Police Department Reports

Posted 1/25/22

RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports The following incidents were reported to the River Falls Police Department Jan. 316. Monday, Jan. 3 A resident called police at 11 a.m. to report her catalytic …

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RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports

The following incidents were reported to the River Falls Police Department Jan. 316.

Monday, Jan. 3

A resident called police at 11 a.m. to report her catalytic converter had been stolen from her 2006 Honda CRV at 629 N. Main St. sometime between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3. The cost to replace it is $2,500.

Tuesday, Jan. 4

At 7:45 a.m., an officer responded to Swede’s Service (428 S. Main St.) for an abandoned vehicle. According to the shop’s surveillance camera, a man dropped the vehicle (a Toyota Camry) off at 4 a.m. Jan. 1. Police contacted the registered owner, who said he had parked the Toyota Camry on Main Street in front of Maverick’s Saloon at about 11 p.m. Dec. 31. When he went outside to leave at 3 a.m. Jan. 1, the vehicle was gone. He thought it might have been towed due to parking regulations. He got a hotel room for the night and returned to Main Street the next day, but still didn’t find his vehicle. He had his car keys the entire time. When he picked up the vehicle at Swede’s, nothing was taken and it had no damage. The suspect is unidentified at this time.

At 11 a.m., a 12-year-old Meyer Middle School student was cited $98.80 for habitual truancy.

At 3:28 p.m., police responded to Game Quest (104 N. Main St.) for a harassment restraining order violation complaint. An employee there has been continually harassed by a Hudson woman and reported the suspect had called the store at least six times beginning at 2:50 p.m. The woman didn’t identify herself, but said she was in the hospital ICU with a brain bleed. The officer forwarded violate/harassment restraining order and unlawful phone use – repeated harassment charges to the St. Croix County District Attorney’s Office for the Hudson woman.

At 8:57 p.m., police responded to 218 W. Charlotte St., where a woman was trying to force her way into people’s apartments. The woman, identified as Naihla Laquann Buckley, 36, River Falls, was kicked out by the building manager, who told police he would like her trespassed. One victim told police Buckley was dancing provocatively outside his apartment door, making weird statements. Buckley then went to another apartment, was let in by the occupants, and began rifling through their belongings asking where they keep their vehicle keys. The couple, who know Buckley, were worried she would return to steal things from them. They thought she was communicating with someone outside their window, and she suddenly left on her own. Police issued the trespass order to Buckley at 3:45 a.m. Jan. 7.

Wednesday, Jan. 5

At 7:26 a.m., police responded to the River Falls High School (818 Cemetery Road) parking lot for a minor two-vehicle crash between a 2004 Ford Escape, driven by Evelyn Marie Flasch, 17, River Falls, and a 2010 Honda Pilot, driven by Jennifer Arisa Hayes, 35, River Falls. Flasch made a left-hand turn in the parking lot and was heading south, while Hayes was going west. Both vehicles came to an intersection at the same time and collided. Hayes was going the wrong way, according to marking on the pavement (which were covered with snow). Flasch’s vehicle had minor damage; Hayes’ vehicle had functional damage. Both drivers, as well as passengers in Hayes’ vehicle, including children ages 13, 14 and 5, wore seat belts and reported no injuries.

At 1:45 p.m., police cited a 14-year-old Meyer Middle School student $98.80 for being habitually truant (five or more unexcused absences within a semester).

Police responded at 1:45 p.m. to a semi vs. street light pole crash at Highway 29 and East Cascade Avenue. An officer on routine patrol observed a 2021 KW T880 truck tractor (with semi attached), driven by Joseph Thomas McClelland,

32, Menomonie, parked on the side of the road with a street light pole on top of it. The street light was fully detached from its base. McClelland said he clipped the pole with the back end of his trailer when turning right from Highway 65 onto Highway 29/East Cascade. The pole also blew one of his passenger side tires. The semi had disabling damage. McClelland and a passenger, Adam Raymond Wyss, 27, Boyceville, wore seat belts and reported no injuries.

