Police Department Reports

Posted 8/4/21

RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports July 17 Cullen M. Osburn, 31, Minneapolis, was cited $124 for posses open intoxicants in motor vehicle – passenger after a traffic stop at 2:55 a.m. on Spring …

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RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports

July 17 Cullen M. Osburn, 31, Minneapolis, was cited $124 for posses open intoxicants in motor vehicle – passenger after a traffic stop at 2:55 a.m. on Spring Street at Spruce Street. The vehicle had an out headlight.

At 2:40 p.m., police responded to 103 S. Second St. where a commercial sign had been damaged. The owner valued the sign at $1,500. Video footage will be reviewed.

At 3:51 p.m., police responded to 157 Butternut Court for theft from a motor vehicle. The complainant said someone had broken into a truck parked in the driveway. Items in the truck bed were found thrown on the ground and items were missing from the cab, such as a range bag, 200 rounds of 22LR, 20 20gauge slugs, 24 12-gauge slugs, six rounds of 30-06, a range finder, two 10-round Glock 40-caliber magazines with 10 rounds in each mag, an insurance card and a registration card. The vehicle may have been left unlocked. A suspect was caught on camera: A white male wearing a black cap, gray shirt, gray shorts and shoes, carrying a backpack. The time stamp was 5:36 a.m.

Levi Philip Vance Kramer, 21, Roberts, was cited $124 for urination, defecation or vomiting in public after police witnessed him urinating next to a vehicle at 10:30 p.m. on South Main Street near East Locust.

Joshua Pake Pangle, 34, Okemah, Okla., was cited $124 for urination, defecation or vomiting in public after police saw him urinating in the street at 10:58 p.m. on East Walnut Street.

July 18 Michael Dillon Price, 29, River Falls, was cited $124 for urination, defecation or vomiting in public after police saw him in the alley urinating next to a dumpster behind Maverick’s.

At 12:19 p.m., police responded to a two-vehicle collision between a 2009 Honda Accord, owned by Jacob John Duesterman,

Ellsworth, and an unknown vehicle in the parking lot of Family Fresh (303 S. Main St.) Duesterman’s vehicle was legally parked in a stall. An unknown vehicle backed into it and left the scene. The Honda has functional damage.

At 6:37 p.m., officers responded to 539 S. Wasson Lane for an apartment window that had been broken by a metal rod. A window was broken on a lower-level apartment. Juveniles were identified as suspects.

At 7:38 p.m., police responded to a two-vehicle crash between a legally parked 2006 Chevy Malibu, owned by Trent J. Iverson, Hudson; a legally parked 2015 Chevy Spark, owned by

Nicole Lee Harding, River Falls; and an unknown vehicle, at 265 Mound View Road. An unknown vehicle hit two parked vehicles, causing functional damage to the Malibu and minor damage to the Spark. No injuries were reported.

At 9 p.m., police were sent to Family Fresh (303 S. Main St.) for a bicycle theft. The bicycle, which is blue and white and valued at $100, was not locked and was near the bike rack. Surveillance will be checked. The bike was later found in Glen Park, along with three others, and returned to him.

July 19

At 12:40 a.m., police responded to 1450 S. Wasson Lane #52 for a missing person. The man was later found to be in custody at Wabasha County Jail in Minnesota.

July 20

At 9:30 a.m. police responded to 513 S. Wasson Lane where a woman reported her ex-boyfriend banging on her front door since 5:30 a.m. She asked police to check the area to see if he was still around. When police he arrived, they made contact with the man, who was still there. He said he needed to get a key from her apartment for a vehicle that was going to be towed from the parking lot. The woman retrieved belongings from the vehicle and provided the tow company with the key. She also reported a domestic incident from July 12 in which the man allegedly grabbed her hair and pulled her down to the ground. She declined to press charges.

At 4:04 p.m., officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at West Cedar and North Dallas streets between a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Corey Michael Pottebaum, 28, River Falls, and a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, driven by Stacie Marie Nelson, 39, River Falls. Pottebaum was traveling northbound on North Dallas approaching the intersection of West Cedar and he stopped at the stop sign. Nelson was heading westbound on West Cedar Street approaching the intersection when the two collided. Pottebaum had a stop sign and said he didn’t see Nelson when he proceeded though the intersection and failed to yield the right of way. Pottebaum said his dog distracted him. Nelson reported right arm pain, but declined EMS. After her vehicle was towed, she went to the hospital to get checked. Pottebaum reported no injuries. Both drivers wore seat belts. Pottebaum’s Chevy had minor damage.

