Police Blotter: Arrests; Man assaults pregnant woman; RPD officer spots, puts out house fire

(Lander, Wyo.) –  Monday’s law enforcement roundup from the past weekend.

Riverton Fire Department

The RFD was called out three times since Friday. According to RFD Administrator Jeff Kehl, a “possible fire” reported at 9:31 a.m. on Friday morning at an address on Delfelder Road turned out to be a resident burning weeds behind his house. It was a controlled fire and the response was cancelled.

At 10 minutes past Midnight on Saturday morning, RDP Officer Gilbert Peck was exiting the police station to back up another officer when he noticed a fire burning on the side of a residence in the 600 block of Spruce Street across the Rails To Trails pathway from the PD. Peck grabbed a fire extinguisher and raced to the house and had the fire knocked down by the time the RFD arrived, Kehl said. “That was real heads up action by the officer to notice that fire and get over there so quickly,” Kehl said. “Kudos to him or that fire might’ve been much more severe.” As it was, portions of a porch and the side of the residence were scorched. Kehl said the fire was ruled accidental in nature and was due to smoking materials not extinguished properly, which fell under the porch and caught dry vegetation on fire. The home was occupied, but those inside did not realize the porch had caught fire.

A grease fire was reported at 3:32 p.m. on Sunday in the 12300 block of Highway 26 west of Riverton. “The fire was confined to the kitchen where there was moderate to heavy smoke damage with heat damage thoughout the house,” Kehl said. “Grease on a stove ignited, it was accidental.” No one was home at the time of the call and the fire was quickly knocked down. Units from the Fremont County Fire Protection District’s Battalion 1 in Riverton and Batallion 8 at Midvale also responded to the scene. The RFD had 13 firefighters and two pieces of apparatus respond to the fire.

The Riverton Fire Department was also dispatched at 11:35 a.m. Monday morning for a natural gas investigation in the alley behind the 900 block of Westridge where a gas meter was struck by a vehicle there. There was no fire.


Riverton Police Department


Eldon Antelope, 48, Riverton, Breach of Peace, Interfereing with Peace Office, Assault

Joan Lepine, 51, Riverton, Assault

Cedric Shakespeare, 27, Fort Washakie, Driving While Under the Influence. Shakespeare was arrested after he drove his tan 2001 Mitsubishi Montera into the side of a 2000 model Pontiac Grand Prix in the 1600 block of West main at 11:49 a.m. Saturday. Damage was under $1,000. There were no injuries.

Clayton Barrett, 30, Riverton, Interfering with Peace Office, and on a Fremont County warrant.

Issued misdemeanor citations and released with a promise to appear in court:

37-year-old male, Riverton, Assault

34-year-old female, Riverton Assault

20-year-old female, Riverton, Underage Possession of Alcohol

19-year-old female, Riverton, Underage Possession of Alcohol


Well, it looked like a good short cut. A motorist trying to drive between the parking lots of Kmart and Wendy’s Friday at 10:55 became high centered. There is a significant difference in elevation between the two parking lots. There were no injuries.

No injuries were reported in a rear-end crash on Hwy 26 Friday afternoon. (EO)

No injuries were reported in a rear-end crash on Hwy 26 Friday afternoon. (EO)

A rear-end collision was reported in the construction zone of Highway 26 just west of Riverton Regional Airport when the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox failed to notice that traffic had slowed in front of her, and she clipped the drivers side rear bumper, breaking out a headlight and front right quarter panel. Damage was estimated over $1,000. There were no injuries.

The owner of a vehicle left at a tire shop in the 1100 block of North Federal Avenue reported that a three ball hitch, a welder and a cooler was missing from his vehicle. The case is under investigation.

A RPD unit responding to back up another officer had heard a report of deer along Riverview Road and South Majors Avenue, so was not going very fast when a deer jumped out in front of his patrol car. The deer struck the center of the car’s jump bumper, was knocked down, but it got up and ran from the scene. The police vehicle received only minor damage.

The owner of a lawn mower left outside on his front yard in the 100 block of North 10th East called police to report that it had been stolen.

A fender bender was reported in the parking lot at Walmart Saturday at 4:21 p.m. between a a white 2006 Dodge Caravan and a white 2008 one ton Dodge pickup. Damage was estimated over $1,000. No injuries.

Across the street at 9:27 p.m. police were called to a property damage wreck involving a vehicle versus a light pole. Damage to the 2008 red Dodge Ram pickup was listed over $1,000. Damage to the pole was not listed.

On Sunday, at 9:46 a.m. in the 1100 block of East Washington a dog darted out into the street and was struck by a motorcyclist. The dog was taken a vet for injuries, the motorcyclist had laid the bike down on the street and was not injured. A damage estimate was not offered in the report.

Another property damage fender bender was reported Sunday at 12:29 p.m. in the 800 block of North Broadway between a white over blue 1993 Ford pickup and a red 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. Damage was estimated over $1,000.

The report of a home burlgary in the 1300 block of East Washington is under investigation, no other details were released.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Department


Stephanie Bigmedicine, 31, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence

Sharelle Brown, 25, Ethete, on a Failure to Appear warrant

William Hamilton, 40, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence, and on a Canadian County, Okla., arrest warrant

Carl King, 26, Riverton, Felonious Restraint, Aggravated Assault and Battery, Strangulation of Household Member. According to Undersheriff Ryan Lee, King was arrested on these three felony charges Friday night, alleging that he assaulted a 21-year-old pregnant Riverton woman. According to a release from Lee, “A deputy sheriff observed the victim walking on North Federal Boulevard attempting to flag down traffic. The female informed the deputy that her boyfriend had attacked her while the two were driving from the area of East Monroe Avenue. The victim indicated she was able to escape from the car after King had stopped for a red light near Webbwood Road.” Lee said the woman was taken to Riverton Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries, including bruises, swelling, scratches and a laceration. King was later located and arrested. “It is my understanding that there were no known complications with the fetus Friday night, we will be monitoring the case,” Lee said.

