Police Blotter: Arrests; Electrical wire stolen from locked yard; Laptop taken from luggage

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Thursday’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.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Miguel Ruiz-Ibarra, 31, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence. Ruiz-Ibarra was arrested following a 9:42 p.m. report of a possible drunken driver all over the highway near Hudson.


At 7:15 a.m., a caller on the 100 block of East Ramshorn in Dubois complained about a vehicle that had been parked on the street for three weeks. Deputies determined the vehicle was legally parked.

At 7:40 a.m., a woman on Blackfoot Avenue near Riverton reported seeing a suspicious vehicle parked on her property with people sleeping inside. Deputies found the vehicle was broken down. No law enforcement action was taken.

At 10:15 a.m., a caller on North Pine Street in Pavillion reported a scam phone call in which a person was offering loans for a small deposit.

A business on the 500 block of South Major Avenue in Riverton reported that someone cut a lock off of a fence and stole electrical wire. The report is under investigation.

At 4:01 p.m, a man on Highway 26 reported that a gate was damaged and a wheel on the gate was stolen. The report is under investigation.

At 4:40 p.m., a box of trash was blocking a lane of travel on the 900 block of North Federal Boulevard. The littering report is under investigation.

A couple reports of juvenile runaways in the Riverton area are being followed up on.

At 7:54 p.m., a caller reported that someone was driving so fast that the dust flies. Coincidently, the suspect vehicle was gone upon a deputy’s arrival.

A man reportedly threw a piano stool inside a Dubois business on Wednesday evening.


Lander Police Department


James Webb, 20, Lander, Fremont County Warrant. Webb a suspect in the vandalization of cabins in Sinks Canyon reportedly turned himself in shortly after 1 p.m. Read more about the case here.

David Ferris Jr., 47, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication and Open Container. Joshua Mann, 37, Fort Washakie, Possession of Marijuana. Police were called to the 800 block of Main Street at 4:30 p.m. for a report of someone laying under a vehicle and not moving. Upon arriving, officers found Ferris had moved from under the vehicle to the passenger seat of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle located open alcohol containers and marijuana. Mann, the owner of the vehicle, was arrested for the marijuana.


At 9:34 a.m., a caller on Grand View Drive reported seeing a woman in a vehicle smoking something.

At 6:09 p.m. a caller on Garfield Street reported seeing a highly intoxicated woman in their yard.

At 10:38 p.m., police were called to Macfarlane Drive for a report of people in a parking lot throwing gang signs to other people. Police arrived and found no disturbances in the area.


Riverton Police Department


Houston Headly, 46, Riverton, Public Intoxication.

A detective on patrol in an unmarked vehicle came upon some kids shooting off fireworks, stopped, wrote them citations as fireworks are not allowed in the city limits. The kids’ fireworks were also confiscated. The ages of the kids were not immediately available.


A minor backing-up crash was reported at 1:25 Wednesday in the 1800 block of North Federal where a tan Chevrolet passenger car backed into a white passenger car. There were no injuries, and no other information was available.

A man arriving in Riverton who was flying through Denver International Airport reported opening his luggage and finding his Dell 55 laptop missing. The case, however, was still there.  A report was taken.

A resident in the 1300 block of Rose Marie Drive reported that someone had been dumping trash in the alley there.

A man cleaning out his camper discovered a bullet hole on it. The camper had been parked in the street in the 500 block of Peak Drive. A police report indicated the bullet apparently came from the south, in the direction of the Wind River. On June 19th a bullet entered on home on nearby Summit Drive, but no one was injured. At that time police surmised that the shot also came from the direction of the river.

A man whose blue van broke down in the 200 block of West Monroe was pushing the vehicle out of the street, but the steering was locked and he pushed the van into a fence. The chain link fence was not damaged. No action was taken.

A witness told his neighbors when they returned home that a man grabbed their daughter’s bicycle out of their yard in the 200 block of North 12th Street East and took it away. Apparently it never occurred to the neighbor to call police. The bicycle was a 6-7 speed children’s mountain bike, light blue in color with purple lettering. The bicycle was valued at $130.