Police Blotter: Arrests; Fire destroys trailer at Ft. Washakie; Downed aircraft signal was unfounded

(Firefighters hosed down the smoldering remnants of a trailer Wednesday evening outside of Fort Washakie. Joshua Scheer photo.)

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

Fremont County Fire Protection District

Fort Washakie and Lander Rural firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire northwest of Fort Washakie at 7:07 p.m. A fire burned through a trailer that was being used for storage, Lander Rural Chief Dave Peevey said at the scene. He said there were no injuries. A cause was not immediately determined. Fire investigator Eric Siwik said fire was caused by a 7-year-old girl who was playing with a lighter. He said some clothes were lit and smoldered for about 30 minutes before wind came in through an open door and further ignited the fire. Siwik said the trailer was a complete loss and there was an estimated $5,000 in damage. Crews were on scene until about 9:30 p.m.

The scene of Wednesday night's trailer fire. (Joshua Scheer photo)

The scene of Wednesday night’s trailer fire. (Joshua Scheer photo)









Fremont County Sheriff’s Office




Capt. Ryan Lee issued the following statement regarding a report yesterday about a possible aircraft in distress: “A local pilot flying near the Jeffrey City area Wednesday afternoon reported he had received an ELT signal from an apparent distressed aircraft in the same area. The pilot reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office upon his return to the airport.

“Contact was made with the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, (AFRCC) who confirmed the following:

“An overflying aircraft in the area of Jeffrey City had an ELT activation while in flight for an unknown reason, possibly a malfunction of the unit. At the same time the local Fremont County pilot had been in the area and also received the signal. The AFRCC confirmed that the aircraft sending the signal had safely landed in Sheridan and they had already made contact with the pilot. The Fremont County Sheriff was informed that everything was accounted for and there was no emergency.

“ELT stands for Emergency Locating Transmitter ….. An EL T can be manually turned on, or in the case of an aircraft crash, it automatically activates and sends a signal. This signal can be heard by overflying aircraft and ground search crews, who with the proper equipment can ‘zero’ in on the location in the event of an emergency.”

Deputies issued a citation at 2 p.m. after stopping a red passenger car north of Riverton that was traveling 97 mph.

A caller from the Wyoming State Honor Farm reported a suspicious pickup parked along Highway 789. The situation was determined to be OK.

At 10:15 p.m., deputies were called about six people stealing vehicle parts from a business on the 1100 block of East Monroe Avenue. Lee said that the people were employees of the business and were not stealing.

At 11:03 p.m., deputies wer called about a suspicious man looking in windows on Firethorn Lane near Riverton. The caller said the man had been doing that for an hour or two. Deputies were unable to locate the individual.


Lander Police Department


Onetta O’Neal, 27, Fort Washakie, for Driving Under the Influence. Wanita Day, 30, Lander, Disorderly Conduct, Interference and Use/Possession of Marijuana. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said the arrests followed a 6:35 p.m. report of a possible drunken driver coming into Lander from Milford. The caller said a subject in the car threw a beer can at her. Police reportedly observe the vehicle stop at an intersection where there was no stop sign and drive out of its lane of travel. A traffic stop was initiated in the 300 block of Market Street, Carey said. While O’Neal who was the drive underwent sobriety testing, Carey said Day, the passenger, became disorderly. Carey said she threw a alcohol container out of the window, cursed and gave officers a false name. O’Neal had a .18 BAC, according to a breath test. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08.


At 10:06 a.m. on Tuesday, police were called to the 1700 block of West Main Street for the report of speeding dump trucks. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

At 6:59 p.m. on Tuesday, police were called to Mr. D’s for a report of two male teenagers who reportedly took a bottle of cough medicine without paying. The suspects fled before police arrived. The medicine was valued at $7.95.

At 7:40 p.m., a person on the 500 block of Cottonwood Lane reported that children were playing in front of a home without supervision. Carey said no violations were found.

At 5:54 p.m. on Wednesday, police were called to Loaf N Jug for a gas drive off. A station wagon reportedly left without paying for $20 worth of fuel.

At 9:54 p.m., police were called to the 200 block of Market Street for a report of loud music coming from a minivan. Carey said officers asked the individuals, who appeared to be intoxicated, to keep it down. About four minutes later police were called back for a report of a possible altercation. Officers gave the group a final warning to quiet down, and police were not called back.

Riverton Police Department


Rex Lain, 43, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace. Police were called to the 1,000 block of Railroad Avenue at 3:28 p.m. for the report of gunshots in the area, that were later determined to be fireworks.

Ashley Tidzump, 31, Kinnear, Probation Revocation

Dominic Fightingbear, 36, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication

Kenneth Shakespeare, 27, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication

James Large, 26, Arapahoe, Probation Revocation

Dawson Smith, 28, Kinnear, on a Failure to Appear warrant

Charles Bassett, 52, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Ryan Wempen, 33, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence and No Proof of Insurance.


A resident in the 1000 block of East Jackson reported to police at 8:58 a.m. Wednesday that persons unknown had vandalized her vehicle by “putting something all over” it.

A vandalism incident is under investigation at Riveton Middle School. A report on the incident is pending.

A motorist driving at a clocked 97 mph coming into Riverton and being pursued by a Sheriff’s Deputy on North Federal Boulevard, U.S. 26, was stopped by the RPD.

A group of five juveniles were contacted by police after they allegedly were involved in throwing rocks at a Habitat for Humanity house on North 12th East.

Two thefts are currently under investigation with no other details available. The first was reported at 8:26 a.m.  on Day Drive where items were missing from an athletic field there. The second was reported at 5:48 p.m. where several rings were reported taken from a residence on North Second West.