'Cut me a break'
Emily In Kyung Nelson, 22, Maplewood, Minnesota, was cited $187 for possession of marijuana after a traffic stop for an out headlight and front view obstruction hanging from her rearview mirror at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. When pulled over, Nelson allegedly only rolled down her window about 2 inches. When police asked her to roll it down further, she complied and police could smell "the overwhelming odor of marijuana" from inside the vehicle. Nelson allegedly told police she was sorry and asked them to cut her a break because she was due to graduate from college in a week. She was informed that if it was her first offense, she'd only receive a municipal ticket. She told police she had a mason jar with marijuana inside it under her driver's seat, and a blunt. A search of the vehicle revealed the mason jar with marijuana inside, small amounts of "marijuana shake" scattered inside the vehicle. She was arrested and taken to the police department, cited and released.
Lying in a snowbank
Dawsen Jade Cossalter, 18, Esko, Minnesota, was cited $187 for ID Card violation and $187 for underage drinking at 12:34 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 after police were sent to Main and Union streets to check on the welfare of a man reportedly lying in the road. Cossalter was found lying half in the road and half in a snowbank. When asked where he was, Cossalter said he was in Eau Claire. Cossalter initially gave police an ID for an "Austin Cossalter." But, when police called the last two contacts in Cossalter's phone to find a friend to assist Cossalter, they were told his first name was "Dawsen." Police found another ID in Cossalter's wallet, giving his age as 18.
He was taken to the River Falls Police department, where he reportedly told police he had been drinking downtown and had used his older brother's ID to get into bars. He was cited and released to the custody of a friend.
Paul Edward Cleveland, 29, River Falls, was cited $111.40 for inattentive driving at 7:18 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 after being involved in a two-vehicle accident. Cleveland reported that he glanced at the road but did not see that the vehicle in front of him was yielding for other motorists. He hit the other vehicle.
'You can't prove it'
Kimberly E. Musser, 50, River Falls, was arrested for disorderly conduct at 6:10 p.m. Dec. 9 after an incident at a residence in the 1400 block of Riverside Drive, where Musser was found in the lobby of an apartment complex sitting on a bench. She allegedly told police she had punched a wall and argued with another person. Police reported she appeared obviously intoxicated. Another person said Musser had yelled and screamed at her, then punched a wall. When police asked her if she had another place to stay, Musser said she could drive to Hudson.
Police told her no, she could not drive, as she had been drinking. Musser allegedly denied drinking and swore at officers, saying it could not be proven that she had been drinking. She refused a preliminary breath test and continued to swear at officers. She was arrested and taken to St. Croix County Jail.
Baggie in bra
Hailey R. Huseby, 18, Hudson, was cited $187 for possession of drug paraphernalia at 3:49 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11. Police observed Huseby driving a vehicle with a Wisconsin truck license plate that was not a truck. Police pulled her over on Maple Street. She was given a verbal warning about the license plate. A search of Huseby's vehicle did not reveal any illegal items. However, police found a scale on Huseby's person, which had meth residue on it. A small gem baggie of meth was later found in Huseby's bra. She was arrested, taken to River Falls Police Department and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and released to her mother.
James Bryant MacTavish, 50, River Falls, was arrested for disorderly conduct at 8:25 p.m. Dec. 13. At about 7:57 p.m., police were sent to an address in the 500 block of North Dallas Street. A woman said she had been pushed into a wall in the kitchen and hit her head, but did not need medical attention. Police found MacTavish kneeling with his hands above his head. He had allegedly argued with the woman and the two had reportedly had a physical fight. He was arrested and taken to St. Croix County Jail.
• Koren Marie Wood, 35, River Falls, was arrested for retail theft after an incident at 6:31 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11 at Family Fresh. Loss prevention staff reported that a female entered the store, selected a reusable bag, and filled it with items with an estimated value of about $50. The next day, an officer reportedly made contact with the suspect, identifying her as Wood. She allegedly admitted to taking the items and said she did not notice she had not paid for them. She said she was under a lot of stress and always pays for her groceries. She was cited $187, fingerprinted, and issued a one-year no-trespass notice to Family Fresh.
• A former River Falls resident who moved to South Carolina last year reported several items she believes were stolen during her move in 2016, including sterling silver jewelry items and two Gopro cameras.
• On Dec. 13, a River Falls resident reported clothing stolen from Southtown Cleaners. The estimated cost of the missing clothing is $300.