(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is the weekend law enforcement roundup from across the county. All those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
Fremont County Coroner
Coroner Ed McAuslan today said a preliminary autopsy report on the death of 34-year-old Dana Eagle revealed he died of hypothermia. Eagle’s body was found last week under a picnic table bench by the playground in Riverton City Park.
An autopsy report on the body of 25-year-old Stanley West Shakespeare is pending toxicology tests, which could take from four to six weeks, McAuslan said. Shakespeare was found deceased in his home on Christmas morning.
Riverton Police Department
Vincent Yellowbear, 52, Arapaho, on a Contempt of Court warrant.
Chauncey Friday, 47, Ethete, Disturbing the Peace
Jason Wright, 29, Riverton, Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI). Wright was stopped in the 3100 block of Riverview at Hill Street by a patrolling officer.
Jeri Whtiaker, 54, Riverton, DWUI and Driving Under Suspension. Whitaker was pulled over on West Main in front of Central Wyoming College at 9:18 p.m. on Friday.
Marian Arthur, 50, Denver, Public Intoxication
Stuart C’Hair, 33, Arapaho, DWUI. Police stopped C’Hairs vehicle on South Federal Boulevard just before the Wind River Bridge. A nearly half-empty half-gallon of vodka was found in the vehicle. C’Hair refused all tests but was taken to the hospital for a blood draw to determine his blood alcohol level.
A 33-year-old female from Thermopolis was cited for Use of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Methamphetamine after the manager of the Days Inn discovered three females overstaying their time in a rented room on Friday morning. Police contacted the women, one of whom admitted to have taken the drug. Police found a cosmetic bag that contained at spoon, syringes and a pill bottle inside, plus .7 grams of marijuana in a small bag.
Two females from Arapahoe, ages 19 and 15, were cited for Shoplifting at Walmart after being found trying to leave the store with items they had placed in several tote bags that had not been paid for. One bag contained $95 in miscellaneous items, and the other $27 in clothing.
A 16-year-old male from Riverton was cited for Permitting an Unlicensed Person to Drive after a 13-year-old from Riverton crashed a 1999 GMC on Commanche Drive, rolling it once. The young driver was also cited for No Drivers License, Careless Driving and No Seat Belt. There were no injuries. A passenger in the vehicle was 14-year-old.
A 21-year-old female from Arapahoe was cited for Shoplifting after attempting to take a cellular phone charger from Walmart valued at $26.12.
A caller on the 100 block of Apache complained to police that juveniles cutting across his yard had knocked down a fence. The fence was marked with signs saying “Stay Out” and “No Trespassing.” Police talked to the resident of the home where the juveniles had been coming and learned they were not the neighbor’s children, but kids who visited there frequently. The neighbor said she would ask the juveniles not to cross that property again.
Some red tote bags were reported stolen from the Good 2 Go store in the 2100 block of North Federal on Friday. The bags were stolen about 2 a.m.
Residents in the 800 block of North Forest Drive complained to police that someone had taken Christmas Decorations from their yard, including a snowman valued at $75 and the head off of a reindeer valued at $50. The rest of the reindeer was frozen to the ground.
The manager of an apartment complex in the 1400 block of West Park notified police that the previous property manager had been fired a week ago, but failed to return the keys and that $100 was missing from the apartment’s petty cash account. Police are following up.
Five people were taken to the Center of Home after being picked up for being intoxicated at various locations on Friday.
At 9:35 p.m. someone’s snack cooking on a stove in the 700 block of Peak caught on fire, which resulted in a fire alarm. The fire was extinguished by the resident.
Police were called to the Spire Drive area on Friday afternoon on several reports of gunshots being heard in the area. Police were unable to locate the source of the gunshots.
Police were called to the All Nations Mobile Home Park at 8 p.m. Friday on the report of a man claiming he had been stabbed. Police responded and found, in fact, that a 31-year-old man from St. Stephens had in fact been stabbed and had a 1.5 inch laceration across his forehead. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department informed the RPD that they were looking for a victim in a fight that had occurred earlier on Firethorn Drive in Gardens North. The St. Stephen’s man admitted that he was the victim in that incident, but refused to talk about it. An ambulance was called and the man received first aid treatment for his wound, but he refused further medical treatment. Police then cleared the scene.
A patrolling officer reported hearing what he thought to be four shots from a .22 caliber gun when patrolling in the 400 block of West Sunset at 10:30 p.m. He was unable to locate the source of the gunshots.
