River Falls Police: Orange and silver men's bicycle found in a cornfield
On Oct. 16, police were informed an orange and silver men's bicycle had been found in a cornfield near Powell Avenue and Winter Street. The bike's property tag did not match any bikes that had been reported missing. The bicycle was stored and can be returned to the owner if it is claimed.
On Oct. 17, Zachary Elijah Cole Rose , 21, walked into the police department lobby to turn himself in for a warrant. He had a body-only warrant out for his arrest from St. Croix County. He was arrested and taken to St. Croix County Jail.
Minor tobacco incidents
• At 10 a.m. Oct. 16, police were informed by Renaissance Academy staff that a 17-year-old River Falls juvenile was suspected of using marijuana in the boys' bathroom. The juvenile denied having any involvement in the smell of marijuana that was emanating from the bathroom. He did have a vaporizer in his possession. He admitted that the vape contained nicotine. He was cited $86.20 for underage possession of tobacco. He will also face school sanctions.
• At 3 p.m. Oct. 19, police were notified by River Falls High School administration that a vaporizer had been seized from a student, a 17-year old River Falls juvenile. The juvenile admitted to administration that the vaporizer contained nicotine. The juvenile was cited $73.60, and received a three-day suspension from school.
Damage to property
At 1:45 p.m. Oct. 16, police were informed by a high school student that his vehicle had been scratched. There was an 8-inch scratch on the hood of the vehicle. The scratch allegedly was made between 11:22 a.m. and 1:18 p.m. During this time the car was in the shop at the high school. The student said he believed the scratch was made intentionally. The vehicle belonged to the student's father.
• At 5:03 p.m. Oct. 15, police were sent to the 1900 block of Lexi Street for a theft. A resident reported that sometime overnight the spare tire mounted on the back of his Jeep had had the cover removed. The cover is black with an American Flag and the words "Land of the Free," "Home of the Brave," and "Life is Good" written on it. The cover is allegedly worth $75.99.
• At 7:55 a.m. Oct. 18, police were asked to call a River Falls resident, who reported noticing her set of metal, light-up Halloween decorations missing from the front lawn of her property in the 200 block of South Apollo Road. The resident also reported she believes people have been stealing water from her outdoor water spigot, and using her outdoor power outlets.
• At 4:22 p.m. Oct. 22, a River Falls resident reported that she believed some of her prescription medications had been stolen. The woman noticed a bottle of Clonazepam missing from her medication drawer. She said there are about 49 pills left in the bottle, which had recently been filled.
At 10:29 p.m. Oct. 16, police were sent to an address in the 500 block of North Falls Street for a report of a domestic assault not in progress. A neighbor reported coming home from work to find a woman sitting on an outside step, crying with a "fat lip." When police went to the address in question, they found the back door damaged; it appeared to have been kicked in. A woman answered the door. Her lip was swollen on the left side. She allegedly told police she'd gotten into a verbal argument with a man at the residence. During the argument, the woman said the man hit her in the mouth.
Suspect Dorian Marcus Cross, 45, River Falls, was out on bail from Pierce County Circuit Court. In addition to standard conditions, he has a "no abusive contact" condition included in the terms of his bail. Charges for domestic battery and violation of bail bond were forwarded to the St. Croix County District Attorney's office.
Hit and run
At 2 p.m. Oct. 19, police were sent to 302 S. Main St. for a hit-and-run. Two witnesses at Holiday gas station said a vehicle had struck a Cadillac that was illegally parked and unoccupied on Spring Street near Main Street. The driver of the vehicle that struck the Cadillac was identified as Michelle Carrillo Mendez 18, River Falls. Carrillo Mendez allegedly said she was not good at parallel parking, was in a tight parking space, and struck the Cadillac while maneuvering out of her parking pace. She allegedly said she saw the Cadillac move forward but did not believe there was any damage, so she drove off The witnesses alleged said Carrillo Mendez struck the Cadillac twice and that it was obvious an accident had occurred. Carrillo Mendez was cited $187 for hit-and-run unattended vehicle.
Following too closely
At 4:09 p.m. Oct. 19, police were sent to North Main and West Pomeroy streets for an accident that near Kwik Trip North. A 17-year-old River Falls juvenile said he had stopped in traffic behind another vehicle. He said the other vehicle accelerated and then stopped suddenly. He said he couldn't apply his brakes as his foot was under the brake pedal, and he crashed into the back of the other vehicle. The juvenile was cited $124 for following too closely.
At 11:15 p.m. Oct. 20, police were sent to 104 E. Locust St., First National Bank of River Falls, for counterfeit money. Bank staff reported that a counterfeit $100 bill was part of a deposit from Kwik Trip South. Kwik Trip staff said they did not know when the bill had been processed or who had processed it.
Domestic disorderly conduct
At 7:22 a.m. Oct. 22, police were sent to the 300 block of East Elm Street for a man yelling and screaming outside. Police arriving on scene saw a man yelling in the driveway of the residence. As police parked, an officer observed Gregory Kirk Morseth, 44, River Falls, yelling at a woman in a vehicle, then trying to block her path and prevent her from walking towards the rear of the home. The two entered the residence. When police knocked on the door, Morseth, opened it.
Morseth was "very loud and animated" and said he was yelling at the woman "and that no good friend of hers" to wake up and take him to work. He allegedly admitted to being loud and yelling and said when he gets mad he gets loud. He said there was no physical violence and he was in the right for yelling because the woman wasn't complying with his demands.
He allegedly told police that he had "popped" the woman in the face the last time police had been there, and that the woman had "played the victim card like she always does" so he got arrested. When an officer told him he could not "pop" people in the face, Morseth allegedly said it was not like he beat her.
When police spoke to the woman, she told officers that Morseth had been yelling at her since yesterday. She had allegedly left the previous night to get away from him and slept in her vehicle at the truck stop. She said she returned early in the morning but Morseth had continued to yell at her so she went outside and slept in the vehicle in the driveway to get away from him; he allegedly hit the vehicle and yelled at her while she was inside the vehicle trying to sleep..
The woman said police had been called a month or so ago due to Morseth punching her in the face. Dispatch told police that Morseth had an open case with a bail bond restriction of no contact with the woman.
Morseth said he had heard the no drinking restriction but did not listen to the other bail conditions. He allegedly told police he didn't bother to read said paperwork.
Morseth allegedly tried to claim the woman had his paperwork which police said would have been given to him at his court appearance. Morseth was arrested for bail jumping and domestic disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Pierce County Jail .
Charges for domestic disorderly conduct and violation of bail bond were sent to the Pierce County District Attorney's office.
Operate motor vehicle by permittee without instructor
At 4:05 p.m. Oct. 22, police were sent to the 200 block of North Second Street for a car vs. building accident. The driver, Bowen Han, 20, River Falls, said he had just bought the car and "accidentally had it in sport." He said he collided with the post office building. He did not have a qualified instructor with him inside the car while driving. The driver had a permit, but not a license. Han was cited $124 for driving with a learner's permit without a qualified instructor in the front seat.