At 5:16 a.m., a complainant ….

Posted 8/25/21

At 5:16 a.m., a complainant advised police she found a grey and white female Chihuahua on Cemetery Road near Centennial Drive. The dog was reunited with its owners at 9:10 a.m. At 9:23 a.m. a …

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At 5:16 a.m., a complainant advised police she found a grey and white female Chihuahua on Cemetery Road near Centennial Drive. The dog was reunited with its owners at 9:10 a.m.

At 9:23 a.m. a complainant reported a stolen phone. The woman said an acquaintance had helped her clean her car the day before, around 6 p.m. at 327 N. Fourth St. and at that time, found the phone. The next morning when she looked for the phone, it was no longer in the car. Police attempted contact with the suspect.

At 2:35 p.m., police responded to Positive Alternatives (2860 Williams Ave.) for a runaway juvenile report. The juvenile was located on a walking path off Division Street/County Road M. Police returned at 6:23 p.m. to Highview Meadows Park for two juveniles who ran away from Positive Alternatives. Police found the juveniles heading westbound in the 700 block of Yellowstone Drive. The officers successfully calmed the juveniles and connected them with their social workers.

At 2:54 p.m., an officer was called to the 300 block of West Charlotte Street for an alleged assault. A juvenile was apparently visiting other juveniles at a West Charlotte Street apartment when the juvenile was assaulted by four to seven others. The juvenile ran away and called 911. A witness saw the juvenile on the ground being punched a kicked by a group of kids. The witness also called 911. Police interviewed the suspect juveniles, who said they pried a kitchen knife away from the victim. After reviewing video footage and interviewing witnesses and suspects, charges were referred to Juvenile Intake for disorderly conduct and battery for three juveniles.

Wednesday, Aug. 11

At 4:57 p.m. officers responded to a car vs. pedestrian accident at Heritage Park (232 W. Maple St.) Dispatch said the man was bleeding on the ground and not making sense. Police actually found the man, identified as Wesley James Scoggins, 32, River Falls, on the ground in the road in front of Falls Theater. He had a small abrasion on his forehead, a swollen ankle, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and pinpoint pupils. He could not tell police what happened and was not making sense when he spoke. He was intoxicated by alcohol or alcohol and drugs. Witnesses reported they saw Scoggins in a fight with men from the apartments at 105 N. Main St. When those men fled in a vehicle, Scoggins went after a red pickup truck, driven by Anthony Arthur Chiconis, River Falls, and essentially ran into the truck, they said. Chiconis, who was not involved in the altercation, said he was stopped in traffic on South Main Street when Scoggins began pounding on the windows and attempting to open the doors on the driver’s side. He moved to the rear passenger side door and started pounding on the windows there. Chiconis was fearful for his and his child’s welfare, so he drove away, running over Scoggins’ foot in the process. EMS transported Scoggins to the hospital, while he accused EMS of trying to kill him and continued being disorderly.

At 5:10 p.m., officers responded to 229 W. Charlotte St. for an unwanted person. Officers found the woman, later identified as Amanda Kristine Ziebarth, 32, River Falls, walking near State and West Johnson streets. She was arrested for felony bail jumping for violating bond conditions.

At 6:28 p.m., police responded to River Falls Area Hospital (1629 E. Division St.) for a disorderly person, identified as Wesley James Scoggins, 32, River Falls. An officer witnessed Scoggins, who was in police custody, throw a piece of medical equipment on the ground in the emergency room, causing substantial damage to it. Staff said Scoggins was shouting and agitated when he threw an electronic X-ray plate. The floor was also damaged by the equipment. Once medically cleared, Scoggins was booked in to St. Croix County Jail for criminal damage to property.

Lori A. Larson, 59, River Falls, was cited $263.50 for possess open intoxicants in motor vehicle – driver, $389.50 for fail/yield for yield sign (resulting in bodily harm) and $850 for OWI – third after a two-vehicle crash at 6:39 p.m. at East Elm and South Third streets. Larson, operating a 2016 Hyundai Elantra, was traveling north on Third Street approaching Elm Street.

