Police Blotter: Arrests; Three arrested following brawl with officers; Woman caught with altered drug prescription

(Lander, Wyo.) – Friday’s law enforcement roundup from across Fremont County.

Fremont County Sheriff


Brian Cousineau, 26, Riverton, Interference with Police, Revocation of Probation warrant

Douglas Johnson, 22, Riverton, Revocation of Probation

Ashley Laforme, 23, Two counts of Child Endangering, Interference with Police

Larry Schaller, 30, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence, Simple Assault, Interference with Police, Reckless Driving, Fleeing/Attempting to Elude, No Insurance, Duty to Stop Property Damage.


Three arrested after fighting with deputies

Captain Ryan Lee reported Friday morning that three Riverton residents were arrested Thursday night after being stopped for suspicion of drunk driving and then subsequently engaging and fighting with Deputy Sheriffs and Riverton Police Officers on Arapahoe Drive. In a statement, Lee said the incident was initially reported by a man who indicated that two other men and the mother of his children were driving around town intoxicated with his two young children in the vehicle at about 11:00 p.m. last night. Deputy Larry Prince located the suspect vehicle approximately 25 minutes after the initial report, near the AT&T mobile home village. Deputy Prince noted the vehicle appeared to have been in a very recent collision, and was driving erratically. Deputy Prince attempted to stop the vehicle, however it continued to a residence on Arapahoe Drive.

When the vehicle eventually stopped, Lee said the male occupants exited the vehicle and attempted to flee. “In the end, all three adult occupants of the vehicle were arrested after engaging in either a ground fight or fist fight with law enforcement officers,” he said.  “The alleged driver of the vehicle, 30 year old Larry Schaller, was TASED by a Fremont County Deputy Sheriff; Schaller then engaged in a fist fight with a Riverton Police Officer. Schaller was eventually detained and charged with multiple criminal offenses,” Lee said.  The statement also said that passenger Brian Cousineau , 26, also resisted arrest and fought with officers on the ground who were attempting to arrest him for an outstanding Fremont County arrest warrant. A female passenger was identified as 23 year old Ashley Laforme; she also resisted arrest and fought with officers. The children, ages 3 and 5 were found inside the vehicle, they were un-harmed in the incident.

FCSO, RPD assist BIA officers during weapons offense call 

In another incident, Lee said County Deputies assisted the Wind River Police Department with a weapons offense in the 6600 block of Riverview Road early Friday morning. During an open 911 call, County Dispatchers overheard a family fight occurring at a residence in the 6600 block of Riverview Road. Lee said Fremont County Deputies responded to assist Wind River Police Officers, as the residence was within tribal jurisdiction and the persons involved were Native American. The initial officers on scene were confronted by a male suspect with a firearm. “The suspect was eventually taken into custody by WRPD after a cooperative effort between their agency, our agency, and the Riverton Police Department. There were no reported injuries, and I have no further information on this incident,” he said.

The dispatch center received a call at 11:09 a.m. from Speyer Drive in Lander on a call of dogs entering her property and killing her chickens. The attack was reported to have occurred around 8 a.m.

The Dubois Fire Department responded to the 100 block of Soda Springs Drive where a controlled burn apparently burned out of control and was burning a buck and rail fence.

Lander Police Department


Ted Jarvis, 46, Lander, Public Intoxication. Chief Jim Carey said officials at the Lander Middle School reported a man was outside the building yelling at staff members and otherwise acting suspicious. Upon arrival, Carey said officers found Jarvis walking down the center of the street, barely able to keep his balance. His blood alcohol level was measured at 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit for impairment.

Desirae Duran, 23, Ethete, LPD Failure to Appear warrant. Officers were called to the Loaf ‘n Jug store on Main Street at 7:21 p.m. Thursday on a report of a male and a female subject screaming at each other and fighting inside the store. Upon arrival, police contacted Duran and discovered that she had an outstanding warrant. Police also contacted a 15-year-old male of Ethete who was cited for Minor In Possession and for Minor Under the Influence of Alcohol. His BAC was measured at .09 percent. The youth was taken into protective custody and transported to the Boys Group Home in Riverton.

Danet Struna, 29,, Hudson, was cited for Falsifying a Prescription. Carey said Palace Pharmacy reported they had received a prescription that had been altered. A police report indicated the woman was attempting to obtain pain medication.


Police responded to the 100 block of North Third Street at 9:06 a.m. to assist ambulance crews with a woman who had slipped and fallen on the ice and had apparently been knocked out. The woman was transported to Lander Regional Hospital.

Carey said no further information was available on a call to Lander Valley High School at 1:58 p.m. Thursday on a report of a controlled substance (marijuana) incident.

For only the third time this year, Lander Police transported an intoxicated person to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center in Riverton after family members apparently refused to pick the man up from the Emergency Room at Lander Regional Hospital where the man had fallen asleep. His BAC level was measured at 0.10 percent.

Occupants of a residence in the 200 block of North Second Street were contacted by officers after police received a complaint that the sidewalk there had not been cleared of snow. Shortly thereafter, the sidewalk was shoveled.

Police received a report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot at Safeway at 4:16 p.m. The reporting party said a red truck had struck her arm while it was driving slowly through the lot. Officers who responded did not see any evidence of an injury, according to a police report. There were no citations or arrests.

A resident in the 400 block of Park reported to poise that someone had apparently been attempting to siphon gasoline from his snowmobile parked outside. Police found a gas can and a rubber hose leading from the gas tank of the snow machine to a gas can. Police attempted to track the footprints in the snow, but lost the trail. There are no suspects.

Riverton Police Department


None reported as of 11:00 a.m.


The RPD responded to 38 calls for service on Thursday, including three calls regarding public intoxication, two fights, two vehicle crashes, one noise complaint, one incident of domestic violence, one call for a disturbance, one shoplifting report, a gas drive-off and other assorted calls. The RPD’s officers assigned public information duties were all in a class this morning and unavailable to provide details.

Fremont County Coroner

The Fremont County Coroner’s office reported the first suicide of 2013 on Thursday in Riverton, following a record number of 19 such incidents in 2012. The Fremont County Suicide Prevention Task Force was scheduled to meet today to discuss prevention opportunities in the new calendar year.