Police Blotter: Arrests; Man’s death ruled natural; Missing child found; Shoplifter caught with a $1.05 product

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

Fremont County Coroner

A Fremont County Coroner’s Verdict and Case Docket was released Tuesday on the cause of death of 44-year-old Vance S. Reed of Riverton, who was found by a passing motorist on April 20th, transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Reed was found slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle, which had run off the side of Smith Road for a short distance. The preliminary autopsy revealed a natural death due to a heart attack. The pathologist’s report released in the Verdict and Case Docket today said Reed’s death was caused by “Sudden Cardiac Death due to Hypertensive Atherosclerotic Cardio-Vascular Disease.” The relevant toxicology indicated that Reed’s “history of drug use” was “contributory” to his death.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Derek Smart, 21, Riverton, Probation Violation.

The Fremont County Detention Center currently has 187 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 169 are being held in the Fremont County Detention Center, 11 are in substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state and out of the facility, four are on home detention out of the facility, and three inmates are being housed out of the facility.


At 9:03 a.m. on Monday, deputies took a report of trespassing Leseberg Avenue near Dubois.

At 9:21 a.m., a woman living on South Muddy Road near Pavillion reported receiving possibly fraudulent checks.

A man on the 300 block of Union Pass Road called deputies at 10:06 a.m. to report a “large” number of aspens chopped down on the property.

At 12:37 p.m., a caller at the Kinnear Store reported that a man the night before had threatened to beat up the store’s owner.

At 2:09 p.m., deputies were called about a “nasty” and “threatening” voicemail left at a residence on the 500 block of Green Street.

A missing 8-year-old child who failed to get off of the school bus in Lander was later found safe with another family member. The missing person report initially sparked a search for the child.

At 4:32 p.m., a man on the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue in Riverton reported a man high on meth threatened to kill him.

The sheriff’s department was advised of a vehicle versus pronghorn antelope collision at 8:45 p.m. Monday night in the vicinity of the Sand Mesa and Bass Lake Road west of Boysen Reservoir.

Deputies are investigating a single vehicle crash that was reported at 11:46 p.m. along Boulder Flats Road where a vehicle was found crashed into some trees. One person was found “on the ground” at that location and was transported to the Lander Regional Hospital. No other details were available.

A neighbor upset with their neighbors noise and children running loose at 2:47 a.m. at the Gardens North Subdivision north of Riverton called the sheriff’s department to complain early Tuesday.


Riverton Police Department


Delmar Barrett, 28, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant

Rori Swarthout, 27, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant


The RPD Media Liaison is teaching a class for the next two weeks and was unavailable for the daily media briefing. This report will be updated when information becomes available.


Lander Police Department


Franklin Tail, 23, Lander, Public Intoxication. Police took Tail into custody after responding to three separate complaints about him. The third time was the charm and he was arrested.


Police were called at 1:42 p.m. Friday by a person who reported some medication had been taken from her vehicle. The reporting party called back a short time later to report that she had found the medicine and it had not been taken.

A report of a shoplifting at the Dollar Store Friday at 3:56 p.m. resulted in a citation issued to Aiko Miller, 20 of Lander. A police report said the woman attempted to leave the store without paying for $1.05 worth of merchandise.

Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle Friday evening at 8:14 p.m. Upon investigating, police found an occupied vehicle parked in the opposite direction of travel. The two occupants said they were waiting for a friend to get off of work.

Another suspicious person report came into the LPD at 11:18 p.m. for a man allegedly prowling around the car lot at Fremont Motors on East Main. Police were unable to locate anyone.

A woman living on Wood Street had checked her credit rating Saturday morning with an online company and then was asked to fill out additional information and send it in the mail. Thinking the request was suspicious, the woman called police instead.

A motorist who had parked in the Maverik Restaurant parking lot in the 800 block of West Main reported a cold hit and run crash where another vehicle had run into the passenger side right fender. The incident was discovered the day before but not reported until Saturday because he said he didn’t know that he should contact police. Damage was estimated at less than $1,000.

Police received a call from a person saying they believed someone was living in a trailer behind a storage shed on Smith Street. Police could not find anyone.

A hit and run crash was reported at at 6:39 p.m. Saturday. The reporting party said the vehicle had been parked in numerous locations around town and they did not where or when their car was struck. There is no suspect vehicle. A state accident report had not been completed by Tuesday morning.

The LPD assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department in looking for a vehicle involved in a “rolling family fight” according to a police report. The vehicle in question was not located in Lander.

A residence in the 100 block of Eugene Street returned home at 2:32 a.m. Sunday to find the front door of her home open. She told officers that she believed she had locked the house before leaving. Police searched the residence and founding nothing amiss.

A family fight that was verbal in nature was reported at 11:14 a.m. Sunday morning in the 500 block of North Fourth Street. The parties, a man and woman both aged 22, were separated and the female went to stay with friends. No citations were issued.

A caller reported a possible mountain lion sighting on North 6th Street at 9:31 Sunday night. Responding officers were unable to locate the lion.

A resident, fearing a water line break, notified police of water running in the street at North Fourth and Amoretti Monday at 8:01 a.m. An investigating officer discovered water coming from the base of a portable basketball hoop that was being filled and was overflowing. The officer followed a garden hose to a house, and not receiving any answer from knocking on the door, the officer turned off the water.

Police were called with a REDDI report (Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately) Monday at 11:13 a.m. on Grand View Drive after a reporting party said the man looked unsteady and was walking funny, and then drove away.  Police were able to make contact with the driver who was found not to have any impairment. The driver was an older gentleman.

An officer on patrol witnessed a tractor-trailer and vehicle crash Monday at 2:11 p.m. along South Fourth Street. The Freightliner powered semi-truck was turning into an alley, but turned too sharp and struck another occupied vehicle. Damage was over $1,000, there were no injuries and no citations issued.

A hit and run collision was reported in the parking lot at Mr. D’s Monday at 6 p.m. when a Dodge Stratus backed into a Toyota passenger car. Damage was listed at over $1,000. There were no injuries.

A verbal family fight was reported to police at 6:48 p.m. Monday from the 1100 block of North Second Street between a man and a woman. No citations or arrests.