Police Blotter: Arrests; Items continue to be stolen from unlocked vehicles; Gun allegedly pulled in drunken argument

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Thursday’s law enforcement recap from around Fremont County. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Fremont  County Coroner 

The death of 29-year-old Cheryl Rapue of Wiggins, Colo., who died at SageWest-Riverton after her U.S. Postal contract vehicle rolled just after 4 a.m. Thursday morning east of Shoshoni has been preliminarily ruled due to blunt force trauma. Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen said other tests are being conducted and a final cause of death will be determined after toxicology tests are completed. Stratmoen said such tests are routine when a truck driver dies in a crash. “We want to see if there was a medical condition, or other cause that may be related to the crash,” he said.


Riverton Police Department


Chester Moss, 34, St. Stephens, Public Intoxication and Trespassing. At 11:30 p.m. Thursday night, police were called to the 700 block of Eagle Drive where Moss was intoxicated and refusing to leave a residence where he had been trespassed from. Police were unable to take him to the Center Of Home because he had been banned for 72 hours from there as well. So he was arrested after no other responsible party

Ronald Brown, 48, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant. Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 800 block of East Main and found that Brown, a passenger in the vehicle, had an outstanding warrant.

Jerald Friday, 51, Riverton, Sexual Battery. A complaint was filed against Friday at 7:46 a.m. as he was walking down a canal bank along Riverview Road. As he approached a female he did not know, Friday allegedly hugged the woman and groped her, according to the complaint. The victim was in her early 20s and did not appreciate Friday’s advances. Police located him and made the arrest.


At 6:18 a.m. Thursday morning, a man called from the 1600 block of East Lincoln to report that a set of DeWalt tools and $250 in cash had been stolen from his unlocked white 2007 Chevrolet pickup overnight. It was his company truck. Captain Eric Murphy said again Friday that if you value your money and possessions, don’t leave them in plain sight inside your vehicle and for heavens sake, lock your truck. There has been a rash of thefts from vehicles this past week in Riverton and police suggest, again and again, not to be a victim. Lock your vehicle.

At 7:46 a.m. a man reported that his vehicle, a 1985 blue Toyota pickup, was damaged while he was inside Walmart. According to a police report, the man chose not to wait for a patrol officer, but instead left and said he would call back. So far, he hasn’t called and a report is not completed.

At 8:11 a.m. police responded to a complaint of a man burning items along East Monroe Avenue that was causing a large black smoke plume. Apparently a tenant had moved from the Cozy Mobile Home Park and the owner had cleaned out items left by the tenant and was burning them. The man was advised he cannot burn trash within the city limits. He was also advised by the county that burning was not allowed there.

At 8:08 a.m. police received a call that a cell phone charging cord and a credit card were stolen from a vehicle in the 200 block of South 10th East.

At 8:27 p.m. a report was received from Community Entry Services in the 2400 block of Peck Avenue that someone had taken license plates off one of their vehicles parked at their headquarters. There are no suspects.

Another bicycle switch-a-roo was reported Thursday at 9:09 a.m. from the 800 block of North 1st Street. Apparently some took a $200 blue Mongoose model bicycle and left another blue Mongoose in its place. A report was taken. This is the second time within a week that someone took a bicycle from a residence and left another bike in its place.

Another unlocked vehicle was rummaged through, this time in the 300 block of Granite Circle from a 2002 Red Tahoe. Nothing of value was reported missing.

A blue purse with Native designs and a blue denim wallet were taken from a 2011 white GMC SUV parked in the 400 block of West Washington Avenue. The purse contained $70 in cash plus various identification and credit cards. The owner of the purse had left it in her vehicle.

At 1:17 p.m. police were called after a small child, about 2-year-old, entered an apartment along Redwood Drive crying. The child apparently forgot where it lived. Police said contact was made with the parent and everything was okay.

At 1:42 p.m. police received a report from a residence on Spencer Street that a man had been struck and run over by a vehicle allegedly driven by the 26-year-old male victim’s girlfriend. When police arrived at the scene, the girlfriend and the vehicle were gone. The alleged victim said he was putting some things in his girlfriend’s car, in the hatchback, when she began to back-up. He said he lost his footing and fell down, and that he was not struck by the vehicle. He said it was a complete accident, and that he was not injured. No action was taken.

At 2:05 p.m. police were called to the Walmart parking lot where someone had complained that a dog had been left in a vehicle and the reporting party was concerned that it was too hot. Officers found the windows partially rolled down and that the dog was fine. No action was taken.

Just when you think you can trust someone, something like this happens. On Sunday, June 15th, a property damage crash occurred and the two parties involved exchanged insurance information. It turned out the insurance from one of the parties involved was invalid. The victim went to the police to make a report for his insurance.

