Police Blotter: Arrests; Bored teens vandalize camper; Other teens went streaking
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Here is Thursday’s recap of law enforcement activity around the county during the past 24 hours. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Leticia Aguilar, 36, Tucson, Ariz., Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
Jason Bell Jr., 35, Riverton, Failure to Appear Warrant. Jesse Bell, 29, Riverton, Domestic Violence Battery. The two Bells were arrested following a report of an assault on Bass Lake Road near Shoshoni on the evening of July Fourth.
James Carter, 22, Loganville, Ga., Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana. Cristina Garcia, 22, Dubois, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana. The pair were arrested after a deputy observed the marijuana in plain view during a traffic stop in Dubois on Friday evening.
Brandon Frankson, 20, Riverton, two Failure to Appear warrants. At 8:23 p.m. on July Fourth, deputies were called to Snowberry Lane for a report of a subject running around with a knife. No knife was located on Frankson, but he did have outstanding warrants.
Charles Geboe Jr., 44, Riverton, Pedestrian Under the Influence. Geboe was arrested on the afternoon of July Fourth after he allegedly was chasing vehicles on foot on Highway 789 outside of Lander.
Duane Moss, 44, Lander, Bond Revocation.
Joseph Myers, 27, Riverton, DUI and Following Too Closely. Myers was arrested after he was allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle that rear-ended a semi on Gasser Road on Thursday afternoon.
Angela Ochoteco, 48, Riverton, six counts of Forgery. Ochoteco was arrested just after noon on Thursday following a check fraud investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
Anna Rollman, 48, Dubois, Bond Revocation.
Matthew Romero, 47, Vernal, Utah, Interference with Police and Pedestrian Under the Influence.
Dustin Whitener, 41, Riverton, Probation Revocation.
The Wyoming Game & Fish Department reported at 8:52 a.m., Thursday someone in a camper trailer on Pilot Butte Road was causing damage while looking for a place to camp. Deputies were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.
At 11:12 a.m. on Thursday, deputies were called by a woman on Snowberry Lane who reported that another woman came to her home and was obnoxious and rude.
A caller on Illinois Avenue in Hudson complained about fireworks going off all day and night in multiple locations.
At 2:56 p.m. on Thursday, a caller reported someone illegally using trash containers at the Pavillion Rec Center.
At 8:52 p.m., a woman reported a four wheeler and a motorcycle causing problems at the rendezvous site.
The attempted break-in of a storage shed on East Ramshorn in Dubois was reported early morning on July Fourth. Entry was not gained and there are no suspects.
At 10:06 a.m. on Friday, a caller in Lysite reported that a stereo from a sold vehicle was not returned by the purchaser as they were supposed to do.
A towing service in Dubois reported a number of vehicles were ransacked.
At 12:21 p.m., a caller on Red Desert Lane in Jeffrey City reported finding a possible bullet hole in a utility trailer.
A small fire in a ditch was reported Friday afternoon off Highway 26 near Dubois.
A Vietnam veteran in the Lander area was reportedly suffering from flashbacks.
At 7:32 p.m., deputies were called to the 100 block of Eight Mile road for a report of three sheep and a turkey killed by dogs. The livestock’s owner killed the two dogs that were actively involved in the killing. Deputies are attempting to notify the dogs’ owners.
A report of a fight between three adult men on Sandy Court outside of Lander is still under investigation by the County Attorney’s Office.
At 9:26 a.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to a trailer in Dubois for a report of someone living there who shouldn’t be. Deputies located no one at the residence.
At 2:57 p.m., an anonymous caller on Snyder Road near Lander reported sharp objects in the road.
A juvenile female was involved in a motorcycle crash on Crooked Creek Road in Dubois on Saturday afternoon. The sheriff’s office reports the girl suffered minor injuries.
Two people were reportedly fighting at the Rendezvous Site at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Deputies were unable to locate the pair.
Tires were reported stolen off a trailer in the Lander area Saturday evening.
At 8 a.m. on Sunday, a caller on Louis Lake Road reported seeing a person in a vehicle fire five rounds from a gun. The gun was not aimed toward the caller. The subject was not located.
A vehicle was reportedly keyed on the 500 block of Meckem Street in Dubois.
At 4:21 p.m. on Sunday, a caller reported seeing a small boy, 2-3 years old, by himself on the Popo Agie Falls Trail in Sinks Canyon. Deputies arrived, found the father nearby and the child OK.
Two boys, one 18 and the other 15, were cited for property destruction after they were caught breaking window out of a camper on Haymaker Road. The boys reportedly told deputies they were bored.
Lander Police Department
Cody Rasmussen, 24, Lander, DUI and Interference. Rasmussen was arrested after police were called about a vehicle hitting a parked car on Wood Street at 2:15 a.m. on July Fourth.
Chad Gardner, 31, Shoshoni, Public Intoxication and Interference.
Anderson Antelope, 53, Fort Washakie, Public Intoxication and Open Container. Antelope was arrested following a 3:12 a.m. call on July Fourth about man passed out in front of a store.
A 31-year-old Fort Washakie man cited for Shoplifting. The man was cited following a report of a theft at a business on Main Street at 8:10 a.m. on July Fourth.
Michael Bailey, 53, Lander, DUI. Bailey was arrested at 1:55 p.m. on July Fourth on South Fifth Street following a report of a vehicle side-swiping two other vehicles.
Brandon Frankson, 20, Riverton, LPD Warrant.
Nicholas VanFeldt, 25, Lander, Public Intoxication and Shoplifting.
Sylvia Friday, 33, Lander, Possession of Methamphetamine. Friday was arrested after 10 p.m. on Friday night after someone reported that she was smoking meth.
Wade Holdren, 26, Fort Collins, Colo., Peace Disturbance.
At 8:58 a.m. on Thursday, a caller on Cliff Street reported that the side window of a car was shot with a BB gun.
At 2:10 p.m., a caller on Dabich reported a prairie dog acting strange.
Several reports of fireworks came in on Thursday evening before the Fourth. Callers reported fireworks in the area of a trailer park on South First and twice in the area of North Fourth and Wood streets.
A suspicious vehicle was reported parked beside storage units off Washington Street at 11 p.m.
A caller on the evening of July Fourth reported to officers that subjects were shooting bottle rockets at each other in the caller’s yard on Popo Agie Street. Shortly after on South First Street a group of people were reportedly seen throwing fire crackers at a window.
A case of streaking was reported at 11 p.m. on the 200 block of North Fourth Street in Lander. Four to five teenagers were reportedly running around completely naked except for tennis shoes. Police were unable to locate the alleged streakers.
Subjects on Jefferson and Eugene Streets were reportedly lighting fireworks in unsafe manners. Fireworks complaints continued after midnight on July Fifth.
Two couches were reported still in front of a Main Street business at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday following Friday’s parade. The caller wanted to know what to do about getting them removed.
At 3:31 p.m. on Saturday on South First Street, a caller reported someone left trash bags in the caller’s driveway. One bag reportedly had a dead porcupine in it.
‘Little girls’ were reportedly lighting off fireworks in a parking lot on Jefferson Street. One reportedly almost struck the caller’s vehicle.
A woman on Amoretti Street reported to police that a man tricked her into friending him on Facebook, and now the man had her phone number.
In the early morning hours of Monday, a caller reported people in a camper on Clinchard were being really loud.
A fight was reported on North Third Street at about 1:30 a.m. The caller said her father was beating up her husband.
At 12:01 a.m., a caller on Canyon Street reported hearing something strike the side of their roof.
At 2:54 a.m., a caller on North Eighth Street reported a suspicious person banging on their door. The caller said this was the second weekend in a row that it had happened. No arrests or citations were issued.
At 12:55 p.m. on July Fourth a caller reported that a 10-12-year-old boy showed up at a Main Street store and didn’t know where his family was.
At 2:56 p.m., police were called about a 10-year-old boy lighting off fireworks in the street near North Second and Lincoln Streets. The caller said they almost hit the boy as they drove by.
A dispute over fireworks debris resulted in a call to police to an address on Riverview Drive. One subject reportedly yelled at another after the caller told them not to let debris come onto their yard.
