Police Blotter: Arrests; Fatal shooting investigated; Woman mysteriously attacked; Teen tossed from speeding vehicle

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

Fremont County Coroner

The Fremont County Coroner and Fremont County Sheriff’s Offices are investigating a shooting death that was reported Sunday evening on the 1500 block of East Monroe. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said that the incident was reported as a self-inflicted gunshot. According to the Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen, the deceased is a 44-year-old Riverton man. His body is being taken to Loveland, Colo., for autopsy. The agencies are continuing to investigate as of Monday morning, and Lee released no additional information. Stratmoen said the man has relatives out of state and his identity will be withheld until family has been notified.


Federal Bureau of Investigation/ Bureau of Indian Affairs

FBI spokesman Dave Joly, of the Denver Division, confirmed his agency is currently involved in a missing persons case on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Jared Littlewhiteman reportedly went missing in early June. Additional information about the case has not been released.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Kristen Antelope, 21, Arapahoe, Probation Revocation Warrant.

Steven Hays, 60, Riverton, Failure to Appear and Probation Revocation warrants. At 2 a.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to the 1400 block of East Monroe Avenue for a report of a woman trying to beat people up. The Sheriff’s Office reports that subjects were intoxicated and disorderly. Hays, who was with the group, was found to have outstanding warrants.

Joseph Holloway, 36, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence with a Child Passenger. Holloway was arrested after deputies received a report of a possible drunken driver on Highway 789 near Shoshoni. He reportedly had a 5-year-old passenger.

Heath Lewis, 46, Riverton, Warrants for Domestic Violence Battery and False Imprisonment (Lander Police case).

Jeremiah Shull, 22, Riverton, Probation Revocation Warrant.

Daniel Starkey, 49, Shoshoni, Reckless Endangering. Deputies were dispatched to Shoshoni Sunday afternoon after receiving two different reports of Starkey driving around town and almost striking two children and a vehicle, Undersheriff Ryan Lee reports. “A witness positively identified Starkey as the driver. Deputies made contact with Starkey at his residence to question him about the incident, when he became angry, argumentative, and aggressive. Starkey was intoxicated and denied driving. He was placed under arrest at that time and taken to the Fremont County Jail.”

Jessica Swallow, 20, Fort Washakie, Driving Under the Influence.

Dennis Teran, 32, Shoshoni, Probation Revocation.

Vearle Wilson, 36, Ethete, Breach of Peace. Wilson was arrested after deputies were called at about 11 a.m. on Saturday for a report of a man who came into the residence on the 1400 block of East Monroe Avenue and threatened the caller.


At 8:05 a.m. on Friday, deputies were called to Highway 789 near Shoshoni for a report of air fresheners all over the highway. Deputies found that an unknown vehicle lost several boxes of soap and air freshener products, blocking an entire lane of the causeway.

The discovery a missing cow in the Arapahoe area is under investigation.

Deputies assisted a Fremont County Weed and Pest vehicle that got damaged while spraying a meadow off Sinks Canyon Road on Friday afternoon.

A violation of a protection order was reported in the Dubois area on Friday evening. The investigation has been forwarded to the County Attorney’s Office for review.

At 5:47 p.m., a woman reported that her son, who delivers newspapers, was asked by a male subject to come inside his home off Elder Lane.

An unattended campfire was reported in Sinks Canyon State Park on Friday evening.

A single vehicle rollover on Horse Creek road, with out-of-state occupants, is still being evaluated. The report was not yet complete as of Monday morning.

A car on Gardens North Drive was reportedly shot with a paintball sometime after midnight on Saturday.

Disorderly campers were reported at about 2 a.m. on Saturday at Cottonwood Bay. Deputies were unable to locate the subjects.

Deputies were called to Bluebell Lane at 3:19 a.m. for a report of a man being violent and breaking a window in the caller’s daughter’s vehicle. The sheriff’s office reports subjects were intoxicated and disorderly; the disagreements were worked out among the parties.

At 8:15 a.m., a woman on the 100 block of Lost Wells Butte Drive near Riverton reported seeing a man crawl through a window and close it behind him. Deputies arrived and found the home owner inside.

A woman at a home on the 100 block of Lyons Valley Road reported that there was a rattlesnake outside the home bothering the dogs and residents. A deputy arrived, found a bull snake, and relocated it.

At 8:04 p.m., deputies were called to Snowberry Lane for a report of neighbors shooting bottle rockets toward a house.

At 11:17 p.m., deputies were called to North Eighth West in Riverton about subjects at a house chasing a vehicle and fighting. The home owner was advised of the complaint.

A hit and run was reported on the 100 block of East Ramshorn Street in Dubois. There was less than $1,000 in damage and there are no suspects at this time.

Deputies assisted Ambulance crews with injuries sustained by a subject on a four wheeler that flipped on Fairfield Road.

