Sticky fingers

• At 2:10 p.m. Dec. 28, a River Falls resident reported the theft of a rented Surly Flat Tire bicycle rented from UW-River Falls.

• At 3:20 p.m. Dec. 19 a person reported that on Dec. 17 while on lunch break at McDonalds, he forgot his wallet on the counter. When he went to retrieve the wallet a few hours later, it was gone. The wallet was found in the parking lot with all IDs and credit cards inside, but $150 in cash was missing.

• At 6:02 p.m. Dec. 19, police were sent to ShopKo, 1777 Paulson Road, for a retail theft. Vallard Micakael Logan, 38, River Falls, was allegedly in the process of concealing items in a handbag, using a knife with a 3-inch blade to open packages, remove items and conceal the merchandise. Loss prevention staff called police due to the presence of the knife and what they believed to be a small canister of mace or pepper spray attached to Logan's keychain. Police handcuffed and detained him and found a 6-inch knife in his sweatshirt pocket. He later was taken to the River Falls Police Department and cited $187 for retail theft and released.

• At 11:25 a.m. Dec. 22 police were flagged down by a property owner in the 400 block of South Winter Street, who reported that someone had entered his garage and taken a backpack blower worth $510 and cordless trimmer worth $150.

• At 6:13 p.m. Dec. 24, a woman reported that between midnight and noon, someone had gone into her unlocked vehicle and stolen items belonging to her and her boyfriend while the vehicle was parked in the 200 block of West Johnson Street. The missing items included an auxiliary cord, a men's skiing jacket and a pair of prescription ray ban sunglasses.

• At 6:35 p.m. Dec. 20, police were sent to the 1200 block of Foster Street for a theft. A resident said he found his work phone, wallet and sweatshirt missing from his vehicle in the morning. The vehicle was left unlocked overnight.

• At 7:46 p.m. Dec. 23, police were sent to the 100 block of South Third Street for a theft. A resident reported her PlayStation 4 had been stolen.

• At 2 p.m. Dec. 29, a man reported that items belonging to him had allegedly been sold without permission by a woman who had previously lived at the same residence with him in 2016 and 2017. The man said that his tattoo equipment, clothes and multiple televisions had been sold while he was in prison for drug charges.

• On Dec. 25, two residents reported a man has harassed them with phone calls and text messages. The residents suspect that the man stole items out of and scratched the year tab off one of the residents' license plates, and removed the valve stems from all four tires of the vehicle. The residents also alleged suspected that the man stole items from within the vehicle, including a safe and personal documents. Police had not yet spoken with the suspect.

• At 10:40 a.m. Dec. 28, police were sent to the 300 block of Charlotte Street for a burglary complaint. A resident said power tools and accessories had been stolen from his garage.

Traffic troubles

• At 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, an unknown vehicle allegedly rear-ended a legally parked vehicle in the Family Fresh Market parking lot, then left the scene.

• At 4:25 p.m. Dec. 18, police were sent to a two-vehicle accident on West Division Street near North Main Street. Matthew David Siegel, 36, Spring Valley, said he was facing east at North Main and Division streets stopped in the left turn lane. He decided to continue straight on Division street instead of turning left but he did not see the other vehicle, which had the right of way. Siegel was cited $98.80 for unsafe lane deviation.

• At 6:11 p.m. Dec. 19, police were sent to a two-vehicle accident on South Main and Walnut streets. A 17-year-old River Falls juvenile said she was following another vehicle, both driving north on South Main Street, approaching Walnut Street. The juvenile said she was going to turn left and thought there was enough room to pull up next to the other vehicle. She was cited $124 for following too closely, and a parent notification letter was also issued.

