Police Blotter: Arrests; Man caught after attempting to hot-wire classic car; Bear scare near Brooks Lake

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

Riverton Police Department


Nicholas Blackburn, 18, on a Failure to Appear warrant

James Sandt, 41, Riverton, Violation of a Protection Order

Thunder Sky LittleThunder, 22, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant

Cherie Ghostbear, 39, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant

Aaron Emery, 20, Riverton, Burglary. A man identified as Emery was spotted walking down Sunset Drive at 4:46 a.m. waving his arms around was stopped by police to see if he needed assistance. The man told officers he was supposed to meet up with friends at a park, but they didn’t show up. The officer agreed to check the parks to see if he could locate Emery’s friends, but was unable to do so. During his park check, the officer noticed that a 1928 Dodge parked at the east entrance to the U. S. Energy Building had been “repositioned.” Upon investigating, he discovered that someone had attempted to hot wire the vehicle, and the ignition wires had been cut and the coating removed leaving two bare copper wires. Upon further investigation, Emery admitted that he had tried to steal the car. In Emery’s possession was a knife that showed evidence of slicing two wires. He said friends had urged him to steal the vehicle and meet up with afterwards. He was arrested.

Aloysious Piper, 46, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication, Disturbing the Peace

Albert Perry, 44, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication

Cheryl Eagle, 31, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Aleeah Crispin, 38, Ethete, Contempt of Court

Charles Dodge, 32, Arapahoe, Custodial Interference

A 16-year-old female from St. Stephens was cited for Duty to Stop, Property Damage and Failure to Maintain a Single Lane of Traffic after a hit and run crash was reported at 9:20 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of East Adams Street. Police later located the hit and run vehicle and cited the driver.

Two 30-year-old males from St. Stephens were cited for criminal entry at 11:32 p.m. Saturday night after a patrolling officer noticed them sitting in a vehicle at the S&H Motors sales lot. One of the men only was wearing one shoe. When asked where his other shoe was, the man pointed out another vehicle that he had been sleeping in. The two were cited and moved along.

Responding to a report of a loud party, police cited seven underage drinkers at 22 minutes past Midnight Sunday morning who were partying in a garage in the 800 block of East Lincoln. The seven included two 18 year-old, three who were 19 and two who were 20 years of age. All seven were cited for MIP/MUI.


An employee at Bob’s Truck Repair off Energy Lane in Riverton arrived for work and discovered that someone had set off a fire extinguisher in the cab of one of the trucks there. Nothing appeared to be missing, but the cab was a mess.

A high-speed chase in the aftermath of a domestic violence case began shortly before 8 a.m. Friday near Pershing and North 8th West. (See separate story). 21-year-old Matthew Smith of Kinnear was finally detained on the Wind River Reservation as he fled from three different law enforcement agencies.

The RPD’s Animal Control officer was called to the Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District’s Bale Station off of Smith Road on Friday morning where a cat had fallen down a hole at the site. The cat was retrieved with a catch pole and the feline was taken to PAWS.

A woman in a silver Jeep who accidently caused a door ding on a red van in the 800 block of North 12th East called police to report the incident. The owner of the van was contacted and insurance information was exchanged.

The owner of a 2012 Toyota Camry, also in the 800 block of North 12th East, reported a hit and run crash, on Friday. The motorist did not know where or when the damage occurred.

A shoplifting incident at Walmart was reported by the store at 1 a.m. Saturday morning. According to the store, a man took a sweatshirt valued at $10.88 and ran from the store when challenged. The man had torn the tags off of the apparel, which store personnel noticed after four men were found to be “hanging around” the clothing area. The man jumped into an orange colored, older model Chevrolet pickup truck that sped away with three men in the front seat and three men in the bed of the truck.

A small child walked into a yard in the 800 block of Liberty Avenue, but the resident there could not understand what the child’s name was. The child was however, able to show the resident where she lived. The child, a three year-old female, slipped out of the house to play and wandered too far, a report stated.

A Riverton resident who had taken a cab home from a bar in the 700 block of East Main had to return after it was discovered another vehicle had crashed into his parked Pontiac and he had to complete a crash report.

A man who went to a car show in La Barge on Saturday, returned to find his 1996 model Texas car-hauling trailer missing from where he had left it in the 700 block of East Adams. The trailer had black Rhino treated fenders and a 2,500-pound winch attached. A value for the trailer was not listed.

Police are attempting to contact the registered owner of a red pickup truck that drove off from the Loaf and Jug store at 7:53 p.m. Sunday without paying for $66.54 worth of fuel. The vehicle’s license plate number was captured for police follow-up.

