Police Blotter: Arrests; Snowplow involved in wreck; RPD arrests man for illegal use of EBT card

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is the Friday’s law enforcement round-up from across Fremont County. All those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office




At 9 a.m., a woman told deputies that he had received a message that someone was going through a locked up and vacant rental property of hers. Deputies found the report to be unfounded.

At 10:18 a.m., deputies were called to Highway 26 near Dubois for a report of a vehicle v. snow plow wreck. Undersheriff Ryan Lee reports the wreck occurred at low speed in whiteout conditions. There were no injuries. Lee said the smaller vehicle was driving in the wrong lane, and the two vehicle’s passenger sides hit each other.

A burglary was reported on the 3000 block of Cooper Road near Riverton shortly before 1 p.m. The caller told deputies she was moving items from the residence and when she returned the door was kicked in and the lock was removed. Nothing was taken. There are no suspects at this time.

The sheriff’s office assisted the Wyoming Highway Patrol with a driving under the influence arrest on Highway 20 near Shoshoni. Additional details weren’t readily available.


Lander Police Department


A 14-year-old Lander boy was cited for Property Destruction. At 8:37 a.m. on Wednesday, police were called to Lander Middle School for a report of property destruction. Chief Jim Carey said a boy allegedly drew writing on the carpet and other places in a room.

Stacey Bennett, 48, Lander, cited for Property Destruction. Bennett was cited after an argument on Custer Street Wednesday afternoon allegedly resulted in a broken window. The value of the window was approximately $200.

John Cardine, 39, Lander, Lander Police Warrant for Terroristic Threats. See the full story here.

Allen Higinbotham, 29, Lander, Assault and Battery. At 8:50 p.m. on Thursday, police were called about an intoxicated and disorderly individual on the 1000 block of South Second Street. Higinbotham reportedly admitted to pushing someone at the residence, Carey said.


An alleged sexual assault is under investigation.

Police assisted a driver on Wednesday afternoon after his van’s steering reportedly locked up and had to stop on the sidewalk.

A mirror was reported broken on a vehicle parked on Main Street after 8 p.m. on Wednesday. It is unknown whether damage was caused by a hit and run or if it was vandalism.

A four car crash started the day for some locals on Main Street near the intersection of the highways shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday. Carey said bright sunlight was partially to blame. No citations were issued.

At 11:27 p.m. on Thursday, police were called to the 1200 block of Buena Vista for a report of kids lighting matches in the street and then hiding in the ditch when cars drove past. Police found no one in the area.


Riverton Police Department


Brandon Frankson, 20, Riverton, Public Intoxication and Disturbing the Peace. Police were called to the area of the 3000 block of College Hill Drive shortly before 1 a.m. on Thursday, Smith said, for a report of someone knocking on a door. While in the area, Frankson was located and reportedly too intoxicated to care for himself and he was taken into custody.

David Killsree, 36, Riverton, Municipal Warrant.

Francisco Pereda, 38, Arapahoe, Misappropriation of State Benefits. Capt. C.T. Smith in a news release that RPD conducted an operation on the 500 block of North Federal at about noon. “Officer’s determined there was an illegal use of the State issues EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card by Mr. Fancisco Pereda resulting in his arrest. No further information will be released pending the continued investigation,” Smith said.

Jakota Wolfname, 23, St. Stephen’s, Probation and Parole Hold.

Edward Brown, 54, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace.

A 23-year-old Riverton man cited for Interfering with a Peace Officer and Breach of Peace.


At 12:32 a.m. on Thursday, police were called to the 100 block of North Broadway for a people fighting. Police found not a physical fight, but a verbal one. Smith said a couple people were cited for Disturbing the Peace.

At 2:09 a.m., officers were called to the 800 block of North Pointe Drive by someone who said the saw a flashlight in the neighbor’s yard. Police located no one in the area.

At 3:25 a.m., police were called to the 100 block of North Fifth Street East by a man who said said that after he denied another man a cigarette, the man got angry and punched a window. The window now had a crack in it. The man responsible for the property destruction fled before officers arrived.

A gas drive off reported at the Maverik on West Main Street was found to be unfounded. A technical glitch reportedly kept the payment from going through. The person returned and paid.