Police Blotter: Arrests; Telephone scam running in area again; Bad check for $2k passed; Two assaults under investigation

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is the weekend wrap-up of law enforcement activity around the county. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Lander Police Department


Matthew Nation, 30, Hudson, on a Probation and Parole hold

Ricky Goodleft, 32, Riverton, on a Fremont County warrant

Mandy Eagleroad, 35, Lander, on a Fremont County warrant

16-year-old Lander female, cited for Possession of Tobacco

Terry Beitel, 29, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence


Chief Jim Carey is advising local residents to be aware of a long-running scam that is popping up in the community again. He said the scam involves someone calling informing that a family member is in jail out of the country and needs bail money. Carey said such calls are scams and should be ignore. In no instances should cash be sent to the caller.

A larceny was reported at a residence on South 5th Street.

A complaint of animal abuse was lodged with the LPD at 3:25 pm. on Friday.

Police received a stalking complaint from a woman who said her former husband was at her house.

A hit and run crash was reported at 1:18 a.m. on North 3rd Street. A parked vehicle was struck at that location.

A dispute between neighbors on McDougall Drive was determined to be a civil, and not a law enforcement concern. Apparently one neighbor is alleged to have cut down a hedge that was legally on his neighbors property, according to an allegation. No action was taken.


Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Ralph Higinbotham, Jr., 28, Lander, Fighting in Public. Higinbotham was arrested after a fight at the Union Bar in Hudson.

Vearle Wilson, 26, Riverton, Interference with Police. Wilson was uncooperative after deputies responded to a residence on East Monroe concerning threats.

Craig Woody, 33, Dubois, on a Fremont County warrant


Deputies are investigating a fraud that was reported Friday at 7:53 a.m. Apparently a bad check for $2,000 was passed and it had bounced.

A report of a man being robbed Friday afternoon was unfounded. The  man was being assisted by the Department of Family Services.

The Riverton Police Department covered a single vehicle wreck that occurred in the county on Friday evening when a vehicle slid into a ditch near the intersection of Major and Gasser roads. One person received minor facial injuries from an air bag.

A vandalism was reported at the Shoshoni Arena where a lock was cut a door and a window broken out of a building there.

The owner of a vehicle on Cottonwood Drive in Riverton reported that someone had stolen the registration and insurance information out of her vehicle.

A report of a man threatening another with a gun was unfounded. The two were having an argument, but a gun was never brandished.

A simple assault was reported Saturday afternoon near Highway 26 and Eight Mile Road. An investigation is underway, no other details were available.

The sheriffs office also reports an assault that occurred on August 10th is also under investigation. It was reported Saturday afternoon.

A dog bite incident was reported Saturday night at 9:30 near Highway 28 and the turnoff to Atlantic City. No other details were released, the victim was being treated at SageWest-Lander.

A theft in the Riverton area is under investigation. No other details were released.

Last week it was reported that a resident on Jimson Lane near Riverton complained that some dogs were chasing his sheep. On Sunday he called the FCSO to report that some of those sheep had died. A Citation is pending agains the owner of the dogs.

A resident on Euclid Avenue in Pavillion reported that someone had shot out a window with a BB gun and they had four four bullet or pellet holes in a nearby shed.

A theft of property from a residence on Sunnyside Avenue is under investigation.


Riverton Police Department


Phillip Maes, 62, Riverton on a Contempt of Court warrant; Derek Gould, 33, Arapahoe for Possession of Methamphetamine; Joshua Hanway, 31, Resisting Arrest and Felony Property Destruction; and Constanzia Santistevan, 30, Arapahoe for Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol, No Insurance, a felony warrant from El Paso County, Colorado, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana. A police report indicated officers were called to the College Hill Apartments at 3 a.m. Friday on a report of people trying to break in to a residence. While en route, police were told that the people had left in a dark-colored SUV. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle on East Main Street. Gould was in possession of a glass pipe in his front pocket. The pipe tested positive for methamphetamine. Maes had the outstanding warrant and was taken into custody. Hanway was charged after being placed in a police cruiser and he proceeded to kick the inside door to such an extent that is was bowed out and will have to be replaced. Santistevan was driving the vehicle and she had in her possession two small plastic bags with a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. She also had a very small quantity of marijuana in her purse.

Larry Costalez, 31, Worland, on a warrant from Washakie County. He was arrested at the Probation and Parole office where he had turned himself in.

Kennett McLeod, 34 year-old female, Riverton on a Failure to Appear warrant.

32-year-old Riverton woman, will be issued a citation for Interference and Criminal Trespass. She fled from police who answered a call on Apache Avenue following a complaint from Walmart about a woman who had been banned from the store had been spotted there.

