Police Blotter: Arrests; Man reports seeing the devil; Icy roads cause wrecks; Multiple DUI arrests made

This was one of three jackknifed semi-tractor/trailer units on South Pass Sunday night. (Photo by Jen Lewis)

This was one of three jackknifed semi-tractor/trailer units on South Pass Sunday night. See the Wyoming Highway Patrol report below. (Photo by Jen Lewis)

(Fremont  County, Wyo.) – Here is the weekend law enforcement recap from around the county. All persons arrested or cited are presumed to be innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Riverton Police Department


Louis Oldman, 25, Riverton, Disturbing the Peace. Oldman was charged after his children called 911 to report that he was allegedly choking their mother. Police found the couple sitting on the edge of a bed in a bedroom with an infant between them. The 26-year-old victim reported that he had not hurt her, and there were no physical signs that she had been assaulted. She did say that he had pinned her on the bed, but was not violent. Oldman was removed from the residence for the night.

Hattie Potter, 53, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Chauncey Friday, 47, Ethete, Public Intoxication

Rysen TallWhiteMan, 22, Ethete, on two Failure to Appear warrants. A man exhibiting erratic and aggressive behavior was picked up by police after he entered a residence in the College Hill Apartments at 10:27 p.m. Saturday and, according to a police report, “freaked out and started seeing the devil.” The apartment dwellers managed to get TallWhiteman out of the apartment, because there were small children present, but he went to the victim’s car and began to strike the windows. He was found to have warrants. TallWhiteman had been drinking and it was suspected that he had taken something else, owing to his behavior, but he did not admit to any other drug use. He told police when he was taken into custody that an evil witch was smiling at him. Police called EMT’s who checked out the man, and cleared him. He was then taken to jail.

Selam Behan, 38, Ethete, on a Failure to Appear warrant

33-year-old male from Tooele, Utah, issued a citation for Criminal Entry. A man in the 700 block of North Broadway awoke at 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning to find someone he did not know sleeping on his living room floor. The 33-year-old man was cited for criminal entry and moved along. The front door of the residence was locked, but apparently the back door was unlocked.

Jaylee SittingEagle, 19, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear Warrant and Minor Under the Influence- .17 percent BAC.  Sitting Eagle was arrested after she was found behind the wheel of a vehicle parked next to the South Federal Maverik Country Store at 6:17 a.m.

Cameron C’Bearing, 39, Arapahoe, on a Contempt of Court warrant. Police received a REDDI report on a tan truck with temporary tags that was observed moving in and out of its travel lane on North Federal Boulevard. Police caught up with the vehicle in the 700 block, but it was parked. C’Bearing was the lone occupant of the vehicle, he said the driver had gone into the store. Upon checking, it was discovered he had the outstanding warrant and was arrested.

Talana Jealous of Him, 22, Riverton, Possession of Methamphetamine, Use of Methamphetamine, Child Endangering, and on a Failure to Appear warrant. Read more about this arrest here.

Emily Delorme, 36, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Under Suspension. A woman who could barely walk and who got into a vehicle and began driving out of the Walmart parking lot at 11:31 a.m. was the subject of a REDDI report. Police found the woman, identified as Emily Delorme, near the front of the parking lot in her vehicle. It was determined that she was not under the influence of alcohol, but perhaps prescription drugs, a police report said.


Police responded Friday morning at 6 a.m. to the 100 block of North 5th East where a man was found laying in a fetal position in a gutter across from the Wyoming Workforces Services office. The 25-year-old man had been drinking, but the Center for Hope Detox Center was full and could not accept him. The officer was able to call the man’s grandmother in Fort Washakie and have her come and pick him up, rather than arrest him. She did.

A smoke or heat detector that went off Friday at 8:52 a.m. at a residence in the 1000 block of East Pershing was apparently a false alarm. There was no smell of smoke at the residence.

Police were called after a pedestrian found a full magazine of AR 15 ammunition near the intersection of South Federal and East Madison Friday at 8:58 a.m. Police logged the magazine into evidence. “The owner can come and get it if they can prove that it is theirs,” said Captain Eric Murphy. The captain also said the RPD did an inventory on their own AR 15 magazines to make sure it wasn’t one of theirs. It wasn’t.

A 29-year-old man called police after he got into an argument with a 62-year-old man about leaving items on the man’s property in the 100 block of South 5th West. The younger man said he had a civil agreement to leave numerous pieces of equipment and discarded items on the property. The older man, however, said he wanted to sell the property and wanted the items removed. The argument apparently became heated at some point, resulting in the call to police. The younger man later agreed to begin removing the items beginning this week.

A disgruntled patron of the Department of Motor Vehicle office in Riverton called police wanting to file harassment charges against an employee there. Police, however, said just because the employee there was allegedly being rude, that did not constitute harassment. They advised the caller to contact the State DMV office in Cheyenne with their complaint.

