Police Blotter: Arrests; RPD investigating Saturday assault; Several harassment reports from across the county

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

Riverton Police Department


Thomas Keele, 46, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant

David Moss, 24, Riverton, for Interference

Ardie LongSoldier, 43, Riverton, Breach of Peace

Aaron BigKnife, 19, Fort Washakie, Interference

Henry Tillman, 51, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant

Barry Lucas, 48, Riverton, Probation Revocation


Riverton Police have under investigation an incident early Saturday morning that sent a 24-year-old Riverton man to Casper for specialized orthopedic care for broken face bones. According to Captain Eric Murphy, the man was involved in a fight with a 24-year-old Hudson man who allegedly called the man a racial slur. The incident was reported outside of a bar in the 500 block of East Main at 1:24 a.m. According to the police report, as the Riverton man was leaving the establishment, the Hudson man followed him out. The two allegedly grew up together and were friends. When outside, the police report said the Riverton man turned around in a fighting stance and the Hudson man struck one blow, hitting his friend in the face and knocking him to the ground. “That was it, one punch and a one-on-one altercation,” Murphy said.

When asked about reports that a “gang” of caucasians had descended upon the Native American man and beat him, Murphy said that was not true. “I’ve been hearing these stories but there’s no truth to them,” he said.

Murhpy said the suspect in the case will appear at the RPD today with his lawyer to talk about the incident, and that police detectives are planning a trip to Casper to talk to the victim. “At this point no charges have been filed.”

“As you know, Wyoming does not have a hate crimes law, and we treat such incidents as an aggravated assault,” Murphy said.

Monday at 12:29 p.m. police were called to the 3000 block of College Hill Drive on the report of a party.Upon investigating police cited one 30-year-old female for possession of marijuana and one other person, a 28-year-old male, was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospitall with a high blood alcohol level.

The BIA Wind River Police contacted the RPD at 8:23 p.m. looking for a white Dodge Intrepid and an escapee from BIA custody who was in the vehicle. The RPD located the vehicle and arrested the man for Interference after he allegedly gave officers a false name and date of birth. He was taken into custody and taken to the detention center in Lander.  The man was identified as Aaron BigKnife (see arrests above).

Police stopped a motorist speeding at 60 mph in a 30 mph zone Monday night on North Federal Boulevard. Arrested on an outstanding warrant was  Thomas Keele, 46, Rivertyon.


Lander Police Department


Barry Lucas, 48, Riverton, LPD Warrant.


Police were called to the Maverik convenience store at about 3 p.m. yesterday for a gas drive-off from the night before. Lt. Chuck Carr said a vehicle left without paying for $36.45 worth of fuel. He said the caller did pay for other things inside the store, and it appeared to be a mistake.

At 4:34 p.m. on Monday, a woman called police because a woman she knew flicked her off.  Carr said the woman told police that she returned the gesture. She did not wish to press charges, but to have the incident documented.

At 5:44 p.m. on Monday, Carr said police were called about a suspicious phone call. Carr said the reporting party received a phone call from a secret admirer. When police called the number back, the person on the other line denied making the phone call.

At 6:54 p.m., police were called to the 300 block of Washington for a report of juveniles jumping on the caller’s vehicle. Upon arrival, police contacted a few kids who denied jumping on the car.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Dustin Friday, 22, Riverton, Probation Revocation Warrant.

Nicole Mccloud, 22, Riverton, Crook County Warrant.

Kimberly Moss, 20, Riverton Failure to Appear Warrant.


At 8:18 a.m. on Monday, deputies were called to the 900 block of Rendezvous Road in St. Stephen’s for a report of two non-enrolled individuals who were intoxicated and wouldn’t leave the address.

At 10:05 a.m., deputies took a report of a tan Dodge trucking on Highway 789 near Lander being driven erratically. The caller said the occupants were “gassing people and flipping people off.”

At 12:53 p.m. on Monday, deputies were called to help an individual regarding a report of people burying waste near the intersection of Robert and V1 roads.

At 7:16 p.m. on Monday, a caller on Sinks Canyon Road near Lander reported a van from a local business followed the caller to a residence, flipped them off and then left.