Police Blotter: Arrests; Beaver trapped in Riverton; Neighbors get into fight over fence

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

Lander Police Department


Michael Linn, 38, Lander, LPD Warrant. Linn was arrested after police were called at 2:12 p.m. for a report of someone stealing elk horns out of a truck.

Shaun Zgurich, 19, Lander, FCSO Warrant. Michael Vinich, 20, Lander, FCSO Warrant. These two were arrested in connection to extensive vandalism to cabins in Sinks Canyon. Read more here.

Matthew Chingman, 18, Fort Washakie, FCSO Warrant.


At 9:25 a.m., police were called to the parking lot on Grand View Drive for a report of a vehicle that had been sitting there for more than a week.

At about 1 p.m., a caller reported that woman off Fremont Street was screaming at her children.

At 4:05 p.m., a caller on Johnson Street reported that their garage was broken into and a 50-foot hose and six sprinklers were stolen.

At 1:38 a.m. on Wednesday, a caller reported that a clerk at a store on East Main Street was acting oddly, talking to himself and pulling his hair out. The caller said they saw the man running into a wall.

At 2:22 a.m., a caller on Washakie Street reported that four subjects broke a window out of the caller’s vehicle.


Riverton Police Department


John Chavez, Jr., 32, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Tara Brown, 30, Arapahoe, warrant for Failure to Appear

Eldon Antelope, 49, Riverton, Public Intoxication

Chauncey Friday, 47,  Ethete, Public Intoxication

Jose Cantu, 24, Riverton, Domestic Battery. Police found Cantu hiding behind a bed that had been stood upright in an entryway of a home in the 100 block of Blackfoot. Police found holes in a bedroom door where the man had allegedly used a shingle hammer to try to break into the room where a female he is alleged to have assaulted had taken refuge. The man had earlier injured the woman’s wrist and arm in a scuffle. Cantu’s BAC level was .101 percent.


Police were called Tuesday morning at 6:22 where a beaver was reportedly “stuck” in a yard in the 400 block of North 9th West. The beaver was captured and released near the Big Wind River.

The theft of a special issue rifle was reported at 11:24 a.m. from a home in the 600 block of East Jackson Avenue. The rife, a Cricket .22 long rifle, had been in a camouflaged and zippered rifle case. When the case was opened, a different rifle was in there and the Crickett .22 was missing. The owner said the gun was last seen in February. A number of potential suspects have been identified. The theft remains under investigation.

A two vehicle crash was reported at 2:08 p.m. at North Broadway and East Lincoln between a 2007 Dodge Caliper and a black 2002 Ford F-150. No other information was available.

Police assisted the Department of Family Services with a child issue Tuesday at 3 p.m. No other information was released.

A 16-year-old male who was acting up with his mom and dad over cellular phone use resulted in a call to police when the youth allegedly became unruly at 3:38 p.m. Police had a discussion with the youth about being respectful to his mother and the parents of the youth came up with a resolution to the problem. The call came in at 3:38 p.m. from an address on Redwood Drive.

Police became involved in the case of a tenant in a senior citizen housing area who had become disruptive to others living there, a police report said. Because of frequent problems with the tenant, by the policy of the housing facility, the woman was given 10 days to clear out of her apartment. The woman’s son was contacted who will help find other housing for his mom. The woman was allegedly upset about the alleged smoking of other tenants at the facility, including smoke coming out of her apartment’s water pipes.

A suspicious vehicle report was called in on an out-of-state vehicle whose occupants allegedly had thrown a beer bottle out of the vehicle and were swerving in and out of their lane of travel. Two different officers followed the suspect vehicle and did not see any traffic violations or suspect driving. When the vehicle pulled into a local motel, and with consent of the driver, police discovered a woman and her daughter were traveling; there was no alcohol in the vehicle and the driver was not impaired. No action was taken.

Police were called to a restaurant in the 800 block of North Federal after a customer there was reported to be throwing up in the parking lot and then was slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle. The man, a traveler from Missouri, said he ate at the restaurant, became ill and had reclined the seat in his car to recover before moving on. No action was taken. It was not reported what the man ate that allegedly made him ill.

Under investigation today is a criminal entry complaint called in at 6:23 p.m. by a tenant in the Redwood apartments who said people had been entering her apartment without permission, including while she was in the shower.

A child was bitten by a dog on Navajo Avenue, and the reporting party said the child needed medical attention, but would not move the child until officers arrived. A report on the incident was not complete on Wednesday morning. The animal control officer is following-up on the incident.

Oh, oh, they’re baaaack! Police received a complaint from a resident about an allegedly aggressive Kirby Vacuum Cleaner sales person. The city council passed an ordinance last summer after similar aggressive door-to-door salespersons hit town that allow homeowners to put a no soliciting sign on their property. Police can take action if the property is so signed and a salesman persists on entering the property.

The theft of two red-colored bicycles was reported from the 1100 block of Beech from inside of a garage there. No other details were available.

A woman who called police from a residence in the 900 block of East Washington alleging that her boyfriend had beaten her up, refused to cooperate with officers. No action was taken, but a follow-up is planned.

The reported theft of $900 to $1,000 from a home safe is under investigation. It is unknown if the safe was unlocked.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Travis Hagerman, 33, Hardin, Mont., Probation Revocation Warrant.


At 9:41 a.m. on Tuesday, a caller on Highway 26 reported that he struck an elk shortly after midnight in the Dubois area.

Three horses were reported missing at about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday off Highway 789 near Shoshoni.

A truck reportedly illegally dumping items off Blackfoot Avenue near Riverton was not located by deputies.

At 12:13 p.m., deputies were called to Whitetail Drive in Saint Stephen’s for a report of a fight. Deputies arrived and broke a physical fight between neighbors. They were reportedly fighting over a fence separating their properties. The investigation was forwarded to the County Attorney’s Office.

A burglary in the Lander area is under investigation.

A bunch of cats were reported at an abandoned home off Riverview Road in Riverton.

At 2:45 p.m., a caller on the 1500 block of East Monroe reported that a girl said someone threatened to kill her if she didn’t listen.

A credit card was reported stolen from someone in the Riverton area.

Another possible burglary was reported at an undisclosed location in the Pavillion area.

Loud music and fireworks were called in to deputies off Firethorn Lane at about 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday.