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River Falls Police: Property damage; sticky fingers

Property damage

• On Oct. 15, a resident reported dents in the hood of her vehicle, which had been parked on Southridge Road on the night of Oct. 14. The owner noticed the damage the next day.

• On Oct. 15, a resident reported multiple damaged mailboxes in the 900 block of Howard Street.

Sticky fingers

• At 6:55 a.m. Oct. 15, a resident who had been parked in the 300 block of North Seventh Street overnight reported his wallet missing from the vehicle. The wallet contained $200 cash, a driver's license, insurance card and debit card. Loose change was also missing and things inside the vehicle had been moved around. The wallet was later found on a lawn on Wasson Lane and turned into the police department.

• On Oct. 12, police were sent to the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St., where a woman reported her front driver's side tire missing after being in the library for a couple hours. It appeared someone had entered the vehicle, obtained the spare tire and jack and started putting the spare tire on. The lug nuts to the tire were on the ground and the spare tire was leaning against the axel. A car in the St. Bridget's parking lot had a flat tire. It was unknown if the person dealing with the flat tire was related to the tire theft. An officer put the woman's front tire onto her vehicle.

• At 4:48 p.m. Oct. 11, a complainant reported a mountain bike worth $206 stolen while the owner was at Meyer Middle School. The bike was not locked in the bike rack.

• On Oct. 11, a resident in the 900 block of Hanson Drive reported the theft of four large political signs for Scott Walker, Shannon Zimmerman, Scott Knudson and Sean Duffy.

• At 4:04 p.m. Oct. 9, police were sent to ShopKo, 1777 Paulson Road, for a shoplifting in progress. The suspect, Timothy James Mcneill, 55, Silver Lake, Minnesota, told police he thought he could get away with taking some items, including a light bulb, a metal chain with a cross and a comforter bedding set. Mcneill was seen on camera taking a wireless router from the store a few days prior. Mcneill allegedly put the metal chain into his pocket and went past points of sale without trying to pay for it. Mcneill told police he was had gotten a ride to River Falls to shop. The total value of the items taken was $247.96. He was arrested and taken to St. Croix County Jail.

• At 12:32 a.m. Oct. 9, a resident reported that her vehicle was towed by Jerry's after an accident Oct. 6. When her father arrived to retrieve her belongings from the vehicle, various gift cards, a cell phone charger and an iPad were missing. The towing company said it did not remove anything from the vehicle.

Liquor store theft

At 10:47 p.m. Oct. 11, police were sent to DeVine Liquor, 703 N. Main St., for an activated burglar alarm. No one was located inside the business. Police later reviewed security footage with a business owner, which showed a man inside the building wearing a snapback hat, collared zippered sweatshirt, black shirt, blue jeans and a pair of black basketball sneakers with velcro straps, with a well-trimmed chinstrap beard. The suspect appeared to be startled when the alarm triggered after he opened the door and he immediately it. He then reopened the door, went into the back room stock area, grabbed a six-pack of beer, exited and ran westbound behind the liquor store.

Store staff said a six-pack of Blue Moon Belgian White beers was missing.

The suspect on the video appeared to be Joseph Carl Sass, 31, Farmington, Minn., who had had been in a traffic stop the previous night when three of the four people in the vehicle were arrested for methamphetamine or drug paraphernalia crimes. Sass had been the one occupant not arrested. The vehicle had contained headlamps, flashlights and "other items associated with late night burglaries."

Officers went to the Value Stay Inn where Sass had been staying. Officers confirmed Sass matched the description of the man seen in the surveillance video. Sass was still wearing the black undershirt, blue jeans, and black basketball sneakers with velcro straps seen in the video. Sass claimed he did not know anything about any stolen beer.

Police told Sass they had video surveillance of him and placed him under arrest. He allegedly tried to argue and did not listen to police commands. He calmed down and cooperated once placed in handcuffs. Witnesses told police they had seen Sass return to the building wearing a hat and zippered sweater that matched the clothing in the surveillance video.

