Police Blotter: Arrests; Three new RPD officers graduate today; Lander woman on dating site called police for advice

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

Riverton Police Department

Riverton Police Chief  Mike Broadhead is in Douglas today to attend the graduation of three new RPD officers from the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy.  Completing their training there are officers Amy Luton, Jacob Nation and Stephen Sullivan.


Craig Posselli, 44, St. Stephens, Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI)

Paul Johnson, 39, St. Stephens, DUI, Hit and Run

Daniel Whitebird, 29, Riverton, Public Intoxication, Probation Violation

Ronald Brown, 46, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Thomas Ybarra, 59, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Kyle Schiefer, 24, Riverton, Assault on a family member, Assault, Destruction of Property, Criminal Entry, Interference with Emergency Call, Violation of a Protection Order. A police report said officers were called to the 700 block of Spencer where an assault had been reported. A woman at the address had a protection order against Schiefer, who showed up at her residence while she was watching television with another male friend. Schiefer reportedly assaulted a family member at the residence and the guest and destroyed a telephone being used to call police.


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

Name Withheld, 46, Riverton, Possession of a Controlled Substance, marijuana. A police report said the man was stopped on a traffic violation and when approaching the vehicle, the officer noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When the man got out of the vehicle, he allegedly tried to grind the remnants of a joint into the ground, but the officer noticed.


Riverton Police are investigating a report of a sex offense, that was reported at 8:30 Thursday morning in the Riverton area.

Emergency agencies responded to a potential problem with a Great Lakes Airlines flight coming into Riverton Regional Airport at 12:38 Thursday afternoon. The pilot had reported a possible landing gear problem. The Airport Police and Fire Department stood by while the aircraft safely landed without incident.

 A person reported that someone had taken a wallet out of their vehicle. Police were called at 2:36 p.m.

 Injury Prevention Resources called to police to report that one of their alcohol monitoring devices on a client had been damaged.

Several young people having an argument resulted in police responding to the 500 block of North First at 3:41 p.m. The School Resource Officer who responded to the scene suggested the students work out their problem with a school counselor and moved them along.

Two vehicle crashes were reported in Riverton on Thursday. Both were property damage crashes with no injuries. The first was reported at 4:45 p.m. at Fairview and East Main. The vehicles involved were a 2001 Dodge Ram and a red Dodge Dakota.

Police were called at 5:16 p.m. when a reporting party reported two small children running down the street in the 400 block of North 12th East.

The report of an animal problem in the alley behind the 300 block of East Main was unfounded. A dog was reported to be inside a vehicle there. Police said all the windows of the vehicle were rolled down and that the dog was fine.

Three individuals were transported by police to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center in Riverton, two others with high BAC levels were transported by ambulance to Riverton Memorial  Hospital.

The RPD also recorded its 3,000th call for service just after midnight today. The call was for a disturbance at the Alcohol Crisis Center.

Lander Police Department


None in the past 24 hours


Police were called to a business on the north side of the 300 block of West Main Street in downtown Thursday morning on the report of an unauthorized entry into the building. Apparently a book case had been knocked over, but nothing was reported stolen.

A theft of door keys from a business in West Lander was reported Thursday at 1:40 p.m. Apparently an employee had been released and left without turning in her keys. The former employer, however, returned a short time later and returned the keys.

Two vehicle crashes were reported in Lander on Thursday. The first was at 2:24 p.m. between a 2002 Silver Kia and a 2011 GMC. Damage was pegged at over $1,000, but a followup report had not been filed by Friday morning. The second crash occurred just 12 minutes later at the intersection of Second and Main when a gray 1997 Toyota  SUV driven by Ashia Schimmel, 24, of Lander ran a red light and impacted a 2005 Ford that was turning with a green arrow from Main onto Second. Schimmel was cited by police for Failure to Stop at a Red Signal Light. Damage was estimated at a combined $1,000 plus.

Police were called for advice by a woman who reported that she had signed up for an on-line dating service and that a respondent to her posting wanted to come to Lander to visit her. She told police she changed her mind and was uncomfortable with someone coming here. The man’s telephone number was blocked from her telephone and she was asked to contact police if the man continued to try to reach her.

Police received a noise complaint at 3:08 Friday morning from the Downtown Motel in the 500 block of West Main. Officers arrived to find a subject parked in the motel’s lot with a door open and music blasting from the vehicle’s sound system. A motel door was also found to be open. Officers suggested that the music be turned off due to the time of day. The subject followed the officer’s advice.

Lt. Chuck Carr also reported a theft of vehicle parts that was called in early Friday morning. Apparently the tailgate of a white 2000 model Chevrolet pickup had been removed at some point from the vehicle, owned by the U.S. Government and in use by the  U.S. Forest Service. The exact date of the theft was unknown.  The missing tailgate was valued at $500. Carr said any one with information is asked to call the LPD.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Department

Thursday’s FCSO arrests and call information was not available due to most county employees having the day off for Good Friday. The Thursday and Friday Sheriff’s Report will be available again on Monday, April 1st.