Police Blotter: Arrests; Five deaths recorded over the weekend; Riverton had 37 Intox calls; Two eluding motorists caught; Manure spreader stolen

(Lander, Wyo.) – The holiday weekend law enforcement roundup from across Fremont County, Wyo.

Fremont County Coroner

The Fremont County Coroner’s office responded to four deaths and were advised of a fifth this weekend. Coroner Ed McAuslan said the five included two female and three males and involved two Lander residents and three from Riverton. The bodies of 49-year-old Tami Wocicki, a resident at the Wyoming Life Resource Center and 63-year-old Timothy Forbis of Riverton are both being autopsied today in Loveland, Colo. to determine the manner and cause of death. the bodies of a 59-year-old Lander man and a 22-year-old Riverton man will be taken to Loveland on Tuesday for autopsies. The fifth death, of a 49-year-old Riverton woman, was reported to have occurred in Casper after she was taken there for a medical treatment. An autopsy is required in the case of the death of the WLRC resident as she was a ward of the state.

Riverton Police Department


Paula Harris, 52, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence. Her BAC level was .14 percent. Officers were clearing another call on North Federal Boulevard when they had to jump out of the path of Harri’s vehicle to avoid being struck as she drove by. She was stopped a short distance from the scene.

Dana Eagle, 36, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Andrew Kuhnley, 34, Driving While Under the Influence.

Herbert Augustine, 56, Ethete, on a Failure to Appear warrant. His blood alcohol count was .28 percent.

Michael Primeaux, 28, Lander, Driving While Under the Influence. Primeaux led Riverton Police Officer Chase Wood on a short chase before he hit the officer’s car with his vehicle and then high centered his vehicle on a brick retaining wall next to the West Main Maverik store. Primeaux attempted to flee on foot, but was caught by Wood and taken into custody. He was not injured.

Reva SunRhodes, 49, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace.


Riverton Police and the Fremont County Coroner are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 22-year-old Riverton man early this morning around 4 a.m. No information was being released on the cause of death, or the identity of the man, whose body will be taken for autopsy in Loveland on Tuesday.

The RPD Responded to 17 calls regarding intoxicated individuals on Friday, nine cases on Saturday and 11 on Sunday for a total of 37 calls over the three-day weekend.

Police were called Friday by a woman in Colorado saying that her 56-year-old sister who lives in Riverton was sending threatening messages to her which she believe to be a valid threat.

A property damage, no injury crash was reported Friday 1:12 pm. In the 200 block of North Federal between a black 2003 Ford Explorer and a silver and black 2012 Toyota.

A shopper at Smith’s Grocery called police to report a possible case of child abuse after she witnessed a woman grabbing and shaking a child in the parking lot. Upon investigation, the suspect she was the mother of two small children, ages 7 and 9 and that one of them had been running out into traffic, so she spanked the child. A follow-up welfare check on the children revealed them both to be okay.

An officer on patrol at 10:289 p.m. Friday night observed a dark passenger vehicle parked in the north section of Jaycee Park after the park curfew was in effect. As the officer drove up to the vehicle, the male subject was observed reaching under the drivers seat. After an investigation, the man, identified as 22 years old from Kinnear, was cited for Possession of a Controlled Substance, marijuana. A black glass pipe was found in the man’s front left pants pocket and 2.6 grams of marijuana was found in a plastic bag under the driver’s seat. When contacting the subject, officers said they were hit with a strong odor of cologne and they noticed two bottle of cologne next to the driver.

A patrolling officer observed a man in an alcove in the 300 block of East Main Street in a stance that would indicate the man was urinating. Upon investigation, the officer found that to be the case. The officer was in the process of citing the 51-year-old male for Urinating in Public when an adult female showed up and said she would take the man home, and the officer released the man without citing him.

Police received a report at 1:43 a.m. Saturday about two vehicles allegedly chasing each other in the area of South Federal and East Adams. Police made contact with one of the drivers who had parked her vehicle further south on Federal. She said people unknown to her driving a black Dodge had thrown objects at her car. Police were unable to locate the other vehicle.

Saturday at 2:01 p.m., police received a call of a suspicious man taking photos of the girls at a shaved ice barn at Pershing and North Federal. Police contacted the man who said he was taking photos of the business because he and his girlfriend were thinking of starting a similar business in Utah. Police checked the photos, which showed only the building and not the occupants nor customers.

A woman working in her back yard garden in the 500 block of East Lincoln heard her dogs barking at 5:16 p.m. Saturday evening and saw a juvenile male wearing a white shirt and a white hat start to leave her front yard with her son’s bicycle. She gave chase to the juvenile, who was described as a Hispanic male, 13 to 14 years of age. The woman could not catch the youth. The bicycle was identified as a Schwin BMX valued at $160. Police were unable to located the youth or the bicycle.

