River Falls Police: Arrest warrants; stolen Packer passes, and more
• At 2 p.m. Sept. 18, police were informed that Dante K Barbee, 19, River Falls, might come to the department to turn himself in for a Department of Corrections warrant. A Pierce County probation agent had contacted Barbee and advised him to turn himself in. At about 2:24 p.m., Dante came into the lobby asking to speak with an officer. Barbee was placed in an interview room; police y confirmed the warrant and read Barbee his rights.
Barbee wanted to speak to the officer about a Sept. 3 incident involving him and another individual. Barbee alleged the other man called him vulgar names and took a quick swing at him, hitting him in the shoulder. Barbee said he then slapped the other man across the face and broke into a physical fight. The fight was eventually broken up. Barbee was taken to Pierce County Jail.
• At 4:52 p.m. Sept .19, police were sent to the 300 block of Devin Lane with an arrest warrant for Lucas J. Ische, 37. Ische was seen in the driveway near a vehicle when police arrived; he allegedly ran toward the garage when he saw police, but stopped and turned around when ordered to. He was handcuffed and taken to Pierce County Jail.
• At 11:10 p.m. Sept. 19, police were sent to a residence in the 600 block of South Main Street for an unwanted person who was refusing to leave. The unwanted person, Jason Matthew Williams, 36, River Falls, told police he and a woman have been staying with a person at the South Main Street residence for awhile while he looks for a job. Williams said the resident with whom they were staying is mad that he doesn't have a job and now wants him out of the house. Officers determined no crime had been committed, but Williams had a St. Croix County arrest warrant. He taken to St. Croix County Jail.
• At 4:33 p.m. Sept. 18, police spoke with an individual reporting a scam. The victim received a computer message from Google, saying the person's computer had been hacked and that the owner had to call a number. The victim called the number and spoke with someone who said they worked for Google; they said the victim needed to pay $800 in Google Play Cards to have the hackers removed. The victim bought the cards and sent the numbers on the back of the cards to the person claiming to be from Google. The victim realized it was a scam later, upon Googling the phone number that had been called. The victim was provided helpful safety tips for online/computer use.
• On Sept. 19, a local resident reported a fraudulent $684 charge made from his checking account, likely via his debit card.
• On Sept. 21, a River Falls resident reported that about a month ago two girls had been seen taking a laundry basket of firewood from the man's woodpile. The man said he normally would not find a few chunks of firewood worth contacting police over, but he had a Fedex package disappear and has noticed his woodpile is noticeably smaller lately. The Fedex package contained parking permits and passes for an upcoming Packer game.
• At 2:39 a.m. Sept. 23, police were sent to speak with a resident whose cellphone had allegedly been stolen sometime during the morning from Mel's Bar, 111 S. Main St. The owner reportedly did not know who had taken the phone, but had tracked it using a Google app, to an address in the 100 block of West Johnson Street. The phone was later returned to the owner.
Possession of marijuana
At 1:49 a.m. Sept. 19, police pulled over saw a vehicle with an out headlight driving on North Main near Union Street. Taylor Linette Ponce, 21, River Falls, allegedly did not know about the headlight being out. Police smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
When asked if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle, Ponce said no. Ponce allegedly said she smoked marijuana in the vehicle the day before abd uses marijuana for anxiety and depression. She agreed to let police search her vehicle, in which they found a pipe and grinder, a bong, and a glass Mason jar which contained multiple bags of a leafy green substance suspected to be marijuana. Police also found a pencil bag inside of a pencil bag which contained "multiple drug paraphernalia items." Ponce was arrested and taken to the River Falls Police Department. She was cited $187 for possession of marijuana and another $187 for possession of drug paraphernalia and given a courtesy ride back to her vehicle.
• At 12:06 a.m. Sept. 20, police pulled over a vehicle driven by Michael Paul Carlson, 47, New Richmond, going 67 mph in a 55 mph zone heading south on Highway 35. Carlson allegedly said "Isn't the speed limit 70 miles per hour?" He told police he was staying at Hoffman Park and had just gotten done with work in the Cities. Carlson had a revoked driver's license but did have an occupational driver license. He was illegally driving outside the hours allowed in his occupational license. He was arrested for operating while revoked and taken to St. Croix County Jail.
• At 8:09 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, police saw Mercy M. Maribel, 27, River Falls, parked in the roadway near the intersection of Johnson and State streets. It appeared that Maribel's vehicle had been involved in a crash. Maribel had been driving east on Division Street and struck a legally parked vehicle. Maribel said the sun had obstructed her vision. She did not have a driver's license and her vehicle was not registered. She was cited $124 for operating without a license and $124 for operating a vehicle without insurance.