Riverton Police Deparatment
Houston Headley, 46, Ethete, Public Intoxication
BobbiJo Magill, 41, Riverton, Probation Revocation
Jesse Metcalfe, 21, Riverton, Possession of Marijuana
Alfred Shavehead, 58, Ft. Washakie, Driving While Under the Influence and Driving While Under Suspension, .20 percent BAC
Eldon Antelope, 49, Riverton, Public Intoxication, .37 percent BAC
21-year-old female of Arapahoe was issued a citation for urinating in a parking lot in the 500 block of East Main. She was cited for Uriniating in Public.
Kenneth Shakespeare, 28, Arapahoe, Public Intoxication, .35 percent BAC. While police were attending to the urination call, they observed Shakespeare stumbling down the street.
Thursday, July 3rd
Police were unable to locate two males allegedly urinating in the 100 block of North Broadway at 1:30 a.m.
A Riverton resident reported she had received two phone calls from an alleged vehicle inspection agency asking for personal information. She hung up on them both times and reported the incident to police.
Police are following up on a suspicious incident in which a set of keys were found at a residence, not belonging to the occupants there. One of the keys had an address tag on it and when police contacted the resident there, he said he did not lend his keys to anyone or give anyone permission to have them. He said he had no idea how his keys ended up at the other house.
A woman who was upset with her brother because he would not babysit her kids called police to report that he struck her with a cupboard door. There’s always another side to a story, and the victim’s mother said the two were “nudging” each other during the argument when the 25-year-old female from Arapahoe slipped on the floor, grabbed and ripped her 24-year-old’s brother’s shirt and fell down. No one was clubbed with a cupboard door. The brother told his sister that he had made other plans for the day and she should look after her own kids. Apparently she didn’t like that advice. No action was taken.
A property-damage crash was reported at 3 p.m. Thursday in the 800 block of North Federal when a green Ford Ranger backed into a black GMC pickup in the Dairy Queen parking lot. Damage was minor.
Police were called at 3:10 p.m. to untangle a Shar Pei dog from a cable it got wrapped up in. The dog was not injured.
A woman who left her purse in her car overnight thought she locked her vehicle, but discovered $300 in cash missing, but the purse was left in the vehicle. There was no sign of forced entry.
A 41-year-old man in the 300 block of Heather Drive called police to report that his neighbors are racist and harassing him because several of them have invited him to their homes for dinner. The man told police he does not like any one cooking for him, that he doesn’t trust anyone else’s cooking. He also alleged that the neighbors are pouring sugar on his property to attract ants. A report was taken.
A report of a four-year-old girl walking around looking for her mother in the 1300 block of West Park came in at 9:40 a.m. Thursday. The reporting party was outside of her house and saw the girl. She took the girl next door to her grandmother’s place. The grandmother told police that she was putting an infant to sleep in another room and thought someone else was watching the four-year-old.
A family fight was reported at 11 p.m. in the 500 block of North Second West. The fight was verbal only and apparently involved a 31-year-old man arguing with a 27-year-old woman about her alleged infidelity. Police said the man had been punching holes in the walls of the residence, but had not struck the woman.
Friday, 4th of July
A 31-year-old woman called police from the 900 block of East Adams and said her male companion of 13 years and the father of her children just left the home and smashed the windshield of her 2001 Dodge SUV with a rock. Damage is estimated at $500. Police have issued a citation for the 33-year-old man for Property Destruction.
A dispute over some guns in the 900 block of East Adams was determined to be a civil issue and not a law enforcement matter.
Another theft from a motor vehicle was reported on College Hill Drive when an unlocked 2000 Dodge Stratus was entered and $200 in cash and a debit card was stolen.
Two little kids wearing diapers and running in the neighborhood of East Fremont and North 10th East were reported to police at 9:07 a.m. According to a police officer, one of the children was caught, but the other one ran into a home. The officer brought the child to that home where the mother was sleeping. She said she was in between homes and staying with family. She said she took a nap thinking other family members were watching the kids. The house was in good order and no other action was taken.
A maroon Honda drove away from the West Main Maverik Country Store without paying for $40 in fuel.