Christopher Montano, 40, Johnstown, Colo., on an Albany County arrest warrant.


The  Fremont County Sheriff’s Department received 93 calls for service Friday though Monday morning. Among those calls…

A rural Riverton resident called the FCSO Friday at 8:11 to complain that a tenant’s dogs had gotten into his hog pens. He wanted to know his rights.

A dozen herd of Black Angus cattle roaming on the 300 block of Eight Mile Road Friday morning was reported.

Another animal problem was reported when a resident on Lost Wells Butte Drive reported that a neighbor’s four horses and a donkey were on his property again.

A potential fraud case was called into the department Friday just after 10 a.m.. A man said he had been getting calls from a law firm in California saying he was going to have charges filed against him. A report was taken.

The Mayor of Hudson reportedly was threatened by a town resident on Friday morning. According to a sheriff’s report, Jake Hamon was spraying for mosquitos and did not see a resident sitting outside of his residence and did not turn off the fogger. The gentleman verbally threatened the mayor for not turning off the fogger. A report was taken.

Oil from an apparently abandoned oil pipeline near Crooks Mountain at Jeffrey City was reported to be leaking oil to the surface of the Crooks Mountain Road.  The company responsible for the line was contacted and indicated they would dig it up.

Some wandering goats ended up on private property in the 1500 block of Highway 287 near Lander on Friday. It was unknown who owned the animals.

A vandalism incident involving tires that were allegedly slashed on a vehicle pared on Pine Street in Shoshoni was reported Friday afternoon just before 3 p.m.

A motor home blew a tire while driving on Highway 26/287 near Dubois and ran off the road. There were no injuries.

A case of littering was reported to Deputies on Friday afternoon when a landowner along the Missouri Valley Road found trash on his property.

An aircraft performing crop dusting activities in the Buckhorn Flats area of rural Riverton was the subject of a complaint Friday at 6:41. The plane allegedly had been “buzzing houses too low.”

A theft was reported from a Riverton area residence. The case is under investigation and no other details were released.

A motorist driving a bit too fast on the North Fork Road outside of Lander took a corner near Birchfield Lane too fast and drove into a field. A report was taken.

A caller phoned the dispatch center to report that someone had just poached an antelope on the Wind River Reservation north of the Ruby Ranch and north of the Popo Agie River east of Lander. The Wind River Fish and Game was contacted to verify the party with the antelope had a reservation license.

Two batteries were reported taken from a camper parked on Snowberry Lane at Gardens North Subdivision north of Riverton.

Deputies were called to an address on the  Willow Creek Road south of Lander to assist Fremont County EMS with a 52-year-old man who had fallen off of a horse and was knocked unconscious.

Car vs. motorcycle scene (photo by Randy McKenzie)

Car vs. motorcycle scene (photo by Randy McKenzie)

Deputies reported that one woman was injured in a vehicle versus motorcycle crash Sunday at 11:17 a.m. on the curve in Hudson.

Another case of identity theft was reported, this time involving a Facebook account by a resident in Pavillion. A report was taken.

Someone dumped a quantity of trash off of Bushwaker Road outside of Shoshoni on a two-track about 1.5 miles from the highway. The incident is under investigation.

Less than $1,000 damage was reported following a vehicle versus storage shed at 33 minutes past Midnight on Monday morning. There were no injuries.


Lander Police Department


Aleeah Crispin, 38, Ethete, Lander Warrant.

Gabriel Gonzales, 35, Lander, Public Intoxication and Peace Disturbance. Lander Police Lt. Chuck Carr said police were called at 6:21 p.m. on Friday for a report of a fight at The Forge. Upon arrival, police found two men walking away from the bar. Upon reviewing camera footage and speaking with witnesses it was found that Gonzales had initiated a shoving match following a disagreement.

Sandra Harris, 46, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence-Enhanced, Driving Under Suspension, No Proof of Insurance, Altered or Expired Registration and Headlight Out. At 9:50 p.m. on Saturday, an officer initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Main and Clinchard streets for a headlight out. Carr said the driver, Harris, failed field sobriety testing and was subsequently arrested. The DUI charge is enhanced due to having a 4-year-old passenger.

James Paulus, 63, Lander, Driving Under the Influence and Stopping/Parking Prohibited. At 10:43 p.m. on Saturday, police were on patrol when they saw a car parked four feet off the curb on the 500 block of South Second Street. Carr said Paulus was sitting in the driver’s seat and the car was running. Carr said after the officer smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle, Paulus failed field sobriety testing and had a .215 BAC.


At 2:39 p.m. on Friday, police were called to the Safeway parking lot for a report of a dog in a vehicle. Officers found the dog, and all four windows of the vehicle were partially rolled down. Carr said the vehicle was gone within 10 minutes.

At 7:45 p.m., police were called to the south alley on the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a possibly intoxicated person illegally dumping. Officers found no illegal activity and saw no signs of impairment regarding the subject in question.

At 9:09 p.m., police were called to the area near Sweetwater Street for a report of a smell of natural gas. Officers did not smell natural gas, nor did anyone in the area who they contacted.

At 11:32 p.m. on Saturday, police were called about a verbal family fight on the 900 block of Garfield Street. The parties were split up by the time officers arrived.


–Editor’s Note: In all criminal cases, the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty and convicted in a court of law.