Police Blotter: Arrests; Minor damage reported from earthquake; Monday morning camper fire results in complete loss

(Lander, Wyo.) – Monday law enforcement wrap-up from the weekend. All persons arrested for cited are considered innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Fremont County Coroner

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said he and the Lander Police Department are investigating the apparent accidental shooting death of 25-year-old Courtney Cox of Lander, who died at her home Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m. of a single shot from a handgun. McAuslan said “at this point the investigation does not indicate a self-inflicted wound.” He said preliminary autopsy findings on Sunday “were consistent with a gunshot wound.” He said final determination of the case would be determined when a complete autopsy report is received. See separate story.


Saturday’s earthquake

On Saturday morning at 7:16 a.m., a 4.9 magnitude earthquake, as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey, shook Fremont county starting from about 10 miles west of Fort Washakie. County10.com readers reported feeling the quake throughout the county, reaching out to other parts of the state as well. Calls to multiple locations in Fort Washakie resulted in no reports of damages, and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office received no reports of damage either. The Lander Police Department had a single report of damage at a home on the 400 block of North Eighth Street. The caller reported a floor had separated by about an inch.


Riverton Police Department


Christopher Briggs, 24, Riverton. Interfering with Peace Officer and on a Natrona County warrant.

Juanita Brokenleg, 37, Ethete, Shoplifting, trespassing and on a Municipal warrant. Brokenleg had attempted to take $140 worth of merchandise from Walmart, mostly food, from the store but was caught. She was also issued another no trespass order.

Waylynn Spoonhunter, 20, Ethete, on Fremont County warrants

Bryan Hackleman, 28, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI)

Byron Lincoln, 48, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Corwin Redtomahawk, 18, Riverton, Underage Possession of Alcohol, and on a Fremont County warrant

Kelly Means, 22, Riverton, on a Fremont County warrant

Ezeekiel Osterkorn, 19, Riverton, Underage Possession of Alcohol, Breach of Peace

Joshua Keele, 27, Riverton on a Fremont County warrant

Michael Mellado, 21, Riverton, Fremont County warrant

Listed below are individuals who were issued misdedeanor citations and released with a promise to appear in court

24-year-old Riverton female, Interfering with Peace Officer

45-year-old Riverton female, Interfering with Peace Officer

16-year-old Lander male, Minor in Possession of Alcohol

16-year-old Lander female, Minor in Possession of Alcohol

16-year-old Lander female, Minor in Possession of Alcohol

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

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



A resident in the 1300 block of East Washington Avenue complained to police about a neighbor always yelling at him.

A man reported to be sleeping on the lawn of a residence in the 300 block of South Federal was actually intoxicated, had fallen and struck his head and was knocked out. The man was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital for observation.

A man who used a credit card at the RTO Hilltop Sinclair Station left thinking he had paid for his fuel. But the station attendants, who know the man, called him and told him the transaction did not go through. He provided the credit card information again and the fuel transaction was completed.

A property damage vehicle crash was reported at 827 p.m. in the parking lot at 813 North Federal. A blue 2006 Chrysler backed into a black and gray 1996 GMC.


At 1:55 a.m. in the 500 block of East Main a simple assault was reported when an unknown woman ran up to a car and struck a woman sitting in the car and then left the scene.

At 11:50 a.m. Police found a vehicle near North 8th West and Gasser Road that was reportedly stolen on the Wind River Reservation. The case was turned over to the BIA Wind River Police Department. The driver of the vehicle was identified as a 15-year-old male. No other information was provided.

Two incidents of vandalism were reported on Saturday evening, one on Pinehurst Court and another on Village Drive where paintballs had been fired at windows and a fence. The paint was washed off, there was no permanent damage.

Those pesky cattle who keep leaving their pasture ended up on the 300 block of Smith Drive again Sunday evening. The cattle enjoy hanging out around the Little League baseball fields and this time they were found in the parking lot. The cattle were driven back to their pasture east of the baseball fields.

A resident in the 1000 block of North Broadway complained that some youth were placing trash in the street for passing cars to run over. However, upon investigation, police determined some skateboarders had set up an obstacle course using trash. The youth picked up the trash and went skateboarding elsewhere.


A man driving a 2002 Jaguar hit a deer in front of Central Wyoming College causing over $1,000 in damages to the automobile.

A Pit Bull puppy, 8 weeks old and valued at $400, was apparently taken from a unlocked residence in the 1300 block of East Main.

A caller reported that someone had put two animal capes into their dumpster in the 700 block of North Federal.

A man wearing a tan shirt and having a long braid of hair ran from the Safeway liquor store with an $18,89 bottle of rum and headed down the Rails to Trails pathway. The man was spotted by police, who dropped the bottle and disappeared down an alley. The unopened bottle of alcohol was recovered and returned to the store.

Police are following-up on an alleged case of Shoplifting at the Family Dollar store on East Pershing.

Walmart officials contacted police who are now looking into a possible theft from the store by a former employee. No other details were released.


