Police Blotter: Arrests; Unattended pot fills apartment with smoke; Unconscious driver & baby rescued from car; Dognapping in Lander?

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Thursday’s law enforcement roundup from across Fremont County. All persons cited or arrested are considered innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Riverton Police Department


Tori Watts, 20, Hudson, Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Marijuana.

Garrett Medicinecloud, 28, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace.


Acrid white smoke escaped from an upstairs window. (EO)

Acrid white smoke escaped from an upstairs window. (EO)

Riverton Police and Riverton Fire responded just before noon Friday to a report of smoke coming from a unit at the Woodridge Apartments, building 1580-E, on Redwood Street. Apparently a pot of oatmeal, or something, was left on the stove and the occupants left, leaving the burner on. The upstairs apartment began to fill with acrid white smoke and the building’s fire alarm system activated. Responding police officers managed to open an upstairs window to begin venting the apartment. The RFD responded to make sure there was no other problem. There were no injuries. The apartment suffered smoke damage throughout.

Police were called to the 900 block of Hillside at 9:07 a.m. Thursday for a child not wanting to go to school. The child was taken to school.

A hit and run two vehicle crash involving a gray Buick LeSabre and a black 1999 Chevrolet pickup was reported at 9:27 a.m. in the 800 block of North Federal. A report had not yet been completed. Damage was over $1,000.

A truck drove away from the Loaf ‘N Jug in the 300 block of North Federal without paying for $85 worth of fuelat two minutes past noon. Police are attempting to locate the vehicle involved.

A local resident reported that someone in West Palm Beach, Florida, had been charging items on a their credit card. They had already notified their financial institution but made a report to police as well.

Police had to break out the window of this vehicle to rescue the driver and her two month old baby. (EO)

Police broke out a window to rescue the driver & baby. (EO)

From the interesting call department, police were advised Thursday at 2:11 p.m. by a local resident that there were two dogs in a yard, but only one dog house.

Jerry Bornhoft Construction reported that someone had broken out headlights and windows from equipment parked in the 3800 block of Airport Road.

A resident in the 700 block of Eagle Drive reported that someone removed the tape from a busted-out window on their vehicle and took an X-Box. A report was taken.

No information was available on a property damage vehicle crash reported at 4:20 p.m. at North Federal and East Park.

An injured deer was reported near East Park and North Smith Road at 7:36 p.m.

Over $1,000 in damage resulted in a collision between a gold 2007 Ford passenger car and a green 1999 Oldsmobile passenger car at 11:03 p.m. at East Main and North Third streets. One person was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital with undetermined injuries.

Riverton Police responded to North Eighth West and West Sunset where a driver fell unconscious behind the wheel of her moving vehicle, jumped a sidewalk and made it nearly across the front lawn of the U.S. Energy Building before two Good Samaritans were able to stop the vehicle. (See separate post).

Lander Police Department


Seth Lebeau, 30, Lander, Natrona County Warrant.

Nicholas VonFeldt, 25, Ethete, Public Intoxication. Lt. Chuck Carr said VonFeldt was arrested after police were called to the 700 block of Canyon Street at 5:11 p.m. for a report of a suspicious intoxicated person in the area. Carr said VonFeldt had a .32 BAC.


At 3:09 p.m., police took a report from a woman who believed her ex-boyfriend caused $300 in damage to her vehicle. Charges were not filed, but information was taken.

At 7:41 p.m., a woman reportedly called police to the 900 block of Lincoln Street after she heard a dog yelp and then saw a person throw something into a Ford Bronco and drive away. Police were unable to locate the vehicle, and it is unknown whether there is any connection between the dog and vehicle that left the area.

At 11:54 p.m., police were called to the area of Wyoming and Buena Vista streets for a report of a suspicious person in the area. Carr said the man was looking for a ride to Riverton. He was allowed to go on his way.

Police were called to the 800 block of Amoretti Street at 2:32 a.m. on Friday for a report of a family fight. One of the parties had left the home before police arrived.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Kelly Denevan, 51, Lander, Bond Revocation.

Jamie Goodman, 21, Arapahoe, two Failure to Appear Warrants.

Franklin Oldman, 34, Arapahoe, Probation Revocation.

Troy Koch, 38, Riverton, Domestic Violence Battery. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said at 9:39 p.m., deputies were called to the 600 block of Fox Springs Drive in Riverton for a report of a family family fight. He said the suspect, identified as Koch, fled the scene and officers spent much of the night search for him. He was located this morning and placed under arrest.


Just before 11 a.m. today, Sheriff’s deputies were called to the south end of Eight Mile Road where a female had lost control of her car, it slammed into a bridge railing, careened down the road some distance and rolled over into the barrow ditch. The driver walked away from the crash but was examined at the scene by a Fremont County EMS crew.

Deputies and EMS responded to a one vehicle wreck on 8-Mile Road near the bridge on Friday morning. The driver was able to walk away from the crash. (Ernie Over photo)

Deputies and EMS responded to a one vehicle wreck on 8-Mile Road (EO)

At 9:03 a.m. on Thursday, a man on the 100 block of Bluebell Lane said he believes someone was stealing gas from his property.

Deputies were called to the area of Highway 135 and Double Dives at noon for a report of possible teenagers with a truck stuck in mud. The caller believed alcohol might be involved. Upon contacting the subjects, deputies determined everyone to be adults and there was no alcohol.

At 1:56 p.m., deputies took a report of tires and car seats left at a campsite off Sinks Canyon Road.

A woman called deputies at 6:11 p.m., to report cows on her property that were stepping on a pipe. She was afraid the pipe would break.

At 9:39 p.m., deputies were called to the 600 block of Fox Springs Drive in Riverton for a report of a family family fight. The majority of the call log related to the incident is redacted and goes as late as 3:31 a.m. The incident is under investigation.

Deputies were called to another physical family fight at 6:22 a.m. to the 900 block of East Monroe Avenue in Riverton. The suspect fled the scene and warrant is pending.

An injured deer was reported near East Park and North Smith Road at 7:36 p.m.