The stolen six-pack was located underneath a semi parked behind Devine Liquor. Sass told police he'd gone to Walgreens with a friend, then to Little Caesar's to pick up pizza before meeting his friend back at the motel. He denied entering Devine Liquor, taking and hiding the beer. He was taken to St. Croix County Jail.

Drug sales near school

At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, police received a tip about possible methamphetamine sales by a woman named Sandra. On Oct. 12, police obtained a search warrant for a Fremont Street residence. The suspect was identified as Sarah Marie Sheb 36, River Falls.

Inside the residence police found a pill bottle with no markings containing 23 pills, a mix of acetaminophen/oxycodone; about nine grams of suspected meth, a digital scale and spoon. Sheb was not inside the residence at the time. An officer outside the residence saw Sheb's vehicle come near, then quickly drive away. An officer followed Sheb and pulled her over. A child was in the car.

Police searched the vehicle but found no illegal items inside. Sheb and the child were taken to the police department. St. Croix Human Services was called to find a safe place for the child. Sheb told police she does not currently use meth and hasn't for two years. She later completed a drug test that indicated she did not have methamphetamine in her system. She said she has been selling meth for a couple of months to a couple of different people.

She said she was aware of meth located on top of her refrigerator and oxycodone pills that were found in her bedroom. She said she does not have a prescription for oxycodone or any other painkillers. She was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent, possession of schedule 1 controlled substance, drug sales within 1,000 feet of a school and a probation hold. She was taken to Pierce County Jail.

Traffic troubles

• At 7:24 p.m. Oct. 14, Kayla Lee Erickson, 23, Hudson, allegedly turned left from Main Street onto Cemetery Road, mounted a curb and hit a power pole support line, which caused the vehicle to roll onto its roof. Erickson said she had been drinking coffee and "probably driving too fast" while turning. She was cited $111.40 for inattentive driving.

• At 1:40 p.m. Oct. 14, police went to the intersection of State and Foster streets for a two-vehicle accident. One of the drivers, Brittany Leeann Lofgren, 28, River Falls, told police she had pulled onto State Street and did not see the other vehicle, which resulted in a minor collision. Lofgren was cited $98.80 for failure to yield when emerging from an alleyway.

• At 12:45 p.m. Oct. 13, police were sent to South Main and West Charlotte street for an accident. Tara Marie Eckhart, 20, Big Lake, Minnesota, said she was distracted by a college party happening and wasn't looking at traffic in front of her, which had stopped. Her vehicle collided with another vehicle. She was cited $111.40 for inattentive driving .

• At 6:56 p.m. Oct. 12, police were sent to a two-vehicle accident in the 100 block of South Main Street. Devon Joy Langreck, 19, Spencer, was following the vehicle in front of her when it stopped for a pedestrian crossing; Langreck rear-ended the vehicle in front of her. She told police she had looked down for "a second" and rear-ended the vehicle in front of her. She was cited $111.40 for inattentive driving.

• At 1:45 p.m. Oct. 10, police were sent to a two-vehicle accident at Spring and Second Streets. Courtney Rose Gardner, 21 River Falls, said she was driving east on Spring Street and hit the clutch instead of the brake and struck a vehicle stopped at a stop sign at Second Street. She swerved and tried to avoid the accident but still struck the stopped vehicle and went onto the curb and boulevard. She was cited $136.60 for failure to keep vehicle under control.

