Police Blotter: Arrests; Attempted murder in Riverton; Pregnant woman assaulted; Drug sting nets six

(Updated at 1:25 p.m. to include a few more details on the Sheriff’s report.)

(Lander, Wyo.) – Monday’s law enforcement roundup from the weekend:

Riverton Police Department


Dana Eagle, 36, Riverton, Failure to Appear

Charlene YellowFox, 47, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace

Heto Thayer, 32, Fort Washakie, Attempted Murder in the First Degree

Wanda Harris, 44, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence, Driving While Under Suspension

Robert Benally, 41, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication

James Sandt, 41, Riverton, arrested on a Probation Revocation warrant.

In the last week the Riverton Police Department has arrested six subjects in three different incidents for Possession of Marijuana with intent to deliver. Two subjects were arrested in each of the three incidents. These are all felony level arrests and still under investigation.


A Fort Washakie man has been arrested and charged with Attempted First Degree Murder in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred Sunday morning. Details on this story can be found here.

A 26-year-old Riverton man was arrested for felony aggravated assault, resisting arrest and on a courtesy hold on two Natrona County warrants after police responded to an assault call at Riverton Memorial Hospital at 2:56 a.m. Friday. A police report said Nathan Thomas was arrested after his girlfriend, who is 29 weeks pregnant, arrived at the hospital with injuries to her face, including swelling and bruising, plus bite marks and bruises on her arms. The woman told police she escaped the home after pleading with Thomas to let he call an ambulance to check on her unborn child. When police arrived at the couple’s residence, they found Thomas asleep and he was arrested.

Police responded to the 600 block of West Fremont at 7:49 p.m. Friday on a report of a fire. Investigating officers determined a ping pong ball had fallen through a heating vent in the home and caught on fire. Officers called off the fire engines as the fire extinguished itself inside the duct works.

Two 18-year-old Riverton men were nabbed in a drug sting in the 1200 block of West Main at 4:29 p.m. Friday. Police received a report from a party who said the men had tried to sell marijuana to their juvenile daughter. The Police organized an operation involving a young-looking female volunteer and when the men attempted to sell drugs to the woman, police swooped in and made the arrest. Captain Eric Murphy said the RPD, in cooperation with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, also made two other sets of arrests during the past week, all for possession with intent to deliver, a felony offense. Information on other arrests will be forthcoming.

The snowy conditions over the weekend resulted in a rash of motor vehicle crashes.

The Northeast corner of the China Panda restaurant on North Federal Boulevard was damaged when an unknown vehicle struck the building and then left the scene. (Ernie Over photo)

The Northeast corner of the China Panda restaurant on North Federal Boulevard was damaged when an unknown vehicle struck the building and then left the scene. (Ernie Over photo)

Saturday morning, a patrolling officer noticed damage to the Northeast corner of the China Panda Restaurant on North Federal Boulevard. The owners, who live in the building, reported that they had heard a crash about 11 pm. Friday, but looked out the window and didn’t see anything. The building received some structural damage. The restaurant’s insurance company is determining the amount of damage.

Reports are not complete on the other crashes, but they included a wreck at 1:15 a.m. in the 100 block of East Monroe when a 2001 white Chevrolet truck crashed through a stop sign and into two vehicles, a green 1998 Jeep and a gold 1989 Chevrolet pickup.

A shopper at the Smith’s Store on West Main returned home only to find damage to her maroon Nissan Murano.

A vehicle sliding on ice in the 1000 block of Majors Avenue glanced off of a city fire hydrant and became stuck in an irrigation ditch. The fire hydrant was undamaged and minimal damage was reported to the vehicle, which was towed out of the ditch.

Another crash was reported at the Honor Farm Road intersection with Highway 789 north of Riverton. The RPD assisted the Highway Patrol with traffic control. A van was removed from a ditch at the scene. The Wind River Police Department is investigating the crash.

The owner of a green Dodge Stratus reported someone had side-swiped their vehicle, which had been parked on the street. Significant damage was reported to the driver’s side of the vehicle. No suspect was identified.

Finally, a 1987 Toyota Four Runner backed into a 2011 Chevrolet, with minor damage reported.

Police responded to a neighbor’s complaint of a dog not being taken care of in the 700 block of West Park. Officers left a door hanger advising the resident that the animal needed food, water and usable shelter in adverse weather conditions. The city’s animal control officer will follow-up.

A 3:50 p.m. on Saturday, police received a call from the Pizza Hut restaurant where a worker there had been threatened. A police report said a customer by the name of Alex who was apparently upset with something, allegedly threatened to kill the employee. Police asked the restaurant to call them back if the man returned.

Police responded to a civil dispute at 9:06 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of South Broadway. Two arguing people were separated for the night. There were no arrests or citations issued.

Sunday afternoon at 3:21 p.m. a boyfriend who had an argument with his girlfriend inside the McDonald’s restaurant on North Federal left in a huff, slamming the door and breaking some of the door’s moulding. Damage was estimated at $100.

Police were called to the 1000 block of Forest Drive for an ongoing dispute between relatives of a woman who is a resident of the Wind River Healthcare Center. There were no arrests or citations.

Police responded to West Main Sunday night at 10:25 p.m. for a private party transporting an individual to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center. According to a police report, the man had attempted to jump out of the vehicle. Police calmed the man down and transported him to the Detox center.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Jennifer Clark, 29, Casper, Driving Under the Influence.

