Police Blotter: Arrests; Shoplifters caught with $1,100 in groceries; Poisoning suspected in dog death; Cash theft investigated

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

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office


Agnes Addison, 36, Arapahoe, Probation Revocation Warrant.

Matthew Bishop, 22, Lander, Probation Revocation Warrant.

David Coando, 34, Jensen, Utah, Driving Under the Influence, Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Driving Under Suspension, and Duty Upon Colliding with Unattended Property. Coando was arrested following a Saturday afternoon crash on West Ramshorn in Dubois. He allegedly rear-ended a vehicle and then ran off on foot.

Shane Cook, 19, Riverton, Burglary.

Earl Crispin, 58, Ethete, two Probation Revocation warrants.

John Dodge, 59, Thermopolis, Terroristic Threat, Interference with Police and Felon in Possession of a Weapon. Read more about this arrest here.

Martin Goggles, 21, Riverton, Probation Revocation.

Conor Smale, 21, Lander, Domestic Violence Battery, Simple Assault, three counts of Criminal Entry, and Larceny. Smale was arrested after allegedly broke into a cabin in Sinks Canyon and assault subjects inside on Sunday morning.


Deputies on Friday morning assisted the Department of Family Services with an unruly teenager in the Riverton area.

License plates were reported stolen from a vehicle at auto business on the 100 block of Poppy in Lander.

At 4:40 p.m. on Friday, a caller reported a black truck driving at a high speed on Highway 287 outside of Lander that almost crashed with the caller. Deputies were unable to locate the vehicle.

At 4:43 p.m., deputies were called by a subject on the 600 block of Ethete Road about a three vehicle crash. The report was determined false, as there was no crash found in the area.

A caller on Gabes Road near Kinnear said that someone broke into their home and stole a handgun. The report is still under investigation.

At 11:24 p.m., deputies were called to the 1600 block of Apodaca Street for a report of someone trying to get into the gas tank on a vehicle. The report is under investigation.

At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, deputies were advised about a stolen dog from a location on South Fork Road near Fort Washakie. The report is being investigated.

A 55-year-old man off Wilson Road in the Riverton area was cited for reckless endangerment after they were allegedly shooting at their neighbor’s dog while the neighbor was still outside.

At about 7 p.m. on Saturday, a caller on Rogers Lane reported that someone stole a bookcase and an etched-glass gun cabinet. The property was returned, and no law enforcement action was taken.

The report of someone on Elder Lane in Riverton reported that someone was very intoxicated, trying to start fights and then drove away, is still under investigation.

The theft of a plow for a four wheeler from a location on Mountain View Drive is under investigation.

A woman in Pavillion reported on Sunday afternoon that another woman was writing about the caller’s personal life on the internet.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol handled a call about a male subject wandering around in the caller’s front yard on Ranch Road near Riverton. The Fremont County Coroner’s Office was also called. Additional information is being gathered.


Lander Police Department


A 28-year-old Lander man cited for Larceny. The man was cited on Friday morning after he allegedly took some antibiotics from a pharmacy without paying the required $19.89.

A 33-year-old Lander woman was cited for Trespassing. The report is still under investigation, but it involved a landlord/tenant dispute on the 800 block of Canyon Street on Friday afternoon.

Michael Cousineau, 35, Riverton, FCSO Warrant and Shoplifting. Frances Blackbear, 49, Riverton, Shoplifting. The pair were taken into custody after Safeway staff caught them attempting to leave the store at 6:45 p.m. on Friday with four carts of groceries. The total of the items after being rung up amounted to $1,100.79. Chief Jim Carey said the pair will likely face felony charges. The items were mostly food, the value stemming primarily from meat.

Antonio Duran, 31, Riverton, LPD Warrant.

Gary Henson, 41, Lander, Driving Under the Influence, No Driver’s License, Burglary and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Police were called at 9:09 p.m. on Friday for a report of a possibly stolen vehicle in the Mr. D’s parking lot. Henson was found and confirmed by video surveillance to be the driver. He reportedly did not have permission to use the vehicle and allegedly took prescription medications and money from the vehicle. He reportedly had a .20 Blood Alcohol Content. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08.

Joshua Hendrickson, 18, Lander, Driving Under the Influence and Driving Under Suspension. A 19-year-old Thermopolis man was cited for Minor in Possession. Police were called at about 12:31 p.m. on Saturday of a subject who almost caused a wreck and was now yelling profanities at people on Main Street. Hendrickson was found to have a .16 BAC.

Rodney Littlemouth, 38, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication.

Joel Sanchez, 22, Riverton, Washakie County Warrant and Possession of Marijuana. Details of this Sunday afternoon arrest on Custer Street were not released as it is still under investigation.

Joshua Chavez, 22, Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Marijuana. Chavez was contacted at 1:43 a.m. on Tuesday on the 600 block of Washakie Street after a report of a subject passed out in a vehicle and playing loud music. He reportedly had a .09 BAC.


A call at 11:30 a.m. on Friday about an intoxicated person was determined to be unfounded. There were no problems.

At 4:17 p.m., police were called about a dispute between parties regarding wedding books. The caller said they had loaned about $100-worth of books to a subject who now wouldn’t return them.

Two bikes were stolen Friday evening in front of the Lander Swimming Pool. Police said a brand new 2014 grey Benny Etnies was stolen along with another black and red BMX style bike with a multi-colored chain. The Etnies had been purchased just hours prior to the theft. Neither bicycle was locked.

At 7:35 a.m., Saturday police were informed by employees at a local business that truckers staying in the lot had urinated and defecated on the business’s property. The caller wanted police to remove anyone from the premises if they were seen.

At 3:02 p.m., a caller reported that child in a long white van without license plates pointed a toy gun at the caller and pretended to shoot. The adults in the car reportedly then started laughing. Police were unable to locate the vehicle matching that description.

Police were called to Rail Lane at 1:02 a.m. on Sunday for a report of people throwing rocks at a house.

At 1:49 a.m. on Sunday, officers were called to Jefferson Street for a report of subjects who rang a doorbell and ran off.

At 11:41 p.m., officers got a report of a man and woman fighting in the area of Main and North Fourth. Officers arrived, found no evidence of an assault and determined the couple was arguing about having run out of gas in their vehicle. They were waiting for a ride.


Riverton Police Department


Roderick Barnes, 21, Riverton, on a warrant for Interference. Barnes was stopped at 1:23 p.m. on a traffic stop and it was found he had a warrant.

Ronald Brown, 48, Riverton, on a Bond Revocation and Ronald Benally, 42, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant and for Possession of Marijuana. Police were called at 1:56 p.m. to city park for two men reported to be intoxicated. Benally was found to have a personal amount of marijuana on his person.

Kenneth Shakespeare, 28, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication. (.36%BAC) Police were called to Walmart at 4:08 p.m. where two men were reported to be passed out on a grassy area there. Upon arrival, police found Shakespeare and another man on the lawn with “many” vodka bottles strewn around the pair. The second man was taken to the Center of Hope detox center, and Shakespeare was taken to jail because the Center would not accept him.

Eldon Antelope, 49, Riverton, Property Destruction and Public Intoxication. Police were called at 9:22 p.m. where a man was reported to be laying in the middle of an alley behind Rocky Mountain Sports, and that traffic had to drive around him. Police found Antelope to be very intoxicated and he was arrested. En route to the county jail, Antelope is alleged to began spitting at the officer driving the patrol car, and spitting inside the back of the patrol car on the seats, the doors, the protective divider and such. The officer was not spat upon, but Antelope was cited for causing the mess in the back of the patrol unit.

Christopher Monroe, 30, Riverton,  Public Intoxication (.33%BAC). A woman called police to report that Monroe had been standing next to her vehicle and that one of her tires had been slashed. But she did not see him slash the tire. When police arrived, another person reported that Monroe was in the apartment unit’s playground.

