Police Blotter: Arrests; School bus fly-by reported near Pavillion; Two wrecks in Lander, one caused over $100k in damage

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Rachael Cox, 41, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.


At 7:39 a.m. on Thursday, deputies were called about a tan passenger car that passed a stopped school bus at Missouri Valley and Tunnel Hill Roads. Deputies were unable to locate the passenger car.

Calls that came to authorities at 9:13 a.m. on Thursday and 1:36 a.m. on Friday are under investigation. The natures of the calls and locations was redacted.

At 9:52 a.m., a female UPS truck driver was reported driving erratically and passing in no-passing zones on Highway 20 near Shoshoni. The driver was cited for careless driving.

Lander Valley Animal Hospital reported 10:06 a.m. reported receiving two bad checks.

At 12:05 p.m., deputies were called to Lyons Valley Road by a man who reported a safe in a ditch. The caller said there was a big hole in the bottom of the safe. Sheriff’s investigators are investigating where the safe came from.

A woman on Snyder Road near Lander at 4:20 p.m. reported coming home from a run and seeing two guys in a small blue truck who looked like they were casing the place. The truck left, and deputies were unable to locate the suspicious vehicle.

At 8:16 p.m., a woman in Riverton called dispatch, asked what day it was, and then disconnected.


Lander Police Department




This truck pulling a camper crashed through a garage on Gabel Street on Thursday morning. (Joshua Scheer photo)

This truck pulling a camper crashed through a garage. (JS)

Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said the wreck on Gabel Street at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, where a truck and camper crashed into two residential garages and another vehicle, was possibly caused by a medical issue experienced by the driver. The 49-year-old Lander woman was taken to Lander Regional Hospital for treatment. There was no evidence or indication that the woman was intoxicated with alcohol or drugs. An official damage estimate was not yet complete, but Carey said its likely more than $100,000. See more photos from the wreck here.

At 4:29 p.m., police took a report of harassing phone calls.

At 1:29 a.m. on Friday, police were called to the 400 block of Wood Street for a possible fight. Police found no evidence of a fight.

This wreck occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Friday on the 300 block of Main Street. (Ally Weller photo)

This wreck occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Friday (AW)

Police and EMS responded to a two-vehicle wreck on the 300 block of Main Street at about 9:15 a.m. on Friday. Details of the wreck were not immediately available, but Carey said one driver was treated by EMS. It appeared a white Dodge passenger car rear-ended a silver Jeep.



Riverton Police Department


Arthur Cantrell, 21, Riverton, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, two counts of Reckless Endangerment, Escape, Larceny and Interference. (See separate story update)

Hays Goggles, 47, Riverton, Possession of Marijuana, Breach of Peace. Police were called after a man was reporting yelling at people using the skatepark at City Park and trying to start a fight. When contacted, the man was found in possession of a joint of marijuana. He also had a BAC level of .28 percent.

Doug BigMedicine, 35, St Stephens, on a Failure to Appear warrant.

Eddie Shells, 43, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence. BAC .19 percent. Stopped at Spire and Riverview Drive at 1:25 a.m. Friday


A two vehicle, rear-end collision was reported at 9:09 a.m. at the intersection of East Roosevelt and North 9th streets Thursday. A 48-year-old Riverton woman was cited for Driving Too Closely and for having a Suspended Drivers License. The woman’s 1989 Jeep Cherokee ran into the back of a 2006 silver Pontiac G6. Damage was estimated over $1,000.

A 13-year-old boy from Lander was the suspect in a theft at the Fremont County Fairgrounds Thursday morning. An Apple iPhone valued at $300 was missing, but later recovered and returned to its rightful owner.

A 21-year-old Riverton man was arrested for simple assault after an altercation with another man in the parking lot of Kmart. A police report said a man filed a complaint that someone had been tailgating him, and when he pulled into the Kmart lot, the other driver followed, got out, cursed at him was push and then hit in the face with a closed fist. When contacted by police, the suspect said the other party was a former friend who waved at him and asked him to meet at Kmart. When he did, the man came at him in an aggressive manner and was cursing, so he pushed the man back and then struck him in the face in a defensive move. Because he admitted hitting the man, he was cited for the simple assault.

Police received a call about a dog without any shade confined to a kennel in the 400 block of North 9th West. The caller was concerned about the dog’s welfare. The RPD’s Animal Control officer will follow-up.

A child who failed to get off of a school bus Thursday created a few moments of panic for the child’s mother. The child went to her grandmother’s house, and then walked home. The child was fine.

Loaf ‘N Jug reported a gas drive-off at 4:59 p.m. when a white Honda pumped $5.76 worth of fuel and then drove off.

A reported sex offense was brought to the attention of the RPD Thursday afternoon. An investigation is underway.

Police are also investigating an incident in which a man called a city resident claiming to be with the City and attempting to collect a past due citation in the amount of $35. When challenged as to his identity, the man allegedly responded, “Oh you also have a second citation for being too stupid to drive.” At that point, the woman hung up. When police called the telephone number that was captured by Caller ID, the woman who answered said the phone was in her possession and she had not called anyone.

A pair of suspected shoplifters were contacted by police inside the Walmart store. Police let the pair know that they were in the store and to behave themselves. The pair had been known by store officials to have shoplifted there in the past.

Captain Eric Murphy reported this morning that rumors of book salesmen trying to kidnap local children are unfounded. “The rumor has spread across the country from New York to Oklahoma and here. I read about it all the time. It is not true, they are just selling books.” One Riverton resident became upset at a book seller and threatened him because of the rumor postings on a local list serve. Murphy said any time someone has a question about such an incident, they should contact police to confirm before spreading rumors.