Police Blotter: Arrests; Man found dead; Woman slashed with knife in Riverton; County Attorney sealed Lander Felony Arrest case

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

Fremont County Coroner

The Fremont County Coroner’s office reported today that the death of a 29-year-old paraplegic man who was found dead in his bed at a residence in the 500 block of East Madison Monday morning has been taken to Loveland, Colo. for autopsy. Coroner Ed McAuslan said there is nothing suspicious about the death. A Riverton Police Department report indicated the man, identified as David O. Hursh, had been shot and paralyzed in Washington State some three years ago. It is unknown if his death is due to complications from the incident, but owing to his age, an autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of his death.

The Coroner also reported the preliminary cause of death last week of 40-year-old Vance R. Reed, who was found slumped over in his vehicle along Smith Road, as a heart attack. McAuslan said he would await toxicology results before making a final determination.


Riverton Police Department


Francisco Harlan, 25, Powell, on two counts of Aggravated Assault (see details below)

Darwin Shakespeare, 23, St. Stephens, on a Failure to Appear warrant.


Riverton Police Captain Eric Murphy said a woman received non-life threatening injuries Monday afternoon when she was slashed with a three-inch long blade from a knife allegedly wielded by a Powell man. According to the RPD, Francisco Harlan was highly intoxicated with a blood alcohol percentage at .50. While sitting in a van with a number of transients currently living in Riverton, the man allegedly “went crazy” and started flashing the knife around, according to an RPD report, and slashed a 33-year-old woman in the thumb and palm. The woman was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital for stitches and Harlan was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault and taken to jail. The RPD, Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputies and Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers all responded to the scene, which was in a parking lot in the 600 block of North Federal at 3:55 p.m. None of the occupants of the van knew the suspect as they had just picked him up from the side of the road earlier in the day.

Six individuals were transported to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center on Monday. One intoxicated individual was taken by Fremont County EMS to Riverton Memorial Hospital.

A woman in the 1000 block of East Fremont reported that someone had entered her home and had taken her television set. Additional details were not available as the police report had  not yet been completed. The theft was reported at 3:26 p.m. Monday afternoon.


Lander Police Department


Rodney Lindwurm, 44, arrested on a Fremont County warrant. Lindwurm’s BAC level was measured at .18 percent


The LPD only had 12 calls from Midnight Sunday through 8 a.m. on Tuesday. One of those calls was for a three vehicle crash in the 500 block of Main Street Tuesday morning at 7:43 p.m. According to Chief Jim Carey, a passenger in one of the vehicles, a 12-year-old boy, was taken to Lander Regional Hospital after he complained of neck pain. The three passenger vehicles involved were at 2002 Toyota Camry, a 2001 Chevrolet, and a 2008 Dodge. Road conditions were considered a factor in the crash, Carey said. There were no citations issued.

Carey said he expected to have a comment on a recent alcohol compliance check conducted at various Lander business available by Wednesday. The details of the compliance check are being withheld temporarily due to procedural issues, which may result of a change of disposition in some of the initial charges.

Carey also said he can not comment any further on the felony arrest that occurred in the parking lot of the State Farm Insurance Agency on the curve on West Main last Friday, “because the county attorney has sealed the file on the case.” Lander officers had drawn their service revolvers in the course of the traffic stop and arrest of a male suspect there. When contacted by County10.com today, County Attorney Michael Bennett said, “due to the nature of the crimes and pursuant to state statutes, the case files can only be sealed in Circuit Court proceedings. Once the case is moved to District Court the case will be unsealed.”


Fremont County Sheriff


No arrests reported.

The Fremont County Detention Center currently has 180 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 166 are being held in the Fremont County Detention Center, 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.


A resident on Sacajawea Avenue in the Blue Bird Hills Subdivision reported that after an “inspector” had visited the residence doing a home inspection, the man’s tri-fold wallet was found to be missing.

A St. Stephen’s area resident complained to deputies at 6:25 p.m. Monday that a neighbors dog keeps getting into his sheep.

Deputies are investigating an alleged case of custodial interference in the Dubois area involving children who were taken out of state.

Deputies were called to the 4200 block of Riverview Road where a deer had been struck by a vehicle and had been injured.