Police Department Reports

Posted 6/7/22

RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports The following incidents were reported to River Falls Police Department May 10-23. Tuesday, May 10 Clay Peter Berra, 20, Genoa, was cited $187 for ID card …

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RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports

The following incidents were reported to River Falls Police Department May 10-23.

Tuesday, May 10 Clay Peter Berra, 20, Genoa, was cited $187 for ID card violation (17-20) after trying to buy alcohol with a fake ID he bought online. The incident occurred at 10:07 p.m. at Holiday (302 S. Main St.)

Friday, May 13

A 16-year-old River Falls High School student was cited $98.80 for habitual truancy at 7:35 a.m. The student had been truant 13 times between March 25 and May 13.

Saturday, May 14 Mason Reid Cook, 20, River Falls, was cited $124 for exhibition of power after a travc stop for loud engine noise and speeding at 1:33 a.m. at Main Street and Cascade Avenue.

Tuesday, May 17

A 14-year-old River Falls High School student was cited $98.80 for habitual truancy at 7:30 a.m. The student had been truant nine times between March 4 and May 18.

At 7:38 p.m., police responded to a residence in the 100 block of West Cascade Avenue, where a child was afraid to go back into the residence. Police spoke with the child and mother and the child said they felt safe with their mom. Police forwarded information onto the family’s social worker about moldy food and garbage seen in the vehicle used to transport the children. In another vehicle, police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, May 18

At 8:30 a.m., a 15-yearold Renaissance Academy (262 E. Cascade Ave.) student was cited $98.80 for habitual truancy. The student was truant 24 times between Jan. 24 and May 18.

Police responded at 6:40 p.m. to 201 Arrow Court for an unknown issue. The complainant said a woman ran up to her and asked her to call 911. She was hollering at a man and inside a fenced storage facility. When police arrived, they found a cell phone lying on the road outside the storage facility and a suitcase lying on the pavement inside the fenced area. A 42-yearold woman approached police and appeared upset. She picked up her phone and the suitcase and led police to her vehicle, which had all the doors open. Several broken items were strewn across the ground. The woman told police a man she’s dated came with her to pick up items at the storage unit. They got into an argument and at one point, he punched her in the face and attempted to put her in a chokehold. Surveillance video confirmed her story. Domestic battery, domestic disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and theft – movable property charges for the man, who is 36 and homeless, were referred to the district attorney's ovce. He can be seen leaving the facility in the video, barefoot, heading south on Arrow Court. Before he left, he threw the woman’s phone.

Thursday, May 19

At 10:30 a.m., an ovcer was sent to Meyer Middle School (230 N. Ninth St.) to investigate a report of inappropriate nude photos being shared by a sixth grader of another student on Snapchat. All parties involved were spoken to and counseled about the seriousness of forwarding nude photos to others or possessing them. Child Protective Services was also called.

Police were called at 10:38 a.m. to Security Financial Bank (1561 Commerce Court) where two men were trying to cash fraudulent checks. The men left before police arrived, but police made contact with them on Riverside Drive. Both men said they worked for IMC Maintenance in St. Paul and were in town to perform an estimate on a job. They didn’t know the address of where they were supposed to be doing the estimate and told police a co-worker had dropped them ou at the bank to cash their paychecks while he went to McDonald’s next door. Police couldn’t locate the alleged co-worker and when they called the business on the checks to verify them, they found out the checks were fraudulent. David Lavan Robinson, 55, St. Paul, was arrested for possession of cocaine/coca and fraud against financial institution (as party to a crime). Police had found two rocks of crack cocaine in his possession, along with a glass pipe. Jon Randall Wilkenson, 56, St. Paul, was arrested for fraud against financial institution and forgery – uttering. Both men were transported to St. Croix County Jail. Other fraudulent checks have been cashed in the area. The case is under investigation.

At 2:25 p.m., a 13-yearold Meyer Middle School (230 N. Ninth St.) was cited $98.80 for habitual truancy. The student has at least five truancies this year.

Friday, May 20 Anthony Harold Richardson, 37, St. Paul, was cited $187 for possession of THC after police received a complaint of someone doing drugs in a vehicle at 12:12 a.m. in the 400 block of South Wasson Lane. When police approached the vehicle, they found two people in the vehicle with an open bottle of Hennessey. Richardson said he was helping his niece move and that he and his girlfriend were drinking in the car away from his niece’s children with no intention of driving. Police also found two dollar bills with cocaine residue, plus a baggie of weed on Richardson’s person. Richardson was cooperative throughout the incident.

A 2013 Chevrolet Impala, driven by David John Andrews, 21, Stillwater, Minn., hit a deer at 11:20 p.m. on Highway 35 just north of Highway 65. The vehicle had functional damage. Andrews and a passenger wore seat belts and reported no injuries.

Saturday, May 21 Owen William Matzek, 22, Hager City, was arrested and cited $861 for OWI after a travc stop for speeding at 1 a.m. at Main and Johnson streets. Police pulled Matzek over further south on Highway 29; when he was pulling over, he made contact with a guardrail and scraped the vehicle. Matzek said he’d had a couple of drinks at Big Guys in Hudson. Throughout the contact, police could smell intoxicants and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He refused to take a Breathalyzer, but field sobriety tests gave police probably cause to arrest him. He was arrested, booked and released into the care of a sober person.

At 8:22 a.m., a River Falls resident reported the bug shield on his vehicle had been damaged the night before, possibly while he was parked at Family Fresh (303 S. Main St.) between 7:30-8 p.m. The store was unable to provide video surveillance; there are no suspects at this time. The bug shield is valued at $60.

At 10:02 p.m., police took a phone call about a domestic no longer in progress that had occurred at 9:30 p.m. at 830 Roosevelt St. After completing their investigation, police arrested Vernitrica M. Jones, 31, River Falls, for domestic disorderly conduct. Jones was the initial complainant reporting an argument between her and her ex-boyfriend. After interviewing both parties, police learned Jones had thrown a cell phone at the man and charged him on the stairs during an argument about him shopping with his exwife. She was taken to jail without incident.

Sunday, May 22

Ovcers responded to a minor crash at 11:20 a.m. that had occurred at 9 a.m. at the Kwik Trip Car Wash (1238 N. Main St.) A 2021 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Justene Ann Sandberg,

32, River Falls, was in the touch-free car wash. As she exited, she collided with the car wash’s right side. Both the truck and building had minor damage. Sandberg and a 7-month-old passenger wore seat belts and had no injuries.

Monday, May 23

Police responded at 10:14 a.m. to the area of 713 St. Croix St. for two vehicles parked in a no-parking zone blocking a tractor-trailer from exiting the parking lot. David R. Hackler, 40, and Jaidan O. Scheunmann, 22, were issued parking tickets. Hackler came to retrieve his vehicle, but Scheunmann’s was towed to the city impound lot.

Ovcers responded to a two-vehicle crash at 3:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Cemetery Road between a 2012 Mazda CX7, driven by Grivn J. Cegielski, 17, River Falls, and a 2009 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Matthew Michael Marsollek,

16, River Falls. Cegielski was traveling east on Cemetery Road, and Marsollek was behind him. Cegielski slowed for a vehicle in front of him making a right turn; Marsollek tried to slow down and veered left, but ended up striking the rear driver’s side of Cegielski’s vehicle. Both drivers wore seat belts and reported no injuries. A 14-year-old passenger in Cegielski’s vehicle reported possible back and neck pain, but wasn’t transported to the hospital. She also wore a seat belt. The Mazda had functional damage, while the Impala was towed due to disabling damage.