TRF Police Report 5-14-2023

Accident

On April 20 at 5:29 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of an acci­dent near the intersection of Highway 59 and 190th Street Northeast. According to the report, Teriyonna J. Hendricks of Natchez, Miss., was driving a 2021 Honda northbound on Highway 59. According to the report, she lost control of the vehicle, causing it to spin around. It then struck a southbound 2016 Freightliner (UPS truck) driven by Cainan A Langlie of Thief River Falls. Hendricks was taken to Sanford Medical Center with a possible broken ankle.

Warrant apprehension and felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance second or more

On April 18 at about 4:27 a.m., police allegedly observed a man standing by a dumpster in an alley between the 200 blocks of Horace and La Bree avenues north. The officer realized Christian Paul Johnson, 28, Thief River Falls, was wanted on three warrants out of Pennington County. Johnson has been charged with felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled sub­stance -second or more. He was arrested on the warrants and the above charge. According to the complaint, Johnson possessed a back­ pack. While searching the backpack, an officer allegedly found a small baggie and drug paraphernalia, including glass pipes and broken glass pipes. The baggie contained two grams of methamphetamine. Two pipes tested positive for meth. The two grams of meth were sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing.

Christian Paul Johnson
Christian Paul Johnson

 

Felony fifth-degree possession of a con­trolled substance sec­ond or more and fourth-degree driving while impaired – under the influence of a controlled substance

On April 19 at 9:25 p.m., police performed a traffic stop in the 1700 block of Hwy. 59 S. Cody Lee Wendell, 31, Thief River Falls, has been charged with fourth-degree DWI under the influence of a controlled substance and two felony offenses of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance second or more. He was arrested. After the officer stopped the vehicle, he noticed that Wendell was allegedly fidgety. People who use meth have a hard time sitting still. When the officer asked if he had used any drugs recently, Wendell admitted using meth over a week ago. He failed field sobriety tests. When the officer searched Wendell, a baggie fell out of Wendell’s pocket. It tested positive for meth. Police later seized a hypodermic needle, 8.78 grams of marijuana, other drug paraphernalia, two baggies with residue, some THC wax, a container with meth inside, and a bunch of other small baggies containing residue. A search warrant was executed for a blood draw. The complaint indi­cated that Wendell has a prior conviction for posses­sion of a drug parapherna­ as well as a prior charge of fifth-degree possession. The latter charge was ulti­mately dismissed since Minnesota law allows cer­tain first-time offenders to have the charge dismissed if they participate in an educational program detailing the nature and effects of drug and alcohol use while on probation.

Cody Lee Wendell
Cody Lee Wendell

Intent to escape tax and obstruction of the legal process

On April 17 at 2:04 p.m., police per­ formed a traffic stop near the intersection of First Street and St. Paul Avenue. Julia Marie Francis, 33, Thief River Falls, has been charged with intent to escape tax and obstruction of the legal process. She was arrested. Francis was allegedly driving a vehicle that was displaying a license plate with a green star with the number 13 and an American flag. According to the complaint, Francis allegedly told police that she didn’t need registration for her private vehi­cle, which she had owned for two years. She said she had never before been pulled over by law enforcement. Francis provided her name and told the officer that was all he needed to know. She requested the officer’s supervisor. A sergeant responded to the scene. She told him that she hadn’t paid registration for at least 10 years and law enforcement wasn’t supposed to pull her over since she had talked to the sheriff and the assistant city attor­ney. When informed that she would be placed under arrest, Francis allegedly refused to step out of the vehicle and continued talking to a man on her cell phone. She failed to follow repeated commands to exit the vehicle and attempted to remove the sergeant’s hands from her keys while he attempted to remove her keys from the ignition. During the struggle. part of the key chain broke. Francis continued to refuse to comply. A sheriff’s deputy unbelted Francis’ seat belt, and Francis even­tually exited the vehicle.

Julia Marie Francis
Julia Marie Francis

 

Intent to escape tax

On April 17 at 4:11 p.m., police performed a traffic stop in the 300 block of Main Ave. S. Russell Shay Thrasher, 29, Thief River Falls, has been charged with intent to escape tax. He was arrested. Thrasher was allegedly driving a vehicle with a red plate fea­turing a green star on the front and a non-government-issued license plate on the rear. According to the com­plaint, he declined to identi­fy himself or provide cur­rent vehicle registration. Thrasher eventually provid­ed his name. The license plates were placed in evi­dence.

