Police Blotter: Arrests; Man discharged firearm in standoff with deputies; Man stripped naked and cut in “gang” altercation

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


A 17-year-old Riverton boy for Domestic Violence Battery. The boy was arrested following a 2:56 a.m. Monday call of the boy threatening family members with a knife.

Tarah Lok, 29, Lander, Driving Under the Influence and Open Container.

Donald Mlynek, 52, Jackson, Breach of Peace. Undersheriff Ryan Lee released the following information about the arrest: “Deputies responded to a residence on Fir Road in Dubois for a subject that was armed with several firearms and threatening to harm himself. The subject discharged a firearm several times inside of his home when Deputies arrived to check the man’s welfare. Eventually the subject exited the home and a Deputy Sheriff was able to deploy a TASER. The TASER was effective and he was then placed under arrest for Breach of Peace. The shots fired inside the home did not exit the residence; it was confirmed the man was not shooting at anyone outside the home. The man was taken to the Fremont County Jail in Lander; there were no injuries reported with this incident.”


At 8:20 a.m. on Friday, police were called by a woman on the 1800 block of Center Street in Riverton who said she loaned a vehicle to a friend the day before and it had not been returned yet.

At 10:52 a.m., deputies were called to the 300 block of North Main Street in Pavillion by a woman who believed she found a crack pipe on her property.

Deputies began to document numerous harassing phone calls made to Fremont County Dispatch by a Riverton area man.

A report of an assault on the 900 block of East Monroe Avenue in Riverton resulted in the suspect fleeing the scene. An arrest warrant is pending.

At 7:11 p.m. on Friday, a man on North Second Street in Lander said the road “seems like a race track.” He noted several motorcycles and other vehicles in the area.

A mailbox was reported stolen Friday evening from Jimson Lane near Riverton.

A large party on Rendezvous Road in Hudson was dispersed after a noise complaint was lodged.

At 6:42 a.m. on Saturday, a man reported the sun visor of his vehicle was stolen over night while it was parked at a scrap yard in Riverton.

A man on the 200 block of West Ramshorn Street in Dubois reported an ATV parked in a “very strange spot.”

At 1:14 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to the 100 block of Pushroot Court by a woman who said she saw a mountain lion weighing approximately 150 pounds growling outside her apartment at about 12:30 a.m. the night before. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department investigated.

At 8:19 p.m., deputies were called about 9 tires slashed on a camper on Hudson/Atlantic City Road.

At 22:48 p.m., deputies took a report of several vehicles on Sidewinder Road near Riverton. The caller said they thought there might be a large party going on.

A woman on the 12300 block of Highway 26 near Riverton had questions at 11:02 a.m. on Sunday for deputies about her neighbor burning things near propane tanks.

A woman on Pavillion Road in Pavillion reported that a 100 pound lamb was stolen from her field on June 18.

Deputies were called at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday for a report of a man in a grey Cadillac Escalade swinging around a ball and chain. The man was determined to not be doing anything criminal.

Several reports of fireworks were taken throughout the weekend, including one that reportedly hit a caller’s house near Pavillion on Sunday evening.


Lander Police Department


Sarah Pettit, 30, Lander, was cited for Shoplifting and Child Endangering. LPD Chief Jim Carey said officers were called to the Family Dollar store at 12:13 p.m. on Friday for a report of shoplifting. Pettit was allegedly putting items in her purse, taking them to the car and then going back into the store to get more. Carey said she was cited for the shoplifting, noting she attempted to take more than $64 worth of merchandise. About three hours later at 3:12 p.m., police were called to the 1600 block of West Main Street by people who said they found a young boy walking along the side of the Highway. Temperatures were in the 90s at that time, Carey said. The caller said the boy, who was 4 years old, was crying hysterically and saying he couldn’t find his mom. Officers discovered the boy lived at a residence on the 100 block of Tweed Lane and Pettit was cited for Child Endangering. Carey said there were two other children in the home, and the situation is under investigation.

