RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports
The following incidents were reported to the River Falls Police Department Dec. 10-20.
Friday, Dec. 10
Officers responded to a minor two-vehicle crash at 8:10 a.m. in the River Falls High School parking lot (818 Cemetery Road) between a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Benjamin Neil Accola, 17, River Falls, and a parked 2012 Toyota Camry, owned by Shelly Helen Smith, River Falls. Smith was parked in a stall facing south, while Accola was attempting to park and struck the back end of Smith’s vehicle, causing functional damage. Accola’s vehicle had no damage. No injuries were reported.
Sunday, Dec. 12
Police responded to a two-vehicle crash at 1:35 p.m. at Walnut and Second streets between a 2008 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Sage Allen Krause, 30, River Falls, and a legally parked 2019 Ford Escape, owned by Theodore Jason Heino, Spooner. Krause was traveling west on Walnut Street approaching the stop sign at Second Street. Heino was parked on the west shoulder just before Second Street; the road were covered in slush. Krause braked, but slid into Heino’s vehicle. Police determined Krause was driving too fast for conditions, and cited him for it. Krause wore a seat belt and reported no injuries. Krause’s vehicle had minor damage, while Heino’s had functional damage.
Monday, Dec. 13
At 4:15 p.m., a resident reported a package theft from 415 S. Wasson Lane. The package contained workout supplements valued at $140.39. A confirmation notice said the package had been dropped off in the lobby at 4:35 p.m. Dec. 11. He checked the lobby at 6:35 p.m., but the package was gone.
Tuesday, Dec. 14
At 2:25 a.m., police reported to Best Western (100 Spring St.) for an intoxicated man who sat down in the lobby area and was falling asleep. When police arrived, he was asleep on the couch. When police tried to communicate with him, he didn’t respond. He was mumbling and took food from the breakfast bar area and began eating it at a table. He then attempted to leave and refused to comply with officers. When they attempted to handcuff him, he began screaming and laid on the floor. He was identified as Joshua Forcier, 37, Minneapolis. After an ambulance took him to the hospital, he told officers he’d been kicked out of Kinnic Falls Rehab that day. He had been drinking downtown and planned to meet up with a friend before heading home to Minneapolis. He was cited $250 for resisting/obstructing an officer and given a courtesy ride downtown to meet his friend.
At 7 a.m., police met with a Broz Bar staff member, who turned over fake, altered or borrowed IDs they had confiscated over the past several months. The following people were cited $187 for ID card violations (17-20): Morgan Elaine Gust, 19, Barneveld; Alexandra Michelle Pierson, 20, Mayer, Minn.; Eirinn Katherine Collins, 20, River Falls; Morgan Alexis Van Houten, 20, Pine Island, Minn.; Hannah Margaret Fessel, 18, Waterville, Minn.; Sophia Grace Piccolino, 20, Burnsville, Minn.; Madeline Rose McCollins, 20, Maple Grove, Minn.; Kaylie Mae Krueger, 19, Germantown; Taylor Thomas Rotsaert, 20, River Falls; Jack Robert Peper, 20, Clear Lake; Jaden Irene Woiwode, 19, River Falls; Ella Jordan Stegeman, 20, Woodbury, Minn.; and Jackson James Sedivy, 20, Menomonie.
At 5:32 p.m., a juvenile called police to a home in the 1300 block of South Sixth Street because she didn’t want to get in the vehicle with her father, who was there to pick her up. After interviewing her at the police station, an officer dropped her off at home where she said she’d separate herself from her parents. Pierce County Human Services was notified. Another juvenile at the scene, who used vulgar language and continually inserted herself in the situation, was placed in a squad after refusing to identify herself. She was released after police spoke with her mom, but had charges referred to juvenile intake for disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing an officer.
At 11:34 p.m., police responded to 1437 Emory Circle for a noise complaint. When police arrived, they heard multiple people in the apartment. Before a male answered the door, lights were shut off and scrambling noises heard. The male claimed to be there with one other friend, drinking and yelling at video games, but police told him to go get the others who were hiding. Four individuals emerged and admitted to drinking. Two underage individuals who registered alcohol in their systems were cited $187 for underage drinking/possession (17-20): Kolton James Arndorfer, 20, Le Roy, Minn. and Jacob Donald Welch, 20, River Falls.
