Police Blotter: Arrests; Four drunk drivers caught; Man collared after foot chase; Cats shot on Spencer Street

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Melissa Adrian, 29, Dubois, Driving Under the Influence. Adrian was arrested following a 12:57 a.m., Saturday traffic stop on Highway 26 near Dubois.

Al Brown, 42, Hudson, Probation Revocation warrant.

John Kramer, 36, Riverton, Violation of a Protection Order warrant.

William Shipp, 37, Dubois, Driving Under the Influence.

Byron Spoonhunter, 22, Riverton, New Mexico warrant and Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine. At 10:18 p.m. on Friday, a deputy was called to Snowberry Lane for a report of people fighting. Spoonhunter was located and found to have the out-of-state warrant. During his arrest a misdemeanor amount of methamphetamine was allegedly located in his vehicle.


At 8:11 a.m. on Friday, police were called to the area of Cherry and Center streets in Riverton for a report of one man threatening another with a baseball bat. No assault was found to have taken place, and deputies took a report.

At 1:31 p.m., deputies were called to the Pavillion Rec Center for a report of someone throwing personal trash in a trash container at the arena. The report was documented, and the suspect was warned.

Deputies were called to an address on the 2600 block of Monroe Court for a report of a daughter assaulted by her mother. The investigation has been forwarded to the Fremont County Attorney’s Office for review.

A theft reported on Friday evening was determined to be unfounded. A man called deputies to report that someone pulled into the fishing access area off Sinks Canyon Road and took his fishing vest and other items before driving away. The deputy who arrived to investigate reportedly located the items near the place where the caller had left them.

Deputies cited a 30-year-old Casper man for open container during an agency assist with the Wind River Police on Friday evening in the St. Stephen’s area.

Car parts were reported stolen out of the back of a vehicle in the 1400 block of 17-Mile Road on Saturday morning.

At 9:40 a.m., deputies were called about a diesel truck reportedly harassing bicyclists along Sinks Canyon Road. Deputies were unable to locate the vehicle.

Deputies are assisting the Wind River Police Department with a 1 p.m., Saturday hit and run in a casino’s parking lot. The elderly driver suspect left the scene of the wreck, the Sheriff’s Office reports. The hit and run is still under investigation.

At 3:27 p.m. on Sunday, deputies were called about a woman allegedly sneaking into a trailer on Rogers Lane near Riverton.

Deputies were called to the 600 block of West 2nd Street in Shoshoni for a report of four people fighting. Parties were separated and conflicting statements were made about what had happened, the Sheriff’s Office reports. The incident has been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review.

At 8:20 p.m., deputies were called to Snowberry Lane for a report of domestic violence. Deputies were unable to substantiate the allegations.

At 1:15 a.m., deputies were called back to Snowberry Lane, but to a different address, for a report of neighbors playing music really loud.


Riverton Police Department


Robert Behan, 21, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation. An officer who stopped to fuel his patrol vehicle at 10:15 a.m. at the Pit Stop Travel Center looked over at the next vehicle and recognized Behan and knew that he had an outstanding warrant. After confirming with dispatch, Behan was taken into custody without incident.

Michael Warren, 20, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation and a Failure to Appear warrant. At 9:56 p.m. several subjects arrived at the RPD’s front lobby and began knocking on a window there, saying a man had consumed 80 mg or ml of methamphetamine. An officer inside the building responded and saw an unknown woman carrying a man, and then leaving him in the lobby. When the officer arrived, the man sprung to his feet, darted out of the lobby and ran in the direction of the KFC Restaurant just up from the police station. He then ran across Federal Boulevard and into the Trailhead Restaurant, where he ran through the kitchen and out the back door. Police were there and took him into custody. The man was later identified as Warren.

Jeri Tidzump, 26, Fort Washakie, Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol, No Drivers License. Her BAC level was .13 percent. Tidzump was stopped heading northbound into Riverton on Highway 789 after the RPD received a REDDI report from the Wind River Police Department.

William Buffington, 52, Las Vegas, Nev., DWUI. His BAC level was .20 percent. Buffington was stopped in the 700 block of East Main and arrested at at 11:52 p.m. Saturday night.

