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River Falls Police: Missing man may have broken in house to sleep on couch

Missing man accused of breaking into home, sleeping on couch

At 9:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, River Falls police received a report of a missing person, Bryce Adam Willaby, 22, Hudson. He had allegedly been downtown at the bars with a friend, and neither had returned to the place they were staying in River Falls

Willaby had allegedly called the person he and the friend were staying with at about 9 a.m., saying "it's cold outside." Another friend said he had last seen Willaby at Maverick's Corner Saloon.

The first friend told police that he'd last seen Willaby at about 4:30 a.m., walking on East Maple Street, then turned around and realized Willaby was no longer with him, but running back toward downtown. The friend joined in the search for Willaby, which also included several of Willaby's family members and police at this point.

Pierce County Dispatch tracked Willaby's phone and received a "ping" from the Davee Library on the UW-River Falls Campus. The library was cleared, without Willaby being found.

A friend posted information about Willaby;s possible disappearance on Facebook which prompted many to search. KSTP also allegedly contacted the police department for information.

Willaby was found at a residence in the 500 block of East Maple Street after calling his parents to come pick him up.

It appeared he may have slept on the couch in the living room. The owner was reportedly not home at the time of the incident. She arrived home at about 6:45 p.m. and reportedly saw lights on in the house, saw her front door had tape on it, and that the window had been punched in. She said the blankets were "messed up" on her if someone had been sleeping underneath them. She said it did not appear anything was taken, but the cost of the damage to the door is estimated at $100.

Willaby was taken to the hospital, where police spoke with him. He told police he had been "highly intoxicated" and did not remember leavin Broz Bar the night before, though he did remember being at Maverick's Corner Saloon, 128 N. Main St. He said the next thing he remembers is knocking at a door, thinking it was his sister's home.

He said he believed he was let into the residence in the 500 block of East Maple Street. When told it appeared he had forced entry into the residence on Maple Street, Willaby allegedly cried and said he didn't know he had done that. He was cited $250 for criminal damage to property and $376 for entry on construction site or locked building.

Traffic troubles

• Erik Robert Geissler Heath, was cited $136.60 for driving too fast for conditions at 3:48 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29 after being involved in a vehicular crash on Locust and Second streets. Geissler Heath allegedly lost control of the vehicle, slid into the curb and collided with a parking sign, which was broken near the base. He allegedly said he was driving 25 miles per hour which was deemed too fast for icy, snow-covered road conditions.

• At 3:48 p.m. Dec. 30, police saw a vehicle traveling on Wasson Lane near Cudd Avenue owned by someone with a suspended license. The vehicle was pulled over near South Wasson Lane. The driver, Kelsey Rei Linder, 25, St. Paul, Minnesota, was reportedly not the owner of the car. However, Linder also allegedly told police she didn't have a license, and she had already been cited for operating without a valid license in Wisconsin in 2017. Linder was arrested and taken to the River Falls Police Department. She was given a $200 citation and released to the custody of her mother.


• On Tuesday, Jan. 2, police were called to an accident near the intersection of Troy Street and Summit Avenue. Michael R. Baumann, 36, River Falls, pulled out of a parking lot, turned left onto Troy Street, and collided with an oncoming car. Baumann said he did not see the other vehicle. He was cited $98.80.

• On Thursday, Jan. 4, police were called to an accident at Main Street and Cemetery Road. Michelle Carrillo Mendez was driving south on Main Street and went into the left turn lane to turn onto Cemetery Road when she collided with another vehicle northbound on Main Street approaching Cemetery Road. She was cited $313.

Probation hold

• On Friday, Dec. 29, police were sent to arrest Shawn Michael Clark, 41, River Falls, for an active warrant from probation. He was arrested at his residence without incident and taken to Pierce County Jail.

