Police Blotter: Arrests; RPD training with Honor Farm Staff today; Man sought in Riverton gun burglary, one arrested in case;

(Lander, Wyo.) – Wednesday’s law enforcement recap from across Fremont County.

Riverton Police Department

The RPD SWAT team will be holding joint exercises today with the Wyoming Department of Corrections Wyoming Honor Farm personnel. Captain Eric Murphy said the Honor Farm is holding a simulated hostage drill at a house on the Honor Farm property and they invited the RPD to participate in the exercise. Murphy said the SWAT team will be outfitted in camouflage gear but will not have weapons or live ammunition with them. Instead, Murphy said several rescue techniques will be simulated and they will be using paint ball-type ammunition from non-service revolvers specially fitted with normal rounds but in place of a full metal jacket, the bullets have a liquid soap tip. “They really hurt, but it leaves a colored mark just like a paintball,” he said. Murphy said the exercise will include the RPD using a throw phone and delivering lunch to the “hostages.” After the joint exercise, the SWAT team will stay at the scene to practice both a “dynamic” entry and deliberate entry procedures. The Captain said the RPD team would be at the site most of the day.


Teressa Sunrhodes, 22, Arapahoe, arrested for Burglary, Property Damage, Driving without a Drivers License, No Insurance

Clowry Means, 46, Riverton, arrested for public intoxication

Attempt to Locate:  

Riverton Police have issued a bulletin seeking to locate and question one Monty Tabaho, 26, from Arapahoe in connection with a burglary in Riverton Tuesday evening involving the theft of a handgun. Tabaho is believed to be on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The suspect should not be approached and 911 should be called immediately if the suspect is spotted.


Acting on a tip from a business employee in the area, Riverton Police Tuesday night located and stopped a vehicle believed to have been involved in a burglary in which a handgun and purse was stolen from a vehicle parked in the alley behind the 300 block of East Main. Police were called at 7:30 p.m. when the owner of the vehicle discovered her purse was missing from what she thought was a locked vehicle. Inside the purse was a wallet containing $150 in cash, plus credit cards and ID. Also in the purse was a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun. The purse was identified as a tan and brown speckled Anne Kline model. Investigating officers discovered a number of cards on the ground at the corner of the block, which were identified as being from the victim. That’s when an employee of an area business identified a suspect vehicle and individuals who had been spotted hanging around in the alley. When police contacted the vehicle a short time later, they found a credit card belonging to the victim, but the gun, money and purse was missing. Officers were later told the identity and location of the person who had the gun. Captain Eric Murphy identified the suspect at 26-year-old Monty Tabaho of the Arapahoe area. The victim said she had thought she had used her key fob to lock and activate her car alarm, but that the fob had been malfunctioning recently.

Police are investigating a theft of $226 worth of red diesel fuel from the Big Horn Co-op in the 1100 block of North Federal Boulevard. Someone had cut a lock off of a fuel pump at that location and pumped 7o gallons. There are no suspects at this time.

Police officials had to call the State of Oregon to contact the ex husband, 19-year-old son and the son’s girlfriend after the three had begun making harassing phone calls to the former wife and mother of the boy, who recently moved from North Dakota to Wyoming. Murphy said the woman had given up the child 19-years-ago to relatives of the husband to raise. It is unknown why, after such a long time, the harassment began, but apparently they three out-of-state residents agreed to stop the calls.

A fuel pump and a 20 to 30 foot black hose was stolen from the back of a truck parked in the 300 block of South 4th West on Monday.

The School Resource Office at Riverton High School contacted three girls and told them to stop bothering each other after one of the girls began receiving on-line bullying messages via Facebook.

A male who claimed to have been assaulted at Riverton City Park was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital for acute alcoholism after he blew a .42 blood alcohol level.

A patron of a business in the 900 block of South Federal was advised by an employee coming in from the parking lot that someone had smashed all the windows in his vehicle. Police said the front windshield, back window and passenger side windows had been smashed out. Damage was estimated at over $1,200. There are no suspects.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Brock Groathouse, 36, Riverton, for Simple Assault.


Ambulance crews responded to 13 calls countywide. There were no fire department calls.

At 9:24 a.m., deputies responded to a call about multiple horses on Paradise Valley Road.

At 12:35 p.m., deputies received a call from a Riverton woman who said she lost her keys after hanging them in a mail box. The caller said she had contacted the post office and the keys were not there.

At 7:16 p.m., a woman in Lander reported an 18-year-old girl who was causing problems and being disrespectful.

At 9:02 p.m., a woman in Dubois reported seeing a parked vehicle with what looked like a pile of clothes or something on the ground behind it.


Lander Police Department


William Keith, 29, Lander, cited for Accident Involving Property Damage.


At 2:51 p.m. on Tuesday, police received a call from a man who said there were fraudulent charges on his bank account. Lt. Chuck Carr said the man was unable to provide card or statement details.

At 7:53 p.m., Tuesday police responded to a REDDI call (Report Every Drunken Driver Immediately) on the 200 block of North Third Street. The caller said a vehicle had hit a fence at Eugene and North Third streets and drove off. Carr said officers caught up with the vehicle on the 500 block of Jefferson Street. The driver had not been drinking, but Carr said William Keith was cited for damage to the fence.

At 6:59 a.m., Wednesday police took another report of a burglary at a residence where prescription medication was taken. Carr said the incident is being added to an ongoing investigation about similar instances.