Police Department Reports

Posted 9/15/21

RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports The following incidents were reported to River Falls Police Aug. 24 through Sept. 6. Wednesday, Aug. 24 At 12:25 p.m., an officer found a green cordless Ryobi …

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Police Department Reports


RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports

The following incidents were reported to River Falls Police Aug. 24 through Sept. 6.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

At 12:25 p.m., an officer found a green cordless Ryobi P519VN reciprocating saw just outside of the northbound lane on North Main Street near Powell Avenue. The saw had an 18volt battery attached to it.

Monday, Aug. 30

At noon, a River Falls city employee reported a man had been sleeping in the Hoffman Park storm shelter at 8 a.m. He was still there at noon and smelled of alcohol. Greg Michael Porter, 34, La Crosse, was found with two large, empty bottles of hand sanitizer on his person. He had a PBT of. 30. He was arrested for a probation hold and taken to St. Croix County Jail.

Wednesday, Aug. 31

At 1:54 p.m., an officer received a report of a purple Roadmaster Mt. Fury 15-speed women’s mountain bike that had been left for a week at the end of West Walnut Street. The officer took the bike into storage.

At 4:52 p.m., an officer responded to 1597 Commerce Court for a theft complaint. Someone had cut the Comcast/Xfinity cable on the side of the building at Dave’s Auto Transmission. Someone had also taken cable and copper wire out of 32 appliances in back of Sears. A camera at Sears a male suspect in a white SUV on film. About a week later at 1:30 a.m. Sept. 8, officers assisted UW-River Falls police with a suspicious activity complaint at 712 Wild Rose Ave. The suspect, a 36-year-old man, said he was dumpster diving for scrap and copper. The vehicle he drove matched the vehicle on camera at Dave’s Auto Transmission.

After a 6:14 p.m. incident, a misdemeanor bail jumping charge was forwarded to the Pierce County District Attorney for Matthew D. Score, 48, Ellsworth. Score violated his bond conditions by contacting the complainant. A friend of his also pounded on the complainant’s door and windows when picking up Score’s belongings from the property.

At 6:30 p.m., officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at the Cascade Avenue/Sixth Street roundabout between a 2009 Toyota Camry, driven by Ann Elizabeth Lawton, 36, River Falls, and a 2011 Subaru Legacy, driven by Brooklyn Rhys Silloway, 16, Ellsworth. Lawton was traveling eastbound on Cascade Avenue and was negotiating the roundabout. She was about to exit northbound out of the roundabout when Silloway, who was westbound on Cascade, struck her front passenger side panel. Silloway said she looked before entering the roundabout and did not see Lawton’s vehicle. Both drivers and Silloway’s juvenile passenger wore seat belts and reported no injuries. Both vehicles had minor damage. Silloway was cited $98.80 for failure to yield right-of-way in roundabout.

At 10:53 p.m., officers responded to 302 S. Main St. for a suspicious person complaint. A complainant reported a woman crawling into a tree and hissing at them. The suspect,

Naihla Laquann Buckley, 36, River Falls, headed toward Second Street and police found her lying down next to a shed at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. She was holding a rock in her hand, which officers ordered her to drop. She denied climbing in any trees but said she was angry because her sister didn’t pick her up. She agreed to get a ride to her mother’s house and to have her backpack searched, in which the officer found a smoking device and methamphetamine. When the officer attempted to handcuff her, due to violating her bond conditions (a felony St. Croix County case and a criminal traffic Pierce County case), she dropped to the ground and tried to roll under the car. Police were able to get her from under the squad and detain her. She denied knowing who the pipe belonged to and said police had recently returned the backpack to her. Police took her to River Falls Area Hospital for medical clearance before transporting her to Pierce County Jail for bail jumping.

