Police Blotter: Arrests: Shooting death ruled suicide; Debit card theft rings up big $$; Man injured on CDT, taken to Dubois clinic

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

Fremont County Coroner

The death of 22-year-old Juan C. Galvan of Riverton on July 8th has been ruled a suicide by the Fremont County Coroner’s Office. According to a Verdict and Case Docket released Tuesday, Galvan’s cause of death was listed as “Intraoral gunshot wound to the head,” meaning that the gun barrel had been placed in the man’s mouth, said Deputy County Coroner Mark Stratmoen. Galvan was also reported to be over the legal limit for intoxication, with a BAC of .104 according to the verdict’s relevant toxicology report. The legal limit is .08.  Stratmoen said Galvan’s death was the fifth so far this year from suicide.

Riverton Police Department


Tonya Duran, 36, Arapahoe, DWUI and Child Endangering. A patrolling officer noticed a white GMC van traverse all lanes of traffic to make a turn and conducted a traffic stop. The officer additionally noticed two small children “in the back seat jumping up and down.” The children, ages about six months to two-years, were not restrained at all and the driver was found to be intoxication. The Tribal Department of Family Services was called to take the children and Duran was taken to jail.

Nelson Duran, 33, Fort Washakie, on three outstanding Contempt of Court warrants. Police were called to the Rails to Trails Pathway in the 600 block of East Pershing for the report of someone sleeping under a tree there. Police found that Duran had three outstanding arrests warrants. He was also drunk, with a BAC level of .31 percent.

Joe Montoya, 40, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant. An officer on patrol noticed a gray Saturn run a traffic sign Monday in the 300 block of North Broadway and during a traffic stop, discovered that Montoya had an outstanding warrant. Montoya paid the bond for the warrant at the police department and was released.


Updating several calls from Monday’s Police Blotter, Captain Eric Murphy said two motorcyclists were cited for Careless Driving after one of them crashed into a vehicle in an intersection. The motorcyclists were apparently racing, according to witnesses who signed a complaint against the  pair, identified only as a 26-year-old Riverton male who was driving a yellow 2001 Suzuki GXS 600, and a 23-year-old Riverton male. The latter man’s black Honda CBR 900 crashed into a red 2007 Chrysler Sebring and sent it spinning 180 degrees at the intersection of North 8th West and West Main. The motorcyclist was thrown over the top of the vehicle, he rolled eight to 10 times on the pavement after landing and escaped with only some road rash on one knee cap and numerous bumps and bruises, according to the investigating officer. Witnesses said the two were accelerating between 45 and 55 mph at the time of the crash in the 30 mph zone, and that is why they were being cited.

Detectives are continuing to work on the case of the theft of some $8,720 worth of chemical testing equipment contained in two stainless-steel cases, a laser printer and a laptop computer from the 1600 block of Gannet Drive. The theft was reported Sunday. Murphy said police have distributed canvas sheets in the neighborhood seeking information on the case and a detective has been assigned to investigate.

A 55-year-old woman who was alleged to have left a dog in a vehicle parked outside of the Wyoming Honor Farm over the weekend told officers that she had made three separate trips to the Honor Farm that day, and that her vehicle was not parked there continuously as had been reported. Officers also checked the woman’s dog who was fine. “There was no violation,” he said.

On Monday, police received a complaint from the Stop and Swap store on East Monroe east of Federal that a neighbor had bagged weeds and grass and filled up the store’s trash dumpster.

A rabbit with a broken foot was found in the 1200 block of East Park and was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

Police have launched an investigation into the theft of a wallet and cell phone that was taken from a woman sometime over the weekend during class reunion activities in town. The woman identified a suspect as a “chubby” Native American male as someone who brushed  up against her as she was walking with friends in the 700 block of East Main. Police are obtaining video surveillance tapes in an effort to identify the suspect. The woman reported that her debit card had two unauthorized charges on it, a $673 withdrawal made at Walmart and a $113 withdrawal made at Safeway. She also lost her identification that was inside the wallet, $40 in cash and a Samsun Galaxy cellphone.

A minor fender bender was reported at 4:45 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of East Monroe when police received a call that “a light blue old jalopy” had backed into their car, a 2012 Toyota. The “jalopy” was reported to be a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu.

Police were called to the middle of the 300 block of Main Street at 11:30 Monday night for a reported fight. Two men were cited for simple assault in fisticuffs that apparently involved one of the men’s ex-girlfriends. Cited were a 21-year-old Riverton man and a 37-year-olld Thompsons, Tenn., man.

After midnight, the RPD was summoned to the Riverton Holiday Inn where a 13-year-old runaway from the Wind River Indian Reservation had turned up. The girl told officers that she had been away from home for most of the summer, and had left her grandmothers house some three days ago. But she said she ran out of money and wanted to go home. The girl said she had earned some money and wanted to spend time with friends. Police notified Tribal DFS who came and collected the teen. She had listed her home as Arapahoe.


Lander Police Department


Ryan Warren, 26, Lander, Fremont County Warrant.


At 8:28 a.m. on Monday, police were called by a man on the 200 block of Sweetwater Street who reported that he received a check from IRS in someone else’s name. Police are attempting contact with the IRS.

At 1:37 p.m., police were called for a report of kids on the roof of North Elementary School. Upon arrival police found a work crew performing maintenance on the roof, but there were no children.

LPD Sgt. Ron Wells said police were called at 2:21 p.m. with a report of drug activity in the Lander area. Wells said the caller provided no useful information.

At 4 p.m., police were called to the 200 block of North Eighth Street for a report of an intoxicated man passed out on some steps. Officers woke the man, and his girlfriend arrived to take him home.

At 9:22 p.m., a caller reported to police that some juveniles were lighting stuff on fire in the area of Pizza Hut. The suspects had left the area before officers arrived, but police did locate a gas can containing some sort of fuel.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Department


Lindsey Thurman, 35, Riverton, DWUI


Deputies in the Dubois area were notified of an ATV crash where a four-wheeler had overturned and injured an 81-year-old man. The crash occurred on private property. The man was taken by ambulance to the Dubois Medical Treatment for examination. The man apparently suffered a head injury.

A man originally from Illinois who was walking the Continental Divide Trail from Canada to Mexico suffered a severely dislocated shoulder in a trail mishap and walked into an outfitters camp on the Glacier Trail seeking help in getting someone to pick him up at the nearest trail head. In this case, it would be the Glacier Trail trailhead at the end of Trail Lake Road. Fremont  County Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched to find the man and get him to the Dubois Medical Clinic. A backcountry ranger located the subject, who indicated he was in a lot of pain and preferred to walk, and not go horseback on the way out. The man was located by Search and Rescue personnel, who gave him a ride to the clinic.

Undersheriff Ryan Lee said the FCSO assisted with the evacuations of the campgrounds and residences in the Homestead Park Subdivision shortly after the Fairfield Fire was reported. Lee said the department was also providing law enforcement in the fire area.

A hit and run crash was reported overnight. A 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe was struck by another vehicle that left the scene. No other information was available.

Deputies are investigating the theft of license plates from a disabled vehicle along River Lane.