Police Department Reports

Posted 2/22/22

RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports The following incidents were reported to River Falls Police Department Feb. 9-14. Wednesday, Feb. 9 A complainant called police at 9:55 a.m. to report damage to …

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RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports

The following incidents were reported to River Falls Police Department Feb. 9-14.

Wednesday, Feb. 9

A complainant called police at 9:55 a.m. to report damage to her home’s door at 411 Kennedy St. The caller said the father of her child had tried to pry open the door with some kind of tool while she was inside, but the dead bolt prevented him from gaining entry. The estimated damage to the door is $490, according to the River Falls Housing Authority. The complainant provided police with video and text message evidence. The RFHA requested that the suspect, Jermica Rayquon Jackson, 23, Oakdale, Minn., be trespassed from the property due to the door damage. Jackson is also suspected of trying to get the complainant kicked out of housing.

Police responded to a twovehicle crash at 6:10 p.m. on the East Division Street ramp at Highway 35/65 between a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Alex Steven Biron, 32, Elmwood, and a 2018 Ford Explorer, driven by Landon James La Mere, 18, Ellsworth. La Mere was stopped at a yield sign waiting for traffic to clear to turn right onto Highway 35/65. Biron was behind La Mere, also waiting to turn right. Biron rear-ended La Mere’s vehicle because he thought La Mere had already made his turn. The Silverado had minor damage, while the Explorer had functional damage. Both drivers wore seat lets and reported no injuries.

Lucas J. Ische, 40, River Falls, was arrested for an active contempt of court warrant at 8:14 p.m. at 218 W. Charlotte St. He was cooperative and transported to Pierce County Jail without incident.

A 15-year-old River Falls juvenile was cited $98.80 for theft – movable property after stealing a football from a cubby at Greenwood Elementary School around 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Police discovered the suspect thanks to video surveillance footage. The student, when asked by a teacher, had originally said the football was his. Later when questioned, he admitted he’d taken it, then placed it in the lost and found at Meyer Middle School. The juvenile was asked to pay restitution of $20-$25.

Friday, Feb. 11

Police were sent at 4:26 a.m. to Emma’s Bar (222 S. Main St.) for a stolen vehicle complaint. A man said he’d walked home at bar close and left his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado parked behind the bar. He had last seen it about 12:12 a.m. but had left the bar through the front door. When his friend went to the bar to pick up the vehicle for him, it was gone. At 4:30 p.m., Pierce County deputies located the vehicle in a field south of W8493 770th Ave., River Falls. Snowmobiles needed to be used to reach the vehicle, which was towed to the impound lot. The case remains under investigation.

Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at 9:25 a.m. at North Main Street and Paulson Road between a 2014 Chrysler, driven by Patti Jo Bjelland, 67, Barron, and a 2017 Ford Escape, driven by

Anthony Lee Maass, 28, River Falls. Bjelland was attempting to turn west onto Paulson Road from Main Street. As a result of road conditions, she slid on the ice and collided with Maass’ vehicle. Bjelland’s vehicle had minor damage, while Maass’ had moderate damage. Both drivers wore seat belts and reported no injuries.

Police responded to a twovehicle crash at 7:02 p.m. in the Family Fresh parking lot (303 S. Main St.) between a 2008 Ford Fusion, driven by Jayson Harry Hauschildt,

49, River Falls, and a legally parked 2007 Lexus RX, owned by Jill Marie Buck, River Falls. Hauschildt was backing out of a parking space next to Buck’s vehicle, and struck its rear passenger side. Hauschildt left the scene and Buck was inside the store at the time of the crash. A store employee witnessed the crash and took a photo of Hauschildt’s vehicle as it left. When police contacted him the next day, he said he noticed minor damage on his vehicle but didn’t realize he had struck anything. Both vehicles had minor damage. Hauschildt wore a seat belt and reported no injuries.

