Police Blotter: Arrests; Attack on horses and sheep near Riverton under investigation; car theft solved in Lander; $2k log splitter stolen

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Ronald Abernathy, 51, Lander, Bond Violation.

Stephen Headley, 19, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence with a Child Passenger. James Blackburn, 30, Riverton, Child Endangering. Carmella Driftwood, 25, Riverton, Child Endangering. Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said deputies were called to south Riverton on Saturday night for a drunken driver report. The vehicle was contacted, and Lee reports that all three adult occupants were intoxicated. “There were two children in the vehicle, an 8-month-old infant and a 3-year-old child,” Lee said. He added that Blackburn and Driftwood were the children’s parents and were subsequently arrested. “The children were released to Tribal Social Services,” he said.

Crystal Knigge, 31, Bonneville, Bond Revocation Warrant.

Tiffany Latray, 24, Riverton, Fremont County Failure to Appear Warrant.

Miles Mcneil, 63, Lander, Domestic Violence Battery and Aggravated Assault & Battery. Lee reports that Mcneil was arrested following a report of a family fight on Appaloosa Lane near Lander on Friday evening. “Mcneil is alleged to have intentionally caused serious bodily injury to another,” Lee said. “The female victim was hospitalized due to injuries allegedly received during the incident.” Lee said early Monday afternoon that it was his understanding the alleged victim was still in the hospital. The investigation is on-going and no further details were available.


At 11:17 a.m. on Friday, deputies were called to the northbound lanes of Highway 789 near Riverton for a report of propane leaking from tanks being hauled by a truck and trailer.

A Casper woman reported to deputies that while she was at a location near Riverton her 2013 Chrysler was struck by an unknown vehicle. It could have occurred over the course of two days.

A possible case of fraud and identity theft was reported by a woman on Baldwin Creek Road near Lander on Friday afternoon.

At 7:46 p.m. on Friday, a woman on the 900 block of East Monroe Avenue reported a young child in diapers in her yard. The caller did not know who the child belonged to. The woman called back to advise that the mom arrived and picked up the child.

At 9:30 p.m., deputies were called by a person in Shoshoni who said a woman was headed to the B and K Bar with a gun after she found our her boyfriend had been hit by someone. Lee said the fight was determined to be unfounded, and the woman was located having a drink at the bar and was unarmed.

A man on the 1400 block of West Ramshorn Street in Dubois reported a license plate stolen from his white Ford F150 on Saturday morning.

At 10:15 a.m. on Saturday police were called by a person on the 10900 block of Highway 789 near Riverton for a report of a fight. The caller stated that one man held another down while dogs bit him. Deputies were unable to locate anyone involved.

At 3:29 a.m. on Sunday, deputies were called to the KOA Campground in Dubois for a report of a fight between a man and a woman. Lee said the intoxicated subject was removed by family members before law enforcement arrived.

Deputies were called to Paradise Valley Road near Riverton for a report of horses and sheep that were attacked by some sort of animal. The report was turned over to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. G&F Lander Wildlife Supervisor said an investigation into the attacks, which are believed to have occurred more than a week ago, has not revealed anything definitive. Dog tracks were spotted in the area. (Updated at 3:12 p.m.)

At 2:52 p.m. on Sunday, deputies were called to the 100 block of West Coal Street in Hudson for a report of a person threatening to shoot another. The dispute was determined to be verbal only and no firearms were involved.

Deputies were called to Bruce’s parking lot in Sinks Canyon for a report of a big dog in a white Nissan Pathfinder at 4:33 p.m. The caller said the windows were barely cracked and the dog appeared hot. Deputies were unable to locate the vehicle.

At 7:04 p.m., deputies were called to the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue for a report of a woman staying at the caller’s home who was now refusing to leave.


Lander Police Department


Kristen Behan, 27, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Dylan Crosley, 20, Lander, Converse County Warrant. A 17-year-old Lander boy cited for Minor in Possession. The pair were contacted on the 100 block of North Third Street at 2:37 a.m. on Saturday, Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said. He said the juvenile had a .13 BAC.

