Police Blotter: Arrests; Scam phone calls becoming regular in Riverton; Wreck outside of Lander results in minor injuries

(Lander, Wyo.) – Today’s law enforcement report from across Fremont County.

Fremont County Coroner 

The Fremont County Coroner’s office reported this morning that they responded to two apparent natural death calls over the weekend.

A preliminary autopsy on the body of 50-year-old Shane Long who was found dead in his Riverton home Saturday resulted in a finding of most likely natural causes, but toxicology and other tests won’t result in a final finding for another four to six weeks.

The coroner’s office also responded to a natural death of 62-year-old Linda Brantley of Riverton

Riverton Police Department


Jamie Goodman, 21, Riverton, Probation Violation warrant

Christopher Monroe, 29, Riverton, Contempt of Court warrant

Laurene Arthur, 19, Arapahoe, Failure to Appear warrant

Daniel Oldman, 29, Lander, Property Destruction (kicked in a door of an apartment valued at $400)

Shilo Twobulls, 23, Riverton, Public Intoxication


A property damage collision was reported Friday at 12:28 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Federal Boulevard. A 29-year-old woman backing up in a Buick LaCross was relying on her back up camera and did not see a FedEx 2012 GMC Panel Van behind her. The driver of the van tried to alert the woman by honking his horn, but she backed into his vehicle. There was minor damage.

The driver of a red pickup truck was thankful that she kept her receipt from the West Main Maverik Country Store as the vehicle was called in for not paying for $46.95 worth of fuel on Friday at 1:49 p.m. The woman returned to the store with the receipt to show that the fuel had been paid for.

A six year old child failed to get on his bus at Aspen Park Elementary Friday afternoon and was reported missing when he did not get off of the bus. Police responded to the area and found the child walking home along Sunset Street. He was reunited with his family.

Police Captain Eric Murphy said the RPD is receiving about one call a day concerning telephone scams telling the recipient that they have won money but need to send cash via Western Union to claim the prize. “Unfortunately, these calls from Jamaica, Nigeria or some other foreign country and there’s nothing we can do. Fortunately, the person who was called did not take the bait. Police also showed her how to block that telephone number.

Police were called to the 900 block of Forest Drive at 5:30 a.m. Saturday for a report of a family fight. Upon arrival, the husband reported he had been at home all night with the children and his wife came drunk and he wanted here out of the house. The woman was able to call a friend who came and picked her up.

Police are awaiting video surveillance tapes from the West Main Maverik Country Store to get the license plate number of a silver two-door passenger vehicle that drove off without paying for $60 in fuel. Police were able to locate a vehicle matching the description, but are awaiting the video before taking action.

A student at Central Wyoming College reported to police Saturday that someone had hacked into his personal account in the college system and had withdrawn him from all of his classes. The student has also contacted the college administration. Police said the matter is under investigation.

The Landing Lounge in the 200 block of East Main notified police of a man who allegedly broke three pegs of a pool cue rack and broke a urinal in the establishment’s restroom after become angry at 1:30 on Sunday morning. Police contacted the man who admitted breaking the pool cue rack but denied damaging the urinal. He said he would pay for the damages and the business declined to press charges.

A report of people screaming and yelling an doors slamming at an apartment in the 100 block of East Jefferson resulted in a police call at 5:19 a.m. Sunday. A woman who answered the door also allowed investigating officers to notice the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the home. The 20-year-old Female was cited for possession of marijuana.

A 44-year-old woman who parked her vehicle in the lot at Daylight Donuts on Main Street and then walked to a friends house to spend the night got up Sunday and discovered that someone had entered her vehicle and took her wallet. The woman was not sure she had locked the vehicle, but police said there was do damage to the vehicle that would indicate a forced entry. Missing was $300 in cash, a bank card, a social security card and a concealed carry permit from the State of Utah.

Police are following up with the license plate number of a red GMC pickup that fled the Loaf and Jug store on North Federal without paying for $56.95 worth of fuel.

Police were called overnight to what appeared to be an abandoned vehicle that had run of the road near Sunset and Majors Avenue. Several hours later, a 53-year-old woman arrived at the scene and said the vehicle belonged to her and that she ran off the road while trying to avoid hitting a deer.

