Police Blotter: Arrests: Theft of $8K of chemical testing equipment reported; Purse with cash and drugs lifted; Two injured in ATV wreck

(A wheel from a vehicle popped off and struck this trailer on Saturday morning. Read more below. Photo courtesy of Mackayla McAlexander.)

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

Riverton Police Deparatment


Dana Eagle, 36, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Lisa Apodaca, 31, Riverton, DWUI, Lane Usage and No Insurance

Kenneth Shakespeare, 27, Riverton, Third Degree Sexual Assault

Hayes Goggles, 47, Riverton, Public Intoxication, and on Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear warrants

Steven Amos, 41, Riverton, Public Intoxication and Child Endangering

Tulsa Brown, 51, Fort Washakie, DWUI, No Insurance

Bryon Amos, 43, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant

Michael Smith, 21, Kinnear, on a Failure to Appear warrant

James Goggles, 48, Arapahoe, on a Failure to Appear warrant

Vearle Wilson, 35, Ethete, on a Contempt of Court warrant

Forrest Yellowfish, 34, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace

William YellowRobe, 40, St. Stephens, on a Failure to Appear warrant


A dog locked in a vehicle that had broken down in the Walmart parking lot resulted in a call to police at 9:16 Friday morning. Upon contacting the owner, officers found a bowl of water for the dog and the owner reported he had been returning frequently to let the dog out while trying to get the vehicle working again. No action was taken.

At 9:39 a.m., however, an officer on patrol noticed a locked vehicle with the windows rolled up and a small dog inside, also at Walmart. The officer had the vehicle’s owners paged and when contacted, the owner opened the vehicle. The officer determined the temperature inside the vehicle was too hot for the dog and a 26-year-old man from Rawlins was cited for animal cruelty.

Police are investigating a reported sexual assault that occurred on Thursday involving a woman they found passed out in an alley behind a dumpster in the 700 block of North Federal. The woman was taken to detox. The suspect in the assault is a 43-year-old man.

A minor property damage traffic crash was reported at 3:01 p.m. in the 300 block of North Federal. The driver at fault, a 64-year-old Riverton man, was driving a blue 2003 Ford XST which crashed into a gray 1999 Toyota Avalon. There were no injuries.

A man who attempted to leave Walmart with a $175 vacuum cleaner and $37 worth of cat food was caught and arrested for shoplifting, criminal trespass and on a Failure to Appear warrant. Arrested was Wendall Antelope, 35, Riverton.

Police took a report of a purse theft in the 900 block of East Sunset. A 65-year-old Lander woman said she and a friend had stopped at the Maverik Store and then had driven to a residence on Sunset. When she returned to the unlocked vehicle, her purse was missing. She told officers that she had tried to hide the purse by putting it on the floorboard against her seat. The purse not only contained the woman’s identification and debit card, but she reported that $700 in cash was missing along with 325 Oxycodone pills. The report is still under investigation by Police Detectives.

A theft from a building was reported Friday night at 9:03 p.m. in the 1500 block of Redwood Drive where a neighborhood child playing at the residence is alleged to have taken an iPod valued at $300. The owner reported she had been out on her deck with her children and their neighborhood friends when she went inside to look after another child. When she returned, she was told one of the neighborhood kids took the iPod and left. Initial attempts to contact the suspect were unsuccessful. Police will follow-up.

Police responded at 2:39 a.m. Saturday to the 100 block of North Broadway where a man had been assaulted. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a man laying on the ground with blood on his hands and head. The man said he did not know the two people who assaulted him. The man was taken by ambulance to Riverton Memorial Hospital for treatment of a laceration on the back of his head.

A shopper at Smith’s returned to their vehicle at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to discover it had been run into. There are no suspects.

A report had not been completed on a property damage crash that was called in at 8:41 a.m. at the Intersection of North 8th West and West Main involving a red 2007 Chrysler Sebring and a motorcycle identified as a black Honda DBR 900. A 23-year-old man from Riverton was driving the motorcycle. There were no injuries.

A 23-year-old man driving on Highway 26 reported that he lost a wheel on his truck at 9:57 a.m. The tire and wheel shot across the barrow ditch, flew over a fence and crashed into a 2007 model Rockwood camper trailer in the 3200 block of Lewis Road (see photo above). The police report had not been completed and no other details were available.

A pair of very pricey sunglasses were taken from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 200 block of South Sixth East. The reporting party said someone entered the 2006 Dodge and took one pair of Oakley Yellowjackets valued at $200 and one pair of Oakley Live Strong sunglasses, also valued at $200.