Wednesday, Dec. 15
Police were notified of a vehicle vs. deer crash at 3:23 p.m. that occurred on East Division Street just south of Meadows Drive at 3:20 p.m. The 2017 Dodge Challenger, driven by Mark Eric Jensen, 62, River Falls, had minor damage to its left front side. Jensen, who wore a seat belt, reported no injuries.
At 4:12 p.m., a River Falls High School staff member informed an officer that a student had cut another student with razor blade during the fourth class period, twice on the leg and once on the hand. After interviewing the people involved and witnesses, police learned two students had been playing with a baby doll and eyebrow razor blade, attempting to poke holes in the doll. The doll’s owner apparently became angry with the other juvenile, and cut her with the razor, attempting to slash her wrist and face. She posted a photo on social media of the hurt juvenile holding tissues over the bleeding. A battery charge was referred.
Thursday, Dec. 16
Police responded at 7:23 p.m. to 242 W. Cascade Ave. for an anonymous drug complaint. The caller told police three people were smoking methamphetamine in a lower apartment. When police arrived, they arrested Jeffrey Joseph Nelson, 57, River Falls, for a Pierce County failure to appear warrant. No drugs nor paraphernalia were in plain view when police arrived.
Friday, Dec. 17
At 12:16 p.m., police responded to Glen Park (355 Park St.) for a drug complaint. The caller told police he’d seen a high school aged male smoking marijuana in the bathroom. When police arrived, they detained a 16-year-old runaway juvenile from Brainerd, Minn. He told police he’d been “on the run” for two months. Police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his backpack. At the police station, police gave him water and pizza. He confirmed he’d run away from a group home in Brainerd Sept. 29 with two others. He’d been in River Falls since Oct. 3. During that time, he’d stayed in a tent in the woods near Glen Park, in an attic of an apartment near Family Fresh, behind the UW-River Falls amphitheater and at different friends’ houses. At 10:30 p.m., police transported the juvenile to Hager City, where a Winona County deputy took custody of him.
At 3:45 p.m., police received a complaint from the River Falls bus garage about a motorist illegally passing a stopped school bus (with red flashing lights and stop arm raised) at 8:11 a.m. Nov. 16 near Cemetery Road and Emory Circle. The case is pending.
Officers responded at 5:06 p.m. to Kwik Trip (1200 S. Main St.) for a vehicle stuck in the car wash. The driver was identified as Michelle Marie Elliot, 53, River Falls. A 2021 Dodge Challenger’s front driver’s side panel and tire were wedged between the tire guard rail and car wash gantry. A tow truck had to tow the vehicle backwards, causing it to scrape the gantry and the tire to pop. The car wash gantry was twisted due to the car scraping against it. Elliot, who wore a seat belt, reported no injuries. Elliot didn’t know how the incident happened, but it appeared the tire slid off the guard rail.
Zachary James Miller, 37, New Richmond, was cited $150 for ignition interlock device tampering/fail to install/violate court order and $250 for operating after revocation (alcohol related) after a traffic stop at 10:21 p.m. at Main and Park streets. After booking, Miller was released to his passenger, who was a valid driver.
Saturday, Dec. 18
At 12:30 a.m., police responded to Maverick’s (128 N. Main St.) for a man lying in the road, located on Maple Street near a car. The man, identified as Jeremy Jeffrey Schoenick, River Falls, was hunched over on his knees, shivering. He had been sick. Police took him into a squad to warm up. He was eventually able to tell them that he’d been drinking at Maverick’s when he became sick and went outside. He didn’t know how long he’d been out there. He registered a 0.09 BAC. Due to being out on bond with a “no drink” stipulation, two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping were forwarded to the district attorney’s office. Schoenick, after an EMS evaluation, was released into the care of a friend.
