Police Blotter: Arrests; Multiple wrecks reported in the county; Out-of-town woman allegedly caught shoplifting

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Thursday’s wrap-up of law enforcement action around the county. Those arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Lander Police Department


Jamie Joaquim, 29, Rock Springs, for an LPD Warrant and Sweetwater County Warrant. Joaquim was arrested at an address on Welch Boulevard at around 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

Michelle Antelope, 40, Ethete, two LPD Warrants.

Vicki Peterson, 62, Pierre, S.D., Shoplifting. Peterson was arrested following a 7:42 p.m. call to a business on Grand View Drive for a report of a woman who concealed a box of hair dye in her purse.

Annette Lucas, 48, Lander, Fremont County Warrant. Lucas was arrested on North Fifth Street at about 5:42 a.m. on Thursday.


At 1:27 p.m., police were called to an address on Main Street for a report of a driver of a truck who was seen staggering in the parking lot, nearly falling, before driving away. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

At 4:29 p.m., officers were called about a possible burglary at an apartment on Popo Agie Street.

At 6:04 p.m., police were called to an address on Ninth Street about a male subject screaming and hitting walls.

Police were notified of an alleged assault from the night before at about 7:50 p.m.

At 11:56 p.m., police were called to the area of Washakie and Main streets for a report of a vehicle spotlighting people in the area.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Michael Baladez, 43, Anson, Texas, Driving Under the Influence and Speeding.

Ryan Whitehurst, 18, Riverton, Court Ordered Arrest.


A 10:33 a.m. report of vandalism at an undisclosed location in the count is under investigation.

At 10:44 a.m., deputies assisted the Wyoming Highway Patrol with a report of a head-on collision with a semi at about mile post 109 on Highway 20. Injuries were reported. WHP Lt. Tom Adams said additional information would not be available until Friday.

At 2:32 p.m., a man reported to deputies that he left a coat at business in Dubois and when he returned it was gone.

At 2:36 p.m., deputies received a report of suspicious male subjects driving around and giving away food on Cliff Drive near Riverton. Deputies were unable to locate anyone matching the description.

Deputies investigated a 3 p.m. wreck on Highway 26 near Dubois where one vehicle reportedly rear-ended a Fedex truck. The report was incomplete this morning and additional information was not available. No persons were taken to a hospital by Fremont County Ambulance.

At 7:09 p.m., deputies were notified of diesel trucks driving “very fast” on Tweed Lane outside of Lander.

At 2:51 a.m. on Thursday, deputies assisted WHP with a single vehicle rollover in the Kinnear area. Additional information was not readily available.

A woman in Hudson reported to deputies at 4:40 a.m. that a man was attempting to assault her. The alleged suspect could not be located by law enforcement, and Wind River Police have been contacted.


Riverton Police Department


Michael Mariner, 26, Riverton, Assault (Domestic). The RPD Disptach Center received a 911 call with yelling in the background and the phone was disconnected. The dispatch center plotted the call to the 700 block of Edith Street. According to a police report, Mariner and his 24-year-old wife had been out for the evening and had been having drinks. After the two returned home, the victim said she did not remember how an argument started, but that it was over money. During the argument, Mariner is alleged to have tackled his wife and drove her to the living room floor, and then allegedly he applied a choke hold around her throat. The woman’s neck showed redness when police arrived, but she could not remember if she had lost consciousness.

Lawrencetta Bell, 31, Kinnear, on nine (9) Fremont County warrants for larceny. Bell’s vehicle was stopped in the 800 block of North Federal at 4:13 p.m.

Sylvia SanJavier, 39, Riverton, on a Probation and Parole hold

21-year-old Lander woman was cited for Shoplifting at Walmart after trying to leave the store without paying for some 90 items valued at $441.45. The woman was reported at 6:32 p.m.

11-year-old Riverton boy was trespassed from the Fremont County Branch Library after he failed to heed librarian’s warnings to settle down. The boy allegedly would not quiet down and was creating a disturbance inside the building. Police escorted the young man outside and was told not to reenter the library.


The School Resource Officer at Riverton High School cited a student for a tobacco problem Wednesday.

A property damage two vehicle crash was reported at 9:54 a.m. in the 600 block of North Federal between a black truck and a black Subaru. Damage was estimated over $1,000.

A woman called the RPD at 11:30 a.m. saying she was being threatened with a gun in her house. Police arrived to find a man without a gun. Police eventually did fine one, a 9 mm Standard brand, but it was in a bag tucked away in a closet. The man’s mother was called to come and drive him to her home for the day. It was a verbal argument.

A woman called police Wednesday to report that someone else was using her credit cards. No other information was available.

A crew cab  pickup fueled up with $31.01 of gasoline at the West Main Maverik Country Store at 12:46 p.m. and drove away without paying. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

Police were called on a reported vandalism to a mobile home park in the 1300 block of South Federal Boulevard after a tenant there complained that the 73-year-old landlord had cut his power line in a dispute over rent. No charges were filed as Captain Eric Murphy said there is no specific statute that applies in this case. “It is not well defined if a landlord can turn the power off, because the renter pays the power company for the electricity, not the landlord,” he said. “It’s a gray area.” Murphy said the same landlord locked another tenant’s power box on Monday of this week.

A man reported someone had taken his medications from his back pack when he was at the Good Samaritan Center or at Central Wyoming College. There are no suspects. The case remains under investigations. The medications were not named in the police report.

The RPD had 27 calls for service on Wednesday. Four of those calls were for intoxicated individuals.

Clarification: In Wednesday’s police blotter the RPD report on an alleged family fight indicated that a man had closed a door on his ex-wife’s foot, unintentionally, while he was retrieving some of his belongings from their residence, including a motorcycle. The wife called the RPD to note that they are not yet divorced and she is not yet his former wife. So noted.