While officers were at that scene, a customer contacted one of the officers to report that several young males had driven up, gotten out of a blue Chrysler 200 and started walking away when they saw the police. Police contacted the pair, who were each 14 years of age and both from Riverton. One of the teens said he did not have permission to take his mother’s car, which he said they took at 4:30 a.m. The check of the license plate came back to a rental car. An officer entered the vehicle to find the rental papers so he would know who to contact when he detected the odor of marijuana inside the car and found, in plain sight, 4.5 grams of marijuana in the side door panel. Mom was contacted who arrived at the scene. The marijuana was confiscated and one of the youths was cited for possession.
A dispute over a very expensive puppy resulted in a call to police at 10:18 a.m. Friday. A woman said she was in the process of buying a Pomeranian mix puppy, making payments and working for the woman with whom she was buying the dog from. But the woman who was selling the dog showed up, confiscated the dog and said the purchaser still owed her $400 for the puppy and wasn’t making payments. Police said it was a civil matter between the parties. No action was taken.
At noon on Independence Day, two men, a father and son, got into an argument over a car battery. The altercation resulted in a call to police. It was verbal only, no action was taken.
A man driving a green Ford Explorer went shoplifting at Loaf ‘N Jug July 4th at 1:43 p.m., taking Red Bull product worth $2.49 without paying for it. Store personnel got the license number of the vehicle. Police contacted the registered owner who said he knew who was driving and would have them return to the store and pay for the product.
At 7:49 p.m. on July 4th, a small child was seen running in the 100 block of East Pershing. Apparently the child had escaped from his babysitter. A couple driving on East Pershing stopped to gather the child up for safety sake, and as they did that, a man came driving up, snatched the child away, accused the couple of chasing his nephew, and drove off. Police were able to trace the child to a home. The mother said the child escaped from her brother who was babysitting. Police suggested the mom consider some child safety devices to keep the young one from sprinting away from the home. No action was taken.
Staff at SageWest Health Center-Riverton called police to report that they had found a small plastic bag containing what they thought was marijuana. The hospital was advised to flush the contents down the toilet.
Police were unable to locate the source of gunshots that were being heard in the area of North Smith Road around 10:42 p.m. Friday night. The caller said the reports were not from fireworks, but from a gun and that they knew the difference.
Police and Fire units were called to a residence on Beth Drive at 10:45 p.m. for a house fire, only to discover residents there were roasting a pig for the holiday. There was no house fire.
Jealous? Who me? A case of property destruction was reported at 11:12 p.m. Friday night in the parking lot of the Big Kmart Store on North Federal. Police were told the front window of a 2011 Hyundai was shattered by the former boyfriend of a girl who was sitting in the front seat of the car. Apparently, according to a police report, several people in a white Ford F-150 began circling the Hyundai, then stopped directly in front of it when a 20-year-old man from Riverton allegedly jumped out of the pickup, leapt onto the hood of the Hyundai and began pummeling the windshield with his fists and elbows, eventually shattering it. Two back seat passengers in the Hyundai, who offered themselves as witnesses, turned out to be drinking and were cited for MUI. The two were 20 year-olds, one from Riverton and one from Arapahoe. The suspect in the property destruction has a citation waiting for him.
Saturday, July 5th
Police provided a civil standby for the Aarons furniture rental business at an address in the 900 block of East Fremont. They were there to pick up property that had been rented from them, that wasn’t being paid for and that was also being advertised for sale on Facebook.
Now this is just plain wrong! Police received a report at 9:41 a.m. from the 800 block of East Jackson that someone had fallen on her fence causing minor damage and then defecated on her driveway. The act was logged in as vandalism. No pun intended.
Oops. Never stick your head into someone else’s vehicle to kiss the friendly dog. That’s the hard lesson a 12-year-old girl learned at 10:27 at the North Federal Pit Stop Travel Center. The owner of a truck with a dog in the cab was inside the store when the girl ran into store bleeding from her face. She said she was bitten by a dog. The man had a Husky-Malamute mix in his vehicle. The girl said she was petting the dog and stuck her face inside the truck to kiss the dog when it bit her. The mother of the girl was contacted who took the pre-teen to the emergency room where she had the bite under her nostril stitched up. The owner of the dog showed proof of vaccinations. There were no citations issued since the girl stuck her face into the truck.
