Police Blotter: Arrests; Man dies lodged underneath pickup truck; Shoplifters nabbed in Riverton; Plane wreckage investigation continues

(Lander, Wyo.) – Today’s law enforcement report from across Fremont County:

Riverton Police Department




A mother and daughter team were cited for shoplifting after trying to leave the Walmart store without paying for several different types of medicine, which they allegedly took off the shelf, put in their purses, and attempted to leave the store. Cited were: Autumn Miller, 29, and her mother Kathy Donovan, 59, both of Riverton. The drugs the two women allegedly tried to take were identified as a $4.87 bottle of antiacids, a $7.37 bottle of Gaviscon and $15.97 worth of Omeoprazole.

Two juvenile males, aged 14 and 15 of Riverton, were cited for shoplifting at Walmart for allegedly taking two pair each of headphones from the electronics department of the store. the two were charged with each taking EP model headphones valued at $10 each and JVC Gummy headphones, valued at $7 each.


Captain Eric Murphy said the RPD was called out Thursday night at approximately 10:50 p.m. to the parking lot of 413 E. Fremont in regards to a reported injury accident. Officers arrived and observed a pickup truck resting on top of a 21-year-old male who was nonresponsive and not breathing. Officers attempted to pull the man out from under the truck but were unsuccessful. It was determined that the male was deceased and the Fremont County Coroners Office was contacted as well as the Riverton Fire Department. The RFD used air bags to lift the truck off of the man so he could be released from under the vehicle.

Murphy said a preliminary investigation determined  that the driver of the pickup was attempting to leave the parking lot and was unaware that the man was underneath his truck. The accident is still under investigation to determine the cause and manner of death.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said the man’s family is being notified and his identity is being withheld at this time. McAuslan said an autopsy has been planned for Saturday in Loveland, Colo.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Patrick Jacobson, 31, Pavillion, Simple Assault.


Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee said Wednesday’s discovery of the tail section of an airplane near Jeffrey City is still under investigation.

“I have spoken with some of our former Deputy Sheriff’s that worked in the area in the 1960’s, and they in turn were able to make contact with some of the area’s residents from that era,” Lee said in a news release. “We have discovered that a former resident recalled a collision in that immediate area and that he actually assisted with the removal of three deceased victims from wreckage back in the early 1950’s. Deputy Darnell will also be speaking with another local resident today who we think could give us some insight into the incident.”

Lee said he is also awaiting word from the Federal Aviation Administration, which is doing a hand-search the historic records.

“We just want to make a positive conclusion that what we are looking at has been reported, and is not some wreckage from long ago that went overlooked,” Lee said. “So far we have not seen anything on paper, however we are fairly confident that it is something that was known about and investigated about 60 years ago.”


Lander Police Department


Keller Duran, 19, Riverton for a Natrona County Warrant and minor in possession (MIP).

Avery Brown, 18, Kinnear, cited for MIP.

Jeremy Lajeunesse, 19, Riverton, cited for MIP.

Chief Jim Carey said a juvenile male was cited for possession of marijuana after a “small amount” of the drug was found in his vehicle in the parking lot of Lander Valley High School on Thursday. The substance was located by the department’s drug dog Kai, during a routine search. “The investigation is not complete at this point,” he said. Kai also visited Fremont County School District 14 yesterday.


At 5:21 a.m. on Friday, police responded to a report of someone threatening an assault, Carey said. Upon investigating, officer discovered several minors had been drinking. Duran, Brown and Lajeunesse were cited for minor in possession. Lajeunesse had a blood alcohol level of .18. Brown’s BAC was .32. Testing at the Fremont County Detention Center found that Duran had a BAC of .35. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08. Carey said Brown was transported to Lander Valley Hospital because of his high BAC. The alleged threat was unfounded.