Dispatch: Arrests; Shoplifters hit Safeway; Irrigation water dispute results in threat; Adult assaults teen

(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.

NOTE: Information contained in Dispatch is taken directly from incident reports filed by the respective law enforcement agencies.

Lander Police Department


No arrests reported.


There were 24 calls for service

Another in a long series of local fraudulent credit card charges was reported on behalf of a Lander woman on Wednsday by her daughter. The incidents are all under investigation at the Federal level.

Police were called to the 8100 block of Highway 789 and Valley View Road where a mini-van was reported to have rear-ended a street sweeper. A report on the incident has not yet been completed.

A landlord in the 300 block of Main Street reported a tenant left their apartment in the middle of the night but caused damage to the apartment. The incident will be a civil matter and not law enforcement related.

A resident in the 300 block of Smith Street reported being threatened via the Internet. Police suggested the reporting party “unfriend” the suspect on Facebook.

An investigation was launched into an alleged sexual assault of a minor by an adult that was reported Thursday afternoon.

A brown and white female Shitzu wearing a surgery cone around its neck was found on Buena Vista Drive and impounded.

A man in the 900 block of Main Street called police to report that when he came home he discovered his wife had left with the kids to the State of Tennessee. He was advised to contact an attorney.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Steven Cardenas, 20, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant


There were 67 calls for service

A report of a horse being neglected was received in the Lander Area.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department was advised of a Grizzly bear sighting on the Riverwalk in Dubois.


Riverton Police Deparatment


Sarah Cousineau, 30, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence in the 2100 block of North Federal.


There were 42 calls for service:

A male subject flagged down a motorist at 5:22 a.m. in the 900 block of West Main Street with an unknown problem. Police found the male walking down the street. He said he had been ditched by his friends, that he had been drinking “a lot,” he was emotional and said his ankle hurt because he rolled it while walking. He was also only 19. Police gave the young man a ride home and then cited him for Minor Under the Influence.

An injured cat found in a live trap in the 900 block of East Monroe was taken to the Stock Doc. The cat appeared to have a broken leg.

An employee of Safeway trying to contact alleged shoplifters was nearly struck and run over by a blue Jeep Cherokee in the store’s parking lot at 10:40 a.m. The shoplifters allegedly left the store with a cart full of items. The registered owner of the Jeep was contacted who professed to have no knowledge of the incident. The loss to the store is unknown.

A City of Riverton sanitation truck struck a parked silver 2010 Lexua RX405H in the 1200 block of Riverview Road causing over $1,000 in damage.

A cat that was found inside of the Aspen Park School was taken to the PAWS For Life animal shelter.

Police and a neighbor came to the aid of a 61-year-old Riverton woman whose electric scooter chair stalled and quit in the middle of East Adams between South Federal and South 10th Street. With the assistance of a neighbor and a golf cart, the woman and her scooter chair were taken back to her residence where the electric scooter could be recharged.

A man called police from the 900 block of Elm Street saying he was threatened by a neighbor with a shovel over the suspect’s putting a canvas dam in the irrigation ditch, stopping the water to all other users downstream. When the man attempted to entered the suspect’s property, he was threatened by the man with a shovel. Police responded. The officer was told that a number of people in the neighborhood share the ditch and this man’s action cut off the water to the other users. The suspect said he flood irrigates his property twice a month and agreed to remove the canvas dam by 5 p.m. The suspect allegedly claimed the neighbors have more than enough water the rest of the time. Police suggested the two neighbors be more civil with each other.

Police were called to West Monroe Avenue by a motorist who had stopped at a crosswalk for a child trying to cross the street while at least three other vehicles drove through the crosswalk in the other direction. Police Captain Eric Murphy noted that motorists are obliged to stop if they see anyone heading toward a crosswalk, standing on a curb at a crosswalk, or, obviously, for a person in a crosswalk.

Police were called about a dog in distress in the Safeway parking lot locked inside of a closed up vehicle. The dog was said to be in distress due to the hot weather. The call, however, was unfounded. The vehicle was running and the air conditioning was on. The dog was fine.

A 44-year-old man was rescued from a shed in his backyard after apparently suffering a seizure. The man reported that things in the shed fell on him. He was able to push his medical alert to call for help.

A woman in the 300 block of Spire Drive called police at 7:39 p.m. to complain that a neighbors children, ages six and 10, kept taking her children’s bicycles and bringing them back hours later with flat tires and other damage. Police made contact with the parents of the two kids and were advised of the complaint. At 8:33 p.m. police were called back to that neighborhood by an occupant of an apartment there who said a screen had been removed by the same children who then broke out a window, gained entry to the apartment and took a basketball to play with. Police again contacted the parents, who initially were cited for property destruction for the acts of their children. The charges, however, were dismissed when the county attorney’s office declined to take the case as presented.

A melee involving adults and juveniles was reported at 8:00 p.m. in the 500 block of East Adams. According to the police report, a 37-year-old Arapahoe woman drove to the address with other adults to confront the teenager over something. The older woman was then alleged to have attacked at 17-year-old female in the juvenile’s yard, pulling her to the ground by her hair and then punching her with closed fists while she was on the ground. A second juvenile female from the home, 16, tried to break up that fight when a 20-year-old female from Riverton, who arrived with the others, started to fight with her. Others involved included a 31-year-old female from Arapahoe and a 36 year-old man, also from Arapahoe. The alleged aggressors fled when the man said the police had been called. They left in an orange Honda. Police said they know the identities of the suspects. Charges are pending.

A man called police at 9:46 p.m. complaining that his former girlfriend was threating to call the police and tell them that he had outstanding warrants for his arrest. He said he was tired of the threat and wanted it to stop. Police checked the man’s records and, in fact, he did have several outstanding misdemeanor warrants issued by the Sheriff’s Office. Police went to the man’s house, but he was not at home.

A man driving a white Dodge pickup reportedly crashed into the drive-up window at Hilltop Liquors and then fled the scene. The window was bent out of shape with about $500 in damage reported.


Fremont County Emergency Medical Services

There were 19 calls for a county ambulance on Wednesday, five in the Lander area, one in Pavillion, one in Shoshoni, three times on the Wind River Reservation and nine calls in Riverton.


Fremont County Fire Departments

There were three fire calls on Wednesday, one for a traffic crash at North 2nd and Main in Lander and for at Highay 789 and Valley View, also in Lander and the Riverton Fire Department was summoned to assist the Fremont County Coroner with a body recovery.


Fremont County Coroner

There were two coroner calls on Wednesday, both in Riverton.

Coroner Mark Stratmoen said a man presumed to be about 45-years-old will be sent for autopsy on Friday. The man was found dead in his home. The man’s identity is being confirmed so relatives can be notified. Stratmoen said there was nothing outwardly or overtly suspicious about the man’s death. The coroner said it appeared the man had been deceased for about a week before he was found.

The second call was a natural death of an 88-year-old Riverton man in his home.