Police Department Reports

Posted 2/15/22

ELLSWORTH Police Department Reports The following incidents were reported to Ellsworth Police Department Feb. 7-13. Monday, Feb. 7 A complainant reported a firearm theft that had occurred over the …

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Police Department Reports


ELLSWORTH Police Department Reports

The following incidents were reported to Ellsworth Police Department Feb. 7-13.

Monday, Feb. 7

A complainant reported a firearm theft that had occurred over the weekend from a vehicle at 3:57 p.m. at 159 ½ N. Maple St.

A caller reported receiving death threats over the phone from a man at 4:32 p.m. at a residence in the 100 block of Sunset Lane. Police advised the victim not to engage and to call police if the man shows up at the residence.

At 7:25 p.m., a woman out for a walk on East Main Street reported feeling something hit her in the back seven or eight times. A vehicle drove up next to her and someone or people in the vehicle shot her in the face with what she thought was an airsoft-style gun. She said there were at least three occupants in the vehicle. She declined EMS care.

Tuesday, Feb. 8 Austin Welch, 27, Ellsworth, was arrested after a domestic disturbance at 11:04 a.m. at 267 E. Main St.

At 2:46 p.m., police received a shoplifting complaint at 181 E. Main St. The clerk said someone had left the store without paying for an item, valued at $15, and provided police with the vehicle information. The suspect was located and admitted to stealing. They were given until Saturday, Feb. 11 to pay the store $15 or risk a citation.

A theft was reported at 4:03 p.m. from 364 Hillcrest St. When the homeowner came home, a truck, four-wheeler, lawn mower and other belongings were missing. He said he hadn’t been home for three weeks and suspected his exwife. He had been granted those items in the divorce proceedings. Police advised him it’s a civil matter.

A complainant reported seeing someone dump garbage bags in the dumpsters at the Dreyfus Apartments at 5:25 p.m. at 271 E. Summit Ave. Further investigation revealed the dumper is a resident at those apartments.

Police assisted Pierce County deputies with a crash at 10:56 p.m. at W6951 610th Ave.

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Police assisted Pierce County deputies with a traffic stop and consent to search at 8:30 a.m. at Main and Beulah streets.

A complainant reported a vehicle pulling into people’s driveways at 1:50 p.m. in the area of South Utility and East Campbell streets. Police found nothing of concern.

At 10:26 p.m., an officer saw a vehicle pulling another vehicle down Main Street with a tow strap. One person said his transmission had blown and he was only one block from home. Police followed them home and warned them not to tow a vehicle with a tow strap again.

Thursday, Feb. 10

At 8:19 a.m., police were called to Ellsworth High School (323 Hillcrest St.) for an Airpod dispute. A pair of Airpods had been replaced after not being returned. One of the old Airpods was located. The parent who replaced the Airpods felt she should be reimbursed for the new pair.

Police responded at 3:44 p.m. to a road rage incident that resulted in two cars being damaged at 236 N. Grant St. between Ryan Bench, 39, Ellsworth, and Parker Wright, 18, Ellsworth. Both drivers were cited.

Officers were called to a domestic incident at 7:24 p.m. at 178 S. Maple St. A woman who was slamming doors and yelling was asked to leave; she didn’t live there. Nothing physical occurred.

Friday, Feb. 11

A suspicious person was viewed on the courthouse’s cameras at 2:26 a.m. The woman said she was walking to her aunt’s house.

Police were called at 2:57 p.m. to a home alarm at 958 Southgate Drive. A man there said they’d just returned home from a trip and his girlfriend (the homeowner) had gone to pick up the dogs; he didn’t know how to deactivate the alarm. The homeowner was contacted and all was well.

At 4:51 p.m., police investigated a driving complaint at West Highland Drive and Hills Lane, where someone had driven into a snowbank. The driver was warned.

A caller reported suspicious activity at 5:07 p.m. at 705 S. Maple St. The complainant said cars were parked there and no one was supposed to be living there per a court order. Police made contact with an occupant, who said she was paying rent to live there. No court order was in place. Those involved were advised it was a civil issue.

Saturday, Feb. 12 Isaac Kauffmann, 31, Ellsworth, was taken into custody after police responded to a domestic incident at 2:43 a.m. at 217 S. Piety St.

Police responded to a onevehicle crash at 9:14 a.m. at North Maple Street and West Overlook Drive. Thomas Bauer, 43, River Falls, was heading south on Maple Street and turning westbound onto Overlook Drive when he slid into a snowbank and broke off a stop sign post. The vehicle had minor damage. Pierce County Highway Department was informed of the broken sign.

Officers responded to a fire alarm at 3:11 p.m. at 374 W. Kinne St. A cleaning person had accidentally activated the alarm.

Sunday, Feb. 13

Police assisted Pierce County deputies with a felony traffic stop at 2:36 a.m. at County Road J and Highway 65 in Beldenville.

Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at 3:21 p.m. at Main and Maple streets between Luther Qson, 53, Duluth, Minn., and Chad Ryan, 48, Goodhue, Minn. Ryan was heading west on Main Street approaching the Maple Street intersection, while Qson was heading east approaching the intersection. Qson performed a left turn onto North Maple Street, while Ryan kept going straight through a green light. Qson struck Ryan’s front driver’s side quarter panel with his front driver’s side.

At 7:15 p.m., police made contact with a man in the 200 block of North Maple Street who reported that several people are conspiring to get him arrested. He was advised to move on and stop drawing attention to himself.