Dispatch: Arrests; $750 fraud in Lander; Door smashed in attempted burglary; Two deaths reported over the weekend

Here is the weekend recap of law enforcement activity from across Fremont County. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Lander Police Department


Kevin Garcia, 26, Fort Washakie, a citation for Use and Possession of marijuana.


A cell phone was reported stolen on Friday at 9:51 a.m. The value of the phone was $150.

A fraud was reported when a man from the State of Mississippi purchased a cell phone from a Lander resident. The phone was sent to the buyer, but the buyer did not send payment. Information was forwarded to a police department in Mississippi for follow-up.

A deer was found dead under a tree in the 1000 block of South Second Street. A Game and Fish spokesperson told the LPD it was a natural death due to a poor diet.

A two-vehicle crash was reported at 10:44 a.m. Saturday at North 6th and Lincoln. There were no injuries.

A fraud is under investigation in which the reporting party lost $750. No other details were released.

The LPD mediated a verbal dispute between a husband and wife at 7:30 p.m.

A cell phone was reported stolen on Saturday evening, but the reporting party said the theft occurred on Wednesday. The phone was returned.

A domestic abuse complaint filed at 2:39 a.m. Sunday was determined to be unfounded.

Police gave a party of revelers on Jefferson Street a warning at 3:41 a.m. where loud music had been playing and people were going in an out of a home keeping a neighbor awake.

A woman who dinged the door of another motorist also found she had a ding in her door. The two drivers exchanged insurance information.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Karla Eckhardt, 50, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation

Colten Lane, 26, Crowheart, Driving While Under the Influence

Latisha Mendibles, 31, Ethete, on a Failure to Appear warrant

A citation was issued to a woman in Riverton for violation of a protection order.

A citation was issued to a 19-year-old Kinnear male for a probation violation, Possession of Marijuana.


There were 115 calls for service.

Several deputies went on a wild goose chase trying to find an out-of-county man who had gone camping Tuesday in the Jeffrey City area but failed to call in as planned. The deputies, and Undersheriff Ryan Lee, spent the better part of a day trying to find the man, whose cell phone location kept changing. The man ultimately made contact with his wife and said he was headed to Rawlins. Since the search area was now outside of the county, the effort was called off.

An injured bald eagle was reported in the vicinity of milepost 100 on Highway 789 Friday at 1:41 p.m.

A protection order violation was reported at 1:50 p.m. on Friday. A report was taken.

A reported forgery in the Riverton area is under investigation. No other details were released.

A verbal altercation between two males was reported in the 1500 block of East Monroe with one of the males allegedly smashing a television set.

A resident in the Dubois area reported a dog was chasing some cattle.

A vehicle that crashed through a fence on Blue Shale Road also damaged some irrigation pipe.  There are no suspects.

A hunting party that had become separated between Farson and South Pass was reunited some 30 minutes after the call came in at 6 p.m. on Saturday night.

The theft of some money from a residence on Cherry Street was reported Saturday evening.

A vehicle vs deer crash was reported at 11:40 a.m. Sunday near Dubois.

A sexual assault was reported at 1:08 a.m. on Monday morning. All information was redacted from the report.


Riverton Police Department


John Chavez, 33, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Joseph Medicinetop, 49, Billings, MT, Public intoxication (0.27% BAC)

A 20-year-old Riverton male was cited for Possession of Marijuana. Police were canvassing the neighborhood where a man had been assaulted trying to gain any information and officers spotted the man smoking a joint.

Freeman Houston, 49, Compton, CA, Driving While Under the Influence.


There were 49 calls for service on Friday

A mother called at 42 minutes past Midnight saying her son came home drunk and she didn’t feel like making him leave so she asked the police to do it for her. They did.

A woman in the 3500 block of West Main was awakened at 2:09 a.m. to the sound of breaking glass. Someone had tried to enter the home by breaking out the window in a screen door, but they failed to gain entry. Police were unable to locate anyone in the area.

A fight between two brothers in an apartment in the 800 block of East Adams was reported at 2:31 a.m., but one of the brothers left before police arrived and the other did not want to file charges.

A resident in the 300 block of East Adams found a jacket in his yard and then noticed someone had forced open his garage door. Nothing was apparently missing. Police theorized someone might’ve gone in there to sleep.

The city parks department turned in a bag of personal belongings that they found in the park. The bag apparently belonged to a transient. The bag was logged in at the PD.

An intoxicated man in the 600 block of North Federal was given a ride home.

Another intoxicated man, also in the 600 block of North Federal, had family members pick him up.

Two reported juvenile problems, both at Riverton High School, were called in about an hour apart. Reports on both are pending.

The Wind River Healthcare and Rehabilitation facility reported the theft of an iPad worth $500 that had gone missing after it was lent to a resident there.

A fight was reported in the 300 block of East Madison. It turned out to be a loud TV program. There was no fight.

Four males were taken to the Center of Hope alcohol detox center Friday night, one man was taken to the Eagles Nest on West Main and one intoxicated man was taken home by family members.

There were 31 calls for service on Saturday.

A reporting party called in from the 410 block of Spruce St. to report that someone had dumped a large smashed flat screen television set in the alley behind their home. There are no suspects.

A man in the 400 block of Wagon Circle called police for help because he was trying to replace the batteries in his smoke detector, but was not tall enough to reach it. Police replaced the batteries.

At 10:29 a.m. a call was received of an ex wife and ex husband fighting over a television set. Police mediated a solution.

A man called at 10:28 a.m. to report that he was having problems with his son. Police helped calm the situation.

Just before noon, police received a report of seven juveniles at the new skatepark who were yelling and cursing at another child there. Police counseled the seven about their use of abusive language. They were warned. No citations were issued.

A report was called in at at 2:22 p.m. from the 600 block of North Federal that several dogs in a truck were hanging out of the vehicle’s windows and barking at passers-by. The caller was afraid the dogs would bite someone. Police contacted the owner.

A woman accidentally locked her child in her car in the 300 block of North Federal. Police called a locksmith for the woman. The child was okay.

An intoxicated man fell into the street at North 7th East and East Jackson. He was taken to the hospital for a high blood alcohol level.

A man who apparently had been beaten up reported the assault to a store in the 600 block of North Federal, but the man was so inebriated that he had a hard time explaining what happened. The man’s face was reported bloody. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of his wounds. Police are now waiting for the man to return to the station and let them know what happened to him.

A babysitter in the 300 block of South 12th East called police at 7:20 p.m. after hearing a loud crash and then hearing a vehicle speed away. A rock had been thrown through a window at the home causing some $200 in estimated damages. There are no suspects.

At 26 minutes past 10 p.m. Saturday, an intoxicated man was given a ride home.

Sunday’s calls will be reported on Tuesday as that information had not yet been been prepared. 


Fremont County Emergency Medical Services

There were 43 calls for a county ambulance over the weekend.


Fremont County Fire Departments

There were two fire calls over the weekend, for a single vehicle rollover on Left Hand Ditch Circule above Arapahoe and for a fire alarm in Riverton.


Fremont County Coroner

An autopsy was performed Saturday on a 43-year-old Riverton man who fell ill in Dubois and who was pronounced dead at the Lander Hospital on Thursday. The man was identified at Jeremy Gregory. The manner and cause of death has yet to be determined. Toxicology results will be available in 4-6 weeks.

A natural death was reported over the weekend, that of 86-year-old Donald Sherlock of Lander.