Police Blotter: Arrests; Child abuse arrest in Riverton; Lander man arrested after altercation along the Popo Agie

(Riverton police collected 57 pounds of unused or out-of-date prescription or other medications Saturday during an annual “Take Back Drug Day” at the RPD headquarters. Captain Eric Murphy said the amount of drugs collected in Riverton was the most collected during the event throughout the entire state by participating law enforcement agencies (See photo above). The collection filled four very large plastic bags.)

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

Fremont County Coroner

The Fremont County Coroner’s office released the Verdict and Case Docket on two recent unexplained deaths, and both were ruled as being natural.

Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen said the March 14th death of 59-year-old Carolyn Carver was due to Actue Bacterial Meningitis. Stratmoen said the bacterial infection “is not the viral, or contagious kind of meningitis” and he said the public should not be alarmed.

The death of 30-year-old Camille Goodman was caused by “complications of chronic ETOH abuse,” or alcoholism. The Verdict also indicated that the relevant toxicology indicated Goodman was “positive for cannabinoids,” or marijuana.

Both cases have been closed by the coroner’s office.

Riverton Police Department


Malcolm Whiteplume, 22, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace.

Frantasia Maldonado, 24, Riverton, two Contempt of Court Warrants.

William Carpenter, 34, Ethete, Contempt of Court Warrant.

Jeffrey Butters, 24, Riverton, Courtesy Hold.

Shaun Bullington, 48, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence.

Ronald Benally, 41, Riverton, Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance. At 7:43 a.m. Saturday, police were called to the 600 block of Adams on the report of an individual being belligerent and threatening others with a pair of brass knuckles. The man had left the address, but police found him a short time later. The man was found to have a marijuana pipe in his possession, along with the brass knuckles. He was also the subject of an earlier call to police from another individual who said he had been threatened by Benally.

William Topaum, 35, Ethete, Public Intoxication.

Robin Blind, 32, Riverton, Public Intoxication.

Jason Oldman, 37, Riverton, Possession of a Controlled Substance. Police were called at 1:02 p.m. on Saturday when a man driving a red convertible pulled into the drive-up lane at Taco Johns on West Main and appeared to be impaired, talking with slurred speech. Police followed the man as he drove away and then executed a traffic stop. Officers discovered that Oldman had an outstanding arrest warrant. They also discovered he had in his possession a number of prescription medications, including 11 Gabapentin, 37 Diazepam (Valium), 13 Oxycodone and one Codine tablets.

Michael Holbert, 19 Riverton, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Use of a Controlled Substance. Holbert’s truck was stopped by officers while conducting an investigation and discovered the teen had in his possession a small blue and silver ink pen barrel with a socket attached to it that contained marijuana, and a medication bottle with three holes in it, also containing marijuana. His two passengers were released into the custody of their parents and Holbert was arrested. Other charges may be forthcoming.

Rupert Brown, 35, Arapahoe, two Failure to Appear Warrants and a Contempt of Court Warrant.

Laterra Behan, 22, Riverton, two Failure to Appear Warrants.

Patrick SunRhodes, 32, Arapahoe, Child Abuse. Riverton Police said they were summoned to the 300 block of Sycamore at 3:21 a.m. on Saturday on the report of a fight. When officers arrived, they found a 15-year-old boy from St. Stephens in a corner with a swollen face, a cut on the bridge of his nose and a bloody nose. Of the other people in the residence, no one claimed to have heard anything or knew how the boy had been injured. Upon investigation, SunRhodes was arrested for child abuse after officers found blood splatters on his clothes and blood on his hand. The man claimed he had suffered a bloody nose earlier, but there was no evidence to support that claim. And the youth said SunRhodes had struck him.  The youth was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital by ambulance since his nose had not stopped bleeding. One other youth in the residence, a 16-year-old boy, was also transported to RMH with a high BAC level.

