Police Blotter: Arrests; Men arrested in Lander and Riverton for attempting to break into vehicles; Deputies aid in chase on reservation

(Lander, Wyo.) – Today’s law enforcement report from the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. All persons arrested and charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty and convicted in a court of law.

Fremont County Coroner

The Fremont County Coroner’s office Tuesday said two recent deaths were ruled accidental in nature. A Verdict and Case Docket in the case of 31-year-old Lisa “Nikki” Apodaca said the cause of death on August 4th was due to Oxycodone Intoxication. The manner of death was ruled an accident. The Verdict and Case Docket in the case of James. A. Casteel, 59, was also ruled an accident, but from “Mixed Drug Intoxication.”  Casteel was found dead in his bed at the Fremont County Good Samaritan Center on July 14th.


Riverton Police Department


Kimberly Moss, 21, Ethete, on a Contempt of Court warrant

Karl Whiteplume, 35, Arapahoe, on a Natrona County warrant

Epitiacio McSweeney, 22, Denver, on a Probation Revocation

Michael Warren, 20, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation, Minor Under the Influence, Property Destruction. Police were called to the College Hill Apartments on a report of someone trying to break into a vehicle there. Arriving officers saw the man, later identified as Warren, who then ran into an apartment. When police went to the apartment, two women sitting on a couch watching TV said a man they did not know just ran into their apartment, and that he was in a back room. Police heard the sound of glass being broken and of things being thrown around. Warren was taken into custody. His BAC level was noted at .23 percent.

Patrick Dorsey, 25, Dubois, Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol (DWUI). Dorsey’s BAC level was .20 percent. He was stopped by officers on patrol at 17 minutes past midnight at the intersection of East Sunset and North Federal.

Ismael Escamilla, 20, Riverton, on two Failure to Appear warrants, and Jorge Esquivel, 19, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant. Police on a EUDL grant patrol (Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws) and not dressed in full uniform, but wearing T-shirts that said POLICE and wearing their gun belts while driving an unmarked patrol vehicle were in the Walmart parking lot when Escamilla and Esquivel began flashing “gang signs” at the officers and asking, or taunting, them “what are you looking at.” The officers stopped to get a closer look and discovered both had outstanding warrants, so they were taken into custody.

Kathy Kennedy, 55, Riverton, DWUI. Kennedy’s BAC level was .14 percent.

Lacie Snyder, 25, Pavillion, on a Probation Revocation

Jasmine Shells, 21, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant

Warren LaRose, 30, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation

Police stopped a vehicle that had been implicated in a possible kidnapping at 6:55 a.m. Sunday. The BIA Wind River Police were notified that a woman was taken from the Beaver Creek Housing Area against her will and they notified Riverton Police to be on the lookout for a maroon passenger car. An officer noticed the vehicle with a woman matching the description on West Park Street and initiated a traffic stop with the assistance of Sheriff’s Deputies and State Troopers. The female told officers that she had not been taken against her will and that she knew the man driving the car. The 20-year-old male from Arapahoe was cited for Minor in Possession of Alcohol and the alleged victim, a 17-year-old female from Riverton, was arrested when officers discovered she had an outstanding warrant.


A dispute between families on the Wind River Reservation is believed to have played a role in an incident of vandalism that was reported Friday morning at 7:47 a.m. The owner of a white 2002 Mercury Sable went to his vehicle only to find that the back window,  two passenger side windows and the windshield had been broken out. Police determined the windows were smashed with a long slender and hard object. The reporting party said he was involved in a long-standing family dispute with people on the WRIR, but  a police report indicated that was the only information he gave. Damage was estimated at $1,500.

A resident involved in a property damage vehicle crash on August 27th did not report the incident to police until Friday after they had received a damage repair estimate of $3,000. No other information was provided.

Police were called to the A&T Mobile Home Park on a littering complaint. The reporting party came to the RPD to complain of trash being strewn around the area. The problem appeared to be dogs getting into uncovered trash cans.

A woman in that same general area reported that she thought her residence had been broken into, because curtains on a locked bedroom window “were open farther than she remembered.” Police could find no evidence of a physical break in. Nothing was reported missing.