Drug arrests

• At 1:21 a.m. Oct. 15, police pulled over a van registered to Crystal Marie McMullen, 37, Baldwin at Main Street and Cascade Avenue. The door opened and the driver allegedly attempted to get out. During the traffic stop, police observed a "small crystal-like substance" on the seat which appeared to be methamphetamine. Police could also smell the scent of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver was identified as Jordan Duane Clausen 28, Baldwin. McMullen, the passenger, identified herself as the owner of the vehicle, which had been pulled into the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 100 block of Union Street. Police asked why Clausen and McMullen had pulled into that residence and if they lived there. They reportedly said they did not live there, but knew a police vehicle was behind them and did not want to be pulled over as neither of them had a valid drivers license, so they planned to park and get out before they were stopped. Police searched the vehicle; the substance on the driver's seat tested positive for methamphetamine. A tote found in the driver's side cargo area contained clothing items, a purse, a female's wig, and a pink zippered accessory bag. Inside the bag, police found a pipe, several small, clear baggies which appeared to contain methamphetamine, two syringes, one containing "some type of clear crystal-like substance," a Bose CD container and an empty syringe. Neither McMullen nor Clausen admitted to owning the drug items inside the vehicle. McMullen was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Clausen was cited $124 for operating without a valid license and released. McMullen was taken to St. Croix County Jail.

• At 12:58 a.m. Oct. 11, police saw a white SUV exit the Value Stay Inn parking lot and turn onto North Main Street with no headlights activated. The driver was identified as Tara Kathleen McNiff, 28, River Falls; the passengers were identified as Cody Conrad Mulhausen, 31, Ellsworth; Jessica Joy Weberg, 41, River Falls; and Carl Joseph Sass, 31, Farmington, Minn. Police searched the vehicle and found a backpack containing used hypodermic needles, a black digital scale with suspected methamphetamine residue, two rubber gloves, three tips, rubber bands, one red straw, a clear drug pipe with burnt suspected methamphetamine residue, a smartphone, deodorant and a notebook that had "Tara is dope" written on it. Police also found a clear gem baggie containing suspected methamphetamine residue, a used syringe inside Weberg's purse, another clear gem baggie with suspected methamphetamine residue and a "loaded" syringe with suspected liquid methamphetamine in a Carhartt jacket belonging to Mulhausen. Mulhausen told police he had taken the jacket from a "green bin" and the items must have already been in the pocket. He appeared to have recent track marks on his arms, and his right arm had dried blood near a pinpoint injection site on a large vein near his inner elbow. He told police he must have cut his arm while working on a vehicle. The backpack belonged to McNiff, who was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, felony bail jumping, and a probation hold. Mulhausen was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Weberg was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and the charge forwarded to the district attorney. She said the purse and plastic baggie inside it belonged to her, but the meth residue was not recent. McNiff and Mulhausen were taken to St. Croix County Jail.

• At 9:40 a.m. Oct. 9, police were told by three RFHS students they could smell marijuana in the girls' bathroom. Police and school administration used the school camera system to identify a 15-year-old juvenile, who allegedly said she had used a vaporizer containing THC in the restroom. Her parents were notified. She was cited $98.80 for possession of drug paraphernalia and released to her mother.

• AT 11:11 p.m. Oct. 13, police saw John Wesley Vanpelt, 19, Hudson, walking on a South Main Street sidewalk, drinking a can of Busch Light beer. Vanpelt tried to hide the can by placing it in the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. The majority of the group of people Vanpelt was walking with left but Zachary Christopher Ryan, 19, Hudson, remained behind with him. Vanpelt admitted to drinking alcohol. The officer on scene told Vanpelt to pour out the alcohol in his possession. Vanpelt received a .151 result on a PBT. While Vanpelt was taking the PBT, Ryan took a mason jar from his back pocket, which held a glass marijuana bowl with burnt residu , a Ziploc bag, marijuana, wrappers for Swisher Sweets, burnt blunt butts, and a candle. Ryan was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, cited cited $187, and released. Vanpelt was cited $187 for underage drinking, first offense.

Underage party bust

At 12:37 a.m. Oct. 14, police observed John Leo Doane III, 18, Crandon, standing in the street drinking from a Red Solo Cup in the 100 block of West Cascade Avenue. A party had been going on that day since 2 p.m., with 50-100 people on the lawn playing drinking games at one point. When an officer asked Doane to speak, Doane dropped the cup on the ground and walked toward the residence. The officer pursued and caught up with Doane just outside the house.