At 3:11 p.m., officers responded to a one-vehicle crash on northbound Highway 35 just south of Quarry Road. A 2010 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Rebecca Suzanne Bateman, 46, River Falls, was traveling north on Highway 35 approaching Main Street, drifted onto the snow-covered shoulder and was pulled into the ditch. The ditch’s incline caused the rear bumper to collide with the impacted snow and crack. Bateman and her passengers, Kendrick M. Bateman, 17, River Falls; a 15-year-old girl; a 3-year-old girl; a 13-year-old boy, an 8year-old girl; and a 5-year-old all wore seat belts or were properly restrained and reported no injuries.

Police responded at 3:12 p.m. to Kwik Trip (1200 S. Main St.) for a found bag of marijuana. A customer had observed a suspected bag of marijuana fall out of a white SUV in the parking lot. The man from the SUV walked around the store, apparently looking for something. Employees wrote down his license plate number and called police. When police tested the substance in the bag, the test was inconclusive, so its owner was not contacted.

At 10:58 p.m., police performed a welfare check on two juveniles left home alone per the request of their grandma. The two children, ages 8 and 11, told police their dad had said he was going to the laundromat at 8:30 p.m., but had not returned. They were afraid to be home alone. Police located their dad at Emma’s Bar drinking. An officer gave him a courtesy ride to his residence and per the on-call Pierce County Human Services social worker, took his PBT, which registered a .258. The children were allowed to go with their grandma for the night.

Thursday, Jan. 6

At 10:19 p.m., police responded to 218 W. Charlotte St. for a woman attempting to get into an apartment. When police arrived, they searched for the woman, identified as Naihla Laquann Buckley, 36, River Falls, but she wasn’t in the building. The complainants said Buckley had knocked on their door at 10 p.m. and was acting erratically. When they wouldn’t let her in, she started screaming and trying to force her way in, so they put their weight against their apartment door as she tried to pry it open from the outside. They were able to close their door and she eventually left. Police at that time were still trying to locate her to serve her a trespass order from a previous incident. They found her at the Valu Stay Motel, where they were called at 3:17 a.m. Jan. 7 for a 911 call. They served her the order. She told police she was checking on her friend and that she had borrowed a wig from her. Police also informed her charges for disorderly conduct, misdemeanor bail jumping and felony bail jumping (five counts) would be referred to the district attorney’s office.

Friday, Jan. 7 Jack Franklynn Walter, 24, River Falls, was cited $861 for OWI and $861 for operating with prohibited alcohol concentration after a traffic stop for operating without headlights and suspicious driving behavior at 12:03 a.m. near Walnut and Main streets. While parked at the stoplight, an officer saw Walter operating without headlights. When the stoplight turned green, he sat at the intersection for three to five seconds with his right-turn signal activated, then shut it off and went east through the intersection. Police observed open alcohol containers in the back seat of the car. Due to the cold weather, Walter performed field sobriety tests at nearby May Hall, which he failed. He also registered a .117 blood alcohol level. After his arrest and booking, he was given a courtesy ride to his friend’s house at 548 Birch St. He received written warnings for the open intoxicants and operating without headlights.

At 2:50 p.m., a resident at 1470 Cemetery Road reported a package that had been stolen sometime on Dec. 21. The UPS tracking number said the Amazon package was delivered at 1:12 p.m. that day. When the complainant returned home from work after 5 p.m., the package was gone. Someone had signed off on the package for him too, but spelled his name wrong. The package’s contents were valued at $338.35.

Aaron Eugene Reynolds,

39, River Falls, was cited $250 for operating while revoked after he drove to the police station (2815 Prairie Drive) to file a harassment complaint at 3:39 p.m. Reynolds said an ex-girlfriend has been contacting his current girlfriend and that he had filed a restraining order on her in Minnesota. Police contacted Goodhue County, who said the protection order petition against the ex-girlfriend had been dismissed. An officer gave Reynolds a courtesy ride back to his residence. Felony bail jumping and operating while revoked charges were referred to the district attorney’s office.