Charlene Yellowfox, 49, Riverton, Trespassing. Yellowfox was found sitting in the front seat of a vehicle at S&H Auto Sales. Officers noted she had been trespassed from the car lot because of similar behavior.

Dominic Arthur, 45, Arapahoe, Intoxication and on a Contempt of Court warrant. Arthur was found at 4:21 a.m. sleeping in the band shell at Riverton City Park. He refused a breath test for blood alcohol level. There is an overnight curfew at the park.

Derrald Antelope, 51, Ethete, Public Intoxication (.32%BAC). Store clerks said Antelope was intoxicated at the Woodward’s Liquor Store. Antelope was apparently not welcome at the Center for Hope so he was arrested.

Susan Carroll, 46, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant. At 11:06 p.m. on Labor Day evening, Carroll’s vehicle was stopped on a traffic violation in the 1600 block of North Federal. When checking her identification, it was learned that she had an outstanding warrant and she was taken into custody.



The RPD answered 38 calls for service on Friday

At 10:18 a.m. a woman from Kinnear reported a possible fraud. She said she re-connected with a friend from the early 90s and then received a check in the mail from her that totaled $3,500. Not knowing why she was sent the money, the woman attempted to deposit the check, but the bank refused, saying it was being drawn on an insufficient funds account. The RPD took the initial report but since the reporting party was from Kinnear, the information was forwarded to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

A woman called police at 3:46 to complain that the mother of her step-child keeps yelling at her when she is in the store. The woman said it is an ongoing problem. Police took a report.

A caller reported on on-going problem of a brown truck with a green camper unit that has been parked in the 600 block of East Main Street with a dog inside, and the windows barely cracked open. The caller said the truck and dog have been at that address for the past four days. The vehicle was gone when police arrived.

A property damage two-vehicle crash with damage over $1,000 was reported in the 300 block of North Federal between a gray 2004 Ford F-250 and a red 2007 Ford. There were no injuries.

The manager of Bealls Department Store called police after a customer there entered the women’s restroom and didn’t come out for some 30 minutes or so. After the woman did emerge, the manager checked the bathroom and reported what she said was the odor of methamphetamine. Police checked the bathroom and did not discover any paraphernalia. A surveillance video is being checked to see if the suspect can be identified.

A 46-year-old man in the 200 block of Railway Plaza reported a vandalism to his 1998 blue and white Chevrolet pickup. He told officers he believed someone had poured sugar in his gas tank, and that he had found a sugar-like crystalized substance on the area around the gas cap and down into the filler tube. He also said his truck normally runs well, but now it is hard to get started and that it runs rough. The man suggested the suspect may be his ex 46-year-old girlfriend. He said he was involved in a bitter breakup with her several months ago, a police report indicated.

An officer on patrol at 8:25 p.m. witnessed a very minor fender bender at the intersection of West Park and North 8th West. The two vehicles involved were a blue 2007 Ford and a 1984 Ford. The drivers exchanged insurance information.

Police were called for a welfare check for a resident of an apartment in 800 block of West Main where a man and a woman were reportedly fighting. Police arrived to find the couple in the back yard engaged in a verbal argument over where the female should stay while at college, that being with the male at his place or in the dorms. The pair were separated for the night and police gave one of the individuals a ride home.

A  woman ordering food in the drive-through at McDonalds said a man driving a tan Dodge pickup drove into the back of her vehicle. The woman told police that she got out of her car to inspect the damage and to talk to the other driver, who she said was apparently intoxicated. The woman told officers that when she asked if he had been drinking, he backed up and sped away. Police were unable to located the suspect. There was no damage to the woman’s vehicle.

A 16-year-old male reported that a 16-year-old friend who had been staying with him had left Riverton High School at lunchtime two weeks ago to buy some fishing gear and he hasn’t seen him since. The reporting party was not very cooperative with officers, a report stated, and was not willing to give up the names of other friends with whom the teen could be staying.


The RPD answered 41 calls for service on Saturday.

