Police Blotter: Arrests; McKinney fire started by wood stove pipe; Unlocked & running car stolen in Riverton; School bus in minor crash

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

Fremont County Fire Protection District

Fire investigator Donny Reed of Lander has reported that a fire that consumed the Tim McKinney residence on the South Rawlins highway over the weekend was caused by an exhaust pipe from a wood pellet stove. Reed said the fire began on the outside of the home where the exhaust pipe, or metal chimney, met the wall of the home. He said the exhaust pipe came from an older pellet stove in the lower level of the house. Reed said winds blowing from 35 to 50 mph hampered the firefighting effort. He also said McKinney suffered burns to the left side of his face, to his left arm and right hand as he opened a door to investigate and the wind blew fire into his body.  The home was a total loss.


Riverton Police Department


Brian Goich, 19, Riverton, Probation Violation.

James Baker, 21, Riverton, Probation Violation.

Jacob Arima, 30, Riverton, Probation Violation.

Henry Tillman, 52, Riverton, Shoplifting and Trespassing. Tillman was arrested at Walmart after trying to leave the store with a $185 in overalls and a $23 sports watch.


A reported sexual assault is under investigation by the RPD. The incident was reported at 9:21 a.m. on Tuesday in the Riverton area.

An ongoing citizen dispute between Rocky Mountain Power and a homeowner on Cheryl Sue Street involved the RPD Tuesday. The power company was attempting to trim a tree in the yard, but the homeowner was resisting due to a tree-house located in the tree. Police returned to the site Wednesday morning with power company officials to view the tree and the complaint.

A 17-year-old student at Riverton High School was cited for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, by the school resource officer on Tuesday at 12:53 p.m.

At 2:46 p.m., the RPD and an ambulance were summoned for a female student who apparently fell while participating in an activity and was knocked unconscious. The student was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital for observation.

A pair of 16-year-olds who used to be boyfriend and girlfriend got into a tussle Tuesday shortly after 6 p.m. According to a police report, the former girlfriend showed up at her former boyfriends home with two other boys, one 19 and the other 16 and allegedly threatened the ex boyfriend. Police contacted both parties and suggested a more mature way to express their differences.

The BIA Wind River Police requested the RPDs assistance in contacting a 20-year-old Riverton man and asking him to stop texting a juvenile female and her mother who reside on the Wind River Reservation. The man agreed to stop the harassing behavior.

Riverton Police again remind residents not to leave their vehicles unlocked, especially when the keys are in the ignition and motor is running. A Riverton woman who was a patron at the Boot Bar at 10:06 said she left the establishment to start and warm up her car, then went back inside. When she returned, her car was missing. Police identified a suspect and later located the vehicle, unharmed with nothing missing, in the area of North Sixth East and Lincoln. Police are reviewing video to confirm the identity of the thief.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Teesha LeClair, 20, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Stephanie Muller, 49, Lander, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Peter Radash, 54, Riverton, Probation Violation.

Christopher Webb, 22, Riverton, Probation Revocation.


Capt. Ryan Lee issued this statement about a wreck yesterday: “A School District 25 School bus was involved in a minor traffic collision Tuesday afternoon (4:30 p.m.) on Young Road.

“The bus was travelling east on Young Road and had approached the 90 degree sharp turn to the north. At the same time, a Ford SUV vehicle had also approached the same 90 degree turn from the opposite direction.

“The school bus driver turned too sharp into the corner, the side of the bus struck the Ford SUV. Both vehicles were travelling very slowly when the collision occurred. There was little to no damage to the bus; and what was described as minimal damage to the Ford SUV. Six children were on board during the incident. There were no injuries reported.”

Leed did not have any additional information regarding drivers’s names or if citations were issued. More information might be available later Wednesday afternoon.

At 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies and Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to a minor one vehicle rollover on Highway 789 in Shoshoni. A Ford F150 reportedly slid off the road and landed on its top. The lone male driver was reportedly uninjured.

Deputies were called at 10:42 a.m. for a report from a man on Dutch Ed Lane near Lander regarding numerous phone calls from someone trying to get his bank account number.

At 3:56 p.m., a woman in Hudson reported that a roughly 5-year-old child walked into her business. She said the boy was wearing pajamas and a jacket.

At 3:56 a.m. on Wednesday, deputies were called about an assault on the 8800 block of Highway 789 near Lander. Lee said the suspect fled and a warrant is pending.


Lander Police Department


Rueben Afraidofhistracks, 32, Fort Washakie, Natrona County Warrant.

Christopher Webb, 22, Riverton, LPD Warrant.

Teesha Leclair, 20, Riverton, two LPD Warrants.


The Lander Police Department in conjunction with the Fremont County Coroner’s Office is investigating bones found in a residence on the 400 block of Amoretti Street. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said officers were called at 2:56 p.m. on Sunday about some bones that were found. Carey said a number of large bones were recovered from an old, no-longer-used coal chute. The investigation into the species that bones were from is continuing, but Carey said he believes they are likely from a larger animal, such as a cow or a horse. The bones, he said, appeared to be very old.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, police were called to the Wyoming Life Resource Center’s autoshop for a missing tool. Carey said the facility decided to handle to the possible theft internally.

At 12:43 p.m., police investigated a two vehicle wreck at the intersection of North Fifth and Lincoln streets. One vehicle allegedly collided with another when it turned right. The driver did not notice another vehicle next to the vehicle when it turned. There were no citations, however, damage to each vehicle totalled more than $1,000.

At 2:01 p.m., police were called to the Lander Valley High School boys’ locker room for a report of $200 stolen from a pants pocket. The theft is under investigation.