Clowry Means, 46, Arapahoe, Assault on a Police Office and Interference. At 10 p.m. Sunday night, police were called to the South Federal Maverik Store where a man was refusing to leave the business. Upon arrival, officers found Means had knocked over an outside display of windshield washer fluid, and he appeared to be asleep with his head resting on some of the bottles. There was also evidence that he had been sick and had thrown up. Officers attempted to wake the man and get him to his feet, but he spit into one of the officers face, with the spittle hitting the officer in one of his eyes. The officer went to Riverton Memorial Hospital for a baseline blood draw and Means was taken into custody.


A 31-year-old female was cited for possession of marijuana after police received a complaint of a marijuana smoke smell coming from her apartment at 3:42 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of East Monroe. Police arriving at the door also noticed the odor and the woman originally denied smoking the grass. However, she later admitted that she had been smoking the weed and she showed the officers a blue dice pipe on her nightstand that contained .09 grams of marijuana.

A theft of a number of vehicle parts was reported from a business at 4:27 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Energy Lane. Missing were battery cores, starter cores and heater cores from Bob’s Trucking valued at $500. Police are following one lead in the case.

Police received a report of a child at the Emergency Room of Riverton Memorial Hospital at 6 p.m. Friday who had been bitten by a dog. According to a police report, the child actually suffered the bit on the previous day, while she was playing with a friend. The friend’s family dog had bitten her on the side. Originally the mother of the victim thought the wound was not serious, but the next day became alarmed when it looked worse. The mother did not want charges filed against the neighbor, who produced papers from his veterinary clinic showing the dog was current with vaccinations.

Police were called at 6:37 Friday from the KFC Restaurant after a man had taken food from the buffet and left the store. By the time police arrived, the suspect had returned to the store and paid for the food.

An animal problem brought police to the 100 block of East Monroe at 8:30 p.m. Saturday where a woman could not find her cat and was convinced it was in a neighbors house. A short time later, the cat was located in the reporting party’s house. It had not been lost after all.

A report of a small child with a gun brought police to the 1500 block of Dorrie Street at 12:34 Sunday afternoon. Police found a child playing with a BB gun.\


Lander Police Department


Lonestar Addison, 34, Arapahoe, LPD Warrant.

Jeffrey Cleveland, 46, Lander, Resisting and Disobeying a Lawful Order. LPD Chief Jim Carey said officers were called to the Fremont County Detention Center at 9:41 p.m. on Friday for a report of a man who turned himself in but didn’t have any warrants. He left headed toward the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River before LPD arrived. Carey said Detention Center staff thought the man might be on drugs. An officer located the man in some trees by the river because he was allegedly yelling and apparently talking to himself and someone else, Carey said. The man, later identified as Cleveland, was holding something dark in one hand and the officer demanded that he drop it, which he did. It turned out to be a wallet. Carey said Cleveland then lifted his shirt and pulled down his pants to show the officer that he had no weapons. Carey said the man stopped responding to officers requests to stop pacing. He at one point threw he shirt into the river and spoke about a dead woman who was put in the river. (Carey later said there is nothing to substantiate the claim of a dead woman.) Carey said the man refused to put his hands behind his back and at one point pushed a deputy. Eventually, a Taser was deployed and he was successfully placed into custody. It is unknown if Cleveland was on any drugs at the time, Carey said. Charges of assaulting an officer might be pending.

Wiona Smart, 19, cited for Shoplifting. Police were called to Mr. D’s at 6:32 p.m. Saturday, for a report of two women who shoplifted from the store. Police located them later, and Smart admitted to taking hair spray and Mucinex, valued at $25.29. The other woman was not cited. Carey said they both were trespassed from the store.

Crystal Moss, 24, of Ethete, Larceny. Kimberly Moss, 21, Riverton, Larceny. Carey said the responding officer kept the two from leaving after they had attempted to steal $557.57 worth of items from Safeway. Both also had failure to appear warrants and were arrested. Carey said there is a possibility the pair is connected with shoplifting reports from last week.

Aloysius Piper, 45, Fort Washakie, two LPD Warrants.


At 1:43 p.m. on Friday, police were called to Northside Drive for a report of a stolen BMX style bike. Police later located the bike on the 200 block of Market Street.

