Police Blotter: Arrests; Death of 30-year-old in Riverton under investigation; Man finds passed out individuals in his home on Sunday

(Updated at 4:10 p.m. to include some RPD call information.)

(Lander, Wyo.) – Monday’s law enforcement recap from across Fremont County.

Fremont County Coroner

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said his office is investigating the death of Jason Andrew Gillenwater, 30, of Riverton. “He was found dead at his residence Saturday morning,” McAuslan said. An autopsy was conducted yesterday and preliminary findings were inconclusive. McAuslan said full autopsy results will be available in four to six weeks. The Sheriff’s Office call log listed the 10:49 a.m. call as a report of an overdose.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Charles Brown, 56, Arapahoe, Simple Assault and Interference with an Emergency Call.

Shaniece Headley, 19, Arapahoe, Driving Under the Influence and No Valid Driver’s License.

Bernard King, 47, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Christopher Sebring, 20, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence, Minor in Possession and Duty Unattended Vehicle.

Wanda Spoonhunter, 43, Riverton, Criminal Trespass. “The Fremont County Sheriff is investigating a break-in that occurred early Sunday morning in the 7200 block of Riverview Road,” said Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee in a news release. “The owner of the home had arrived shortly after 6:00AM to find a disabled vehicle in his drive way and an intoxicated person sleeping on his couch. The intruder was awoken by responding Deputies and arrested for Criminal Trespass; she is identified as 43 year old Wanda Spoon hunter of Riverton. Spoonhunter’s two accomplices had left the area prior to the homeowner arriving, presumably leaving Spoonhunter behind after obtaining a separate ride out of the area. Spoon hunter was taken to the Fremont County Jail. The suspects are believed to have entered the home after their car broke down. They then helped themselves to food, some alcohol, articles of clothing, and then sat around smoking cigarettes in the home. We do have some property that was found missing, we are treating the case as a burglary, and the incident is under investigation.”

Gordon Smily, 71, Riverton, cited for No Valid Driver’s License and Hit and Run. The citation was issued Sunday afternoon following a 2:31 p.m. report of a drunk driver on Missouri Valley Road. Lee said Smiley was not intoxicated but does have vision problems.


“A hit and run incident occurred Sunday morning on East Park in Riverton,” Lee said in a news release. “A 1995 Ford Mustang was found to have collided with an unattended parked vehicle and then a fence in the 2000 block of East Park. Witnesses reported that two people fled from the vehicle after the collision, they were not located. The vehicle has been impounded, the owner has not presented himself to law enforcement as of Monday morning and the case is still under investigation.”

“The Sheriff’s Office is looking into suspicious circumstances that were reported Sunday afternoon along the CD snow machine trail near Union Pass,” Lee said. “Basically someone located what appeared to be a large amount of blood near the route, the suspected blood then trailed away for a considerable distance along the route. Members of the Fremont County Search and Rescue Dubois Division had been in the area conducting a training exercise. They tracked the suspected blood trail for some distance before it disappeared. At this time we do not have any reports of anyone missing. The Sheriff’s Office also did not receive any reports of anyone suffering any serious injuries in the area. We do not have any concrete evidence that the blood is even human; however given the totality of the circumstances, we are looking into the matter; the incident is under investigation as of today.”

At 8:12 p.m. on Friday, deputies received a call from a woman who said she was fired from a business in Kinnear. She said the owner called her several bad names. The caller said she was walking home when the owner’s wife allegedly drove by and swerved as if to hit her. Deputies were unable to contact the woman.

Riverton Police Department


Ed Brown, 53, Riverton, for Public Intoxication. At 7:40 p.m. on Sunday, police were called to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis center for a report of a subject who punched a staff member in the nose. Capt. Eric Murphy said Brown had a .27 BAC.

Shaun Farris, 33, Ethete, for Shoplifting, Resisting Arrest and Public Intoxication. Camille Goodman, 30, Arapahoe, Resisting and Failure to Appear Warrant. The pair was arrested in connection with a 12:59 p.m. call on Sunday for a man caught stealing a bottle of alcohol at Smith’s Food and Drug Center.

Amber Kealer, 28, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence.

Sterling Howell, 36, Riverton, Contempt of Court.

Charles Geboe, 42, Riverton, Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear warrants.

Chauncey Friday, 46, Ethete, Shoplifting and Failure to Appear Warrants.

Raphael Truyen, 57, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence.

William Hubbard, 42, St. Stephen’s, Driving Under the Influence, Open Container and Contempt of Court.

Dwight Begay, 25, Riverton, Public Intoxication.


Specific call information was not readily available for Friday and Saturday calls. This will be updated when possible.

At 1 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to the 600 block of West Main Street for a report of a red east-bound SUV that almost struck the caller’s vehicle head-on. Police were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

At 12:48 p.m. on Sunday, a caller from Remax All Star Realty reported a broken glass door at the business.

At 1:38 p.m., Sunday police took a report on the 1400 block of Redwood Drive about the window of a green 1997 Ford Explorer with a broken back windshield.

Lander Police Department


Jacob Griffin, 27, Lander, Driving While Suspended, No Interlock Device and Speed Contest on a highway. Sgt. Ron Wells said an officer observed a grey GMC pickup truck and a white Subaru start a drag race on the 500 block of Main Street at 2:29 p.m. on Friday. The officer was only able to stop the pickup but was able to get registration information for the second vehicle. Contact with the other driver is pending, Wells said. Griffin was arrested as the driver of the pickup.


Wells said a traffic stop was initiated on the 900 block of Main Street at 11:34 a.m. on Friday after an officer observed an expired registration on a vehicle that crossed the center line a couple times. In the process of the stop, the driver of the vehicle pulled on to the lawn of the Silver Spur Motel. Wells said field sobriety tests were done and it was determined the driver was not intoxicated but suffering from low blood sugar. The 50-year-old Rock Springs man was cited for driving with a suspended license. He was transported to Lander Regional Hospital for care.

At 1:01 p.m. on Friday, police were called to the intersection of Third and Main Streets for a report of a blue SUV that almost hit a pedestrian. The female pedestrian told officers she had the right of way and a vehicle making a turn came so close to her she was able to slap it as it went by. The plate information supplied by the woman did not match the vehicle’s description.

At 12:34 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to the Oxbow Restaurant for a report of a dual hit and run. Witness reported seeing a vehicle sideswipe one car and then back into another, Wells said. After a witness supplied plate information, officers tracked the vehicle to Harold Davis, 90, of Lander. Davis has not been cited, Wells said, but a review of his license is under way.

At 2:26 p.m. on Saturday, police received a report of a gray Ford Explorer that left the Maverik gas station without paying for $78.53 in gas, Wells said. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle.

At 4:51 p.m. on Saturday, a Lander man reported approximately 50 pieces of firewood stolen from his residence on the 700 block of North Third Street. The man was unsure exactly when in the past few days the theft occurred.

On Sunday afternoon, police received several calls about a man who was possibly intoxicated driving back and forth between his home and Westward Heights Care Center. Ultimately, police were able to make contact with the individual and he was deemed to not be intoxicated.

The Lander Police Department wants to make individuals aware of a new e-mail scam that has started to hit the Lander area. The scam involves an e-mail allegedly from a close friend or family member who took an unannounced trip to the Philippines. The e-mail then states the relatives were mugged, lost all their money and were unable to return to the states without financial assistance.