Police Blotter: Arrests; Motorcyclists hurt in crash; Stolen vehicle wrecked, suspect caught; Two cited for pelting disabled car with golf balls

Two Kentucky residents were injured when their motorcycle was struck by a vehicle that pulled out in front of them yesterday morning in Riverton on North Federal Boulevard. Details below. (Jason Kintzler photo) 

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

Riverton Police Department


Shawn Marlow, 44, Evansville, Wyo., Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI)

Danny Ortiz, 33, Riverton, DWUI and Driving With Suspended Drivers License. After Ortiz had been booked in the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander, he was served a Lander Police Department arrest warrant.

30-year-old male and 28-year-old male were issued citations for Throwing Stones, Missiles. The two adults were hitting golf balls at a vehicle that had broken down on Riverview Road while the 19-year-old driver was still inside the vehicle. The incident was reported at 8:26 p.m.

Teddy Goggles, 71, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace and Public Intoxication. Goggles had been checked in to the alcohol detox center, but police were called at 9:31 p.m. when he became disruptive. As police entered the center, they witnessed Goggles slapping another client who he claimed was on his mattress. Goggles was wrong. He was taken into custody and taken to jail in Lander.

Joshua Brouwer, 21, Riverton. At 2:30 a.m. today, a man was reported to be banging on doors and yelling at the Old Wyoming Motel on North Federal. When officers arrived they Brouwer trying to kick in one the room doors. He was stopped from doing any property damage and when police asked him what he was doing, according to a police report, the man said “I don’t know, I’m pretty drunk.” Indeed he was. Brouwer’s blood alcohol level was measured at .23 percent.


Police assisted a 7-tear-old boy who was visiting his grandparents and found a pair of handcuffs that had been purchased in Casper. The boy put the handcuffs on before realizing the key to them had been lost. Grandma called police to see if an RPD handcuff key would work to free the youngster from his self-inflicted predicament. Fortunately, it did. The child was freed from the handcuffs none the worse for wear.


The motorcyclists were not seriously injured in the crash.

The motorcyclists were not seriously injured in the crash.

That 2,401st mile is always the toughest. At 9:35 Thursday morning, a black 1994 Ford Escort pulled out in front of a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle, clipped it on the right passenger bag and sent it and its two passengers skidding down North Federal at Hewitt street, the intersection coming out of Fremont Ford and directly across the street from the Sundowner. A security camera at the Sundowner captured the crash. The two motorcyclists were each 50 years old and each from Ghent, Kentucky. The female passenger suffered a broken rib and a bruised ankle, the male driver suffered facial road rash and a laceration above his eyes that required stitches. The two also had bumps and bruises. After reviewing the video, the driver of the Escort, identified as a 42-year-old female from Riverton, was pullling out of Hewitt Drive onto North Federal to head south. A pick-up truck was heading north on Federal and had turned on its turn signal to turn right onto Hewitt. The motorcycle was trailing the pickup. As the pickup began to turn, the female driver entered the intersection and clipped the motorcycle, sending is sliding down the highway. The point of impact was where the passenger’s foot rest was located. The woman’s shoe was stuck to the foot rest following the crash, but was dislodged when the cycle started to slide. The two told Riverton Police they they had just started home from a 2.400 mile-long trip. A citation is pending in the crash.

A Riverton resident had second thoughts about giving his credit card to an internet security company, who informed him that his computer had a virus and they would clean it from his system for $150. He agreed and gave up his credit card number. Then he told police he began to suspect that he might’ve been the victim of a fraud. Police identified the business at Platinum Global Services. At this point, there is no evidence of fraud, but the man wanted to make a report “just in case.”

An employee at HASCO Systems in the 700 block of East Monroe reported a near theft to police at at 2:21 p.m. The employee reported that a man driving a gold Dodge Durango pulled into the yard of the firm and tried to take some culvert parts. When he was approached by company employees, the man took the part out of his vehicle, left them and sped away. The vehicle’s license plate number was captured and police are now attempting to contact the registered owner.

A man in the 4009 block of East Adams showed up at the police counter to report that a maroon 1996 Chevrolet Blazer had been parked in his yard for over a month. The man left the counter before officers arrived to talk with him and the man has not yet returned a telephone call.

An intoxicated male at Riverton Memorial Hospital was transported to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center at 5:32 p.m. Thursday evening.

A woman who stopped at a bar in the 700 block of East Main for a few drinks came back out a short time later to discover that her vehicle was missing. She told police that she left the keys inside the car. As she was making the report, police found her vehicle a few blocks away in a parking lot. The woman said her friends could’ve been playing a joke on her. Police suggested she not leave her keys in an unlocked vehicle.

After midnight police were called about a suspicious vehicle that was parked along a street with it’s doors open but no one inside. Police confirmed the report, tried to contact the registered owner, but were unsuccessful, so they closed the doors.

At 2:20 a.m. when the rain started to fall, a car alarm went off in the 100 block of East Sunset resulting in a call to police that someone was attempting to break into a vehicle parked there. Upon responding, police discovered it was the owner of the vehicle who just acquired it. He said whenever it rains the alarm goes off and he was trying to identify and fix the problem.


