Police Blotter: Arrests; Accidental Trauma is preliminary ruling in death of Dubois youth; Drunk drivers caught

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

Fremont County Coroner

There are two reports from the Fremont County Coroner’s office in Riverton today.

Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen said the preliminary autopsy Wednesday on six-year-old Lain Mathson of Dubois who died Tuesday indicated death was by “accidental trauma.”  Our news partner KVOW/KTAK reached Coroner Ed McAuslan in Laramie, who provided further details. According to McAuslan, Mathson died of blunt force trauma to the head. The manner of death has still not been determined, according to the coroner, and he said it won’t be until an investigation is complete.

Stratmoen also reported that the March 2, 2013 death of 50-year-old Shane Long in Riverton has been ruled natural. In a Verdict and Case Docket, the cause of death was ruled as complications of long-time alcohol abuse. Long was found in his home in the All Nations Mobile Home Park.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Peter Blackburn, 26, Riverton, Simple Assault.

Marian Gants, 60, Boulder, Driving Under the Influence. Gants’s arrest followed a 8:08 p.m. report of a possible drunken driver on Highway 789 near Hudson. The caller said the vehicle crossed both lines while going through town.

Randy McMackin-Guinard, 39, Riverton, Bond Violation Warrant.

Karen Selnes, 54, Thermopolis, Driving Under the Influence. Selnes arrested followed a 10:23 p.m. report of a possible drunken driver on Highway 789 near Riverton. The caller said the vehicle was all over the road.


At 7:43 a.m. on Wednesday, deputies were called to Harvey Morgan Lane near Lander for a report of a man who tried to get into a shop at the caller’s residence. She said the man was there at about 1 a.m. She said the door was locked and the man moved on.

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a report of elder abuse in the Lander area.

At 4:47 p.m., deputies were called to the 1800 block of Center Street in Riverton for a report of a rear license plate taken off a car over the night.

At 3:30 a.m. deputies were called to Snowberry Lane near Riverton for a report of an unknown person walking around in the area who knocked on her door and scared her.


Lander Police Department


Lyle Haukaas, 34, Hudson, two Fremont County Warrants. Lander Police Lt. Chuck Carr said Haukaas was stopped for a headlight violation at 1:03 a.m. on Thursday on Jefferson Street.


At 10:46 a.m. on Wednesday, police were called to the 100 block of North Ninth Street for a report of a person waving a big bag of marijuana around. Carr said police located the individual, found no narcotics and the man was not under the influence.

At 1:05 p.m., police were called to the intersection of Caring Way and East Main Street for a report of a red passenger car with Colorado licence plates that had a passenger who was blindfolded. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

At 4:07 p.m., police took a report of a boy at Baldwin Creek Elementary School who allegedly stole an iPod and ran away. Carr said the boy denied taking the iPod. This morning the iPod had been returned.

At 7:36 a.m. on Thursday, police were called to a home on Jefferson Street for a report of a women’s bicycle that was stolen and replaced with an older bike.


Riverton Police Department


Brandon Gould, 20, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol (.15 percent BAC)

Jacob Bolte, 25, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant

Henry Alberts, 31, Arapahoe, Larceny, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and on a Contempt of  Court and Failure to Appear warrants.


The RPD responded to 39 calls in the last 24-hour period. Of those calls, five intoxicated individuals were transported to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center.

A student at the Riverton Middle School reported the theft of a set of “Beats” model ear buds valued at $100. Upon investigation, a 13-year-old boy was cited for the theft.

A problem with a 15-year-old girl resulted in two separate calls to police on Wednesday. The first was at 3:52 p.m. in the 800 block of North Federal when the girl apparently jumped out of her Mother’s vehicle and took off running. The second incident involving the same suspect was reported at 4:51 p.m. when the girl’s step-father reported that she had broken out a back window of his house.  Police took both reports. The girl was still at large Thursday morning.

Police didn’t have too go far to go to issue a citation Wednesday as a parent showed up in the RPD lobby with their 16-year-old daughter in tow and asked that she be tested for drug use.  Using a portable drug test kit, it was determined the girl had used marijuana, and she was cited and released to the custody of the parent.

Captain Eric Murphy reported Thursday that an internal investigation has been launched to determine exactly what happened when a police vehicle slid off of Highway 789 last week and impacted a delineator post while en route to the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander with a prisoner. Murphy released information on the case earlier this week that he said today was in error. He said the RPD internal review of the incident would include viewing the interior video of the vehicle and obtaining a report from the Wyoming Highway Patrol to make a final determination of exactly what happened and if any department policies were violated.