Police Blotter: Arrests; False alarm at bank brings out RPD in force; Squirrel returns to business

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Wednesday’s wrap-up of law enforcement action around the county. Those arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Fremont County Coroner

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen released the identity of a 31-year-old man who died at Riverton Memorial Hospital over the weekend. The deceased was Rodney Jealous-of-Him Jr. of Riverton. Stratmoen said an autopsy was inconclusive and the manner and cause of death would have to wait for toxicology and lab tests. Stratmeon said there was nothing outwardly suspicious about the death, but in a case when a person of that age passes, an autopsy is routinely ordered to find out why.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Dale Bisbee, 19, Riverton, Probation Violation.

Travis Blackburn, 32, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Vincent Brown, 35, Arapahoe, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Darwin Gambler, 30, Riverton, Contempt of Court Warrant.

Melanie Gambler, 43, Ethete, Court Ordered Arrest.


At 10:27 a.m., deputies made a ticket regarding a simple assault between inmates at the Fremont County Detention Center.

A business in Dubois reported possible telephone fraud at 11:26 a.m.

At 2:49 p.m., deputies were called to a location in St. Stephen’s for a report of evicted tenets who wouldn’t leave.

At 9:04 p.m., deputies were called to Mountain View Cemetery for a report of some juveniles who parked a vehicle outside the cemetery gates, hopped the gate and were inside the cemetery. Deputies reportedly made contact with three people who were visiting a grave site. A 16-year-old girl was cited for underage consumption of alcohol.


Riverton Police Department


There were no arrests in the past 24 hours.


The big stir in downtown Riverton at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday morning when police closed off a street and were seen packing assault weapons around the First Interstate Bank was due to an employee error that set off a bank vault alarm. “In a case like this we follow our procedures, set up a perimeter and such. They advised us of the error, so we did a quick clear of the building and then left. It was standard response to that kind of an alarm,” Captain Eric Murphy said Wednesday. Riverton hasn’t seen a bank robbery in some time and Murphy said a false alarm like this, and the RPD’s response, keeps officers “on their toes.”

At 8:42 a.m. police received a third party report that her daughter was in a fight with a boyfriend. Apparently the woman’s other daughter sent a text to Mom saying her sister was fighting with her beau. Police made contact with the couple on Arapahoe Drive and determined it was a verbal argument only. The parties were separated. No action was taken.

There’s something about the Fremont County Pediatrics Clinic in the 500 block of North 12th East that attracts squirrels. Just a few days ago the clinic thought they had a break-in as one room had been found in disarray. It was a squirrel that had gotten inside. It was caught and released. Then on Tuesday the RPD received another call from the clinic saying they had found another squirrel in a storeroom there. A police report did not indicate if it was the same squirrel from before. But the animal control officer took the animal to the Riverwalk next to the Big Wind and released it into more squirrel friendly habitat.

Police performed a civil standby at 3:12 p.m. for a man who called police to inform them that he would like to have an officer present when he confronted another man staying at a local motel who allegedly accused the complaintant’s daughter of being a drug dealer. Police stood by and then left. Nothing happened.

A man called police at 3:25 p.m. from an address on Heather Court to complain that his neighbors were asking personal and harassing questions about him and he was uncomfortable with that. Upon making contact with the neighbor, a police report said the neighbor had asked permission to cut some tree limbs that were hanging over the property line, and that the complaintant went off on her, according to a police account. The two parties agreed not to talk to each other. It was not noted in the report if the tree was trimmed.

A family fight was reported at 4:46 p.m. at an address on the 300 block of North 9th West between a divorced couple. Upon arriving at the scene, a police report said the former husband was retrieving some property, including a motorcycle, and he didn’t see his ex near a door when he closed it. The door struck the woman’s foot.  There was no fight. No action was taken. The report said the incident was accidental.

A possible fire was reported at the cement pipe facility in the 800 block of Webbwood Road at 8 p.m. Tuesday night. But it was not a fire. It was dust from a truck being loaded at the facility.


Lander Police Department


Terry Kappus, 50, Lander, Driving Under the Influence. At 3:17 a.m. on Wednesday, police were called about a possibly intoxicated male driver who had banged on the caller’s door and reported being thrown in a ditch by someone. Kappus was subsequently arrested.


At 8:18 a.m., police were called to Sweetwater Street for a report of a semi with two tanker trailers parked in the residential area. Noting there was no signage on the truck, the caller thought it was suspicious.

At 2:05 p.m., police were called to the Alco parking lot for a report of a possibly intoxicated driver. No arrests were made.

At 6:47 p.m., police were notified of a white pick-up reportedly driving unsafely behind Mr. D’s.

Police were called to a location on Fremont Street by a caller who thought it was suspicious that lights were on inside a house across the street from them at 11:41 p.m.