Police are investigating a case of attempted Internet sex. A woman called the RPD at 3:43 p.m. to report that someone on her Friend’s List on Facebook asked her to perform Internet sex with him. The woman told police that she had suffered a brain injury, so she had put a lot of personal information on the social media site so she could remember it. Now the woman told police she is worried the main is going to find her where she lives.

A property damage two vehicle crash was reported at 3:45 p.m. on Webbwood Drive in front of the dry cleaners there where a GMC Utility vehicle and a van had been involved. A report was not completed Friday morning.

An alleged crime that was reported to have occurred on the Wind River Indian Reservation, on Left Hand Ditch Road, was resolved in Riverton. A woman reported that she had some people come over to do some road work at her reservation residence, and that she saw some of her belongings in the back of a workers truck and wanted the RPD to stand by while she retrieved he items. The worker said the items were “accidentally” placed in the truck. The transfer took place without incident.

RPD Officer Amy Luton responded to an animal injured call in the 1100 block of North Broadway where a horse had gotten one of its feet stuck in a fence. Apparently the horse was trying to jump over the fence, but one of its feet got caught in a railing. The horse was laying down. Luton managed to free the hoof from the fence and checked out the horse, who appeared to be none the worst for wear. The owner was contacted and the horse was returned to its proper pasture.

A person called the RPD complaining that he was being followed by a drug dealer from California who was accusing him of being a snitch and had allegedly threatened to catch him alone. He said he felt his life was in danger. But the man who called police apparently changed his mind and officers could not locate the man.

Three juvenile males riding their skateboards down the middle of the 700 block of West Sunset were contacted and advised not to ride their boards in the street.


Lander Police Department


Isaac Whitaker, 34, Lander, two Fremont County Warrants and two Interference citations.

Hawk Krebs, 19, Lander, LPD Warrant. Krebs was arrested following a traffic stop in the area of South Fifth and Parks Avenue.

Amber Woody, 31, Lander, three LPD Warrants.

Martin Gutierrez, 22, Lander, and John Hevewah, 49, Lander, for Fighting and Disorderly Conduct. The Lander Police Department released the following information about this 1 p.m. report. “Officers received a report of two male subjects involved in a dispute where a handgun was involved. This was located in the 100 block of Popo Agie Street. Officers were updated that the gun was no longer in possession of either subject and had been thrown into the grass nearby. Officers arrived at the location of the dispute and learned that there was a misunderstanding between the two subjects and a fight ensued after one male spit off the deck of his residence almost hitting the other subject. One of the males was in possession of a handgun, it became involved in the fight and one of the two males threw the gun away from them into the grass. Both subjects were found to be intoxicated and subsequently arrested for fighting and disorderly conduct.”


At 7:05 a.m., police were called to a location on Sweetwater Street for a report of someone who took all the caller’s clothes and medications.

A caller on Eugene Street reported receiving a check from a closed account.

A window was reported broken on a vehicle parked on Garfield Street.

A U Haul truck was reported stolen from a location on Tweed Lane on Thursday afternoon.

Several tents at Lander City Park were tagged for trespassing since they had been there for more than the allowed time.

At 7:22 p.m., a caller on Smith Street reported that she thought someone had been trying to get into her home.

A woman on Market Street reported to police that her juvenile daughter stole money from her purse.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Lynda Anderson, 57, Salt Lake City, Utah, four charges of Possession of Controlled Substance.

David Hess, 57, Brigham, Utah, Driving Under the Influence and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Lavena Laster, 50, Shoshoni, Probation Revocation Warrant.


At 8:11 a.m., deputies were called a location on East Monroe Avenue for a lot of black smoke. A trash fire was located, and no action was taken.

A property destruction report at Wind River Elementary School came to deputies at 9:42 a.m. The information is under investigation; a juvenile male is involved.

A person in the Lander area reported that their mother was calling her friends and family in a harassing manner. The report is under investigation.

A person in the Kinnear area reported a neighbor was shooting guns. No law enforcement action was taken.

A hit and run was reported at a storage area on East Monroe Avenue. The caller said the manager of the facility was mad at the caller’s parking and hit his vehicle. The report is under investigation.

A single vehicle rollover on Highway 26 north of Dubois near Brooks Lake Road is under investigation.

At 10:30 p.m., a caller on Estate Drive near Lander reported a suspicious vehicle parked near their house. Deputies determined someone was just sitting in the car and talking on the phone.

A caller on North Smith Road near Riverton called deputies at midnight to report loud noise coming from a nearby hot mix plant.