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RIVER FALLS Police Department Reports

The following incidents were reported to the River Falls Police Department Oct. 4-11.

Monday, Oct. 4

At 3:21 p.m. police received a theft complaint at 1091 Sutherland Ave. A business had ordered a package containing 300 containers. FedEx reported they delivered it at 1 p.m. Sept. 30, but the business owner never received it. Security footage will be reviewed.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at 2:03 p.m. at the Cascade Avenue and Second Street roundabout between a 2013 Ford Fusion, driven by Kyndra Allison Lindquist, 18, River Falls, and a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Ronald Charles Sager, 74, Ellsworth. Lindquist was in the roundabout about to exit north onto Second Street, while Sager was traveling westbound on East Cascade. Sager failed to yield to the roundabout and collided with the front passenger corner of Lindquist’s vehicle. Neither driver reported injuries. The Fusion had functional damage, while the Chevy had minor damage. Sager was cited $98.80 for fail to yield right-of-way in roundabout.

At 5:36 a.m. police responded to 116 Vine St. for a theft complaint. A person reported a front license plate had been taken and replaced with a rear plate. The complainant said it went missing between 8 p.m. Oct. 3 and Oct. 5. Police contacted the rear plate’s owner who was unaware the license plated had gone missing. He checked his vehicle and his plated had been replaced with a Minnesota license plate. The license plate switches were believed to happen in Hudson, where both victims work.

At 7:40 p.m., officers responded to a two-vehicle crash with injuries at Second and Walnut streets between a 2009 Audi Q7 and a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. The Audi had heavy front-end damage, while the Cruze had heavy damage to its driver’s side. While an officer helped a man exit the Cruze who had a small head laceration, police spoke with the Audi’s two occupants, identified as Emilio Juan Soliz, 33, St. Paul Park, Minn., and Crystal Lynn Moen, 33, St. Paul Park, Minn. At first Moen said she was driving, but soon admitted Soliz was driving. They lied because Soliz doesn’t have a driver’s license. Soliz said he had been heading down Walnut Street and didn’t see the other car coming. He hit the Cruze after going through the stop sign. While processing the crash, officers smelled marijuana coming from the Audi. They found a “bud” and paraphernalia, which Soliz said was his. A witness approached police and told them that before police arrived, he saw Soliz run to a parked van nearby and place something in the driver’s side. Police asked Moen for permission to search the van, after she said it was hers, and she said no. A K-9 officer arrived and alerted to the van, where police found two baggies of marijuana, totaling 27 grams. Soliz was cited for operating without a valid license and failure to yield right of way from stop sign. He was then arrested for possession of THC and possess drug paraphernalia.

At 9:05 p.m. officers saw a wanted person, Naihla Laquann Buckley, 36, River Falls, riding a bicycle northbound on Main Street near the Valu Stay Inn. Buckley had misdemeanor and felony arrest warrants from Pierce and St. Croix counties, and a municipal New Richmond warrant. As police approached her at the Valu Stay, she ran up the stairs, across the upper balcony and down the east stairs. An officer caught up with her and brought her to the ground. She asked if she could take off her sweatshirt. When police let her, she broke free and fled again, this time to the north. They caught her and brought her to the ground again. She began crying and sweating, saying she didn’t want to go to jail. She refused to stand or walk, so police carried her to an ambulance. Buckley’s mother arrived and advised her to cooperate. After an EMS evaluation, police attempted to put Buckley in a squad, but she resisted. Once in the car, she smacked her head on a window. Police took her to St. Croix County Jail.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Police responded at 8:50 a.m. to Kennedy and Sycamore streets for a found red Mongoose bicycle. A neighbor said a man had been biking the day before eastbound on Kennedy Street around 3 or 3:30 p.m. Another neighbor confronted the man for riding through the grass, but he ignored the neighbor and walked north on Sycamore Street, leaving the bike. UW-River Falls police reported that a bike matching the description of the found bike had been stolen from Pay Lot 3 the night before. Police returned the bike to the victim and a suspect was identified.

