Police Blotter: Arrests; Rizor benefit tonight; Two shoplifters caught in Riverton; Intoxicated man in Lander tries to enter the wrong house

(Lander, Wyo.) – Today’s law enforcement wrap-up from across Fremont County:

Benefit for Roger Rizor

Former long-time Fremont County Sheriff’s Department investigator Roger Rizor retired from active service last year and this past November, he was injured in a freak accident falling 14 feet and causing damage to his spinal cord. He is now confined to a wheel chair. A community wide benefit for Rizor is planned for tonight, March 7th, at the Best Western Inn at Lander. The doors open at 5:30 and a live auction will begin at 7:30. The benefit will help raise funds to offset expenes acquired since his accident. For more information, or to donate to the fund raiser, call Strokers USA at 307-332-8231.

Riverton Police Department


Patricia Lawson, 33, Arapahoe, Driving While Under the Influence (.12 percent BAC, legal limit is .08)

Otis Smith, 57, Riverton, DWUI and Resisting Arrest (no BAC level available)


Police were notified of a vehicle vs. deer crash at 5:25 a.m. in the 4800 block of Riverview Road on Wednesday. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at under $1,000 and the deer was killed and removed from the roadway.

A resident on Timber Lane in RIverton reported missing medications from their residence Wednesday morning at 7:14 a.m.

A semi truck pulling a trailer clipped a pickup while making a turn at North Federal and East Sunset Wednesday at 11:04 a.m.  Damage was minor.

A minor crash was reported by the Wyoming Highway Patrol who happened upon the wreck at 12:49 p.m. Wednesday. The crash did not result in any injuries.

A 41-year-old man was cited for Shoplifting after police received a complaint from the Walmart Store at 1:08 p.m. In a second shoplifting incident a 32-year-old female was also cited for a theft there reported at 6:03 p.m.

A theft from a building was reported at 3:46 p.m. Wednesday from an address in the 1300 block of East Fremont. Police took a report. The loss was estimated at $100. No further information was available.

Police took a report Wednesday evening on an alleged fraud. The caller told police that someone had added their name to his credit card account without authorization.

Five individuals were transported to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center on Wednesday, three individuals with high BAC levels were transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital.


Lander Police Department


Brian Sunrhodes, 28, Lander, Public Intoxication. Police Lt. Chuck Carr said officers were called to a residence on the 300 block of North Ninth Street for a report of a man trying to push his way into a home. The woman caller said she was trying to hold the door shut so he couldn’t get in. When officers arrived, Carr said, Sunrhodes would not look at or speak to the officers. Later it was determined that Sunrhodes thought he was at his brother’s home. Carr said he had a .27 BAC.


At about 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, an officer on patrol clocked a maroon truck driving at about 10 mph over the speed limit on Main Street. Carr said the officer initiated a traffic stop on the 200 block of Main Street. Carr said LPD had received multiple complaints about the vehicle. Justin Chewning, 18, of Lander, was subsequently cited for speeding.

At 1:21 p.m., police were called by a Parks and Recreation employee about a resident dumping their garbage in one of the Main Street garbage cans. Carr said officers later determined the individual responsible for the dumping was currently incarcerated in another county.

At 6:04 p.m., a caller reported that two juvenile boys were shooting pellet guns in the area of North Fourth and Washington streets. The caller was afraid the boys would start shooting windows. Police made contact with one of the juveniles who had an Airsoft gun and proper safety gear, Carr said. No illegal activity was found.

At 6:20 p.m on Wednesday, police were called to Safeway for a report of a juvenile male who attempted to steal flowers. Carr said the man felt sorry. No charges were levied due to his honesty. He was given a verbal warning and is temporarily trespassed from the store.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Kaitlyn Dean, 20, Moran, Possession and Use of a Controlled Substance.

Joseph Withrow, 32, Lander, Failure to Appear Warrant.


At 10:06 a.m. on Wednesday, deputies were called the 1400 block of 17-Mile Road in Arapahoe for a report of a dog attacking the caller’s dog.

At 1:02 p.m. on Wednesday, the Fremont County Treasurer’s Office reported receiving a bad check.

At 1:52 p.m., police were called to the 200 block of Pilot Butte Road in Kinnear for a report of six llamas who showed up more than two weeks ago. The caller said they have been unable to locate the owner.

Deputies responded to a report of drug use and a fight in the parking lot of the 789 Smokeshop and Casino at 6:37 p.m. on Wednesday.