Police Blotter: Arrests; Bowen’s autopsy inconclusive; Good Samaritans come to aid of stricken driver; More charged in last week’s basketball fight

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

Fremont County Coroner

Deputy Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen reported Tuesday that an autopsy on 40-year-old Chantel Bowen of Lander was inconclusive pending further tests and toxicology results. Bowen was found dead in her home on Saturday. County Coroner Ed McAuslan earlier said there were no obvious or suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, but an autopsy was ordered due to Bowen’s young age. The additional tests could take between four and six weeks to complete before a cause of death is determined.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Charles Black, 32, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence and No Valid Driver’s License.

David Dobson, 50, Dubois, Probation Revocation.


At 9:22 a.m., deputies were called about debris all over the 1600 block of Riverview Road and the bicycle path in south Riverton. A trailer hitch came off a truck spilling the contents of the trailer on the roadway. There were no injuries.

At 10:58 a.m., deputies received a report of a truck blocking a driving off Highway 789. The caller said the vehicle’s doors were unlocked.

At 4:51 p.m., a woman on Burma Road reported another woman who was walking down the center of the road and cars were having to go around her. Deputies were unable to locate the woman.

At 8:28 p.m., a man on David’s Way near Riverton reported that his neighbors started shooting his dogs with BB guns.

At 10:25 p.m., deputies were called to Snowberry Lane in the Gardens North Subdivision for a report of a lot of screaming.


Riverton Police Department


Jerald Friday, 50, Riverton, Simple Assault

Michael Anderson, 33, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Sylvia Sanjavier, 38, Riverton, warrant from Natrona County

Marcus Brown, 34, Riverton, Public Intoxication

The individuals listed below were issued Misdemeanor Citations and released with their promise to appear in Court at a later date.

15-year-old male, Riverton, Breach of the Peace (Citation served)

16 -year-old male, Riverton, Possession of Tobacco by a minor


At 5:07 p.m. Monday in the 700 block of East Main at North Federal there was a two vehicle crash between a red and white 1992 Ford pickup and a blue 1997 Ford Pickup. There were no injuries. Damage was reported being over $1,000.

At 7:40 p.m. several citizens came to the aid of a 66-year-old motorist who apparently suffered a medical problem and her vehicle crashed into a concrete abutment in the 300 block of West Main. When officers arrived on the scene, the citizens were performing CPR on the driver. The woman was rushed to Riverton Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment, and, according to Captain C. T. Smith, was later air lifted to another medical facility out of the county for specialized care. “Citizens came to the rescue and we really appreciate that,” he said.


Lander Police Department


There were no arrests yesterday, but Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said two more individuals have been charged in the fight that occurred at the field house at Lander Valley High School last Thursday. Agnes Spoonhunter, 40, Riverton, was cited for Peace Disturbance. A 17-year-old Riverton boy was cited for Assault and Battery. Immediately following the fight, police placed Bryan Brown, 39, of Riverton, and Ladeena Bell, 38, of Riverton, for Assault. Police Chief Jim Carey said on Friday and confirmed on Monday that charges were pending for other individuals involved. The fight occurred in the stands during a game between St. Stephen’s and Little Snake River schools during the 1A Basketball tournament. Carey believed only individuals from one team’s side were involved in the fight. “A woman complained that was directly involved in the fight about her 4 year old little girl,” Carey wrote in an e-mail. “This woman claimed her daughter was hurt due to the first person who was shoved. The video showed no intent from anyone to hurt the 4 year old, just very poor judgement from the adults involved.” No other charges are expected.


At 2:53 p.m. yesterday, police were called about two dead coyotes in the back of a pickup on the 1000 block of McDougall Drive. Carey said the owner of the animals were advised about a city ordinance not allowing decaying carcasses to stink up streets.

At 9:52 p.m., police were called to house on the 800 block of Hobson that was reportedly egged sometime earlier in the evening. Carey said there are no suspects in the egging.