At 6:50 p.m., David Allan Smith, 44, Hartland, reported damage to his company truck. Smith approached an officer at UW-River Falls Pay Lot 1 to report the damage, which had occurred while parked the night before in the Best Western (122 Spring St.) underground parking lot. The rear driver’s side passenger door had a dent and scratch. A suspect was identified; police tried to call her several times with no success. The hotel staff agreed to review video footage.

July 21

At 9:51 a.m., an officer driving by the White Pathway at 374 S. Winter St. saw graffiti on the train base bricks. The graffiti on the northwest corner included a heart with C+O in the middle, a drawing of a woman’s breasts, a drawing of a sun and moon, and another heart with “GO” in the middle. On the west side, a person was drawn.

At 11:45 a.m., officers responded to a two-vehicle crash on near Culver’s (1109 Main St.) between a 2009 Buick Lacrosse, driven by

Ronald Ferdinand Kuehn,

18, River Falls, and a 2010 Ford F150, driven by Chase David Nelson, 38, River Falls. Nelson said he was coming around the curve on St. Croix Street, heading straight eastbound on Pomeroy Street, when he felt a nudge on his passenger side. Kuehn was pulling out of a parking space and struck Nelson’s vehicle. Kuehn said he looked over his shoulder to see if any traffic was coming, saw none, put on his seat belt, then pulled out, striking Nelson. The Lacrosse was towed due to disabling damage, while the Ford had functional damage. Both drivers reported no injuries and wore seat belts. Kuehn was cited $98.80 for fail/yield right of way from parked position.

At 12:55 p.m., officers responded to a two-vehicle collision in the 100 block of South Main Street between a 2018 Ford Escape, driven by

Melvern Joseph Janisch, 80, Ellsworth, and a 2015 Ford F150, owned by Cheryle L. Johnson, Colfax. Johnson was legally parked in a parking stall. Janisch was backing into the parking stall in front of her an bumped into her vehicle. Both vehicles had minor damage. Janisch and his passenger, Marvin Edward Janisch, 80, Ellsworth, reported no injuries.

At 4:53 p.m., an individual reported a tire slashed at Little Adventures Child Care (708 Whitetail Blvd.) The Hudson resident said he parked at Little Adventures to go mountain biking on the Whitetail Ridge Mountain Bike Trail around 2:30 p.m. When he returned at 3:30 p.m., he drove for about a half-mile before he realized his tire was fla.t. He found a half-inch to 1-inch slit in the side of the tire (rear passenger side). Fleet Farm, where he had the tire repaired, found a second hole, which was slightly smaller.

At 6:01 p.m. a runway juvenile was reported. The juvenile was supposed to be home by 3 p.m. but did not return. This was the second time the juvenile was reported as a runaway in one week. North Hudson Police located the juvenile and took them into custody around 5 p.m. July 24. The teen was transferred into RFPD custody and eventually released to their mother, per St. Croix County Juvenile Services’ request.

A 513 S. Wasson Lane resident reported harassment at 6:21 p.m. The harassment consisted of 20 phone calls per day, threats of physical harm, and text messages. The case is under investigation.

At 11:03 p.m., police responded to Maverick’s Corner Saloon (128 N. Main St.) for an intoxicated person knocking on a window and trying to get people to come outside. When police arrived, they found Zachariah Albert, 31, New Richmond, outside the bar. Bar staff said they refused to serve him because he informed them he was just released from the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. He became disorderly and tried to get people to fight him. When police gave him a trespass notice, he crumpled it up and threw it away. He was profane and confrontational throughout the interview. Other witnesses corroborated the bartenders’ story; Albert was officially trespassed.

July 22

At 11:06 p.m., July 21, officers responded to a home in the 1000 block of East Cascade Avenue for a missing juvenile report. The juvenile returned home around 12:36 a.m. on foot and said they had been with friends at Glen Park. The teen was referred to Pierce County Juvenile Services and reminded of curfew hours.

At 2:13 a.m., police received an anonymous complaint of a vehicle at Glen Park knocking over garbage cans. When police arrived, they found a garbage can knocked over near the pickleball courts. They located a vehicle driving on a walking path to the north of the pickleball courts; two juveniles were laying on top of the vehicle and hanging onto its sunroof. One 15-year-old River Falls juvenile, three 14year-old Ellsworth juveniles and two 17-year-old Prescott juveniles were cited $98.80 for being in the park after hours; their parents were called and the teens were told to go home.