Doane had slurred speech and admitted there had been beer inside the cup. He also said there were several cans of beer in his backpack. Doane said he had not gotten the cup from inside the West Cascade residence. He told police he does not like drinking beer from an aluminum can as it hurts his teeth. He admitted to drinking inside the house, and said no one at the house had asked for his ID.

Renters Nathan Daniel Aarsvold, 20, River Falls, and Cole Patrick Kennedy, 20, River Falls, told police they had been drinking alcohol. All three men were given a preliminary breath test (PBT). Doane received a .106. Kennedy received a .169 and Aarsvold received a .097. Aarsvold told police he was unaware of any underage consumption at his residence, though he is not yet 21. An officer told Kennedy and Aarsvold police were aware that underage drinking had been happening at their residence that day, and that their residence had thrown underage drinking parties every weekend since fall semester began, based on police observations and conversations with students. Aarsvold urinated in his pants while speaking with officers.

Kennedy admitted most party attendees were under the legal drinking age and acknowledged that he and Aarsvold had been getting away with throwing parties each weekend. Doane was cited $187 for underage drinking. Kennedy and Aarsvold were both cited $313 for adult permit underage drinking and $187 for underage drinking, first offense

Underage drinking

• On Oct. 14, police were sent to the 200 block of Maple Street for an out of control party. An officer found several people in the alleyway behind the post office, who took off running. The officer caught up with a drunk woman standing inside a garage. Joanna Christine Ingram, 19, River Falls, said she did not live at the residence to which the garage belonged. When asked if she was hiding because she was underage, Ingram said yes. She received a .143 PBT result. She was cited $187 for underage drinking, first offense.

• At 11:37 p.m. Oct. 13, police saw Joshua Michael Weimer, 19, Arcadia, push over a dumpster in the American Family Insurance parking lot. Weimer took off running with several people that had been watching. An officer followed Weimer down the street, into a backyard and found him hiding in tall bushes. He said he did not push over the dumpster. Police could smell alcohol on Weimer's breath. He received a .06 PBT reading. He was cited $187 for underage drinking, first offense.

• At 10:51 p.m. Oct. 13, police in the 800 block of Spring Street saw Brett David Paulson, 19, Mantorville, Minnesota, holding an open Keystone Light beer. Paulson told police he knew was celebrating. He received a .138 PBT reading. He was cited $187 for underage drinking, first offense.

• At 8:45 p.m. Oct. 13, police saw Benjamin Erstad Provost 18, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, walking on a Main Street sidewalk with an open can of beer. Provost received a PBT result of .063. He was cited $187 for underage drinking.

• At 8:45 p.m.Oct. 13, police saw Cole Erik Justesen, 18, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, walking on a Main Street sidewalk, carrying an open beer can. Justesen admitted to drinking alcohol despite being under 21. Justesen received a .078 PBT reading and was cited $187 for underage drinking.

• At 8:10 p.m. Oct. 13, police saw James William Dalton, 18, New Richmond, walking on a Main Street sidewalk with an open can of beer. Dalton admitted to drinking alcohol and received a.082 PBT reading. He was cited $187 for underage drinking, first offense.

• At 8:10 p.m. Oct. 13, at about 8:10 p.m., River Falls police allegedly saw Samuel Benjamin Christensen, 19, New Richmond, walking on a Maini Street sidewalk, carrying an open beer can. He admitted to drinking alcohol and received a .051 PBT reading. He was cited $187 for underage drinking.

