Police Blotter: Arrests; Firefighters knock down kitchen fire, save structure; Rash of fender benders in Riverton

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

Fremont County Fire Protection District

Lander Rural Fire Investigator Don Reed said he could not determine the cause of a series of small grass fire near Lander yesterday. The fires were reported on the east side of Highway 287 just past the county shop at 1:06 p.m. on Thursday. The separate patches of grass were burned. At the scene, Rural Fire Chief Dave Peevey called the fires suspicious. “I couldn’t find a thing,” Reed said of his investigation. He said no one in the area reported seeing any cars pulled over, and he found no incendiary devices. Reed said if anyone in the area at that time saw something to please report it. To learn more about these fires, read this story.

At 7:06 p.m. Thursday night, firefighters were called to a structure fire at a home on Windy Ridge Road south of Hudson. Hudson Fire, Lander Rural and Battalion 1 from Riverton responded to the fire. Fremont County Fire Protection Chief Craig Haslam said the fire began in the home’s kitchen and firefighters were able to contain it to that area. “It was a pretty good save for the structure,” he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries in the blaze.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Kristen Mcintyre, 31, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.


At 11:50 a.m., deputies were called about the theft of a lawn mower on the 100 block of Elder Lane near Riverton.

At 1:30 p.m., deputies were called by a woman on South Crouse Street in Dubois about a “strange piece of mail from Canada” that was something like Publisher’s Clearing House. There was also a strange phone call from a man. The caller thought it was a scam and wanted to speak with a deputy.

A report of fraud from Lander at 4:18 p.m. on Thursday is under investigation.

At 4:58 p.m., deputies were called to Snowberry Lane in Riverton for a report of missing vehicle parts. The woman caller said when she got her van back from a towing company, the battery was missing.

At 6:49 a.m. on Friday, deputies were call about a man walking on the property next to the caller. She said the property was in foreclosure.


Lander Police Department


Nathaniel Pettit, 30, Lander, cited for Abandoning or Endangering Children. LPD Chief Jim Carey said Pettit was cited after a passerby located a 5-year-old boy wandering on the 800 block of Main Street and nearing traffic. The report was taken at 7:22 a.m. on Thursday.

Lonestar Addison, 34, Arapahoe, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Patrick Wright, 42, Lander, Public Intoxication, Trespassing and Interference. Carey said officers were called to Eagle Uniforms at 2:01 a.m. on Friday for a report of an intoxicated man who entered the business, laid on the floor and refusing to leave. Carey said Wright refused to answer officers questions and said “I don’t (expletive) believe this.” A breathalyzer test showed Wright had a .13 BAC, Carey said.


At 1:11 p.m. on Thursday, police were called to the Oxbow Restaurant parking lot for a report of a hit and run. A silver passenger car reportedly backed into another parked vehicle and then left headed eastbound on Main Street. Police were unable to locate the suspect vehicle, but Carey said other agencies are following-up on locating the car. Carey said damage to the other car at the scene was minor.

At 1:48 p.m., police were called to Happy Hocker Pawn for a dispute over a generator. Carey said while there, an officer located a mobile radio of the type used by local officials. Investigation is continuing to see what agency owns the radio. “I don’t believe we have one missing,” Carey said.

At 4:24 p.m., police took a report of a smell of rubber cement on the 900 block of Washakie Street.


Riverton Police Department


Val Thayer, 39, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol. Thayer was arrested after he fell asleep in the drive-through lane at the Riverton Burger King store.

Dodi Carpenter, 21, Riverton, Probation Violation


Riverton police are investigating an alleged sexual assault that was reported Thursday at 11:18 a.m. The call came from Central Wyoming College. It is RPD policy that information on sexual assault cases is not released until the cases end up in court.

A citation was issued to the owner of several dogs in the 800 block of North Federal whose animals, according to a complaint filed with police, “have been barking non-stop for two weeks.”

A hit and run traffic collision was reported at 5:15 p.m. Thursday. The owner of a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup discovered damage on the drivers side front quarter panel of the truck, and was unsure of when it occurred.

A woman in the 300 block of North 16th East reported she was bitten by a dog around 6 p.m. Thursday, but the dog fled the scene. Police took a report of the incident.

Police were called to the bike path near the A&T Mobile Home Village where some children were allegedly throwing rocks at other children. The police contacted the youngsters and the rock throwing stopped.

A two vehicle hit and run crash was reported at 8:07 p.m. on Day Drive. A tan and red colored Ford Bronco allegedly struck a smaller vehicle at that location, and then fled. The reporting party said there was significant damage to the smaller vehicle. Police responding to the call were unable to the locate the red Bronco, which had fled in the direction of Riverview Road.

A car versus deer crash occurred at 9 p.m. on West Main in front of Central Wyoming College. The deer apparently ran off after the crash.

Five individuals were transported to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis center on Thursday.