Police Blotter: Arrests; Drunk hits six parked cars in Riverton; Water dispute results in fence damage; Meds taken from Lander house

(Lander, Wyo.) – Monday’s Fremont County law enforcement wrap-up from the weekend.

Riverton Fire Department

A small farm tractor went up in flames Monday morning in Riverton while discing a field prior to planting grass for a pasture. The RFD responded and had the fire out in less than two minutes. One pumper truck responded. Firefighters generated steam from the hot tractor when they hit it with a stream of cold water.


A small farm tractor went up in flames Monday morning in Riverton while discing a field prior to planting grass for a pasture. The RFD responded and had the fire out in less than two minutes. One pumper truck responded. (Ernie Over photo)

(Click to enlarge; Ernie Over photo)

Firefighters generated steam from the hot tractor when it was hit with a stream of cold water. (Ernie Over photo)

(Click to enlarge; Ernie Over photo)








Riverton Police Department


William Topaum, 35, Ethete, on a Failure to Appear warrant and for Tampering with a Vehicle. Topaum was arrested at 2:23 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of North Federal. Topaum was found in a used car lot crashed out in the back seat of an auto there.

Timothy Mons, 48, Riverton, Domestic Violence Assault. Mons was arrested at 12 minutes past Midnight Monday morning after he allegedly smacked his 49-year-old wife in the face.  A police report said alcohol was involved.

Heather Hill, 18, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI)

Lawrence Jenkins, 31, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant

Cheryl Willow, 53, Ethete, on two Failure to Appear warrants

17-year-old female, Arapahoe, DWUI

Dana Eagle, 36, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Scott Wood, 37, Lander, on a Sweetwater County warrant and Resisting Arrest. Wood was stopped after police received a REDDI report on his vehicle. He was not intoxicated, but became combative when he realized he was going to be arrested on the warrant, according to a RPD report.

Kenneth Shakespeare, 27, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication.

A 16-year-old was arrested for being a Youthful Offender and Driving While Intoxicated while one 17-year-old was cited for MIP, a second 17-year-old was cited for MIP and assault, and a 19-year-old female was cited for MIP and assault. A traffic stop was made at 6:45 a.m. near Central Wyoming College. Officers observed the two charged with assault in process of fighting each other.

Wesley Saxton, 57, from Riverton, DWUI. A police report indicated an intoxicated driver had smashed into six parked and unattended vehicles, with each vehicle sustaining over $1,000 damage at 2:37 a.m. Friday along the 1000 block of East Fremont. Saxton was arrested at the scene.


A 31-year-old female motorist who stopped at Walmart Friday morning left her vehicle unlocked and the windows rolled down with her purse on the front seat. When she returned, just after 10:20 a.m., the purse had been opened and missing was $137 in cash, a cellphone and her credit cards.

Police received a call of a small child left in a parked car at Walmart at 2:43 p.m. Friday. Upon officer’s arrival, the suspect vehicle was gone.

Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. a woman reported that she was being harassed by her ex husband.

A litter of wild kittens was found in the 100 block of East Main Friday at 3:20 p.m.

A 2002 model Jeep SUV passing a large truck sustained a broken windshield when the truck threw up a rock in the 1200 block of East Monroe at 6:35 p.m. Friday.

A possible theft of tools from a residence in Riverton is under investigation. There is a possibility the tools were lent to another party.

The RPD received several complaints of fireworks being shot off in the city on Friday.

A young driver was stopped at 1:41 a.m. on Saturday morning after the vehicle was observed speeding up and slowing down and tapping on the brakes frequently. Officers stopped the vehicle thinking it might be a drunk driver, but it was not. It was a youthful driver who was written a warning for a curfew violation.

Police received a call at 1:57 a.m. Saturday from the area of a park in the 2300 block of Diamond Drive on a noise complaint. Police said the some people there were being loud and were asked to quiet down due to the early (or late) hour.

A report of a drunk driver resulted in one arrest and four people being cited for underage drinking (see above) .