Officers responded at 4 p.m. to a two-vehicle crash in the parking lot of 265 Mound View Road between a legally parked 2013 Ford Edge, owned by Aaron Joseph Boche, New Richmond, and a 2003 Mack CH612 truck with semi, driven by Chad Elden Zak, 54, Burnsville, Minn. Zak struck Boche’s vehicle while backing into the loading docks. The Edge had minor damage, while the Mack had none. Zak wore a seat belt and reported no injuries.

Thursday, Oct. 7

At 1:12 a.m., an officer responded to a River Falls home for a threat complaint. The victim, a 17-year-old juvenile, had been messaging explicit video to someone on Google Hangouts. The other person threatened to send the video to people the juvenile knew on Instagram if the juvenile didn’t send them money to an address in the Philippines. The officer advised the teen to set their social media accounts to private, to delete the Instagram account and reach out to people who may get the video to inform them to delete it if it was received.

At 10:33 a.m., police responded to a domestic in progress at 320 N. Second St. A complainant said they heard a man screaming for help in an apartment. When officers arrived, they saw a shirtless man walking south on the east side of the apartment building parking lot. When police entered the building, the shirtless man entered a different door and walked toward the apartment in question. He had blood on his teeth, arms and upper body. He was reluctant to speak with police and appeared highly intoxicated. He finally told police he’d invited an ex-girlfriend over who wasn’t supposed to see him due to bond conditions. When he fell asleep, she looked through an iPad and cell phone and became angry. She punched him three times in the face as he attempted to walk out of the apartment and pushed him into a closet door. Officers noted damage to the closet door and iPad. Police could not locate the woman, and the victim refused to fill out a statement. Charges were referred to the district attorney.

At 11:45 a.m., River Falls High School staff reported that students were playing cards in a class with pornographic cards. A 17-year-old student had brought them in. The 17-year-old was playing War with two other 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old. They invited a female teacher to join them and when she saw the cards, she felt extremely uncomfortable. The juveniles were also making lewd comments about the cards, which other students could hear. The student who brought the cards was cited for disorderly conduct. All students involved were suspended for three days. IAH, MDZELANI WOADUD

Mdzelani Woadud Miah, 23, River Falls, was arrested for a St. Croix County warrant after a traffic stop for speeding at 8:19 p.m. in the 600 block of North Main Street. After paying the $124 bond amount, Miah was cited for speeding and released.

At 9:30 p.m., a complainant reported property damage at 1281 Roosevelt St. The complainant said when her son picked up his bicycle at Westside, it had two punctured tires, missing handle bar grips, a cut seat and missing rear stunt pegs. The bike had been left there at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and picked up at 7 p.m. Oct. 6. The bike’s value was placed at $180.

Friday, Oct. 8

At 1:03 a.m. officers responded to an anonymous complaint about an assault in the alley behind Emma’s Bar (222 S. Main St.) According to the complainant, a vehicle struck a pedestrian, the driver got out and further assaulted the pedestrian, then took off heading north on Second Street. The victim, a 51-year-old River Falls man, had minor injuries. Witnesses identified the suspect vehicle as a silver Dodge Challenger, along with two possible suspects. Police found the suspect vehicle at N8203 1015th St., where they saw the two suspects and an older woman in the house. One man screaming profanities and continued to do so when he opened the door to police. Police identified him as Maximilian Quinn Maher, 29, River Falls and placed him in handcuffs. The other man, identified as Monroe Richard Maher, 24, River Falls, remained calm and compliant. The brothers’ account differed from the victim’s and witnesses, who said Maximilian began screaming at the victim, who was walking in the alley. A witness said Maximilian jumped out of the car and punched the victim several times, and then Monroe did the same. Another witness said he pulled the brothers off the victim, who was on the ground. EMS evaluated the victim at Emma’s. EMS took Maximilian to River Falls Area Hospital where he received 11 stitches in his ear. Both Mahers were arrested for battery and disorderly conduct.

