Police Blotter: Arrests; Death ruled accidental; Child was locked inside park restroom; Campaign signs stolen, vandalized

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is the Friday 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 Coroner

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen said the death on June 1st of this year of William Keeler Jr., 45, of Riverton was accidental. Stratmoen said the official Verdict and Case Docket ruled the cause of death as “Multiple Drug and Ethanol Toxicity.” Following an autopsy and other tests, Stratmoen said four prescription drugs were found in Keeler’s system, none of which was at lethal amounts, except for his ingestion of alcohol, the combination of which caused death. The drugs found in his system included legal prescription medications for anti-seizure, anti-psychotic, anti-depressant and anti-convulsant symptoms. His blood alcohol level was measured at .084 percent, just over the legal limit of .08 percent. Keeler’s body was found at a house on North 15th East where he had been staying.

Stratmoen also reported a 76-year-old Lander man apparently died while riding in a vehicle Thursday night. The vehicle pulled into the Lander McDonald’s Restaurant parking lot where officials were called.  “It’s a probable natural death pending our investigation,” Stratmoen said. “It happened in a very public place, but otherwise there is nothing suspicious,” he said. The man’s name was not immediately released pending notification of relatives.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Travis Bjornson, 35, Douglas, Park County Warrant.

Ronald Brown, 48, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence.

Derek Cady, 18, Riverton, Probation Revocation.

Christopher Hardcastle, 32, Shoshoni, Failure to Appear Warrant and Probation Violation Warrant.

Bronco Lonebear, 18, Lander, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Ty Roush, 27, Riverton, Probation Revocation.


At 9:51 a.m., deputies were called to an address on the 1000 block of River Lane to take a report of a bullet hole in the front door of a residence. The issue was determined to be of a civil manner regarding a rental property.

Medication was reported stolen from a location on Highway 26 outside of Riverton.

A report of someone violating a protection order is under investigation in the Riverton area.

At 3:48 p.m. a caller in the area of Highway 789 and South Hidden Valley reported that they observed a blue van pull off to the side of the road, and the driver was reportedly hitting the passenger. Deputies were unable to locate the vehicle.

At 9:31 p.m., deputies were called to Bee Road near Riverton for a report of a vehicle that went through a fence. The driver reportedly fled the scene, and the report is still under investigation.


Lander Police Department


Ava Snell, 51, Lander, Driving Under the Influence.

Roberta Thayer, 33, Lander, Interference and Peace Disturbance. Ronald Goggles, 27, Lander, three Fremont County Warrants. The pair was arrested at a location on Sweetwater Street after police were called for a possible suicide threat after 10 p.m.


At 9:59 a.m. on Thursday, a caller on Main Street reported that a nearby trash container was overflowing and trash was blowing onto the caller’s property. The caller said the lid is never closed and that it attracts birds.

A report of threats being made to a business via Facebook was reported to police shortly after noon.

Deputies assisted a resident at 5:23 p.m. who said their 7-year-old grandson got locked in a restroom at Dillon Park.


Riverton Police Department


Filbert Sanchez, 69, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication and Disturbing the Peace. Police were called to City Park at 9:16 p.m. where Sanchez was reported to be intoxicated after drinking mouth wash and taking pain medications and generally being less than cooperative, according to a police report.

Leroy Brady, 21, transient, Public Intoxication, BAC level was .30 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent.

Ronald Leutwyler, 20, San Antonio, Texas, Minor Under the Influence, BAC level was .09 percent.

20-year-old female from Ethete was cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Police were called to the Center of Hope where the items were found to have been delivered to the woman.


Police received a REDDI report on a gold Buick that was reported to be driving erratically in the vicinity of North  8th West and West Pershing Avenue at 1:52 p.m. Thursday. Officers contacted the vehicle and learned that the driver was trying to avoid man hole covers in the street and she was not intoxicated.

A woman whose father passed away last year in Pavillion called police for an official report after some $1,300 was debited from her bank account, allegedly to cover the dead man’s phone bill over the past year. The caller, who lives in California, said after her father had died, she cancelled the phone. She also said the phone company needed an official report before they could fix the situation, so she called.

A bicycle theft was reported in the 300 block of East Fremont. A man reported his son’s silver Iron Horse bicycle was taken from in front of his business. There are no suspects.

Complaints of thefts of and vandalism of political campaign signs must mean the primary election season is in full steam. The RPD received complaints that some signs were missing from the 100 block of Bell Avenue and that some campaign signs were vandalized overnight in various locations around town.

A woman who was living at a Riverton residence but who was not on the lease there was evicted and trespassed from the residence by the landlord on Thursday. The woman called police to ask for their help in smoothing over the situation with the landlord as she said she had no other place to go. A police report said she could not be housed at the Center For Hope because she was not drunk and that location is not a hotel. Two other options, the Good Samaritan Shelter and the Set Free Church were not available as the woman had a past history at both of those locations and she was not welcome back.

It’s not a good idea to have been drinking and then show up for a victim’s impact panel. That’s what one male subject did Thursday at Injury Prevention Resources (IPR). His BAC level was measured at .08 percent. The man’s family was contacted for a ride home and police documented the incident for IPR.

Two juvenile males around 14 years of age each were reported for throwing “ninja stars” into a tree in the 1700 block of West Sunset Thursday at 7:47 p.m. The officers contacted the juveniles, and responsible adults who were with them, that there was a city ordinance against the “throwing of missiles” in the city limits, especially very sharp ninja stars. No action was taken.

A 52-year-old intoxicated male riding his bicycle at 8:57 p.m. near the intersection of East Main and Federal, struck a traffic safety cone and crashed. The man was headed to his hotel room a half-block away. His injuries did not need EMS attention, and he was allowed to go to his motel.