An intoxicated driver was arrested at 2:05 p.m. in the 900 block of East Sunset. Charged with DUI and not having insurance was Tulsa Brown, 51, Fort Washakie.

A woman who had taken some medication and was a bit woozy was the subject of a REDDI report Saturday at 3:50 p.m. near Jackson and North 8th West. When police contacted the woman she had already exited her vehicle. Police said there was no evidence the driver had been drinking.

A gas drive-off was reported at the Loaf ‘N Jug store at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning. A vehicle reportedly left without paying for $55 in fuel. There was no description provided of the vehicle involved.

The owner of a red two-door sedan that had been reported abandoned with a dog inside along Honor Farm Road turned out to belong to a 55-year-old woman from Montana, who was visiting someone at the Honor Farm. Other details of the report had not been completed by Monday morning.

There were two thefts from separate vehicles parked in the 1600 block of Gannet Drive Sunday. The first was reported at 2:03 p.m.when a man reported that someone had taken numerous items from a 2012 white Ford truck that was parked outside of his residence overnight. The man said he thought he had locked the vehicle using its key fob, but there was no sign of forced entry. Taken were two stainless steel cases containing chemical testing materials and equipment. Reported missing from one case was a hand crank retort chemical device, a filter press, a sand content tube and a 10 mm graduated cylinder, all valued at $6,000 and from the second case a burner, 250 ml flask and chemicals all valued at $1,000. Also missing from the truck was a laser printer, a Toshiba computer, a blue ray DVD player, a satellite radio and a Garmen GPS device, with a value of $1,270. Total loss was estimated at $8,270. The theft of the specialized equipment is under investigation by the RPD’s Detective Division.

The second vehicle theft on that block from an unlocked vehicle was reported two hours later at 4:08 p.m. when a company cellular phone was reported missing from a 2011 silver Chevrolet Silverado. The phone was valued at $300.

The reported theft of a purse containing $120 is also investigation. The theft was reported at 4:06 p.m. from the River City Bar on South Federal.

A report of harassment, possibly from a former employee who skipped out on a bill, was reported Sunday at 5:39 p.m. The harassment consisted of  phone calls made to the reporting party’s work and home telephones.

A young male whose identity was not released was the subject of a suspicious persons call at 8:30 p.m. in the area near Riverton City Park. The male was reported to be carrying a gun, or something that looked like a gun. Investigating officers found the male with a toy gun. He said he was heading home with it.

A report of a fight in the Forest Drive apartments resulted in citations being written to two 18-year-old apartment dwellers there for Minor Under the Influence and Minor In Possession of Alcohol. There was no physical fight involved.

Kenneth Shakespeare, 47, was arrested for Third Degree Sexual Assault after a patrolling police officer saw what he thought was a person laying on the ground in the northern area of the park. Upon investigation, the officer noticed two people on the ground “rolling around.” When the officer made contact, a female was trying to pull   up her pants and she ran crying to the officer and stood behind the officer. Shakespeare said nothing was going on, but the woman said he was assaulting her against her will. The victim wanted charges filed, so Shakespeare was arrested. He had a blood alcohol level of .30. He was taken to jail. The woman, whose BAC level was .27 percent, was taken to the alcohol detox center.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Adam Bumstead, 25, Riverton, Fremont County Failure to Appear Warrant.

Cisco Flood, 28, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence and Open Container.

Crystal Knigge, 31, Bonneville, DUI. At 10:11 p.m. on Friday, deputies were called to Main Street in Bonneville for a report of a suspicious subjects on an ATV and in a pickup in the area. Lee said subjects on the ATV told a deputy they were looking for a dog. The driver, Knigge, was arrested for DUI.

Aaron Miracle, 40, Dubois, Bond Revocation.


The scene of the Burma Road ATV v. car wreck. (Ernie Over photo)

The scene of the Burma Road ATV v. car wreck. (Ernie Over photo)

“33 year old Danielle Baldes of Riverton and 29 year old Jessica Cunningham of Lander received serious injuries Saturday afternoon when the ATV they were riding along Burma Road, struck a northbound 2013 Honda passenger car,” Undersheriff Ryan Lee said in a release. “The women, who are sisters, were riding a 2009 Red CanAm ATV north on Burma Road near Creek Drive South; They were apparently at their mother’s home in the area and were riding to mailboxes to check the mail.

“62 year old Shirley Gowett of Woodlake, CA, was also driving northbound on Burma Road at approximately 50 MPH, and approaching the slower moving ATV. The ATV pulled to the side of the road and Ms. Gowett began to pass on the left. For unknown reasons the ATV made a U-turn and collided with Gowett’s vehicle, both Baldes and Cunningham were thrown from the ATV. Both women were taken to the Riverton Memorial Hospital; their conditions as of Monday morning are unknown. It is not clear who was driving the ATV; alcohol was not a factor in the crash.”

