Police Blotter: Arrests; Marijuana arrest made in Riverton; FCSO investigating suspicious person call

(Updated at 3:45 p.m. to include more information from RPD.)

(Lander, Wyo.) – Wednesday’s law enforcement recap for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from across Fremont County.

Riverton Police Department


William Haddenham, 55, Riverton, Possession of Marijuana. Dennis Buffalo, 34, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrants. At 12:19 p.m. on Christmas Eve, police were called to a residence on East Pershing Avenue for a report of drug use. The caller said subjects was using drugs and there was a 5-year-old child in the home. The caller reported seeing a pink marijuana pipe. Haddenham and Buffalo were subsequently arrested. Capt. Eric Murphy said the child was OK and being watched after by an adult woman.

Trevor Swanson, 34, Riverton, Driving Under the Influence.

Kenneth Shakespeare, 26, Arapahoe, Shoplifting, Public Intoxication and four Riverton Warrants. The arrest was made following a 10:52 a.m., Monday report of two shoplifters by Rocky Mountain Sports’s gun cabinet. Murphy said the store’s manager saw Shakespeare take a Pendleton coin purse valued at $52.95. He contacted Shakespeare in the parking lot, and both returned to the store to wait for law enforcement. Murphy said Shakespeare and a .32 BAC.


At 7:37 a.m. on Christmas Eve police responded to the 200 block of Diamond Drive for a report of a missing large Santa decoration.

At 12:28 p.m. on Monday, police received a report of a younger man driving a Dodge pickup and “getting ignorant” with the reporting party. The man said the other was tailing him and yelling obscenities. The reporting party said he would “take care of the kid himself” if the police didn’t do anything.

At 2:08 p.m. on Monday, a subject at the Riverton Memorial Hospital ER reported being beaten up by detox staff members. Murphy said the woman also accused of being beaten by Riverton police officers. The investigation has been handed over to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

At 2:56 p.m. on Monday on the 1600 block of Main Street a subject reported a .380 Ruger, loaded and in a case, was stolen from an unlocked truck while the caller was paying for gas. Murphy said there are no suspects at this time, but video surveillance should be available for the scene of the crime.

At 2:58 p.m. on Monday, a subject at the Berry Patch reported a woman stole a handbag. The suspect was allegedly headed toward Walmart and had two little girls with her.

At 9:01 p.m. on Christmas Eve, police responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated woman passed out in the lobby of McDonald’s.

On Christmas Day, Riverton police received 21 calls, 13 of which had to do with intoxicated individuals. No arrests were made, but multiple subjects were taken to the detox center.

At 11:20 p.m. on Christmas, police were called to the intersection of Riverview Road and Village Drive for a report of a car that slid off the road and hit a sign.

At 4:42 p.m. on Tuesday, police were called by the Maverik Country Store for a report of a vehicle that drove off with paying for $20.22 worth of gas.

At 5:01 p.m. on Tuesday, police were called to a residence on the 300 block of Spire Drive for a report of a burglary. The caller said someone broke in through a window. Nothing was taken.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office




At 11:29 a.m. on Christmas Eve, a Lander caller reported hearing people walking around in the residence above his. He knew the upstairs neighbors where not supposed to be home and neither of their cars were at the building.

At 12:50 p.m. on Monday, a Dubois woman reported that someone supplied her child with alcohol. The other person turned out to be a juvenile.

At 7:31 p.m. on Monday, a woman in Riverton reported a donkey and Mary decorations were missing from her yard. The woman did not believe they blew away.

At 12:42 p.m. on Christmas, deputies responded to a Riverton man on the 900 block of East Monroe who said he heard a possible single small caliber gun shot. Deputies were unable to locate any anything.

At 4:15 p.m. on Christmas, a caller at Shimmer Drive and Squaw Creek Road near Lander reported finding a microwave.

At 4:20 a.m. on Dec. 26, along Highway 789 near Lander, a caller reported a young man came to his door and asked for a ride to town. The situation is under investigation in connection with another incident. Lander Police Chief Jim Carey said his agency assisted in looking for a subject that could have been involved in a vehicle wreck.


Lander Police Department


Edward Olmstead, 42, of Riverton was arrested for trespassing at Palace Pharmacy on Christmas Eve at 3:16 p.m. Officers were able to safely arrest him and he was not intoxicated according to the report.

A 15-year-old Riverton boy was cited for shoplifting at Mr. D’s at 4:22 p.m. on the 24th according to a police report. The subject was attempting to take the sticker off a hat valued at $10.


At 10:25 a.m. on Christmas Eve, a hit and run occurred on the 400 block of Main Street in front of El Sol de Mexico. A mirror was broken and the damaged was valued at around $500.

Around 1:31 p.m. on the 24th, an orange truck was driving all over road according to Carey. A male and female individual were arguing and that is the possible reason for the reckless driving. No citations were issued.

A piece of paper flowing in the air vents at North Elementary School caused the alarm to go off at 10:28 p.m. on Christmas Eve according to the police report.

An assist was made at 3:03 p.m. on Christmas at the 11th block of N 1st. A subject slipped on ice and EMS needed assistance according to the report.

At 7:36 p.m. on the 25th, according to the police report, a male subject was acting disorderly at the 700 block of Cascade Street. Once told that he could be arrested, he left quickly according to the report.


1 Comment

  1. Malcolm Kyle

    Legally regulated (manufacture, distribution and consumption) of marijuana is coming to a state near you in 2013:


    “These laws just don't make sense anymore. It’s shocking, from my perspective, the number of people that we all know who are recreational marijuana users… these are incredibly upstanding citizens: Leaders in our community, and exceptional people.”.
    —Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (preparing the way for Governor Jerry Brown to initiate proceedings to legalize and regulate marijuana through the state legislature).


    Maine's legislature is moving on a legalization-and-regulation bill that could bring the state $8 million a year in new revenue.

    ''The people are far ahead of the politicians on this. Just in the past few weeks we've seen the culture shift dramatically.''.
    —Rep. Diane Russell of Portland, District 120 (Occupation: Public Relations Consultant).


    "Thinking we're not going to have it is unrealistic. It's just a question of how and when".
    —Assemblyman Richard (Tick) Segerblom of Las Vegas, elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2012.


    "We have decades of evidence that says prohibition does not work and it's counterproductive. it's a matter of dollars and common sense. There's a source of revenue that's reasonable that is rational that is the right policy choice for our state. We are going to get there on legalization."
    —Peter Buckley, co-chair of the Oregon state legislature's budget committee.


    Rhode Island is also expected to legally regulate marijuana through the state legislature instead of a popular referendum.

    ''Our prohibition has failed, Legalizing and taxing it, just as we did to alcohol, is the way to do it.''.
    —Rep. Edith Ajello, chairs the House Committee on Judiciary and is a member of the House Oversight Committee.


    In November 2012, the state's Democratic governor, Peter Shumlin, cruised to re-election while strongly backing marijuana decriminalization. And the city of Burlington passed a resolution in November 2012 calling for an end to prohibition – with 70 percent support.


    Most Alaskans already have a clear view of things from their own back garden. Personal use and possession of Marijuana in Alaskan homes has been effectively legal since 1975.

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