Police Blotter: Arrests; 10-year-old drove car across Lander; Search for child ends happily; BAC level was .64 on man in Riverton

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Ronald Brown, 48, Riverton, Probation Revocation Warrant.

Brittany Dailey, 25, Lander, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Piram Duran, 31, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Sarah Evans, 32, Lander, Unauthorized Use of Vehicle. Evans was arrested after deputies were called to the Cozy Court Trailer Court at 8:32 p.m. Saturday for a report of a missing vehicle. Deputies soon located the vehicle in the All Nations Trailer Park.

Steven Oldman, 24, Ethete, Failure to Appear Warrant.

Jeremy Reynolds, 24, Riverton, DUI, Speeding and Failure to Stop at Stop Sign. See more about this arrest here.

Billy Washburn, 34, Lander, DUI and Driving Under Suspension. At 7:33 p.m. on Sunday, deputies were called to Sinks Canyon Road by a person who was reportedly assaulted by Washburn, and then Washburn left in a vehicle. Washburn was arrested for driving under the influence, and the assault is still being investigated.


At 12:13 p.m. on Friday, Search & Rescue was briefly launched for a report of a missing 6-year-old boy on Leg Lake Trail on South Pass. About 45 minutes later, the father called back and said the boy was found OK.

At 12:54 p.m., deputies were called about bales of hay on fire in the back of a truck on Highway 20 north of Shoshoni. The call was handled by Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Fremont County Fire Protection District. Additional information will be added when it comes available.

At 5:24 p.m., a caller on North Oklahoma Avenue reported that a couple people were assaulted by a stepmother. Deputies found the report to be unfounded, but the case was referred to the Department of Family Services.

At about 9 p.m., deputies were called to Sarah Drive near Riverton for a report of the possible theft of a Hummer. The vehicle was later located, undamaged in Riverton. The report states that the owner’s friend might have taken it after a dispute.

At 5:46 a.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to the 200 block of Grand Cedars Road near Lander for a report of a bunch of pallets left in the middle of the road after some kids had had a bonfire in the area the night before.

At about noon, deputies were called Highway 789 near Hudson for a report of a man sitting on the side of the road, hunched over. Deputies were unable to locate the person.

A physical family fight was reported on the 100 block of Elder lane at 1:14 p.m. Deputies found no evidence of a physical fight; the parties were separated.

At 1:38 p.m., a caller on the 200 block of North Fork Road reported that five political signs were taken from the address.

A man was reportedly assaulted in the Atlantic City area, and deputies were notified after he was receiving treatment at SageWest – Lander. The alleged victim was uncooperative with law enforcement.

At 9:08 p.m., a caller on Highway 789 near Riverton reported that someone stole money from a car.

A wreck involving injuries was reported at 12:11 a.m., on Highway 789 just south of Riverton. The caller was a shuttle driver who reported his vehicle had been hit by another. Additional details were not readily available but will be added as soon as possible.

A caller on Firethorn Lane reported Sunday morning that a radio was stolen out of a vehicle. Another car stereo was reportedly stolen out of a vehicle on nearby Snowberry Lane.

A caller on Hutchinson Road near Riverton reported there was someone flashing lights at the caller’s house at 11 p.m. Deputies were unable to locate anyone in the area.


Lander Police Department


Susan Chippewa, 27, Ethete, Fremont County Warrant. Aaron Addison, 27, Ethete, Fremont County Warrant and Interference. Police stopped Chippewa’s vehicle at 2:04 a.m. on Saturday on the 700 block of Main Street for a tail light violation. She and her passenger were found to have outstanding warrants. Addison was cited for interference after allegedly giving a false name to police.

Ramona Shakespeare, 43, Riverton, Fremont County Warrant. Police were called to City Park Drive at about 10 a.m. on Saturday for a report of a child driving a vehicle. Police located the vehicle and found a 10-year-old boy behind the wheel with a 14-year-old passenger. The boy told police he had driven the vehicle from an address on Washington Street on the opposite side of town. Shakespeare, the boy’s mother, was contacted and found to have an outstanding warrant. Other charges could be coming, Police Chief Jim Carey said.

Guadalupe Cohea, 27, Hudson, two Lander Police warrants.

Sarah Chand, 32, Lander, Driving Under the Influence, No Insurance, Following Too Close and Possession of Marijuana. Read more about that wreck here.

Benito Loneman Sr., 30, Ethete, Assault & Battery. Police were called to the 800 block of Four Seasons Drive at about 6 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a man in the area who someone believed might have stolen their car earlier in the week. Police arrived to find a woman in the front yard crying, with a 10-inch abrasion on her arm. Loneman was subsequently arrested.