Wolfe Willow, 28, Crowheart, Fremont County Failure to Appear Warrant and Interference. At 12:35 a.m. on Saturday, police initiated a traffic stop on the 400 block of Main Street for a headlight out. Willow was  a passenger in the car. He was charged with Interference after allegedly lying about his identity to the officer. Laneda Whitefoot, 28, Fort Washakie, was cited for No Child Restraint. There was reportedly a 4-year-old unrestrained in the front seat of the vehicle.

Alan Coleman, 23, Denver, Use of Marijuana. Coleman was arrested following a report of a man sitting in a vehicle smoking marijuana at 8:55 a.m. Saturday on the 200 block of South Second Street. Officers took 22.5 grams of suspected marijuana as evidence.

Genevieve Hereford, 26, Lander, Driving Under the Influence, Roadway Laned for Traffic, Open Container and No Insurance. Officers were called at 10:17 a.m. to the 700 block of North Second Street for report of intoxicated subjects sitting in a vehicle. Upon arriving, officers observed the vehicle enter the roadway, weave out of its lane and not signal at a turn. Hereford was found to have a .18 BAC. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08.

Justin Tindall, 27, Fort Washakie, Fremont County Warrant. Police initiated a traffic stop for a headlight out at Highway 287 and Tiger Drive late Saturday night. Tindall allegedly lied about his name and a citation for Interference is pending.

Ernesto Holguin, 33, Lincoln Park, Mich., Driving Under the Influence, Driving under Suspension, Failure to Obey Traffic Device and No Proof of Insurance. Andres Vazquez, 23, Lander, was cited for No Valid Driver’s License, No Proof of Insurance and Colliding with Unattended Vehicle. At 2:33 a.m. on Sunday, an officer initiated a traffic stop after observing a vehicle not stop for a stop sign at First and Main streets. Holguin, who reportedly had a .14 BAC, was subsequently arrested. Holguin’s passenger, Vazquez, admitted to having driven the vehicle earlier in the evening and striking a parked vehicle on Lincoln Street.


At 3:32 p.m. on Friday, police were called to the 100 block of Eugene Street by a person who said the front door of a residence was open. Police determined the homeowner had left the door open to circulate the air.

At 6:24 p.m., police were called to Lander Golf Course for a report of people swimming in the ditch. The people were moved along.

At 1:11 a.m. on Saturday, officers were called to the 400 block of Four Seasons Drive for a report of a male subject who would not let his mother in the house. Officers found both parties to be intoxicated, and they were separated for the evening.

Police were called at 12:11 p.m. on Saturday for a report of animal abuse on the 700 block of Sweetwater Street. The caller said a large dog was being kept in a small kennel and that it was howling. Officers determined the dog to be healthy and in a clean environment. No citations were issued.

At 12:28 p.m. on Sunday, police were called by a man who said he lost $850 at a local bar the night before. Follow-up is continuing.

At 5:43 p.m., Sunday, officers were called to the south alley on the 100 block of Main Street for a report of several men fighting. Police found a group of three intoxicated men who denied having fought. Seeing no evidence of a physical altercation, the trio was moved along.

At 12:13 a.m. on Monday, police were called to the Emergency Room at Lander Regional Hospital for a patient who wanted to report an assault. The report is under investigation.


Riverton Police Department


A man and a woman sitting on a park bench and passing a bottle between them caught the eye of patrolling officers Saturday, who made contact with the two. The bottle was a soft drink. The man was taken to the Alcohol Detox Center but the woman, who was found to have a RPD warrant, was arrested. Frances Miranda, 30, Ethete, was also found to have a marijuana roach in her possession, which tested positive for the drug. She was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-marijuana.

At 1:58 a.m. Saturday, an intoxicated driver was reported to be in the drive through lane at Burger King. The report was made after one car rear-ended the other in the lane. Investigating officers determined the man who was driving the vehicle that was struck from behind, 23-year-old Bryant Campbell of Riverton, was intoxicated, and he was arrested. The driver was bumped into Campbell’s car was not cited.

David Shakespeare, 33, Riverton was arrested for Driving While Under the Influence after his vehicle was stopped in the 100 block of South First Street. Police took Shakespeare to the hospital for a blood draw.

