Police Blotter: Arrests; Phone scammers still at work locally; Police search for hit and run driver in Riverton

(Lander, Wyo.) – Friday’s law enforcement round-up from across Fremont County.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Candace Murray, 30, Fort Washakie, Simple Assault and Interference with an Emergency Call. Murray was arrested following a report of her being intoxicated and trying to assault other house members at 6:57 p.m. at a home in Fort Washakie.


At 10:06 a.m., deputies were called to Pavillion for a report of sheep not being fed and inadequate fencing. The caller said the sheep get out and get onto their property.

At 1 p.m., Deputies responded to a caller in St. Stephen’s who reported that a couple days ago, two dogs killed two geese and a cat. The caller described the dogs as a red heeler mix and a reddish/brown larger dog.

Lander Police Department


Matthew Brown, 23, Arapahoe, FCSO Warrant. Wade Brown, 22, Arapahoe, cited for Expired Registration and No Child Restraint. Chief Jim Carey said the Browns were pulled over near the intersection of Highway 789 and Dillon Drive after an officer noticed the expired registration. Wade Brown was the driver. Carey said the No Child Restraint citation came from a 3-year-old girl who was in the vehicle and not properly restrained.


Police are following up on a report of a gas drive off from the Loaf N Jug at 1:36 p.m. on Thursday. Carey said a local truck left without paying for $10.

At 2 p.m. on Thursday, police received a report of a fraudulent phone call. The reporting party said she received a call from a man asking her to send money to get her grandson out of jail in Mexico. She did not send money.

Police received two calls about possible mail tampering. At 3:51 p.m., police received a call from the 800 block of North Lane from a woman who reported a letter of hers from Publishers Clearing House was on the ground and opened, Carey said. The woman was advised to contact the post office. There are no suspects. The other call came at 3:55 p.m. on the 200 block of Main Street. The caller said he or she might have seen a man take mail out of a mailbox.

At 6:45 a.m. on Friday, police responded to a minor wreck at the intersection of South Ninth and Fremont Streets. A black van apparently slid through the intersection and struck a sign. Carey said the report wasn’t complete and had no further information.

Riverton Police Department


Steven Oldman, 22, Arapahoe, arrested for Disturbing the Peace.

William Hamilton, 40, Riverton, arrested for Disturbing the Peace

Dwight Begay, 25, Riverton, arrested for Disturbing the Peace


A resident in the 800 block of North Broadway Avenue reported shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Thursday that someone had driven through a yard there tearing down a fence and running over two solar lights. The metal railing on the fence and two lights were damaged with a repair estimate at $75. There are no suspects.

Police are investigating a theft of service from a Riverton motel. A man who had spent the night in a room at the Paintbrush Motel tried to pay with an invalid credit card. When the charge was rejected, the man left without paying for the room.

A 22-year-old woman driving a 2009 red Toyota was t-boned by a man driving a 1980s model General Motors beige colored passenger car at the intersection of 11th East and East Adams at 12:50 p.m. Thursday. According to a report, the man apparently tried to give the woman an invalid insurance card, but the woman refused the information noting that it was for a different vehicle. The man, apparently fearing arrest, then fled the scene. He was identified as having long brown hair and wearing a plaid shirt. Police were unable to locate the suspect vehicle on Thursday. A police report indicated there was significant damage to the drivers side of the Toyota.

A resident reported the theft of a 50 gallon water tank from a vehicle. The theft was discovered at 2:29 p.m. Thursday. The container was identified as a rust colored water barrel with a black lid and having a brass spigot. Value of the water container was estimated at $75. There are no suspects.

A 78-year-old Riverton resident was the victim of a computer scam that was reported on Thursday at 4:57 p.m. A police report indicated the woman was contacted over the phone in regards to potential problems with her computer. The woman agreed to have the computer repaired and gave the caller personal and financial information. She later called police after the promised repairs were not made. The case is under investigation.

Police said a 57-year-old female was cited for an indecent exposure after urinating in public. The incident occurred at 3:01 p.m. Thursday afternoon next to the band shell in City Park.