Jody VanFleet, 30, Riverton, cited for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. At 11:59 a.m. on Saturday, police took a report of a stolen 1990 Buick from the 100 block of Custer Street. The keys had been left in the car. Police located the vehicle unattended a short time later. VanFleet was suspected with taking the vehicle and the Riverton Police Department found her to be in possession of the keys. She was subsequently cited.

Michael Cousineau, 34, Riverton, Public Intoxication. At 5:16 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to the 400 block of Cascade Street for a report of a man lying next to the road with his legs sticking out into the street. Police made contact with Cousineau, who told them he was trying to get to Riverton. After police were unable to find him a ride, he was taken into custody with a .23 BAC, Carey said.

Dutch Haberman, 31, Lander, Public Intoxication, Resisting and Open Container. Haberman was located by police, Carey said, in the alley of the 800 block of Lincoln Street at 2:48 a.m. on Sunday. He was arrested and reportedly had a .18 BAC.


At 4:13 p.m. on Friday, police were notified of an oil spill on the intersection of Fifth and Main streets and the intersection of Second and Main streets. Carey did not know if a cause of the oil spills had been determined.

At 7:05 p.m., police were called to the 600 block of Main Street for a report of a car that was sideways in the road. Upon arrival, Carey said officers made contact with the driver who said they had engaged the parking brake and did not know how it rolled into Main. There was no damage caused by the hazard.

Police were notified at 9:59 a.m. on Saturday of a 6-year-old girl who was bitten by a dog on the 900 block of Cliff Street. The dog was reportedly being walked on a leash when the bite occurred. The dog’s owner is cooperating, Carey said, and the animal is up to date on its vaccinations.

At 6:14 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to the Maverik convenience store for a report of a disoriented male. Officers determined the man to not be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics and was transported to the hospital by EMS.

At 1:48 p.m. on Sunday, police were called to the 200 block of Wood Street by a man who said there were children in his yard and he didn’t want them there. Police asked the children to stay off the caller’s property. The caller said the children did not break or disturb anything.

At 6:14 p.m., police responded to the area near Ninth and Main streets for a report of a vehicle hit by a rock thrown by juveniles. The juveniles were found to be playing rock stick ball and were asked to not play near vehicles, Carey said.

At 7:50 p.m., police received a call to Gabel Street for a report of a man laying in a yard. Police observed the subject staggering and unable to walk straight. Family eventually came and picked up the intoxicated man.

Police were called to the 700 block of Washakie Streeet at 7:26 a.m. on Monday by a man who wanted to report a break-in. The man reportedly told police sometime in the night he saw the doorknob to his residence turning. Police were unable to find any evidence of a break-in, and they advised the man to report such things when they happen and not hours later.

 Riverton Police Department


Elisteanna Catha, 26, Arapahoe, Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol. She was arrested in the 600 block of South Federal with a .32 Blood Alcohol Content percentage.

Jody VanFleet, 30, Arapahoe, Domestic Abuse Assault. Police were called after a resident reported a crying woman running down East Sunset street with a torn blouse. The caller also said a man was seen leaving the same area. When officers made contact with the 19-year-old female, she said she had just been beaten up “by a guy.” She had swelling on the left side of her face and her blouse was torn. She said he also kicked her in the stomach once and kicked her in the face twice. The woman was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital for treatment and examination. Police later located VanFleet at a sporting goods store as he was trying to purchase a weapon. The clerk reported he was bleeding from an injury to his hand. VanFleet was arrested and taken to jail in Lander.

Brent Gould, 22, Arapahoe, on a Contempt of Court warrant. Gould was arrested during a traffic stop when officers discovered he had a warrant.

Vincent Yellowbear, 52, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication. According to a police report, Yellowbear was inside the RiverCity bar trying to pick a fight with anyone he could. An officer on traffic control at the fairgrounds noticed a group of people trying to restrain Yellowbear outside of the establishment.

