Police Blotter: Arrests; S&R mission in Atlantic City area successful; Marijuana confiscated in Riverton traffic stop

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Friday’s law enforcement recap from across the county. Those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Fremont County Coroner

The Verdict and Case Dockets on two autopsies were released this week by Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen.

In the first, the homicide of David R. Moss Jr. was determined to be from multiple blunt force injuries and manual strangulation. Moss was killed on September 4th after he and another woman were attacked on the Rails To Trails Pathway adjacent to the All Our Nations Mobile Home Park north of Riverton. The Case Docket also indicated that Moss had been drinking, but that he was under the legal limit for intoxication. His BAC level was .072 percent. Traces of cannabinoids (marijuana) were also found in his system. Two juveniles are facing murder charges in that incident and entered not guilty pleas in District Court on Thursday. See that story here. 

In the second report, the September 21st death of Courtney B. Cox in Lander was ruled as accidental. Cause of death was reported to be “exsanguination due to gunshot wound to the abdomen.” In layman’s terms, she bled to death. Cox was shot while her husband was allegedly cleaning a loaded gun. See details that story here. 


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Brandon Conard, 27, Lander, Driving Under the Influence. Conard was arrested following a 11:23 a.m. report of an intoxicated person driving through Hudson erratically and having almost ran the caller off the road several times.

Danielle Vensor, 31, Pavillion, Failure to Appear Warrant.


A search and rescue mission was successful this morning in the Atlantic City area for two men who did not return home from hunting. The sheriff’s office was notified at 5:06 a.m. that the pair were supposed to have returned from the Fort Stambaugh Loop area last night but had not. The caller said the pair’s truck had been found, but the red ATV the two men were using was not there. The subjects reportedly had light coats and fanny packs, but no other supplies, states the sheriff’s call log. The caller reportedly got a call from one of the men around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, but could not hear any talking. One of the search crews found the two men at 10:35 this morning in good condition.

At 5:51 p.m., a man near Riverton reported abuse of more than 70 cows who reportedly had no food and were trying to get out of their fenced area.

At 6:07 p.m. on Thursday, a BLM officer reportedly found a blue pickup with temporary tags near Lander with a dressed out doe that appeared to be a few days old. BLM is handling the investigation.


Riverton Police Department


Kenneth Klinker, 19, Riverton, Delivery of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana) and Use of Controlled Substance; Cody Shinkle, 21, Riverton, Delivery of Marijuana; Taylor Whitt, 19, Shoshoni, Delivery of Marijuana, Use of Marijuana and Use of Xanax; Chyanne Cross-Dailey, 18, Riverton, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Use of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. The RPD was advised of a REDDI report at 4:54 p.m. in the 200 block of North Federal where a driver exiting a gold Chevrolet Tahoe appeared to be intoxicated. An officer on a special traffic enforcement detail contacted the vehicle in a parking lot and was told the driver, Cross-Dailey, had taken six Xanax tablets. The occupants of the vehicle then allegedly confessed to the officer that they had gone down to Colorado, purchased the marijuana, and brought it back and were selling it. In a consensual search, the officer found 29 grams of marijuana.

Marcus Brown, 58, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Donald Smith, 50, Riverton, DWUI.

A 53-year-old female from Riverton was issued a citation for Violation of a Protection Order.

The Devil made them do it. Captains C.T. Smith and Eric Murphy were returning from a meeting when the driver of a passing vehicle leaned out of his truck’s window and threw an object at the unmarked police vehicle. The object struck the windshield of the police vehicle. The two officers turned around and pursed the vehicle, stopping it in the 100 block of East Main at North  1st Street. The two occupants of the truck, a 37-year-old man from Rock Springs and a 20-year-old man from Riverton, said they were just “messing around” and did not realize they threw something at a police vehicle. The object was retrieved later and was found to be a hard plastic head of the devil. Officers found several hunting rifles in the truck and a small bag of marijuana. The Rock Springs man was cited for Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana) and for Careless Driving.