William Topaum, 35, was found by officers sleeping at city park. The man became argumentative and was using foul language with police and he was arrested for public intoxication and interference with officers.

When will bragging get you in trouble. A man at Riverton City Park found out Saturday. The transient was sitting at picnic table drinking with other adults when one man indicated he was a member of the Crips gang. The victim, who was wearing a red shirt, bragged that he was a member of the Bloods. The “Crips” then stripped the man naked and they cut the letters “406” across his chest, to note the State of Montana’s telephone area code.   Arrested was 21-year-old Aaron Edwards of Riverton and NaThaAt Doney, 20, of Hays, Mont. The pair were each booked on charges of simple assault. Edwards was also charged with Resisting and Intimidation and Doney was charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Beatrice Monroe, 27, of Arapahoe was arrested for attempting to leave Walmart with $226 worth of items that she had not paid for.

Cited and released for Shoplifting was Steven Willow, 38, Ethete, after he was found to be concealing items under his coat in a shopping cart.

Tashina Birdshead, 31 of Arapahoe was arrested after she entered a business in the 2150 block of North Federal and wanted food, but she didn’t have any money. Here BAC level was measured at .133 percent.

Charlene Yellowfox, 48, Public Intoxication

Rachel Brown, 58, on two Riverton Municipal Court warrants

Rachel Barrios, 23, on two Riverton Municipal Court warrants

Annie Willow, 30, Disturbing the Peace

Eric Smith, 26, Resisting and on a Fremont County warrant

Allison Sage, 38, on a Fremont County warrant



A juvenile male had gotten into an argument with his mother and left the house Friday at 3:38 a.m. and, concerned for his welfare, she reported the incident to police. He returned to the home, but when he saw officers there, he left again. Police located the juvenile nearby at Sunset Park at which time a different youth, a 17-year-old male, was cited for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana.

At 5:41 a.m. on Friday, the South Federal Maverik Store reported a brown Ford Ranger had left the business without paying for $32.07 of fuel. The truck had fishing poles and gear in the truck bed.

A trailer became unhitched from the truck pulling it and it crashed into the reporting party’s vehicle. Involved wwere at 2003 Toyota 4Runner and a2004 GMC truck.

A caller reported to police that their debit card had $30 in unauthorized charges on it. The account was closed and the incident is under investigation.

A red 2004 Ford Taurus backed into a Jeep Wagoneer which was parked and unattended in the lot at the Fremont County Public Health Office in the 300 block of North Eighth West just before 10 a.m. on Friday. There were no injuries.

Another property damage crash was reported a short time later as a blue 2008 Chevrolet Impala backed into a pole in front of the Teton Therapy office on West Main. A state accident report was filed and damage was reported over $1,000.

Police were notified of a potential animal problem in the 100 block of North Sixth East where a dog had been left in a vehicle. Officers said there was water in the vehicle for the animal, which appeared fine. The owner was contacted about the call.

First it was a badger that police wrangled last year, and now a prairie dog was caught by officers in the 200 block of South Federal and taken to the Rendezvous Ponds area where it was released back into the wild.

A report was received of two dogs in a kennel without shade in the 100 block of North 11th West, but a responding officer found the two dogs resting in the shade of the home and apparently well taken car of.

A woman in the 1300 block of East Washington reported several unusual occurrences to police Friday. She said several weeks ago a garden hose in her yard was sliced in half, four days ago she came home to find the bathroom window screen removed and the window open with a chair underneath the window. She said nothing was apparently taken but was worried that someone was trying to enter her home.

A Riverton area business reported someone had been accessing their account for personal use. Police were awaiting a list of the unauthorized charges as part of the investigation.

An officer was called to assist Sheriff’s Deputies in the 900 block of East Monroe at 4:33 p.m. on the report of an assault where an intoxicated subject was allegedly beating up his mother’s boyfriend.  The man fled into a neighboring scrap yard in an attempt to elude officers.