Marcus Friday, 36, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant.

Jennifer Teran, 28, Riverton, Domestic Violence Assault. Police were called to the 1200 block of East Main after a 911 hang-up. A sheriff’s deputy who also responded to the call said he could hear arguing from inside the residence. When officers made contact with the occupants, Teran said her 32-year-old husband had been drinking and she wanted to sleep and that was the cause of the argument. The male allegedly was upset about text messages his wife had been receiving on her phone. The husband had evidence of scratches on his neck, and two lacerations on his abdomen. He said he slipped in the kitchen and fell on a screwdriver. Teran, in a separate interview, said in the course of the argument, she thought he was coming at her in an aggressive manner, so she grabbed a kitchen fork and “accidentally” stabbed him in the stomach. She was arrested for assault.

A 19-year-old female from Ethete was cited for Minor Under the Influence of Alcohol with a BAC of .20 percent

A 15-year-old male from Arapahoe was cited for Battery and Possession of a Controlled Substance on Saturday after he tried to sneak in to the Demolition Derby at the Fairgrounds. He was caught and in an effort to get away, he began swinging his arms and and struck a fairgrounds employee. Another witness reported the youth smoking marijuana, and then concealing the evidence in a stocking cap and putting into the back of a car. Police contacted two individuals in the car who turned out to be the youth’s parents. They gave police permission to search and they found the hat, miscellaneous items and a pipe containing marijuana. After being cited for the offenses, the youth was released to his parents.

Police cited an 18-year-old female from Shoshoni for underage drinking at the Fairgrounds Saturday night. Officers on foot patrol were contacted by an employee at the Beer Garden who said there was an underage person drinking in the grandstand. Police contacted the woman after observing her drinking from a silver can. She had a BAC level under the legal limit, but just barely, at .07 percent. She was cited for Minor In Possession of Alcohol and released to her adult sister. The female was also found to be on probation, and a copy of the report will be forwarded to her probation officer.

A 58-year-old Riverton man was cited for littering after an officer on patrol noticed a man exhibiting unusual behavior inside a vehicle in the 100 block of North Major Avenue. The officer said the man, who was sitting low on the drivers side, was flailing his arms about with his head bobbing up and down and that he appeared to be talking with someone. When officers contacted the man, he said he was trying to repair a plug-in telephone charger, which police said he was doing. But there was also a quantity of papers outside of the car on the ground. The man denied knowledge of them and then said his step-son threw them out, but there was no one else in the car. The officer noted the man’s name was on all the papers. He eventually picked up the litter after he was cited for littering.

A 21-year-old male was cited for furnishing liquor to minors and three 20 year-olds, one male from Pavillion, one male from Riverton and a Riverton female, were cited for Minor Under the Influence. Police were called to the address in the 1200 block of East Park on a noise complaint.


Police said an attempted burglary at the Hilltop Liquors in Riverton was discovered Friday morning by employees, who arrived to find the power and telephone lines cut and two bullet holes in the building. Upon investigation, police determined one bullet was responsible for both holes, one in a window and the other through a wall. Earlier, police had received a report of seven gunshots around 3:45 a.m. in the area of Pinnacle Drive. Police officers canvassing the immediate neighborhood also received a report from a resident who said he though he heard multiple gunshots around 4 a.m. Police are awaiting surveillance video and are continuing their investigation. A damage report was not immediately available.

A 16-year-old girl pushed her 40-year-old father after he became upset about her working at their without wearing a proper uniform. Police were called to a residence in the 1400 block of East Fremont at 10:52 Friday morning on the report of a fight. The girl reported she had not worn what he father wanted her to, and he had gotten in her face, and she pushed him away. Police determined the shove was not to the standard of an assault. The two were separated, no charges were filed.

Employees at the Holiday Inn on East Sunset reported there was a badger in the field behind the hotel. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department was called to move the animal.

