Police Blotter: Arrests; Man leads deputies on chase in Riverton; City Park bandshell defaced

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Department


Thomas L Keele, 46, Riverton, Fleeing/Attempting to Elude and Reckless Driving. Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee said this about the arrest in a news release: “Deputies arrested 46 year old Thomas Keele Sr. of Riverton Wednesday morning after he was observed driving in a reckless and dangerous manner through a car lot on North Federal Boulevard, and then leading Deputies in a vehicle pursuit.

“A Deputy Sheriff observed Keele driving at a high rate of speed and weaving through a car lot at Federal and Spencer Street. The Deputy attempted to stop Keele, but Keele accelerated his vehicle and began to elude the Deputy Sheriff southbound on Federal Boulevard. Keele continued to evade, turned west on Pershing and was traveling at a high rate of speed with the Deputy Sheriff a considerable distance behind him. Another Deputy intercepted Keele at the intersection of Pershing and North 8th West Street; Keele eventually stopped at North 8th West and Lombardi Circle. Keele then fled the area on foot; he was apprehended on North Point Circle after he was found hiding behind a parked vehicle.

“There were no injuries or property damage as a result of Keele’s reckless behavior,” the news release stated. Lee said Keele has been charged with Reckless Driving and Eluding a Police Officer. Keele was driving a 1997 Chevrolet van, he was the sole occupant. “Keele did not elaborate as to why he was driving recklessly. We do not suspect alcohol but are not eliminating the possibility there may have been some type of drug impairment. Further charges may be pending,” Lee said in the release.

Nancy Smith, 66, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence and Duty to Stop Property Damage. At 6:52 p.m., deputies and the Wyoming Highway Patrol were called about a blue suburban that slid off the road and rolled on Highway 789 near Shoshoni. Smith’s arrest followed.

“Deputies did arrest one person on an outstanding Fremont County arrest warrant concerning a case investigated by our agency,” Lee said. “The person’s identity and charges are withheld pursuant to WSS 6-2-319, (withholding of information regarding persons charged with sexual assault crimes prior to their district court appearance).”


At 10:41 a.m., deputies were called to Wells Fargo Bank about a woman who said on the phone that she was coming to the bank. The caller said the woman has caused problems in the past and was not a customer. The caller said the woman was told  authorities would be called if she showed up.

At 1:32 p.m., deputies were called to the 1600 block of Apodaca Street in Riverton for a report of people from Vista Gas going door to door selling a product. The caller said she thought they were trying to scam people.


Riverton Police Department


Ben Brown, 34, Riverton, Public Intoxication.

Carol Friday, 51, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace.

Sandra LittleWhiteMan, 52, St. Stephen’s, Failure to Appear Warrant.


Officers were called to the Old Wyoming Motel in the 400 block of North Federal Monday at at 12:33 p.m. where a housekeeper had found a home-made bong in one of the rooms. Upon investigating, officers then discovered a baggie of a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana. After contacting one of the occupants of the room, who denied any knowledge of the drug or paraphernalia, police could not determine who the items belonged to, and they destroyed the evidence.

A green Coleman Cooler was taken from the back of a truck in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue Monday. The cooler was valued at $150. There are no suspects.

City maintenance personnel discovered the inside of the City Park bandshell had been defaced with red paint graffiti. Initial efforts to clean off the paint were not successful.

A t-bone crash at the intersection of North Eighth West and West Sunset was reported at 6:49 a.m. Wednesday morning. The investigating officer said two juvenile females were taken for observation at Riverton Memorial Hospital, and then released. The 74-year-old male driver of a GMC Sierra pickup who failed to stop at the intersection was cited for Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign.

Police were called to the alley behind the 200 block of East Jackson where a city garbage truck lost traction and slid into a mobile home. There were no injuries and no damage estimate was provided.

Responding to the report of a family fight at 8:42 p.m. at the College Hill Apartments, Police ended up citing a 43-year-old man for one count of possession of marijuana and one county of possession of drug paraphernalia.


Lander Police Department


Bryan St. Clair Jr., 18, Ethete, cited for shoplifting. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said police were called to Mr. D’s at 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday for a report of a male subject who staff saw conceal two boxes of cold medicine.


At 1:43 p.m., police were called about a suspicious vehicle on the 100 block of Capitol Street. Carey said police were unable to locate the vehicle, and he does not know what was suspicious about it.

A bicycle theft on the 300 block of Washington Street was reported at 3:33 p.m. Carey said the theft is under investigation.

Police were called about a report of a threat on Pushroot Court at 8:19 p.m. Carey said the call was in reference to an ongoing dispute, and there were no arrests or citation.