Police Blotter: Arrests; Climber injured at Wild Iris; Medicine Bag found, owner sought; Police investigate shots fired into the air

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


None. The Fremont County Detention Center as of this morning is responsible for 172 inmates. Of these, 152 are being held in the detention center, 19 are in substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state, and one is being housed out of the facility.


At about 11:15 a.m., EMS and Lander Fire/Rescue were called to the Wild Iris climbing area on South Pass for a report of a male subject who fell. Radio traffic indicated the man might have had a head injury, but he was conscious and alert.

A report of a house on fire east of Dubois was determined to be unfounded. The flames were from a controlled burn.

A caller in Shoshoni reported that her neighbor was threatening her.

At about 2:38 p.m., a caller in Lander reported that their tires were slashed while at the Shoshone Rose Casino. The case was transferred to the Wind River Police Department.

An alleged burglary on David’s Way is under investigation. Additional information was not released.

A possible violation of a stalking order is under investigation in the Riverton area.

At 6:17 p.m. a caller at a business on the 200 block of E. Ramshorn in Dubois reported that a man and woman were fighting in front of the store and blocking the entrance. The subjects were gone upon deputies’ arrival, and the fight was determined to have been verbal only.

At 9:35 p.m., deputies were called about a single vehicle rollover near the intersection of Highway 26 and Airport Road near Riverton. The 18-year-old male driver was treated and released by EMS. No alcohol was involved.


Riverton Police Report


Shannon Gothard, 46, Riverton,Public Intoxication; Alexa Johnson, 23, Lander, Public Intoxication and Petit Larceny. Gothard and Johnson were arrested after taking items from a taxi cab that had stopped for them at the Loaf ‘N Jug store. The pair were found hiding behind the Pizza Hut in possession of a reflective vest with the name of the taxi company on it, and a 12 Volt multi-charger with a cord.

David Lain, 23, Riverton, Public Intoxication (.14%BAC). Lain was arrested after police received a report of a male laying in the middle of East Monroe in the 1500 block at 4:32 a.m. That’s what officers found when they arrived at the scene. Lain initially did not respond to the officers, and he appeared not to be injured, but highly intoxicated. When he did wake up he told police that he wanted to watch the stars.

Navada Whiting-Piapot, 25, Riverton, Contempt of Court Warrant. A report of a drunk man driving in a maroon car brought police to the 500 block of East Jackson Thursday at 8:52 a.m. Police found the vehicle and then found the suspect walking some distance down the street. Whiting-Piapot’s BAC level was .20 percent.

Garrett MedicineCloud, 29, St. Stephens, on a Fremont County Sheriff’s Department warrant for 3rd Degree Sexual Assault. MedicineCloud showed up for a court date at Riverton Municipal Court and left in handcuffs. The 29-year-old man had an outstanding Fremont County warrant charging him with Third Degree Sexual Assault.

Susan Macon, 55, Riverton, DWUI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Macon was arrested after a witness saw her smash into a stop sign at West Sunset and North Second West. The witness said a woman with blond hair and driving a little yellow car was the suspect. Police found black and yellow bumper parts at the scene of the crash and a short time later located Macon. Damage was over $1,000 to the vehicle. Macon’s BAC was listed at .17 percent.

Victoria Marquez, 48, Riverton. Marquez came to the Riverton Police Department Wednesday to get a set of fingerprints. What she didn’t count on was being arrested there for an outstanding Failure to Appear warrant.

A 42-year-old female from Arapahoe was cited for Duty to Stop at an Accident, Driving While Under Suspension and for No Insurance after the 2000 White Ford Explorer she was driving struck a gray 1988 Mercedes Benz on Webbwood Road and then sped away.

A 51-year-old man from Ethete was cited for Public Intoxication after he refused services at the Center For Hope. He was to be arrested, but began exhibiting symptoms of a heart attack at the RPD’s Sally Port. He was taken to SageWest-Riverton for observation. His BAC level was measured at .42 percent.



The RPD answered 38 calls for service on Tuesday.

A beaded “medicine bag” was found and turned in to the Riverton Police Department on Thursday. Due to the significance of such an item, it is being kept in a safe location at the RPD. The owner of the medicine bag may reclaim the bag by giving a description of the item to the RPD’s Andrea Caproni.

Two guests at the Days Inn in the 900 block of West Main were asked to leave the motel at 1 a.m. after they got into a fight and created a disturbance outside their room. The two Arizona residents, both men and aged 20 and 32 years, respectively, were arguing and yelling inside their room when one man pushed the other outside and locked the door. The other began beating on the door to get back in. Police arranged for a taxi ride for the two so they could find other accommodations for the night. No other action was taken.

A hit and run was reported at 6:30 a.m. in the 100 block of East Adams after a black 2001 Chevrolet Blazer was struck by a white with black trim Chevy Silverado pickup, about model year 2004 or newer. Damage was over $1,000.

A Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation vehicle was involved in a crash Wednesday just before 8 a.m. at North Broadway and East Fremont. A suspect fleeing capture crashed into the DCI vehicle with a silver 2006 Nissan Xterra. A report on damages was not available.

The animal control officer was called to the 3100 block of West Main, again, for a captured raccoon in a cage. It is the fourth raccoon captured in that location in the last week. The animal was released back into wild by the Wind River.

A woman reported that someone had taken her wallet from her purse while she was shopping at Walmart. The woman had the wallet at the customer service counter where she was returning several items and then went shopping. When she went to pay, the wallet was gone. It contained credit cards and $70 in cash.

The owner of a silver 2009 Hyundai called police to report damage to the driver’s side door that apparently occurred either Saturday or Sunday. The damage was a small dent and scratches. A report was needed for an insurance claim.

A gray hoodie, five football cards valued at $20 each were missing from an unlocked pickup truck on Opal Drive Wednesday. The theft was reported at 11:21 p.m.

Tuesday night during the Riverton City Council meeting a disturbance was heard in a hallway that sounded like a child playing. Police Chief Mike Broadhead left the meeting, and returned some time later. A report on the incident said the child fled city hall, was followed for several blocks by the chief before he was able to find a parent looking for the child.

Police were unable to locate a vehicle leaving the West Main Maverik Country Store 10:15 p.m. where a female was reporting driving away in a silver car with four small children inside, none of them in carseats.


The RPD responded to 48 calls for service on Wednesday:

A report of a family fight at 6 a.m. brought police to the College Hill Apartments where a woman had allegedly kicked in a door to an apartment. The woman had been in the apartment with two others when they decided they didn’t want her there any more and kicked her out. Police arranged for a friend to come and take the woman to her home in Arapahoe. No other action was taken.

Police were called back to the College Hill Apartments at 7:37 a.m. on the report of a stolen bicycle from a back porch. Missing was a blue Trek mountain bike. In its place, a red BMX bicycle was left. While police were at the scene, they found the owner of the BMX bike, who reported that it had been taken on August 5th. He got his bike back, but the other “borrowed” bicycle was not to be found.

A man reported that his daughter had been sexually assaulted. An investigation was launched by the RPD and no other details were available.

Another bicycle theft was reported on Oak Lane in the Wind River Estates. An Iron Horse USA Rogue was found, it was registered, the owner was contacted and came and got the bike. While officers were in the area, they found a purple NEXT bike. It was taken to the PD bicycle impound.

Police have under investigation a case of property destruction where someone drove through a right of way fence, through a barrow ditch and through a homeowner’s fence and drove away. Damage to the fences was repairable.

A property damage crash was reported in the 500 block of East Jefferson where a white 1995 Dodge Van and a black 2008 BMW 35M were involved. Damage was over $1,000. There were no injuries.

According to a police report, the daughter of the owner of Jenny’s Jewelry on Main Street in Riverton got into a heated argument with an employee in the store Thursday afternoon. The report is under investigation.

Police are also investigating a reported case of fraud in which checks were being forged on a bank account.

A male sleeping on the sidewalk next to the Good 2 Go store on North Federal was taken to SageWest-Riverton with a high blood alcohol level.

A 23-year-old man and a buddy of his was walking down the street on Monroe near 4th West when a black BMW swerved towards them. They both yelled at the driver who stopped the BMW and shot off a full magazine of ammo into the air, jumped back into the vehicle and drove away. The driver was described as a man about 30 with short hair and wearing a black tee shirt. There are no suspects.


Lander Police Department


Timothy Kenyon, 23, Lander, Washakie County Warrant.

Bryan Willis, 34, Lander, Driving Under the Influence. Willis was arrested following an 11:12 p.m. traffic stop in the area of Buena Vista and Capitol.


At 8 a.m., police were called to take a report of an air conditioner unit that had been struck by a vehicle on Main Street.

A caller on Four Seasons Drive reported that there was a stolen bike on the property the caller was turning it over to police.

At 11:35 a.m., a caller on Washakie Street reported that there were kids drinking at a residence. No arrests or citations were issued.

A bicycle was reported stolen from Victory Lane at 4:30 p.m.

Someone on Fremont Street called police at 5:50 p.m. to report a sick squirrel.

At 8:07 p.m., a caller in the area of North Fifth and Wood streets reported that a woman in a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse got out, assaulted the caller’s girlfriend and then took off. Another report related to this call came in at 8:55 p.m. on Amoretti Street. The reports are under investigation.

At 12:42 a.m. on Thursday, a woman on Welch Boulevard reported that a strange man walked into her home. Police arrived, cleared the home and determined that there was no one in the home who shouldn’t be there. There was also no sign of forced entry.