Michael Robert Koester, 34, Willmar, Minn., was heading east on Elm Street in a 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander. Larson attempted to turn right onto Elm Street and T-boned Koester’s vehicle, which rolled twice before coming to rest on its passenger side. Both vehicles were towed due to disabling damage. Koester had cuts on his arms and legs and was evaluated at the scene. Larson reported no injuries.

At 7:02 p.m., police responded to a domestic no longer in progress at 1430 Foster St. A complainant, who had left to go to a home in Cottage Grove, said he had been struck three times on the shoulder and once in the face with a closed fist during an argument and wanted the incident documented. Both parties had conflicting stories. No charges were filed.

Friday, Aug. 13

At 9:57 a.m., a resident reported that a juvenile male had climbed the side of a house in the 400 block of Clark Street at about 2 a.m., trying to get in another juvenile’s bedroom window. When the juvenile told the other juvenile to go away, they grabbed a 2-by-4 and knocked one of the cameras off the residence. Videos and screenshots were provided to police.

At 8:26 p.m., police responded to 1870 Fisher Way where a stolen phone was tracking to. The complainant said her phone, a Samsung Galaxy A71 valued at $600, went missing while at a friend’s house in the 500 block of South Wasson Lane. It was tracking to an eight-plex on Fisher Way. Police interviewed residents, who denied having the phone. The complainant also said she left her drink on top of the car around the same time, so the phone may have fallen off the car and not been stolen. Police told her to call back if the phone’s tracking location changed.

Saturday, Aug. 14

At 4:03 a.m. police responded to 208 S. Winter St. where two men were seen fighting in a parking lot. One reportedly had a baseball bat while the other was shouting for help. Police found one man near the street in the 200 block of South Winter. He appeared fearful and was bleeding from his mouth. Police told him to sit on the curb. Soon, a man exited the residence, identified as Michael Charles Schlinsky, 35, River Falls. He told police he and the other man had been drinking and got into an argument, so he allegedly pushed him off a ground-floor balcony and told him to leave. He denied having a baseball bat, but one was found in the residence, which police entered with Schlinsky’s consent. Schlinsky was arrested for battery, disorderly conduct and a probation violation.

At 11:36 a.m., received a missing person complaint. A caller reported a 69-year-old woman had been on her way to an appointment in Hudson, scheduled for 9:30 a.m., but never arrived. The woman arrived home at 1:34 p.m. The woman said she had been at her appointment in Hudson, but staff had made an error and she was never called in for her appointment. She rescheduled her appointment and remained in Hudson for awhile before heading home.

At 8:18 p.m., officers responded to Positive Alternatives (2860 Williams Ave.) for two runaway juveniles. An employee reported the two may have been picked up by a vehicle. They were not located that night. One juvenile called and asked to be picked up at Walmart in Hudson. The other juvenile was not found, but was “safe,” according to the other.

Sunday, Aug. 15

At 12:54 a.m., police responded to 208 S. Fourth St. for a strong burning plastic smell. Police found a smoldering mattress and couch in a firepit there. Dylan William Olson, 21, Hastings, Minn., and Anthony David Bednarek, 23, Fond du Lac, were cited $98.80 for burning waste and refuse.

At 4:27 p.m. police responded to the 1000 block of East Cascade Avenue, where a mother reported her own children riding someone else’s tricycle. The juveniles said they found the tricycle near UWRiver Falls. One juvenile was arrested for the tricycle theft and taken to RFPD. He was eventually released back to his mother and the tricycle returned. Police were called back to the residence at 7:18 p.m. when a juvenile spit on a woman and called her a profane name before leaving without permission. The juveniles were not immediately located, however returned home sometime before 9:01 p.m., when police responded again to the residence for the juveniles sneaking out of a bathroom window and tipping over a shelf full of food. The juveniles soon emerged from a wooded area while police were on scene. Officers contacted Pierce County Human Services.

At 6:39 p.m., officers responded to Family Fresh (303 S. Main St.) for a shoplifter who concealed items in a backpack and left the store. The incident was caught on camera. The items tallied to $230.85. William A. Schneider, 47, Minneapolis, was arrested for retail theft – intentionally take.

Monday, Aug. 16

At 9:52 a.m., police responded to 436 Griffey St. where a possible stolen bicycle was turned over to police. The woman said a juvenile had brought the bike, a blue and gray Schwinn Aluminum Comp, there and left it.