55-year-old Riverton woman was cited for Duty to Stop and Unattended Property Damage. Police received a call from the 200 block of East Pine saying that at 12:42 on Sunday while a woman was in her kitchen heard a loud crash, looked out her window and saw a white 2005 Mercury Marquis driving away from her fence, and that the fence had been damaged with several wooden planks broken. When the vehicle arrived to the apartments a short time later, police found wood splinters and paint transfer on the rear passenger side bumper. The vehicle’s driver was contacted and cited.

Robert Brillhart, 26, Riverton, Shoplifting, Interference and on a Failure to Appear warrant. A man walking northbound on Federal spotted a police vehicle heading in his direction and he immediately changed directions and tried to conceal himself next to a building. When that didn’t stop the advance of the police vehicle, the man raced inside a business in the 500 block of North Federal and was found crouched behind a table. The man alleged agreed to go with the officer outside, but when he reached the door he yelled that he did not have a warrant and tried to run away. The officer let  him run a short distance before collaring him and arresting him. On his person was found $15,96 worth of food items, including deli meat and mustard, and the meat was still cold. He was unable to produce a receipt for the groceries, which he was seen shoplifting in Safeway when video surveillance was reviewed.

Navada Whiting-Piapot, 25, Lander, was cited for Breach of Peace and Battery; a 24-year-old Riverton man was cited for Child Endangerment and Simple Battery. Police were called to a fight in progress in the 500 block of East Jackson Street at 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening. One of the combatants was found with blood on his hands, face, shirts and short. Another man in a back bedroom was found with blood on his arms and face, and bruising and swelling around his left eye. According to witnesses, the two men began a fight in the living room of the home, which was then moved outside. The child endangering charge came from an infant being in the small living room at the time the two were fighting there.

Michael Valdez, 23, Driving Under the Influence, Driving While Under Suspension, Property Destruction, and Breach of Peace. 22-year-old Riverton man was cited for Property Destruction and Breach of Peace. The latter was taken to the Center of Hope Detox Center while Valdez was arrested. These pair apparently had quite the night. It all started when a fight was reported at the Landing Lounge and police found the two outside of the bar being loud and disorderly. The two alleged they had both, separately, been called culturally insensitive names including s**** and n***** (one man was Hispanic, the other African American). The bartender would only confirm another patron had been punched in the bar but provided no details. A sober person was called to drive the two men home. A short time later, however, police received a report of two males banging their fists on vehicles and making noise. One of the man was reported to have punched out a window on a camper trailer. The identities of the two men matched the suspects in the bar fight mentioned earlier. At the home were the two were taken, it was reported that the two didn’t want to stay there, so they announced they would leave an go drinking again. Again, some time later, officers made a traffic stop on,  yes, you guess it, a vehicle with the two suspects inside. Valdez refused a blood test, but was “obviously intoxicated” according to a police report. His friend had gotten sick and vomited on himself and was taken to the detox center. Value of the window punched out of the 1975 Holiday camper was reported to be $100.

Loretta Burton, 45, Riverton, Possession of Marijuana and Public Intoxication (.43 BAC). Police were called to the the 900 block of South Federal for a fight reported inside a bar. When officers arrived, they observed one woman leaving the establishment. Once inside they learned the woman who had just left had been hassled by Burton, and the woman punched her once and knocked her down. Police tried to take the woman home, but there was no answer and due to her high blood alcohol content, they decided she was at risk to herself, so she was arrested.

Anthony Gray, 20, Riverton, on a Probation Revocation. Police were called to an ambulance assist for a woman that had passed out. While at the scene, one officer assisted the EMS crew and the other ran an ID check on Gray, who was at the residence, and it came up he had a warrant.

Ronald Brown, 48, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant, No Interlock device, Driving While Under Suspension and Failing to Stop at a Red Light. Brown was stopped by officers in the 500 block of East Pershing after he allegedly ran a red light on North Federal.


A case from August 20th has been turned over to the Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges. According to a police report, a 25-year-old man was beaten about the head, allegedly with a tire iron by a 31-year-old Riverton man. The victim was taken to SageWest-Riverton where he was observed to have a swollen face and nose, including swollen lips and cheeks. The man was also bleeding from the nose and had blood on his shirt and around his mouth. Police are seeking an aggravated assault charge against the suspect. The suspect is reportedly much smaller than the victim, who stands 6’2″ and weighs about 260 pounds.

A hit and run crash was reported at 11:58 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of West Park involving a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup that had a side mirror knocked off.