A two vehicle fender bender was reported at the intersection of Major Avenue and West Main at 8:49 a.m. Saturday morning. Both vehicles sustained over $1,000 and each were towed from the scene. Involved were a silver 2002 model Cadillac Seville and a tan 2007 Ford F-150 pickup.

A second fender bender was reported on College View Drive at 11:38 a.m. where one vehicle backed into a parked and unattended vehicle. Damage was under $1,000.

Some corral panels and lumber came loose and spilled out of a trailer at North Federal and Sunset Saturday before noon. Other motorists assisted in picking up up the items from the street. Traffic was blocked for a few minutes. (Ernie Over photo)

Some corral panels and lumber came loose and spilled out of a trailer at North Federal and Sunset Saturday before noon. Other motorists assisted in picking up the items from the street. Traffic was blocked for a few minutes. (Click to enlarge – Ernie Over photo)

A report of a potential fraud was called in to the RPD at 12:21 p.m. on Saturday. Apparently an unmarried couple, a man and a woman, had entered into a relationship and had a joint checking account. After the relationship ended, checks by one of the two were still being written.

The West Main Maverik Store in Riverton reported a gas drive-off Saturday at 3:40 p.m.  A description of the vehicle was not available.

A shopping cart that made it way onto North Federal Boulevard and became a traffic hazard was retrieved by an officer and returned to the parking lot where it belonged.

A 35-year-old Fort Washakie woman was issued a misdemeanor citation for shoplifting $95 in office equipment from Walmart.

A traffic stop at 3:19 a.m. Sunday on Blackfoot Avenue in Riverton resulted in the arrest of an 18-year-old female for Driving While Intoxicated. Also cited at a house party at that location for use of a controlled substance, marijuana, were a 16-year-old female from Shoshoni, one 19-year-old male, two 20-year-old males and one 21-year-old male, all of Riverton

Police responded to a call at 11:26 a.m. Sunday morning for the Sheriff’s Department when a deputy was not available to investigate a large plume of black smoke coming from the 12,700 block of Highway 26, just west of Paradise Valley Road. The smoke was coming from a burn pit.

A 48-year-old Riverton man was cited for shoplifting from a business in the 500 block of East Pershing after taking a can of Spam.

The back window of a Jeep Cherokee was broken out sometime on Sunday in the 300 block of Birch Avenue. The reporting party said the vehicle was fine when he left for work, but the back window had been smashed out upon his return. Nothing was taken from the vehicle. Value of the window was estimated at $500.

Police were called on a civil standby for the handoff of children from a separated couple in the 600 block of North Second West. There was no problem.

A fender bender was reported in the 1600 block of North Federal at 6:36 p.m. Sunday between a gray 1993 Jeep SUV and a tan 1998 GMC Sonoma.

Police were summoned at 7:18 p.m. in the 2400 block of East Adams where 44-year-old Delmar Duran was arrested on a probation revocation.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Abigail White, 21, Bond Revocation warrant.

Troy Fasthorse, 21, was cited for battery against a male inmate at the Fremont County Detention Center. The report was made at 3:20 p.m. on Friday.


The Wind River Police Department assisted motorists whose blue Chevy got stick in the river near Dubois on Friday morning.

At 1:03 p.m. on Friday, deputies were called to Lucky Lane near Lander for a report of a possible snake next to a front door.

At 3:44 p.m., deputies were called to the 100 block of East Ramshorn Street in Dubois for a report of a white Ford that hit a building. The Sheriff’s Offices reports that the driver of the vehicle was parking and hit it moving slowly.

At 7:21 p.m., deputies were called to the 200 block of Peckham Lane near Riverton for a report of a man who tore down a section of the caller’s fence. The woman said there is an on-going dispute over water rights.

A woman at 7:19 p.m. on Friday called deputies about a Lander area business that she found suspicious. She said there were many young girls around and was concerned. The call was determined to be unfounded.

Deputies were called to the 1700 block of North Smith Road near Riverton by a woman who said she heard several semi-automatic gunshots followed by two rifle shots. Deputies determined the noise to be fireworks.