At 1 p.m., police were sent to the Glen Park men’s bathroom for a vandalism complaint. Sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., someone had thrown a rock at the urinal which shattered it. On surveillance video, three juveniles were seen in the bathroom. At about 2 p.m., a city employee reported seeing juveniles matching the description of those on video walking downtown. Two juveniles provided false names. Once the boys were identified, police learned one had been reported as a runaway from Brainerd, Minn. The boy’s guardians picked him up from the police station and transported him to a Minnesota juvenile facility. The property damage case was referred to Pierce County Juvenile Intake. Estimated restitution damages are $500.

At 3:12 p.m., a theft was reported at Holiday (302 S. Main St.) When the suspect was confronted by an employee, he handed the employee a bag of beef jerky. The suspect was identified and will be trespassed from the store once police make contact.

At 4:32 p.m., police responded to a two-vehicle crash at Commerce Court and Riverside Drive between a 2010 Honda CRV, driven by Nicole Dianne Hartmann, 33, River Falls, and a 2018 Ram 1500, driven by Lance Robert Lueck, 42, River Falls. Lueck had stopped at the stop sign on Commerce Court to turn onto Riverside Drive. Hartmann was also approaching the stop sign and rear-ended Lueck. She said she was distracted because she was reaching for a lighter. Both vehicles had minor damage. Both drivers wore seat belts and reported no injuries. Hartmann was cited $111.40 for inattentive driving.

Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at 6:22 p.m. at the intersection of West Johnson Street and Kwik Trip’s driveway between a 2007 Nissan Murano, driven by Deborah Cay Taylor, 65, Coon Rapids, Minn., and a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze, driven by

Carter Thomas Olson, 19, Hampton, Minn. Both vehicles were waiting to exit Kwik Trip. Taylor accidentally let her foot off the brake and lightly rear-ended Olson’s vehicle. Both vehicles had minor damage. Both drivers wore seat belts and reported no injuries.

Saturday, Oct. 9 Luke Mason Sutter, 21, River Falls, was arrested for an OWIsecond after a traffic stop at 1:04 a.m. in the 400 block of North Main Street. An officer parked near the Main and Maple streets intersection saw Sutter take accelerate from a parked position at a high rate of speed. The tires squealed and the exhaust was excessive. The vehicle had several occupants and smelled strongly of alcohol. The driver, identified as Sutter, had glassy eyes and slurred speech. After field sobriety tests and registering a .098 PBT, police arrested Sutter. He was cited $500 for OWI-second and $124 for exhibition of power, received a written warning for non-registration and operating without insurance and was released to a sober party.

At 12:40 p.m., police performed a welfare check at Bobwhite and West Division streets where a woman was sobbing on the side of the road. She had been drinking and was somewhat incoherent. Due to past incidents with her, officers knew resources to contact on her behalf. Police walked the woman back to her residence and helped arrange her transport, with her permission, to a detox facility.

Sunday, Oct. 10 Greta Suzann Van Guilder, 19, South St. Paul, Minn., was cited $187 for an ID card violation after attempting to get into Shooter’s Pub at midnight with a fake Illinois ID. When the ID was confiscated, Van Guilder’s older sister called the bar impersonating their mother, trying to convince bar staff the ID was real. Police eventually talked to the real mother, who apologized for the girls’ behavior.

At 9:25 a.m., a complainant reported property damage to his vehicle. He said his driver’s side rear tire had been slashed while parked on North Main Street near Elm Street sometime between 9 p.m. Oct. 9 and 2:30 a.m. Oct. 10. The cost to replace the tire was $277.

Yakov Sagan, 46, River Falls, was trespassed from Emma’s Bar after a complaint to police at 7:10 p.m. An employee said Sagan frequents the bar regularly and causes issues with other patrons. He has been asked to not return repeatedly, but kept coming back. The employee said Sagan starts fights in the bar, provokes other customers, makes inappropriate comments to the customers and bartenders and will cause a scene when he’s “cut off.”

Monday, Oct. 11

Sometime on Oct. 11, an officer responded to River Falls Area Hospital for a dog bite that had occurred near North Second and Pine streets. The victim said she’d been out walking when a dog came up and bit her. The dog had a leash on and a man and woman were running after the dog. The couple was provided quarantine paperwork.

October 20, 2021