While on routine patrol at 10:41 p.m., an officer stopped at Kwik Trip (1200 S. Main St.) where he saw a vehicle parked haphazardly at an inoperable gas pump. An offduty police officer reported a man who appeared to be impaired was going in and out of the bathroom and acting strangely. The officer returned to his squad and watched as the man got in his vehicle and took it through the car wash. He was bouncing around in the front seat and moving erratically. When he saw the officer, he parked again at the gas pumps. The officer approached the man and noticed his pupils were very constricted and he was very jittery. The man, identified as Christopher Michael Krolick, 40, River Falls, admitted to having a revoked driver’s license and expired registration. He agreed to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. During a vehicle search, police found several used and unused syringes, as well as a spoon that tested positive for methamphetamine and other drugs. Krolick was arrested and cited $850 for OWI-third and $124 for operate without a valid license. After his booking, police gave him a courtesy ride home.

Saturday, Feb. 12

At 10:51 p.m., officers responded to 919 Sycamore St. for an active domestic. When officers arrived, they heard yelling coming from the apartment. Small children were present during the altercation. After interviewing all involved and viewing video of the suspect, Takye Malik Wade-Jackson, 22, St. Paul Park, Minn., holding down a victim and trying to strike her with a broken broom handle, police attempted to place Wade-Jackson under arrest. The victim tried to block police from reaching him. Wade-Jackson resisted arrest and caused a laceration to one officer’s finger. He was finally taken into custody for domestic battery, domestic disorderly conduct and resisting an officer (causing soft tissue injury). He was taken to Pierce County Jail without incident.

Sunday, Feb. 13

Officers responded to a domestic at 12:42 a.m. at 928 Pine Ridge Terrace. When police arrived, they found a heavily damaged TV that appeared to have been broken by a beer bottle and a knocked over end table. James Walter Dufoe, 57, River Falls, was on the couch and appeared highly intoxicated. Witnesses said he’d been drinking since about 4 p.m. and had become verbally abusive and “uncontrollable.” He was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property and transported to St. Croix County Jail.

Police responded to a twovehicle crash at 11:57 a.m. at Quarry Road and Main Street between a 2016 Nissan Rogue, driven by Joann E. Capra Branigan, 62, River Falls, and a 2014 Ford Fusion, driven by Caroline A. Kuschel, 31, River Falls. Branigan was traveling north on Main Street approaching the stop lights at Quarry Road. Kuschel was on Quarry Road facing west, making a left turn onto Main Street to head southbound. Kuschel had the green light and proceeded into the intersection to make a left turn. Branigan ran the red light and struck Kuschel’s vehicle; she said she thought the light was green. Branigan’s vehicle had functional damage, while Kuschel’s had to be towed due to disabling damage. Both drivers wore seat belts and reported no injuries. Branigan was cited $98.80 for fail/obey traffic sign/signal.

Monday, Feb. 14

At 12:10 p.m., a complainant reported a package theft from the lobby of 625 N. Main St. The package contained sleep apnea equipment worth about $100. Video surveillance showed a shorter, white woman wearing a pink winter jacket, black shoes, a white winter hat and carrying several bags, including a backpack, along with a taller black man wearing a white camouflage winter jacket, one black and one white backpack, jeans, white shoes and pulling a red wagon with various items in it. The two can be seeing walking into an apartment, leaving, then walking into another apartment, then heading to the lobby via elevator, where the man took the package before leaving the apartment complex. A witness wasn’t sure of the people’s names, but said they are homeless and living around the area.

At 3:51 p.m., a complainant at 1473 Riverside Drive reported the theft of a catalytic converter off a 2014 Kia Soul. The theft occurred sometime between 7 p.m. Feb. 13 and 8:05 a.m. Feb. 14. The estimated repair cost is around $1,031.

Police responded to a minivan vs. utility pole crash at 7:30 p.m. in the 400 block of South Winter Street. When police arrived, the driver had fled. The vehicle appeared to have been heading south on Winter Street. As it came around the curve, it drove across the northbound lane straight over the curb and into the snow. Tire tracks lead from the road over the curb and into a utility pole. Numerous open alcohol containers (Natural Ice beer and PBR) were seen in the vehicle near the driver’s seat. The keys were still in the ignition and the vehicle was warm. The registered owned was identified as Timothy Matthew Cariveau, 23, River Falls. Police eventually found him walking near Main and Cascade. He admitted to crashing the van after dropping off a friend and said he left it there because he “just needed to go to sleep,” so he was heading to the Radisson Hotel. He registered a 0.089 BAC and failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested and cited $187 for hit and run – property adjacent to highway, $861 for OWI and driving too fast for conditions. He was transported to Pierce County Jail without incident.