Wednesday, Sept. 1

Police were dispatched at 12:50 a.m. to the Highway 65/Cemetery Road roundabout where a disabled vehicle was partially blocking the traffic lane. A 2011 Chevrolet Impala looked like it had been in a crash. The front driver-side wheel and tie-rod appeared disabled and debris was in the roadway. A traffic sign at the roundabout’s entrance was damaged. A man, later identified as Forrest A. Funmaker, 55, Merrillan, was sitting in the driver’s seat. He smelled strongly of alcohol, had slurred speech and glassy eyes. Funmaker told police he had been drinking at a friend’s house in Prescott; he failed field sobriety tests and submitted to a blood alcohol test. It appeared he had missed the turn, ran off the roadway and hit the sign. Funmaker, who was wearing a seat belt, reported no injuries; the vehicle had to be towed due to disabling damage. He was arrested for OWI -second and cited $500; he was also cited $136.60 for failure to keep vehicle under control and released to a sober party.

Heidi Sundman-Hetchler, 49, River Falls, was cited $187 for possession of drug paraphernalia after a mutual aid request from St. Croix Child Protective Services.

At 6:16 p.m., an officer responded to Dick’s Hometown Liquor (1141 S. Main St.) for a fake ID complaint. When a clerk picked up the ID, part of the photo rubbed off. Justin Thomas Martin, 19, Edgar, said he’d purchased the ID online. He was cited $187 for ID card violation.

Thursday, Sept. 2 Police were called at 12:22 p.m. to 170 Broadway St. for a domestic not in progress. Joshua Allen Calverley, 35, River Falls, was arrested for misdemeanor bail jumping, disorderly conduct and battery. He was taken to Pierce County Jail.

At 9:55 p.m., officers went to 1450 S. Wasson Lane for a welfare check. A person, later identified as Coco Merveille Pierre, 38, Woodbury, Minn., was slumped over the wheel of an SUV parked in the grassy area next to the road. The vehicle was not running but the keys were in the ignition. Pierre was disoriented and had a hard time responding to questions. She had a baggie in her lap, which tested positive for methamphetamine. She said she had bought the meth earlier that day and planned to smoke it with a friend at Cudd’s Court. Police also confiscated a pill that Pierre said was ecstasy, and two glass pipes. She failed field sobriety tests. Pierre was cited $861 for OWI and arrested for possession of methamphetamine and posses drug paraphernalia. Officers took her to Pierce County Jail.

Friday, Sept. 3

At 10:37 a.m., students at Meyer Middle School (230 N. Ninth St.) reported a juvenile with a vape in their pocket. The juvenile was cited $73.60 for minor possesses or purchases tobacco/ nicotine and suspended for the rest of the day.

At 9:39 p.m., officers responded to 254 S. Apollo Road for a domestic in progress. Caleb J. Pease, 35, River Falls, was reportedly under the influence of mushrooms and had been waving a frying pan around. He also allegedly pushed a juvenile into a wall. When police arrived, he was standing in the road with an alcoholic beverage in his hand. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to Pierce County Jail.

Saturday, Sept. 4 Aaron Eugene Reynolds, 39, River Falls, was cited $250 for operating while revoked after a traffic stop at 1:10 a.m. at Main Street/Mound View Avenue for speeding. He was transported to St. Croix County Jail.

At 2:21 p.m., officers responded to an apartment at 315 River St. for an unwanted person. Kayla Lois Stewart, 32, Baldwin, and her boyfriend, later identified as Shannon Ray Stevens, 45, Baldwin, were there to retrieve the woman’s property. The complainant stated Stewart had pushed him and knocked him to the floor. When police arrived, Stevens and Stewart were loading items into a vehicle. Dispatch advised that Stevens had a Department of Corrections felony extradition warrant for his arrest. Stevens became confrontational and attempted to leave. The woman also tried to prevent police from arresting Stevens. Police ordered her to the ground, at which point she used profanity and told officers to tase her. She got into her vehicle and refused to get out when police ordered her out of the car. Once an officer handcuffed her, police placed her in a seated position on the curb. She kept getting up and trying to walk to her vehicle. She also threatened to kick an officer and tried running away. Multiple officers detained her and returned her to the curb, at which point she threatened to throat punch police. She also leaned back and kicked. When she began to regurgitate saliva, an ambulance arrived to take her to the hospital. After being cleared, an officer arrested her for disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing an officer and transported her to Pierce County Jail. During the trip, she unbuckled her seat belt and get into the squad’s trunk area and open the rear doors. Stevens was arrested for the warrant, resisting or obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct. Police took him to Pierce County Jail as well.