Saturday, Jan. 8

Police responded at 1:18 a.m. to 639 High Ridge Road for a domestic in progress. Cole James Borowicz, 31, River Falls, was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and domestic criminal damage to property. While highly intoxicated after a night drinking at the bars, he broke down a door to get into a bedroom, threw a dresser, punched a door repeatedly and terrified the bedroom’s occupant. He was cleared the the hospital for his bloody hands before being taken to Pierce County Jail.

Officers were called at 1:28 a.m. to 452 Griffey St. for a physical domestic in progress. Adam Thomas Fairchild, 33, River Falls, was arrested for domestic battery and domestic disorderly conduct for allegedly punching a woman three times with a closed fist while she was trying to sleep on the living room couch. After being taken to the hospital for a possible anxiety attack, Fairchild was transported to Pierce County Jail.

Robin C. Anding, 32, River Falls, was arrested for possession of THC (second+ offense) after a traffic stop for operating with only parking lights at 5:29 p.m. on Main at Powell streets. When police pulled him over, they smelled marijuana coming from the car. Upon a vehicle search, two small baggies containing marijuana were found in the middle console. A charge was referred to the district attorney and after his booking, police gave him a courtesy ride back to his vehicle.

Police were asked to perform a welfare check on a stumbling, possibly intoxicated person at 9:33 p.m. in the area of State and Church streets. Police located the 17-year-old near Glen Park; he appeared confused and disoriented, which is not unusual for the him, police said in the report. They gave him a courtesy ride back to his parents’ house, which he had fled after an argument. He advised he had injured his knee when leaving the house, so was limping.

Saturday, Jan. 9

Police responded at 12:50 a.m. to 1450 S. Wasson Lane for a physical domestic in progress. Witnesses said Jamie Lee Wadkins, 37, River Falls, was highly intoxicated and had physically assaulted a family member when confronted about her drinking and the condition of the home. After interviewing multiple witnesses, police arrested Wadkins for domestic disorderly conduct and a probation hold. Child Protective Services also took custody of a 2-year-old child on scene, who was unclothed and witnessed the altercation.

At 11:35 a.m., police responded to 347 W. Johnson St., where a woman was pounding on the door, yelling at the parties inside and setting off car alarms. The woman, identified as Hazel Adiene Bastien, 22, had left when the complainant told her he was calling police. The complainant said he saw Bastien (his ex-girlfriend) standing outside the residence near his car and that when she saw him looking out the window, she came to the door. He also reported she has followed him when he’s driving before. Police returned at 12:26 p.m. when Bastien came back. This time, she walked into the home through an unlocked door. When the complainant got her out of the house, she followed him outside, got the phone away from him, took it as he was calling 911 and fled with it. Police tracked the phone to the area of River Ridge Road and River Ridge Court. When police approached her vehicle, Bastien stepped out and immediately handed over the stolen phone. She told police she was trying to get the complainant to give her back her belongings, since they had lived together briefly in the fall. She said she had taken the phone so he would stop calling police, because she didn’t want to get in trouble. She claimed she tried to give the phone back, but he ran away from her. When asked why she returned to the apartment a second time when the first time was unsuccessful, she said she thought the conversation might go better this time, but it escalated out of control. She was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct, felony stalking, felony burglary and theft. She was taken to Pierce County Jail without incident.

Police responded at 5:23 p.m. to 520 N. Falls St. for a woman who called police, gave her address and hung up. When police approached the home, they heard loud arguing. The male resident said the female resident was drunk and trying to argue with him as he slept before work. He showed an officer video of the woman walking into the room, flipping on the light and arguing with him, before hitting his phone. Both parties are out on bond. Police helped the man gather his belongings and he left for work. Misdemeanor bail jumping and domestic disorderly conduct charges were referred to the district attorney for both parties.

Monday, Jan. 10

Police responded at 3:15 p.m. to River Falls High School parking lot for a damaged vehicle complaint. The complainant said she drove her car to school that morning and parked it on the northwest side of the student lot. At that time, it had no damage. When she returned to the vehicle at 3 p.m., the passenger side front window was broken and “spider- webbed.” The school camera footage showed nothing out of the ordinary.

