Police Blotter: Arrests; Child taken into protective custody from filthy house; Toppled tree blocked Riverton street

(Lander Police officers this morning visited with Robert Patton who was playing air guitar on the back of his truck on the 300 block of Main Street. Patton, who was recently cited for Possession of Marijuana, said he was protesting for the legalization of marijuana. Police eventually encouraged Patton to move on. Photo by Lee Pepper.)

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Amanda Randall, 25, Lander, Probation Revocation.


At 10:13 a.m., deputies were called to a residence on Snowberry Lane near Riverton for a report of child abuse or neglect. A 35-year-old Riverton woman was cited for child endangerment after deputies found “hazardous living conditions,” Undersheriff Ryan Lee said in a news release. In an interview he called the living conditions “deplorable” and “unsafe and unfit for children.” Among the poor conditions were no electricity, water or sewer. A 2-year-old girl was taken into protective custody.

Deputies were called to Riverton Memorial Hospital at 12:57 p.m. for a report of a 29-year-old woman was believed to be the victim of an assault. The woman was not cooperative with law enforcement.

At 1:12 p.m., deputies were called to the 900 block of East Monroe Avenue for a report of a 3-year-old girl wandering around outside. Lee said parents located the child before law enforcement arrived. The girl had wandered away from the residence. There were no citations issued.

A burglary reported in Riverton at 1:36 p.m. is under investigation.

A person on the 100 block of South Main Street in Hudson reported someone illegally throwing their garbage away in a business’s dumpster. The caller said the suspect was on camera.

At 9:23 a.m., deputies were called to West Pavillion Road near Morton Lake for a report of someone who dumped 6 bags of trash.

At 12:45 a.m. on Thursday, deputies were called to a different address on Snowberry Lane for a report of  domestic abuse. Lee said the suspect fled and the report is under investigation.


Lander Police Department




The Lander Police Department took 18 calls for service in the last 24-hour period.


Riverton Police Department


Eldred Lee, 54, Ethete, Municipal Warrant.

Howard Addison, 38, Riverton, Municipal Warrant.

A 49-year-old Riverton man was cited for Assault.

A 43-year-old Riverton man was cited for Assault.


Police were called to Rocky Mountain Liquor at 10:46 a.m. Tuesday on the report of embezzlement by an employee. The employee was alleged not to have taken money, but alcohol. And not to have taken it, but drinking it. A store surveillance video revealed the employee had been drinking the contents of shooter, or single shot bottles. When confronted with the evidence, the employee confessed. Police issued a citation for Larceny in the amount of $4.49.

A 35-year-old Riverton man was charged with domestic battery and interference with a 911 call after he allegedly followed his ex-wife into a business where she was applying for a job. Once inside the business, he confronted the victim, they left the store and in the parking lot he started to punch her, according to an RPD report. The woman was not injured.

A woman called police to report that she had been shopping at Walmart, but when she left, she forgot her wallet, which was left in a shopping cart outside. The wallet was found, and turned in to the store security, but the woman said $1,000 was missing from the wallet. A police review of surveillance video showed a young man finding the wallet, and taking it inside the store without opening it. Police Chief Mike Broadhead said the video showed the good Samaritan did not open the wallet, and a subsequent search of his person and vehicle revealed no cash. There are no suspects.

Police responded to a small fire in the 200 block of North Sixth West to provide traffic control for the fire department.

On Wednesday, Police were advised by a caller that he had just had a dispute with a man walking his dog without a leash in the 1000 block of Forest Drive. The caller said he told the man that he didn’t appreciate him walking his dog without a leash. The man agreed to put the dog on a leash and left. When police caught up with the man, he told the same story. There were no citations.

Police responded to the report of a downed tree in the street in the 400 block of South Fifth East at 3:30 p.m. Sure enough, a huge cottonwood tree with center rot had toppled in the wind and had completely blocked the street. City crews were summoned to remove the tree.

Police were called to a verbal altercation between a dating couple at 6:23 p.m. at Railway plaza. The female involved said her boyfriend got in her face and was calling her nasty names. There was no physical altercation.

A domestic abuse call sent police to the All Nations Trailer Park at 9:29 p.m. Wednesday. A 53-year-old male had accused a 43-year-old woman at the site of being promiscuous, and he allegedly punched her in the face. He was issued a citation for Battery of a Household Member.

A hit and run vehicle crash was reported in the 200 block of East Pine where a vehicle had crashed into and damaged a fence and crushed a mailbox. Police discovered neon green paint transfer at the site. There are no suspects.

This large cottonwood tree toppled over in high winds Wednesday afternoon in Riverton. The trunk of the tree had rotted out, according to witnesses. No one was injured. Traffic on the street was blocked for a time until city crews could remove the tree. (Photo by Steph Boyd)

This large cottonwood tree toppled over in high winds Wednesday afternoon in Riverton. The trunk of the tree had rotted out, according to witnesses. No one was injured. Traffic on the street was blocked for a time until city crews could remove the tree. (Photo by Steph Boyd)