At 3:31 p.m., police were called to Domino’s for a report of a man acting strange in the store. He allegedly threatened to kill someone and demanded pizza that he refused to pay for. Police located the man later who was saying things that didn’t make sense, Carey said. The man was warned about making threats,and he was trespassed from Domino’s.

At 6:39 a.m. on Saturday, police were called by a woman who reported her purse stolen from her vehicle some time the night before on the 200 block of Washakie Street. She said she left a window rolled down and the purse was inside. After officers began searching the area for signs of the purse, Carey said one of the woman’s friends called and said they took it so that it would not be stolen.

A woman on Sweetwater Street was contacted by two separate scam phone calls on Saturday afternoon. Carey said she did not fall for either of them.

At 5:12 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to Safeway for a report of a man who left without paying for some produce. The police were unable to locate the suspect.

At 6:01 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to the Lander Golf Course for a report of two golf bags, with clubs, stolen from a golf cart near the club house. The clubs were valued at about $2,200 total. Course employees found the bags with the clubs complete and undamaged the next morning.

Police were called to the Best Western Inn for a report of six or seven people in their early 20s trespassing in the motel’s pool. The subjects fled when confronted, leaving behind clothing and jewelry. Carey said the items left behind are at LPD’s station.

At 9:24 p.m. on Sunday, police were called to Mr. D’s for a report of two baggies containing a white substance found in the store. An employee sweeping found the baggies. Carey said both tested positive for methamphetamine. Combined there was about .9 grams confiscated. There are no suspects at this time.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Johan Elisson, 39, Dubois, Sweetwater County Warrant.

Dean Hildebrant, 28, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence and Speeding.

Hillary Martel, 34, Lander, Interference with a Police Officer.

Joseph Martel, 58, Lander, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Leland Rohn, 28, Lander, Probation Revocation Warrant.


At 9:18 a.m. on Friday, deputies were called to Country Garden Lane in Lander for a report of a fence and pipes hit by a vehicle several weeks ago. The caller siad it happened when the first large snow storm came, and she just noticed it.

A woman on Bald Mountain Road in Dubois reported on Friday afternoon a man and woman taking pictures of her house and property. She said she warned them to get off her property, but they did not leave.

At 4:43 p.m., firefighters were called for a structure fire on Pingetzer Road between Riverton and Shoshoni. Fremont County Fire Protection District Chief Craig Haslam said a silo with hay, tires and other items burned. The cause is still under investigation. There were no injuries in the fight. Haslam said Battalions from Riverton, Missouri Valley, North Portal and Shoshoni battled the blaze until about 8 p.m. that evening.

At 7:07 p.m. on Friday, deputies and EMS were called to a private property on the 7300 block of Riverview Road near Riverton for a report of a man who rolled his ATV.

Around 9:45 p.m. on Friday, deputies were called to two separate reports of underage drinking parties, one at Morton Lake and the other on Twin Creek Road near Lander. Capt. Ryan Lee said none of the teens contacted were drinking or causing a disturbance.

At 9:17 a.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to Burma Road for a report of gravel on the road that could cause broken windshields.

At 10:33 a.m., a subject at the Ethete transfer station reported that a man in a red Dodge Ram  dropped off some trash, but only gave a small amount of money and “was very rude.”

At 12:33 p.m. on Saturday, a man in Kinnear reported a man acting suspicious. He said the man came to his doors with DVDs and music and a pamphlet.

At 4:55 p.m., deputies took a call of someone camped in a tent on private property off of the 2200 block of Riverview Road near Riverton.

At 6:41 p.m., deputies took a report of two injured individuals who came to Riverton Memorial Hospital, stating they had wrecked their vehicle. Lee said the injuries were non-life threatening and the wreck is under investigation.

Lander Rural Fire Department was called at 2:39 p.m. on Sunday for a report of a possible structure fire in the South Pass Area. Lander Rural’s Chris Johnson said it turned out to be forest fire on about 1.5 acres of private land. The fight lasted about six hours. Rural was assisted by crews from Atlantic City, Hudson and Battalion 1 in Riverton. He said the cause is under investigation. There were no injuries.

At 2:59 p.m. on Sunday, deputies were called to a physical family fight on Dogwood Lane near Riverton. The fight is under investigation.