Police Blotter: Arrests; Vehicle stolen off dealership lot; Teen accidentally sparks fire, apologizes

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Tuesday’s recap of law enforcement activity around the county during the past 24 hours. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Riverton Police Department


John Chavez, 32,  Riverton, Public intoxication .24%BAC

Tara Brown, 30, Arapahoe, on a  Failure to Appear warrant


A hit and run was reported at 9:08 a.m. in the parking lot of Walmart, but the owner of a silver 2010 GMC Denali was unsure if that is where the damage occurred. A state accident report was required, indicating damage to the Denali was over $1,000.

Two bicycles, both red in color, one a men’s and the other a woman’s, were reported stolen from a yard in the 400 block of Elizabeth Drive at 9:32 a.m. on Monday. Each bicycle was valued at $75.

An employee in the 1000 block of North Federal noticed a gold Dodge Caravan parked outside with a 4-year-old inside, who had been inside the vehicle for an undetermined about of time. With temperatures beginning to rise outside, the employee contacted the people in the store and suggested they return to their vehicle, which they did and then sped off, a police report of the incident noted.

A fraud is under investigation in which checks from a man’s checkbook were stolen and used to write checks totaling $538 at Smith’s Food and Drug and at Walmart. The theft is under investigation.

A man called police and said that he went to the Elk’s Club Mexican Fiesta night on Saturday and during the evening, his cell phone was stolen. He told police he had left the phone on the bar while he socialized with other people there and when he came back his Samsung Galaxy S-4, valued at $699, was gone. His cell phone provider said the phone was being used to make calls to Mexico. The phone account was cancelled.

A vehicle was reported keyed in the 1100 block of Forest Drive. No other information was available.

A 16-year-old male who was seeking emancipation from his current living situation was involved in a dispute over some property with his mother. Police determined it was a civil matter to be resolved between the mom and her son. Later, the mother reported the 16-year-old as a runaway.

The BIA Wind River Police Department pulled over a vehicle on Rendezvous Road Monday evening that was not displaying any vehicle registration information, but as the silver 2014 GMC Acadia pulled over, the occupants in the vehicle bailed out and fled the scene. The BIA officer found documentation in the vehicle that indicated it had not been purchased. A check with Fremont Motors revealed the $52,000 vehicle to be stolen off of its lot in Riverton. They keys were in the vehicle. The dealership picked up the vehicle and returned it to Riverton. The BIA officers found ATM cards and other information inside the vehicle that should lead them to the thief or thieves. The BIA has the case under investigation.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Benjamin Piper, 49, Arapahoe, Pedestrian Under the Influence.


At 11:19 a.m., five starving horses were reported off Lost Wells Butte Drive. The report is under investigation.

Deputies were called to the area of Boulder Loop and Squaw Creek Road outside of Lander for a report of a new white Cadillac driving at a high rate of speed.

The yellow vehicle rear-ended the truck in the foreground at the entrance to Stotz Equipment on north highway 789 out of Riverton. (Photo by Ray Oliver)

The yellow vehicle rear-ended the truck in the foreground at the entrance to Stotz Equipment on north highway 789 out of Riverton. (Photo by Ray Oliver)

A two vehicle wreck was reported just north of Riverton at 2:15 p.m. on Highway 789. The wreck was handled by the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Additional information has not yet been provided by WHP. (See photo at right)

Information about drug activity in the Riverton area was reported Monday afternoon.

A man on Uphill Road in Dubois reported that someone put up a gate that restricts his access to his own property.

A woman on the 200 block of West Third Street in Hudson reported hearing a possible gunshot in the area at 4:10 p.m. Deputies were unable to locate anything out of the ordinary.

A theft and vandalism of a vehicle on Sunnyside Avenue near Riverton was reported at 4:16 p.m. The caller said a stereo was stripped out, the ignition broke and the windshield smashed.

At about 7 p.m., a caller on 100 block of South Third Street in Dubois reported that a teen threw something out of a car window that caught grass on fire. A 19-year-old man was cited for throwing a burning substance out of a vehicle. He reportedly apologized to the owner of the burnt grass.


Lander Police Department




A caller on Adams street called police for help at 10:48 a.m. when the water in her bathroom wouldn’t turn off and was over flowing.

At 2:27 p.m., police were called to an apartment on East Main Street where a woman said a strange male subject was banging on the side of her apartment.

At 6:08 p.m., a caller in the area of Smith Street and Black Boulevard reported that a gold minivan struck a trash can and then left the area.

At 8:12 p.m., a caller on South Fourth Street reported that there was a man sitting in bushes next to a vacant home.

A possible assault was reported at 3:24 a.m. on Tuesday.