A caller notified the authorities about a dog hung up in its chain on a fence in the 500 block of South 2nd East. A county sheriff’s deputy in the area was able to help the dog become untangled, and the dog was not injured.

A report of graffiti sprayed on a vehicle on East 18th Street was received at 3:55 p.m. Friday.

A non-reportable two vehicle crash was reported Friday in the 500 block of South Broadway. An RPD officer said the parties exchanged insurance information. No action was taken.

A man who swiped his credit card at the gas pump, put in $67.01 worth of gas and then drove off was reported as a gas drive-off from the Loaf ‘N Jug store in the 300 block of North Federal. Police made contact with the man who returned and paid for the fuel. Apparently the pump did not register the sale. No action was taken.

Police are continuing an investigation into a vehicle that struck a fire exit door at Walmart 8:47 p.m. Friday. Upon initial review of video surveillance, Captain Murphy said it did not appear the act was intentional. The incident remains under investigation.

A 2007 Ford Mustang, gray in color, was reported as a stolen vehicle Friday night at 11:16 p.m. The car went missing from a residence in the 400 block of Pine Street. The vehicle was allegedly locked and the female owner had the keys. The vehicle had been awarded to her in a divorce decree. Police are attempting to contact her ex husband to see what he knows about the car. Meanwhile, officers on patrol are keeping an eye out for the vehicle.

A 43-year-old man who got into an argument with his wife called police from the balcony of his apartment at the College Hill Apartments at 4:59 a.m. Saturday saying the wife had locked him out of the place. The man was threatening to jump from the second story balcony. He was at ground level when police arrived. Officers gave the man a courtesy ride to a friend’s house for the night.

Kids playing with mailboxes in the 800 block of Mary Anne Drive in the noon hour resulted in a call to police. The grandmother of the children was contacted. No action was taken.

A resident on Henry Road called police to report that she had taken in a stray cat with kittens that were found next to one of the ponds in the area. The reporting party said the kittens were falling into the water and they barely had their eyes open. The Stock Doc agreed to take the kittens and they came and collected them.

Police were called to an address on Eastview Drive after renters of a residence there suddenly left, taking with them a trampoline that did not belong to them. They also failed to turn in the house keys. The items were returned without incident. No action was taken.

Police were called to Walmart where the owner of a 2013 Ford Escape came out of the store to find that someone had keyed their vehicle “all the way around.” An officer said the damage probably was $800 or greater. There are no suspects.

A man on Apache Avenue called to report that his 16-year-old daughter had runaway and he wanted help to find here. The man later called to report that he had found his daughter, who had made her way to family in the Gillette area.

Police broke up a mostly verbal argument between a 21-year-old couple. Even though the female had allegedly been pushed by her husband, police determined that was not enough aggression to result in a domestic violence citation. The two were separated for the night.

Police responded to an address in the 300 block of North 2nd West  where a cat was reported to be stuck inside a swamp cooler. Police were able to free the cat from inside the cooler, and the feline was taken to the Stock Doc for treatment of injuries.

Police were called to the 500 block of East Main where a woman was having issues with her landlord. According to a police report, the landlord, described as an 81-year-old man, keeps entering the woman’s apartment without knocking. The two latest incidents, which resulted in a call to police, were when the female renter was in the shower and a second time when she was sleeping. The man entered the apartment allegedly to turn off the lights, a report said. Officers are planning to visit the landlord today to remind him that he does not have permission to enter an apartment unannounced.  If the landlord’s behavior continues, he could be cited for criminal entry.

A man in the 300 block of Moose Drive called police at 12:34 p.m. Sunday to report that he was cornered by four vicious dogs and that he had to climb a fence to escape. A responding officer found the dogs, mutts of various breeds, who greeted the officer with wagging tails. They were not aggressive to the officer, but they were out of their yard and so the officer returned them and secured them in their own yard. The owner of the animals was at work and will be contacted about the dogs getting out.

Police were called to the College Hill Apartments at 5:54 p .m. for an alleged kidnapping of a 43-year-old woman. A caller said a 42-year-old man had pulled the woman into a white Ford Windstar van, with a handgun, and sped away. When contacted by officers, the reporting party changed her story to say it was a pellet gun and that he forced the woman into the van. Later the story changed to one of the woman voluntarily getting into the van. Police were unable to find the van and there were no other calls.

A woman attending the movies Sunday night on South 3rd Street came out to find someone had dented the hood of her red Ford F250 SuperDuty pickup. There are no suspects.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Coty Cloud, 33, Ethete, Intoxicated Pedestrian on Roadway. At about 7 a.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to the area of Country Acres Road and Highway 26 for a report of two pedestrians blocking the road. Deputies responded and found Cloud lying in the road. Cloud was reportedly uncooperative and taken into custody. The other subject was not observed in the road by deputies.