When driving and a law enforcement vehicle approaches in the other lane, do you look at it? Captain Eric Murphy said 99 percent of people will look. The one percent who don’t include four young men who were stopped by officers in the 600 block of East Monroe at 1:48 p.m. Saturday. Not only did they not look at the RPD cruiser, but they then proceeded to duck out of view inside the car. Charged with possession of marijuana was 21-year-old Jesse Metcalf of Riverton, who was a passenger in the vehicle. He was found with 2.3 grams of marijuana on his person. When stopping the vehicle, the officer noticed the aroma of marijuana inside the vehicle, and the rest, they say, is history. The driver and two other passengers were released.
Nope, no Bonsai tree salesmen were allowed in the 1100 block of North Federal. Realizing that when the police arrived, the salesman began packing up and left. No action was taken.
The driver of a 2011 orange Kawasaki motorcycle crashed in the 200 block of North Federal at 7:43 p.m. The operator, a 24-year-old Lander man, asked to be checked by EMS, but was not transported.
A couple at the All Nations Mobile Home park had been allowing a woman and her daughter to stay with them, until they realized the daughter had a bad case of head lice. When they suggested to the girl’s mother that she treat the problem, the 29-year-old suspect refused. Not wanting the house to be infected with head lice, the woman was told to take her daughter and leave. Which she did, but not before keying the entire side of the couple’s vehicle parked outside. The suspect then began posting threatening messages against the couple on Facebook. The couple did not want to press charges, but wanted the damage documented. Police took photographs and documented the threats.
A man who went shopping at 9:23 p.m. to Walmart recognized one of two bicycles parked out front as one stolen from his house last week. When the two 11-year-old suspects emerged from the store he confronted them. He got his bicycle back and the other was taken into evidence. Of the two kids, one was handed over to Northern Arapaho DFS and the other was turned over to a responsible adult.
Hmmmmm. A woman told police that another woman she did not know watched her pick up prescription medicine at Safeway and the follow her home. This woman, whom she did not know, was then allegedly let into the alleged victim’s house. The unknown woman allegedly tried to buy the prescription off of her, but was refused. The unknown female then went into the resident’s bathroom and left with the medication. That’s her story and she’s sticking to it.
Sunday, July 6th
Police have under investigation a fire of suspicious origin that was found underneath a parked Jeep at East Fremont and North 10th East at 4:04 a.m. Sunday morning. Officers responding the to the call extinguished the fire, which damaged the rear fender and bumper of the vehicle. After the fire had cooled down, police recovered what appeared to be the bottom of a plastic red gasoline container. A police report indicated the flaming material was directly under the Jeep’s gas tank. Investigation revealed a female customer had stopped at the South Federal Pit Stop Travel Center and purchased $5 of fuel in a red plastic container. Police are waiting on surveillance video to identify the suspect who apparently intentionally set the fire.
A black 2000 Pontiac Grand Am was reported stolen at 9:30 a.m. from the 200 block of West Park. While police were checking out a lead, the BIA Wind River Police called the home to report they had found the vehicle parked on Rendezvous Road. There are no suspects.
Police received a report of a strong odor of marijuana coming from an upstairs apartment in the 100 block of South 5th East. An officer responding to the complaint said he noticed a faint odor of the weed in the foyer of the apartment building. The occupant of the apartment was advised of the complaint, which the 33-year-old female occupant said she would take under advisement.
Police are continuing an investigation into a report that a dog tied to a mirror of a truck was dragged some five blocks before the 66-year-old driver stopped and put the dog into the truck and drove away. Witnesses got the license plate number and called police. A police report said the dog was now being treated at a veterinarian and that a follow-up into the incident was being conducted.
A 44-year-old woman from Riverton was cited for shoplifting after trying to leave the Smith’s Food and Drug store with $47.37 worth of various grocery items.
A man staying at the Hampton Inn and Suites called police to report that a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 black tablet valued at $600 was taken from his room while he was away. He said he came back to find the room had been cleaned but the tablet was gone. Police are interviewing staff at the hotel as the investigation continues.