Ricky Behan, 19, Arapahoe, on a Failure to Appear warrant and for Minor Under the Influence.


Yes, he was 86’d. The $5,000 dart game at Livestock Liquors was damaged last Thursday night when a patron apparently became upset and threw his glass against the game, breaking out two panes of glass and damaging the game itself. The game was identified as an Arachnid Q3. The man reportedly told the bartender, “I guess I’m 86’d now.” The employees there reported they had seen the man around town but didn’t know who he was. Police are reviewing surveillance video to try to identify the vandal.

A property damage vehicle crash was reported at 12:59 Friday in the 200 block of South 6th Street East. A food vendor’s van apparently backed into a Ford Bronoco at that location. A report on the crash is pending.

A man working at the Wind River Job Corps site in Riverton reported to police that his Smith and Wesson SD40 handgun was missing from his vehicle. The man told police that he commutes between West Jordan, Utah, and Riverton for his job, and he is not sure where the gun went missing. Police took a report.

A sex offense was reported at 1:41 p.m. by Eastern Shoshone Child Protection. No other information is available.

One section of a fence was destroyed in the fire. (EO)

One section of a fence was destroyed in the fire. (EO)

Police assisted the Riverton Fire Department with traffic control after a fence caught on fire at 7:04 p.m. in the alley behind a home in the 600 block of North 12th East at East Pershing Avenue. Jim Case was inside his home when he heard cracking and popping noises, looked outside and saw his wooden fence in the back yard on fire. Fran Case reported that the fence was being re-stained but only two panels had been completed. One section of the fence was totally destroyed, a gate was heavily damaged, as was a wheel barrow parked next to the fence. Part of the grill of a vehicle parked near the fence had partially melted from the heat. Firefighters on the scene found cigarette butts next to the burned fence in the debris.

At 8:33 p.m. county’s 911 center received a call about a stolen car but the caller hung up. The 911 center plotted the call to the 400 block of North 7th East in Riverton and officers who responded contacted a female who said the father of her child had taken the car without permission, but she did not want to file any charges. Instead, she went and picked up the vehicle.

A woman reported that someone had taken her purse while she was shopping in Walmart. The woman discovered the missing purse when she went to check out. She retraced her steps to the laundry and trash bag aisles, but did not find it, and the store’s lost and found did not have it. The purse was identified as a Pendleton brand, black, red and yellow in color. The purse contained various forms of identification and a food stamp card. The purse was valued at $120. The woman was advised to contact her bank and credit cards to cancel her accounts.

A young man in his early 20s apparently became nostalgic for his grandmother and went to her former house in Riverton and asked the present occupants if he could come inside and look around. They declined to let the man in and notified police as they thought the matter was suspicious. Officers knew the man involved and it was his grandmother’s former house. No action was taken.

On Saturday morning at 3:21 a.m. a clerk from the South Federal Maverik Country Store called police to report that there had been a fight outside of the store a couple of hours earlier, and that just then a man from the previous fight came back to the store to report that he had been “shanked” in the leg, but he didn’t want police called. When the clerk did call 911, the man left. Officers found a blood trace in front of the store, but were unable to locate the suspect.

At 7:04 a.m. police received a report of a physical fight happening in the 400 block of North 7th East involving multiple individuals. When police arrived on the scene, an 18-year-old man jumped into a green van, put it in reverse and spun out and away from the scene. One RPD unit en route to the call began pursuit of the vehicle, but when it reached North 6th East at a high rate of speed, the officer discontinued the pursuit, per policy. The Wind River Police Department then pursued the vehicle after it entered the Wind River Indian Reservation. It is not known if they stopped the vehicle or not. The RPD said that when the youth sped away from the scene of the altercation, he ran over a cast iron water valve, which was ripped from the ground and broken into several pieces. The city’s utility department estimated damage at $500. Police know who the suspect is and citations will be waiting for the man the next time he comes into town.

A rock was thrown through a window at a business in the 200 block of East Main. The vandalism was reported at 8:15 a.m. Saturday. The employee discovering the vandalism did not want to enter the building without an officer, so the RPD cleared the building. Damage was estimated at $400.

