Police Department Reports

Posted 4/12/22

RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports The following incidents were reported to River Falls Police Department March 29 through April 5. Tuesday, March 29 Police responded at 8:24 p.m. to 1450 Wasson …

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RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports

The following incidents were reported to River Falls Police Department March 29 through April 5.

Tuesday, March 29

Police responded at 8:24 p.m. to 1450 Wasson Lane for a tip that someone on probation was drinking alcohol when she wasn’t supposed to. When Jamie Lee Wadkins, 38, River Falls, answered the door, she was showing signs of intoxication. She told police she’d been drinking Budweiser since 9 a.m. and registered a 0.187 BAC. Police forwarded a misdemeanor bail jumping charge to the district attorney after speaking with Wadkins’ probation agent. They ordered her to make contact with the probation officer the next day.

Officers were called at 7:05 p.m. to 423 Griffey St. about a loud noise complaint. A neighbor accused the suspect of thumping the bass in his vehicle daily, which causes the complainant pain due to a cochlear implant. He showed officers video footage of the noise. The suspect told police he turns down his vehicle’s music whenever he’s near the complainant’s house. He also said the complainant calls the police on him frequently and he in turn wanted to press harassment charges. Police determined the contacts described didn’t constitute harassment, but gave him information on other avenues to pursue.

Wednesday, March 30

At 12:35 a.m., police were called to 1101 Division St. for a possible burglary in progress. The complainant said he heard someone in his house, and also thought it odd that the neighbor’s garage door was open. Police found no signs of forced entry and made sure no one else was in the home.

Police responded at 7:30 a.m. to a two-vehicle crash in the River Falls High School parking lot (818 Cemetery Road) between a 1998 Ford F150, driven by Sophie Lee Olivia Jensen, 16, River Falls, and a legally parked 2012 Mazda 3, owned by Jennifer Lynn Weber-Fitzgerald, River Falls. Jensen was attempting to park near the Mazda and struck it. The Mazda had functional damage, while the Ford had none. Jensen wore a seat belt and reported no injuries. The Mazda was unoccupied at the time of the crash.

At 11:19 a.m., an officer was asked to respond to RFHS (818 Cemetery Road) for a vaporizer (containing nicotine) found in a student’s possession. The student was sent home for the rest of the day and fined $73.60 for minor possesses or purchases tobacco/nicotine.

Thursday, March 31

Officers responded at 10:40 a.m. to the RFHS parking lot (818 Cemetery Road) for a two-vehicle crash between a 2012 Acura MDX, driven by Jane Effie Briese, 18, River Falls, and a legally parked 2010 Nissan Pathfinder, owned by Adam Dean Myszewski, Hudson. Briese was attempting to park next to Myszewski’s vehicle and bumped it, causing minor damage to both vehicles. Briese wore a seat belt and reported no injuries. The Pathfinder was unoccupied at the time of the crash.

Sharon E. Hart, 65, River Falls, was arrested on a St. Croix County warrant at 1:41 p.m. at ValuStay Inn (708 N. Main St., River Falls). Police transported her to St. Croix County Jail without incident.

A theft was reported at 1:20 p.m. at Ace Hardware (1163 N. Main St.) that had occurred earlier in the morning. Staff showed police video footage of woman taking a Hatch Dremel tool out of a box, hiding it and leaving with it around 9 a.m. The suspect has been identified thanks to her license plate and photo evidence. She also appears in store video the previous night. The Dremel is valued at $49.99.

Friday, April 1

At 1:37 a.m., an officer witnessed a man later identified as Jacob John Roche, 20, Rio, urinating near the Ezekiel Lutheran Church illuminated sign. He was cited $187 for underage drinking/possession after registering a 0.149 BAC. He had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

Serena Jo Radinzel, 32, River Falls, was cited $200 for operate without valid license (second within three years) after a traffic stop at 3:29 p.m. at Cemetery and Centennial drives. She arranged for a ride and told police she was working on getting an occupational license.

Treasa Ann Springett, 57, River Falls, was arrested and cited $861 for OWI-first, $861 for operating with PAC, and $86.20 for operation without required lamps lighted after a traffic stop at 9:18 p.m. at Division and Clark streets for driving without headlights, operating left of center and an improper left turn at Division and Main streets. When police pulled Springett over, the vehicle smelled of alcohol. After failing field sobriety tests, police had probable cause for an OWI arrest. They transported her two dogs home as a courtesy, then took her to the station, where she registered at 0.25 BAC. She said she had drank two IPA beers.