Janet Funk, 45, Lander, DUI. Police contacted Funk after police were called to the Blue Ridge apartments parking lot at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday for a report of a woman passed out behind the wheel of a running car. Police arrived and found the vehicle to be off, but Carey reports Funk started the car while talking to police, and officers had to ask her to turn off the car again. She reportedly had a .2 BAC. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08.

A 19-year-old Lander man was cited for Minor Under the Influence.

Tracy Cleveland, 44, Douglas, Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. At 5:19 p.m. on Sunday police were called to the 300 block of Main Street for an intoxicated female walking in the area. Carey said Cleveland was under the influence of suspected methamphetamine.


At 9:42 a.m. on Friday, a caller on the 600 block of North Fifth Street reported that two days before someone threw rocks and yelled at him. The man said the strange assault happened again on Thursday night.

At 10:06 a.m., a caller on Diane Court reported that election signs were knocked down.

At 10:15 a.m., a caller on the 200 block of Market Street reported that the window of a vehicle was broken out sometime over the night after it had been parked in the same spot for four months. A battery was also missing from the car. Police do have a person of interest.

A person who lost their debit card reported that someone was using it in Lander and Riverton.

At 3:10 p.m., police were called to the 1000 block of Black Boulevard for a report of three puppies in a cage, and that it was too hot for them. Police arrived, found the dogs’ owner playing with them and determined the dogs also had access to food and water. No violations were found.

At 4:52 p.m., police were called about a vehicle parked in front of Alco’s doors for an hour. Police were told that the driver had been hiding in the store, and when confronted fled, taking the car with her.

At 11:14 p.m., a caller told police that a vehicle parked on the 700 block of Main Street had a couple people inside and a smell of marijuana was coming from the vehicle. Police arrived, found no one in the vehicle and smelled no suspicious odors.

Police contacted a couple of intoxicated subjects walking in the area of Main and North Fourth streets who were reportedly staggering into traffic at 1:37 a.m. on Saturday. The two were almost to their destination, and police let them mosey on.

At 2:24 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to a motel on the 1200 block of West Main for a report of people being loud. The group agreed to quiet down after talking to police.

Police have a person of interest in a case of someone throwing away personal trash in a business’s container on the 700 block of Main street.

A sexual assault is under investigation.


Riverton Police Department


Dawson Smith, 29,  Riverton, Domestic Violence and Breach of peace and Candace Redman, 33, Riverton, Domestic Violence and Breach of Peace. Both were arrested after police were advised of a fight in progress at an address on Mary Anne Drive. Smith answered the door bleeding from the mouth and Redman had a bloody nose. The two were at a bar and when they returned home, they discovered Smith’s children had been dropped off by his ex-wife without advance notice. An argument then ensued about the children. Smith was a .09 BAC and Redman was a .15 BAC.

Houston Willow, 33, Arapahoe, Arrested DWUI, FTA Warrant, Disregarding traffic sign, open container. Willow was arrested after he was caught speeding down Fairgrounds Drive in the wrong direction.

27-year-old female, Arapahoe, cited for Shoplifting $10.96 in merchandise from Walmart. The woman told police she had a $100 bill in her possession was sorry for shoplifting. Items taken were a cellular phone case valued at $4.00, fuses worth $4.47 and some test leads valued at $1.97. The store’s loss and prevention officer witnessed the woman take the items out of their packaging and conceal them on her person.

Guadalupe Cohea, 27, Hudson, on a Failure to Appear (FTA) warrant. Cohea called police to report that her baby’s daddy was intoxicated and had taken the child and drove off in a maroon Nissan Maxima. While the police were at Cohea’s residence, the car drove by. The babby’s dad was not intoxicated but Cohea had a warrant.

Charlie Whiteman, 37, Riverton, on a FTA Warrant. Police were called to the Walmart parking lot where a third party reported that a child had been thrown through a vehicle window to the inside. Police arrived and found Whiteman, a female, who said she had passed the child, or handed it, to the girl’s father. He corroborated the story. The child was fine. But Whiteman had a warrant and she was arrested.

Kerry Griffith, 44, Riverton, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (see more details here)

Kelvin Smith, 23, Farson, on a FTA warrant. Smith was found outside of a residence in the 900 block of East Fremont after a 911 hangup was plotted to that street. Smith was sitting on a porch, twitching, working his jaw back and forth and moving around and was unable to answer simple questions appropriately. A gun was found on the grass next to Smith, and it was confiscated immediately. Smith denied having the gun, but police found ammunition in one of his pants pockets. The gun was placed into safe keeping. The woman at the address said she did not know of any 911 call, or did not know Smith. There’s also more to this story. Read about it here. 

Virginia Stephenson, 57, Riverton, DWUI. Police found Stephenson in the drive-up at Woodward’s Liquor after a REDDI report was called in on her red 2002 Ford Explorer. A clerk in the store reported she came in slurring her speech and stumbling around. She refused a blood alcohol test and was arrested.

