Police Blotter: Arrests; Companions left man at rest area; Riverton home burglarized of meds; Road Rage reported in Lander

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Wednesday’s recap of law enforcement activity around the county. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Department


David Gutierrez-Martin, 18, Riverton, Possession of a Controlled Substance-methamphetamine, Underage Consumption of Alcohol, and on a Failure to Appear warrant. Deputies were called to the 1500 block of East Monroe of Riverton for a man who was allegedly passed out on the front porch of a residence. In addition to the outstanding warrant, Gutierrez-Martin was found with a misdemeanor amount of methamphetamine on his person.

Brian Moss, 29, Arapahoe, Driving While Under the Influence, Open Container, No Valid Drivers License

Chandler Shakespeare, 22, Ethete, Duty to Stop with Property Damage Collision, Intoxicated Pedestrian on Roadway, Careless Driving. It is alleged that Shakespere was the driver of a hit and run vehicle that crashed into a fence and left the scene on Gardens North Drive north of Riverton. Shakespeare allegedly fled on foot but was located a short time area in the area, according to Undersheriff Ryan Lee. Shakespeare is alleged to have backed into a truck at 7:30  a.m. on Snowberry Lane causing over $1,000 in damages.

The Fremont County Detention Center in Lander currently has 129 inmates it is responsible for. Of those, 116 are being held in the Lander jail, nine are in substance abuse treatment programs around the state and out of the facility, one is on home detention and three inmates are being held outside of the facility.


A 25-year-old man who was traveling with his companions from Geneva College of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania was accidentally left at a rest area on Highway 789 shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. A sheriff’s deputy picked up the stranded man and drove him to Lander where he was reunited with his party. The group was traveling in two separate vans.

A Dubois man reported that an irrigation valve and pipe valued at $500 was stolen from a ranch in the 6700 block of Highway 26. There are no suspects.

A report of a home burglary on Cedar Butte Lane near Lander turned out to be in Wind River Reservation Jurisdiction and the cas was transferred to the BIA Wind River Police. No other information is available.

Sheriff’s deputies in the Dubois area were notified of a child being threatened on a school bus. The incident involved juveniles.

A Contempt of Court warrant is reported to be pending for a Riverton-area female who has failed to show up for her court ordered UA tests.


Fremont County Fire Departments

There were eight controlled burns reported in the county on Wednesday, one in Dubois, one at Kinnear, two near Lander, one at Pavillion, one near Riverton and one near Atlantic City.

The Lander Volunteer Fire Department responded to a two vehicle crash at 1:14 p.m. at the intersection of Highways 789 and 287 to help extricate two people from a van that had been struck and rolled onto its side. There were no injuries thanks to everyone wearing seatbelts.


Riverton Police Department


Marcus Brown, 35, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace.


Police were called to recover the carcass of a muskrat that was found at South Broadway and East Adams. The rodent was disposed of.

Not the recommended way to get your vitamin C. Police responded to a third party report of a fight in City Park. Officers found a man and a woman having a food fight, using fruit. Apparently the argument was over the fruit. There were no injuries, no action was taken.

A business in the 400 block of East Pershing called to report that a man was trying to break into an employees vehicle, and that the owner of the vehicle was outside trying to stop the man. Officers determined that the suspect was trying to find a place to sleep, and was not trying to steal anything. The suspect was taken to the Center of Hope detox center.

The School Resource Officer at Riverton High School initiated a report on a weapons offense at RHS, but the report was not completed. No other information was available.

A silver 2005 model silver Dodge 1500 pickup apparently popped out of gear in the parking lot at the Riverton Middle School sometime before 12:25 p.m. and rolled into a parked 1997 Ford Escort. Damage was estimated at over $1,000.

A resident in the 200 block of North 9th East complained that someone in a white club cab pickup dropped two bags of trash into his dumpster and drove away. Police picked up the suspect’s garbage and found personal identifying information inside. Captain Eric Murphy said the RPD is attempting to contact that individual(s). Charges are pending.

Police assisted an ambulance crew when an unconscious man was found laying by the tennis courts in Riverton City Park with blood coming from his mouth. The man had not been assaulted, but apparently had a medical condition and was transported to SageWest Health Care-Riverton (formerly Riverton Memorial Hospital).