At 3:39 p.m. officers responded to 403 Wasson Court for a domestic. Neither person wanted to fill out a statement nor press charges.

At 5:08 p.m., a juvenile was arrested at a home in the 1000 block of East Cascade Avenue for disorderly conduct. The juvenile was taken to the police station, booked and returned home. The incident was referred to Pierce County Child Services.

At 7:21 p.m., a woman turned a hearing aid into the police station. She had found it on a bench at Veterans Park.

Sunday, Sept. 5 Tanner Stephen Brown, 27, River Falls, was cited $124 for exhibition of power after a traffic stop for performing a burnout at 1:52 a.m. on North Main Street at West Maple.

Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at 11:24 a.m. at North Main Street/Quarry Road between a 2008 Ford Explorer, driven by Peter D. Solum, 59, River Falls, and a 1999 Ford Ranger, driven by Sorina Alexandra Hicks, 31, River Falls. Hicks was traveling southbound on Main Street when she looked down for her cigarettes and struck the back of Solum’s vehicle, which was stopped at the Quarry Road stoplight. Both drivers wore seat belts and reported no injuries. Solum’s passenger, Rebecca Vogland, 67, River Falls, also wore a seat belt and reported minor injuries. An ambulance took her to Hudson Hospital. Both vehicles had minor damage. Hicks was cited $111.40 for inattentive driving.

At 9:35 p.m., police responded to the 1400 block of Riverside Drive for a motorcycle vs. parked truck crash.

Tristan T. Canterbury, 24, River Falls, was sitting on the curb when police arrived and had several injuries to his face and neck. He had been driving a 2009 Honda CBR1000 and crashed into the rear of a 2015 Chevy Silverado, owned by Jordan Joshua Skoug, Osseo. The motorcycle became wedged in the truck’s undercarriage. He was confused and smelled strongly of alcohol. Witnesses said he was not wearing a helmet and had struck the parked truck going about 50 mph. EMS transported Canterbury to RF Area Hospital. The motorcycle was towed due to disabling damage. The truck had disabling damage as well. Canterbury was cited $500 for OWI-second.

Monday, Sept. 6

Officers responded at 6:46 a.m. to 528 E. Walnut St. for an alleged assault. A woman claimed a man had choked her, while the man claimed the woman had broken a TV, guitars and other belongings after a night of drinking. The two agreed the woman, who didn’t live there, would return home to northern Minnesota. No charges were filed.

At 3:28 p.m., police responded to a two-vehicle crash at Church and State streets between a 2014 Ford Fusion, driven by Mikala Jo Funk, 25, Hudson, and a 2015 Mazda CX-5, driven by Catlin Marie Zieman, 20, Ellsworth. Funk was traveling north on State Street and Zieman was heading east on Church Street. Funk didn’t see the yield sign and hit the passenger side of Zieman’s vehicle. Both drivers wore seat belts and reported no injuries. Zieman’s vehicle was towed due to disabling damage, while Funk’s had minor damage. Funk was cited $98.80 for failure to yield for yield sign.

At 4:35 p.m., police took a burglary complaint phone call concerning two four-wheelers missing from 332 Quarry Road. Police found tracks all over the yard but no four-wheelers. They also found a cut padlock on the ground near the garage, along with a set of keys. It appeared there was forced entry into the house and the security camera was missing. When police entered, they found the kitchen cabinets slightly ajar. A window was open, a loaded shotgun found on a table, as well as a tampon the porch floor. A lit flashlight was located in a bedroom, and lights were left on throughout the house. The padlock on a tool cabinet had also been cut and the cabinet left empty. Besides the four-wheelers (a green Grizzly 450 and a green Grizzly 550), a 2002 maroon Harley Davidson (valued at $7,000) and is missing. Possible suspects have been identified.

At 5:47 p.m., police responded to 438 Griffey St. for a domestic incident. Domestic disorderly conduct and battery charges for Jessica Renee Dragun, 29, River Falls, were referred to the district attorney after she allegedly slapped someone’s leg.

Dylan Scott Salfer, 22, River Falls, was cited $124 for exhibition of power after a traffic stop at 11:06 p.m. at Main and Foster streets. The officer pulled him over for popping his exhaust and excessive acceleration. He had been warned on Sept. 1 for burnouts and racing.