Police Blotter: Arrests; Wisconsin teen’s death ruled a suicide; Dirt bike crash results in broken leg; Another dog attack in Riverton; Autopsy results released

(Lander, Wyo.) – Today’s law enforcement roundup from across Fremont County.

Fremont County Coroner

The death of a 19-year-old Wisconsin youth in a car crash June 12th outside of Lander has officially been ruled a suicide, according to a Verdict and Case Docket released today by the coroner’s office. Chase A. Schweitzer died at the scene of the crash of blunt force head trauma. The verdict ruled Schweitzer’s death was the result of an “intentional collision at MP 85.5, WY Hwy 789” just east of Lander. There was no relevant toxicology to report following receipt of autopsy results.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said today the death of 22-year-old Juan Galvan of Riverton was the result of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Galvan died at a residence on Jackson street in the early morning hours of July 8th. Riverton Police and the coroner awaiting final toxicolgy tests before finalizing their investigation into circumstances surrounding the death.

An autopsy revealed the cause of death of 59-year-old William Humphrey of Lander, also on July 8th, as a heart attack. The death has been ruled from natural causes.

The death of 49-year-old Audrey K. Arguello, who died at a hospital in Casper, also on July 8th, has been ruled as due to a subdural hematoma as the result of a fall. McAuslan said the death has been ruled as accidental.

The death of 46-year-old Roberta “Bobbie” Hewitt of Lander has been ruled natural by the Fremont County Coroner’s office following results of an autopsy and toxicology tests. Hewitt did on May 27th. According to a coroner’s  Verdict and Case Dockett released Tuesday, her death was due to “complications of acute alcoholism and pancreatitis.” The Verdict document indicated that Hewitt had a blood alcohol level of 0.316 at the time of her death. The legal limit for intoxication in Wyoming is 0.08 percent.


Riverton Police Department


16 yr old male from Ethete,  Minor Under the Influence (MUI) ,  .17%BAC

Seth Blackburn 23, Arapahoe, Simple Assault

Joseph Brokenleg 20, Arapahoe, on a Failure to Appear warrant

17 yr old male from Arapahoe, on a Contempt of Court warrant

William Topaum 35, Ethete, Public Intoxication

Michael Mathews 29, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation

Houston Headley 45, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication

Raylon WhiteDirt 34, Lame Deer, Mont., Public Intoxication

Frances Miranda 30, Ethete,on a Failure to Appear warrant


The RPD received at call at 7:24 a.m. Tuesday concerning a female who was on the ground behind Ibach Honey in the 900 Block of Porter Avenue. Upon arriving, the officer noticed a woman actively “huffing” from a can of Ultra Duster. Several cans of the pressurized gas were found next to the woman as well. The woman was acting erratic. The officer summoned an ambulance and the 41-year-old St. Stephens resident was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital. She was cited for inhaling toxic substances.

A woman walking her Cairn terrier on the bike path near West Monroe was set upon by two dogs running at large. The dogs attacked the terrier, but the woman was able to kick the attacking animals and drive them away. She rushed her terrier to a veterinarian for treatment of puncture wounds on its neck and other injuries. When contacted by police, the woman said the two dogs were last seen running eastbound down an alley. They were described as one black dog and one tan dog with darker tan spots. The woman was unable to identify the breed of the dogs.

Police were called at 9:41 a.m. to a reported physical altercation at the College Hill Apartments, but found only a verbal argument between neighbors. The parties were separated.

A red Pontiac Grand Am that had apparently been abandoned at Walmart was the subject of a call to the RPD at 9:41 pm Tuesday. The department said it would be something for Walmart to handle themselves if they wanted it towed away. The vehicle did not display any license tags.

Police were called at 12:29 for a 52-year-old man who showed up at the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center with a seven-year-old boy. The pair were looking for food, so they were sent to the Set Free Church where they were served a meal. Upon investigating, police learned the boys mother had entrusted the child with the man for the day.

A resident on Tam-O-Shanter Drive called police at 1:21 to report that she had received a text recently from someone claiming to be the FBI in Nigeria and saying that if she did not send $50 to them via Western Union, she would go to jail. The woman said she obviously didn’t respond the text, and decided to report to the authorities.

Three empty bio-hazard disposal bags were found in the street in the 300 block of North 9th West. They were discarded after being picked up by an officer. They had not been used.

Police were called into a dispute between a mother and her step-daughter involving the transfer of several vehicles, allegedly arranged by the pair’s respective lawyers. However when the mother arrived at the city hall parking lot to receive a maroon Dodge van, she found it not to be running, the battery was missing and the battery cables had been cut.  Police said it was a civil matter for the two to work out. Damage and the tow bill was estimated at $700.

Those pesky Kirby Vacuum door to door salesmen were the subject of more complaints to the police Tuesday over their aggressive nature of trying to obtain an close sales. About a half-dozen complaints have been lodged in the past week. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department has also received complaints over the salesmen. Police were unable to locate the vacuum sales people, who were last reported in the 600 block of East Lincoln Avenue at 8:06 p .m.

At 9:12 p.m. Tuesday, police received a call reporting that two small children, ages about two and three years old, were home alone. According to a police report, the children showed up at a residence in the 300 block of East Madison, but the children did not know their names or where they came from. Police contacted Tribal DFS. Police had a difficult time trying to communicate with the children, but a neighbor returned home from work and was able to identify the children’s mother, who was contacted. She said she had left the children with an aunt while she went to work. It is unknown why the aunt left the two children unattended. Tribal DFS and police released the children back to their mother and now want to contact the aunt to get an explanation.

A resident in the 100 block of East Park reported someone had dumped two skinned skulls in the alley behind his home, those of a bull elk and a mule deer buck. Police determined the skulls were not fresh and contacted Game and Fish who came and collected the skulls.


Lander Police Department


No arrests reported in the past 24 hours.


The LPD only received 10 calls for service on Tuesday, all minor in nature.


Fremont  County Sheriff’s Department


Mykle Johnson, 19, Riverton, on a Probaton Violation

Billy Williams, 30, Plezna, Mont., on a Failure to Appear warrant


A tourist who logged onto a free WiFi site at Atlantic City said her screen had been locked with a message from “Homeland Security” that she had to pay $300 for the screen to be unlocked. The fraud attempt was reported at 11:53 p.m. Tuesday.

A single vehicle crash involving a juvenile was reported at 12:54 p.m. in the 100 block of Lyons Valley Road where a red Yukon had “spun off” the road. The juvenile driver said he was not injured.

Deputies responded to a disorderly conduct call in the 900 block of East Monroe in Riverton at one minute past 1 p.m. Tuesday where a woman was reported to be “throwing things around.” Deputies determined a child at the scene had not been injured by the woman’s action and she was removed from the scene.

A false alarm at the Dubois Super Foods sent emergency personnel racing to the scene in the 600 block of Ramshorn at 2:16 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputies are investigating a reported theft from a residence in the 100 block of Lost Wells Butte Drive in Rural Riverton. A comforter had been stolen from a bed and someone allegedly rummaged through a closet of clothes. The RP also reported that a checkbook and debit card were missing.

A dirt bike rider suffered a broken leg in a crash located off of the roadway near the intersection of the West Pavillion Road and Highway 26 near Kinnear.

The Sheriff’s Dispatch Center referred a call to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department after receiving a call of a black lab attacking and killing a calf moose on South Pass. The dog returned to a vehicle occupied by two females which was described as a white extended cab Toyota Tacoma with a camper shell. The vehicle was registered in Fremont County.