At 1:40 a.m. police received a 911 call from Bombers Bar where a patron called asking for police assistance. Upon arrival, police discovered the man was intoxicated and had been refusing to leave the bar. When police arrived, the man left without incident.
A caller on the 200 block of South 6th East reported suspicious activity at a neighbors house. A report was taken.
The BIA Wind River Police Department requested an agency assist from the RPD Saturday as they did not have any officer in the vicinity of the 500 block of the Gas Hills Road where kids were reported shooting at traffic. When the RPD arrived on scene, two juvenile males, ages 11 and 12 years old, were found to be in possession of Airsoft BB guns. The juveniles attempted to run away from the officers by ducking behind a trailer, at which time an aggressive dog came around the corner. The dog was pepper sprayed. Eventually, the two juveniles did admit to shooting at passing cars and said they would not do it again. Officers also reported that the orange caps on the tips of the AirSoft rifle barrels had been removed. Without the orange tips, the BB guns look like real weapons. No action was taken.
At 3 p.m. Saturday a traffic crash with over $1,000 in damage was reported at Riverview Road and Majors Avenue involving a maroon 2000 Ford and a gold 2006 Dodge Van.
Police were called at 3:45 p.m. about a couple in a brown Ford F-150 involved in a physical altercation inside the vehicle. The truck entered the Wind River Indian Reservation and surrounding agencies were advised of the call.
Police were called at 6:30 p.m. to the 200 block of South 6th East on the report of a family fight with objects being thrown and a man and a woman yelling at each other. Upon arrival, police contacted a female who said it was a verbal argument and the other party had left the scene. A report was taken.
A woman reported to police that her cellular phone was missing following an altercation at the Walmart parking lot on Christmas Eve. She said she had been receiving Facebook posts asking for $20 before her phone would be returned. Police took a report.
The Riverton Airport Police provided an agency assist to the Denver Children’s Hospital who had asked for the runway at Riverton Regional Airport be checked before a flight of theirs was to land. Police found the runway usable but the snow plow was called out to make sure.
A man called police upset that his estranged wife had been seeing someone else. The woman called police said her ex had threatened to harm himself. Police contacted the man who said he would not harm himself and was just upset that she was cheating on him.
At 11 a.m. Sunday morning, police were called to the 200 block of West Adams where a man was reported to be chasing a woman pushing a baby stroller. Upon contacting the man, he told police, according to the police report, that he was upset with how she had dressed for church and that she looked like a whore. He apologized for making a scene. Police cleared the area.
A woman called police concerned for her safety after she found the words “you’re next” and “goodbye” written in snow on her vehicle. The call was made a noon on Sunday from the College Hill Apartments. Police suggested she stay alert and call them back if anything suspicious was happening.
In what was termed a “very minor” fender bender, a passenger car and a van were reported to have stuck each other in the 200 block of South 3rd East.
A vehicle that slipped off of the Honor Farm Road at 2:20 p.m. was a 1994 Pontiac driven by an 18-year-old female from Worland. There were no injuries and the car was pulled out of the ditch.
A man complained to police in the 700 block of Spencer that someone had entered his unlocked pickup and threw an empty bottle of “Black Velvet” into the bed of his truck. Nothing was missing. Police suggested the man lock his vehicle.
A 43-year-old female from Arapahoe is being sought in connection with an attempted shoplifting at Smiths Food and Drug at 6:40 p.m. Sunday night. The vehicle that fled the scene is registered to the woman. According to a police report, store officials heard the door alarm go off and when they investigated, they found a heavy-set woman pushing a cart full of groceries that had not gone through a checkout. The woman, when she noticed the store officials following her, left the cart and got into the vehicle which sped off. The vehicle returned a short time later as a child accompanying the adult was left behind at the store. The child was picked up and the vehicle sped away again. The cart contained $320 worth of groceries. Police are following-up.
Police received a 911 call at 9:30 Sunday night from the 1000 block of East Roosevelt with a man reporting that his wife had slapped him. Upon arrival, police found a couple playing cards at one residence, then heard yelling from another residence and investigated that. The residents in the neighboring house were apparently Dallas Cowboy football fans and were yelling at the TV set when Philadelphia beat their team, or they were Eagles fans celebrating the victory. Neither party said they had called 911.
A woman called for the fire department Sunday night because her ears were plugged and she feared carbon monoxide poisoning. The fire department gave the all clear after checking the house and not finding any C02 concentrations.
