What a week for Rock Springs/Sweetwater County coppers

ROCK SPRINGS, WYO – Law enforcement officials in Sweetwater County had a heck of a week. Beginning Wednesday, June 9 through today, several serious busts were made including drug seizures, a prostitution sting, a stabbing, and a car rigged with explosives.

Sweetwater County detectives helped the Cheyenne Police Department make an arrest June 9 when they weren’t really even on the job. The officers were in the state capital for a training session when they noticed something about a white 2006 Lincoln Zephyr that didn’t look right.

It had a temporary registration mounted to the back bumper, among other oddities. They notified local police. Cheyenne detectives stopped the Lincoln, driven by a man they determined to be 37-year-old Daniel Poynor.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle and hotel room where they encountered and also arrested Grady Timm, 24, officers recovered 102.8 grams (about 3.6 ounces) of methamphetamine, 14.5 grams of heroin, a digital scale, and $4,233 in cash. In addition, Poynor was in possession of a stolen .380 ACP Smith & Wesson handgun.

Bombs away

Bomb technicians from the Sweetwater Bomb Squad investigated and neutralized a number of improvised chemical pressure bombs discovered in Uinta County last Friday afternoon.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell said bomb squad technicians Corporal Tony Niemiec of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Steve VanValkenburg of the Rock Springs Police Department, and Doug Lauze and Deborah Tippy, Green River Police Department, were sent to a location about five miles north of Evanston, where the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office was investigating an abandoned car.

Uinta County deputies determined that an improvised chemical pressure device had been detonated inside the car, and a second, unexploded device was present. Outside the car, several devices had been detonated, and a total of three others, unexploded, were also found.

Lowell said the bomb squad was able to destroy all the unexploded pressure bombs safely, and no one was injured.

Prostitution sting


An undercover sting led by detectives from the Rock Springs Police Department Street Crimes Unit netted five arrests last weekend in Rock Springs.

According to Chief Dwane Pacheco five persons were arrested during an undercover sting. Over the last couple of weeks, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit, assisted by patrol officers from the RSPD, conducted two separate operations targeting individuals who were soliciting an act of prostitution. The operations led to the arrest of five individuals identified as Emmanuel Valles, 18, of Rock Springs for Soliciting an Act of Prostitution and misdemeanor possession of marijuana; Logan Sanftner, 28, of Riverton, Wyoming for Soliciting an Act of Prostitution; Kenneth Nosich, 58, of Rock Springs for Soliciting an Act of Prostitution; David Blankenship, 62, of Rover, Arkansas for Soliciting an Act of Prostitution; Jesus Mandujano, 46, of Rock Springs for Soliciting an Act of Prostitution.

The Rock Springs Police Department reminds citizens that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Levi Rose (SCSO)

Chief Dwane Pacheco also reported an arrest was made on June 10 involving a stabbing.

Officers from the Rock Springs Police Department were dispatched to 1316 Thorpe Street at about 9:11pm in reference to a male subject who had been stabbed.  The victim, identified as Mark Deason, said he was stabbed in the neck by the suspect, identified as Levi Rose.

Officers searched the residence and found Rose hiding in the basement. He was arrested for aggravated assault.

The victim was initially treated at Memorial Hospital and then transported by ambulance to the University of Utah hospital for additional medical care.

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