• At 3:57 a.m. Jan. 1, police were sent to the area of Maverick's Bar for a report of someone "passed out" behind the dumpster. Samuel Lee Russell, 23, was found behind the dumpster. Police were able to wake Russell with "a lot of effort." He was confused and mumbled unintelligible answers when asked simple questions. When asked what city he was in, Russell allegedly told police "Baldwin." When asked his name, he allegedly told police it was "Gettysburg." Russell was placed in the back of a squad car until River Falls EMS arrived. His ID was then located, and his information run through dispatch who said he is on probation through Pierce County, and one of the conditions was no drinking. He refused a preliminary breath test, so was taken to River Falls Area Hospital, medically cleared, then arrested and taken to Pierce County Jail.

Fireworks no-no

On Sunday, Dec. 31, police were sent to Glenmeadow Drive for a report of numerous fireworks.

While police were enroute, an officer saw several large air-burst fireworks. Several fireworks allegedly set off car alarms and made snow fall from neighboring rooftops. Police contacted James A. Erickson, 46, River Falls, who admitted to setting off the fireworks and said "sorry."

He was cited $124.

Open container

At 12:23 a.m. Monday, Jan 1, Isaac Andrew Vesel, 24, Whitewater, was allegedly seen on the sidewalk outside of Broz Bar, 127 S. Main St., carrying a clear plastic cup containing beer. He tried to hide the cup behind himself after making eye contact with an officer. When the officer exited the squad car, Vesel set the cup on the ground and walked away from it. He admitted to knowing it was wrong to have an open container outside of the bar and to litter. He was cited $98.80 citation for possession of an open container of alcohol.

Possession of drug paraphernalia

At 12:34 a.m. Jan. 1, police on patrol saw a silver vehicle driving down Main Street with a headlight out and pulled the vehicle over. The driver, A Houlton juvenile, was issued a warning for the headlight. However, police saw a small crumb of marijuana on the juvenile's lap and asked for consent to search the vehicle, and asked the vehicle's occupants to be honest about whether or not there was something illegal in the vehicle.

The juvenile allegedly told police there was a pipe in the vehicle. A mason jar containing a ziplock bag of marijuana and a glass pipe were found in the vehicle. He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and a verbal warning for possession of marijuana. Two other juveniles in the car were given verbal warnings for consuming a small amount of alcohol underage.

Possession of marijuana

At 10:15 a.m. Jan. 4, police were called to River Falls High School for marijuana found wrapped inside a white napkin in a student's locker. The student did not deny possessing the marijuana. The case was forwarded St Croix County juvenile intake.

Sticky fingers

• At 8:33 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, police were sent to Dick's Fresh Market, 1121 S. Main St., for a retail theft complaint. Kimberly Marie Haldane, 56, Roberts, had allegedly come in an exit door, took two boxes of Mucinex off the shelf, placed the Mucinex in her pocket, and proceeded to the front door. She told staff she had put the Mucinex in a display in aisle 3, then rushed for the door and wouldn't stop . Police identified via video footage. She was listed as the registered owner of the vehicle that drove off and matched the description of the suspect. She also allegedly attempted to steal at Family Fresh in New Richmond in 2015. Police contacted her via phone, and asked her if she was at Dick's Fresh Market the other day. She allegedly responded "I was and nothing happened." When asked, she came to the River Falls police Department, admitted that she tried to steal Mucinex DM from Dick's and said she has an addiction to cold medicine. She was cited $187 for attempted retail theft.

Animal at large

At 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, police had in custody a dog that was found roaming the streets believed to be the same dog that was running at large on Dec. 20. Police recognized the dog as belonging to Ryan David Sandquist, 24, River Falls. Police made several attempts to locate Sandquist. He came into the department at about 1:25 p.m. looking for his dog. He was cited $86.20 for the dog running at large.

He said the dog has been running at large as he has been kicked out of his home on Pine Street, and his roommates were supposed to watch the dog, but have gotten tired of that and have let the dog run at large without his knowing. He said he will bring the dog to his mother's residence outside of River Falls.