At 8:20 p.m. two juveniles were reported to be pulling a rope across the street on Forest Drive near North 16th East. Upon investigating, police discovered two juveniles crouched on either side of the street with a black spool of cord. Officers made contact with the two, who allegedly said they were doing it as a joke. The parents of the two were contacted and advised of the prank. Officers warned the kids to “knock it off” according to a report. No citations were issued.

A woman at 9:04 p.m. called police to complain that someone had stopped in a vehicle in front of her residence and began yelling obscenities in her direction.

An officer on patrol noticed a white Dodge truck with only its running lights on, and no headlines, in the 100 block of North 10th East. The juvenile drive said he was using a friends truck to take several juvenile girls home, but that he did not know how to turn the headlights on. The three were issued warnings about being out after curfew and the officer turned on the truck lights and let the youth take the girls home.

A private party underway in the 500 block of Main Street Sunday morning at 2:35 a.m. resulted in a call to police that marijuana was being smoked there. Upon investigating, police did observe a party underway, but no one was smoking any marijuana.

Police are investigating a hit and run crash that took out a fire hydrant and a fence. (RPD photo)

Police are investigating a hit and run crash that took out a fire hydrant and a fence. (RPD photo)

A resident in the 1500 block of of East Lincoln reported a hit and run incident upon waking up Sunday morning. The reporting party said he and his wife had heard a crash overnight, but could not see anything in the dark. Upon waking, they discovered the fence around their yard was damaged and a fire hydrant at the corner had been totally  broken off. Police determined a white vehicle had done the damage as there was a paint transfer left at the scene along with a bumper from the vehicle that fled.

Police received a call of potential drug activity in the Riverton area. Information from the caller was turned over to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the BIA Wind River Police Department for follow-up.

Two former friends who had a falling out were the subject of a call claiming harassment to police at 6:28 p.m. Sunday night in the 400 block of East Adams. One individual had followed the other home and challenged them to a fight. The pair told officers they no longer wanted to be friends. And for that they called the police.

A 31-year-old woman called police at 6:55 p.m. Sunday about an alleged theft of $70 from a wallet in her home. The woman identified a 31-year-old male resident across the street who had been visiting her frequently as a potential suspect, and talked to the man’s parents about it. The father allegedly threatened to kill the woman’s dog over the allegation, and she called police to have the incident documented.

A woman in the 200 block of Kinnikinnik Drive called police to report that someone had shaved a strip of hair off of her dog’s back.

A man who lived in the 100 block of Opal Drive called police to report that someone had poured a soft drink on his truck seat. He discovered the seat cushion was wet and stained when he tried to sit down on it. The man identified a suspect. When contacted, the suspect, a woman, said he was only joking around and that he had greased her door knob. The officer asked the two to stop playing jokes on each other.

Police were called to an address at Spruce and Broadway on a report of kids throwing water balloons at passing motorists. Upon investigating, police discovered some pools of water and a garden hose and several kids inside a residence “peering out of a window.” The mother of the suspects was contacted, as well as the kids. No citations were issued.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Department


Steven Brewer, 36, Riverton, Interference with Police

Levi Chancellor, 18, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant

Seth Dayton, 18,Lander, Eluding Police

Sherice Guina, 31, Fort Washakie, on a Probation Revocation warrant

Paul Johansen, 38, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence

Sage Ramirez, 20, Mesa, Ariz., Underage Consumption of Alcohol. According to a FCSO report, Ramirez was arrested for being a Minor under the influence of alcohol after the vehicle he was riding in tried to elude the BIA Wind River Police. Deputies were called as Ramirez is a non-enrolled person.


The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office responded to 102 calls for service over the three day weekend.

Undersheriff Ryan Lee released information Monday on several incidents from the weekend. In a news release, Lee said a Deputy attempted to stop a person on a motorcycle that he had observed driving erratically in the 200 block of Main Street in Lander. When attempting to stop the motorcycle, the driver accelerated down Second Street and then down Cliff Street. Lee said at that point the Deputy did not pursue the motorcycle and turned off his overhead emergency lights. Continuing to patrol the area, Lee said the Deputy later located the motorcycle and its driver parked in a driveway in the 200 block of Cascade Street. “After admitting to eluding the Deputy due to not having a registration, 18-year-old Seth Dayton of Lander was arrested for Eluding Police. Dayton did not reside at the resident where he was located at,” Lee said in the release.

