Police Blotter: Arrests; Fire at RHS; Pickup window shot out; Elderly woman avoided phone scam; Man shoots self in foot

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

Riverton Fire Department

Firefighters were called out at 9:30 Thursday morning for a report of smoke at Riverton High School. Students were evacuated from the building to the Career Center. A fire was found and extinguished in a dryer in an equipment room. School was dismissed for the day as the building is being cleared of smoke, but classes will resume as normal on Friday. For a complete report of the incident, click here.

Riverton Police Department


Clowry Means, 46, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication. Means Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) was 0.26 percent

Teddy Goggles, 71, Riverton, Public Intoxication. Goggles BAC level was 0.30 percent.

Christopher Webb, 22, Riverton, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant

Christopher SunRhodes, 59, Riverton, Public Intoxication. SunRhodes’ BAC was 0.19 percent

Kenneth Shakespeare, 27, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication. Shakespeare’s BAC was 0.25 percent.


Relatives of a elderly Riverton couple called police on Wednesday after getting nothing but busy signals from the couple’s telephone number. An officer who checked on the pair found them just fine, but experiencing telephone problems.

One incident of vandalism was reported in the 1000 block of Pinecrest where a pellet apparently from a BB gun shattered the rear window of a pickup truck parked along the street. Damage estimated was $500.

A report of a suspicious person soliciting money from a resident in the 800 block of East Jackson was reported. The resident refused the request. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

Police were called to the 600 block of South Fourth West on a disturbance at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. A 31-year-old autistic male had apparently been hitting his head against a wall. Officers were able to calm the man down and they left the scene.

A bicycle was reported stolen from the Fremont County Public Library branch on West Park Avenue. The bicycle is an orange colored Tony Hawk model valued at $120.

Lander Police Department


Leah Lonebear, 31, St. Stephens, Driving While Under the Influence. Lonebear was arrested following a traffic stop in the 500 block of Buena Vista Drive at 4:37 p.m. Wednesday.

Police were contacted by the family of an 85-year-old woman who was the target of a telephone scam apparently originating outside of the United States. Police Chief Jim Carey said the call allegedly came from someone purporting to be from the Attorney Generals Office in Jamiacia, trying to obtain a money order. No money was sent. Police tried to ring up the caller’s phone the number, but only received a busy signal.

In answer to a question at his morning press conference, Carey said the LPD has only transported two intoxicated individuals to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center in Riverton so far this year. He said he thought the department only transported three others in all of 2012 to the Riverton facility. “We don’t want to add to the alcohol problem they have there, so we decide on a case-by-case basis. We’ll try to have a relative pick them up, or depending on the circumstances, arrest them and take them to the county jail. In the most recent incident, the person transported to the Detox center was a Riverton resident, he said.

In a bizarre case of chicken, chicken, who’s got the chicken, police are still investigating a reported shoplifting incident at the Lander Safeway store. Store officials called the LPD to report two individuals had taken a box of chicken wings and drove away in a blue pickup truck. Police found and pulled the vehicle over, but did not find any chicken. Upon interviewing the subjects in the vehicle, two women aged 33 and 31, allegedly said they had taken the chicken with intent to buy it, but realized they did not have enough money, so they left the chicken in the women’s restroom on top of a toilet paper dispenser. Upon checking the story, police found the chicken inside the store where the women said it would be. No charges have been filed as of this time.

Police responded to the 300 block of South First Street in Lander on the report of a 26-year-old man who had apparently accidentally shot himself in the foot while cleaning a .22 caliber gun. He was transported to Lander Regional Hospital for treatment of the wound. Carey said officers later received a call concerned for the man’s welfare after he had been released from the hospital. Officers made contact with man a second time and he was taken to LRH on a Title 25 admission for observation so as not to harm himself again.

Vandals damaged a Lander City Park restroom door some time Wednesday. Park staff discovered the door had been dented, a lock broken and a deadbolt bent. There was entry gained into the restroom, which had been closed and winterized. No damage estimate was available.

A city resident who used another resident’s trash receptacle was contacted by police and told not to do that again. The offending party agreed and no charges were filed. “We’re seeing more and more of this lately,” Carey said. “We used to have one two calls a month, but now we’re getting called every week. Some people apparently don’t want to pay the tipping fee at the landfill, so they throw their trash in other people’s dumpsters.” Carey said people can be charged with littering if they are caught.

Police were notified of an alleged mail tampering case involving a pair who are separated and/or divorced. The complainant said told police that she just realized someone had been taking mail and that the problem had apparently been ongoing for some time. Carey said the police will conduct the initial investigation before handing the case of to a United States Postal Inspector.

Fremont County Sheriff




At 8:14 a.m. on Wednesday, deputies were called by a man in Dubois about a lost or stolen license plate.

At 10:12 a.m., Wednesday, deputies were called to the 500 block of Tweed Lane near Lander for a report of mail stolen out of a mailbox. The caller said a person cashed an advance check from a credit card company.

A man outside of Riverton reported his red 1990 Ford four-door passenger car stolen from the Gardens North Subdivision at 5:11 p.m. yesterday.

At 6:19 a.m. on Thursday, police were called to the 200 block of West Ramshorn Street in Dubois by a man who said someone tapped on one of his windows.