James Hogan, 45, Casper, Possession of Stolen Property. “Hogan was found in possession of a 1989 Dodge Durango that had been reported stolen from the Rawlins area,” Capt. Ryan Lee wrote in a news release. “Carbon County Authorities will be pursing charges. Hogan was located in the vehicle at the 789 Smokeshop by the Wind River Police Department.” The arrest was made following an agency assist call to the Sheriff’s Office at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday. In a later interview, Lee said Hogan was arrested without incident, and he will be transferred to Rawlins in the near future.

Joshua Rosenberger, 25, of Riverton, cited for No Insurance and Driving on a Suspended License. Saturday morning after Deputies were called to the 2000 block of Goes In Lodge Road for a traffic collision. Rosenberger’s vehicle ran off the roadway after encountering slick conditions. Rosenberger and his 1 year old passenger were not injured.

A suspect in connection with a sexual assault was arrested on Friday afternoon in Lander. Information on the suspect and charges is being withheld.

A 17-year-old girl was arrested for Domestic Violence on Sunday morning in Pavillion. According to the sheriff’s office call log, a person reported that a girl attacked her mother.


At 9:59 a.m. on Friday, a woman in Dubois called, wanting to talk to a deputy about someone taking her dog.

At 11:51 a.m. on Friday, deputies took a report of a trailer stolen from property on Spring Valley Road outside of Lander.

At 3:12 p.m. on Friday, deputies responded to a residence in Riverton for a report of a burglary. The caller said the front door of the residence was wide open, things were missing and the house was trashed. The caller said there was no one in the home and didn’t see any strange vehicles in the area. The incident is under investigation. Another burglary was reported at 3:34 p.m. In an interview, Lee said the burglaries were on the west end of Riverton, and it is believed they are connected. Lee said there are no suspects at this time.

A juvenile male in the Riverton area admitted to a caller that he smoked marijuana. The call came to deputies at 8:17 p.m. on Friday.

At 9:30 p.m. on Friday, police were called to a residence on Jimson Lane near Riverton for a report of someone there singing the Star-Spangled Banner. The caller said they saw a subject “peaking around the corner of the residence” earlier. The caller said they believed no one was supposed to be there. Lee said the subject was determined to be the homeowner.

At 10:33 a.m. on Saturday, deputies took a report of animal abuse on Iiams Road outside of Lander. The caller said there were two miniature horses without shelter and water. The call is under investigation.

At 3:11 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to Lander’s North Park for a report of people riding snowmobiles.

Lander Police Department


Missy Hill, 36, Lander, Probation Revocation. Terle Thayer, 30, Lander, Interference with Police and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said the pair were arrested after police were called to a residence on the 300 block of Washington Street at 2:40 p.m. Police were called to the residence after children reported a threat from their father against their mother. Carey said that the threat was determined to be unfounded. However, responding officers smelled suspected burning marijuana. Thayer’s interference charge, Carey said, stems from him telling police that Hill was not at the residence.

Andrew Davey, 27, Lander, Driving Under the Influence. Carey said officers were called at 2:03 a.m. on Saturday for a report of a vehicle in a ditch at the intersection of Highway 287 and Western Avenue. Davey had a .21 BAC. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08.

Eric Wilkerson, 23, Lander, was cited for Careless Driving and Failure to Report a Property Damage Wreck. Police were called at 9:07 a.m. on Saturday for a report of 25 feet of chain link fence on the 1000 block of Cascade Street that was apparently hit the night before. Carey said a muffler was found stuck in the fence and was matched to Wilkerson’s car. Carey said Wilkerson told police he slid backwards down a hill when he the fence and had intended to report the damage that morning.

Jeffrey Brock, 47, Lander, was cited for Failure to Report a Crash involving an Unoccupied Vehicle.  At 12:46 p.m. on Sunday, police were called to the 500 block of Sweetwater Street for a report of a hit and run. Carey said a piece of a suspect vehicle was left behind and was soon matched to Brock’s vehicle.


Charges of Child Abandonment are pending in connection to a Friday-afternoon finding of two young girls left alone. Police were called at 11:49 a.m., Friday to North Elementary School, Carey said, after a 2- or 3-year-old girl was found on the playground without any adults around. Carey said the girl had no pants, shoes or socks on. She was reportedly only wearing a long-sleeve shirt and underwear. Through the course of searching for a responsible adult, police located a 4-year-old girl in a nearby trailer house who was also unattended. It was later determined that the two children were related. The girls were put in protective custody until family was located. Citations have been issues but not yet served as of Monday morning. “We believe the children are safe,” Carey said.

At 2:09 p.m., police were called by a Lander man who said someone got access to his bank account and wrote $5,800 worth of checks. Carey said the incident is under investigation.

On Saturday, a city plow crew knocked down a light pole near Radio Shack, and a contracted plower knocked down a light pole on the 500 block of Main Street. No citations were issues.

At 2:19 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to City Park for a report of people racing snowmobiles. Carey said officers were unable to locate anyone and only found tracks.

At 5:57 p.m. on Saturday, police received a report of a vehicle that hit a gas meter on the 200 block of Washington Street. Carey said follow-up is continuing.

Throughout the weekend, police took a number of report of minor wrecks and vehicles stuck in the snow.