Police Blotter: Stolen car suspect caught in Riverton; Lander child continues to improve in SLC hospital; Thieves get $400 from purse

Fremont County Sheriff’s Department


Amanda Randall, 24, Hudson was arrested and charged with child abuse and child endangering. Captain Ryan Lee said the incident is under active investigation and no further details would be released.


Deputies were called out just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night to assist the Wyoming Highway Patrol at milepost 28 on Highway 26 at Dubois where a jackknifed tractor-trailer unit was blocking the highway.


A complaint that an individual had been taking more than his limit of fish from below the Rise of the Sinks on the legal side of the river proved to be unfounded. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Lander office investigated the complaint and discovered a fisherman practicing catch and release fishing. There was no violation.


Fremont County Fire Protection District


Two controlled burns along the Missouri Valley Road, Wyoming Highway 134, raged out of control Monday afternoon after high winds associated with a severe thunderstorm hit the area. Fire alarms went out to five different fire battalions. The calls were to 290 and 1900 Missouri Valley Road. The responding fire units had the blazes under control in a short time.


Fire District officials caution landowners who are burning fields, ditches and/or fence lines to check with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Riverton before starting any fires. If high winds are in the forecast, it’s a good idea not to start a grass fire.



Riverton Police Department


Captain C. T. Smith reported five arrests in the 24-hour period that ended at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Eugene Ridgely, 50, Ethete, public intoxication and vagrancy

Sylvia Friday, 31, Riverton, municipal warrant

Nina Littleshield, 46, St. Stephens, municipal warrant

Dominic Arthur, 43, Arapahoe, disturbing the peace

Samuel Friday, 29, Ethete, felony larceny, attempted felony larceny, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).


Smith said Friday was arrested after officers were called the Cedar Bar at 413 East Fremont on a report of a stolen vehicle. Apparently, according to a police report, an employee of the bar had parked his red and black 1990 Ford Aerostar Van outside the bar with the doors unlocked and the key in the ignition. After taking the report, officers located the vehicle at the South Federal Maverik store. Also found at the scene was a man matching the description of the theft suspect. Upon further investigation, Smith said it was determined that Samuel Friday had been seen in the area of the Cedar Bar checking doors on vehicles, and had actually sat down on a motorcycle but was stopped by the motorcycle’s owner. Friday then allegedly gained access into the van and drove away. He was booked on the charges listed above and taken to the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander.


Smith said offers were called to Riverton Memorial Hospital shortly after midnight when a man arrived seeking treatment, the apparent victim of an assault. There are no current suspects in the case.


Police are still investigating two other assaults, one an incident of domestic abuse reported at 2:03 p.m. Tuesday at an address on North Federal Boulevard and a reported sexual assault phoned to police at 7:21 p.m. on the 24th. No other details were released.


A resident on West Bend Drive reported a theft at 8:59 p.m. Tuesday. The caller reported someone had apparently siphoned some 60 gallons of fuel from his pickup truck. The fuel was valued at $160.


A property damage car wreck at the intersection of South Federal and East Monroe was reported at 7:24 p.m. Tuesday, but the investigating officer has not yet completed a report on the incident. No injuries were reported.



Lander Police Department


Arrests by the LPD included:

16-year-old Juvenile male, arrested for interference

Brennon Scott, 23, Lander, cited for peace disturbance.


Lt. Chuck Carr said the 2-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle last week in the parking lot at the Teton Motel is showing steady improvement and is now out of Intensive Care at a Salt Lake City Hospital. Carr said he talked with one of the child’s parents today and received the update. Carr said a report on the crash, by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, is expected to be delivered to the police department late Wednesday or perhaps Thursday.


A female shopper at Pamida in Lander Tuesday afternoon reported a missing purse, that she thought she might’ve left at the store or lost elsewhere. A review of the store’s video surveillance system revealed several subjects taking the purse from her shopping cart while she was distracted and then taking to a rest room at the store. When the suspects emerged from the rest room they did not have the purse. “Basically, the video shows them taking the purse, they apparently went inside the rest room and cleaned it out,” Carr said. The woman reported $400 in cash was missing, along with other items. Carr said police are continuing to review the video to identify the suspects.


A report of child abuse and neglect was telephoned to the LPD around 2:30 Tuesday. The report is under investigation.


A vehicle was found broken into behind Palmeno’s Service in Lander Tuesday afternoon, but the owner is out of town and police do not know what, if anything, is missing from the vehicle.


Operators of Lander Ice Company reported a person or persons unknown apparently broke into the cash box of one of their ice machines and took all of the cash.


A dispute between two females at the Silver Spur Motel is under investigation. Police were called to the scene at 8:07 p.m. Tuesday night for a reported simple assault.