A man in the 300 block of East Madison had to spend some time in jail and he asked an acquaintance to watch his things while he was gone. Upon being released, the man came home to find that his 50-inch television set and a Play Station game system was gone. Police are looking for the friend who was supposed to look after the man’s property to ask questions about the missing items.

A minor traffic crash was reported at the Walmart parking lot at 2:21 p.m. on Friday. A blue 2006 Chevrolet backed into a 2005 Dodge Durango. Damage was minor.

Police were called to Walmart at 3:02 p.m. on the report of a drunk driver. The driver was not intoxicated, but he was issued a warning for failure to maintain a single lane of travel. A second REDDI report tot the same location some 10 minutes later turned out to be a man sitting in a vehicle waiting for someone. He had not been drinking.

A REDDI report was called in at 6 p.m. on a silver SAAB in the 300 block of Country Club Drive, but police were unable to locate such a vehicle in that area.

An 18-year-old man and his 22-year-old girlfriend engaged in an argument inside the Kmart store at 7:02 p.m. Friday that moved out into a pickup truck in the parking lot. The male was upset because he said his girlfriend was “flirting” with other men inside the store, so he ripped a necklace off of her neck. The woman was not injured, as he did not strike her. Police suggested the two work out their relationship and avoid getting in fights.

Meanwhile, across the street, a couple who began arguing inside Walmart at 7:19 p.m. Friday were contacted by police out in the parking lot. The female said the male had been harassing her for the last month and had threatened her father. When confronted in the store, the woman said she was at the end of her rope and she slapped the man. Police explained how the woman could obtain a protection order against the man. Police are waiting on surveillance video before deciding if any charges are warranted.

Police were called at 7:26 p.m. about a sack containing some shoes that was left on the steps of the post office in downtown Riverton.  The shoes were discarded.

Individuals who were cleaning an apartment so the previous renter could get their deposit back didn’t go in through the front door, which apparently was locked, Instead, they crawled in through an open window. Police investigating the call didn’t find anyone inside the apartment, and they closed and locked the window.

Police were called to sort out claims that a 17-year-old boy was struck a 15 year-old girl. Apparently the two had been dating, but had since split up. The girl had complained to other boys that her ex had struck her in the relationship, and a another 17-year-old rounded up friends and pushed the other boy (the ex) during a confrontation. When police questioned the girl about when or where she was struck by her ex, the girl could not remember any details about the alleged incident. Police gave the the girl, and the two boys some advice on how to avoid conflict and left. There were no citations issued.

A man who was dancing with another man at Ralff’s Bar around midnight Friday called police because he said the other man had left to go get friends to beat him up. The suspect was located at another establishment in the neighborhood and he told a different version. According to the police report, the suspect said the man was “attempting to dance with him in a sexual way, and he didn’t like it,” so he left. He said there was no threat made. The victim, was was waiting to be beaten up, was asked to move along.

A call about dogs who were in danger brought police to the area of Eastview and East Sunset. The Animal Control officer found two dogs who had shade and two gallons of fresh water from an automatic watering device. Apparently a neighbor was taking care of the dogs while the owners were away, letting them inside at night and outside during the day. There was no problem with the dogs.

A woman called police at 12:37 p.m. Saturday to report that another vehicle had crashed into her 2002 Nissan Maxima on the left hand side and now she could not open the drivers side door due to the damage. Police discovered black transfer paint on the Nissan. There are no suspects. Damage was over $1,000.

A woman parked adjacent to City Park and eating her lunch at 12:54 p.m. Saturday was approached by a male subject in an older Chevrolet pickup truck who asked her if she was looking for a date. The woman was not and called police.

Police were called to the Fairgrounds on the report of a dog confined in the back of a pickup truck. An officer found the dog was indeed in the back of a pickup truck, but the truck had a camper shell with ventilation and the dog was found with both plenty of food and water. There was no follow-up.

A man who was being disorderly Saturday evening after 6 p.m. at Riverton Memorial Hospital was given a ride home.

