Police Blotter: Arrests; Plane crash report unfounded; Man arrested at Lander swimming pool

(Lander, Wyo.) – Today’s law enforcement roundup from the weekend across Fremont County. (Updated at 12:30 p.m. to include information about a wreck Friday afternoon at Country Acres and Highway 789.)

Riverton Police Department


John Panighetti, 49, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI), .09 percent BAC

Joshua McLean, 23, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant

Wade Brown, 28, Riverton, DWUI, .15 percent BAC

Katera Jenkins, 31, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant and for Interference

Cordell Washington, 39, Riverton, DWUI (BAC unavailable) and on a Failure to Appear warrant

Ashley Fisher, 28, Riverton, DWUI (BAC unavailable)


A plane that had reportedly crashed near the Riverton airport Sunday around 4:54 p.m. turned out to be unfounded. The Riverton Police, Riverton Regional Airport officials and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area on an eyewitness report of a plane that went down. Officials were unable to locate any crashed plane in the area.

The RPD responded to a two vehicle crash Saturday at 7:48 a.m. at the intersection of South Federal and East Monroe. No injuries were reported.  Officers were also called to a two vehicle mishap in the 700 block of North Federal at 11:01 a.m. between a Toyota Corolla and a Ford Explorer. There were no injuries reported. A two vehicle bumper thumper in the parking lot at Walmart was reported at 12:13 p.m. After the drivers exchanged information, when one of the parties involved indicated they were calling police, the other party fled the scene. The two vehicles involved were a red Ford Explorer and an Isuzu Rodeo.

A report of vicious dogs running loose resulted in officers responding to the 100 block of Comanche Court Saturday at 7:37 p.m. The owner of the dogs was contacted and was asked keep the dogs on his own property.

Four individuals were taken to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center on Saturday.


Lander Police Department


Josh Allen, 31, Isleta, NM, on a LPD Failure to Appear warrant

Michael Steffy, 45, Lander, Resisting and Interference. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said officers were called to the Lander Swimming Pool at 8:23 p.m. Friday for a report of a suspicious man who was asking young girls their names, ages and other personal information. Upon an officer’s arrival, Carey said Steffy was in the hot tub with 10- to 12-year-old girls. When officers asked Steffy to step out of the tub, he allegedly became belligerent. While the officer was conducting interviews with witnesses, Carey said the man approached the officer aggressively. “He asked the officer if he was a bully,” Carey said, adding that at one point the officer had to push Steffy away from him. After conducting the interviews, officers attempted to place Steffy under arrest in the men’s locker room. Carey said the man was no longer clothed and refused to be arrested. Carey said Steffy allegedly picked up a razor during the skirmish, which ended with the use of a Taser. Carey said a number of people left the pool due to the man’s yelling and cursing. Additional charges are being reviewed by the Fremont County Attorney’s Office. Carey said at this point there are no reports of physical contact between Steffy and any witnesses.

A 15-year-old Lander female, a 16-year-old Lander male and a 17-year-old Riverton male all were cited for Minor In Possession and Minor Under the Influence of Alcohol. Carey said an officer initiated a traffic stop at 12:14 a.m. on Sunday for a broken tail light. Upon speaking with the driver, the officer could smell an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The three minors were subsequently cited. Carey said the driver was not drinking. He said the 16-year-old boy was also cited for interference.

Benito Loneman Sr., 29, Ethete, on a Fremont County Failure to Appear Warrant. Police contacted Loneman at 2:23 p.m. on Sunday after locating a vehicle allegedly involved in two recent gas drive-offs. He was arrested for an outstanding warrant, and investigation is continuing into the gas drive-offs.

Sherman Quiver, 29, Ethete, Shoplifting and Public Intoxication. At 5:17 p.m. on Sunday, police took a report of a man who ran out of Mr. D’s with $4.18-worth of chicken. An officer located the man matching the description later. After attempting to run and then falling, Quiver was arrested. He had a BAC of .33.


The LPD responded to 35 calls for service in the period of Friday through Monday morning at 7:30 a.m.

LPD took three calls to a residence on the 200 block of Garfield Street on Friday. Carey said the calls surrounded a couple reports of family fights. The first call came in at 2:55 p.m. and the last was at 6:23 p.m. Carey said the parties were separated for the night and there were no further calls.

At 4:12 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to the Popo Agie One Stop for a report of a woman who allegedly stole a $9.77-bottle of whiskey. The call is under investigation.

At 11:38 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to the Maverik C-store for three report of gas-drive-offs. One vehicle the previous day drove off with $54.81 in gas, and that report has been taken care of. Carey said officers were working to locate a vehicle involved in a $21.06 drive-off. A third drive-off was apparently involved in a similar theft two weeks earlier. See more under the Benito Loneman Sr. arrest.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Department


Charles Williams, 51, Casper, DWUI and Open Container. Williams was arrested after his silver Dodge pickup was observed to be swerving in and out of the driving lane on Highway 20-26 near Moneta.

Detention Center:

The Fremont County Detention Center currently has 179 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 165 are being held in the Fremont County Detention Center at Lander, nine are in substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state and out of the facility, three are on home detention out of the facility, and two inmates are being housed out of the facility.


The FCSO responded to 65 calls for service between Friday and early today.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Adams said his troopers responded to a wreck  at about 4:20 p.m. on Friday at Country Acres and Highway 789. A 17-year-old girl pulled off Country Acres and in front of another vehicle headed southbound on the highway. The girl was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured. Adams said the girl was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.

Deputies were called Friday to an address on Smith Road on a report on the theft of a quantity of copper wire.

A citation for a simple assault was issued to a suspect who allegedly struck another man in the face on Friday evening at 8:21 p.m. on David’s Way.

A deer versus vehicle crash was reported about three miles east of Dubois on Highway 26/287 Saturday at 4:03 p.m.

Sheriff’s Department investigators are looking into a reported theft of jewelry from a Riverton area residence.

Deputies were called to the area of the Riverton Country Club Saturday at 5:07 p.m. where a group of three juveniles had reportedly put sugar in the gas tank of a vehicle.

A cow versus a vehicle crash was reported at 9:05 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Eight Mile Road. The cow ran off. The driver was not injured.

A resident in the 2800 block of Cooper Road near Riverton reported Sunday evening at 5:26 p.m. that someone had smeared feces on the side of his house.

A suspect has been identified and charges are pending as the result of a family fight that was reported Sunday evening at 9:06 p.m. in the Garden’s North Subdivision north of Riverton. The suspect allegedly assaulted a female at the scene, and then fled before Deputies arrived. Alcohol involvement is suspected.

NOTE: A criminal complaint is only an accusation. In every criminal case, the accused  is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, and the state always has the burden of proving guilt at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.