Tuesday, Jan. 11

At 2:38 a.m., an officer enforcing alternate side parking in the area of Meadowbrook Lane found a Chevrolet HHR parked diagonally on a snowbank facing east, partially in the road and partially on the lawn of 668 Meadowbrook Lane. The vehicle was unoccupied and the ignition was off. The rear driver’s side tire was completely off the ground and there was damage to the front driver’s side. The officer found a set of tire tracks in the front yard that went across the driveway of the residence onto a snow bank near mailboxes. The car was registered to Scott K. Evanoff, 47, River Falls, who lives about one mile southwest of where the vehicle was found. The officer also saw paperwork on the dashboard in the car listing Amelia Evanoff, 20, River Falls, as well as a clear plastic shopping bag wrapped around the driver’s head rest with an empty Smirnoff Seltzer can in it. Police attempted to call both parties, but no one answered. Police made contact with Scott Evanoff at his home, who didn’t know Amelia’s location. The vehicle was towed to the RFPD impound lot. At 6:15 p.m. Jan. 11, police reached Amelia Evanoff via phone, who agreed to go to the police station. She stated she had been the one driving the vehicle and that she had been turning around so she’d be parked on the correct side of the street. She crashed the vehicle and walked to her house, where she tried to contact her boyfriend and father, but no one answered. She said she had not been drinking alcohol that night. Police found two unopened four packs of alcohol and an empty wine bottle in the trunk. She was cited $136.60 for failure to keep vehicle under control, $187 for possess open intoxicants in motor vehicle – driver and for unreasonable and imprudent speed.

At 3:30 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of South Wasson Lane reported a scam in which he was tricked into supplying a caller with $10,900 in Target gift cards the day before. The caller told the complainant he had a fraudulent $1,000 charge on an iPhone, then told him he had to provide gift cards in order to be reimbursed. Once the complainant realized he was being scammed, he cancelled all of his credit cards and enlisted Target’s help in deactivating the gift cards.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

At 2:46 a.m., an officer saw a 2021 Jeep Cherokee speeding near Cedar and Main streets. After following the vehicle, it appeared the vehicle was trying to elude police by turning down various streets and shutting off its lights. Officers eventually caught up with the vehicle as it pulled into an alley behind 210 N. Fremont St. Officers identified the driver as Noah Wesley Garland, 35, River Falls. A 37-year-old female passenger was in the car as well. Garland, who is on probation, was arrested for a probation hold, felony bail jumping (two counts) and possess short-barreled shotgun/rifle and transported to Pierce County Jail after police searched the vehicle and found a Stevens Arms Model 84 .22 Cal with no serial number that had been modified and cut down. The barrel was shortened and sawed off and the butt stock was also shortened or sawed off. Officers also found a Mosin Nagant rifle, a Remington Model 580 .22 Cal rifle wrapped in a coat, and a construction hammer. The female was questioned and released.

At 9 a.m. a resident at 512 E. Maple St. reported waking up to find three tires flat on her vehicle, plus the driver’s side mirror pushed forward. The mirror’s plastic housing was lying on the ground. The estimated damage was $500. The complainant named two suspects.

Thursday, Jan. 13

Police responded to a vehicle vs. house crash at 3:42 p.m. at 979 Falcon Drive. The complainant reported his wife, Lisa Ann Rydland, 55, had just driven a 2013 Ford Edge into his parked 2018 Ford F150 in the driveway, then struck the front porch pillar of the house, breaking it off at the base. She then backed up and struck the truck again before pulling into the garage. The Ford Edge had heavy front-end damage. The complainant said he believed she was intoxicated and had found a bottle of vodka in her purse. When police spoke with Lisa Rydland, she declined doing field sobriety tests and said she wanted to just go to bed. She also denied hitting the truck or house but did admit to driving home from work. A blood alcohol test registered a BAC of 0.314. She was arrested and booked at the police station, where she was cited $861 for OWI and $861 for operating with PAC. After the booking process, she was released into the care of her husband.