Robert Richards, 37, Riverton, Public Intoxication. Richards was found laying in the 700 block of East Lincoln Avenue, about two feet into the street, at 12:05 p.m. When officers tried to wake him up, he became agitated and let loose with a string of juicy obscenities directed at the officers. He was taken into custody.

Everett Addison, 30, Ethete, on a Contempt of Court warrant. Addison was found sleeping in his vehicle on the east end of the Redwood Apartments. A resident had called concerned about a vehicle that had parked, but the driver didn’t get out.

Christopher SunRhodes, 60, Riverton, Public Intoxication. Police found SunRhodes sleeping under a tree at city park. His BAC level was .18 percent.

Clowery Means, 47, Arapahoe, on a Contempt of Court warrant; Dominic FightingBear, 37, Arapahoe, on a FTA warrant; Eldon Antelope, 49, Riverton, Public Intoxication. The trio were located in City Park who appeared to be intoxicated and were slumped over a picnic table.

Kenneth Shakespeare, 28, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication (.42 percent BAC). Several people congregated in City Park were moved along, except for Shakespeare, who could not stand or walk, according to a police report. His blood alcohol level was measured at .42 percent.

Theodore Goggles, 73, Riverton, Public Intoxication. Goggles was located in the 500 block of East Pershing next to the Dollar Store.

Lucas Sanchez, 33, Riverton, on a FTA warrant

Joseph Twiss, 40, Arapahoe, on a Probation Revocation and Carrying A Concealed Weapon.  Twiss was arrested at the Family Dollar store after panhandling customers there. He was found with a razor blade in his pocket.

Anthony Taylor, 24, Riverton, Domestic Violence. See more on this arrest here.

John Antelope, 47, Ethete, on a FTA warrant

John Moss, 25, Arapahoe, on a Contempt of Court warrant. At 4:59 a.m. a woman inside her residence in the 1300 block of West Main was awakened when she heard someone rattling the door knob on her front door. She yelled and a person yelled back “sorry” and left. While investigating that call, officers found a vehicle with three inhabitants parked behind the town homes in the 1100 block of West Main. They reported they were giving a woman a ride home from the casino. When the occupants were checked, Moss was found to have a warrant and was arrested.

Elmore Sheriff, 24, Riverton, Public Intoxication. Police were called to the 900 block of Forest Drive where an intoxicated male was reported. Sheriff was not disorderly or causing problems, just intoxicated. His BAC level was measured at .22 percent. Police tried to give the man a ride home, but after several attempts of driving to where the man thought he lived, he was arrested.

Sterling BuffaloMeat, 18, Riverton, Public Intoxication, Disturbing the Peace. Police were called at 4:50 p.m. to an address on North 7th East where a man was reportedly dragging a female from a home. Police arrived to find the 19-year-old woman covered in dirt and dust and with an abrasion on top of her foot. She said nothing had happened. Buffalomeat responded to officers with an obscenity laced tirade, according to a police report. He attempted to fight officers, but was secured and placed into a patrol vehicle. His BAC level was measured at .20 percent. A maintenance worker at the site reported seeing Buffalomeat push the woman to the ground and jump on her. The two apparently became involved in the fight after the victim allegedly complained about dog feces inside their home.

Crystal Spoonhunter, 39, Arapahoe, on a Contempt of Court warrant. Spoonhunter was arrested after she was spotted stumbling around City Park.

Roderick Shakespeare, 47, Sioux Falls, S.D., on a Contempt of Court warrant. Shakespeare was arrested after complaints were received that he was panhandling at the Woodward’s liquor and bothering customers.

Jeremy Merta, 36,  Riverton, Felony DWUI. See more on this arrest here. 

19-year-old male from Arapahoe, was cited for Minor Under the Influence of Alcohol. He was observed by a patrol officer staggering outside of the South Federal Maverik Country Store. The teen was cited and given a ride to his sister’s house on West Park.

15-year-old female, Ethete; 14-year-old male, Riverton; 14-year-old male, Arapahoe; 20 year-old male, Ethete, and a 15 year-old female from Riverton were all cited for use of marijuana after they were found smoking the weed inside a vehicle at the Walmart parking lot.


The RPD answered 113 calls for service since Thursday midnight through Sunday midnight.

Police were called to an address on Eagle Drive after a woman called to complain that her mother would not give her a per capita check. When police contacted the woman, she said she had lost the key to the postal box and was waiting for a replacement. Holding the check was not intentional. No action was taken.

