Police Blotter: Arrests; Employee caught stealing from Walmart; Power pole cat finally rescued; Man investigated for making his step-kids get high on pot

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

Lander Police Department


Heide Bush, 37, Lander, cited for Larceny. LPD Chief Jim Carey said officers were called to the Maverik gas station for a report of a gas drive-off. Bush allegedly did not pay for $50.03 worth of fuel. Carey said the woman was an employee of the store and denied to officers that she was seen on video surveillance as being the suspect.

Joshua Persel-Deavor, 22, Lander, Probation Revocation. The arrest was made at 10:04 a.m. on the 900 block of Amoretti Street.

Lynn Brown Jr., 18, Lander, LPD Warrant, No Valid Driver’s License, No Seat Belt, and No Child Restraint. The arrest followed a traffic stop in the Mr. D’s parking lot due to a missing front license plate and damaged windshield.

Kevin Hebah, 31, Fort Washakie, LPD Warrant. Hebah’s arrest followed a couple calls to the Lander Bar where an employee was attempting to prevent Hebah from driving while intoxicated. While officers attempted find Hebah arrived, it was learned that he had a warrant.


At 11:33 a.m. on Thursday, police received a report of a man punching a woman in a red pickup truck in the parking lot of the police station. Carey said officers were on scene quickly and there was no one around.

At 11:44 a.m., police were called to the intersection of Main and Buena Vista for a wreck involving a city lawnmower and a passenger car. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office handled the call.

At 2:01 p.m., police took a report of two tires slashed on a vehicle in the 300 block of Market Street. Carey said police do have suspect information.

At 3:17 p.m., officer were called about possible mail tampering on the 500 block of Smith Street.

Police were called a couple times to the Downtown Motel for a report of a missing food stamp card and for a possible overdose.

At 5:12 a.m. on Friday, police were called to the 300 block of South First Street by a person who said they possibly heard a woman being beaten in the area. Carey said officers stayed in the area for some time but heard no disturbances.

Around 9 a.m. on Friday, police were called to investigate a possible suicide on the 700 block of Victory Lane. Carey confirmed there was a deceased man. While nothing immediately seems suspicious, officers continue to investigate.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Nathan Mortensen, 33, Riverton, Probation Violation Warrant.


At 12:56 p.m. on Thursday, a woman in Shoshoni said she wanted to speak with a deputy in reference to her son taking a flashlight from the Fast Lane and who was now wanting to return it.

At 4:52 p.m., deputies were called about a white Ford F250 driving erratically through Wind River Canyon and headed toward Shoshoni. The caller said the truck was driving at a high rate of speed and almost collided with a semi and a school bus.

Deputies were called to the Family Doller in Dubois for a report of shoplifting at 6:11 p.m.

At 7:54 p.m., deputies were called to the National Outdoor Leadership School facility in Red Canyon for a report of a rock band playing about a mile from the caller’s home. The caller said she did not want the music to go past 10 p.m. and said it was very disturbing.

At 8:25 p.m., a wreck on Rendezvous Road near St. Stephen’s was reported. One vehicle was reportedly on its roof. The Wind River Police Department handled the call.

At 3:26 a.m., deputies were called to the 1000 block of River Lane in Riverton for a report of an intoxicated man tearing up the residence.


Riverton Police Department


Adrian C’Bearing, 34, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace. He was arrested at the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center at 3:21 a.m. where he was creating a disturbance.

Nelson Duran, 33, Fort Washakie, on a Failure to Appear warrant

Steven Amos, 41, Riverton, Public Intoxication


A 58-year-old woman from Lander who was an employee at Walmart was issued a citation for larceny after she was allegedly caught trying to steal a $100 bill. Police received a call from the store’s loss prevention person about the incident, and when police arrived, they met with the suspect, who provided a hand-written statement saying she was under the influence of xanax (Alprazolam) and did not remember taking the bill. The money was allegedly found in the woman’s pocket.

A large yellow cat that had “treed” itself on the top of a power pole at West Monroe and South Railroad avenue for at least several days was finally rescued Thursday by a crew from Rocky Mountain Power. When police received the report, the animal was identified as possibly a bobcat or a mountain lion, but it turned out to be a large housecat. The cat was rescued at 10:34 a.m.

A minor fender bender was reported in the parking lot at Riverton High School at 3:42 p.m. Thursday. The two vehicles involved were a black Chrysler 300 and a white Pontiac. There were no injuries. A report on the minor crash had not been completed Friday morning.

A hit and run crash was reported at 4:32 p.m. near the intersection of 100 South Broadway and East Main Street when a gravel truck struck a parked vehicle and continued driving. A report on this crash was also unavailable Friday morning.

A bicycle was reported stolen from a yard in the 600 block of North 10th East Thursday at 4:36 p.m. The bicycle was a 20 inch black Mongoose with skulls on the front frame. An hour later, a patrolman caught a 13-year-old Riverton juvenile riding the bicycle, and the youth was cited for theft. The bicycle was returned to its owner.

A third traffic crash was called in to police at 5:53 p.m. Thursday evening from the 800 block of North 12th East. A vehicle that was parked along the street was struck by a 2002 maroon Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 57-year-old Riverton man, who was the driver at fault. No citations were issued.

Police are investigating a case of child abuse that was reported at the A&T Mobile Home Village in Riverton Thursday. According to a police report, a grandmother of several children called police and reported that the children had told her that their step father was forcing them to smoke marijuana. The step-father also threatened the grandmother, saying that he would “kick her a**”. Upon investigating, and interviewing the children, the story was corroborated. According to a police report, one of the children said the step-dad, “gets me and my sister high, and it usually occurs when mom is at work.” The other child said the step-dad “forced me to smoke marijuana from a pipe.” Investigation into the case continues. The 31-year-old suspect is also wanted on outstanding warrants and will be arrested when he is located.

A caller notified police that they heard a woman screaming “stop it, stop it” at 9:44 p.m. in the area of the 1600 block of East Park Avenue Thursday night, and that the parties sped away in a tan colored vehicle. Police located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop and a female with scratches on her face was found to be driving. Police followed the woman to her home where they also found scratches on her neck. According to the police report, the woman said she was called by her fiancé who said he was intoxicated and wanted her to pick him up. She did. When driving back into town, the man suddenly became violent, according to the woman’s account, and he started hitting her in the face, trying to choke her and while putting his forearm across her neck, he also pinched her nostrils closed so she could not breath. She broke away from her husband to be and jumped out of the car, but he allegedly tackled her, kicked her on the ground and then took off on foot. The suspect is a 38-year-old man from Arapahoe and the victim was a 30-year-old woman from Riverton.