Officers were called to the Tomahawk Motel where damage to one room was reported. No other details were released.

About $700 in damage was reported in a hit and run crash on Cherokee Avenue when an unknown vehicle backed into a 1998 WindStar Van parked along the street. The van had not been driven in the past month, so it is unknown when the damage occurred.

A 16-year-old Arapahoe man was taken to SageWest-Riverton for treatment of facial injuries received from an air bag after the vehicle he was driving slid into a ditch at Major Avenue and Gasser Road.

A fawn deer was dispatched by officer after it was struck by a vehicle in the 3500 block of West Main Street.



The contractor on the South Federal Road Project called police to complain that the same truck driver who makes deliveries to the NAPA store had been running over the orange warning cones set up along the project. The driver said he did not have any other options. No action was taken.

A 34-year-old Great Falls, Mont., man was allegedly assaulted in the 500 block of East Main Saturday morning after 2 a.m. When police were responding “hot” to a fight call with lights and siren, a man suddenly jumped out into the street. The officer was able to avoid striking the man, who again tried to jump in front of the patrol car. He told police that he needed EMS due to an injury on his arm. Another male came out of a bar there and said he friend was jumped inside the bar for no reason by the bouncers. Police learned that the victim had been tossed out of the business in the weeks prior. When the ambulance came to check the man’s injury, he asked them to drive him to Montana so he could call his lawyer. They said they would only take him as far as SageWest-Riverton. The second man was given a ride home. He told police the two had “been drinking a lot.”

A fight at 2:17 a.m. was reported inside a hallway at the Riverton Holiday Inn. The alleged combatants denied fighting, although the hotel clerk reported that one man had punched the other and they were arguing in the hallway. Everyone went to bed and no action was taken. The men were workers from out of town.

A wallet was reportedly taken from a vehicle while it was parked outside a bar in the 500 block of East Main. No other information was available.

A 1.75 liter of Jack Daniels Whiskey was reportedly stolen from the South Maverik Country Store by a female wearing a red shirt who left in a blue colored Izusu. The whisky was valued at $48.49.

A property damage crash was reported in the 700 block of South Federal in the rear lot of Bailey’s Tire and Auto Center between two semi-trucks. Over $1,000 in damage was reported. A report on the crash had not been completed.

Police received a complaint of “many dogs” at an address near Heather Drive that barked at the complaintant every time he goes outside. He also complained of a bad smell when he opens his windows. An officer went to the address and observed the dogs, who did not bark at him when he went to the fence. He did not find an odor.

One small boy and two adult males received minor injuries in a crash at 10900 Highway 789 at Dalley Road. The RPD responded until the Wyoming Highway Patrol could reach the scene. Damage was reported over $1,000.

A man complained to police at 10:28 p.m. and then again at 11:22 p.m. that a barking from a neighbor’s dogs were keeping him from sleeping. The officer who responded said she did not hear any dogs barking nearby, “only some yowling cats.”



A series of gunshots at 19 minutes past midnight on Sunday brought police scrambling to the area of West Monroe. Police were unable to locate the shooters, but three shell casings from a .40 caliber handgun were found in the street. The alleged shooters drove from the scene in what was reported as a silver Dodge Durango.

Who’s on First? A hit and run crash was reported at 8:20 a.m. in the 800 block of Liberty Drive after a resident reported that a black 2003 Chevrolet Impala had just struck a dumpster and a knocked over a mailbox. The caller said a group of people got out of the vehicle to look at the damage, and then they all left the area, leaving the impala. The owner of the vehicle was contacted who told officers that she was driving it when it crash, but that she was not drinking. She refused to give her location the police, or return to the scene of the crash. She claimed the vehicle’s computer had malfunctioned, causing her to lose control. She also told police that she was a designated driver for the group. One beer bottle was found inside the Impala and another outside of the vehicle. The suspect is a 23-year-old Riverton woman who will be cited for damaging property, leaving the scene of an accident and littering.

A family fight was reported at 12:52 p.m. Sunday in the 3000 block of College Hill Drive. Apparently the argument between a man and a woman was verbal only. Police stood by while the man gathered his belongings and left the apartment.

Fifty Hydrocodone pills were reported taken from a residence in the 200 block of East Bell, a 43-year-old man complained to police at 2:47 Sunday afternoon. There are no suspects.

A man who reported he had been assaulted in the 400 block of North Federal went to SageWest-Riverton’s Emergency Room a day later complaining of pain in his left jaw and left rib areas. He said he was assaulted from behind after leaving a house party and he had no idea who any of the suspects were or what they looked like. He said he was struck on the head and then kicked on the ground by three other individuals.