Police Blotter: Arrests; Oil spill cleaned up; Man tried to lure boy into house; Campaign signs stolen

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

Lander Police Department


Justin Belcher, 25, Lander, Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Marijuana. Belcher was arrested following a traffic stop on the 400 block of South Fifth Street at 5:10 a.m. on Tuesday.


Police and firefighters were called at 11:10 a.m. to a portion of Main Street just north of Baldwin Creek Road for an oil spill that made its way into the roadway.

At 3:40 p.m., a caller on Canyon Street reported having problems with his landlord. He reports that after informing his landlord that he was moving out, the landlord has been peeking in windows and causing other problems.

At 7:04 p.m., police were called to another location on Canyon Street for a report of keys to a vehicle having been stolen.

A man on Popo Agie Street reported that his niece stole some of his medications.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Samantha Hernandez-Moore, 28, Mi-Wuk Village, Calif., Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana. Lucy Morgenstern, 26, Hudson, N.Y., Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana. The pair were arrested shortly after 3 p.m. in Dubois.


At 8:11 a.m., deputies were called to the 2200 block of North Second Street near Lander for a report of a pasture fence damaged by a vehicle.

A sexual assault in the Lander area is under investigation. It was reported at 8:46 a.m. on Monday.

A man in Crowheart reported at noon that his ex-girlfriend went into his home and took his camping gear.

Deputies were called to the 1600 block of Sand Draw Road where fight reportedly started after an employee was fired.

At 9:04 p.m., deputies were called to the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue for a report of a girl that was beat up by some other girls. The alleged victim was denying medical care.

At 1:57 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies were called to the 900 block of East Monroe Avenue for a report of subjects “hollering around.”


Riverton Police Department


There were no arrests in the past 24 hours

14-year-old female, Riverton, Cited for Minor in Possession of Alcohol (.02 BAC) and 15-year-old, female, Ethete, Cited for Minor in Possession of Alcohol. (.14 BAC)  A Riverton patrol officer spotted the two juvenile girls walking along South Major Avenue at 5:50 a.m. and noticed that one of them was having trouble walking. They were taken to the RPD where they were cited and then released to family members.


The RPD answered 35 calls for service on Monday

A 44-year-old Riverton woman called police at 1:25 Monday afternoon to report a conspiracy was afoot. She reported that the two opponents of her candidate for governor, those being Gov. Matt Mead and Dr. Taylor Haynes, were collaborating and using paid operatives to steal Cindy Hill’s campaign signs in the area. The woman could not provide any proof of her claim. Police took a report.

And you called the police for this? A woman contacted police at 2:48 p.m. to report that her in-laws were being rude to her. The alleged harassment occurred during the weekend balloon rally.

Two teenaged girls from New Mexico showed up at their grandmother’s home in Riverton, claiming that they left their home because their step father was touching them inappropriately. The two were 16 and 17 years-old respectively. The two told police that they told about the step father’s actions to officials at their school, and to local law enforcement in New Mexico, but that they took matters into their own hands and came to stay with Grandma. The Department of Family Services was contacted and they determined the grandmother’s home was appropriate for the girls and gave them permission to stay there for the time being. The two had been reported as runaways in New Mexico.

An 11-year-old boy reported that a male subject had approached him Monday at 2 p.m. and had attempted to get him to go into the man’s apartment. The report is under investigation.

Police have asked the Wind River Police Department to check on the welfare of an infant child who was allegedly dropped to the cement Monday by a woman who then picked up the child and “lugged her” back into the vehicle.

The owner of a 2008 Toyota RAV 4 called police to report that his side mirror was damaged while he was having the vehicle washed at the automatic TY’s Car Wash off of Webbwood. A report was pending.

A man who was smoking a cigarette on his porch was approached by another man just after 10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Hillsdale Ave. The other man asked if he could also have a cigarette. When told no, the man slugged the smoker in the kisser. The smoker’s girlfriend reported the incident, but the man declined to press any charges or seek medical attention.


Fremont County Coroner

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen reported Tuesday that an autopsy was planned today to determine the manner and cause of death of a 44 year-old Lander man who was found dead in his home on Sunday. The man’s identity was not released pending notification of relatives. “We don’t know if the death is suspicious or not, it was an unattended death, and a man of a young age, and that’s why we’re conducting an autopsy,” Stratmoen said.

Stratmoen also said the death of an 80-year-old female in Lander on the 19th was a natural death. No investigation is planned.