A woman residing at the Good Samaritan Shelter in Riverton complained that she was being harassed by two other residents, because she told Shelter officials that the two had been sneaking out at night. The two then threatened her after they found out. Police provided a civil standby for the 20-year-old female victim to collect her belongings and leave. The suspects were 29 and 34 years of age, respectively.

A 46-year-old man from Ethete was taken to SageWest-Riverton with a high BAC level after he was found at Riverton City Park. The man’s blood alcohol was measured at .64 percent! It is the highest BAC reading the police have encountered. A BAC level of .4 or less can be fatal. The previous high BAC that officers could remember was a .57 BAC on an intox driver several years ago.

A man called police to report that his wallet had been stolen, that he knew who took it, but he would not divulge that information to the police. So why call? The 18-year-old from Arapahoe was washing her car and walked away to grab something, only to turn back and see a woman spring out of a white crew cab Dodge pickup, grab the wallet and drive away. The victim’s mother was also at the car wash and followed the suspect vehicle to an address on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The BIA Wind River Police were contacted and a report was made.

A resident in the 200 block of East Madison called to say that someone had broken off the side mirror on his 1998 Chevrolet Corsica and scratched the side of the vehicle. The mirror was valued at $100 to replace. No estimate was available to fix the scratch.

A case of animal abuse in the 900 block of Sunset was reported, but it was unfounded. Police found a black and white pooch inside the vehicle, but the windows were cracked open (this was at 10:04 p.m.) and the dog had food and water and a doggie bed inside the vehicle. The dog was not in any distress.

A shoplifting at the South Federal Maverik Country Store was reported Friday night at 11:12 p.m. when a man described as being 6’5″ tall entered the store, grabbed a half-gallon of Jack Daniels whiskey valued at $47.59 and fled southbound. There was no video of this suspect.

The evidence is circumstantial at best, but items found at the scene indicated a worker at the recently departed carnival is suspected in a break-in at the West Main Pit Stop Travel Center reported at 4:56 a.m. on Saturday. Someone using a rock the size of a baseball smashed the plate glass window next to the cash register. The rock was found inside the store, along with evidence that the burglar had been injured as blood was found both inside and outside of the store. Missing were cigarette lighters from a countertop display and a number of Newport cigarette packages. A cheddar and sour cream rippled potato chips was also found on the floor of the business. The cash register was not touched. A neighbor behind the store called later to report finding a rock and a hoodie between two of his cars that were not there the day before. The hoodie was embroidered with “carnival midway” on the chest.

An animal problem in the 3100 block of West Main turned out to be a raccoon in a trap. It was released down by the river.

At 1:09 p.m. a mother with her 8-year-old son in tow showed up in the PD lobby asking for an officer. The woman reported the boy was having discipline problems. “She wanted us to speak to him to curb his unruly behavior,” Captain Eric Murphy said, reading off of a police report. The woman reported the child had most recently flooded the basement at their residence with a garden hose. An officer did speak to the unruly youngster. The effectiveness of the chat is yet to be noted.

You’ve seen such drivers on funny video shows. A third party in the 700 block of West Sunset Drive reported he witnessed a black Chevrolet Trailblazer race down the street. Then attempt to park, backing into a red Pontiac. Not satisfied with the first hit, the driver backed into the Pontiac a second time. When police arrived, both vehicles were gone.

A man found to be intoxicated in the 2300 block of Diamond Avenue was given a ride home as the man was not considered to be a danger to himself.

A fight was reported in the 500 block of East Main, but only one of the alleged combatants was located. He told officers that he punched a man who had struck his brother. He was released but cautioned that he could be cited for fighting if the victim comes forward.

A fawn that was struck by a vehicle on Hill Street had to be dispatched by officers who arrived and found the deer severely injured.

Police were called to the SageWest-Riverton Emergency Room where a 9-month-old baby was being treated for a head injury. The father of the child said he was taking the child out of a protective car seat and had placed him on the regular seat and then went to get a second child out its child restraint when his wife unexpectedly opened the car door and the child fell out. Police determined it was an accident and no malice was intended.

At 10:52 p.m. police returned to the 200 block of East Madison where a car vandalism had been reported earlier. This time the owner of the Chevrolet Corsica found a dent in the rear drivers side door. It appeared someone had kicked the vehicle as there were no scratch, scrape or paint transfer marks on the door. Damage was estimated at $500.

A man who had parked his 5×8 utility trailer at his son’s residence in the 100 block of East Adams reported the trailer had been stolen. When the son returned home from a trip to Colorado, the trailer was gone. It was a dual axel trailer, steel with a wooden bed and a Gorilla lift gate. It was last seen on July 27th.

At 5:10 p.m. Sunday night, a two vehicle crash was reported in the 600 block of Summit Drive between a 2000 Ford F-150 and a red 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. A report on the crash is pending. Apparently the motorcycle was parked when it was struck by the pickup.