Police Blotter: Arrests; Two chimney fires reported; Another crash at Honor Farm Road; Man pulled gun on Riverton shoppers

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

Fremont County Fire Protection District

Fremont County Fire Protection District Chief Craig Haslam said firefighters responded to two chimney fires the last couple days.  At 5:19 p.m. on Wednesday, firefighters from Crowheart and Dubois responded to a chimney fire at a residence on the 300 block of Wilderness Road near Crowheart. “It was contained to the chimney,” Haslam said. He said the fire was mostly out by the time firefighters arrived. After evaluating the rest of the scene, he said crews cleared the scene “pretty fast.” Yesterday, at 5:40 p.m., firefighters were called to a nearly identical situation at a residence on the 600 block of California Street in Shoshoni. Haslam said it was pretty much extinguished by the time the crews arrived. Haslam said generally chimney fires are caused when build-up within the chimneys catches. He encourages people to regularly clean and inspect their chimneys.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Laura Dresser, 32, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.

George Littlethunder, 28, Riverton, Breach of Peace. Littlethunder was arrested following a 1:02 p.m. call to the 400 block of South 20th Street East near Riverton. The caller said there was a man who was intoxicated and was trying to fight and break car windows.

John Patton, 24, Riverton, Probation Revocation Warrant.

Michael Truax, 28, Riverton, Breach of Peace and Contempt of Court.

Sam Willcox, 23, Lander, Probation Revocation Warrant.


At 11:37 a.m. on Thursday, a man in Pavillion reported a generator and compressor stolen within the last couple days.

At 1:18 p.m. on Thursday, deputies were called to the Shoshoni school where three live .223 rounds were found. Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee said the rifle rounds were found on the ground outside of the school by a student. The student turned the ammunition over to the principal. Lee said at this point there is no investigation into the ammunition’s origin.

At 6:28 p.m., deputies received a report of a man pushing a woman in a wheelchair along Highway 789 outside of Lander.

At 3:13 a.m. on Friday, deputies were called to a residence on the 100 block of Elder Lane near Riverton for a report of neighbors either partying or fighting. The caller said the people were pounding on things in the home.

Riverton Police Department


Vincent Yellowbear, 51, Riverton, arrested on a Probation Revocation warrant

Steven Oldman, 22, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Daniel Black, 31, Riverton, arrested on a Municipal Warrant

Steven Dodge, 31, Riverton, arrested on a warrant from the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Department

Nathan Thomas, 26, Riverton, Aggravated Assault


Riverton Fire Department Assistant Chief David Woolery said the fire reported at Riverton High School yesterday morning was caused

Police were called to a local residence at 7:40 .m. Thursday for a 17-year-old juvenile who was refusing to go to school.

A woman reportedly fled the Jiffy Rental business in the 1400 block of West Main without paying for rental movies.

A hit and run traffic crash was reported at Walmart Thursday afternoon. The owner of a blue 2011 Ford Fusion found damage to their vehicle when they returned from shopping.

Police were called to the South Federal Maverik Store at 11:53 p.m. Thursday night on the report of a man with a tattoo on his face pulling a gun on two customers outside of the business. The man fled, the victims reported the incident to the store clerk and police were summoned. The incident is under investigation.

Wyoming Highway Patrol 

Two people were injured this morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Riverton that sent both drivers to the hospital and held up traffic for about 30 minutes according to our news partner, Leslie Stratmoen at KTAK/KVOW.

Trooper Burl Gies of the Wyoming Highway Patrol said it was 19-year-old Jared Maloff of Riverton who was at fault, for pulling out onto state Highway 789 in front of a Mustang driven by 36-year-old Tiffany Manor, also of Riverton. He was trying to cross the highway from Honor Farm Road and reports are conflicting as to whether he stopped his truck at the stop sign there.

The trooper described both of the drivers’ injuries as minor.

Lander Police Department




A man given a room at the Holiday Lodge by the Lander Police Department was asked to leave after he was found to be intoxicated on Thursday morning.

At 7:56 p.m. on Thursday, police were called to the liquor store at Mr. D’s for a report of three juveniles who tried purchase alcohol. The caller said when they were refused they fled scene in a vehicle. Police were unable to locate the three.

At 8:41 p.m. on Thursday, police received a report of someone threatening to vandalize someone’s car.

A person left the Loaf N Jug a little after midnight on Friday without paying for $8 worth of gas. Police are attempting follow-up.

At 5:10 a.m. on Friday, police were called to the 900 block of Riverview Drive for a report of a man who broke a window at a house. The man fled on foot after apparently locking himself out of his car. Charges are pending contact with the individual.