Police Blotter; Arrests; Burglaries under investigation; Several assaults reported in Riverton

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

Fremont County Fire Protection District

Firefighters from the Fort Washakie and Lander Rural battalions were called to stand by for a punctured gas line at the edge of the Mill Creek housing development on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Lander Rural Chief Dave Peevey said six homes were evacuated along Whitehawk Drive for safety’s sake. Fire crews were called out at about 3:10 p.m., but Peevey said they were paged after SourceGas and BIA crews had already arrived. The gas line leak occurred when a person drilling a fence post hole went too deep and drilled into a natural gas line, according to Kenneth Ferris, a captain of the Fort Washakie Fire Battalion. Traffic on 17-Mile Road was narrowed to one lane, controlled by flaggers, around the scene, during the repair. Peevey said firefighters were let go a little after 5 p.m. when the gas crews had safely clamped off the gas line in order to replace the punctured section. He was not sure when families were allowed to return home.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Andelee Charginghawk, 21, Hudson, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Kelsey Garcia, 29, Lander, Contempt of Court.

Susan Hutchinson, 51, Laramie, Probation Revocation Warrant.

Brandy Lane, 22, Arapahoe, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Charlo Yellowfox, 25, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.


At 8:26 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies were called to Jimson Lane near Riverton who said he has heard people coming into his residence and stealing property, including an expensive hat collection. He had an idea of who might be involved. At 5:20 p.m., deputies were called back to the location on Jimson Lane for a report of a subject who gained entry to a garage and took property. The alleged burglary is under investigation.

On the 800 block of Skaggs Lane near Riverton, a man called deputies at 10:36 a.m. to report finding a 9 mm or .45 bullet on the sidewalk.

At 11:01 a.m. deputies were called about two border collie-type dogs were chasing sheep in the aera of the 1600 block of North Smith Road near Riverton. The caller said he shot at the dogs, possibly hitting one. Deputies were unable to locate the canines.

At 6:41 p.m., deputies were called to the U.S. Post Office in Riverton for a report of an intoxicated man laying on the floor.

At 8:34 p.m., a man on the 500 block of North Hidden Valley Road near Shoshoni reported that someone hung  a sign on his fence and put pieces of pipe and other things on his driveway.

Riverton Police Department


Franklin Martel, 31, Ethete, Probation Revocation

Danny Mathes, 39, Riveton, Probation Revocation

Fernando Ocon, 23, Riverton, Simple Assault and Resisting Arrest

Carlene Headley, 52, Arapaho, Public Intoxication


Police are investigating an assault that occurred in a restroom in a fight between two females. The incident was reported at 11:41 a.m. in the 500 block of East Main.

A minor property damage traffic crash was reported at 2:43 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in the 1000 block of North 8th West between a Honda Civic and a Dodge Caravan. There were no injureis.

The School Resource Officer at Riverton High School is awaiting the results of a urinalysis test before deciding if citations are warranted in a possible drug case there.

A long simmering dispute between two different families broke out into the open at the Riverton Walmart Store Wednesday at 3:18 p.m. Police are awaiting the a review of video evidence before issuing citations.

Citations are pending in a case of simple assault reported at City Park at 5 p.m. Wednesday. A caller reported a man with a bleeding face was in the band shell there. The man said he was assaulted by a man and a women whom he did not know. Others in the park identified the suspect and police will cite them when they are found.

A home burglary is under investigation today. A resident in the 900 block of Elm Street reported that when she came home, she found evidence of a break in.

A Riverton man was talking on his cell phone outside of his pickup truck Wednesday afternoon, then put the phone on the hood of the vehicle and forgot about it. He later used a phone tracking app to trace the phone’s location to a motel room where a renter there had found the device but had not yet turned it in. The phone was returned to its owner.


Lander Police Department

Due to a search for a new police officer, LPD released no information about yesterday’s calls to media today.