A fight was reported at city part at 11:37 a.m. between two men. When officers arrived they found on man sitting against a picnic table with dried blood on his face and a swollen nose. He said nothing had happened to him. Police asked other people at the park if they had seen anything, and one man they contacted had dried blood on his face and a laceration above his right eye. He said he was fine and that nothing happened. The man with the bloody and swollen nose was taken to the SageWest-Riverton Emergency Room.

A two vehicle crash in the 800 block of Yvonne was reported at 11:39 a.m. between a white 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup and a tan 2002 Pontiac passenger car.

A caller notified police at 12:24 p.m. that a dog’s leash was caught under a car tire and the dog looked distressed and shaking. The report came from the 1800 block of Prairie Road. The dog was freed and taken to the PAWS for Life shelter.

The report of a power line arching in tree branches was taken at 4:22 pm. In the 1100 block of Mary Anne Drive. The Fire Department and power company were both notified. There was no active fire.

A man described as a heavy set male, in his 30s, had taken a container of chicken poppers from the deli and began walking around the store eating them. When approached by a store employee, the man dropped the container and fled the store without paying for the $5.02 worth of food that he had consumed.

A 32-year-old Riverton man was taken to the SageWest-Riverton Emergency Room after he was found to be acting strangely, intoxicated and unable to walk. The man was found to have a .32%BAC, but was taken to the hospital to be checked because of his unusual behavior.

An officer on his way home after his shift drove in front of Riverton City Hall and found a man who had camped out in a corner of the building’s entrance. The man had not been drinking. He was sleeping inside a sleeping bag, his boots were laid out neatly with other personal items. The man, who is from New Mexico, said he was traveling the powwow circuit and was tired and thought the corner would be a good place to rest. He was given other options for the night and moved along.

Video Surveillance is being checked to identify a man who entered Walmart just before 10 p.m. with a female companion and who tried to leave the store wearing a TryTech coat valued at $34. When the man was confronted by store personnel, he took off the coat and fled out the doors.

Police received a REDDI report at 10:37 p.m. of a gold four-door vehicle heading north on North Federal. When contacted, the female driver had not been drinking but said she was very tired and on her way home.

A report of a head-on traffic crash on the Central Wyoming College campus, on Morfeld Avenue, was called in at 10:52 p.m. One of the vehicles was apparently disabled at the scene and the other, a large pickup truck, drove away. Police were informed that the BIA Wind River Police had found the vehicle at the Beaver Creek Housing Area and had arrested the female driver. No other information was available.

At 16 minutes before midnight, officers were looking for a vehicle involved in an earlier incident when it was located in the 700 block of Spencer. A woman was behind the wheel, but was unresponsive when officers tried to knock on the window and yell at her to wake up. At about that time, one officer reported what he thought was a single gunshot coming from in front of the residence where the vehicle was parked. He also said it might’ve been fireworks. At any rate, officers took cover and there was no further shot or blast heard. The woman was finally roused from her slumber and said she feel asleep because it was warm. Police are following-up.


The RPD answered 36 calls for service on Sunday.

Officers responded to a call at 4:45 a.m. where a woman was reported to be passed out in front of the bank of elevators at the Hampton Inn on North Federal. The woman had not been drinking and was sleeping. The woman told officers that she was homeless. Officers told her that she could not hang out in the hotel and gave her other options. She was a 32-year-old woman from Porcupine, South Dakota.

The owner of a 2006 Buick Lucerne called police just after 9 a.m. to report that he had backed into his neighbor’s blue 2007 Ford F-150. There was minimal, if any, damage. A report was taken.

A man who crashed on his bicycle when a dog began chasing him refused medical attention and did not want to take any action against the dog’s owner. The man said he was riding when the dog began running at him. When he tried to kick the dog away, he crashed, skinning his elbow. The incident was reported at 10:48 a.m. in the 400 b lock of North 2nd East.

At 1:52 p.m. a woman called police from the 900 block of East Adams to report that her motorized wheel chair had become stuck on the ramp up to her house and that she needed help to get free. An officer responded and freed the wheelchair.

