Police Blotter: Arrests; Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Riverton; Ocean Lake house fire still under investigation

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


Units from several Fremont County Fire Battalions responded to a fire that moved into large trees just east of Kinnear Tuesday night.

Units from several Fremont County Fire Battalions responded to a fire that moved into large trees just east of Kinnear Tuesday night.

Fremont County Fire Protection District

Fire Investigator Don Reed said Thursday morning that he is still investigating the fire that destroyed a home on Tuesday on Ocean Lake Road. “We’re still checking into it,” he said. “It’s still under investigation.” Reed said he likely would not have a determination until early next week.

Fire battalions were summoned to the structure fire that spread into a shelterbelt of mature cottonwood trees Tuesday evening at 5:37 p.m.

FCFPD Assistant Chief Speed Hartbank said a double wide home was three quarters engulfed in flames when he and other firefighters arrived. “It completely destroyed the place,” he said.


Riverton Police Department


Thomas Brown, 41, Arapahoe, Courtesy Hold. Brown was arrested on North Federal Boulevard at 12:14 p.m.


RPD responded to 50 calls for service on Wednesday. There were eight intoxication calls.

An assault was reported on the 400 block of East Park Avenue at 10:51 a.m.

Police were called to City Park at 1:27 p.m. for a report of indecent exposure.

A bicycle was reported stolen at 4:33 p.m. on Cherokee Avenue.

A fight was reported on the 900 block of South Federal Boulevard at 10:48 p.m.

At about 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, police and EMS were called to the intersection of Sunset and North Federal for a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle. The photo by Jason Kintzler above is from the scene. Details of the wreck were not immediately available.

The RPD Media Liaison is teaching a class for the next week and a half and was unavailable for the daily media briefing to provide specific details on the calls noted above. 


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Shey Bruce, 45, Shoshoni, Simple Assault.

Sarah Evans, 31, Lander, Unauthorized Use of Vehicle and Use of Controlled Substance.

Joseph Lopez, 26, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.


At 8:56 a.m., a subject with the Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District in Riverton reported finding a shot gun in some garbage.

At 2:22 p.m., a woman on Highway 133 in Pavillion reported a horse being starved to death. She said the owner got upset when she approached him.

At 3:03 p.m., RPD contacted deputies about Riverton High School Seniors who skipped school and were possibly headed to Boysen or Morton Lakes. Alcohol was possibly involved.

Deputies were called by the Wind River Police Department to St. Stephen’s at 6:58 p.m. for a report of one man shooting another’s animals.


Lander Police Department




At 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday, police were called by Lander Regional Hospital for a report of a man who left with an IV in his arm. LPD’s Ashli Woods said the hospital said the man wasn’t disorderly at all and they just wanted to be sure he had extracted the IV safely. Police were unable to locate him.

At 1:57 p.m., police were called to an apartment on the 100 block of Jefferson Street for a report of loud music. The person allegedly playing the music had turned it off before officers arrived and apologized for it being loud.

LPD took a report of harassment via Facebook between a man and a woman at 6:11 p.m.

Police were called at 1:27 a.m. on Thursday for a report of a possible family fight. The caller heard people arguing on the 700 block of Canyon Street. Police were unable to locate anything suspicious.

At 6:23 a.m. police were called to Riverview Drive for a report of a runaway. Woods was unable to release any additional information about the call this morning.