Police Blotter: Arrests; Horse hair thief hits Lander; Melody Liquors burglars caught; Three vicious animal incidents in Riverton

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Richard Helm, 58, Lander, Contempt of Court.


At 10:12 a.m., Monday deputies received a report from a woman in Lander who said one of her horses that had its tail cut off. Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee said this is the first reported case in the Lander area since a countywide rash of the thefts began a couple weeks ago. The Kinnear and rural Riverton areas have seen the majority of the calls.

“Right now, it’s under investigation,” he said of the thefts. “We have deputies assigned to the matter.”

Det. Eric Granlund said there have been seven reports horse hair stolen in Fremont County since Sept. 18.

Lee added that a FCSO representative is meeting with other agencies in Casper today to discuss the matter. Natrona and Converse counties have also been hit by the thefts this year.

Yesterday’s theft in Lander was the third reported for the year. According to citizen reports received by County10.com, up to five Lander area horses were targeted back in January. The first “officially reported” case  came in July, Lee said. He encouraged residents to continue to report suspicious activity as any information could help with the active investigation. Granlund said the key to the investigation will be when someone observes a vehicle and gets a license plate number.

At 3:05 p.m., deputies responded to a call from a school in Hudson about a 14-year-old who allegedly assaulted the principal and broke windows. The student was then detained by staff.


Lander Police Department


Two juvenile males have been charged with burglary, arrested and released in connection to the Sunday evening burglary of Melody Liquors. A rock was reportedly thrown through a window and several bottles of liquor taken from the business Sunday night. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said one of the suspects was wearing an ankle monitor that’s GPS tracking put him in the area at the time of the crime. The suspects’ ages and residences were not available.

William Carpenter Jr., 33, Ethete, for Public Intoxication.

Christopher Friday, 25, Riverton, for Resisting, Petty Larceny and Public Intoxication.

Ernest Siers, 22, Fort Washakie, for Interference, Open Container and two LPD Warrants.

Timothy Kenyon, 22, Lander, for an FCSO Warrant.


At 8:38 p.m., Monday Carey said LPD was notified of silver passenger car that was reported stolen from Ethete. Officers located the vehicle on the 500 block of Main Street and initiated a felony traffic stop. Carey said both the driver, Ernest Siers, 22, of Fort Washakie, and a passenger complied with officer commands. Lander Police arrested Siers for interference, open container and two LPD warrants. Carey was unsure of additional charges from the Wind River Police Department. The owner of the vehicle was notified.

At 12:16 a.m., Tuesday Carey said officers were in the area of Melody Liquors when they observed a man “acting suspicious” in front of the business. Officers attempted to contact the man, who then fled on foot. Carey said the man, Christopher Friday, 25, of Riverton, obeyed verbal commands to stop at the corner of North Fourth and Lincoln streets. Beyond stopping, Carey said Friday would not comply with officers’ commands. He was carrying an American flag that had been taken from the front of the liquor store and refused to be handcuffed. “He was eventually tased, several times,” Carey said, adding Friday continued to be uncooperative. The officers were able to handcuff the suspect, but one officer received an injury to his right hand.


Riverton Police Department


Kenneth Shakespeare, 26, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication

Juanita Brokenleg, 36, Ethete, Public Intoxication (BAC 0.42) and Disturbing the Peace for fighting at Riverton City Park

Denise Piper, 29, Ethete, Public Intoxication (BAC 0.29) and Disturbing the Peace for fighting at Riverton City Park


Police were called to the parking lot at Riverton High School on the report of a minor vehicle crash Monday at 8 a.m. The report was being handled by the School Resource Officer.

At 8:45 a.m. police received a report of a vicious animal in the 300 block of Elizabeth Drive. According to Captain Eric Murphy, a man walking his dog was pushed to the ground but not bitten and his dog was attacked by another dog that running at large.

At 4:27 p.m. in the 600 block of North 16th East, a woman on a walk with her grandson in a stroller was set upon by two black and one yellow dogs running at large. One of the dogs bit the child’s shoe, but did injure the boy. A neighbor woman wielding a shovel came to rescue and chased the dogs away.

A third vicious animal report was received at 4:41 p.m. in the 3600 block of Campbell lane, where a Rotweiller attacked the reporting party’s dog. Police were told the dog at large was an ongoing problem in that neighborhood. The attacking reportedly punctured the left ear of the reporting party’s dog. The offending dog’s owner was out of town, but his daughter was contacted by police and warned to keep the animal on its own property or the owner would be cited

A minor property damage collision was noted at 12:49 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Federal when a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer collided with the front end of a 2012 Toyota Pickup while the two vehicles were turning in the same direction. The drivers exchanged insurance information.

A juvenile jumping out of a moving vehicle received police attention at 4:13 p.m. Murphy said the incident occurred at East Sunset and Westview. According to the juvenile, his father was making him angry, so he jumped out. The youth had allegedly been skipping school. Police suggested the youth return and stay in school.

A nine-year-old boy was cited for vandalism by police after he allegedly threw a stolen bottle of a soft drink and broke a window in an apartment in the 3000 block of College Hill Drive. The boy allegedly took the drink from two small girls who were playing in the area and threw it against the wall of an apartment. He picked up the bottle and threw it a second time, this time breaking a window valued at $80. Police consulted with the boy’s mother during the investigation.

At 9:49 p.m. a man working in an office in the 500 block of East Main heard a window breaking and when checking outside, discovered the passenger side front door of his Ford Explorer had been broken. Damage was estimated at $250. There was no physical evidence at the scene of what caused the window to break.