• At 11:04 p.m. Oct. 12, police on foot patrol in Glen Park heard voices northwest of the Swinging Bridge and saw flashing light believed to be a lighter. An officer saw two men sitting on the ground near a 100-foot drop off. The men, later identified as Alexander Jay Wolseth, 20, Albertville, Minnesota, and Jacob Alan Ott, 18, Pardeeville, said they were "talking about 'deep' issues." They had bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, and an odor of marijuana coming from them. When asked if they smoked, the men said they did not. Ott said he had been smoking a Swisher Sweet Cigar. Both admitted to drinking alcohol. Ott told police the alcohol was in a backpack, along with a bit of marijuana. Police found 3 grams of suspected marijuana, a green glass drug pipe, a shattered glass bong, a metal grinder, a Four Loko alcoholic drink can, a 1 liter bottle of tequila that was mostly empty and a water bottle that contained alcohol. Wolseth was cited $187 for underage drinking. Ott was cited $187 for possession of marijuana and $187 for underage drinking. Ott received a .12 PBT result, while Wolseth received a .11.

Open container

• At 11:25 p.m. Oct. 13, police saw John Michael Carpenter, 22, River Falls, walking on the Walnut Street sidewalk carrying what appeared to an open beer can. Carpenter was cited $98.80 for possession of an open container of alcohol.

• At 9:15 p.m. Oct. 13, police saw Emily Jane Holmberg, 21, Oakdale, Minnesota, walking on a Main Street sidewalk carrying an open beer can. She was cited $98.80 for possession of an open container of alcohol in a public street.

• At 7:40 p.m. Oct. 13, police saw Alec James Lorenz, 21, Blaine, Minnesota, walking on a Main Street sidewalk, carrying an open beer can. He was cited $98;80 for possession of an open container of alcohol.

Criminal damage to property

At 2:48 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, a caller reported that a woman broke a window at a residence in the 500 block of East Cascade Avenue and was leaving after trying to steal his phone. When police arrived, they could see a "large amount" of shattered glass inside and outside the front door of the residence; a dual pane window in the center that had been smashed. The wooden window frame was dented and damaged and appeared to have been hit multiple times. A broken beer bottle was found inside the kitchen.

The caller told officers the woman had run from the scene before police arrived. Four witnesses were also present. The caller told police he had been upstairs in his bedroom when the woman arrived at the residence uninvited and entered his room without knocking. He said the woman began punching and slapping him in the face. He allegedly told her to leave and she refused.

The caller said the woman took his cell phone and ran from the residence. He told police he chased after the woman, caught up to her, tackled her to the ground and retrieved his phone.

He said he then ran back to his residence, where he locked the door and went upstairs. He said the woman broke into the residence, followed him upstairs, and again entered his room and began trying to steal clothing from him. He then called 911.

The woman took one of the man's sweatshirts and left. The four witnesses all had similar accounts of the incident.

The woman allegedly used a Spotted Cow beer bottle to smash through the glass window on the door, reached through the broken glass and unlocked the door, then entered the residence and yelled at the witnesses. The witnesses said the woman threw the beer bottle on the ground in the kitchen, shattering it, then went upstairs and argued with the caller again.

The woman, identified as Amanda Lynn Nelson, 22, River Falls, was seen fleeing the residence after the caller called the police.

According to a statement she wrote and signed for police, she said the caller came at her with two fists, trying to punch her in the face, and she started to hit him back with both hands, "which caused them to get cut up," she wrote.

Nelson wrote that the caller followed her out into the lawn and layed on top of her hitting her repeatedly as she tried to defend herself by hitting back. She claimed he was trying to hurt her because she had asked him why he was cheating on her. She also wrote he pushed her outside of the house, which she was willingly leaving.

Nelson agreed to a preliminary breath test and received a .132 result.

She was arrested and taken to the police department. She had small cuts and fresh blood all over her hands. She denied breaking the window and said she didn't know how the window broke. She was cited $250 for criminal damage to property, $250 for theft of movable property and $187 for disorderly conduct.

The sweatshirt was "recovered" from her and returned to the caller.

Public urination

• At 9:49 p.m. Oct. 13, an officer saw Kyle Erik Thies, 21, River Falls, urinating on a residence in the 600 block of Sycamore Street. Thies told the officer he does not live at the Sycamore Street residence and that it seemed like a good place to urinate. He was cited $124 for public urination.