At 10:28 a.m. on Friday, a subject in the Lander area reported identity theft. The report is under investigation.

At 3:12 p.m., a caller on the 100 block of Roosevelt Street in Dubois reported animal abuse. The caller said the animal had a skin condition that was being treated. Deputies determined there to be no abuse.

At 12:32 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to the Pit Stop for a man who became upset and was yelling at employees when his card was declined when he tried to pay for $50-worth of gas.

At 2:03 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to the 300 block of Wilderness Road near Crowheart for a subject with a possible broken femur after rolling a four-wheeler. Wyoming Highway Patrol is handling the investigation. Lee said the young man who was injured is “doing fine.”

At 6:04 p.m., deputies were called by a woman on the 1800 block of Center Street in Riverton who said an unknown woman kept throwing her mail on her lawn.

A man on Haymaker Road near Riverton reported the suspected theft of geese, ducks and guineas from his property.

At 8:24 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to Tweed Lane near Lander for a report of a teenagers driving at high rates of speed.

At 7:41 a.m. on Sunday, deputies were called the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue for a report of a suspected arson. A caller said someone tried set her husband’s truck on fire. Lee said a paper bag was lit on fire on the floorboard of the truck. There are no suspects at this time.

Three ceramic flower pots were reported missing from Moms Breakfast House on the 100 block of East Ramshorn Street in Dubois on Sunday morning.

At 11:35 a.m. on Sunday, deputies were called to the Sinks Canyon Visitor Center. A woman reportedly brought in an injured seagull that appeared to have been attacked by a dog.

An incident reported at 11:47 p.m., Sunday in Shoshoni is under investigation.


Lander Police Department


Jennifer Bundy, 47, Lander, cited for Biting Animal and Dog License Required.  LPD Sgt. Ron Wells said police were called to Jefferson Street for a report of a dog that bit a 9-year-old boy on the knee. The call came in at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

Edgar Martinez Suarez, 24, Lander, Driving Under the Influence, Open Container, No Valid Driver’s License, Brake Light Out and No Proof of Insurance. Luis Varba, 19, Pacoima, Calif., Open Container.  Wells said Suarez was stopped at 2:26 a.m. on Saturday on North First Street for a light out. He was found to be intoxicated. At the jail he had a .109 BAC. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08.

Ronald Abernathy, 51, Lander, Breach of Peace, Resisting, and Possession of Marijuana. Wells said officers were called to the 300 block of South Seventh Street for a report of a disturbance at 7:53 p.m. on Saturday. Abernathy was reportedly intoxicated and threatening to beat up a woman. After being taken to jail, detention staff located .7 grams of suspected marijuana on his person.

David Mojica Vital, 40, (residence unknown), was cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance. Wells said officers were called about a black Chevy Avalanche speeding and running cars off the road on the 500 block of Main Street. Officers observed the vehicle driving 44 mph in a 30 mph zone in the 100 block of Main. Vital was subsequently cited.


At 3:27 p.m. on Friday, police were called to Fremont Toyota for a report of a customer who claimed the dealership’s shop employees took $200 from their vehicle while it was being serviced. The caller also complained that the radio in the vehicle had been turned up too loud.

At 5:23 p.m., officers were called about a subject standing in the middle of the 300 block of Main Street playing the guitar. Police moved the man along.

At 7:20 p.m., police were called to Mr. D’s for a report of a man, woman and children who reportedly left the store without paying for $9 worth of Rockstars, gummy worms and other items. Police were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

At 3:38 p.m. on Saturday, police took a report of harassing text being sent from one woman to another.

A report of a burglary was made to police at 8:39 p.m. on Saturday. A man on the 8100 block of Highway 789 reported a camper trailer broken into sometime between July 8 and July 20. A refrigerator, among other items, was missing.

At 4:40 p.m. on Sunday, police were called about a man at the Popo Agie One Stop who allegedly wouldn’t leave when asked. The man told officers he was from Florida and was trying to get to Salt Lake City.  Police were called about the same man at 10:14 p.m. at the Pit Stop. Officers advised the man of free camping at City Park. No further assistance was made.

At 9:31 p.m., a woman called police about her neighbor beating a dog on the 600 block of North Third Street. The caller said she observed the man beat a dog. She later observed the man taking something wrapped in a white sheet out of the house. She believed the dog had been beaten to death. Officers were unable to make contact with the neighbor, but observed a dog matching the description alive in a kennel.