• At 9:26 p.m. Dec. 21, police saw a suspicious vehicle south of the Aldi Parking lot. When police approached the driver, later identified as Israel Sanchez Oliver II, 39, River Falls, he drove away. The vehicle pulled into 705 N. Main St. at an unsafe speed and parked across a handicap parking spot. The driver exited. Officers said the radio was playing and Oliver's cellphone was propped up on the dash playing videos, and there was a smell of marijuana. Police said they received consent and searched the vehicle, and found a glass pipe, bag of suspected marijuana, and an open beer in the cup holder. Standardized field sobriety tests did not show enough evidence to arrest Oliver on OWI. He allegedly received a .071 on a preliminary breath test. He was cited $200 for operating without a valid license, second offense, $187 for possession of drug paraphernalia, and $187 for possession of marijuana (THC). Oliver was taken to St. Croix County Jail.

• At 7:34 p.m. Dec. 26, police were sent to an accident at North Main Street and Quarry Road. A vehicle driven by Judith Ann Grant-Wilson, 74, River Falls, allegedly went through a red light, and collided with another vehicle. Grant-Wilson was cited $98.80 for running a red light.

• At 2:22 a.m. Dec. 29, Austin Alan Dudrey, 23, River Falls, was arrested and cited $250 for operating while revoked, after driving with a revoked driver's license on Sixth Street near Spring Street.

Solicit without license

At 2 p.m. Dec. 18, police were sent to Cudd's Court, 1450 S. Wasson Lane, for a suspicious vehicle. A caller said a vehicle with multiple people in it was going door-to-door, selling vacuums.

When police arrived, they saw a man, later identified as Ryan James Haffely, 23, Eau Claire, and a woman, later identified as Amy Jo Marum, 19, Eau Claire, in the van while a third person, Jesus Richard Anthony Miera II, 37, Fort Wayne, Ind,, exited the entrance to a trailer home.

Police asked to see a solicitation permit for the city of River Falls. Haffely showed permits for Hudson and Menomonie. Each was cited $98.80 for soliciting without a license.

Possession of drug paraphernalia

• At 2:22 a.m. Dec. 24 pulled over near Pomeroy Street for driving without headlights illuminated. The driver was identified as Cheyenne J. Jurado, 20, Oakdale, Minn., and the passenger as Benjamin Michael Moffitt, 18, Stillwater, Minn. Police smelled a strong odor of perfume that seemed freshly sprayed, and an odor of burnt marijuana. The vehicle was searched and a bag of suspected marijuana found in Jurado's purse. A blue herb grinder with residue and two glass pipes with burnt residue were found. Jurado And Moffitt were each cited $187 for possession of drug paraphernalia.

• At 9:43 a.m.Dec. 26, Andrew Michael Hobbs, 25, River Falls, was arrested and cited $187 for possession of drug paraphernalia and $187 for possession of THC at an address in the 100 block of South Main Street. He allegedly admitted to police he had smoked marijuana and handed over a glass jar with suspected marijuana inside, along with a pipe, grinder and clear bag of suspected marijuana.

• At 8:30 a.m. Dec. 20, a report was sent to St. Croix County Human Services after suspected marijuana, a glass pipe, several vaporizers and vaporizer oil were found in the possession of a 16-year-old River Falls Renaissance Academy student and a 17-year-old River Falls Renaissance Academy student. Though both students initially denied owning the items found, the 16-year-old later claimed some of the items and said the others belonged to the 17-year-old.


At 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21, police served a warrant to Cory L. Freiberg, 37, River Falls. He was found at a residence in the 200 block of South Eighth Street. When asked if he knew about the warrant, he said he did not. He was arrested and taken to Pierce County Jail.

Disorderly conduct

• At 8:25 p.m. Dec. 21, police were sent to the 900 block of Orange Street for a man who was reportedly combative with employees. Jeremy Michael Froelke, 32, St. Paul, was reportedly lying on his bed and appeared to be sleeping. Staff described him as "threatening and bizarre." When police woke Froelke, he allegedly swore, stood up, clenched both fists and swore at again. Police handcuffed him and placed stomach down while he allegedly screamed profanities at and threatened officers. EMS was called to assess Froelke, who was taken to River Falls Area Hospital Medical. His blood alcohol content results was allegedly .33. He was taken to Pierce County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

• At 1:51 a.m. Dec. 22, Troy J. Neugent, 35, Buffalo, Minn., was arrested for felony bail jumping, disorderly conduct and battery at Maverick's Bar, 128 N. Main St. Neugent allegedly fought with a bouncer, who was bleeding from the head. Neugent allegedly swore at and threatened officers. He was out on bail on an open felony case with an absolute sobriety condition. He smelled heavily of alcohol and refused a preliminary breath test. He was taken to Pierce County Jail.

