Police Blotter: Arrests; Coroner verdicts in on Woody & Watts deaths; Citizen Police Academy to start in Riverton Feb. 21st

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

Fremont County Coroner

The Coroner’s office Friday said the death of a 20-year-old Lander man on December 19th was accidental and due to “mixed drug intoxication.” The body of Patrick W. Woody was found in a camp trailer next to his home south of Lander just one week before Christmas. A verdict and Case Docket revealed that Woody had fatal levels of the drug Fentanyl in his system, along with high therapeutic levels of Oxycodone.

According to Deputy County Coroner Mark Stratmoen, the general therapeutic level of Fentanyl is 0.3 ng/ml. Woody’s system contain 13 ng/ml, which Stratmoen said was a fatal dose. He said death from the drug could occur at a level of 3.0 ng/ml. Woody also had 69 ng/ml of Oxycodone in his system, which Stratmoen said “is a high therapeutic level, but not fatal.”

According to Wikipedia, “Fentanyl (also known as fentanil) is a potent, synthetic narcotic analgesic with a rapid onset and short duration of action. Historically it has been used to treat breakthrough pain and is commonly used in pre-procedures as a pain reliever as well as an anesthetic in combination with a benzodiazepine. Fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine. As of 2012 fentanyl was the most widely used synthetic opioid in clinical practice. Fentanyl and derivatives have been used as recreational drugs; as such they have caused fatalities.”

The Coroner’s Office also reported that the death of a man found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle parked next to the RHS track was natural, due to a heart attack. The Verdict and Case Docket for 59-year-old George J. Watts indicated the cause of death was from “Actue Myocardial Infarction.” Watts was dressed in jogging gear and had traces of the red RHS track on the bottom of his running shoes, indicating that he had been apparently been running before being stricken.

The cases in both deaths are now closed.

Riverton Police Department


Rachel Barrios, 23, Arapahoe, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant and on a Shoplifting charge.

Edward Brown III, 29, Riverton, arrested for Public Intoxication.


The RPD is now opening registrations for its next Police Citizens Academy, that is slated to begin on Thursday, Feb. 21st. This will be the RPD’s third  Citizen Academy. Classes will be every Thursday night for 8 weeks from 6 pm to approximately 8:30 pm. Classes will be informative in nature about the inner workings of the Riverton Police Department. Class is limited to 15 participants. Please contact Captain Eric Murphy 856-4891 if interested.


Police are investigating a reported theft from a residence in the 500 block of North 7th East. Captain Eric Murphy said a man had traveled to Cody for a dental appointment and when he returned, the inside of his residence had been trashed and items were missing, apparently taken by his now former roommate. Missing is a 2001 unique pure silver coin with the image of Queen Elizabeth on one side and an oriental dragon on the other, and a 1972 series $5 bill. A bow and arrow that was on display on a wall was taken down and an arrow was shot into a door, doing serious damage to the door and the arrow. A back window was also cracked. Police are attempting to locate the ex roommate. Value of the missing coin was estimated at $100.

At 5:55 p.m. police summoned the Fremont County EMS Ambulance to the band shell at City Park where an intoxicated man was having seizures. A police report indicated the man blew a 0.5 percent blood alcohol level. He was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital.

A two vehicle crash was reported at 6:42 p.m. in the 300 block of East Adams. There were no injuries. A formal police accident report had not yet been completed.

Lander Police Department


Albert Tillman, 42, Ethete, cited for possession of marijuana.

A 17-year-old Lander boy was arrested for a Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Warrant. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said this is the boy who was cited earlier in the week for felony larceny in connection with the theft of a snowmobile. Carey said the boy resisted arrest.

Marc Cunningham, 33, Lander, arrested. Carey said he believed Cunningham would be charged with Interference. The arrest came during a search for a weapons offense suspect. A separate story on that incident will follow.

Dominic Arthur, 44, Arapahoe, four LPD Warrants.

Anneliese Burroughs, 89, Lander, cited for Trespassing. Carey said police were called to an apartment at 5:01 a.m. on Friday on the 500 block of South Second Street for a report of a woman who entered the caller’s residence and yelled at him for his TV being too loud last night. “She did state she was trying to kill someone over it,” Carey said. Burroughs was subsequently cited.


Police assisted the FCSO in a search for a weapons offense suspect on Thursday night. A separate story will be filed.

At 4:26 p.m. on Thursday, police were called to Safeway for a report of a female shoplifting suspect who had been caught. Carey had no additional information.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Quintan Rohde, 30, Wheatland, Driving Under the Influence, No Interlock Devise, and Criminal Trespass.

Richard Helm, 59, Lander, CAST Violation.

Steven Lindsey, 59, Bonneville, Contempt of Court.

Kenneth Daniels, 52, Riverton, Simple Assault.

Terry Belden, 46, Shoshoni, Driving Under the Influence.


At 8:16 a.m., deputies were called to the 900 block of East Monroe Avenue in Riverton for a report of a vehicle that was egged sometime over the night. The egg was reportedly frozen to the car.

At 9:10 a.m., deputies received a call from a woman who was concerned about her daughter and her kids. She believed her daughter was involved with drugs. The call is under investigation.

At 11:59 a.m. on Thursday, a woman in Dubois reported that someone hit a trailer on the 600 block of South First Street. The trailer’s owner was not in town.