Police Blotter: Arrests; Knife brandished during late-night taxi ride; Valuables stolen from unlocked vehicle

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Friday’s recap of law enforcement activity around the county. All those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Brandon Carl Smiley, 28, Riverton, Vandalism/property destruction and Bond Revocation. At 11:29 p.m. on Thursday deputies were called to Y Drive near Riverton for a report of an attempted assault and a broken windshield. Undersheriff Ryan Lee reports Smiley was intoxicated and disorderly. He was arrested, and the female half of the dispute was taken to detox.


At 2:56 p.m., deputies took a report of a possibly intoxicated driver in blue Oldsmobile south of Riverton on Highway 789 and heading toward Lander. The caller said the Oldsmobile was all over the road and driving on the wrong side of the road. It is not clear whether law enforcement made contact with the vehicle, but no arrests were made by deputies.

Deputies were called to the area of West Third Street and South Oklahoma Avenue in Hudson at about 3:30 p.m. for a report of an older intoxicated man in the area. The caller said the man was holding a beer and sitting in the snow after having stumbled around. Deputies were unable to locate the man.

Deputies took a report of a man being threatened to be kicked out of his house in the Crowheart area.

At 8:22 p.m., deputies were called to Honor Farm Road near Riverton for a report of a car in a ditch with a truck trying to pull the car out. Deputies were unable to locate the reported wreck.


Riverton Police Department


Melvin Littleshield, 35, Arapahoe, on a Failure to Appear warrant. Police were called to the South Federal Pit Stop where an intoxicated man had parked a truck at the fueling island and then entered the store. Afraid the man would attempt to drive off, police were notified. It turned out Littleshield had an active warrant and was taken into custody.

Clowry Means, 47, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication. Police were called at 3:45 p.m. to the band shell at Riverton City Park for a man who self reported himself as intoxicated and cold and who wanted a ride to the Center for Hope. While police were there, Means stumbled across Fremont Street and said he, too, wanted to go to the Center for Hope. But his BAC level was .19 percent and the Center refused to take him due to past behavior issues. So he was arrested.  The other man was transported to the Center.

15-year-old boy, Riverton, cited for Petit Larceny. Police were called to the Riverton Middle School at 11:27 a.m. after a theft of cash from a boys locker room was discovered. Apparently cash was taken from two separate lockers. A suspect was identified and when confronted in the office the 15-year-old male denied that he had any cash on him. When asked what was in his pocket, the youth produced $92 in cash, the amount missing from the two lockers.


Riverton Police were called to the Tomahawk Motel in the 200 block of East Main Thursday at 8:22 a.m. on the report that some drugs were found in a room there. A plastic bag of .6 ounces of what tested positive as marijuana was found in a light fixture in a room. The officer who investigated said the marijuana “was really dried out and must’ve been there a long time.” The tenant who found the stash was a tall man, who noticed the edge of the bag inside the light fixture.

A black feral cat was taken from the 1700 block of Ashley Avenue to a veterinarian Thursday at 8:35 a.m.

Some people just don’t get it. A man complained to police at 10:40 a.m. that someone had entered his UNLOCKED truck in the parking lot of Walmart and got away with a book of 50 sleeved compact music discs, $140 in cash and 60 pills, described as “Norco.” There are no suspects. Police continue to remind residents and motorists alike to lock their homes and their vehicles and to not leave valuables inside any unattended vehicle.

A woman called police to report that she was being harassed by someone in Birmingham, Alabama, via text and phone messages. The woman said the harassment began in October when she received a call about a tractor for sale. The woman told the party they had the wrong number, but the calls persisted, from three different numbers. When police attempted to return the calls, all three numbers were reported as being disconnected.

A REDDI report was called in on a green Buick that was reported to be driving “all over the road” at 3:30 p.m. in the 500 block of South Federal. The vehicle was not located.

A Child In Need of Supervision was reported at 3:45 p.m. in the 400 block of North 7th East where a five-year-old male was reported to be running down the street wearing only a light clothes, including a yellow shirt. Police were unable to locate the child in then neighborhood. The reporting party said the child had told them he was running to St. Margaret’s School, but he was apparently running in the wrong direction.

Here’s a case of a man doing the right thing, but then doing something he shouldn’t have. A police report indicated officers were called to the South Federal Maverik at 2:40 a.m. for a man waving a knife around in a taxi cab. Upon investigating, police indeed found an intoxicated man and a open folding pocket knife in the back seat passenger side. According to the taxi driver, she had picked up the man at a local bar who was requesting a ride home to Arapaho. But the man could not remember where he lived and became agitated with the driver because she couldn’t take him home. He produced the knife, but according to the report, he never threatened the driver with it, but was flashing it around. She returned to town and the man began screaming and yelling that he wanted to go home. After police sorted out the information, a responsible party was called and the man was taken picked up and taken home. The taxi driver did not report if she was paid for the fare.

A verbal argument was reported in an apartment in the 1400 block of West Park Avenue that woke up the neighbors. Police found no evidence of a physical alternation, although the reporting party said they heard the people “hitting things.” The two persons involved in the argument agreed to sleep in separate rooms for the remainder of the night.


Lander Police Department




On Wednesday morning, police took a report of a possibly stolen 73-inch television. A man who recently moved out of town reported that he had been renting the TV from a company, and he expected the company to pick it up once he left, Lt. Chuck Carr said. However, he now said his former roommate told the company that he took the TV out of town with him. Police determined the call to be a civil issue.

A Lander man reported multiple fraudulent charges to his credit card and wanted it reported.

At 6:50 p.m., a woman reported that she was watching a house for her neighbors on Main Street and knew no one was supposed to be there, but the basement light was on. Upon arrival police found the back door to be unlocked and fresh tracks in the area. No one was in the home, however.