Is it school yet? Police were called at 1:15 a.m. Monday morning with the report that some one(s) were ringing doorbells and knocking on doors in the 900 block of Westview.


Lander Police Department


Ronald White, 41, Ethete, Driving Under the Influence and Expired Registration. Calvin White, 24, Ethete, Lander Failure to Appear Warrant. Dawn Wheeler, 47, Ethete, Lander Failure to Appear Warrant. Lander Police Lt. Chuck Carr said officers initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Main and Clinchard streets for expired registration at 2:35 p.m. on Friday. Carr said Ronald White failed field sobriety testing and was found to have a .239 BAC. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08. His two passengers also had outstanding warrants.

Shidawn Gagon, 18, Lander, Lander Failure to Appear Warrant. Carr said police were called to the area near McDonald’s at 12:55 a.m. on Saturday for a report of a subject sitting on top of a car. Police then reportedly observed a blow-up doll being put into a vehicle. Police stopped the vehicle for no registration. Gagon, a passenger, was found to have an outstanding warrant.

Alicia Wilson, 38 Lander, DUI, No Proof of Insurance, Brake Light Violation and Interference. Police initiated a traffic stop at 1:51 a.m. on Saturday at the intersection of North First and Amoretti streets for a brake light out. Wilson, the driver, reportedly refused a breath test. Later at the detention center she reportedly had a .20 BAC.

Heide Bush, 38, Lander, Lander Failure to Appear Warrants.

Darwin Shakespeare, 24, St. Stephen’s, Public Intoxication. Carr said police were called to McDonald’s at 7:56 a.m. on Saturday for a report of a subject passed out. Carr said Shakespeare believed he was in Riverton and admitted to drinking and taking prescription medications.

Daniel Bressler, 25, El Reno, Okla., Public Intoxication and Peace Disturbance. Carr said police were called to the 500 block of Main Street at 1:25 a.m. on Sunday for a report of a fight. Police separated two men who were preparing to fight. Bressler was determined to be the instigator.

Daniel Posey, 34, Tulsa, Okla., Property Destruction and Trespassing. Police were called to the 800 block of Amoretti Street at 6:15 a.m. on Sunday. A woman told police two men broke into her home and were assaulting her husband. Carr said upon forcing their way into the home, police found the victim with blood on his face and hands. Posey was allegedly found in a back room. The second suspect had left before police arrived.

Thomas Knott, 18, Lander, cited Minor in Possession (MIP) and Providing Alcohol to Minors. A 14-year-old Lander boy cited for Curfew. A 14-year-old Lander girl cited for Curfew. A 13-year-old Lander boy cited for MIP and Curfew. An 8-year-old Riverton boy cited for Curfew. Carr said officers on patrol in the south alley of the 800 block of Main Street at 2:20 a.m. on Monday saw subjects hiding under a truck and trailer. Knott allegedly told the officer the youths had gathered because one was having a hard time. Knott was cited and the minors were released to family members.


One person was taken to Lander Regional Hospital on Friday morning following a two vehicle wreck on the 100 block of East Main Street. Carr said Lyle Donoven, 76, of Lander, was attempting to turn left off Riverplace and onto Main Street when he collided with another vehicle. Donoven was cited for Failure to Yield. Carr said the driver of the second vehicle was taken to the hospital.

At 10:17 a.m. on Friday, police were called about a bus parked near Family Dollar that had a door open and no one was around.

At 2:57 p.m., a caller reported a young man sitting on the Main Street bridge smoking a cigarette. The caller thought it was suspicious. Police located no one matching the description in the area.

A long series of events beginning at 9:05 p.m. on Friday ultimately resulted in a citation to a Lander woman. The first call on Friday regarded harassing texts from one woman to another on the 800 block of Four Seasons. The suspect female reportedly drove by the caller’s home while police were there taking the report. The two were told not to contact each other. At 8:39 p.m. on Saturday, police were called again about one of the women throwing a bottle at the other’s vehicle. At 11:10 p.m. that evening police were called about a fight in the parking lot of the apartments on the 100 block of Sweetwater Street. Carr said both women were there and were upset with each other. They were again told to stay away from each other. At 12:35 a.m., after another report of harassing calls and texts, police issued a citation to April Laughter, 21, of Lander, for Peace Disturbance.

At 12:47 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to a residence on the 100 block of Sweetwater Street for a report of stolen prescription medications. Police were unable to substantiate the report. Officers were called back at 1:47 a.m. for a report of a woman not letting a man remove his things from the residence.