At about 7 p.m. on Sunday, a man in the Arapahoe area reported finding a bullet hole in the latch on the back door of his residence after being gone for a couple days.


Lander Police Department


Steven Hays, 60, Riverton, LPD Warrant.

Zena Aragon, 47, Fort Washakie, Shoplifting. Aragon was arrested following a 4:30 p.m. shoplifting report at Safeway on Saturday. Store staff reportedly stopped her from leaving the store with a full cart of groceries. Approximately $180 worth of groceries were in the cart.

William Tidzump, 20, Lander, Driving Under the Influence.

A 16-year-old Lander boy cited for Minor in Possession of Alcohol and Breach of Peace. The citation was issued after police were called to an address on Goodrich Drive at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday for a report of a loud party.

Yolanda Posey, 37, Fort Washakie, LPD Warrant.

Stephen Rossman, 30, Lander, Driving Under the Influence and Open Container.


At 7:40 a.m. on Friday, police were called by a woman who received a possibly fraudulent call from someone claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House.

At about 1 p.m., police were called about two suspicious subjects trying to get into vehicles on Lincoln Street.

A bicycle was reported stolen from a location on Jefferson Street.

At 6:25 p.m., police were called about an intoxicated female who would not leave a business on Main Street.

At 9:39 p.m., officers were called to a parking lot near the highways intersection for a report of a man and woman arguing. The man was reportedly trying to pull a woman out of a car. Not arrests or citations were reported in connection to the call.

At 2:46 a.m. on Saturday, a woman on South First Street reported that she was assaulted when she was walking home. The woman told police that an unknown person struck her with an unknown object from behind. After a brief struggle, she got away and ran home. The victim was unable to get a description of the suspect, and it is unknown if the person was male or female. Follow-up is continuing today.

The back door of a business on Main Street was reportedly unlocked without employees present at about 10 a.m. on Saturday.

At 12:23 p.m., police were called about a dog inside a Montana pickup truck that had its windows all the way up.

Vandalism to a vehicle was reported at about 12:30 p.m. on Cascade Street.

A dog collar and tags were reported stolen Saturday afternoon on Wood Street.

At 1:29 p.m. on Sunday, a caller on Washakie Street reported that someone stole tools and a shovel out of the back of an unlocked vehicle.

At 7:42 p.m., police were called to Baldwin Creek Road for a report of possible gunshots.

At 1:50 a.m. on Monday, police were called to an area on East Main Street for a report of two male subjects looking at cars. The suspects reportedly took off when the caller set her alarm off.

At 5:54 p.m. on Sunday, police were called about a man who stole some bags of ice from a business on East Main Street.


Riverton Police Department


Justin Steele, 26, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant and Filing a False Police Report.

Danielle Tindall, 21, Ft. Wahsakie, Public Intoxication. Police were called to the 500 block of East Main on the report of a fight. Responding officers found a group of people in the alley of the 400 block and saw that Tindall was on the ground, covered in gravel and yelling profanities. She would not cooperate with officials, and witnesses said the woman had been the aggressor who started a fight in the bar that moved outside. Apparently she got her clock cleaned in the alley and was arrested for being drunk.

Todd Pope, 38, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence, Driving While Under Suspension, No Insurance and Speeding. (.08 percent BAC). Pope was pulled over at 36 minutes past midnight in the 200 block of West Adams.

Theresa Oldman, 32, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant and Public Intoxication. Police received a report at 8:40 a.m.Sunday that a woman was slumped over the wheel of her blue GMC Jimmy that was stopped in the middle of the 800 block of Webbwood Road. A sheriff’s deputy was the first to arrive at the scene, and Oldman was out of her vehicle at that time, claiming that a man who was driving had ran away from the scene. She said she had consumed six beers and exhibited slurred speech. Her blood alcohol level was measured at .19 percent.

Samantha Vigil, 21, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant. at 11:31 a.m. Sunday Vigil was walking by officers on another call at West Adams and South 2nd West. The officers recognized her and knew that she had a warrant.

Alvin Seminole, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant. Seminole was driving in the 700 block of East Monroe, when he made a rolling stop at a traffic signal, rolling through the yellow and through when the light turned red. A patrol officer just happened to be in the area and saw the non-stop and pulled Seminole over. It was then discovered he had an outstanding warrant.

Corwin Blackbear, 38, Riverton, Public Intoxication. He was arrested after officers found him in the 800 block of East Jefferson Sunday laying next to a garage. His BAC level was .18 percent. The Center of Hope was full so Blackbear was taken into custody.

Officers on bicycle patrol at 2:04 a.m. Saturday morning witnessed a 25-year-old Riverton man in the 500 block of East Main toss a beer bottle into the intersection with North 5th East. The officers contacted the man and asked him why he did that. A report said the man told officers he was drunk and wasn’t thinking right. The man also had a brown box stuffed into a pants pocket that was partially visible. The box contained some marijuana residue. He was cited for possession of marijuana and released.



