Police Blotter: Arrests; Lander Police foil burglary in progress; Passersby find and extinguish Hudson home fire

(Lander, Wyo.) – Tuesday’s Law Enforcement roundup from across Fremont County:

Riverton Police Department


William Edwards, 50, Lander, Driving While Under the Influence

Vernon Brown, 53, Arapahoe, Contempt of Court

Kenny Ariks, 27, Kingston, Tenn., arrested on a Probation Revocation warrant


Riverton Police responded to 37 calls for service in the 24 hour period that ended at midnight Monday.

A minor collision between a delivery truck and an employee’s vehicle was reported at 9:42 a.m. Monday at A.D. Martin Lumber Company.

The RPD assisted a mother who accidentally locked her one-year-old child in a Dodge Avenger in the 800 block of North Eighth West at 10:12 a.m. A locksmith was not available so police assisted in unlocking the vehicle.

A Riverton resident discovered his son with a pellet gun in the 700 block of East Adams Avenue Monday morning. The boy said he found the gun in a dumpster behind his house. He said the gun was in pieces but he put it back together. The pellet gun was taken to the PD.

Police were unable to locate a white Cadillac Escalade which drove through a drive-up lane in the 800 block of North Federal with a small child sitting on the lap of a passenger, instead of secured in a child seat in the back seat. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

One of the local Taxi cab companies called police at  1:18 p.m. Monday about a customer who had failed to pay for a fare. A report was taken.

A report of a possible drunk driver Monday at 3:40 p.m. turned out to be unfounded, but one person in the vehicle was cited for Driving While Under Suspension.

The RPD took a report from a Riverton resident who claimed someone in India was attempted to scam them on-line.

Lander Police Department


Joseph Griego, 21, Fort Washakie, Burglary. Police Chief Jim Carey said an alert citizen notified police at 8:44 p.m. Monday that two people were in the process of burglarizing an apartment unit in the 100 block of North Ninth Street. Police responded and secured the perimeter of the location, announced themselves and made contact with two suspects inside the apartment. One of the suspects, Griego, was arrested for burglary. Carey the alert citizen’s call resulted “in a large amount of personal property prevented from being taken from the apartment.” Police are continuing their investigation into the case.


Lander Police responded to 11 calls for service in the past 28.5 hours, ending at 4:55 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police received a complaint of someone “racing up and down the street and launching themselves off of the snow drifts” in the vicinity of North 4th Street and Lincoln. Carey said riding a snowmobile on city streets is not illegal, as long as the operator of the snow machine follows all the rules of the road, has a flag above the snow machine, if the machine has a current year state registration sticker, drives the speed limit and uses hand signals when turning or slowing. If the rider is under the age of 18, they must also be wearing a helmet. Carey said snow machines are not allowed in the city’s parks. With over 20 inches of snow that fell over the weekend, the city’s streets contain plenty of loose and packed snow.

A Lander resident reported a potential fraud on Monday at 5:19 p.m. The resident had received a telephone call advising them that they were a second place winner in the Publisher’s Clearing House, and in order to collect their prize, they had to send $500 via Western Union. The resident did not fall for the fraud attempt.

at 2:14 a.m. Tuesday, police were called about a man going door-to-door in the 900 block of Dabich seeking to use a telephone. With the extreme cold of the early morning hours, police learned that the man, who was somewhat intoxicated, had been “dumped off” by his “friends” and was trying to find a place to stay. Police took him to a local friend’s house he suggested and the party there accepted him for the night. “If he hadn’t found a place to go we would’ve had to arrest him and taken him to jail to keep him from freezing to death,” Carey said.

Fremont County Sheriff


None reported.  The Fremont County Detention Center currently has 165 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 151 are being held in the Fremont County Detention Center, nine are in substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state and out of the facility, two are on home detention out of the facility, and three inmates are being housed out of the facility.


The Sheriff’s Emergency 911 call center received seven calls for the Fremont County ambulance on Monday

Fremont County firefighters were called out once on Monday at 3:01 p.m., to a structure fire in the 100 block of Coal Street in Hudson. Assistant Fremont County Fire Protection District Chief Dan Oakley said a resident had a burn barrel close to the front porch of his residence. Material being burned in the barrel apparently caught the porch on fire. Passersby saw the fire, turned in the alarm, and then proceeded to put out blaze by throwing snow on the fire, Oakley said. “Damage was minimal thanks to the fast action of the passersby,” he said. The fire was out by the time Hudson volunteers arrived on scene minutes later.

The Sheriff’s Department received 21 calls for service on Monday.

A 17-year-old male runaway from Riverton was found and returned home Monday at 9:46 a.m.

The residual effects of the 10 inch snow fall in Riverton over the weekend resulted in a driver losing control of their sedan on Honor Farm Road north of Riverton at 11:47 a.m. The vehicle slid off the roadway and became stuck. The vehicle was later removed from its predicament. There were no injuries.

There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash in Shoshoni at 4 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of West Fifth at Oak Street.

A resident of Dubois reported a hit and run driver had struck their motorhome which was parked in the 200 block of Watson Street. The incident is under investigation.

Deputies during a traffic stop at Sandy Drive and  Highway 26 near Riverton issued a misdemeanor citation for Possession of a Controlled Substance to the driver, whose identity was not released.