Police Blotter: Arrests; Domestic Violence incident in Riverton; Shoshoni student caught shoplifting

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

Riverton Police Department


Mona Blackburn, 52, St. Stephens, on a Failure to Appear warrant

Bryan Brown, 39, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant

Aloysius Piper, 45, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication


An incident of Domestic Violence was reported to police at 1:58 p.m. Wednesday at the College Hill Apartments. Captain C. T. Smith said a suspect has been identified in the case after a “man freaked out and destroyed a lot of things” inside the apartment, according to a report. The case is being followed up by police and the RPD’s Victim Assistance Program.

A guest at a Riverton hotel reported that someone had taken a license plate from their vehicle while it was parked overnight. The missing license plate is from Colorado. Police received report of the theft at 11:32 Wednesday morning.

Police were called to Riverton Memorial Hospital on a child welfare investigation Wednesday  at 12:35 p.m. Two children in the care of a woman who arrived at the hospital were turned over by the woman to Eastern Shoshone Family Services personnel.

A 57-year-old Arapahoe woman was issued a citation for shoplifting at the Walmart store after she was caught leaving the business without paying for $19 worth of joint supplements.

A minor fender bender was reported in the parking lot at Riverton High School Wednesday afternoon at 4:13 p.m. The driver found some minor damage and a note from the offending driver. A police report was made.


Fremont County Sheriff


Leon Carter, 56, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI) and Open Container

Steven King, 29, Riverton, Interference with Police and on a warrant from Washakie County

Lavena Laster, 49, Shoshoni, DWUI

Jenae Mandan, 18, Arapahoe, on a Failure to Appear warrant


Deputies took a report from a man who reloads ammunition as a hobby for friends. He called after an individual had placed an unusually large order and thought it should be reported.

A shoplifting incident was reported at the Fast Lane in Shoshoni after a Shoshoni school student was caught trying to leave the store without paying for merchandise during the lunch hour Wednesday.

A resident on Sunflower Drive near Lander reported that a large black dog had chased down and killed a deer, and the the dog had also chased the reporting party. The dog then ran off. The incident was reported at 1:49 p.m.

A man selling a vehicle contacted the FCSO Wednesday after the purchaser took the vehicle but has not yet paid for it.

Riverton Police assisted FCSO Deputies locating a subject who had fled from a traffic stop.


Lander Police Report


Ross Smith, 56, Lander, cited for Shoplifting. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said Smith was cited after allegedly trying to steal three 20-ounce Diet Cokes from the Loaf N Jug at 12:18 a.m. on Wednesday.

Nathan Surrell, 27, Fort Washakie, Driving Under the Influence. Carey said Surrell was pulled over on the 200 block of Main Street at 2:37 a.m. on Thursday. Carey said Surrell attempted to flee from officers when he was being placed under arrest. During the struggle he and an officer fell to the ground, causing a minor abrasion to Surrell’s forehead, he said. The inmate was evaluated at Lander Regional Hospital.


Carey said his office received a number of calls on Tuesday about a man knocking on doors and occasionally opening doors and hollering inside. Carey said upon an immediate investigation it was determined that the man was looking local athlete alumni for a project. Carey said there was nothing suspicious about the man’s intentions. Calls were made to police in the Goodrich and Fremont areas in the early afternoon.

At 12:39 p.m. on Tuesday, police were called by a man on Wood Street who reported a man with an accent called him and said he won $750,000 and a Cadillac from Publisher’s Clearing House. The local man didn’t believe the caller when he was asked to send a Walmart gift card for $999.99 in order to receive his winnings.

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, police took a report of a roll of blue carpet stolen from behind a local business. The carpet was blue and wrapped in plastic. Carey said it was valued at $400, and officers are gathering suspect information.

At 8:44 a.m. on Wednesday, police were called about 13 or 14 elk antlers stolen from property on the 800 block of Lincoln Street. The caller said they were taken some time in the last week. Carey said there were no suspects at this time.