• At 2:24 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, police pulled over Adam Quinn Schramm, 22, River Falls, for speeding in the 400 block of North Main Street. Police activated emergency lights, but the vehicle did not yield, and turned east onto Summit Street, then cut into the back parking lot of Bernards of River Falls; he pulled into a parking space. Police could smell the scent of alcohol from within the vehicle. Schramm was lightly slurring his words and had glossy eyes. He eventually told police he'd had one beer a couple of hours prior to the stop. He received a .104 result on a preliminary breath test "on a light blow," according to the police report. He was arrested for operating while under the influence. He was searched and nothing illegal was found on him. A glass pipe was found in Schramm's vehicle. Schramm later received a .20 g/210L result on an intoximeter test. When taken to the police department, he told police he began drinking at about 8 p.m. with his girlfriend at their residence. He said he drank two 24-ounce beers from Kwik Trip. He also said the gas pipe belonged to him and that he usually smokes marijuana every day to help with his depression. He was cited $861 for OWI, $861 for operating with a PAC, and $187 for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released to the sober care of a friend.
• At 1:58 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, police were sent to West Johnson and State streets for an accident. Derrick James Arntz, 34, River Falls, allegedly told police he had "hit some vehicles." Police could smell alcohol on his breath, and his speech was slurred and choppy. He had a visible bruise on his head with some dried blood. When asked if he wanted an ambulance, he allegedly said "No, I'm OK. Let's get this over with. I know I did wrong." He admitted to drinking a couple of shots of Jameson. He said he got off work around 9 p.m. and started drinking. He said he also had a beer and ended drinking around 1 a.m. After refusing a preliminary breath test, he was arrested for OWI. He had one prior OWI from 2005. Arntz struck two parked cars while driving on West Johnson Street. He was cited $861 for OWI and $861 for operating with a PAC. He was released to a sober person.
• At 6:41 p.m. Sept. 23, police were sent to Cascade Avenue and Highway 65 for a driving complaint of a vehicle "all over the road." The vehicle had allegedly hit a mailbox near Birchcrest Street and Cascade Avenue. The vehicle was pulled over and the driver identified as Geoffrey J. Lee, 50. Lee had "very slurred speech" and watery eyes. A "distinct and heavy" scent of alcohol was coming from inside the vehicle. Lee denied hitting a mailbox. When asked if he'd been drinking, he said he'd had one beer since midnight. Lee's vehicle had fresh damage to the driver's side headlight. He was very unsteady on his feet, and needed to brace himself on the vehicle and a tree to stay standing during field sobriety tests. He told police he had neuropathy and would not be able to complete the tests. He received a preliminary breath test result of .220 and was arrested for OWI-third offense. He agreed to a chemical test of his blood, was taken to River Falls Area Hospital where he was medically cleared and picked up by his wife.
Damage to property
On Saturday, Sept. 22, police were sent to the 1400 block of Riverside Drive for a report that a person had damaged a apartment building. A fluorescent light fixture has been taken apart and the lightbulbs were shattered in the hallway. A lighted hallway exit sign had been pulled from the wall and destroyed, and a racial slur had been scratched into a hallway wall.
At 11:30 a.m. Sept. 22, police were sent to First National Bank of River Falls for counterfeit money. Bank employees gave police a counterfeit $20 bill and a $100 reproduction bill labeled "for motion picture use only." The $20 had allegedly been received from a money deposit made by Kwik Trip North, 1238 N. Main St. The $100 "Motion Picture Bill" had allegedly been received in a deposit from Jimmy John's restaurant, 477 Spruce St.
• At 9:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, police were notified that a student at the homecoming dance had been drinking. A 15-year-old Beldenville juvenile first denied drinking but then admitted to it. She said she had been drinking at home before the dance. She received a .069 result on a preliminary breath test. She was cited $98.80 for underage drinking, given a courtesy ride home and released to her mother.
• At 1:28 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, police pulled over a vehicle for a speeding violation and conducting an improper left turn. Danielle Nicole Smythe, 19, Scandia, Minnesota, was a passenger in the vehicle and appeared intoxicated. Police could smell alcohol coming from her person and she had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. Smythe received a preliminary breath test result of .13. She was cited $313 for underage drinking, second offense. She had one prior underage drinking conviction on Aug. 6.
• Alyssa Grace Kleven, 19, Wyoming, Minnesota, told police she drank alcohol at a party and was under 21. She received a preliminary breath test result of .14. She was cited $187 for underage drinking, first offense.