(Lander, Wyo.) – Monday’s law enforcement wrap-up from across Fremont County. All persons cited or arrested are innocent until convicted or plead guilty in a court of law.
Riverton Police Department
Jonathan Engavo, 54, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant
David Powelson, 54, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI), .25 percent BAC. Powelson was stopped at North 8th West and Webbwood Road at 2:04 a.m. Saturday morning
Ivan Pine, 33, Riverton, Public Intoxication
Novara Marburger, 36, Riverton, on a Failure to Appear warrant
Reed Paulsen, 20, Riverton, DWUI, .13 percent BAC
A 61-year-old Lander man was issued citations for eluding, failing to maintain a single lane of traffic and speeding. The man fled into the Wind River Indian Reservation where the BIA Wind River Police contacted him and held him for Sheriff’s Deputies who had two outstanding arrests warrants for him.
Another failure of technology brought a call from the West Main Maverik store to police Friday at 12:47 when a gas drive-off in the amount of $80.02 was reported. When contacted, the motorist reported they had used a debit card, but the charge apparently did not go through. The customer returned and paid for the fuel.
A property damage vehicle crash was reported Friday at 5:47 p.m. in the 800 block of North Federal between a green 2007 Dodge passenger car and a white 2009 GMC Sierra pickup truck. Damage was reported to be over $1,000.
Police are following-up on the reported theft of an English Bulldog valued at $1,600 taken from a yard in the 100 block of West Jefferson. The theft was reported Friday at 10:06 p.m. The reporting party had canvassed the neighborhood before calling police. The dog had not been taken to the PAWS shelter, so the city’s Animal Control officer will conduct an investigation.
A man reported that he thought his soon to be former wife had vandalized his vehicle because he would not come outside to talk to her, despite what he said were over a dozen calls and texts from her. When he did leave the Elks Club where he had been playing cards about 10 p.m., he saw his wife near his car, but did not want to talk, so he went back inside, according to a police report. Upon finally leaving the club about 45 minutes later, and returning home, the man discovered extensive damage to the hood and passenger side of his 2008 black Chrysler as the result of it being “keyed.” The female was contacted, and while she said she had keyed his vehicle several months ago, she denied keying the vehicle this time. At the same time, however, she agreed to pay the deductible for the insurance claim. Damage was estimated at over $1,000.
A shoplifting attempt at the Family Dollar store at 9:11 a.m. Saturday was thwarted when store personnel stopped a man and a woman, described in a police report as Native American and both wearing jean pants and coats, at the door. The two had attempted to leave with a $3 bottle of mouthwash.
A report of vandalism was called into police from the Teton Apartments in the 100 block of North Third East. A fire axe had been taken from the building and a tenant’s vehicle, a gold Chrysler Pacifica, had three of its tires slashed. There are no Suspects.
Three reports of vehicles being “egged” were called into police on Saturday. Three incidents were all located in the same general neighborhood in the 300 and 500 block of Birch Avenue on in the 100 block of South 2nd East.
A woman who claimed $1,500 in cash had been stolen from her residence in the 900 block of Forest Drive reported the incident to police, but she also said she did not want any police followup as she knew who took the money and that she would handle it herself.
Around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night, police began receiving calls from the 500 block of Village Drive about residents hearing knocking on their door, but when getting up to investigate finding no one there. And we’re still a long ways away from Halloween.
Police were called to the area of 400 north 4th West at 5:37 a.m. on a report of four juveniles running around the neighborhood of the school. When police arrived in the area next to Tonkin Stadium, they found a man with his daughter in the car. The man explained that his daughter had gone out with friends to a movie, but never came home and he had been out looking for her, and finally found her. The other juvenile girls fled the area. Police and the father talked with the one remaining girl about the dangers of staying out all night. No citations were issued.
A panic call to police from a residents in the 3000 block of Spy Glass Circle reported a group of masked men with guns near a truck outside of a residence. Upon investigating, police found a group of children playing with air soft guns.
A Riverton Police Officer received serious wounds to his hands while attempting to rescue a German Whitehair dog that had been struck and injured in the 200 block of North Federal. The dog had been trying to bite people trying to assist the dog. Officer Ron Cunningham arrived on the scene and got the dog loaded into his patrol vehicle, but when he arrived at a veterinarian and tried to take the dog out of the car, he received several serious bites to his hands, which necessitated treatment at Riverton Memorial Hospital. Status of the dog was not available as the report had not been completed. Captain Eric Murphy said the injury will keep Cunningham sidelined “for a while” until the wounds heal.
A five-year-old child ran to a neighbor’s home in the 400 block of Sycamore Drive to report that his parents were in a fight and that her father had a baseball bat in his hands. Police arrived to find the couple in a verbal argument, but the fight had not become physical. The two were separated for the night. The new Child Welfare Investigator will follow-up on the case due the young child in the home.
A female who was arrested on August 28 and who was in a dating relationship with another woman, reported from the jail on Sunday that the other woman had taken her car and wanted to file a stolen vehicle report. Because the woman admitted that she and the other woman were in a dating relationship, and that she had given the other party a key to the vehicle, it could not be reported as stolen. But police said they would keep an eye out for the vehicle.