Police were called to the 300 block of North Federal Friday on a report of a small child left unattended inside a green Suburban for over 15 minutes. When police arrived, the vehicle was gone. An investigation is continuing.

A call of a marijuana party underway in the housing area at Central Wyoming College turned out to be individuals smoking tobacco, but rolling their own. There was no marijuana present.

A 45-year-old Riverton woman was cited by police for “method of turning” after she turned her black 2003 Toyota 4Runner into a red 1996 Mercury Cougar. There were no injuries. Damage was reported at over $1,000.

A domestic violence incident reported at 5 p.m. from Central Wyoming College remains under investigation.

An 18-year-old male from Arapahoe is alleged to have borrowed a car from a friend, and then crashed it onto a 2007 model Ford at the A&T Mobile Home Park. The car was found abandoned in an alley at the All Nations Mobile Home Park. The investigation is continuing and a final report is pending.

An argument between a couple who had been dating for about four years ended up inside the Loaf ‘N Jug store in the 300 block of North Federal Friday at 9:40 p.m. The  female victim said the two were having an argument about having an open relationship. The female snatched her boyfriend’s cell phone, and when she found the number of another female acquaintance of hers on his call list, she broke the phone in half. At that time the boyfriend is alleged to have backhanded her across the face, causing a bloody nose. She entered the store and when he attempted to follow, she told him to leave, which he did. Police are searching for the male suspect. He will be served a citation for Domestic Battery. There is no charge pending against the victim for breaking her boyfriend’s phone in half.

Patrolling officers rolled up on a verbal family argument behind Rocky Mountain Sporting Goods at 10:30 Friday night. The couple were arguing with each other. Both had been drinking. A taxi was called to take the pair back to their home.

A man who had been staying with his employer began partying with his boss late Friday and said they had been drinking moonshine and beer. The two began arguing and the employer allegedly grabbed the victim and punched him in the chest. The victim ran out of house and went to the hospital. He told officers there that he was too drunk to feel any pain and there were no physical marks of an altercation on his chest. The man’s BAC level was .17 percent. A report was taken.

A police report indicated a group of individuals were involved in an altercation at a bar in the 100 block of South 7th East early Saturday. During the argument, a full bottle of beer was launched by one of the parties, hitting a 38-year-old Riverton man in the head, knocking him out, and opening up a laceration on the man’s head that was reported to be “bleeding profusely.” Police arrived to find the man clutching his head with a bloody rag in the parking lot. The assailants had left the scene. The man was taken for medical treatment by a private vehicle.

A resident in the 1000 block of Sierra Drive called police to report a vandalism. When officers arrived, they were told someone had written on their vehicle with a non permanent marker. The “vandalism” had been washed off by the time police arrived. There was no damage.

A black 21-speed Huffy bicycle was taken from a front yard in the 400 block of Sycamore Drive Saturday overnight. The bike was valued at $100. There are no suspects.

Two mailboxes were vandalized in the 300 block of Big Bend Avenue. Two residents found their curbside mailboxes smashed and knocked off their respective poles. Total damage was estimated at $150 for both instances.

Employees arriving for work Saturday at Java Java on West Main discovered a window had been shot out of their kiosk with a BB gun. Damage was estimaged at $500.

The Good 2 Go Store on the 200 block of North Federal reported that a female had just taken a pair of sunglasses from the store without paying for them. The store manager called back a short time later to say he would not press charges.

A very minor non-reportable traffic mishap occurred Saturday in the drive-thru lane at Taco Johns when one vehicle bumped into the back of another. No damage was reported, but the parties exchanged insurance information.

A Riverton man who had driven to Casper had stopped to fuel his vehicle when he noticed that his temporary license tag was missing from the back of the vehicle. He did not know when it came loose or was taken.

Police fell in behind a vehicle that was speeding on Sunset Drive heading to the hospital. At the emergency room, a woman exited the vehicle bleeding from both arms. She exclaimed that she had been into an argument with her boyfriend. After originally alleging a sexual assault, the woman admitted that the wounds had been self inflicted.