Friday, Jan. 14

Police responded at 1:45 a.m. to a two-vehicle crash on East Walnut Street near South Main Street between a legally parked 2002 Toyota Camry, owned by Darryl John Anderson, Hastings, Minn., and an unknown vehicle that left the scene. The unknown vehicle struck the driver’s side rear of Anderson’s Camry sometime between 10 a.m. and 1 a.m. while it was parked in a stall on Walnut Street, where it left white paint transfer. The Camry had minor damage.

Mark Armond Napier, 24, Vadnais Heights, Minn., was arrested and cited $861 for OWI and $861 for operating with PAC after a traffic stop at 2:30 a.m. in the driveway of 626 N. Sixth St. Police followed Napier after he made an abrupt turn from Division onto Eighth Street. He pulled the vehicle over and left it running near Seventh and Union streets before heading into a dead-end cul de sac and pulling into a driveway. When police approached the vehicle, Napier was laying down in the driver’s seat. He had glossy, bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Officers also saw a 30-pack of beer in the back seat. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.138 BAC. He said he’d been going to a friend’s house but was unsure where he was.

Police responded to a twovehicle crash at 7:45 a.m. on Highway 35 just north of Division Street between a 2005 Ford Taurus, driven by Vincent M. Delwiche, 16, River Falls, and a 2018 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Charlene Adele Selleck, 51, River Falls. Delwiche was traveling south on Highway 35 when he lost control on the fresh snow. He entered the northbound traffic lane sideways, where Selleck struck his right rear side. Selleck said she tried to avoid the crash by swerving toward the ditch, but was unsuccessful. Both vehicles were towed due to disabling damage; both drivers wore seat belts and reported no injuries.

Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at 10:59 p.m. at Walgreen’s (1047 N. Main St.) between a 2013 Nissan Altima, driven by Lillian Marie Burke, 16, Ellsworth, and a 2020 Ford F250, driven by

Nicholas Jacob Cudd, 41, Roberts. Burke was traveling south in the parking lot and Cudd, who was plowing snow, was heading west. Burke said she saw the plow truck pull into her travel path and slowed, but due to the snow, could not stop in time. She struck the front passenger side of the plow truck. Cudd said he was slowly making his first pass when Burke’s vehicle slammed on its brakes and slid into his truck. The Nissan had minor damage, while the Ford had none. Both drivers wore seat belts and reported no injuries. A 15-year-old River Falls passenger in Burke’s vehicle also wore a seat belt and reported no injuries.

Lucas Lyle Johnson, 31, River Falls, was arrested and cited $861 for an OWI and $861 operating with PAC after a traffic stop at 11:39 p.m. near Roosevelt and Winter streets for operating without headlights or taillights. Johnson’s eyes were bloodshot and glossy and he smelled of intoxicants. An empty growler was found in the passenger side rear compartment. After failing field sobriety tests, he was taken to the polices station for booking, where he registered a 0.18 BAC level.

Saturday, Jan. 15

At 4:15 p.m., police were called to the Radisson Hotel (100 Spring St.) for an intoxicated person who was looking for his vehicle. Staff said he had stayed at the hotel the previous night, had checked out and left, but had returned. Police found Christopher Andrew Palm, 52, Ramsey, Minn., sleeping in a chair in the hotel lobby. When police told him he either had to rent a room or leave, he became agitated and used profanity. Junior’s staff told police they had asked him to leave earlier, because he was heavily intoxicated and swearing at staff. An employee walked with Palm into the garage to look for his vehicle, but couldn’t find it. Palm was trespassed from the property.

Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at 8:50 p.m. at Second and Walnut streets between a Subaru that had fled the scene and a 1994 Honda Accord, driven by Jaci Lynn Hana Lange, 19, Coon Rapids, Minn. Lange was traveling south on Main Street and the Subaru was traveling east on Walnut Street; the Subaru failed to stop at the stop sign and continued through the intersection. Lange was unable to stop and struck the rear driver’s side of the Subaru, which spun out then fled the scene. The Honda had functional damage. Lange, who wore a seat belt, reported no injuries. Two passengers, Matthew D. Radunz, 20, River Falls, and Tristan J. Caroon, 17, Hammond, also wore seat belts and reported no injuries.