Police Blotter: Shooting under investigation in Riverton; Unhappy horse reported; Shoplifter released; Battery theft reported

(Lander, Wyo.) – Wednesday’s Law Enforcement roundup from across Fremont County.

BREAKING… the Fremont County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s offices are investigating a shooting in which one man died at a mobile home park in Riverton. No other information was immediately available on the circumstances surrounding the shooting. (See separate story posted on County10.com)


Riverton Police Department


Cordell Washington, 39, Riverton, Breach of Peace. Police were called at 5:02 a.m. today to an address in the 800 block of Rainbow Drive on a complaint of a man outside in a parking lot yelling, being unruly and hitting a vehicle with his fists. The man was contacted. Police determined alcohol was involved and Washington was arrested. He apparently had been in a verbal argument inside the residence, and then took his anger outside into the parking lot, according to a police report.


At least five vehicles were hit with orange paint balls in the 300 block of East Main Street. The vandalism was reported at 2:28 a.m. Tuesday morning. It is believed the paint ball splatters are water soluble and should wash off.  There are no suspects

The staff at Riverton Regional Airport was placed on high alert Tuesday at 10:39 when a pilot radioed in that he may have an emergency. The plane landed without incident.

A two vehicle fender bender was reported at 4 p.m. in the 700 block of North 8th West Tuesday afternoon between a white 1999 Toyota SUV and a beige 2005 Chevrolet Impala.

Police were called about a persistent book-seller going door-to-door in the 1300 block of East Sunset Tuesday afternoon at 4:24 p.m. A resident there was advised on how to trespass an individual if the seller returned again.

Police were called to the 700 block of East Fremont on the report on a number of people who were reported to be “slinking” around in some bushes. Responding officers four men who reported they were looking for a lost wallet. A report was filed.

An unhappy horse report was received by the RPD from a concerned citizen in the Walmart parking lot. Apparently a horse in a trailer was rearing up and “was not happy.” Police made contact with the trailer owner who indicated he had just purchased the horse earlier in the day. The horse was checked and it was reported to be okay.

Lander Police Department


Alfred Friday, 53, Ethete, Public Intoxication. Lander Police Lt. Chuck Carr said officers were called to Safeway at 7:47 p.m. on Tuesday for a report of an intoxicated man at the tables in front of the store. Carr said Friday was unable to get up from the tables and was unable to provide officers with information for someone to pick him up. He was subsequently arrested.


Follow-up is continuing regarding an alleged hit and run on the 1100 block of North Second Street that resulted in approximately $800 worth of damage.

At 11:42 a.m., police were called to the path near the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River on the south side of Main Street for a report of a man passed out by the river. The man was not there when police arrived.

Police were called to American Laundry at 1:07 p.m. by a person who said the doors were open but no one was inside. When police arrived, they found employees working in the back.

At 2:24 p.m., officers were called to Mr. D’s for a report of a juvenile girl who attempted to steal $19.50 worth of groceries. The store owner opted to not press charges.

At about 2:40 p.m., police were called to the 400 block of Washington Street by a man who wanted his son evicted and wanted to report a stolen vehicle. Carr said the man was given information about the eviction process. The man was also unable to provide required information on the stolen vehicle.

At 4:48 p.m., a woman called police to report that earlier in the day a suspicious man had watched her children play in a pool on the 600 block of Cedar Street. The woman said the children were home with a baby sitter who witnessed the man in a red vehicle between 1 and 2 p.m.

A man came to the Lander police station at 8:05 p.m. to report threatening text messages. Carr said the messages were not of a threatening nature, but the person on the other end was refusing to tell the man their identity.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Robert Burress, 34, Lander, Sweetwater County Warrant.

Tracey Cleveland, 44, Lander, Fremont County Contempt of Court Warrant.

Lavena Laster, 49, Shoshoni, two Fremont County Warrants.


At 8:29 a.m. on Tuesday a woman on the 1000 block of East Monroe Avenue in Riverton called deputies to report someone was going into the recycling yard and stealing batteries.

A man in Hudson reported to deputies at 3:08 p.m. that there was a red Dodge Dakota pickup being taken to to Riverton to be crushed. The caller said the man who is sending it to Riverton does not own the vehicle. The vehicle was located and returned.

A report of possible child abuse reported by the Department of Family Services is under investigation.

At 6:34 p.m., deputies were called about a jackknifed trailer near the intersection of Blue Shale and Eight Mile roads. The caller said a female driver was upset with a school bus letting off children, and she jackknifed her trailer when she attempted to turn around.


–Editor’s Note: In all criminal cases, the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty and convicted in a court of law.