No injuries were reported after a two vehicle crash in the 1000 block of East Jackson Ave. The vehicles were a white 2005 Chrysler Sebring and a white 2012 Chevrolet Impala.

A hit-and-run crash was reported at 4 pm. At Jaycee Park on West Sunset. The owner of an orange 1995 Dodge Power Ram pickup said his truck had been struck while parked. Damage was estimated over $1,000.

A man in the 400 block of Sunset called to report that he suspected someone of poisoning his dogs. He reported that he had left on Saturday and put his dogs in a back yard kennel. When he returned Sunday, his great dane was dead inside the kennel. Another dog there, a St. Bernard, appeared to be okay. He also reported that early in the week another one of his dogs began having seizures and was taken to a veterinarian. He told officers that up until this weeks, his animals had all been healthy. He did indicate that a neighbor had been complaining about the dogs barking, but he showed officers an anti-barking device that he had installed on a pole in his yard to discourage the dogs from making noise. The man wanted the incident documented in case it happens again.

At 6:20 p.m. a woman parked in the lot at Walmart said her gray Ford Exploer was struck by an older orange colored Dodge Power Ram truck. Hmmmmm. Officers put two and two together and are in the process of contacting the owner of the truck, who was the victim of a hit-and-run two hours earlier (see paragraph above) that matched the description of the vehicle struck at Jaycee Park.

Riverton police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle Tuesday morning on North Federal Boulevard that was reportedly involved in an incident over the weekend.

Riverton police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle Tuesday morning on North Federal Boulevard that was reportedly involved in an incident over the weekend.

At 6:45 p.m., police received a call from a hysterical woman in Colorado who said she just received a text from her daughter in Riverton indicating that her daughter was being beaten up by her boyfriend. Police checked the addresses given by the woman, and even sought the assistance of the BIA Wind River Police to check an address on the Reservation, but the woman’s daughter was not located. Then this morning (Tuesday) police spotted the vehicle of the boyfriend and pulled it over. He said his girlfriend had left for Colorado two days ago, and yes they had an argument but it was verbal only. In checking with the family in Colorado, they confirmed the daughter had returned home and was fine. No one bothered to call the police, however, and report that. No action was taken against the boyfriend, who was identified only as a 25-year-old Riverton man.

Police located a male at 5th East and East Park who was staggering down the street at 8:14 p.m. He was given a ride to his hotel.

The SageWest-Riverton Emergency Room contacted police after a man showed up there and reported he had been assaulted. The hospital staff, however, could not find any injury on the man, who said he was sleeping when he heard someone knock on his front door. He answered the door and told police someone knocked him out. After waking up in the doorway, he decided to go to the hospital. No action was taken.

Police and fire units swarmed at Walmart at 11:23 p.m. on the report of an active fire and smoke at the rear of Walmart. The store was evacuated while source of the fire was located. Store, police and firefighters on the scene were unable to locate any fire. The RFD used an infrared camera to see if they could find any hot spot, but they could not. It apparently was a false alarm.

Monday-Labor Day

The RPD responded to 26 calls for service on Sunday

RPD units assisted the Riverton Fire Department and the BIA Wind River Police with traffic control at the scene of a two-vehicle crash at Highway 789 and the Rendezvous Road at 1:17 p.m. Labor Day.

A report has not yet been completed on an alleged theft of $600 by a person’s roommate that was reported Monday 1:24 p.m. from an address in the 1700 block of East Park.

A man who was reportedly being uncooperative and was pushing a nurse at SageWest-Riverton Health Care had calmed down by the time officers arrive. He was there apparently to visit his wife.

Now, where did those keys go? A fight over a lost pair of vehicle keys was reported at 9:12 p.m. from an address in the 400 block of Birch. Apparently a man and a woman were going to visit family on the reservation, but the female could not find the car keys. After some time of searching, the male became upset with her and began yelling. The argument was not physical and the man left to take a walk and calm down.