Lander Police Department


Wiona Smart, 19, Lander, was cited for shoplifting after she attempted to take $1.79 worth of licorice from the Loaf ‘N Jug store at 2nd and Main at 9:27 p.m.

Guillermo Aquino, Oakdale, Calif., 45, Assault and Battery


A resident in the 200 block of Washakie called police when he discovered what appeared to be blood on the pavement in front of his house, and blood splatters on his lawn. A search of the area did not turn up anything suspicious and there were no reports of anyone with an injury going to the hospital nor any reports of wounded animals.

A camper at Lander City Park was warned, twice, on Thursday about keeping his dogs on a leash. On two separate occasions, dogs came out of the man’s tent and charged pedestrians who were walking by. Police told the camper that his dogs needed to be on a leash. They did not receive a third call.

A report on a property damage vehicle crash had been been completed today. The crash was reported at 4:24 p.m. in the 1100 block of McDougal.

A mother called police worried about here 12-year-old daughter who had not been home “in some time.” Police were able to locate the girl at another residence and they advised her that she should stay in better contact with her mother or at least let her know when she was going out.

Police received a call from a subject who had just purchased a cell phone and had begun receiving “strange text messages” on it that could be described at drug-related. Police contacted the person sending the messages, who lives in Rock Springs. She reported she had been attempting to text an old friend and didn’t realize the number had given up. After reviewing the messages, police determined they were not drug related.

A REDDI report came into police at 11:30 p.m. Thursday night on North 4th Street. The vehicle was located and stopped in the 300 block of Wood. The driver admitted to drinking, but he successfully passed the field sobriety tests administered by the officer. The man and his two passengers were allowed to walk home, but the vehicle was towed and the man, Mike Myhus, 39, Lander, was cited for No Insurance, Driving While Under Suspension, and having an Expired Registration.

Fremont County Sheriff


Thomas Keele Sr., 46, Riverton, on a Failure To Appear warrant

The Fremont County Detention Center currently has 166 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 149 are being held in the detention center, 11 are in substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state and out of the facility, two are on home detention and four inmates (juveniles) are being housed out of the facility.


Deputies are investigating several related incidents that occurred early Thursday morning the area of Paradise Valley and Haymaker roads near Riverton.

According to Undersheriff Ryan Lee, the initial call came in at 2:20 a.m. of a one vehicle rollover at the intersection of Delfelder Road and Haymaker. A 2001 PT Cruiser had lost control on Delfelder and struck a bridge girder, which caused the vehicle to flip over and land on its roof. Two occupants of the vehicle fled the scene and ran to several residences attempting to coax the homeowners for a ride to town. When the homeowners indicated they would be calling the Sheriff to assist, the men would flee.

At 3:12 a.m., deputies contacted the registered owner of the PT Cruiser who discovered that her vehicle had been stolen from the 700 block of Paradise Valley Road. A deputy responded to that location and subsequently found a wrecked 1994 Toyota Corolla blocking the northbound lane of the roadway near her residence. Deputies determined the vehicle had run off the road and collided with a fence, eventually becoming disabled, Lee said in a news release.

At 4:03 a.m. back on Delfelder Road, Deputies were able to find and detain Billy Napier, 20, Riverton. He admitted to being in the PT Cruiser when it crashed. He was arrested for DWUI.

At 7:30 a.m., a resident along Young Road reported that “a man was passed out” on her porch with no shoes and had bloody feet. The man woke up when the woman began calling the Sheriff’s office and he fled the scene. Deputies were unable to locate the man.

“This entire incident is still under investigation. We are quite certain that we have identified the second suspect in this string of crimes,” Lee said. “At this time, it appears the suspects wrecked the Corolla, stole the PT Cruiser which they then crashed north of Riverton and fled. Charges will be filed against the second person involved as well as further charges against Napier. Napier did admit he was an occupant in both the Corolla and the Cruiser.”  Lee said the PT Cruiser was described as “a total loss.”

A motorist called the Sheriff’s office to report that their Cadillac sustained over $1,500 damage when it hit “a very large raccoon” in the 8400 block of Highway 789 near Lander.

Deputies are investigating a drug use report that was called in to the department at 7:45 Thursday evening.

Dubois area deputies were advised that a red Dodge pickup struck a Black Angus cow that was among 50 cows reported loose and on the highway at MP 38 on Highway 26/287. The pickup was reported to be totaled and unable to be driven.

A motorist called the S.O. to report that he struck a mailbox in the 200 block of North Fork Road out of Lander at 4:49 a.m. this morning.

An early morning theft was reported in Dubois at 6:36 a.m. when a resident looked out of his window in the 300 block of South First Street in Dubois and saw someone drive into the lumber yard next door. He said the man then went into his yard and picked up a barbell set and left. The thief was reported to be driving a white Chevrolet pickup with a white aluminium camper shell with Idaho license plates. The theft is under investigation .