A theft from a motor vehicle parked at the Kmart parking lot was reported at 10 a.m. Thursday. Missing was a yellow tow strip. A report was taken.

A minor fender-bender was reported in the parking lot at Walmart, Row 4,  at noon between a teal colored Chevrolet Avalanche and a white pickup truck. No other information was available.

The theft of $150 in cash from a purse at a residence in the 900 block of Forest Drive is under investigation.

Someone unsuccessfully tried to pry open a money changing machine at the Rocky Mountain Car Wash in the 900 block of West Main. Damage was reported to be minor.

A report or narrative of a three vehicle crash at the intersection of Moose Drive and East Sunset reported at 3:42 p.m. Thursday had not been completed. No other information was available.

High Plains Power reported that someone had jumped the fence at their yard in the 1700 block of East Monroe and had taken some scrap metal.

A TTR 125 motorcycle reported stolen off of a porch in the 70 block of Blackfoot Avenue was recovered a short time later by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department near the 1838 Rendezvous Site and the Rendezvous Ponds. The motorcycle was returned to its owner.

A custodian at the Riverton Middle School reported that a truck pulled into the parking lot at the school and urinated in the lot. Police were unable to locate the vehicle. The incident occurred after school hours and no children were present.

Call of the Day: A man called the RPD Thursday evening at 7:57 from a mobile home park in the 1300 block of South Federal Boulevard and told police that he wanted his keys back from his wife, but she wouldn’t give them to him since he was drunk. He also he didn’t want to give his name because, according to a police report, he had warrants in other states.

A fight outside of a bar near East Main and South Third East involving five people was broken up by police. There were no arrests or citations and the combatants were advised to go home.

At 1 a.m. Friday morning, employees from Walmart called police to report that a woman was sleeping at a table in the store’s personnel office and they did not know who she was. It was discovered the female was waiting for her mother to end her shift at the store.

Police were called to the 1400 block of West Park at 3 a.m. for a verbal family fight. According to a police report, a 23-year-old man was told at work that one of his friends had been having an affair with his girlfriend. When he returned to their residence after work, he confronted her with that information. A police report said the pair said they tried not to argue because they did not want to wake up their baby, but neighbors initiated the police call because they could hear a woman crying and a man screaming. The boyfriend said he had slammed his fist into a wall and on a refrigerator, but he had not struck her. The 20-year-old female said the same thing. The two were separated for the night.

The RPD responded to 32 calls for service on Thursday, nine of which were on alcohol-related problems.


Lander Police Blotter


James Webb, 20, Lander, FCSO Warrant.

Ardella Arndt, 74, Lander, cited for Shoplifting. Police were called to Family Dollar at 1:51 p.m. on Thursday after employees observed a woman putting $14.70 worth of Glade wax melts in her purse. Chief Jim Carey said Arndt was cited and served with a no trespass order.

Devin Meeks, 25, Fort Washakie, FCSO Warrant and Shoplifting. Meeks was arrested after he allegedly attempted to steal cigarettes from Mr. D’s and officers learned about his outstanding warrant.

Devin Anderson, 29, Lander, FCSO Warrant.


At 10:10 a.m., police were called to the area of Cascade and South Ninth streets for a report of two pit bulls who reportedly were at large and bit a woman. An officer arrived and was able to corral both dogs back into their home; the larger dog snapped at him, Carey said. He said the victim wasn’t actually bitten; there was no broken skin or bleeding. The dogs owner is cooperating with law enforcement. There are no citations at this time.

A report of a disorderly student at Lander Valley High School is under investigation.

At 5:45 p.m., police were called to the 1100 block of Main Street by a person who found two used needles in some bushes.

At 6:57 p.m., a person called police to report a suspicious man hanging out by a storage container at Hunt Field Airport. Police arrived and found no around, and the container was secure. Police did find evidence of possible public urination.

Police were called to the Safeway parking lot for a report of a fight at 8:42 p.m. Police were unable to locate any suspicious activity.