At 8:33 a.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to the 100 block of Burris Lenore Road in Crowheart for a report of 30 bales of hay stolen on the morning of June 16.

An assault was reported to deputies at 1:12 p.m. on Saturday on Snowberry Lane in Riverton. The report is under investigation.

The Riverton Community Food Bank reported at 2:52 p.m. that a window was shot out sometime in the evening.

A person on the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue in Riverton reported about 11 juveniles shooting fireworks at cars.

At 9:33 p.m. on the 300 block of Watson Street in Dubois reported juveniles using trashcans like drums. The caller said she was tired of the noise.

A fight reported at the Rustic Pine Tavern in Dubois at 10:58 p.m. on Saturday is under investigation.

Deputies were called at 4:38 a.m. on Sunday to the Maverik store on South Federal Boulevard for a report of a subject bleeding in the bathroom. Undersheriff Ryan Lee reported that the subject had punched a glass entertainment center, causing several lacerations to his hands.

At 1:29 p.m. on Sunday, deputies were called to Kinnear for mailboxes that were run over sometime over the night.

At 7:53 p.m., deputies were called to the 900 block of East Monroe Avenue in Riverton by a woman who said she could hear what sounded like a man screaming at children and possibly striking them. The report was determined to be unfounded.

A theft of money from a location on Vessel Road in Lander is under investigation.


Lander Police Department


Ryan Warren, 26, Lander, Public Intoxication and Resisting. LPD Chief Jim Carey said officers were called to Taco John’s at 10:29 p.m. on Friday for a report of an intoxicated individual who was harassing customers. Upon arriving, officers observed the man speaking with an employee behind the business. Carey said the man, later identified as Warren, began to run when he saw the officer. When he was stopped by a locked gate, and the officer drew his Taser, Carey said Warren began to be cooperative. Carey said Warren was uncooperative when it came to getting into the patrol car and again at the jail.

Katie Large, 25, Lander, Driving Under Suspension and No Interlock Device.

Cheryl Willow, 54, Ethete, Fremont County warrant.


At 1:06 p.m. on Friday, police were called to the 300 block of Main Street by a woman who tripped and fell at the curb. She wanted to lodge a complaint against the city.

At 1:15 p.m., police took a report of a burglary at a residence on the 800 block of North Third Street. The break-in is under investigation, and Carey said it appeared prescription medication might have been taken.

Police were called about a subject lighting fireworks on the 800 block of Main Street at 9:18 p.m. on Friday. The man left the scene before officers arrived.

At 11:49 p.m. on Friday, police were called to the back of City Park for a report of a person yelling. Upon arrival, officers found a man playing music loudly and he was asked to turn it down.

Carey said an officer on patrol noticed a kite stuck on power lines on the 400 block of Baldwin Creek Road at 10:19 p.m. on Friday. The power company removed the potential hazard.

At 12:09 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to the 400 block of Washington Street for a report of a possibly intoxicated individual wearing a straw hat trying to get into a trailer. Police made contact with the man and found out that it was a friend’s trailer. Police sent the man home and warned him about being intoxicated in public.

At 4:19 p.m., police were called to a business on the 200 block of Main Street that was reportedly closed but had a door open. Police found the owner inside, who had forgotten to lock the door.

At 11:54 p.m. on Saturday, police were called about a fight between two men behind the Lander Bar. Carey said upon arriving, “Everyone said they didn’t know what happened.” Seeing no injuries and noting intoxication levels, no citations or arrests were made.

At 9:46 a.m. on Sunday, a caller on the 300 block of North Fourth Street reported a 32-in. flatscreen TV stolen from a garage. Carey said there were no signs of forced entry, as the door was unlocked.

At 1:49 p.m., police were called to Smith Street for a report of two vehicles that someone had gotten into over the night. Carey said the glove boxes were gone through and the insides of the vehicles were ransacked. Nother appeared to have been taken, however.

At 9:59 p.m., police were called to the 100 block of Popo Agie Street for a report of a man yelling and talking to trees. Carey said upon arrival, the man had left. Witnesses told police they would call again if there were further problems. There were no further calls.