Police Blotter: Arrests; Cow moose removed from playground in Lander; Deputies kept busy in the Riverton area
(Updated at 3:30 p.m. to include additional information on the moose removal.)
(Lander, Wyo.) – Friday’s law enforcement recap from across Fremont County.
Lander Police Department
Elizabeth del Campo, 26, Lander, LPD Warrant. Lander Police Lt. Chuck Carr said an officer recognized del Campo as she drove through town and knew she had a warrant. Carr said she was arrested at 5:38 p.m. on Thursday on Highway 789.
Carr said sometime over night Wednesday into Thursday, a hit and run occurred at the Pronghorn Lodge. A vehicle apparently struck the businesses wagon and wagon wheels causing about $2,000 in damage. Carr said tire streaks show that a vehicle, possibly a powerful SUV or truck, burned rubber turning from Riverside Drive west onto Main Street. Carr said it appears the vehicle spun across multiple lanes of travel before colliding with the wagon. It is believed the vehicle left the scene headed east on Main Street. A person staying at the motel reported hearing a crash at about 3:15 a.m. that evening. Police are seeking information related to the hit and run.
At 2:30 p.m., police were called by a McDonald’s employee saying that recently fired worker was upset and headed to the businesses office on Buena Vista Drive to cause problems. Carr said the employee never showed at the office. He said police made contact with him later and warned him about his actions. He has subsequently been trespassed from the business’s local locations.
At 3:39 a.m. on Friday, police responded to a residence on the 1000 block of Cliff Street by a man who said someone wanted by the FBI was hiding in his attic. He told police that a jacket and cigarette pack in the house did not belong to him. Carr said officer checked the attic and found no one nor evidence of anyone having been up there.
Lander police were called at 6:25 a.m. this morning for a report of a cow moose on the playground of Baldwin Creek Elementary School. Carr said he and another officer helped the Wyoming Game & Fish Department remove the animal. Large Carnivore Conflict Coordinator Brian DeBolt helped in the removal. He said the older cow had been in the area for a few weeks and because it appeared she was becoming comfortable around people authorities decided to relocate her. After drugging the moose, a team of five to eight people loaded her into a horse trailer. DeBolt said the moose has recovered well from the drugs. “The poor gal, she wasn’t really causing any trouble,” he said. Wildlife biologist Stan Harter said, “She was relocated to the South Pass area into willow habitat close to where other moose were observed recently. She should continue a long, safe, and healthy life as a moose in the right kind of habitat. Hopefully, she will find a mate and produce lots of healthy calves to help this population continue to grow.”
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
At 8:56 a.m., police were called to a business in Riverton for a report of a recently terminated employee making threats towards the caller and the company for his termination. The report is under investigation.
At 12:49 p.m. on Thursday, deputies were called to the 3500 block of Highway 26 for a report of three mail boxes vandalized.
At 1:33 p.m. on Thursday, a woman at a residence on the 900 block of East Monroe Avenue in Riverton said at about 2:30 a.m. her husband possibly saw someone on their deck and who possibly tried to open the door. She was unable to describe the person.
At 2:31 p.m., deputies were called to Honor Farm Road near Riverton for a report of a van’s window that broke with a loud noise while the caller was driving. The woman thought it might have been shot. Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee said no evidence suggested a gunshot and that it appeared to be a mechanical problem with the window track.
At 5:16 p.m., deputies were called to the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue in Riverton for a report of a neighbor who “constantly has her music up loud.”
At 10:24 p.m. on Thursday, deputies were called to Arapahoe from a man who said a person who he has a protection order against was throwing garbage onto his yard.
At 12:36 a.m. on Friday, Wyoming Game & Fish received a report of a very large mountain lion by the Sinks Canyon visitor’s center.
Riverton Police Department
Ismael Escamilla, 20, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence, Minor in Possession, Open Container and Driving Under the Influence.
Call details were not readily available.