Police Blotter: Arrests; Domestic violence warrants pending; Juvenile boys found sleeping in Sunset Park

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Felter is given a field sobriety test by a deputy.

Felter is given a field sobriety test by a deputy. (EO)

Arvin Felter, 23, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence. The arrest came on Monday morning after deputies were called about a vehicle that ran off the road on Highway 789 near Burma Road. The caller also reported the three occupants of the vehicle had exited and were arguing in the borrow ditch. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said while deputies were enroute one of the three drove away, leaving the other two on the side of the road. Felter was reportedly located driving the vehicle and under the influence of alcohol.


At 7:32 a.m., deputies were called about a man lying in the street in the 100 block of Burma Road. The Sheriff’s Office reports the man was sleeping in the borrow ditch after leaving a party in the area, trying to walk home. Deputies gave the man a ride to town.

At noon, deputies were called to the 1500 block of East Monroe for a report of a purse stolen off a truck; there were rings reportedly in the purse.

At 2:51 p.m., deputies were called to the 1000 block of River Lane near Riverton for a report of kids playing in a ditch unattended.

Checks were reported stolen out of check book in the Lander area. The report is under investigation.

Deputies were called 9:35 p.m. on Monday to an address in Dubois for a report of a woman attacked by an ex. The suspect reportedly fled the area. An arrest warrant for misdemeanor domestic violence is pending.

At 12:06 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies were called about a bonfire in the Hudson area, and the caller could hear people yelling and screaming. Police arrived and found everything to be OK.


Riverton Police Department


Rachel Norse, 21, St. Stephens, on a Failure to Appear warrant. Norse was arrested after police received a call of an unrestrained baby in a green Ford Explorer in the 800 block of North Federal. When officers made contact with the driver, it was discovered Norse had an outstanding warrant.

Louis Oldman, 25, Riverton, on a U.S. Marshal’s warrant. The U.S. Marshal’s Service requested RPD assistance in the arrest, which was given.

Patsy Tidzump, 47, Fort Washakie, Possession of Marijuana. Police were called to the Holiday Inn where the manager said a strong odor of marijuana smoke was coming from a room at the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, and knocking at the door, a small clear bag containing a leafy green substance was in clear view of the door next to a television set. Police later determined the bag contained 2.6 grams of marijuana and Tidzump was arrested.

Filbert Sanchez, 68, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication

Ernest Willow, 60, Arapahoe, on a Failure to Appear warrant. Willow was arrested after store officials at Walmart alerted police to the presence of two allegedly intoxicated men leaving the store at 4:40 p.m. The men were contacted and Willow was found to have an outstanding warrant and was taken into custody.


Riverton Police received 53 calls for service in the last 24 hours.

A theft of a check from a mail box was reported Monday at 7 a.m. after a neighbor in the 900 block of North Broadway found a torn envelope in the street with an application for a church camp filled out, but missing a $180 check. Captain Eric Murphy said the incident would be referred to U.S. Postal Inspectors for follow-up.

A vehicle and a camper was reported to be egged overnight in the 900 block of West Fremont. There was no lasting damage.

Five juvenile boys, ranging in age from 9 to 14 years old were found sleeping at Sunset Park. Upon investigation, one of the five had been officially reported as a runaway from the Wind River Reservation. Northern Arapahoe Department of Family Services was contacted, and the youths were returned to family members, except the runaway, who was taken to Fort Washakie by the WRPD and then released to his father.

A barking dog problem in the 400 block of Elizabeth Drive was reported. A neighbor complained that residents on the street had left their dogs outside while they were away for two days, and the dogs apparently barked a lot. The Animal Control Officer contacted the owner of the dogs about the situation. No action was taken.

A hit and run crash was reported in the parking lot of Walgreens Drug Monday at 10:14 a.m. A tan Chevrolet truck backed into a silver Lincoln. There was a paint transfer to the Lincoln, but it was wiped off. No damage was reported. The driver of the truck left the scene without stopping.

Riverton Police Captain Eric Murphy said police are deciding what charges, if any, would be filed against an 18-year-old Intellectually disabled male who apparently is a big fan of automobiles and who took a family vehicle for an unauthorized spin around town Monday at 10:37 a.m. Unfortunately, the young man sideswiped numerous vehicles along the route from the area of Eagle Street, to West Main and Major Avenue, along Riverview Road, and Monroe to the construction zone on South Federal Boulevard. One of the struck vehicles was a City of Riverton truck. Murphy said a report on the incident is still in the works and the number of damaged vehicles is not yet finalized. A construction worker at the site where the truck finally stopped knew the individual and was able to provide police with the family name. The young man’s mother was contacted and she came and picked him up. “We had a very long discussion about this yesterday as to what to do, if anything. According to the law, one has to prove intent to have committed a crime, and in this case due to the driver’s intellectual disability, there would be no malicious intent,” Murphy said. “This will be a tough one, not sure what we are going to do at this point.”

At 11:19 a.m. at the intersection of Webbwood Road and North Federal, there was a property damage crash involving a semi-truck, a white passenger car and a black pickup. A report on the crash is pending. Damage was listed as over $1,000. There were no injuries.

Police have a citation waiting for a 42-year-old Riverton man who allegedly assaulted his ex wife at her place of business and then apparently attempted to run her over in the parking lot with his red 2002 GMC Suburban. According to a police report, police received a call from the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue that a man had dropped his son off at his ex-wife’s place of employment, and then became engaged in a verbal argument with her that turned physical when he backed her into a corner and allegedly kept poking her in the chest. The police report indicated the 40-year-old female victim was leaving work and crossing a parking lot when she heard an engine gunned and she tried to jump out of the way of he ex husbands vehicle, but was struck in the arm by the SUV’s side mirror. The man allegedly also threatened to go go to her house and kill both her and her new boyfriend. Police are searching for the suspect.

A hit and run crash was reported at 12:50 p.m. in the 700 block of North Federal where a 2014 Dodge Ram Pickup was struck by a vehicle that left the scene causing over $1,000 in damage. There was white paint transfer on the passenger side quarter panel. Police are awaiting video surveillance as part of the investigation.

An iPad allegedly stolen in Bismarck, N.D., was traced to Riverton by the tablet’s GPS tracking system. The report is under investigation.

A final report is pending on an incident apparently involving three juveniles who originally were reported to be shooting at bird in the 800 block of North 16th East. A short time later a report came in that a fire had been started in a field adjacent to that address by kids shooting off fireworks. Police and fire units responded and the small fire was quickly extinguished.

A resident in the 3900 block of Tam-O-Shanter alerted police that a lawn mower and a snow blower had suddenly showed up in his driveway. After a short investigation it was determined that someone had apparently borrowed the items from a neighbor but left them at the wrong house.

Police were unable to contact a man who allegedly was threatening to shoot his neighbor’s dogs. The threat was apparently made several time this week from the 500 block of Summit Drive.


Lander Police Department


Carl Sleeper, 47, St. Stephen’s, Fremont County Warrant.


A caller on North Second Street wanted to know from police if his neighbor could legally post a no parking sign.

No new information has been released about the wreck on Monday afternoon involving an 11-year-old on a scooter and passenger car. Read the initial report here.

At 5:47 p.m., a caller on Cedar Street reported receiving two suspicious checks.

At about 7:30 p.m., police were called to house on the corner of Fremont and South Fourth for a report of loud music.

Police were notified at about 10:20 p.m. of people in a red Chevy Suburban passing around a bottle of vodka, the driver included. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

A caller on North Third reported seeing three subjects with a flashlight looking into a vehicle who took off when they saw the caller.