A Lander motorcyclist called police in Riverton to report that someone had taken the license plate from his bike. He said he had secured it before he left Lander, so he doubted that it just fell off. A report was taken.

A 16-year-old boy attempted to take a refrigerator pack of Mountain Dew and a bag of Beef Jerky from the Safeway store without paying for it. When he was detained by store personnel, he apologized, admitted to his mistake and said he would accept whatever punishment was decided upon. Because of the boy’s honesty, the store did not press charges, but they did execute a “no trespass” order, which would prevent the boy from entering the store again.

A woman who had been out of town and whose daughter was caring for her dogs, returned home to find an older dog lethargic and with a puncture wound on its flank. The dog was taken to a veterinarian where an x-ray revealed the dog had been shot three times with a pellet gun. Police interviewed neighbors who had complained about the dog’s barking, but no one admitted to shooting at the dog. The incident was reported in the 900 block of Elk Drive.

A shopper at Walmart came out of the store to discover that another vehicle had struck their 1990 silver Accura. Damage was estimated at more than $1.000. There are no suspects.

A landlord suspected tenants who had been evicted from a residence to have taken a stereo system from the rental property. When contacted, the former renters said the landlord had been constantly harassing them and they said the stereo was still in the unit when they left and that they did not have it.

An 18-year-old man turned up at Riverton Memorial Hospital to have a dog bite treated. The man said he knew the owner of the dog who was also an 18-year-old man. A report was taken and the Animal Control officer will follow-up.

The staff at Bombers Bar called police at 41 minutes past midnight Sunday to report a customer trying to use a fake identification. The 20-year-old man from Riverton was cited for Minor In Possession and was released, without his fake ID.

A group of individuals enjoying their drinks at a Riverton bar in the 100 block of South 7th East were interrupted Sunday morning when a man came in and began antagonizing people at random and trying to pick a fight. Bad idea. When repeatedly asked to leave, and refusing to do so, the bar patrons together showed the jerk the exit and the sidewalk outside. He did not return to the bar.

A resident in the 300 block of North 16th East called to complain that someone had taken a stock stereo out his unlocked truck over the night. The unit had a value of $50.

An elderly man driving a 2003 model tan Lincoln Town Car  allegedly struck a 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck and a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu in the parking lot at Smith’s Food and Drug on West Main Sunday at 11:16 a.m. Witnesses got the license plate of the vehicle that did not stop and drove away. Police are contacting the family of the driver to take corrective action. Damage to both vehicles was reported as minor.

A reported sexual assault on Sunday at Riverton City Park at 11:46 a.m. is under investigation. No information was released.

The owner of a red 2010 Kawasaki ATV called police to complain that someone had siphoned gasoline of out the 4-wheeler. There are no suspects.

Police were called to the 600 block of West Main at 6 p.m. Sunday night for a woman who was reported to be banging on a motel room door and causing a disturbance. When police arrived, they observed the woman swinging a “nerf” tube at two men. When contacted, the 26-year-old woman explained that she was in a relationship with one of the men, and was upset with him because he had become intoxicated rather than pick up supplies for the woman’s child. He became belligerent with her which infuriated the woman, a report said, which led to the disturbance. The woman, who claimed she was only trying to take care of her child, was cited for disturbing the peace and was released. There is no report on what happened to the man.

Two complaints of littering, by the same reporting party, came in to police both Monday and Tuesday morning. The trash was found on the south end of Railroad street and consisted of discarded refuse including some aluminum siding. The man said he walks in the area frequently and the trash appeared within the last week and he wanted something done about it. The incident is under investigation.

A call to the 400 block of Spruce Street was requested by a woman who complained that her family was picking on her and that her children were being mean to her. She said it was not a physical altercation, just verbal.

A woman who had invited her cousin over for dinner said she later discovered that $40 was missing from her purse in a bedroom. She said the cousin had gone there looking for a soda pop, and when he came back he quickly left the residence. The family confronted the man about the missing money and he denied taking it. He also fled onto the Reservation before police could talk with him.