At 12:02 a.m. police were called to the 500 block of East Main for a fight in a bar. When officers arrived, the two women involved had left the area.

At 12:24 a.m. domestic issues resulted in a call to police from the 900 block of Forest Drive. A man at that address said he wanted to be intimate with his wife, but she rejected his advance. The woman said she wanted to be intimate with her husband, but he was demanding a lifetime list of all of her amorous encounters. No action was taken.

At 9:19 a.m. a sexual assault was reported in the Riverton area. The report is under investigation.

At 9:30 a.m. a vicious animal was reported in the 800 block of North Federal. A report said officers were unable to catch a brown Shepard mix with a black and pink collar.

At 10:36 a.m. Big O Tires called police to report that a prairie dog had entered their showroom in the 300 block of South Federal Boulevard. Police captured the beast and released it by the Wind River.

At 10:41 a.m. a man called police to report that someone was using a credit card of his without authorization and that $882.32 worth of charges had been rung up in Winnebago County, Illinois, and in the states at Kansas and Texas over the last two month. A report was taken.

At 11:10 a.m. a break-in was reported in the 800 block of East Adams. The caller said a window had been broken out of her apartment and that money and cigarettes were missing. No other information was available.

At 1:20 p.m. a report was received of someone riding a law mower in the street in the 400 block of Spruce. The lawn mower had been parked by the time an officer arrived, but the mower driver was contacted and told not to ride in the street.

At 2:43 p.m. a caller in the 1200 block of North 16th East reported finding a blue Mongoose bicycle and a construction cone that had been abandoned there.

At 3:03 p.m. police received a call that two men were seen carrying a third man in the alley, placing him in a motor vehicle, and leaving. Upon arrival, officers found a 22-year-old man unconscious in the vehicle. Emergency Medical Services was called and the man was taken to SageWest-Riverton Health Center. No other information was available.

At 6:33 p.m. a report of a woman who had been pushed down and had her head split open was received from the 900 block of Forest Drive. Police arrived and found a woman with a wound to her head, but she said she fell into a piece of furniture and did not want any charges filed, nor any medical exam. A report was made; no action was taken.

At 7:33 p.m.  a man reported that someone had cracked the front windshield of his 2000 Subaru causing $500 in damage. There are no suspects.

At 9:52 p.m. a man who had been watching a movie downtown came out of the theater to discovered that both side mirrors on his 2005 Chevrolet Duramax pickup had been broken. A damage estimate was not available.

At 10:40 p.m. police received a call that stated a woman was laying in the middle of the intersection of West Fremont at North 9th Street. The woman told arriving officers that she was trying to get a better look at the stars. Police advised the woman that the middle of an intersection was not a wise place to stargaze from.

At 11:01 p.m. police were called to the emergency room at the hospital for a woman who appeared to have been assaulted. A police report said the 18-year-old female from Fort Washakie had multiple abrasions and lacerations on over half of her body. The woman told officers that she was thrown from a moving vehicle going 65 mph near Arapahoe on the Wind River Reservation. She said it was an unknown person to her that threw her out of the moving vehicle. Because the incident occurred on the reservation, the investigation was handed off to the BIA Wind River Police Department.

At 11:44 p.m., police were called to an alley in the 100 block of North Sixth East for a male laying next to a building. The man didn’t know where he was and had a blood alcohol content of .20 percent. The man was given a ride to his home.


A medical helicopter crew called police at 2:37 a.m. to clear the landing pad at SageWest Health Center-Riverton for them. According to a police report, apparently family members of a female patient being loaded onto the helicopter for transport would not leave the side of the helicopter or stay a safe distance away. Officers cleared the family members back onto the parking lot behind a fence and the helicopter lifted off safely. Captain Eric Murphy said it was the first time in his memory that police provided assistance to a helicopter.

A hit and run vehicle crash was reported at 6:59 a.m. in 600 block of North 9th West where an unknown vehicle had impacted a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup. Damage was listed at over $1,000.

A caller notified police that a rifle, cap, and coat were propped up against a mail box in the 2100 block of West Bend Drive with no one appearing to be around. Officers contacted the homeowner, who fetched the items and took them inside.

A vandalism to a green Ford Escape was reported in the 800 block of Liberty. A tire had been slashed on the vehicle. Damage was estimated at $200.

A motorist drove off from the South Federal Maverik Country Store without paying for $48.22 worth of fuel. The clerk did get a license place number and the registered owner of the vehicle will be contacted to make restitution.

A mail box was the victim of a hit and run crash reported at 7:38 p.m. Apparently the mail box in the 1300 block of Webbwood was struck by an outside mirror of a vehicle. It was destroyed. There are no suspects.


The owner of a motor home in the 1400 block of East Park reported that someone had attempted to break-in to the vehicle, but were unsuccessful. Pry marks were found on and inside the door of a 2007 Chevrolet Coachman. Damage was estimated at $200.