Police were asked to make a welfare check on a home in town where employees of Child Development Services in a routine inspection on Tuesday had found two small childen, ages 1 and 2 years old, in the care of an uncle who was reported to be intoxicated or high.  When police checked the residence on Wednesday, an officer reported nothing was amiss and that the children were in the care of two sober adults. The uncle, apparently, was not at the residence when officers arrived.

Okay, Mom, this is for your own good.  A 16-year-old juvenile became involved in a verbal argument with her mother Wednesday evening in a restaurant on South Second East over the mother’s alleged drinking and prescription drug use. Apparently not wanting to hear the criticism, the mother left and drove away in a blue van, leaving the teen at the establishment. Concerned about her mother, who was allegedly was driving after drinking, the teen called police for a welfare check on her Mom.  Police checked out one address where the teen thought her mother might have driven to, and sure enough, the blue van was parked out side. The teen’s aunt answered the door and said her sister wasn’t there. A male subject came out of the house and told officers a different story, that she was inside the house. The aunt apparently came out again and became belligerent, according to a police report, saying that the officers were not allowed in the house, which they had not attempted to enter, the report said. Eventually, the teen’s mom did come out of the house and complained to police that her daughter was always causing ‘issues’. It was determined that no one was in immediate danger, that the mom’s welfare was good and everyone else there, except the woman’s non-cooperative sister, was fine. The police report was forwarded to the Department of Family Services for a follow-up.

A woman called police to report that she had taken her mother to the hospital and that when she returned two hours later, her home in the 500 block of West Adams had been burglarized and her personal belongings were strewn around. Missing was an X-Box 360 valued at $200, a large jar of loose change estimated to contain about $300 and $500 in missing prescription medications, including 12 bottles of the following drugs:  Percocet, Oxycontin,  Progesterone, and Gabapentin.  The woman admitted to police that her home was unlocked.

A caller in the 1000 block of West Washington notified police that there were three “little boys” playing in a canal that runs through the area, and the caller was concerned for the children’s safety, as the water was running fast in the canal. Police responded and found the three kids, and walked them home. Apparently the kids had gotten around a fence near a canal crossing.

At 10:45 p.m. Wednesday night, police received a report that two children, ages 1 and 2, had been left with their intoxicated grandmother who was driving them away. Upon investigation, police responded to the address when the grandmother pulled up with the two children, who were not in car seats. The grandmother explained that the children’s mother had dropped them off with her without leaving car seats, diapers, food, clothing or anything else to care for the children with. She also said she had no money to buy those items. The apartment was the home of the children’s uncle. Upon checking, police discovered a clean and tidy apartment with plenty of things to care for small children with. No action was taken. It was not reported if the grandmother had, in fact been drinking.


Lander Police Department


Devin Anderson, 29, Lander, Assault and Battery. Police received a third party report of a domestic dispute at 9:37 p.m.  at an address on Cascade Street.

Marian Romero, 50, Denver, Public Intoxication. Romero was bothering customers at a fueling station at 1:39 a.m. today.

David Martin-Gutierrez, 18, Riverton, on an LPD warrant. (See sheriff’s report above)


An incident of road rage was reported at 7:52 a.m. on Smith Court after one driver allegedly cut off another driver while pulling a U-turn in a cross walk. One driver allegedly threatened the other. No action was taken.

A minor fender-bender was reported at 11:58 a.m. in a parking lot on North 6th Street when one vehicle bumped another.

An incident of identity theft was reported to the LPD at 12:18 p.m.

Another scam telephone call was received by a Lander resident and reported to the polcie at 12:42 p.m.

Emergency units were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash at 1:14 p.m. at the intersection of Highways 789 and 287. See photos and a report on that crash here.

Neighbors complained to police about an abandoned vehicle with a broken out window and a camper parked along West Lane. The vehicle was reported to be parked there for over a  year, while the camper has been there only a week.

A wallet was reported left in the rest room of a business on Grand View Drive and was gone when the reporting party returned. The incident is under investigation.

A bag of suspected marijuana was found in a parking lot along Buena Vista Drive Wednesday at 4:29 p.m.

Police were called at 3:32 a.m. for a disorderly patient in the Emergency Room at SageWest Health Center-Lander (formerly Lander Regional Hospital).