A female Riverton police officer gave some conflict resolution advice to several teenaged girls who got into an altercation at 11 p.m. in the 500 block of North Federal. The officer suggested that fighting in public was not a good way to solve problems. The girls agreed to stay away from each other for the rest of the night. No citations were issued.

The Budweiser distributorship in the 400 block of North Broadway filed a vandalism report with police on Monday at 9:58 a.m. Apparently someone(s) had tagged the back of their building with yellow and black paint. To do that, they stood on top of a air conditioning unit and damaged the top of the unit, crushing air intake fan blades and damaging piping on top of the compressor unit. Damage was estimated at $500.

A 2009 model black Kawasaki four stroke 250 dirt bike with a Monster logo on it was reported taken from a garage in the 300 block of Tamarisk Drive. The bike was last noticed in the garage several weeks earlier. There are no suspects.

A vandalism to Tweeds Wholesale on Hewitt Drive was discovered on Monday. The building was tagged with spray paint.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Department


Roger Pierce, 75, Pavillion, four Failure to Appear warrants and Driving While Under Suspension.

Reva Sunrhodes, 50, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant.

The Fremont County Detention Center in Lander currently has 173 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 159 are in the jail, nine are in substance abuse treatment programs around the state, one is on home detention and four inmates, juveniles, are being housed outside of the facility.


Deputies were called at 10:01 a.m. on Friday for a report of a litter of kittens underneath a trailer on Snowberry Lane near Riverton. The caller was afraid the kittens would die.

A caller in South Pass City reported he was thinking about purchasing firearms from someone, but he wanted to check the serial numbers first.

At 10:44 p.m., on Friday, deputies were called to Latigo Lane near Lander for a report of a large party with intoxicated people keeping the neighbors awake.

State Parks law enforcement are handling a threatening report at the Tough Creek Campground near Shoshoni. A man reported at 12:21 a.m. on Saturday, that subjects were being loud, disorderly and threatened to shoot them.

At 8:02 a.m. on Saturday, a man in Kinnear was threatened with a handgun. Investigation determined no crime was committed.

A sexual assault report in the Riverton area is under investigation.

At 8:32 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to Sunnyside Avenue near Riverton for a report of kids standing in the back of a speeding Dodge pickup.

Deputies were called to the Wind River Casino at 2:37 a.m. on Sunday for a report of four intoxicated men wandering around in the parking lot.

The U.S. Forest Service is handling a report of a dead horse in the area of Christina and Atlantic lakes.

Deputies aided the Wind River Police Department during a chase at 5:09 p.m. on Sunday. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said WRPD asked deputies to set spike strips on Rendezvous Road near St. Stephen’s. The spike strips were successful and the suspect was arrested by WRPD. Additional details on the chase were unavailable.

Deputies responded to the Kinnear Store at 7:52 p.m. for a report of an altercation. Lee said all subjects were contacted and there was no altercation.

At 11:17 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to a report of a burglary on Snowberry Lane near Riverton. The caller said when she returned home, she found that someone broke in, trashed her house and stole a number of things. The report is under investigation.

At 11:11 a.m. on Monday, a man on Wilson Road reported that his neighbor was shooting a gun in the direction of his livestock and the highway.

A woman on the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue said a grey car was blocking the entrance to her residence. She believed the subjects involved were on meth.


Lander Police Department


Oliver Headley, 61, Ethete, Public Intoxication. At 2:30 p.m., police were called to Mr. D’s about an intoxicated pedestrian. Police located the man on the 800 block of Main Street, and after a ride could not be found for him, he was arrested. Headley reportedly had a .25 BAC.

A 16-year-old Ethete girl; a 13-year-old Lander boy; a 16-year-old Lander girl; and a 17-year-old Lander boy were all cited for Tobacco Violations. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said an officer on patrol on Saturday evening located the four smoking at the Lander skate park.

Tajia Cleveland, 23, Lander, Fremont County Warrant.