There’s something happening on Spencer Street that is not good to animals. At 8:53 a.m. police were called by an individual who said there was a tomcat in his yard with an arrow in it. The caller said the cat did not have an arrow in it when it was seen the day before. Then on Sunday, at 10:14 a.m. police received a call, also from Spencer Street, wanting to speak to an officer about someone in the neighborhood shooting cats. The RPD’s Animal Control Officer will conduct a follow-up investigation.

On Sunday morning at 13 minutes past midnight, a fight was reported in the 100 block of East Jefferson. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered that there was no fight. The man of the house had left to go to a convenience store and a woman began chasing him and yelling at him to stop because she wanted some cigarettes. It was a misunderstanding on the part of the reporting party.

Police were called, along with the Fire Department, to the Owl Creek Apartments at 2220 Rose Lane for a fire alarm at 9:01 a.m. Sunday. It turned out that a resident there had burned their breakfast on the stove, and the fire alarm went off.

A vandalism was reported to a vehicle parked in the 300 block of North 6th East. The female owner came out Sunday morning and discovered the back window of her Jeep Liberty had been broken out. Damage was estimated at $300. There are no suspects.

A two vehicle crash involving a silver 2005 Dodge Ram and a gray Chevrolet Equinox was reported at 12:41  p.m. in the 300 block of North 8th West. Damage was estimated at over $1,000.

A gray Chevrolet Impala was struck by a hit and run vehicle that left traces of yellow and white paint on the Chevy’s front fender and bumper. There was also an 18 inch long scrape. Damage was estimated over $500.


Lander Police Department


Brandon Conard, 28, Lander, Shoplifting, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. At 7:38 a.m. on Saturday, police were called to a restaurant on Main Street for a report of a male subject who was sweating, shaking and didn’t have enough money to buy food. The caller said the man then began helping himself to some food off a salsa bar. He had also reportedly taken two large soft drink cups. Conard was subsequently arrested.

Tyvan Chee, 22, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication and Interference. Chee was arrested after police were called to a business on Main Street at 11:46 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a man who showed a “funny looking” ID. Chee was arrested.

Duncan Palmer, 18, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication. Palmer was arrested following a 6:42 p.m. call on Fremont Street for a report of subject acting funny.


At 7:46 a.m. on Friday, police were called to an address on Pushroot Court for a report of a woman who was allegedly assaulted and threatened.

At 8:44 a.m., police were called to a home on North Sixth Street for a report of a stray cats that had taken up residence under the caller’s porch.

A caller on Cedar Street reported seeing a young male and female jump her neighbor’s fence, but they reportedly fled in a vehicle after they were unable to gain entry to the house.

At 5:46 p.m., police were called about a couple screaming at each other in the McDonald’s parking lot.

At 8:19 p.m., a caller reported to police that there were five or six young kids playing under a bridge in McManus Park without supervision.

A caller on East Main reportedly found a glove covered with a suspicious substance. The caller thought that it might be covered in paint or blood.

A hit and run was reported at 12:28 a.m., Saturday on Garfield Street. A parked Subaru Legacy reportedly was struck on the rear driver’s side.

At 4:53 a.m., a caller on Garfield Street reported that their son was in the front yard, and the caller wasn’t sure what he was doing.

Fireworks were reported in the area of North Lane on Saturday evening.

A caller on East Main Street reported a group of motorcyclists in a parking lot causing problems at about 8:30 p.m. Police arrived, and the motorcyclists agreed to quiet down.

At 1:03 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to the area of North First Street for a report of someone who heard two gun shots outside.

The mega load coming through town. Photo provided by a reader named 'Ron.'

The mega load coming through town. Photo provided by a reader named ‘Ron.’

Sunday afternoon, police helped guide a mega load through Lander. The load was being transported by Southwest Industry Rigging. It was reportedly 23 feet wide, 28 feet tall, and 235 feet long.

At 3:49 p.m., police were called to a gas station on Highway 789 for a report of a bicycle that had reportedly been left there for two days.