A fight was reported at the Time Out Lounge at 6:53 p.m. but when officers responded, there was no fight and no one in the bar said there had been a problem. Eventually, one person indicated a subject who had been quarreling with others was hiding in the bar’s bathroom. Because there was no indication of any fight, and no one was injured, police left.

A woman who left her purse at Taco Johns on West Main after dining there Saturday night, returned a short time later to find the purse was gone. The purse was identified as a white buckle shoulder purse with a gold chain strap. The purse contained $40 in cash, plus various credit and other cards. Police are waiting on the stores surveillance video to be provided.

Residents in the 400 block of Spire reported what they thought were gunshots, or popping noises, at 7:30 p.m.  Upon investigating, police discovered a father was bribing his son by shooting off fireworks instead of letting the child go to the county fair. The man was advised that fireworks are not allowed in the city. He was not cited.

A man was taken to the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center after he complained to police that he had been assaulted, but he wouldn’t say by whom or when. Other people in the area of Navaho Drive confirmed the man had been assaulted, but they to would not say by whom or when.

A fight between a married couple resulted in a call to police when neighbors heard screaming from a residence in the 300 block of North Sixth East. Police determined the pair were having marital problems, but that there was no physical altercation. They were separated for the night.

The 911 center in Riverton received a report of a red Ford Truck leaving the Fairgrounds shortly after midnight Saturday with a woman inside bleeding from the face. Officers were unable to locate a vehicle of that description.

A REDDI report was called in at 3:09 a.m. in the 600 block of South Federal, but when police arrived, the found two passengers sitting in the vehicle with no driver. The passengers said the driver took the keys and walked off. Police called a taxi for the two passengers so they could get home.

A 16-year-old juvenile will find himself in a pickle the next time he returns to town. The kids grandparents discovered that the teen had slipped out of their home against their wishes earlier in the night and they were up waiting for him to get home. Instead, at 5:18 p.m., the youth parked his heavily damaged Ford Mustang near the grandparents home in the 400 block of North First, but did not come inside. So, they called police. The car was badly damaged on the front passenger side, the hood was bowed up with pieces of another vehicle’s tail lights on the hood and parts of the fender were missing. An officer said it was obvious that the teen had rear-ended another vehicle. Both airbags inside the Mustang were also deployed. About the same time, the dispatch center received a call about a parked and unattended vehicle that had been struck by a hit and run driver in the 800 block of North Broadway. Police put two and two together after pieces of the Mustang were found at the other location and the tail light pieces found on the Mustang matched the Black Chevrolet Monte Carlo that had been struck. Police determined that the 16-year-old fled to Casper and said he was not returning to Riverton.

The owner of a $2,000 value log splitter said he returned home after spending the weekend away to find that the wood splitter had been taken from a locked and fenced in storage area. Upon returning, he found the gate open and the lock and the log splitter gone. The felony larceny is under investigation by detectives. The theft was reported on Temple Peak Drive.

Police received a call of a a dog tangled up in a tent awning and hanging by its head in the 600 block of Freedom Drive at 9:28 a.m. Sunday. Police rescued the dog from the awning, which had fallen down. Unable to contact the occupants of the residence, police took the dog to the PAWS shelter.

A female reported to police that someone had taken an iPod Nano and her wallet from her silver 2011 Hundai Sonata. She told police that she didn’t think the vehicle was unlocked, but there was no sign of forced entry. She had already called her bank to cancel the credit cards that were inside the wallet.

A woman reported that her wallet was stolen on sometime July 28th at Walmart. She didn’t report the crime, however, until the next day to her bank and to police on Sunday. The bank indicated her debit card had been used and that she only had $2 left in her account. She said the wallet was a “fuzzy monkey” wallet.


Fremont County Coroner

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen said the coroner’s office received two calls, both of which were reported simultaneously on Sunday around 5 p.m. The calls were for a 31-year-old woman found dead in her home in Riverton and for a 65-year-old Casper man who collapsed and was pronounced dead at Riverton Memorial Hospital. Both subjects will be autopsied on Tuesday in Loveland, Colorado.