At 11:56 a.m. on Sunday, police responded to a report of a vehicle that backed into a gas meter near the intersection of Main and Lincoln streets. There was minor damage to the vehicle and approximately $300 in damage to the meter.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office

Ronald Abernathy, 51, Lander, Bond Revocation.

Morton Armajo, 52, Rapid City, S.D., Natrona County Failure to Appear Warrant.

Brian Bawdow, 23, Riverton, Probation Revocation.

Tessa Bell, 32, Riverton, Probation Revocation.

George Stratton, 22, Post Falls, Idaho, Breach of Peace.

Stanley Bean Jr., 36, Riverton, Breach of Peace. Angela Holder, 38, Shoshoni, Breach of Peace. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said deputies were called to Roger’s Lane on Saturday evening for a family fight. The determined the fight to be verbal only and there were were no law violations. “A short time after leaving the home, our dispatch center received a call from a resident in the area,” Lee said in a news release. “The resident explained she had received a call from her husband who was on his way home. The Husband explained he was unable to get home because he observed a man with a gun in the area of Roger’s Lane. The Deputies returned to the home on Roger’s Lane and upon arrival heard a single gunshot ring out. The wife was located in the home; the husband and a handgun were missing.”

Lee said Bean was later located and admitted to shooting the weapon in the air. “There was no evidence to suggested he fire the weapon at anyone,” Lee said. After he was arrested for Breach of Peace, Lee said his wife, Holder,  became upset and “screamed obscenities and caused a disturbance in the area.” Lee said both were intoxicated.


At 9:24 a.m. on Friday, deputies were called about a dead moose on Highway 28 near South Pass City. The caller said a baby moose was still in the area.

At 10:51 a.m., a woman on the 100 block of Sunflower near Lander reported a couple days earlier she found an old-fashioned collector radio in her mailbox. She did not know to whom it belonged.

At 12:09 p.m. on Friday, police were called to the 200 block of North Pine Street in Pavillion for a suspicious person going door to door. The man was determined to be a salesman selling learning materials.

Illegal dumping in front of the Shoshoni transfer station was reported Friday afternoon.

A motorcycle was reported stolen from Vista Drive in Riverton on Friday afternoon is under investigation.

At 9:43 p.m. on Friday, deputies and Wind River Police were called to the intersection of Blue Sky  Highway and Johnstown Valley Roads for a report of an SUV that struck a pedestrian. The caller said the male subject was conscious and breathing. WRPD handled the report and additional information was not available.

At 10:16 p.m., a man on Aspen Way in Lander reported that his grandson thought he saw a mountain lion chasing a deer.

At 11:17 p.m. on Friday, deputies were called by a man and woman in the Lander area who heard what they thought was a cell phone ring, but it wasn’t any of their phones and they couldn’t find anything that could have made the noise.

At 12:28 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to 8-Mile Road near Riverton for a report oa stolen vehicle. Lee said the man attended a party at a home on David’s Way, woke up the next morning and his vehicle was missing.

Deputies were called at 3:28 p.m. on Saturday for a report of an intoxicated woman on the 900 block of East Monroe Avenue who had a cooking pan and was trying to fight people. She was taken to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center.

Northern Arapaho Child Protective Services reported to deputies that a baby was dropped off at a woman’s house. She did not know where the baby came from or whose it was. The incident was turned over to tribal social services and the child was ok.

At 3:37 p.m. on Sunday, deputies were called to assist U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Wyoming Game & Fish officials with bear problems at the Pinnacles Campground near Brooks Lake. The caller reported hearing three gunshots from a camper. G&F biologist Brian DeBolt confirmed a fisherman fired warning shots as two subadult grizzly bears neared them along the shore. DeBolt said the bears showed no aggression. Neither the bears, nor any humans were injured. He said while firearms can be effective in scaring away bears, every animal will react differently.

“Deputies investigated a motorcycle wreck at mile post 57 on Highway 789 in the construction zone,” Lee said. The wreck was reported at 4:16 p.m. on Sunday.”A 2003 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, operated by 53 year old Hector Romanos of Colorado Springs, Colorado, tipped over on the roadway injuring his 45 year old female passenger. The passenger was reported to have a broken leg and was taken to the Lander Hospital via ground ambulance. Reports indicated that Romanos was driving approximately 15M PH on a dirt section of roadway and lost control as the dirt road turned to pavement. Romanos was not injured; he drove the motorcycle to Lander afterwards. His passenger was also from Colorado Springs.”

Deputies were called to Bass Lake near Shoshoni for a report of a jet ski that flipped over and subjects were calling for help. Lee said a boater took the subjects to shore and everyone was ok.

A report of child abuse in Hudson is under investigation.