• At 4:40 a.m. Dec. 29, Pierre Martee Moore, 32, River Falls, was cited $187 for disorderly conduct. He had made more than one abandoned 911 call, and one completed 911 call. He had allegedly had an argument and disorderly behavior toward a woman in the 400 block of Griffey Street. He received a .24 result on a preliminary breath test. He was cited and given a ride to a friend's home.

• At 1:37 p.m. Dec. 29, Terrin Nadine Gripp, 27, River Falls, was cited $187 for disorderly conduct. According to a witness, Gripp had threatened a man.


• At 4:32 p.m. Dec. 24, police conducting stationary radar observed a vehicle driven by Cooper Franklin Maxwell, 25, Ellsworth, driving 75 mph in a 55 mph zone on Highway 65 near Golf View Drive. The vehicle was pulled over near Cascade Avenue. Police smelled alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. When police said that speeding was the reason for the stop, Maxwell allegedly said "I know." His eyes were watery and bloodshot. A preliminary breath test registered .279. He was arrested on OWI charges. He was cited $861 for OWI, $861 for operating with a PAC and $124 for speeding and then released to a sober person.

• At 12:50 a.m. Dec. 29, Michael Raymond Matzek, 28, River Falls, was cited $861 for OWI and $861 for operating with a PAC. He was pulled over for running a stop sign, and allegedly showed signs of intoxication. Standardized Field Sobriety tests indicated he was drunk. He was cited and released to a sober person.

• At 3:05 a.m. Dec. 29, Brett Clark Caslow, 55, Somerset, was cited $861 for OWI and $861 for operating with a PAC. He was found sleeping in the driver's seat of his vehicle parked in front of 124 S. Main St. with his headlights on. Standardized Field Sobriety tests indicated he may be drunk. He received a .128 result on a preliminary breath test. He was arrested, cited, and released to a sober person.

Domestic disorderly conduct

• Domestic disorderly charges were forwarded to the Pierce County District Attorney's office for Anthony Joseph Brzycki, 32, River Falls, after a Dec. 28, incident that happened at about 1:14 a.m. Brzycki had allegedly argued with a woman earlier that evening, then later came to a residence in the 400 block of Fourth Street and argued with the woman. A witness said Brzycki pushed the woman, went behind her, grabbed her neck, and broke her glasses. Brzycki has not been located, but charges were forwarded to the Pierce County District Attorney's office.

• Charges were forwarded to the Pierce County District Attorney's office for two River Falls residents after an incident Dec. 20 at about 5:01 the 500 block of North Falls Street. A man and a woman allegedly had an argument which officers could hear from outside the residence when they arrived. The man had a "no abusive contact" stipulation with the woman. Domestic disorderly conduct charges were forwarded for the man and the woman. Misdemeanor bail jumping charges were also forwarded for the man.

Underage drinking

At 1:10 a.m. Dec. 29, Kody Daniel Richard Craig, 20, Prescott, was cited for underage drinking after he used a fake ID to attempt to buy alcohol. He also allegedly drank alcohol at a friend's home in River Falls. Craig received a .157 result on a preliminary breath test.

Bail jumping

On Dec. 18, misdemeanor bail jumping charges were referred to the Pierce County District Attorney's office for John P. Vartow, 53, River Falls, after he allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol while on misdemeanor bail bond from Pierce County with an absolute sobriety condition, at about 6:58 p.m., in the 600 block of South Main Street. Vartow received a .134 result on a preliminary breath test