• At 12:45 a.m. Oct. 13, police saw Joshua Allen Williams, 27, St. Paul, urinating on a building corner at East Elm and North Main streets. Williams was "highly intoxicated" and told police he made a "stupid mistake" and apologized. He was cited $124 for public urination.

Pickaxe found

At 6:24 p.m. Oct. 13, a woman reported finding a pickaxe in her backyard in the 800 block of Glenmeadow Street.

Substantial battery

At 2:30 a.m. Oct. 13, police were sent to Shooter's Bar, 107 E. Elm St, where a patron allegedly punched a staff member in the face. The suspect, Troy James Neugent, 35, River Falls, was detained by bartenders. The man who had been punched said Neugent punched him. He had blood running down his face from his nose. Neugent was yelling obscenities and appeared highly intoxicated. He was arrested for battery and "became belligerent" while in the squad car. He allegedly continued yelling obscenities and began head-butting the cage in the squad car. He received a .216 PBT result. The man who had been punched had a broken nose.

Neugent was taken to Pierce County Jail. On the way there he allegedly yelled obscenities and homophobic slurs at officers. At the jail, Neugent refused to answer pre-booking questions and "took a confrontational posture" while talking to officers. He was placed in a receiving cell until he was sober enough to complete booking.

Domestic disorderly conduct

At 4:33 p.m. Oct. 9, police were sent to an address in the 800 block of Leroy Lane for a disorderly, intoxicated man acting belligerent. Matthew James-Kampa Sletten, 31, River Falls, was banging on a door, trying to enter a room in which a woman was locked.

When police arrived, Sletten said nothing was going on and appeared drunk, sitting in a slumped position on the couch with his head facing downward. He smelled of alcohol.

Another man told police Sletten had been notified via email of paperwork regarding his recent divorce, which sent Sletten into "an aggressive or angry rage." The man and woman said Sletten threw his cell phone and yelled, taken the other man's walker and pushed it into the street. Sletten allegedly left after his first outburst to purchase alcohol. When he returned, he was verbally combative and threatening; he tried to leave in a vehicle, but the other man forcibly removed the car keys to prevent him from driving drunk. When police tried to question Sletten, he remained mute or denied anything happened. He denied drinking and refused a PBT. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to St. Croix County Jail.

Neighbor uses racial slurs

At 6:25 p.m. Oct. 7, police were sent to the 200 block of West Charlotte Street for a harassment complaint. A resident said he was being harassed and followed by his neighbor Chauntel Marie Simon 51, River Falls.

When police arrived, Simon told police she was having trouble with her neighbors and the landlord. Simon said the situation started because a neighbor had installed a window A/C unit and it walks leaking, causing black mold inside of her apartment. She told police her neighbor his always loud and obnoxious, stomping around playing loud music, dropping items and ruining her peace.

The neighbor who called police came out and said he had been gone most of the day. He said he and another person were organizing items in the apartment when Simon began knocking at his door, shouting profanities and racial slurs. The neighbor said he exited the apartment complex and Simon yelled profanities at him and followed him to the parking lot. The neighbor believed Simon was trying to bait him into being aggressive. He alleged she pushed him and called him a "loser" and the N-word. A witness said she saw and heard Simon knock on the door, scream at the door, swear at the neighbor and call him a racial slur.

Police questioned Simon further at her apartment. When asked why she was so upset at her neighbor, Simon again told police about the mold in the bedroom and noise. She admitted to calling him racial slurs, profane names and going to his door. Simon said she thought it was okay to call him the N-word as she did not use the -er at the end. Simon said black people use that word to each other and in songs all the time.

Simon was cited $187 for disorderly conduct and warned that if any further issues arise she could be taken to Pierce County Jail and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. She was advised to speak to her landlord if her neighbor was being too loud.

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