Police Blotter: Arrests; More info released on last week’s falling light pole; Fight reported at the county jail

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Kerry Moon, 37, Fort Washakie, Bond Revocation.


Undersheriff Ryan Lee released the report of an investigation into an incident last Friday afternoon when a light pole fell on a 3-year-old girl at Lander City Park. “Both (witnesses) reported that (the victim) was standing near the pole when the pole just broke off for no apparent reason, striking the little girl,” Sgt. Dan McOmie wrote in his report. “One of the teachers (from Ashgrove Elementary School) said that they thought she had been touching it earlier but was not when it fell.” The victim’s name was not released, but the report states she received abrasions on her forehead, and left shoulder and elbow. A car was also apparently scuffed by the falling pole. No citations were issued.

At 8:30 a.m., a caller on the 5700 block of Highway 28 near Lander reported that his snowmobile had been stolen. He said that on May 16 parts were stripped from it and now the whole thing was gone.

A man on Burma Road reported to deputies at 11:47 a.m. on Wednesday that a man called him saying he had won a $2.9 million lottery.

A caller in the Riverton area told deputies at 11:55 a.m. that about a year ago he reported his maroon full-size Dodge van stolen, and he just got word that it might be in a salvage yard. The report is under investigation.

A man in Kinnear reported to deputies that his estranged wife threatened to have his landlord shoot him. The caller was not very concerned about the threat.

At 1:41 a.m. on Thursday,  deputies were called to the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander for a report of an altercation between inmates. “We did have an assault in the jail,” Lee said in an interview. He declined to release the identities of anyone involved at this time, pending further investigation. He said the assault, which he described as “a fist fight,” was in the male portion of the facility and was caught on video.


Wyoming Highway Patrol

Riverton man John Otto, 42, was involved in a fatal wreck early Tuesday morning on U.S. 20-26 about 59 miles west of Casper. WHP reports that Otto survived the wreck that occurred when  an 83-year-old Casper woman, Gloria Lesher, crossed into Otto’s lane of travel for unknown reasons. “Otto was eastbound and observed the Lesher vehicle cross into his lane at which time he attempted to take evasive action by braking and steering to the left to avoid a collision,” states the report. “The Lesher vehicle impacted his vehicle on the passenger side coming to rest in the roadway. The Otto vehicle went off the north side of the roadway in a broadside slide and then rolled one complete time.” Lesher died later that afternoon at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Otto was not transported for medical care. He was driving a 2007 Ford F-650 and Lesher was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Classic.


Riverton Police Department


Benjamin Piper, 47, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication.

Carlene Headley, 52, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication.

Cordell Washington, 39, Riverton, Breach of Peace. A resident in the 400 block of Elizabeth Drive called police at 5 a.m. after she woke up and found two male subjects in her house that were not supposed to be there. One subject left the home when confronted and the other, Washington, was arrested after he would not leave.


Police were called at 8:37 a.m. Wednesday on a REDDI report, but upon investigating the suspect vehicle which had parked, officers said the driver was not drinking but was elderly.

A practical joke pulled on a Riverton woman was reported to police at 10:31 a.m. Wednesday. The caller said someone had placed a “sexually oriented ad” on Craig’s List using her phone number and that she was now receiving harassing and sexually explicit text messages on her phone.

A red Mongoose bicycle valued at $100 was reported stolen from the Riverton Middle School. The bike theft was reported at 1:16 p.m. A second bike theft was reported at Ashgrove School involving a light green bicycle purchased at Walmart.

A shoplifting incident was reported as “pending” today. The Asset Protection Team at Walmart had reported they had two females at their security office who had been caught shoplifting.

Police officers responding to a noise complaint in the 400 block of West Washington found a group of some six individuals sharing a bottle of mouthwash. The remaining liquid was dumped out and the people were asked to move along.

One minor property damage traffic crash was reported at 6:16 p.m. on Walnut Drive at Wind River Estates.

At 10 minutes before 10 p.m. a noise complaint was received about people being loud and playing drums in the back yard of a residents in the 400 block of East Jefferson. The individuals were contacted and asked to be more respectful of their neighbors at that time of night.



Lander Police Department

LPD did not release any information about Wednesday’s calls, and the regular media meeting was cancelled.