A 21-year-old Arapahoe woman was issued a citation for obtaining property under false pretenses and for marijuana possession after she apparently took a cell phone she found on the floor of a local bar and refused to return it unless she was paid a reward. Police were able to determine who the woman was and discovered she also had an outstanding arrest warrant (see arrests above).


Lander Police Department


Cody Kaper, 47, Lander, Assault & Battery. Lander Police Lt. Chuck Carr said the arrest followed a Saturday call 1:02 a.m. on the 300 block of North Third Street for a family fight.

Chester Addison, 33, Lander, Hot Springs Warrant. After hearing about a fight from Addison’s partner, police learned about the warrant and placed him under arrest. Carr said once Addison was in the squad car he beat his head against the window and tried to kick the window out.

A 13-year-old Lander boy cited for Possession of Marijuana. Carr said the boy’s mother turned him in to the police office Sunday afternoon.


At 8:15 a.m. on Friday, police were called to the Atlantic City Federal Credit Union for a fraud report. Carr said the call involving tax returns is under investigation.

At 3:28 p.m. on Friday, a person on North Lane reported a couple juvenile boys running in the area and stepping out into traffic.

At 3:56 p.m., Friday, officers were called to Lander Valley High School. One of the school’s custodians found a small baggie of suspected marijuana near the front of the school. Carr said the amount in the bag was “very little.” It is unknown to whom the baggie belonged.

At 11:26 a.m. on Saturday, Carr said police responded to the 600 block of West Lane for a report of two vehicles that were apparently struck over night. One had a damaged taillight with red paint transfer. Across the street, a pickup truck lost a mirror. Carr said total damage was under $1,000 and there are no suspects.

Throughout the weekend police responded to a couple water related calls. One was a leaky fire hydrant at Wind River Avenue and Cedar Street. Water was also found surfacing on Rodeo Drive through a manhole.

At 8:35 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to City Park for a report of a possible gunshot and vehicle speeding away. Police were unable to locate anything.

At 5:04 p.m. on Sunday, police were called to a residence on the 400 block of Wood Street for a report of a family disagreement. Carr said a father was mad at his daughter for spilling water on the floor after a shower.

At 8:40 p.m., Sunday, police took a report of an 18-year-old man who accidently discharged his gun inside his vehicle and struck himself in his leg. Carr said the injury was not life-threatening.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Heather Gould, 24, Lander, Bond Revocation.


Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee issued this statement about a wreck on Friday: “A traffic collision occurred Friday night at the intersection of Squaw Creek Road and Baldwin Creek Road, after a vehicle operated by 18 year old Kimberly Smith of Lander, lost control and struck a guardrail. An investigation into the incident revealed Smith was driving too fast for the roadway conditions which resulted in the issuance of a citation for Speeds too Fast for Conditions. Smith’s vehicle, a 1992 Toyota Tacoma, slid off the roadway sideways, at the point where Squaw Creek Road turns to Baldwin Creek Road. The vehicle entered the borrow ditch for some distance before crossing the roadway and colliding with a guardrail. Smith’s vehicle contained four passengers, two Lander teens and two other Lander adults ages 18. Two persons were transported to the Lander Hospital with what was reported as minor injuries.” LPD assisted with traffic control.

At 8:59 a.m. on Friday, deputies were called about a skunk problem on the 200 block of Lost Wells Butte Drive outside of Riverton.

At 11:10 a.m. on Friday, a woman reported rocks thrown through windows at a Cornerstone Group Reality in Riverton. The business suffered similar vandalism the week before.

At 11:21 a.m. on Friday in Kinnear, a woman reported two young boys shooting BB guns at propane tank.

At 6:27 p.m. on Friday, deputies took a report of firewood stolen from a residence on the 100 block of North First Street in Dubois.

At 3 a.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue near Riverton for a report an intoxicated man being loud while watching TV.

At 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to the 100 block of Sunflower outside of Lander for a report of a black dog running in the area. The caller said the dog killed a deer a week ago.

At 4:16 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to a report of a jackknifed semi on Highway 28 near South Pass City.

A woman at the intersection of North Eighth Street West and Webbwood Road in Riverton on Sunday afternoon reported a dog with its mouth taped shut with electrical tape.