A caller reported that someone had taken checks out of their checkbook and had been using them. Police were awaiting a list of checks written against the account. The case is under investigation.

Another potential animal abuse call was reported in the 100 block of Comanche Street where a dog was chained on a short leash without access to water. An investigating officer did not find any animals at the address given by the reporting party, however did find several dogs matching the description given further on down the block. The animals were chained on a porch, but did have food and water. When contacted, the owner said the dogs had been restrained to keep them from chasing people.

A disturbance was reported in the in the 500 block of South First Street. Erick Smith, 26, was arrested for interference and on a county warrant after he allegedly gave police a false name.

A hit and run incident is under investigation at the North Federal Pit Stop Travel Center after a red truck  pulling a boat hit a parked car a the store and drove off. Police are reviewing video surveillance.

A person leaving harassing text messages on another woman’s phone was contacted by police and told of the consequences of such actions.

A woman who claimed she had no where to stay for the night, agreed to have sexual intercourse with a man if she could spend the night at his house. After the sex, the man kicked the woman out of the house. She called police to report the incident, and to report that her purse was missing with a substantial amount of cash in it. The incident was reported in the 300 block of East Madison.

Three men walking down the street in the 1800 block of East Park were reported to be carrying guns. When they notice someone was watching them, the quickly left the area. Police were unable to locate the trio.

Police found the occupants of a car that was the subject of a REDDI report at the Saddle Bar on South Federal Boulevard. The suspects agreed to take a taxi home and not drive.

Police reported a number of fireworks complaints over the weekend. Fireworks are not allowed within the city limits.

At 12:45 a.m. on Saturday morning, officers were called to Riverton Memorial Hospital’s maternity ward where family members of a pregnant woman were arguing with hospital staff and causing a disturbance. The officer spoke with the family, who agreed to leave the hospital. Staff had indicated the pregnant woman was not in labor, but was dehydrated. The family said that was a problem they could deal with at home, so they left.

Police were called at 7 a.m. for a deer that was struck and killed in the 2300 block of West Main Street.

The Sundown Motel called police to report a white male in his 50s had dumped trash in the businesses dumpster and left.

A man who witnessed a hit and run crash at 12:23 p.m. took a photo of the offending vehicle and called police at 12:23 p.m. Saturday. The suspect vehicle is a green Ford F-150 truck. The crash is under investigation.

A clerk who was busy at the front counter did not get a description of a vehicle that drove off without paying for $37.38 worth of fuel.

A transient reported that he had lost his bag of clothes. The report was called in from the 200 block of North Federal.

Police were forced to remove two occupants of a room at the Riverton Holiday Inn who refused to comply with the hotel’s noise rules. The two were removed from the hotel. There were no charges.

Reports of a woman screaming in the 900 block of East Jackson was relayed to police, but there were unable to hear any disturbance when in the neighborhood.

At the same time police were called about a five-year-old male child running in the 100 block of West Adams wearing only pajamas and no shoes, the child’s parents called police to report their boy had walked away from the residence. An arriving officer was told the family had just taken safeguards to keep the child in the house, but the safety locks and devices did not deter the child. Police asked him how he got out, and the child showed the officer, and his parents, how he manipulated the devices to let himself out.

A suspicious acting raccoon was reported in the 4000 block of Valley Green. The raccoon allowed an officer to get within close proximity of it, it was snared, placed in a cage and taken to the Stock Doc on Riverview Road for observation.

An employee of Walmart reported that some other vehicle had struck and damaged her parked car on the north side of the Superstore, but apparently fled the scene.

Two juveniles were cited Sunday evening after they were caught trying to take stereo equipment from Walmart. Cited was a 14-year-old boy for Driving Without a License and cited for shoplifting were a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy.


Wyoming Highway Patrol

At 4:35 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, Troopers received a call about about a possible drunken driver in a PT Cruiser driving southbound on Highway 789. Lt. Tom Adams said troopers located the vehicle at the gas station in Hudson and made contact with a man and woman who were arguing. Adams said neither part spoke English and while the trooper was radioing for a translater the man fled on foot and has not been located since. The car was impounded.