Police Blotter: Arrests; $3,800 cash stolen from unlocked vehicle; Aircraft with engine trouble landed safely; Lander man arrested in larceny

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Joseph Martel, 57, Lander, Driving Under the Influence.


At 7:22 a.m. on Thursday, deputies were called to a home on the 900 block of East Monroe Avenue in Riverton for a report of an egging.

At 10:32 a.m., deputies were called to Hudson for a report of a wallet stolen out of a vehicle. The caller said his driver’s license, credit card and debit card were in the wallet.

At 2:51 p.m. on Thursday, deputies were called to Highway 131 outside of Lander  just north of the Central Wyoming College Sinks Canyon Center for a report of a large black dog or wolf that was chasing a mule deer. No animals were located by authorities.

At 9:27 p.m., deputies were called to the Gardens North Subdivision. A woman at a casino received a call from a cousin who said there was a man at the subdivision in a white van pointing a gun at people. Deputies were unable to locate anyone.

At 11:51 p.m., a fight between two men was reported at the Union Bar in Hudson. The caller said both had been drinking. Deputies were unable to locate the parties upon arrival, who had apparently left the bar.

 Riverton Police Department


Kevin Brown, 22, Fort Washakie, Contempt of Court

Randy Weber, 22, Pavillion, Contempt of Court


RPD received a report of a theft of money from an unlocked vehicle at 8:16 a.m. Thursday. Apparently a 60-year-old woman stopped at the West Main Pit Stop, left her vehicle unlocked, and went into the business. Someone then entered the vehicle and took the woman’s purse, which contained $3,280 in cash and her wallet with her identification, credit cards and checkbook. The purse was later turned in at the newspaper office, and the empty wallet was found in the alley. Police are reviewing surveillance video in an attempt to identify who entered the vehicle. Currently there are no suspect.

A resident in the 1200 block of Pinecrest called police Thursday at 10:26 a.m. to complain about a business, allegedly in Casper, who kept calling their phone number.

There were a few anxious moments at Riverton Regional Airport Thursday morning at 11:25 when the Federal Aviation Administration notified police of an incoming air ambulance experiencing engine problems. Captain Eric Murphy said police and the Airport Fire Department responded. The aircraft, a Cessna Golden Eagle 2 twin engine, was carrying a patient and it landed safely without incident.

The Extra Care Auto Service in the 1000 block of North Federal reported at 11:46 p.m. the theft of batteries from three vehicles parked at that location, and the theft of an after-market Pioneer CD player from one of the burglarized vehicles. The batteries were valued at $20 each and the CD player’s value was placed at $60.

Riverton High’s School Resource Officer reported a fight at 12:30 Thursday, but no other information was available.

The driver of a gray Toyota Fourrunner stopped at the entrance gate to the Wyoming Honor Farm Thursday at 4:17 p.m. and chatted with the gatehouse guard. Forgetting that she didn’t swipe her ID card, the driver proceeded forward and crashed into the closed gate, bending it at the mounted end. Damage was estimated at less than $500 to the gate and less than $100 to the vehicle.

Police were called at 5:50 p.m. by a woman who said her 15-year-old grandson jumped out of her car in traffic near the Walgreens store on North Federal and took off on foot.

A verbal argument between a father and a daughter was reported in the 300 block of Birch Avenue at 5:53 p.m. Thursday. The two were separated for the night.

A person who took a 2001 red Ford Mustang for a test drive from S&H Sales in Riverton in the 200 block of North Federal Thursday evening at 6:15 p.m., failed to return with the vehicle and it was reported stolen.

at 6:17 p.m. police received call of a 20-year-old woman being harassed by her former 40-year-old roommate. The woman said she had moved in with the man as a roommate at his home in Thermopoilis, but that he soon allegedly began making unwanted advances toward her. When the woman’s ex-husband stopped by to visit the couple’s child, the male roommate became upset and violent. The woman then decided to move to Riverton, only to tell police that the man is now driving to Riverton, calling her on the phone and parking in her employer’s parking lot. Police are attempting to contact the man.

Police received at least a half-dozen phone calls from the general area of the 900 and 1000 blocks of East Fremont, East Adams and East Washington streets where a gunshot or loud explosion had been reported. According to one caller, the “boom” rattled her house. Police spent considerable time in that neighborhood but were unable to locate the source of the noise.

The owner of a 2003 silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo called police at 8:12 p.m. to report she had found damage from a hit and run driver on her vehicle. She said the incident apparently happened in the parking lot at Pizza Hut and that her right rear bumper was damaged. A police report indicated the bumper had white paint transfer on it. Police photographed the damage. There are no suspects.

A 33-year-old Riverton woman reported at 8:32 p.m. that she had been receiving threatening text messages from a former boyfriend telling her to “hide out” because “he and his homies were coming for her.” The woman lives alone with two small children. Police are attempting to contact the suspect.

Riverton Police assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department at 9:27 p.m. searching for a white van in the Gardens North area. An occupant of the van had allegedly been pointing what was believed to be a gun at residents there.

Police received six calls Thursday regarding intoxicated individuals. In total, Police received 33 calls for service on Thursday.

Lander Police Department


Daniel Colvin, 21, Lander, was arrested for Larceny and Trespassing following two incidents on Thursday. In the first, a resident in the 100 block of Pushroot complained that Colvin, who had been staying there temporarily, had been asked to leave and when he left, he allegedly took a Hewlett-Packard laptop computer belonging to the homeowner. Police contacted Colvin and recovered the laptop. Then later on Thursday, he showed up at a location that had a trespass order on him and he was taken into custody. Lt. Chuck Carr said the man is homeless and moves from location to location for as long as he can. He is now in the county detention center.

Nelson Duran, 33, Riverton, was served a LPD arrest warrant at the Fremont County Detention Center where he was incarcerated.


Police conducted a welfare check on a person whose parents from out of state had called concerned about the person’s well being. Police found the person to be concerned with his present situation in life, but otherwise there was no problem.

A Lander woman reported that she had been contacted by the Reserve Bank of India requesting that she send them a money order in the amount of $689 so they could release a payment of $500,000 to her. The woman copied the emal and delivered it to the Police Department, recognizing it as an attempted fraud. Carr said the LPD is receiving “one or two calls a day” on such scams, both via email and via telephone. He also reported that another city resident had received a telephone call, allegedly from California, advising that he could get the resident a lower telephone rate that what Verizon currently offers. When told the resident had Optimum service, the man said he also represented that firm. The caller hung up and notified police.

The Wyoming Life Resource Center reported to police that a man had been repeatedly calling them tying up their phone lines and asking for a person who did not work there. The WLRC said they had attempted to block the calls, but the caller somehow kept getting around their blocks.

Carr said the LPD’s drug dog, Kai, made sweeps at both Lander Valley and Riverton high schools yesterday at the request of School Districts #s 1 and 25. Nothing was found.

Police were called Thursday to investigate a hit and run crash that bent and shattered an outside mirror on a red 2005 Dodge Caravan. The damage apparently occurred Wednesday night, but was discovered Thursday morning. Damage was estimated at $400.

A vehicle parked in the 500 block of South 8th Street was vandalized at some point Thursday. Carr said a six inch in diameter round break was found on the drivers side windshield of a blue 2008 model Chevrolet Cobalt. Nothing was found at the scene that might have caused the damage. There are no suspects.