River Falls police responded at 10:05 p.m. to the Hudson bridge for a possible jumper. When officers arrived from River Falls, there was a large police presence. Non-uniform officers attempted to speak with the man, who appeared to be on the phone. He walked away backwards when officers attempted to get near him and appeared intoxicated. Police provided him cigarettes upon his request. A woman arrived and was allowed to pick him up off the bridge. She took him to the first Minnesota exit, where Washington County deputies were waiting to take him in for a mental health evaluation.

Laura Megan Schwartz, 40, River Falls, was arrested and cited $861 for OWI-first and $861 for operating with PAC after a traffic stop at 10:23 p.m. near Main and Union streets. The officer, who was parked in a lot for patrol, witnessed what appeared to be a road rage incident and pulled two vehicles over. One man had been traveling behind Schwartz, who was going varying slow speeds. He tried to pull around her because he was frustrated with the slow and erratic driving. Schwartz smelled heavily of intoxicants and failed field sobriety tests. Her BAC level registered at a 0.27. She was booked and released to a sober adult.

Saturday, April 2 Alisa Marie Price, 41, River Falls, was arrested for an active warrant at 12:53 a.m. at 111 S. Main St. Price was seen walking into Mel’s Midtowner and the officer knew she had an active warrant. He followed her through Mel’s across the street to the Nutty Squirrel, where she was detained trying to head out the back door. She was cooperative and transported to Pierce County Jail.

Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at 10:14 a.m. at 1121 W. Division St. between a 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, driven by Kasandra Marie Johnson, 48, River Falls, and a 2014 Dodge Journey, driven by Luke Robert Frank, 46, River Falls. Johnson was heading west on Division Street while Frank was backing out of his driveway. He said he didn’t see Johnson’s vehicle. She honked the horn, but he didn’t hear her in time and struck her vehicle. Both vehicles had minor damage. Both drivers and a 13-year-old passenger in Johnson’s Traverse wore seat belts and reported no injuries.

Police were called at 5:38 p.m. to 950 S. Main St. where a man had found a Husky puppy wandering. The dog wore a blue collar with no tags. The dog’s owner claimed it shortly after 8 a.m. April 4.

Tyesha Shatara Davis, 30, River Falls, was arrested for a failure to appear warrant after a traffic stop for an out headlight at 10:30 p.m. at Main and Vine streets. Davis was a passenger in the vehicle. She was transported to Pierce County Jail where she posted a $113.25 bond.

Sunday, April 3 Abby Grace Quinnette, 20, Greenleaf, was cited $187 for ID card violations after police responded at 1:07 a.m. to Shooter’s Pub (107 E. Elm St.), where Quinnette had used a fake Michigan ID card. She admitted to having two drinks.

Monday, April 4

At 7:10 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of Jessica Place reported his juvenile son as a runaway. The son had left the home after a verbal altercation April 2 and not returned. The son was located at school and a plan put in place.

Tuesday, April 5

Police were called at 2:56 a.m. to the Radisson Hotel (100 Spring St.) for vandalism in progress. When police arrived, a third-floor window had been shattered and a chair, window screen and shattered glass were found on the ground. On the third floor, police stepped off the elevator to find bloody handprints on one of the vending machines, blood on the walls and damaged sheetrock. Officers found a man, later identified as Luke D. Norton, 29, Janesville, walking away down the hall in his underwear and a T-shirt. He had blood running down his arms, legs and chest. On the floor in the hallway was a damaged fire extinguisher and a pair of boots. Officers walked Norton down to the lobby, where EMS evaluated him. The hall leading to Norton’s hotel room had many damaged light fixtures, sheetrock and blood splatter. In the room, the closet door was broken, the TV screen was shattered and lamps had been ripped off the nightstand. The window and mirror were both shattered accompanied by a large pool of blood on the floor. Another man approached officers in the hallway and told police he and Norton are in the same National Guard Unit and had been staying at the hotel for the past month on orders. They had been drinking downtown and returned to the hotel after bar close. The man didn’t know what had transpired since their return. Norton, in the meantime, was treated at River Falls Area Hospital for his injuries. He said he didn’t know what had happened but that he would protect his family at all costs. Police arrested him at 5:18 a.m. for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. He was transported to Pierce County Jail without incident.