Lee also said the Sheriff’s Office had received numerous calls of a red Ford Bronco driving erratically in several locations around the river bottom south of Riverton. “Contact was eventually made with the occupants, who explained they were looking for a 26-year-old man who had been separated from their party while floating near the Wind River Bridge south of Riverton,” Lee said in a release. “Authorities became involved in the incident and learned that the man had been floating in the river with friends when “he was swept down the river” by the current. The man was described as being intoxicated, Lee said.  “A Deputy Sheriff and a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper walked down the banks fo the river and located the man about a mile downstream from where he was last seen. The man was fine and out of the water when he was found,” Lee said.

The Fremont County Emergency Medical Services ambulances were dispatched 59 times over the long weekend and county fire departments were dispatched to nine different calls, including at Atlantic City, Missouri Valley, Fort Washakie, Lander and Riverton. Two of the calls were to assist at car crashes two were for public service activities, two were on controlled burns, one was for a fire off of North First Street in Lander, one was for assistance on a medical aid call, and one was for a grass fire along the Gas Hills Road south of Riverton.

A reporting party in rural Riverton reported someone had tried to get money from them on the guise that a grandchild was in trouble and needed money. The RP said they were aware of the scam and did not follow the instructions given to them.

A theft from a building in Shoshoni that was reported on Friday is under investigation. No other details were released.

An irrigator outside of Riverton called the Sheriff’s Office to report that he believed someone had shot out the tires on his center-pivot irrigation system. The incident is under investigation.

A case of mail tampering was reported at 1:28 p.m. Friday on Jimson Lane where a mail box had been run over.

A resident of the Morton Lake area called the S.O. to report reckless behavior by a group of ATV riders along the Pilot Butte Road and around the lake. The RP said three different sets of people “where tearing the hell out of the road out here.” Deputies were unable to locate the suspects after they arrived at the lake.

A wallet was reported stolen on July 3rd by a person in Hudson, who said the wallet had cash, a check, identification and credit cards in the wallet, which was described as tan with a shiny cross with broken wings coming out of it.

Charges are pending against a motorist driving a white Nissan pickup who was seen dumping a large appliance into the sage brush near Hudson and driving away. The reporting party took down the license plate number of the vehicle. When Deputies contacted the driver, he returned to the area and retrieved the trash.

A resident in the Lander area called the Sheriff’s Office to report that her “ex” was texting her and calling her and not leaving her alone. Deputies took the report.

An allegedly intoxicated man camping near Lewis Lake became agitated and threatened another camper who asked him to quiet down at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.

A manure spreader was reported stolen from a farm in the 300 block of Eight Mile Road. The piece of farm equipment was noticed missing on Saturday morning.

Deputies were unable to substantiate a report that a neighbor’s target practicing had missed its target and had struck a garage in which people were working. Deputies, however, did contact the neighbor where the shots were allegedly fired.

Deputies were called to assist State Troopers for a single vehicle crash on Highway 28 for a white Dodge truck that left the roadway Saturday at 3:49 p.m.

Two individuals who were reportedly drunk and disorderly were taken to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center Saturday at 6 minutes past 8 p.m. from an address on Lost Wells Butte Drive.

A citation was issued to the owner of a vehicle which was in a ditch off of the Loop Road Switchbacks at 6:38 a.m. Sunday. The owner was found to be in possession of a controlled substance, marijuana. He was cited and released.

A 16-year-old female was taken to the Fremont County Girls Group Home in Lander after she allegedly assaulted her stepfather while the family was passing through the Dubois area from Jackson. She was cited for battery.

Deputies responded at 8:21 a.m. Sunday to the 400 block of Webbwood Road north of Riverton where a fawn deer was reported to be stuck in a fence.

Deputies investigated an incident at 4:29 p.m. Sunday when a vehicle crashed through a fence near the intersection of Bee and Bryant roads near Riverton. No one was injured.

A report of a number of dogs not being cared for and who are locked in kennels near Riverton is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. The call was reported at 8:36 p.m.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a subject involved in an assault that was reported at 5:39 a.m. Monday morning at an address in the Garden’s North Subdivision north of Riverton.

Lander Police Department


April Spang, 34, Riverton, on two counts of Shoplifting, and for Possession of a Controlled Substance-methamphetamine

Lois Medicine Cloud, 48, Riverton, on two counts of Shoplifting

Thomas Knott, 18, Lander, MIP/MUI

Page McKown, 23, Gillette, DWUI

Joshua Havorka, 25, Lander, Open Container and Disorderly Conduct

Grace Richey, 21, of Duluth, Minn., Shoplifting


Call information was not immediately available from the LPD, this section will be updated.