Police Blotter: Arrests; Children died of smoke inhalation; two drunk drivers caught; Woman assaulted

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

Fremont County Coroner

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen said Friday morning the preliminary autopsy results on the two children who perished in Tuesday night’s fire in Lander both died from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. The children were 2 year-old Noah D. and 4 year-old Zephan E. Van Dijk. The fire that destroyed the family’s home has been ruled accidental with the probable source of ignition a barbecue grill. High winds at the time were a contributing factor and accelerated the spread of the fire.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Department


Calvert Bradley, 38 Rock Springs, Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol. Deputies received a REDDI report on Bradley after he was observed outside of his vehicle stumbling around near Shoshoni. He then got back into the vehicle and drove away. Deputies contacted Bradley and he was arrested.

Leisa Widick, 27, Lander, on a Contempt of Court warrant.

The Fremont County Detention Center in Lander currently has 142 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 123 are being held in the jail, 17 are in substance abuse treatment programs around the state, and two inmates are being housed outside of the facility.


The Sheriff’s Department responded to 25 calls for Service on Thursday.

Deputies were called onto the Wind River Indian Reservation Thursday at 10:21 p.m. to investigate a traffic crash involving a BIA Wind River Police Department vehicle.

A resident on Skyline Drive in Riverton reported bullet holes in his home, but an investigation revealed the damage was actually from high winds.

A stolen credit card was reportedly used in a transaction in the 400 block of Railroad Street in Lander.


Shoshoni Police Department

The SPD responded to two calls for service on Thursday.

An officer responded to a disturbance in a parking lot at the Fast Lane Convenience Store at 4:11 p.m.


Lander Police Department


There were no arrests reported in the past 24 hours.


The LPD responded to 15 calls for service on Thursday.

A gas drive-off was reported from the Maverick Country Store at 10:34 a.m.

Police were called to an address on Washington Street where someone allegedly took down part of a fence at a residence and scattered it around.

A set of keys and a cell phone were reported stolen Thursday evening at 7:39 p.m. from an address on South 9th Street.


Riverton Police Department


Bryon Lincoln, 48, Riverton, Public Intoxication (.34 percent BAC). Lincoln was picked up in the 500 block of East Pershing at 5:42 a.m.

Gary Clawson, 36, Riverton, Child Endangering (.41 percent BAC). Police were notified of an apparently intoxicated man walking with a juvenile in the 800 block of North Federal at 3:13 p.m. Police contacted Clawson at the North Pit Stop Travel Center, where he was arrested. Police called the juvenile boy’s mother, but she reported that she was sick and at home. The child was delivered to the mother.

Michael Cousineau, 35, Riverton, Public Intoxication (.18 percent BAC). A complaint was filed after Cousineau attempted to gain entry to an apartment in the 900 block of Forest Drive.

Skeeter Engavo, 36, Ft. Washakie, Driving While Under the Influence with a Child Passenger, No Insurance. (.22 percent BAC). Three juveniles were in Engavo’s vehicle. Engavo was arrested at 11:08 p.m. outside of Walmart where it was reported that a man inside the store appeared to be very intoxicated, staggering and smelling of alcohol. The reporting party said the man was having his teenage children assist him into their vehicle. Engavo was contacted and arrested after trying to drive away. The mother of the teens was contacted and was en route from Ft. Washakie to pick up the kids.


The RPD responded to 33 calls for service on Thursday.

A Riverton resident reported that a credit card was stolen from his daughter.

A report is pending on a case of found marijuana in the 600 block of South Federal Boulevard.

Police received an anonymous report Thursday of four children who were not being supervised at an address on North 7th East. The case is under investigation.

A hit and run fender bender was reported at 1:31 p.m. in the 500 block of Main Street. A report on the incident is pending.

A 21-year-old woman was found by neighbors in the 3000 block of College Hill Drive who had apparently been assaulted. The woman was on the ground, bleeding and moaning in the courtyard of one of the apartment units. A report on the incident is pending. No other information was available. The woman was taken to SageWest Health Center-Riverton.

A Riverton resident called police at 3:01 p.m. to report that a dog had been left in a vehicle parked in the 800 block of North 8th West. The reporting party said the vehicle was unlocked, so they brought the dog some water. The city’s animal control officer contacted the owner about the dangers of leaving a pet in a vehicle during the summer days.

A resident in the 800 block of North Broadway complained to police that someone had been dumping trash in their alley, including such large items as a mattress, box springs and a bicycle. There are no suspects.

At 5:37 p.m. police and fire units were dispatched to the 900 block of Webbwood Road on a fire alarm at American Dry Cleaners with the fire suppression system engaged. Upon arrival, a police officer was told the fire alarm system was being tested, that there was no fire. The Fire department response was cancelled.

The Eastern Shoshone Child Protection Services reported a 17-year-old male under their care had run away and was last seen in Riverton.

A dog that was making aggressive moves at a neighbor on Sioux Avenue was caught and taken to the PAWS For Life Shelter. No other information was available.

A woman in the 800 block of East Adams reported that someone had broken into her apartment and had taken money and other items. A report is pending.

A case of threats being made against a business clerk and a truck driver by another male at 9:44 p.m. in the 800 block of South Federal Boulevard is under investigation.


Other agencies:

The Fremont County Fire Protection District’s Lander Rural Battalion was called to a personal injury crash in the 200 block of Plunkett Drive near Ethete at 9:19 p.m.

The Riverton Fire Protection District was called out twice, to the fire alarm mentioned earlier and to a minor fire on Rogers Lane at 9:26 p.m.

Fremont County’s Emergency Medical Services ambulances were called out 11 times on Thursday, twice each to the Fort Washakie, Ethete and Lander areas and five times in the Riverton area.