Police Blotter: Arrests; Graffiti reported on Riverton driveway; Deceased 56-year-old found in Lander residence

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

Riverton Police Department


Benjamin Clark, 53, Casper, Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Marcus Friday, 36, Riverton, DUI.

Steven Willow, 38, Ethete, Failure to Appear Warrant.


A 21-year-old Ethete woman was cited for Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Reckless Driving after striking a light pole in the 400 block of West Monroe and leaving the scene just after midnight Tuesday morning. The woman later tried to report her vehicle as stolen, but recanted that claim when confronted by police.

A woman who reported tires on her vehicle had been slashed, refused to file a report after making the call and did not provide any further information. Police closed the case.

There are no suspects in a reported case of vandalism in the 800 block of North 16th East where someone had used an oily substance to draw on a driveway. The resident there tried to remove the graffiti but only succeeded in smearing it, a report said. The drawing was of male genitalia.

A 32-year-old Fort Washakie man was cited for shoplifting after trying to take a $13 pair of black Big R gloves from Linton’s Big R Store.

Police in Thermopolis asked the assistance of Riverton Police in trying to locate a vehicle taken from Hot Springs County. The vehicle in question was identified as a 2003 black Chevrolet Trailblazer.

An 18-year-old Riverton man was treated and released from Riverton Memorial Hospital Monday evening after he said he was assaulted on the bike path near the All Nations Mobile Home Park. He said someone hit him in the back of the head knocking him to the ground and then three or four subjects began punching and kicking him. He said he did not know the suspects and was unable to provide a description to police.


Lander Police Department


Janet Bowlsby, 39, Lander, Probation Violation.

Ruben Roman, 53, Arapahoe, LPD Warrant.


At 11:45 a.m. on Monday, police were called to the 100 block of Caring Way for a report of a missing jewelry box that contained a gold ring with an aquamarine stone, Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said. Carey said the woman who reported it missing hadn’t seen the box for four years.

Possible drunken drivers were reported at 1:08 p.m. on Market Street and 5:08 p.m. on North Second Street. Officers were unable to locate either vehicle.

At 8:48 p.m., police received a call about a man looking in a vehicle on the 500 block of South Eighth Street. Carey said police were unable to locate the man, however nothing was taken from the vehicle.

At 8:58 p.m., police were called to the Teton Motel on the 500 block of Main Street for a report of an unconscious, unresponsive man. Carey said police located a 56-year-old man unresponsive. CPR was performed and EMS called. The man was later pronounced deceased. Carey said officers were unable to locate any evidence of suspicious activity. “Alcohol was involved,” he said. The Fremont County Coroner’s Office has stated that the death has been ruled as natural causes.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office




At 7:37 a.m. on Monday, deputies were called by a woman on the 2700 block of Sinks Canyon Road who said her heater wouldn’t turn on and heating company would not respond to her.

At 11:04 a.m., deputies took a report from a man on the 2200 block of Baldwin Creek Road near Lander about the neighbor’s dogs getting on his property. The caller said one of his chickens is dead and others are wounded.

A man at the intersection of Riverview and Country Club roads in Riverton reported finding two license plates at 4:04 p.m.

A man was cited for careless driving Monday evening after deputies took a call at 6:23 p.m. about a subject in a Ford F150 with big tires who tried to run the caller off the road on West Powerline Road in Pavillion.

At 9:07 p.m., a man in Arapahoe reported his neighbor being noisy, revving an engine and “dragging junk” in front of his house.