Police Blotter: Arrests; Child Abuse complaint filed; 13-year-old pulls knife on another youth

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Tuesday’s recap of law enforcement activity around the county in the past 24 hours. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Dawn Aragon, 48, Fort Washakie, on a Failure to Appear warrant.


At 8:37 a.m., deputies were called by a woman in Dubois who reported a drunken driver. No arrests were made in connection to the call.

A caller near Lander reported receiving a threatening phone call.

A caller gave deputies some information about possible drug activity in the county. Additional information was not provided.

Deputies were called to the 1000 block of River Lane for a report of neighbors arguing over a dog that was running at large.

A woman in Dubois reported that family members were threatening to kill her daughter.

The Fremont County Transportation Department reported a problem along Mortimore Lane outside of Lander where overflowing irrigation water was causing issues.

A caller on Monday afternoon reported that someone damaged his mailbox with a baseball bat on Buckhorn Flats Road.

A man on Johnstown Valley Road reported his daughter took his vehicle.

At 5:34 a.m. on Tuesday a caller on the 2200 block of Riverview Road reported that someone showed up at her house with a bloody face and said that someone tried to kill him. The Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident is under investigation; the subject’s truck was found wrecked in a ditch early this morning.


Lander Police Department


John Chavez Jr., 32, Riverton Public Intoxication. Chavez was arrested following a 9:14 p.m. call at a business on Main Street.


At 10:41 a.m. on Monday, police were called to Smith Court for a report of possible child abuse. The caller reported a male child with burns on his arm and stomach. The report is under investigation.

At 11:11 a.m., a caller on the 400 block of Amoretti Street reported a rear windshield on a vehicle that had been shattered. There are no suspects at this time.

At 12:13 p.m., police were called to North First Street to discuss possible stolen drugs.

At 2:27 p.m., officers were called to the area of the skate park for a report of a 13-year-old male who pulled a knife a on an 11-year-old male during an argument. Officers spoke to both subjects, and the case has been forwarded to the Fremont County Attorney’s Office for review.

A bicycle was reported stolen from a location on South Ninth Street some time between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Someone in the area of South Fourth and Shoshone Avenue reported a suspicious person sitting on the corner and talking on the phone.


Riverton Police Department


Stefan Bigmedicine, 31, St. Stephens, on a Contempt of Court Warrant. 


Police received a call at 6:35 p.m. Sunday night that a man was using a crow bar trying to enter a garage in the 1000 block of Falls Court. When police arrived, they found the intoxicated ex-husband of the resident of the home sitting on the front porch. He told officers that he wanted to speak with his ex wife, but she would not come to the door. The ex-spouse told police that they had been separated for two years and divorced for one year. Officers gave the man a ride to his mother’s house to sober up and the ex-wife agreed to let the man’s truck be kept at the house until he could come and get it. There was no information on damage to the garage door. The man was also trespassed from the residence.

It’s a he said, she said thing regarding an alleged incident that occurred at 8 p.m. Sunday night. A police report filed Monday indicated two parties were involved in a driving altercation with one party allegedly throwing a soft-drink can at the other’s vehicle and then pointing a shotgun at them. Two women filed the complaint. When contacted by police, the suspect said he knew the women, that they each had exchanged one-finger salutes at each other earlier, but that he didn’t toss a soft drink at them in traffic and that he didn’t have a gun with him. He said they were just trying to get him into trouble. Police took a report.

A fraud reported to Riverton police Monday at 11:18 a.m. apparently involves a case of identity theft. A local woman called police to report that she had received a letter of denial for a car loan using her Social Security number. The letter was dated July 10 and it came from a financial institution in Lexington, Kentucky. The woman said she had not applied for any loan. Police called the financial institution and learned that a man in York, Pennsylvania, had filed the loan application online. Police are contacting law enforcement agencies in those two states in a follow-up investigation. The victim was also given information on how to deal with a fraud and referred to the Wyoming Attorneys General website.

Okay, you distract them while I grab the goods and flee… was the apparent Modus Operandi in a shoplifting incident Monday at Woodward’s Liquor. A woman known to the clerk engaged her in conversation while another man entered the store. The clerk noticed the man leave with an unopened bottle of Captain Morgan spiced rum. When the clerk went to confront the man, the woman she had been talking with sprinted past her and joined the man, racing away in a white van. Because the female accomplice was known to the clerk, and to police, detectives are now attempting to contact her.

The man in the 200 block of West Sunset reported again Monday that someone had stuck a gardening trowel in his air conditioning unit, keeping it from working, just as he had reported over the weekend. The 84-year-old resident also reported that his maroon GMC Suburban was missing from his home. Police later located the vehicle at a business on North Federal. When told where the vehicle was parked, the man then recalled driving it there. He apparently walked home. Police, however, did recover two trowels used to jam the air conditioner.

A report of a hit and run crash at 8:14 p.m. in the 800 block of Main Street is pending. A vehicle allegedly struck some barriers by the skate park.


Wyoming Highway Patrol

WHP Lt. Tom Adams said that the Wind River Police have charged a Shawn Pizarro, 41, of Ethete, with Driving Under the Influence after a two vehicle wreck on 17-Mile Road on Saturday night. Adams said Pizarro’s vehicle rear-ended a van at about 10:30 p.m. that evening about two miles east of 132. Both drivers and an unrestrained 4-year-old male passenger of Pizarro’s were all taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the van stayed over night and the other two were treated and released.

Adams did not have any new information regarding the two-vehicle head-on collision that occurred early Monday morning near Crowheart.