Police Report: Arrests; Exorcism of a poltergeist sent woman to hospital in Riverton; Teen shoplifters caught

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

Riverton Police Department


Juanita Brokenleg, 36, Ethete, on a Municipal warrant

William Yellowrobe, 40, St. Stephens, Resisting Arrest, Public Intoxication

Charles Bassett, 52, Riverton, Public Intoxication and on a Municipal warrant


A gas drive-off was reported at the South Federal Maverik Store at 8:51 Tuesday morning. The driver of a white Chevrolet pickup left the pumps without paying for $21 in fuel.

Police located a vehicle which had been the subject of a REDDI report at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday, however the vehicle was parked and unattended.

A resident in the 300 block of West Adams reported someone taking items from a neighboring home at 5:41 p.m. and was concerned it may be a house burglary. The report is under investigation and the party involved will be interviewed today.

A neighborhood dispute between children in the 100 block of Shoshone Drive in the A&T Mobile Home Park resulted in a call to police at at 7:02 p.m. Tuesday. There was no physical altercation, no citations or arrests reported.

At one minute before 8 p.m. police received a report of a minor fender bender in the 1000 block of South Smith Road when one vehicle backed into another.

Six individuals were picked up throughout the day on Tuesday for being intoxicated in public. One of the individuals was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital with a high blood alcohol level. All of the six were taken to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center.

Two teenaged Riverton girls were caught attempting to leave Walmart Tuesday at 10:11 p.m. with $77 worth of cosmetics that they had not paid for. The two were issued misdemeanor citations and turned over a responsible party. The girls were aged 13 and 14 respectively.

A family fight was averted at 10:39 p.m. in the 100 block of Hill Street when an intoxicated person came home and a verbal argument ensued. The individual agreed to spend the night somewhere else.

At 12 minutes past midnight, police were called to the 300 block of East Fremont on a noise complaint. Police suggested the noise level be reduced, and it was.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Department


James C’Hair, 23, Riverton, Probation Violation

Jessica Fancher (Dillon), 28, Lander, on a Failure to Appear warrant


Undersheriff Ryan Lee said this morning the Fremont County 911 Center received a call from a resident on Firethorn Lane north of Riverton Tuesday at 7:56 p.m. reporting the following:

“A female subject at the home was possessed by a “poltergeist” and had stopped breathing after she was sprayed with Holy water. Other occupants of the home then attempted to perform an exorcism at which time they reported the exorcism activity caused the female to go in to cardiac arrest. Upon arrival the female subject was found to be breathing, but she was taken  by ambulance to the Riverton Hospital for unknown reasons.  She was in stable condition when she arrived at the hospital. The occupants of the residence stated that a demon had been in  the home breaking windows and dishes, as well as biting the occupants of the home for the last two days; they asked a Deputy Sheriff to look into the matter.  The Deputy was unable to substantiate any criminal activity or that anyone had been bitten.” The woman was identified as a 31-year-old Riverton resident.

Deputies assisted the Wyoming Highway Patrol with a personal injury two vehicle crash on the west side of Hudson at 11:28 a.m. Tuesday.

A resident on Saltbrush Road reported a gun missing from the residence.

A minor fender bender was reported on private property in the 1000 block of South Smith Road in Riverton at 7:52 p.m. where a woman reported that she had backed into her daughter-in-law’s car.

A rest room in a rest area on the east side of Shoshoni was reported vandalized at 9:29 p.m. Tuesday. The caretaker of the facility reported that he had found extensive vandalism on the stainless steel toi

A car theft was reported at 3:12 p.m. Tuesday afternoon  in the 900 block of South Smith Road. According to the reporting party, the registered owner of the vehicle is incarcerated and the vehicle, a 1996 gray Mitsubishi Gallant, had been towed  to an impound lot. The reporting party said the vehicle was claimed there by an unknown person and it had not been returned so it was reported as a stolen vehicle.

A fight was reported across the street from the 100 block of East Ramshorn in Dubois at 11:43 p.m. Tuesday night. Upon arrival, the reported victim was uncooperative with deputies and would not provide any information. The other half of the reported altercation had left the scene.


Lander Police Department


Lucas Sanchez, 32, Riverton, Public Intoxication, BAC level at .217 percent. Sanchez was found slumped over the curb in front of VI Propane on West Main Street at 9:14 p.m.

The theft of some chairs and a ladder from where it had been stored in the 700 block of South Third Street was reported Tuesday. The storage unit had last been checked several months ago.

A motorist reporting finding damage on their 2009 Ford passenger car Tuesday. The driver was not sure when the incident occurred. Damage was less than $1000.

A report of an intoxicated driver was unfounded, Detective Sergeant Fred Cox said Wednesday morning. The man leaving his automobile was discovered to have a significant limp. He was not intoxicated.

Two females walked out of the Safeway store on West Main Street with two bottle of Captain Morgan’s Rum valued at $35 Tuesday at 8:24 p.m.  The two women were last seen leaving the parking lot headed north.

A found wheelchair next to the banks of the Popo Agie River near the South Second Street bridge Tuesday raised alarm bells. A search of the area did not reveal anyone in the water and no one had been reported missing. Police suspect the incident was connected to several youth seen pushing wheelchairs on Jefferson Street earlier in the day.

On Monday, Lander Police took two separate reports of individuals being bitten by dogs. In both cases, in the 900 block of Washakie and near the intersection of Sixth and Lincoln, the victims asked not to have the animal’s owners charged. One of those bitten was a 33-year-old man visiting from Dubois. The second was a person who wished to remain anonymous, but wanted to report the incident. The dogs in question were current on their vaccinations. The man suffered a bit to his shin and the other person had a superficial wound.