Police Blotter: Arrests; Lander man unhurt in crash into creek; Woman accidentally locked inside her apartment; Shoplifters thwarted

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Department


None in the past 24 hours.

The Fremont County Detention Center currently has 155 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 143 are being held in the Lander jail, six are in substance abuse treatment programs around the state, one is on home detention and five inmates are being housed in other counties.


Nyberg escaped injury in this crash. (Joshua Scheer photo)

Nygard escaped injury in this crash. (Joshua Scheer photo)

John Nygard, 56, of Lander escaped serious injury Thursday morning when the 2009 Honda sedan he was driving slid off of Pheasant Run Drive and landed upside down in Hornecker Creek. According to Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee, Nygard told deputies that he failed to negotiate a corner in the roadway prior to the bridge over the creek and lost control of his vehicle.”Mr. Nygard indicated that everything he did to correct his vehicle actually complicated the situation causing the vehicle to slide over the bridge girder and overturn into the creek. Mr. Nygard stated he was not injured, however he was unable to get out of the car without assistance,” Lee said in a statement.  County10.com’s Joshua Scheer was at the scene and said water from the creek was flowing through the car and that Nyberg was cold and wet, but otherwise unharmed. He was taken by ambulance to Lander Regional Hospital for observation.

A resident in the 1600 block of North Smith Road re ported that someone had hit their fence and had damaged it.

A minor two vehicle crash was reported at Hutchinson Road and Highway 789 north of Riverton at 11:03 a.m. between a 2008 blue Ford Explorer Sport Track and a late model four door silver compact sedan. There were no injuries.

A man who lives in the 800 block of the 17 Mile Road on the Wind River Reservation reported that his own dog had bitten him, causing a large laceration.

Two buck deer in a fight in the yard of a residence on Sylvan Way in Dubois ran into a wall and had been knocked down. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department was called.


Lander Police Department


No arrests in the past 24 hours

Danielle Laird, 32, Lander, was cited by police for Failure to Yield the Right of Way at an Intersection after her white 2014 GMC Yukon crashed into a gray 2013 Ford pickup at Main Street and North 8th at 6:58 p.m.

A 25-year-0ld Riverton man coming into Lander on highway 287 was reported as a drunk driver because of the vehicle driving outside of its lane. Upon stopping the vehicle, police suspected the man had been texting, as is phone was on and the officer could see text messages. The man was warned about texting while driving and was cited for not having a front license plate.


Lander Police were unable to locate a vehicle leaving town toward Milford at 11:08 a.m. Thursday that was reported to have an unrestrained child sitting on the lap of a passenger in the front seat. The vehicle was reported to be a blue Ford Fiesta.

Two calls were received about a randy dog jumping over fences and trying to mate with neighbor’s dogs in the 100 block of Rail Lane. Police are attempting to contact the dog’s owner for having a dog at large.

Over $1,000 was reported from a rear end collision at 3:42 p.m. at the intersection of North 9th and Amoretti streets A white 1984 Toyota and a maroon 1995 Honda Accord were involved. There were no injuries nor any citations issued.

A potential fraud was reported at 5:08 p.m. after a Lander resident received a telephone call asking for credit card information. The reporting party terminated the call without giving up an information and notified the police.

Lander’s drug dog was called into action Thursday afternoon by the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation to search a vehicle.

Lt. Chuck Carr also reported that Lander’s drug and bomb dogs were also deployed earlier this week in a random search at schools in Riverton District #25.

Police received a call at 7:29 p.m. from a residence in the 100 block of Wyoming Street where a juvenile boy was attempting to visit his ex girlfriend, also a juvenile. The boy was asked to leave the property and he did.

Okay, you’re just moving in to a new second floor apartment in the 300 block of South Sixth and you lock the door using a deadbolt. Then you can’t get the deadbolt unlocked. What to  you do? First you call the landlord. When he doesn’t respond,  you call the Lander Police. That’s exactly what an 18-year-old female did Thursday after discovering she was trapped in her new second floor digs and could not get out. After police arrived, the girl tossed her keys down to the officer through an open window, who then went upstairs and tried to open the door. Carr said the officer discovered the deadbolt was broken internally. “It was free spinning,” he said. So now what? The resourceful officer used a tool to punch out the door’s hinges to get the door open. The landlord was eventually contacted and a new lock is on it way.


Riverton Police Department


 Al Brown, 42, Ethete, Driving While Under the Influence. Police were called by store officials at the McDonald’s Restaurant after Brown drove up to the drive through windows without ordering at the kiosk and tried to pay for someone else’s meal. They suspected the driver was intoxicated. As it happened, two officers in separate vehicles were across the street at City Hall, about to drive onto North Federal. They watched as Brown drove away from the restaurant, not using the driveway, but jumping a curb, driving over some grass, and jumping another curb to go northbound on Federal. The officers stopped him a short time away on East Sunset. According to a police report, when officers approached the man, he gave it up. “Okay, take me, I’m drunk,” Brown is reported to have said to the officers. His blood alcohol level was reported over .30 percent (.08 is the legal limit). Brown allegedly told the officers he was heading to a birthday party and had stopped to pick up some drinks, but had consumed them en route.

Clowry Means, 47, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication


Police were called to the 800 block of Rainbow Thursday after a 23-year-old woman reported that her former boyfriend was physically blocking her from taking her three-year-old child to day care. She also reported that the 24-year-old man had been mentally and verbally abusive to her, and that she wanted to evict him from her home. She said he had blocked her from leaving the house several times, and at one point, took away her cell phone so she could not call out. Police did a civil standby as the man was allowed to pack up his clothes and officers then escorted him out of the residence. The man was cited for False Imprisonment and he was served a No Trespass order to legally block him from returning to the home.

A red 1997 Dodge 1500 4×4 pickup driven by a young male wearing a red hoodie allegedly drove away from the Loaf ‘N Jug store in the 300 block of North Federal without paying for $80 in fuel.

A report on a traffic mishap between two vehicles in the Central Wyoming College Health and Science Center parking lot had not been completed by Friday morning. There were reportedly no injuries.

Store officials at Safeway called police at 2:09 p.m. after two women had darted from the store with a cart load of groceries and had begun unloaded the stolen goods into a Toyota passenger car. The store employees gave chase and were able to recover the groceries from the two, but the women sped off heading south. Police were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

Two Italians living in Riverton on a temporary visa reported that one of their credit card numbers had been stolen, apparently on a visit to Las Vegas, and the card number was now being used to purchase unauthorized items on line. The purchases were being made in Egypt and Singapore and other locations. Total amount was about 650 Euros, or around $837. The credit card had been issued by a bank in Italy, which had been contacted about the fraudulent expenditures.

A green Mitsubishi 3000 and a blue Chevrolet 1500 pickup tangled in the parking lot at the Riverton Aquatic Center. A report had not  yet been completed. There was no report of any injuries.

A  crash with damages over $1,000 was reported in the 800 block of West Park at 4:51 p.m. between a gray 2007 Ford Freestyle and a red and white 1989 Ford Bronco. No injuries were reported.

Police are on the lookout for a older model red four-door passenger car involved in a hit and run crash Thursday at 8:44 p.m.  in the 1000 block of Pershing Avenue. The car is believed to have extensive front end damage. The unknown vehicle struck a maroon 2001 Dodge pick up that was traveling eastbound on Pershing and then drove away.