Robert Adams, 54, Missoula, Mont., Public Intoxication and Possession of Marijuana. At 1:52 a.m. on Sunday, an officer on patrol on the 1300 block of Main Street reportedly observed Adams yelling and walking in circles on the side of the road, Carey said. The man, identified as Adams, could not remember where he was supposed to be staying for the night and after he attempted to grab the officer’s arm, he was arrested. During the pat down, Carey said the responding officer located a pistol, a pocket knife and a marijuana pipe.

Yoda Sage, 24, Lander, cited for Fighting. Preston Holman, 24, Lander, cited for Fighting. Carey said an officer on patrol observed at 2:04 a.m. on Sunday two men in the middle of the 100 block of South Second Street actively pushing and screaming at each other. Both men were intoxicated and cited.

Aaron Ferris, 18, Boulder Flats, Minor Under the Influence, Assault and Battery, Public Intoxication, Disobeying a Lawful Order, Property Destruction, and Larceny. At 5:48 a.m., a man called police to the intersection of North First and Middle Fork Lane for a report an an intoxicated man trying to break into his car, but then left on foot. Police were called a few minutes later to 1100 block of North Second Street by a woman who said she was attacked by a man who tried to take her car. When police arrived, the suspect refused to comply with officer commands. Carey said Ferris did not react to three drive stun uses of a taser and had to be forcibly pushed into the back of the patrol car. The woman said he attempted to punch her when she yelled him for trying to take her car and then a neighbor’s bicycle. Carey said other witnesses corroborated her account.


At 11:44 a.m. on Friday, police were called by another agency about a fight on Northside Drive. Carey said no charges have been filed in the fight between a man and a woman, though the incident is still under investigation.

At 4:01 p.m., police responded to a dispute over dog ownership on Adams Street.

Police were informed at 4:30 p.m. on Friday of a vehicle coming into Lander driven by a man who reportedly pointed a weapon at a woman. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

At 6:36 p.m., police were called to Dairyland by a man who said his ordered hadn’t been made in 15 minutes and he wanted his money back. Carey said the disagreement also involved a pair of arguing employees. The man was eventually given his money back.

At 7:56 p.m., police responded to the 500 block of Cottonwood Lane for a report of a burglary. Carey said police found a door to a detached garage had been damaged due to forced entry, and 20 VHS tapes, mostly of children’s movies, were stolen.

Police were called to the 100 block of Wyoming Street on Saturday afternoon for a report of an intoxicated and disorderly woman. The woman apparently left the area in a vehicle with Arizona license plates. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

A dark colored Ford F250 allegedly left the Maverik Convenience Store without paying for  $33.03 worth of gas at 5:04 p.m. on Saturday.

A woman allegedly stole a $12.50 pair of pants from the Family Dollar at 8:07 p.m. The suspect left in a silver Chevy. There are no suspects at this time.

At 3:27 p.m. on Sunday, police were called to Safeway for a report of a woman vomiting out the driver’s side window of a vehicle. The vehicle was later located by a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper, and the person was experiencing a medical issue.

At 8:40 p.m., a person on the 300 block of Sweetwater Street reported hearing someone in their backyard. Police were unable to locate anyone in the area.

A burglary reported at a business on the 100 block of Main Street is under investigation.

The wreck at Ninth and Main streets.

The wreck at Ninth and Main streets.

Albert Baldez, 24, of Lander, was cited for improper turning and no proof of insurance after a wreck Monday evening at the intersection of Ninth and Main streets. Baldez was turning left onto South Ninth when he collided with a car traveling eastbound on Main. The passenger in the eastbound car was taken to Lander Regional Hospital for minor injuries.

At 6:53 p.m. on Monday, police were called to Custer Street for a report of juveniles on skate boards throwing apples.

Jeffrey Montez, 31, of Lander, was cited for careless driving after he rolled his Ford Taurus while negotiated a turn at a high rate of speed. Carey said the car was turning west onto Main Street from Highway 789, when Montez failed to slow for the turn.

At 11:01 p.m., police were called to the 200 block of Canyon Street for a report of loud singing.

Volunteer firefighters were called to the Nobel Hotel for a fire alarm at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Fire Administrator Nick Hudson said a cooking pan flared up in the third floor kitchen. There was no damage.