A man and a woman in a roommate-only relationship status got into an argument Sunday evening about finances. The man said he paid all the bills and wanted the female to assist with the finances. The female agreed that is what the argument was over. But she told officers that she doesn’t pay rent, but pays the other bills and takes care of the residence because the man is always gone on his work. The woman contacted a friend who helped her move out of the residence.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Department
Benjamine Apodaca, 25, Riverton, on a Contempt of Court warrant
Broderick Hopper, 19, Pavillion, on a Contempt of Court warrant
Philip Maes, 61, Lander, on a Failure to Appear warrant and from an arrest warrant issued in Natrona County. Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said Maes eluded Riverton Police to the south end of town and then Wind River Police to the area of Beaver Creek Housing. WRPD eventually stopped his vehicle, and Maes was arrested by county deputies. The Sheriff’s Office was not involved in the pursuit.
Lee said a Thursday report of a possible sighting of Natrona County fugitive Kenneth Ward at Wind River Casino was determined to be unfounded. “Surveillance footage located the reporting party and his conversation with the man in question,” Lee said. “The photographs of the unknown man were provided to the Sheriff’s Office; they clearly indicate that the person was not Kenneth Ward.” Following the news of the sighting on Friday, multiple reports came in over the weekend of the man being near Riverton or Shoshoni. “We contacted each person with the exception of one; all persons contacted were not Kenneth Ward. … We do not have any confirmed sightings of Ward in the area,” Lee said. The one person not contacted had a description that did not match Ward. Read more about the fugitive here.
Bureau of Land Management law enforcement handled a report of intoxicated subjects at a campground near Atlantic City. Reports included a possible fight. Everything was determined to be OK.
At 11:48 p.m. on Friday, deputies were called to the 1200 block of Major Avenue in Riverton for a report of a suspicious vehicle driving in the area with its lights off.
Following Friday’s wreck in Wind River Canyon of a semi carrying bales of hay, a person in Shoshoni reported that two bales were missing from the scene. The issue was resolved; there had been a miscommunication.
A burglary reported on Eight Street West in Riverton is under investigation.
A burglary in which two gaming stations were reported stolen, came to deputies at 3:29 p.m. Saturday on West Forest Avenue in Pavillion.
Another burglary reported at 5:28 p.m. on Saturday on Hutchinson Road in Riverton is under investigation.
A gas drive off was reported on Sunday on the 400 block of West Ramshorn Street in Dubois. The caller said a van with a Laramie Community College badging on the side left without paying for $67.01 worth of fuel.
Lander Police Department
Nathan Surrell, 27, Lander, two Fremont County Warrants, Interference and No Valid Drivers License. Lt. Chuck Carr said Surrell was pulled over at 8:30 p.m. on Friday for a headlight out. The interference charge stems from Surrell allegedly giving a false name.
Gabriel Hereford, 30, Fort Washakie, two Lander Warrants. Charles Hereford, 27, Riverton, Public Intoxication and Resisting. At 8:47 p.m. on Friday, police were called to The Forge for a report of three people who had been kicked out of the bar but were refusing to leave. Upon arriving, Carr said officers located two of the three. He said the two Hereford men were using loud and obscene language, and a couple female patrons accused them of inappropriate actions, though they later decided not to press charges. Charles Hereford reportedly had a .329 BAC. Gabriel Hereford reportedly refused a BAC test.
Kevin Hebah, 31, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication and Trespassing. Carr said Hebah was the third individual who had been kicked out of The Forge on Friday night. He was also cited for trespassing as he had a no trespass order regarding entering The Forge.
Nicholas Hesse, 25, Brandon, Fla., Driving Under the Influence, Driving Under Suspension, Open Container, Resisting, two Interference charges and Speeding. At 1:11 a.m. on Saturday, police observed a vehicle driving east on Main Street going 40 mph in a 30 mph zone. Carr said the driver drove for a while in the parking lane, stopped his vehicle and then fled on foot toward the golf course. An officer using a thermal imaging camera located Hesse lying in the cattails near the road. He was subsequently arrested.
Herbert Augustine, 56, Ethete, Public Intoxication.
Katie Large, 24, Lander, Child Endangerment. Carr said police were called to the 900 block of North Fourth Street at 3:03 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a family fight. A sober man and an intoxicated Large were arguing. Police discovered that Large, who had a .264 BAC, had been in charge of watching a 5-year-old and 16-month-old. She was arrested.
Sherman Quiver, 29, Ethete, Public Intoxication and Disobeying a Lawful Order. Roshawn Boatwright, 21, Lander, Public Intoxication and Open Container. At 1:43 a.m. on Sunday police were called to The Forge again for intoxicated individuals. Upon arriving, Quiver allegedly fled police on foot, but was tackled as he attempted to climb a fence.
Nichole Neil, 22, Lander, Public Intoxication, Disobeying and Resisting. Neil was arrested after causing a scene at Lander Regional Hospital and refusing to leave.
Luke Brown, 33, Arapahoe, Fremont County Warrant.
Preston Vermillion, 38, Lander, Domestic Violence.
A runaway reported on Friday was located on Saturday.
On Friday afternoon, police were called to Main Street near McDonald’s for a report of a bicyclist hit by a car. Carr said the man was not struck by a vehicle. A bungie cord holding items in the bicycle’s basket reportedly came loose, caught in the spokes of the front wheel and caused the man to crash on the sidewalk. He was treated by EMS at the scene.
On Saturday afternoon, a person called police to report two possible gunshots on the 1000 block of Cliff Street. Police were unable to locate anything out of the ordinary.