News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Feb 22, 2012 - Staff
In Tuesday's Ranger, the page one story "Police say man killed in crash wore seat belt" should have said Henry P. Gomendi, 42, of Thermopolis, died Feb. 10. The day of the accident was incorrect in the story.
A son was born to Meleesa and Michael Apodaca, of Riverton, at 8:58 p.m. Jan. 29, 2012, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.
Riverton native William M. Addison, 85, of Wheatland, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the Platte County Memorial Hospital because of a stroke. Cremation has taken place and, according to his request, no services will be held. Condolences may be sent to the family at gormanfh.com.
John R. Digby, 54, of Mills, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Riverton. Online condolences may be made at theDavisFuneralHome.com.
Former Riverton Mayor William S. "Bill" Eichler, 84, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at his home in Riverton. Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 20, at the United Methodist Church of Riverton.
Funeral services for Fremont County native Joyce (Day) Fuller, 87, of Buffalo, are at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo. A private family interment follows. Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, preceding the funeral service. Mrs. Fuller died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo. Donations in Mrs. Fuller's memory may be made to the Buffalo Senior Center in care of the Adams Funeral Home, 351 N. Adams, Buffalo, WY 82834.
Funeral services for Georgine Lee, 92, of Riverton, were Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Mrs. Lee died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at her home in Riverton. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences for the family may be made at theDavisFuneralHome.com.
Winona J. "Gruffy" Norman, 80, of Lander, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the Lander Regional Hospital. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
In Riverton police reports from Tuesday to Wednesday morning:
• Eldon Antelope, 47, of Riverton, was arrested for public intoxication at 6:26 p.m. on Tuesday in the 100 block of South First Street.
• Jason Stevenson, 32, of Fort Washakie, was arrested on a municipal court warrant. The arrest occurred at 11:07 p.m. on Tuesday in the 200 block of West Adams Avenue.
In Fremont County Sheriff's reports from Tuesday to Wednesday morning:
• Ashlee Bojaj, 27, of Lander, was arrested for probation revocation.
• During the same time frame, ambulance personnel were called out 11 times and firefighters responded to one call.
• The Fremont County Sheriff's Office took two search-and-rescue calls for service on Tuesday.
Capt. Ryan Lee said the first call originated about 22 miles south of Jeffrey City along the Crooks Gap Road near the Sweetwater County line and involved a Shoshoni man who reported getting his pickup truck stuck in a snowdrift.
Dispatch received the call at about 3:50 p.m.
"Crooks Gap Road leads to the town of Wamsutter, Wyoming, and is often utilized as a back road or short cut to the Wamsutter area," Lee said in a news release. "The roadway has no winter maintenance."
Sheriff's deputy J.D. Darnell and a Fremont County roads and bridges employee utilized the county road grade to reach the stranded man.
"While doing so they also located four additional vehicles also stuck in snowdrifts along the roadway to include six people needing assistance," Lee said. "All of the vehicles and men were freed from the drifts and went along their way."
Lee said the roadway has been posted as closed in Fremont County.
The second search mission initiated at about 9:10 p.m. on Tuesday. Authorities later found both men in good condition on Wednesday morning.
Dubois Search and Rescue division volunteers set out to find the two overdue men in the Warm Springs Canyon area west of the town on Tuesday night, Lee said.
"The men left on foot for a day trip from the Union Pass area and did not arrive at their destination Tuesday afternoon," he said.
Lee reported on Wednesday morning the men had been found and a winter storm that hit the area on Tuesday likely contributed to the men being stranded.
Lee said the complete names of the men are unknown; however, he confirmed one man is a Fremont County resident while the other is presumed to be from Johnson County.
Both men are said to be in their 30s.