Police Blotter: Arrests; 30 vehicles egged in Riverton; Juvenile cited after reckless driving incident
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Friday’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 Office
Annrell Leftbear, 38, Riverton, Fremont County Warrant for Child Endangering and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. The arrest was made in connection to a Riverton Police case. RPD Captain Eric Murphy said police assisted another agency on a call back on April 28th in which the subject of that call spoke of drug use in their home. Police visited the home and discovered seven adults and two children living there. According to an RPD report, the house was not clean and the mother of the children, Leftbear, was exhibiting signs of methamphetamine use, including bruxism. She was fidgety and she told officers that she last used a few hours ago, the report indicated. Leftbear produced a bag from her purse that contained drugs and drug paraphernalia. Police took the children into protective custody and a report was filed with the Fremont County Prosecuting and Attorney’s Office.
Deputies assisted an out-of-state attorney’s office attempt to locate a witness in the Riverton area related to an out-of-state criminal case.
At 10:01 a.m., deputies initiated an investigation into an alleged burglary at a business at an undisclosed location in the county. The report is still under investigation.
A disagreement between neighbors in the Riverton area was reported at 1:14 p.m. The caller said their neighbor’s dogs damaged a shed last fall, and despite the neighbors reportedly committing to fix it, they allegedly had not.
Shortly before 4 p.m., Lander Volunteer Firefighters assisted the county with a report of a vehicle fire on Highway 789 just outside of Lander. Lander Fire Administrator Nick Hudson said a car coming southbound into Lander had an electrical issue that started a fire under the hood. Hudson said the fire was put out before firefighters arrived. Firefighters stayed on scene to help cool the vehicle down and disconnect the battery.
At 7:24 p.m., deputies were called to a convenience store in Dubois for a report of a woman that had been outside the store since 3:30 p.m. and bugging customers.
At 9:03 p.m., a man on York Valley Road near Lander reported a suspicious vehicle in the middle of a field. The Sheriff’s Office reports a juvenile male was driving recklessly, lost control and hit a fence. No injuries were reported and alcohol was not involved. The boy was cited for property destruction.
Riverton Police Department
The RPD assisted the U. S. Marshall’s Office with an arrest. No other information was available.
A patrolling officer early Thursday morning discovered 22 separate incidents of vehicles being “egged” in two neighborhoods. The 22 incidents involved 30 vehicles in the neighborhood of Elk and Big Horn Drives and on North and South 2nd West. Captain Eric Murphy said the first instance was discovered at 12:40 a.m. and the last was at 2:14 a.m. in the 800 block of North 2nd East. The officer also discovered what was described as a “large bag of eggs” next to a vehicle. It’s possible the patrolling officer interrupted the egg tossing. None of the vehicles seemed to be damaged beyond needing a wash.
An officer on patrol noticed an open garage door in the 1300 block of Maple Lane at 3:29 a.m. Thursday morning. A vehicle parked inside the garage had its dome light on and the officer noticed a large amount of cash inside the locked vehicle. No one at the home answered the door. A report was made.
A resident in the 1400 block of East Park reported a spray painted vehicle parked on the street for some time. Police contacted the registered owner of the vehicle who said he had sold the vehicle about a year ago, but that he had spray-painted it before it sold. Police are attempting to contact the current owner to find out if the vehicle has been abandoned, or to have it moved.
It’s not the best way to start a day, but that’s what happened Thursday morning just after 8 a.m. when police were notified of a family fight underway at the service department at Fremont Ford/Lincoln in the 1600 block of North Federal. Apparently a couple is going through a divorce and the soon to be ex wife was upset about something and came to the dealership to speak with her soon to ex husband. The two were separated as the man explained they were trying to work through some things and it got heated, according to a police report. The female agreed to leave and there were no further calls from that address.
A dispute over tree trimming, again, brought police to the 300 block of Heather Drive Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The neighbors there had agreed not to talk to one another after an earlier incident last month. Apparently the latest upset was over one party trimming trees on their own property and a neighbor not liking it, or something. The parties were separated and a report was made.
A property damage two vehicle crash was reported at the intersection of North Federal and East Sunset at 12:45 p.m. between a black 2008 Chevrolet pickup and a silver 2014 Ford Fusion.
Under investigation is a complaint from a Riverton resident that there are fraudulent charges on his bank account. No other information was available.
A two-vehicle crash with damages over $1,000 occurred at 1:46 p.m. in the 700 block of North Federal. The vehicles were a silver 2006 Hyundai Sonata and beige 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser. A 51-year-old Lander resident in the Toyota was taken to SageWest Health Center-Riverton (formerly Riverton Memorial Hospital) for observation and treatment of neck and back pain. Police took the Lander woman’s dog to the PAWS for Life Animal Shelter for safe keeping until she is released from the hospital.
In a case of officer discretion, an intoxicated man who walked out of a bar and got into his car at a parking lot in the 500 block of North Federal, and who then began throwing up with the door open, was taken to the Center For Hope detox center rather than being arrested. “If the man had his car keys out or in the ignition of the vehicle, which would indicate physical control of the vehicle, it would’ve been a Driving While Under the Influence case. But as it was, he did not have his keys out, so he was taken to detox,” Murphy said.
A concerned citizen called police at 2:21 p.m. to the 1000 block of West Main where two children were spotted sitting alone in a car in front of Beall’s Department Store. The children, ages 4 and 7 years, were waiting for their mother to finish shopping. The 7-year-old had a broken leg and was using crutches and she didn’t want to go inside, so she looked after her 4-year-old sister in the car. “The officer felt it was okay so no action was taken,” Murphy said.
At 3:08 pm. police received a call from the 100 block of South 2nd West that a white 2012 Ford Escape had been backed into by another vehicle in a hit and run incident. The incident is still under investigation.
Police assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Service with an arrest of a female at 6:41 p.m. in the 800 block of East Main Street. Murphy said the RPD usually assists the U.S. Marshals or the FBI with arrests, “so a uniformed presence exists.” Murphy said the Federal officers typically are not in a uniform, but dressed in a suit or street clothes. “Having a uniformed officer there helps,” he said.
The Wyoming Department of Corrections notified the RPD that a suspicious vehicle was parked along the perimeter of the Wyoming Honor Farm minimum-security unit north of town near a pump house on its property. Murphy said officers were told that some contraband that had been coming into the Honor Farm had been coming from that location in the past several days. Police found a parked Suzuki motorcycle, but nothing otherwise suspicious.
Lander Police Department
Information from the Lander Police Department was not readily available. Details will be added as soon as possible.