At 8:24 a.m., police were asked to perform a welfare check on three people at Larsen Park (1800 Sorensen St.) The people appeared to be sleeping under blankets and beer bottles and garbage were scattered around them. When police approached, they appeared disoriented, denied drinking and said they’d been there for an hour. They said they were waiting for someone to pick them up. One person had two active warrants, confirmed by dispatch. After a search of a backpack, Christopher Gary Langula, 44, Eau Claire, was arrested for a failure to appear – warrant, felony possession of burglarious tools, possession of methamphetamine, possession drug paraphernalia and a probation violation. He was taken into custody without incident. The other two said they’d go to someone’s house and cleaned up their garbage.

At 10:26 a.m., police responded to 307 S. Falls St. for a stolen motorcycle report. The motorcycle, a white 2008 Honda CRB 600 with Minnesota plates, had been parked alongside a residence in front of a driveway. It was taken sometime between 7 p.m. July 21 and 9 a.m. July 22. The motorcycle was valued at around $5,500.

July 23

At 12:24 p.m., police were sent to Second Chances (117 N. Main St.) for an illegal dumping violation. An employee reported that two people in a Ford truck drove up to the rear west back door and dumped multiple pieces of a couch. The incident was caught on video. Suspects were identified from the video and contacted. A woman said she thought the drop off area was for anytime, not appointment only. She said she would pick up the couches to avoid a violation.

At 2:04 p.m., a resident reported property damage at 512 High Ridge Road. The complainant said he arrived home from work at 11:30 p.m. July 22 and parked in front of his house. At 8 a.m. the following morning, when he tried to stop at the stop light at Main Street and Paulson Road, he was unable to and drive through the light. He drove into the BP gas station (1553 Paulson Road) and his brakes were not working. He looked beneath his 2005 Ford Expedition and found that all four brake lines had been cut. The damage was estimated to cost $400. He had no suspects in mind.

At 5:03 p.m., police responded to 502 N. Fremont St. for a found dog. The dog was taken to RFPD and its photo put on the RFPD Facebook page.

At 11:15 p.m., July 23, police received a complaint of juveniles behind Rocky Branch Elementary (1415 Bartosh Lane) with Airsoft guns and a report of a dark sedan driving through the area. When officers made contact with the black sedan, four juveniles told police they had been driving in the area of Bartosh and Jefferson Street when a different group of juveniles shot them and their vehicle with Airsoft guns. No one was injured and the vehicle had no damage. The vehicle then drove around looking for the shooters. They told police the shooters were on bikes and possibly had fled to the school’s roof. They were told to call police if this ever happens again and to leave the area. Officers soon located three juveniles near a residence east of Rocky Branch. They were involved in the incident, but located before the midnight curfew. They told officers they were staying at a residence on West Charlotte Street; police gave them a courtesy ride there. Later, a complainant reported by phone an additional group of juveniles on the Kinnickinnic Trail off of Jefferson Street. Police went there and located four bikes on the trail. The four juveniles told police they were looking for a football and had nothing to do with the Airsoft shooting incident. One kid then admitted he had left his cell phone on the school’s roof. When police helped the teen retrieve the phone, two Airsoft rifles were found on the roof. The parents arrived on scene and agreed repercussions were needed as they had previously been warned about curfew and causing disturbances. The four, all age 14, were fined $98.80 for curfew violation – 15 years and under.

July 25

At 1:25 a.m., officers responded to 176 Raymond Ave. for a burglary in progress where a man was attempting to enter a residence. When police arrived, they found a black BMW sedan parked in the driveway; a man in a suit, who was swaying, stood next to the driver’s side of the vehicle and the driver’s door was open. The man, later identified as

Austin N. Stewart, 31, River Falls, told police he lives at 168 Raymond Ave., which is one house to the east. Stewart had parked in the wrong driveway, partially on his neighbor’s lawn. He told police he was coming from the Zimmerman wedding at Belle Vinez. He smelled heavily of intoxicants and had bloodshot and glassy eyes. After failing field sobriety tests, Stewart refused a PBT. During a search, police located a pocket knife in Stewart’s pants pocket and a loaded handgun beneath the front driver’s seat. He was arrested for OWI – first and go armed with firearm while intoxicated and taken to Pierce County Jail.

At 11:16 a.m., police were sent to 218 W. Charlotte St. for a possible fight in progress. Two individuals appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine due to erratic behavior, speech and mood swings. A predominant aggressor couldn’t be determined, though one person showed police scratch marks and bruises. They were separated; police brought one to the police station where a friend picked them up.