Police Blotter: Arrests; Telephone scam active again; Two women bitten by dogs in separate incidents; Theft from Library reported

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Nathon Brewer, 39, Riverton, Use of a Controlled Substance.


At 8:26 a.m., deputies were called to Lander Medical Clinic for a report of a 62-year-old woman from Hudson who was allegedly bitten by a dog on South Missouri Avenue. The report states she was bleeding but not seriously. The report is under investigation.

At 11:27 a.m., deputies were called by a woman on Buckhorn Flats Road outside of Riverton who said she received a call saying that her granddaughter was in a crash in Ecuador involving Driving Under the Influence and she needed to send money. The caller found out her granddaughter was actually in Michigan and reported the call as fraudulent.

At 12:41 p.m., a woman on the 1000 block of Tweed Lane near Lander reported finding a cooler of hotdogs and bacon at crashsite from a couple years ago. The caller said that sort of thing happens all the time.

A 8:16 p.m., a caller on Highway 28 outside of Lander reported that some ran over his mailbox.

At 9:01 p.m., a man on the 300 block of Buckhorn Flats Road reported a neighbors goats were loose and walking along the canal. The man reported that the goats destroyed a bunch of his hay, and he was worried about his other crops.


Riverton Police Department


Benjamin Piper, 47, Arapahoe, Failure to Appear Warrant. Carlene Headley, 52, Arapahoe, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Misty Klinker, 37, Pavillion, Probation and Parole Warrant.

Velma Harris, 31, Riverton, Assault, Child Endangering and Use of a Controlled Substance. Police responded at 10:48 a.m. Wednesday to the 1300 block of South Federal Boulevard on a report of a family fight. A subsequent investigation resulted in Harris’ arrest.

Carrie Groesbeck, 35, Riverton on a Failure to Appear warrant. Groesbeck called police to report a vandalism after midnight and officers discovered she had an outstanding warrant.


A spray paint vandal hit the 2500 block of East Monroe Wednesday, painting up a fence, a brick wall and the back of a vehicle. According to Captain Eric Murphy, the words “juggalo 4 life” was painted on a woven fabric fence, “JRBWx2” was painted on a brick wall and an expletive was painted on the rear bumper of a white KIA van. The tagger used red and blue spray paint.

Detectives are currently investigating an Assault with a Firearm case. More information is expected to be released after the victim can be located and interviewed.

A woman who claimed she had been kicked several times while intoxicated and sleeping on the ground behind the Probation and Parole office on June 24th, showed up at Riverton Memorial Hospital Wednesday complaining of back pain. The woman told police she did not see her alleged attacker. A report was taken.

The Riverton Branch Library reported a theft of a wireless game controller and a copy of a video game, “Call of Duty-Black Ops” from its teen service area on June 21st. The library said a review of a video surveillance tape revealed several kids playing video games. The video showed one of the kids entering an office and taking the controller and game from a desk and leaving. Police are investigating the incident. The two items were collectively valued at $100.

During the excitement of the grand reopening ceremony of Smith’s Grocery in Riverton following a month-long renovation, a male and female are alleged to have packed up sacks of groceries and left the store without paying, driving away in a white passenger car with Washington State plates.

A resident in the 2400 block of Walnut reported someone drove by their residence at 2:38 p.m. Wednesday and threw something from the moving vehicle which broke out a window in a parked car on the street.

A woman called Riverton police Wednesday afternoon to report that she had been scammed by someone after ordering and paying for $1,200 of Scentsy products. The report is under investigation.

A City of Riverton trash truck is reported to have crashed into and damaged a retaining wall in the 100 block of West Pershing Avenue Wednesday afternoon. The vehicle did not stop at the scene, but apparently reported the incident to supervisors at the city shop. The owner of the property where the wall was located called the police to report the incident. The property owner also said another city trash truck had damaged another fence on the property earlier this year. Damage was estimated to be under $1,000 in the most recent incident.

Police received two calls referencing a dog locked up in a blue Chevrolet Malibu parked at the Fairgrounds. The calls were several hours apart. A responding officer said the windows on the vehicle were partially open, and the dog was okay. The officer was unable to locate the owner of the vehicle.

Murphy said officers were dispatched at 6:39 p.m. to the College Hill Apartments on the report that a sex offender had been using that location as his address, but was no longer living there, which would be a violation of state law. Officers spoke with the manager of the apartments who indicated the man had been living there, but had done $8,000 damage to an apartment and had been evicted. The information was forwarded to the Probation and Parole office for their action.

Police were called at 10:47 p.m. to the Taco Bell Restaurant on North Federal Boulevard for a group of kids allegedly drinking and hitting a tree with a plastic oar. The responding officer reported the group had not been drinking, nor did they have any alcohol. The kids were asked to move along.


Lander Police Department


Shaun Zgurich, 18, Hudson, was cited for Minor in Possession/Minor Under the Influence. Lt. Chuck Carr said an officer on patrol Thursday evening located an occupied vehicle at City Park at 11:23 p.m. The park has a curfew for non-campers of 11 p.m. After making contact with the vehicle, police were given permission to search the vehicle, and alcohol was found. Zgurich was subsequently cited.


At 10:56 a.m. on Wednesday, police were called to the 400 block of Smith Street for a report of a blue Chrysler with Montana plates parked in the area with a man sitting inside. The man in the vehicle told the caller that LPD knew he was there. Carr said when officers ran the plates it did not match the description of the vehicle. Upon arrival the vehicle was gone.

At 1:31 p.m., Carr said officers were called to Safeway for a report of two women who left the store after attempting to steal a cart full of groceries. Officers located the suspect vehicle at Mr. D’s and made contact with the women, who Carr said were attempting to try again at that store. Carr said because nothing was actually stolen no arrests or citations were issued.

Police were called to the 100 block of Washakie Street 3:24 p.m. by a person who wanted officers to check a camper that they believed was possibly broken into the night before. Police found no signs of a break in.

Graffiti was reported on the 8100 block of Highway 789 on an unfinished home.

At 5:48 p.m., police were called to the 800 block of Garfield Street for a report of a woman who was bitten by a dog. The woman told police she was walking down the block when three dogs rushed at her and one bit her. Carr said she had a bite on her calf that did break the skin. The dog’s owner, who was reportedly apologetic, was cited for having a biting dog. The dog has been quarantined to check for rabies.

For the second night in a row, police were called to the 300 block of Main Street for subjects being loud and shooting BB guns. Police made contact with two women in the south side alley who said their roommates were shooting BB guns. The male roommates were advised of the complaints.

At 10:21 p.m., police received a report of a fraudulent call to a woman on Washington Street. The woman said she got a call saying she was subpoenaed for court, but if she paid $400 with her debit card she could get out of it. The woman did not send money.