Police Blotter: Arrests; Horse hair thief hits Kinnear; 7th grader jumps out of school bus in Riverton; Counterfeit bill found in Lander

(Lander, Wyo.) – Today’s law enforcement report from around Fremont County:

Fremont County Sheriff


Jude Chargingcrow, 28, Riverton, Warrant arrest for Probation Revocation

Brandon Smiley, 27, Riverton, Warrant arrest on three warrants for Contempt of Court.

The Fremont County Detention Center currently has 186 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 175 are being held in the Fremont County Detention Center, 10 are in substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state and out of the facility, one is on home detention out of the facility, and no inmates are being housed out of the facility.


Deputies were called to an address off of Highway 26 near Kinnear Tuesday at 8:41 a.m. where a resident reported someone had cut off the tail of her horse. Horse owners in Natrona County have been plagued with horse hair thieves over the past month and it appears the problem has now moved west into Fremont County.

Deputies assisted the Riverton Police Department Tuesday at around 4:30 p.m. after it was reported that a seventh grade student had jumped out of the emergency exit of a school bus as the bus was taking students home from school. Deputies were called upon to notify the parents of the student of the incident, as the student lived north of town.  Apparently the student had spotted his mother in the Safeway parking lot as the bus went by, but at the intersection of North Federal and Sunset the bus driver, according to school district policy, would not let the student out of the bus, so he apparently went to the back, opened the emergency exit and jumped out while the bus was stopped. The student was not injured.


Riverton Police Department


Michael Anderson, 33, Riverton, Municipal Warrant

Matthew Antelope, 28, Arapahoe, Probation Violation

Dominic Arthur, 43, Riverton, Muncipal Warrant

Derek Bagby, 32, Riverton, Breach of Peace, Resisting Arrest


Police Captain C. T. Smith said Wednesday that police were called to Walmart where the back side of the store had been tagged with black and blue paint.

Police were called on a report that a bicycle had been taken from a garage in the 300 block of Big Bend Avenue. The bicycle was identified as a rage orange colored BMX Thruster.

A non-reportable traffic crash, meaning with property damage less than $1,000, was reported at 6:26 p.m. in a parking lot in the 1600 block of North Federal. A white Chrysler sedan backed out of a parking space and hit a parked truck. Damage was estimated at less than $500.

Police were alerted to a reported theft of a wallet that occurred in the 1700 block of North Federal. The wallet allegedly was left in a vehicle being serviced and was gone when the customer returned to claim the vehicle.


Lander Police Department


Waylynn Spoonhunter, 19, Ethete, Accessory to Shoplifting

A 17-year-old Lander boy for Shoplifting

Jesse Willow, 35, Lander, Natrona County Warrant

Delmar Duran, 44, Riverton, LPD Warrant

Roberta Behan, 35, Ethete, No Proof of Liability Insurance and Child Restraint Violation


Lander Police Chief Jim Carey is urging local businesses to carefully check $20 bills as they come in.

At 2:46 p.m. on Tuesday, police were called to the Atlantic City Federal Credit Union for a report of a counterfeit $20 bill. Carey said the bill felt real and looked good under a microscope, but it wouldn’t feed through counting machines.

“It’s the best counterfeit bill I’ve ever seen,” Carey said.

There are no suspects at this time, and the origins of the bill are unknown. Carey added that his department will work with the U.S. Secret Service on the case.

He noted that only once or twice a year does Lander deal with counterfeit money.

At 7:31 p.m., Tuesday officers were called to Safeway for a shoplifting report from an employee who said “that a male and female had run out of the store with a cart of groceries,” Carey said.

Officers tracked the vehicle to a residence on the 400 block of South First Street after a Safeway employee had written down a license plate number.

An officer saw a juvenile male run into the house from the suspect vehicle, Carey said. When the officer called out for the male to come outside, the suspect complied and reportedly said, “How’d you guys know it was me?”

Carey said the male laughed and told the officer he would have gotten away with it had he run faster. The 17-year-old Lander boy and Waylynn Spoonhunter, 19, of Ethete, were cited for the incident.