Justin Scott Johnson, 28, Waupace, was arrested for OWI and operating with PAC after a traffic stop at 1:54 a.m. for making an illegal U-Turn at Main and Maple streets. When police pulled him over, he had slurred speech and smelled of intoxicants. After failing field sobriety tests and registering a 0.12 BAC, police arrested Johnson. He told police he’d been drinking beer at downtown bars with his girlfriend and her family. After booking, he was given a courtesy ride to Econo Lodge, where he was released into his girlfriend’s care.
Police responded to a one-vehicle crash at 5:40 a.m. near Highway 35 and Division Street’s jug handle. A 2003 Volkswagen Golf was down in the ditch on the west side of the exit ramp leading from Highway 35 to Division Street. It was covered with snow and appeared to have been there for some time. The vehicle had no license plates and the rear window was busted out. The vehicle, which smelled strongly of marijuana, had also struck a street sign coming around the corner. Police made contact with the registered owner at his residence, identified as Damien Antoine Hayes Jr., 19, River Falls, who said he’d been on his way to the hospital at 4:40 a.m. when he spun out and struck the sign. He called his mom, who picked him up. His mom told police that the vehicle was hers and that she hadn’t registered it, because she planned to bring it to the junkyard, but her son asked to use it. Hayes said the window had not been broken out when he left. Hayes wore a seat belt and reported possible injuries. The vehicle was towed and had minor damage. Hayes was cited $98.80 for non-registration of auto and $124 for operate motor vehicle without insurance.
Officers were called at 3:35 p.m. to Dick’s Fresh Market (1121 S. Main St.) for a threat complaint. An employee reported a man in his 50s had come into the store and threatened to come back with his son and beat up the employee. The man was upset because his deli item was slightly overweight, and more expensive than he’d anticipated. Police reviewed video footage and identified the man as Bryant Killibrew, 50, River Falls. When police contacted him, he said he was upset with Dick’s staff for “playing with his fries.” He said he’d asked for a pound of fries and they gave him a bag that weighed 2.5 pounds. He was angry that the staff disrespects him and he wanted to stand his ground. A disorderly conduct charge was referred to the district attorney’s office.
Police were called at 6:03 p.m. to 420 Griffey St. where a woman had been allegedly been thrown from the vehicle. The woman told police her ex-boyfriend, identified as Kyle Dean Hines, 36, Plum City, and his children’s mother, Crystle Joy Morrow, 36, Menomonie, had driven her to her grandma’s house in River Falls to drop off property. When she asked to be taken to another location to get more property, she said Hines became upset, pushed her out of the front passenger seat of the truck and told Morrow to “step on it.” The woman was shaken from the incident and reported feeling pain from hitting the ground. Her grandmother witnessed the incident from the front door. Pierce County deputies located Hines and Morrow at Hines’ residence in Plum City. When they attempted to pull them over, Morrow refused to stop until she reached the residence. Police cited Morrow for operating a motor vehicle without insurance and referred a reckless driving – endanger safety charge to the district attorney’s office. Hines was arrested for domestic battery, domestic disorderly conduct and misdemeanor bail jumping (due to Pepin County warrants) and transported to Pierce County Jail. He claimed the woman had pulled a knife on him when he said he didn’t want to get more of her property. The woman denied any weapons were involved.
Kevin Matthew Prendergast, 37, River Falls, was cited $124 for operating while suspended after police checked on his disabled vehicle at 11:30 p.m. near Paulson Road and Riverside Drive. Prendergast said the vehicle ran out of gas and the gas gauge was broken. The vehicle’s registration came back as revoked and belonged to someone else, so police had it towed. Prendergast was picked up by a friend and his passenger was given a courtesy ride to the laundromat.
Monday, Dec. 20 Angela Michelle Rudd, 33, Hudson, was trespassed from Game Quest (104 N. Main St.) after repeatedly harassing an employee. Charges for unlawful phone use – repeated harassment, misdemeanor bail jumping and harassment – conduct or acts were referred to the district attorney’s office. The employee had reported numerous instances of harassment and wanted it to cease.