Lander Police Department
A 23-year-old Lander man was cited for Possession of Marijuana. The man was cited after following a 9:55 p.m. traffic stop on North Second Street on Friday, Chief Jim Carey said. The man reportedly turned over a small baggie of marijuana and a used pipe. Due to an on-going investigation, Carey declined to release the man’s identity. The man was not arrested.
James Peck, 35, Lander, Shoplifting. Gwendolyn Bouchard, 33, Lander, cited for Interference and Accessory After the Fact. At 10:30 p.m., officers were called by Safeway for a report of shoplifting with suspects who fled onto Washakie Street in a vehicle. Police stopped a vehicle matching the description, driven by Bouchard. Carey said officers saw packaged meat not in shopping bags in the back street. Eventually her passenger, Peck, admitted to taking the $244 in items. Both were trespassed from the store.
James Witt, 40, Riverton, cited for Shoplifting. At 10:31 a.m. on Saturday, police were called to Safeway for a report of a Pepsi employee who reportedly attempted to leave Mr. D’s without paying for chicken from the deli and two Red Bull drinks. He was stopped by store employees and police cited him. He was also trespassed from the store.
At 9:59 a.m. on Friday, police were called to the 900 block of North Second Street for a report of truck that had been hit with paintballs. There are no suspects at this time, and damage was not lasting. The paint washed off, Carey said.
Marissa Ulrich, 35, of Lander, was cited for hit and run and careless driving. Carey said police were called for a hit and run on the 300 block of Main Street Friday morning. A vehicle attempting to park hit a parked car and then left the scene. Police located the suspect vehicle and cited Ulrich, the driver.
At 9 p.m., police were called to the Wyoming Life Resource Center for a one-vehicle wreck. A state vehicle reportedly struck a tree, Carey said. There were no citations issued.
Two reports of loud noises or parties late Friday night, one on Clinchard and another on Amoretti, were both determined to be unfounded.
At 2:03 p.m. on Saturday, police were called about a suspicious person hanging out in front of the Fremont County Detention Center. Police determined the man was just waiting for a ride.
Online dating apparently doesn’t always work. Late Saturday afternoon police aided a local woman who was being harassed by a man she met online. Carey said the woman reported the man would not stop communicating online or over the phone despite her telling him to stop. Police were able to get him on the phone and told him to stop.
At 9:42 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to an address on Welch Boulevard for a panic alarm. The resident reportedly heard someone in the home. Police checked the home and around it outside and found no trace of anyone in the area.
A report of a suspicious person knocking on a door on the 500 block of Cottonwood Lane late Sunday evening could not be substantiated.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Jordan Oldman, 20, Riverton, Consumption Under the Age of 21, Criminal Trespass and Possession of a Deadly Weapon with Unlawful Intent. A separate story about this arrest will be posted soon.
Tommy Svilar, 55, Casper, Driving Under the Influence, Driving Under Suspension and Interference with Police. Svilar was arrested following a 2:20 p.m. Friday call to the Fast Lane in Shoshoni. The caller said the driver, while parked at the business, through a beer bottle out of the window. He was subsequently pulled over by deputies and arrested.
At 10:57 a.m. on Friday, deputies took a report from the 900 block of South Smith Road in Riverton of a trailer being stolen by a subject who left the county in August.
A woman reportedly came to the Riverton Police station to report a truck with a 4×4 all over the road near Highway 26 and 8 Mile Road. Deputies were unable to locate the vehicle.
Deputies were called to Firethorn Lane outside of Riverton for a report of a man bleeding from the head who said he was assaulted. Undersheriff Ryan Lee reports the victim was uncooperative and there was no weapon involved.
A report of gunshots in the area of Major Avenue and Cooper Road at 8:46 p.m. on Friday was determined to be fireworks.
A home in Shoshoni off Highway 789 was reportedly broken into, but nothing was taken. The incident was reported at 10:34 a.m. on Saturday.
Several wrecks were reported around the county, caused in part by the snowy weather. Wyoming Highway Patrol handled the majority of the calls, and there were no serious injuries reported.
At 3:28 a.m. on Sunday, deputies were called to the 100 block of Delfelder Road for a report of a vehicle that went through a fence. The call is reportedly still under investigation.
A couple vehicles were reportedly vandalized on Urbigkeit Road in Crowheart.
A report of a domestic abuse involving a girlfriend being physically violent against a man in the Riverton area is under investigation.
Information was redacted in a call to Fir Road in Dubois regarding a theft. Additional details were not readily available.