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It is the Thermopolis Independent Record’s policy that all people arrested or cited under the “Accidents,” “Sheriff’s office” or “Police department” in the On the Record section are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. We print the names of all people upon their initial arrest.

Sheriff’s Office

Monday, Oct. 4

11:02 a.m. Report of a male subject who felt an older male subject was harassing him. The subject requested a civil standby, and the other was given a trespass notice.

3:47 p.m. Report of a citizen assist involving a pickup truck with a flat tire in the Wind River Canyon. The deputy provided traffic control while their tire was changed.

Thursday, Oct. 7

8:10 a.m. Report of threatening behavior involving a subject who did not want to press charges but wanted a report on file for the time being.

Friday, Oct. 8

11:51 a.m. A 49-year-old male was cited for charging fuel at a business without being authorized. 

12:54 p.m. Report of a medical call involving a search for a person with a medical emergency. No one was able to locate the subject in Hot Springs County. However, someone else located the subject in Cody.

7:36 p.m. Report of suspicious activity involving a subject who was parked in the old Shopko parking lot. The deputy made contact with the subject and told him to move on. He did. 

Saturday, Oct. 9

12:21 p.m. Report of drugs involving a juvenile. There were no citations or arrests.

Police Department

Monday, Oct. 4

4:39 p.m. Report of disorderly behavior involving a 42-year-old male who previously bought some earbuds at a local business and drove to Denver. On his trip, the earbuds stopped working. He returned to demand a refund. The employees told the customer he needed to contact the manufacturer directly. The subject then became belligerent. An officer arrived and helped the man down the road.

8:39 p.m. Report of a possible drunk driver. An officer responded, recognized the vehicle and its driver, and followed it to its residence. The officer made contact and found the driver was not intoxicated. The officer instructed the driver on proper driving behaviors.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Unknown time: Jacob Matthew Whipps, 18, of Rock Springs was arrested on a Sweet Water Count warrant during a traffic stop. He was cited for alleged speeding too fast for conditions and driving without insurance. He was also charged for alleged kidnapping and custodial interference. Additionally, a 14-year-old female was located at around 700 Warren Street. She had been reported as missing on September 9 and she also had a warrant for her arrest from Sweet Water County under juvenile court. She was transported to Rock Springs. 

7:57 a.m. Report of a citizen assist involving an 80-year-old female who had Covid and her daughter wanted to take her to Billings. A 75-year-old male was interfering in the matter. The officer arrived and the male subject left on his own. 

9:24 a.m. Report of a welfare check on a subject in the 700 block of Mondell. The officer was unable to locate the subject but later learned the subject was admitted to the hospital. 

2:29 a.m. Report of an agency assist involving the Casper Police Department with a possible gunshot victim and a missing person. The Casper PD was interviewing a subject of a possible homicide that was on social media. After further investigation, the call was determined to be unfounded. 

4:53 p.m. Report of fraud involving a subject at a trailer park who said someone purchased tires on his credit card and the tires were being shipped to Pennsylvania. The subject already called their bank to stop the transaction. 

Wednesday, Oct. 6

8:56 p.m. Report of a suspicious subject at a trailer park wearing a black hoodie who was knocking on various doors. The officer arrived and was unable to locate the subject and could not locate the reporting party.

3:12 p.m. Report of a family fight involving a 37-year-old male who allegedly threw a 38-year-old female girlfriend to the ground and then forcefully put her into his vehicle. Both are from Montana.

The male subject then drove out of town in the direction of Worland. Highway Patrol stopped the vehicle at the Gooseberry Road and arrested the male subject who was placed in detention in Washakie County. There are further pending charges from Hot Springs County.

Thursday, Oct. 7

10:41 p.m. Report of suspicious activity in the old Shopko parking lot. A 31-year-old male subject was unloading a vehicle off a trailer. He moved along. 

11:55 p.m. Destanee Shannon Peters, 22, was arrested for alleged domestic assault and endangering a child, first offense. Later Peters also was arrested on a warrant for bond revocation. Boone Millard Myers, 34, was arrested on warrant with original charges being domestic. 

Friday, Oct. 8

12:08 p.m. Report of a citizen assist involving a 35-year-old male and a 33-year-old female, both divorced. The female subject had allegedly stolen a piece of property belonging to the male subject. The officer made contact with her and returned the property to the male subject.

4:20 p.m. Report of a sexual assault. The matter is still under investigation. 

8:15 p.m. David Joseph Kezerle, 65, was arrested for alleged driving while under the influence of alcohol, failure to yield, driving while under suspension, speeding and no proof of insurance. 

Saturday, Oct. 9

12:11 a.m. Report of two missing persons involving a 12-year-old female and a 15-year-old female. The two subjects did not come home by midnight. The officer searched and was unable to locate them. The parents later called and said they made it home.

Sunday, Oct. 10

12:12 a.m. Report of noise complaint about a local bar who left their doors open and the music was too loud. Dispatch made multiple attempts to call the bar, but no one answered. The officer arrived and the noise issue was resolved. 

4 p.m. Report of a missing person involving a 22-year-old male. The father of the subject was at church and when he came home, the subject was gone. Later he was found walking. The officer gave him a ride home.

6:05 p.m. Jeremy Ross Ivey, 44, was arrested for alleged simple assault, unlawful contact, battery, breach of peace and Leah Paulette Ivey, 50, was arrested for alleged breach of peace, conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor, battery and driving while under the influence of alcohol.

8:50 p.m. John Brooks Welch, 39, was arrested for use of a controlled substance, meth and possession of a controlled substance, meth.


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