adams where a white 2001 GMC Yukon came too close to a silver 2006 Ford F-150 and knocked the drivers side mirror off of the pickup.
Pending is a report on a theft of a snow plow for a 4-wheeler and a 4-wheeler ramp taken from a yard in the 1000 block of East Lincoln.
Lander Police Department
At 9:53 a.m., a caller in the area of South Sixth and Garfield streets reported seeing a 2-year-old walking around in the area. Police arrived to see the child attempting to open the front door of a residence. In speaking with the child’s mother, officers learned the child had just learned how to open doors.
A caller in an alley on the 300 block of Main Street called to complain about a semi blocking the alley.
A two vehicle wreck was reported at 11:10 a.m. in the area of Highway 789 and Valley View. There were no injuries and no road blockage.
At 3:19 p.m., a woman reported to police that her daughter’s boyfriend’s mother was harassing her via text messages.
At 6:34 p.m., a woman reported that her ex put a bunch of rocks in her vehicle and was threatening to break windows out in his vehicle with the rocks. According to the police report, officers made contact with the woman who said she had obtained the rocks solely for anchoring a tent at City Park. The pair was separated for the night.
At 9:47 p.m., police were called to the movie theater in Lander for a report of an intoxicated man yelling inside the theater. Officers made contact with the man, got him outside and allowed him to return to where he was staying.
A caller in the area of North Eighth and Wood streets reported their neighbors had a small camp fire in their yard and thought it was being done unsafely.