Police Blotter: Arrests; Bicyclist hit by car in Lander, Man cited for breaking bar window; vicious dog attacked residents in Riverton; County firefighters dispatched to Wheatland forest blaze

Lander Police Department

A man in his 60’s whose identity was not released was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in the 600 block of Main Street just before 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. According to reports, the man was taken to Lander Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Lieutnant Chuck Carr said traffic was delayed for 15 minutes along Main Street while they cleared the scene. It is unknown at this time if any citations were issued.


34-year-old William Topaum of Ethete was arrested on three Lander Police Department warrants. Topaum was the passenger of a vehicle driven by Carmen Wesaw, who was arrested by the FCSO for driving while under the influence and driving under suspension.

Riverton Police Department

RPD Captain Eric Murphy said police were called to 90 Blackfoot Avenue in Riverton yesterday at 6:16 p.m. on the report of a vicious animal. Murphy said an aggressive black pit bull had apparently damaged a window in the home where it was kept and got loose. The dog then began chasing people in the neighborhood, biting at least one person, not seriously. The owner eventually caught the dog, who was a repeat offender. After a discussion with Animal Control, the dog’s owner agreed to remove the dog from the neighborhood and give the dog to a friend.

Reports were not complete, but the RPD investigated two traffic collisions yesterday, a hit and run crash at 819 N. Federal Boulevard and a personal injury wreck at at East Main and North Third.

Murphy also said a vandalism was reported in the 300 block of North 16th East where three separate vehicles were egged.


Earnest West, 47 years old from Pavillion, arrested for Driving While Under the Influence.


25-year-old Tory Moore from Idaho Falls, Idaho was issued a citation for property destruction. According to Captain Eric Murphy, Moore threw a glass through the window of Bar Ten at 114 S. Broadway.

William Lapine, 22, Riverton, was cited for having a dog at large

Jessica Sherman, 18 from Riverton was issued a citation for disorderly house

Stoney Rettinghouse, 20, Riverton, was issued a citation for minor in possession.

Taylor Carress, a 19-year-old female from Riverton, was issued a citation for minor in possession.

Kassandra Hatcher, 19 from Riverton, was issued a citation for minor in possession.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Carmen Wesaw, 36 from Ethete was arrested for driving while under the influence and driving while under suspension.


As reported yesterday afternoon on County10.com, the Fremont County Sheriffs Office assisted the BIA Wind River Police Department Wednesday afternoon at the 789 Smoke Shop and Casino south of Riverton. The WRPD had received a report of a subject in the area that had allegedly made threats of violence and had brandished a weapon.

“Our agency assisted WRPD by maintaining a perimeter around the building and keeping an eye out for the alleged suspect if he were to return,” said FCSO Captain Ryan Lee. Lee said deputies were on scene for about an hour before the suspect was located by WRPD. FCSO had no further involvement or information regarding the incident.

The Thursday morning report from the FCSO contained complaints on three separate incidents of theft from a vehicle. Dubois Mayor Twila Blakeman reported the theft of a battery from her 2008 Chevrolet 1500 Silverado pickup; A resident of the Gardens North Subdivision north of Riverton reported someone had removed prescription medications from a vehicle; and a Dubois resident reported a wallet was taken from a vehicle that contained money received as gifts for a Dubois High School graduate.


Fremont County  Coroner

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan reported the death of 32-year-old Michael Horton, a Riverton man who was found dead on his apartment couch in early April, was due to Exsanguination, a fatal process of blood loss to a degree sufficient to cause death. McAuslan had ruled the death due to natural causes at the time and an autopsy report said the death was due to bleeding from a disease process.


Fremont County Fire Protection District

Four Fremont County firefighters from the FCFPD left Riverton Wednesday afternoon about 1 p.m. with one fire truck to help fight a fire burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest about 20 miles northwest of Wheatland. The fire had grown to 3,500 acres and was only 10 percent contained by this morning, according to a Forest Service spokesman. The fire had also jumped the Laramie River and continued to spread. A total of 150 firefighters are attacking the blaze, which is burning in an area of rugged terrain mixed with ponderosa pine, brush and grass. Lighting the suspected cause of the fire.