Lander Police Department


Donald Hankins, 21, Lander, Interference and a Fremont County Warrant. Lander Police were called to the Lander Bar at 12:03 a.m. on Saturday for a report of a fight. Upon arriving, a couple suspects denied being involved or knowing anything about the fight. Hankins was later identified by witnesses as having been involved and he was arrested.


At 12:10 p.m. on Friday, police took a report of a $350 metallic blue bicycle stolen from the north alley of the 400 block of Main Street.

Police and firefighters were called to City Park at 2:48 p.m. for a report of white smoke. A quick investigation confirmed it was smoke from a grill for the One Shot Antelope Hunt.

At 3:49 p.m. on Friday, police were called to a fight in progress at the intersection of Seventh and Main streets. A man said a woman jumped out of a vehicle that was driving by and punched him in the face. The fight allegedly had to do with money, Carey said. It is still under investigation.

A report of suspected drug activity on the north side of Lander is under investigation.

At 7:27 p.m., police were called to the 400 block of South Ninth Street for a report of two red vehicles chasing each other. Police were unable to locate the vehicles.

Police were called at 10:15 p.m. for a report of four tires slashed on a vehicle parked in the north alley of the 200 block of Main Street. Carey said there was more than $500 in damage. There are no suspects at this time.

At 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, police were called to the 600 block of Market Street at an apartment for a report of a burglary. Cash and prescription medications were reported stolen. There was no sign of forced entry.

Police were called to the intersection of North Eighth and Amoretti streets for a report of two men in the area acting suspiciously. Police found the men were selling cleaning supplies door-to-door.

An officer was called to a Middle School football game on Saturday afternoon by a man who said a juvenile boy wouldn’t stop blocking his view. Police arrived and the boy apologized.

At 3:55 p.m. on Saturday, police were called to the Maverik store for a report of an RV from Montana that left without paying for $129.99 worth of gas.

At 5:09 p.m., police were called to the 700 block of Cliff Street for a report of a tire slashed.

At 9:07 p.m. on Saturday, officers were called to the 100 block of Main Street for a report of a mirror on a 2013 Ford pickup that was damaged. Police determined the damage to have been purposely caused. Shortly after police were called to the 600 block of South Second Street for a report of two other vehicles with mirrors damaged by what might have been a baseball bat. There are no suspects at this time.

At 10:20 p.m., police were called about a man believed to be beating his dog inside a truck near Taco Johns. Police were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

Police were called to the 700 block of Welch Street at 1:28 p.m. on Sunday for a report of young children riding scooters in the street.

A Sunday report of a family fight on North Fifth Street is under investigation.

Lander Rural and City firefighters responded to a camper fire this morning at the Twin Pines Campground east of Lander near the Highway 28 and 789 junction. Lander Rural Chief Dave Peevey said the camper and a Jeep were a complete loss. The two occupants were taken to Lander Regional Hospital for smoke inhalation. Peevey said at least one dog and one cat were killed in the fire. The cause is under investigation.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Robin Behan, 31, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Colton Robertson, 18, Hudson, Bond Revocation.


A report of 7 or 8 abused horses on the 7800 block of Highway 789 outside of Lander is under investigation.

At 10:55 a.m. on Saturday, a woman on North Eighth West reported a stolen credit card number.

At 1:32 p.m., deputies were called to the 1200 block of North Smith Road for a report of a bulldog chasing people. The sheriff’s office reports the dog was captured and the owner will be cited.

Deputies were called to the 200 block of Sunflower near Lander by someone who said someone picked their bedroom door lock and stole money.

A stabbing at 5:12 p.m. in Kinnear on Big Ridge Lane is under investigation. A woman reportedly stabbed a man. The Wind River Police Department is handling the investigation.

A stereo was reported stolen out of a truck on the 800 block of East Monroe on Friday evening.

A bond violation was reported early Saturday morning in the Riverton area. The report is under investigation.

A dispute over payment for ranch work on along Highway 28 was reported to deputies.

At 9:04 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to the Fast Lane in Shoshoni for a report of four intoxicated juveniles that a caller kicked out of his vehicle. He also said he confiscated alcohol. Deputies were unable to locate the juveniles.

Rowdy people were reported near Frye Lake at 10 p.m. on Saturday.

A woman called deputies at 11:02 p.m. on Dalley Road in Riverton to report a male subject crawling beside her fence next to her house. The caller said the person had been getting into her camper the last few weeks. Deputies could not locate the suspect.

A one-vehicle wreck on the Loop Road is under investigation. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said two occupants were treated and released for injuries at the hospital. The vehicle might have run off the road due to a mechanical failure.

Deputies were called to the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue for a report of children swinging a cat around by a rope tied around its neck. Two juvenile boys and their parents were talked to. The cat, who was taken by the caller, survived.

A woman in Shoshoni called deputies at 11:13 p.m. on Sunday to report that an 18-year-old boy had been seeing her 15-year-old daughter.