Haily Earls, 22, Thermopolis, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Jude Jenkins, 32, Ethete, DUI, Registration Violation, No Insurance, Safety Belts Required, Driving Under Suspension and two Failure to Appear Warrants. At 2:33 a.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to an address on Pleasant Drive near Riverton for a report of an intoxicated man driving away from the area after a disorderly situation at a residence. The Sheriff’s Office reports that a traffic stop was initiated on Highway 789 and Jenkins was arrested.

John Melvin Jr., 33, Riverton, Domestic Violence Battery and Battery. Read more about this arrest here.

James Meeks, 65, Houston, Texas, DUI. Meeks was arrested following a traffic stop on Highway 789 at about 11 p.m. on Friday near Riverton.


At 9:40 a.m. on Friday, deputies took a report of a ‘hot check’ at a business in Pavillion. The report is under investigation.

At 10:45 a.m., deputies were called to a business in Hudson for a report of checks being written for a closed account. The report is under investigation.

A report of vandalism in the Dubois area is under investigation.

At 1 p.m., a woman on the 1500 block of East Monroe Avenue reported that someone took her livestock trailer without permission.

A man on Friday afternoon reported a suspicious acting couple on Rogers Lane. The caller thought the male/female pair might be on drugs.

At 8:38 p.m., deputies were called to a home on the 200 block of East Fifth Street in Shoshoni where a window had been shot with a BB gun.

At 11:51 p.m., a man on Coal Mine Road reported a suspicious red Mustang parked in the middle of the road with its windows down and no one in the area. The report was forwarded to Bureau of Land Management law enforcement.

A woman on Saturday evening reported that a purse had been taken from a vehicle that was parked at the Rails to Trails bike path.

At 8:51 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to Pleasant Drive by a juvenile girl who reported her mom was ‘drunk and flipping out.’ The children were reportedly given to a sober adult relative, and the mother was taken to another location where no children were present, the Sheriff’s Office reports.

A wreck was reported at 1:01 a.m. on Sunday just north of Riverton on Highway 789. A male subject reportedly had a head injury. The Wyoming Highway Patrol reportedly handled the wreck; additional information from the WHP was not readily available.

At 1:41 p.m., a man southbound on Highway 789 near Lander reported a brown/gray Dodge pick-up almost ran the caller off the road during a road rage incident. WHP handled the report.

At about 7:15 p.m., deputies took a report of a juvenile runaway in the Riverton  area.

At 10:09 p.m., a woman called deputies to a an address on the 1600 block of North Smith Road for a report of a stray cat underneath her friend’s bed.


Wyoming Highway Patrol

The Wyoming Highway Patrol had a busy Sunday with slick, icy roads, Lt. Tom Adams reported. Aside from Sunday’s fatal wreck southeast of Lander (see that story here), a number of other weather-related slide-offs and minor wrecks were reported. Most were reported in the afternoon and none were too serious, Adams said. There were also about three jack-knifed semis on South Pass yesterday evening, but Adams said none of them resulted in wrecks.


Lander Police Department


Ryan Thain, 33, Lander, FCSO Warrant.

Brittney Sleeper, 22, Riverton, DUI. Sleeper was arrested following a 1:26 a.m., Saturday traffic stop on Main Street.

An 18-year-old subject was arrested for Possession of Marijuana in the area of Jefferson and North Third streets. Additional information about this arrest were not readily available.

Rysen TallWhiteman, 22, Ethete, LPD Warrant.

Emily Gettelman, 27, Lander, Probation & Parole Hold.

Lawrence Manteau, 36, Billings, Mont., Assault and Battery. Manteau was arrested following a call of domestic abuse at an address on Main Street. The caller reported observing a man was outside and kicking a woman who was on the ground.

Linda Large, 53, Ethete, Assault and Battery. Ian Timbana, 26, Lander, Public Intoxication. These two were reportedly arrested following a report of a fight at an address on East Main Street after 9 p.m. on Sunday.


At 12:29 p.m. on Friday police were notified by a man on North Ninth Street that last year his ex-wife keyed two cars.

At 1:34 p.m., police were called to Safeway for a report of someone being punched by a man.

An Aegis brand bicycle was reported stolen from Valley View Drive earlier last week.

At 7:27 p.m., police were called about a vehicle that reportedly almost ran over the caller in the area of North Seventh and Lincoln streets.

Police were notified of a possibly stolen shotgun on Riverview Drive on Saturday morning.

At 11:16 a.m. on Saturday, a report was taken of possibly fraudulent phone calls. A man was being told to send money to a subject in Jamaica.

Police were called at 12:36 p.m. on Sunday for a report of a dog chasing deer in the area of Valley View Drive.

Two hit and runs were reported on Sunday afternoon. One was on Dillon Drive reported at 1:55 p.m., and the other was reported on Main Street at 4:33 p.m.