Police Blotter: Arrests; RPD to city residents: lock your vehicles, two guns stolen Monday; Elder abuse case under investigation

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

Riverton Police Department


Christopher Webb, 22, Riverton, Contempt of Court Warrant.

Hayes Goggles, 47, Riverton, Public Intoxication.

Donna Antelope, 55, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.

John Brown, 47, Riverton, Contempt of Court Warrant.

Edward Brown, 54, Riverton, Public Intoxication.


Riverton Police Captain Eric Murphy said today Riverton residents should always lock their vehicles, even if they are away from them for a short time to prevent a crime of opportunity. Murphy said three incidents of thefts from unlocked vehicles were reported in the city Monday, including the thefts of two guns. “That’s two more guns that are now on the street in a thief’s hands,” he said. Murphy said locking a vehicle each time it is parked may be inconvenient, but it is a crime prevention measure. He also suggested that motorists do not leave anything of value in plain sight. ‘That’s an opportunity for someone to check the door,” he said. The same goes for locking one’s home when there is no one there.

The first theft from a motor vehicle was reported at 7:27 a.m. in the 1300 block of Aspen Drive when the owner of a 2008 GMC pickup truck noticed a Stainless Colt 380 pistol was missing from the unlocked vehicle. The pistol was valued at $850.

Just about a half hour later, a neighbor, also in the 1300 block of Aspen Drive, called to report that his Walther P-22 pistol was missing. Police said detectives are now reviewing security video footage from the area to see if they can identify a suspect or suspects.

A resident in the 300 block of East Madison called to report that a drivers license and social security card was missing from their residence. There are no suspects.

Police detectives are now investigating a fraud involving a debit card. According to a police report, someone, without authorization, used a debit card not belonging to them and spent $7.75 at Maverik on June 17th, $169.85 at Healthy Trim on June 19th and $167.79 at Health Fulfillment on June 19th. There are no suspects at this time. The owner of the debit card has cancelled the card and no further debts have been registered.

A four-year-old and and 11-year-old were playing basketball Monday at the Ashgrove School court at 11:38 a.m. when their grandmother called to report that two other kids on bicycles started riding on the court the two were playing on. When asked to leave the court, the other kids began using profane language. When they learned the police had been called, the kids on bikes split the scene. The confrontation was verbal only.

No citations were issued after police responded to a family fight call in the 600 block of Eagle Drive Monday at 12:33 p.m. A man in an apartment there had reportedly shoved a woman at that address.

A property damage fender bender was reported in the parking lot at the Good 2 Go store, 1020 North Federal at 5:57 p.m. A 2011 Buick Enclave hit a 2007 tan Ford Edge.

The third theft from a vehicle was reported at 5:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Walnut Drive when the owner of a black 2006 model Hummer reported a multi-colored Coach purse valued at $300 was taken from the unlocked vehicle. The designer purse contained Identification and bank credit cards. There are no suspects at this point.

A second traffic mishap was reported on Monday, that being a personal injury crash that first occurred on June 16th, Sunday, at the Rocky Mountain Car Wash in the 900 block of West Main. According to the victim, who works at the car wash, she was struck by a black Dodge truck as it was backing up at the automatic car wash bay. According to an RPD report, the man was having trouble lining up his truck and the female victim went to assist him when he backed into her. When she told the driver that he hit her, he allegedly replied that he had to straighten out the truck. She went to assist another customer and the man drove off. At the police station counter Monday, the woman reported she is now feeling pain in her lower back with bruising on her left wrist and hip. She was heading to a doctor to get a check-up and a report that she could submit to officer. Video surveillance tape of the incident is being reviewed to identify a suspect.

The RPD also reported that they assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office on a dog bite call that was reported at 10:10 p.m. in the 1600 block of East Monroe.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Cory Fox, 41, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence.

William Turnipseed, 24, Montgomery, Ala., DWUI. Undersheriff Ryan Lee released the following about Turnipseed’s arrest: “(He was) arrested Monday night for DWUI, after he was involved in a traffic collision on Fish Hatchery Road in Dubois. Turnipseed lost control of the vehicle, a 2004 Nissan Xterra, which overturned at least one time. Turnipseed was not injured in the incident; he was transported to the Fremont County Jail in Lander.” He worked at a ranch in the area.


“The investigation is ongoing concerning a one vehicle collision near mile post 99 on Highway 26 Sunday evening,” Lee said. “The collision occurred after authorities were called to a residence on Diversion Dam Road for a family fight. The person involved in the vehicle collision was also involved in the alleged altercation on Diversion Dam Road. Investigative Details are being withheld at this point until we have all the facts gathered and a clear perspective of the incident. The female involved in the vehicle collision remains hospitalized out of state, her exact condition is unknown. The Wyoming Highway Patrol is assisting the Sheriff’s Office with the ongoing investigation.”

A woman on the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue reported debit card fraud at 8:16 a.m.

A report of alleged elder abuse in Kinnear is under investigation.

At 3:55 p.m. on Monday, deputies were called to Gardens North Drive in Riverton for a report two juvenile boys riding ATVs without helmets.

A woman on the 200 block of North Cherry Street in Pavillion reported a man approached her in the school parking lot and yelled at her.

At 5:15 p.m., a caller told deputies that a 17-year-old girl on the 1800 block of Center Street in Riverton who was threatening  to beat up others.

At 7:56 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies were called by a man in Shoshoni who said someone was poisoning his cat.


Lander Police Department


None reported.


A property damage fender bender was reported at 11:59 Monday on Baldwin Creek Road at the entrance to Lander Valley High School between a green GMC Sierra pickup and a gold Ford F-250 pickup. The driver of the vehicle at fault said the sun was in his eyes and he didn’t see the other vehicle. No citations were issued.

Police were called to Second and Garfield at 9:55 Monday on the report of a fight. Officers made contact with a male and a female. There were no injuries. Alcohol was involved. The couple were separated and moved along.

An intoxicated man walked into the West Main Pit Stop at 10:09 p.m. and was difficult to understand due to his slurred speech, but the clerk eventually determined the man wanted to call 911 because he had stepped on some cactus. An ambulance was dispatched and the man was taken to the hospital for his foot to be treated.

A welfare check wad called into police at 7:26 a.m. Tuesday for a party that had allegedly been going on for two days with children present at an address on McDougall Drive. Police made contact with two men at the residence. There was no party nor any children present.

A personal injury two vehicle crash was reported at 9:04 Tuesday morning near the intersection of McFarland and Buena Vista. According to the LPD officer who investigated the incident, a 45-year-old Lander man reaching for a drink he had just purchased didn’t notice a stoplight and t-boned a white Buick Century driven by a 71-year-old man from Riverton. His 70-year-old passenger was being driven to a doctor’s appointment. The 70-year-old man refused treatment at the scene. No citations were issued. Damage was over $1,000.