Russell Shay Thrasher
Russell Shay Thrasher

Burglary

On April 17 at 12:11 p.m., police received a report of a burglary at an apartment at 208 LaBree Ave. N. Someone had stolen a prescription of oxycodone.

Theft

On April 18 at 4:44 p.m., police received a report of an internal theft at Walmart. Maci Rae Wagner, 19, Gully, has been cited for theft.

Accident

On April 20 at 6:05 p.m., police received a report of an accident at the intersection of Davis Avenue and Third Street. At the time of the accident, Chandler A Grindeland of Thief River Falls was driv­ing a 2011 Chevy south­ bound on Davis Avenue. According to the report, he stopped at the stop sign and then proceeded into the intersection. His vehicle then collided with a 2015 Ford driven by Marlys A. Moose of Newfolden. Moose was traveling on Third Street at the time. No injuries were reported.

Accident

On April 20 at 9:27 p.m., police received a report of an accident at the intersection of Fourth Street and Arnold Avenue. At the time of the accident, Edgar D. Amezcua Guillen of Thief River Falls was driving a 2007 Jeep west­ bound on Fourth Street. According to the report, he failed to yield and his vehi­ cle slid through the inter­ section. His vehicle then struck a 2007 Chevy driven by Dawson J. Haugen of Thief River Falls. Haugen was traveling southbound on Arnold Avenue. No injuries were reported.

Making/initiating emergency calls without an emergency existing

On April 21 at 7:14 p.m., police received numerous reports of disturbances at Riverside Terrace. Sherman Lee Hanson, 52, Thief River Falls, has charges pending for making/initiating emergency calls without an emergency exists. The reports were unfounded and Hanson was allegedly warned to not call again unless there was, in fact, an emergency. Within minutes, he called again with a non-emergency complaint.

Theft

On April 22, police received a report of a theft outside of Walmart. Someone had stolen a black 20-inch We’The People bicycle owned by a Thief River Falls boy.

Second-degree DWI, giving a peace officer a false name, and driving after revocation

On April 22 at 1:08 a.m., police performed a traffic stop near the intersection of Greenwood Street and Barzen Avenue. Selena Jennifer Leigh Spears, 22, Thief River Falls, has been charged with second-degree DWI, giving a peace officer a false name, and driving after revocation. She was arrested.

Selena Jennifer Leigh Spears
Selena Jennifer Leigh Spears

DWI

On April 22 at 2:32 a.m., police performed a traffic stop in the 100 block of First St. E. Mina Kulia Berasis Sherriss, 21, Thief River Falls, has been cited for DWI. She was arrested.

 

Domestic assault

On April 22 at 4:20 a.m., police received a report of a domestic disturbance at an apartment at 624 Kinney Ave. Joshua Patrick Sell, 21, Thief River Falls, has been cited for domestic assault. He was arrested. A physical domestic disturbance allegedly occurred, causing fear in a woman. She didn’t seek medical attention.

Joshua Patrick Sell
Joshua Patrick Sell

Hit-and-run accident

On April 23 at 11:27 a.m., police received a report of a hit and run accident in the 600 block of Knight Ave. N. A black sport utility vehicle struck a 2014 Dodge Ram owned by a Thief River Falls man. The motorist then left the scene.

Theft

On April 23 at 3:32 p.m., police received a report of a theft at Hugo’s. Wendy Sue Gustafson, 52, Thief River Falls, has been cited for theft. She allegedly stole two candles.

Wendy Sue Gustafson
Wendy Sue Gustafson

DWI, driving after suspension, and failure to stop

On April 23 at 6:43 p.m., police received a report of an accident at the intersection of Arnold Avenue and Third Street. At the time of the accident, Tamara Rose Larvie of Thief River Falls was driving a 2007 Jeep southbound on Arnold Avenue. According to the report, she drove onto Third Street and her vehicle collided with a westbound 1998 Chevy driven by Carson I. Dally of Thief River Falls. No injuries were reported. Larvie has charges pending for DWT, driving after suspension, and failure to stop. She was arrested.

Tamara Rose Larvie
Tamara Rose Larvie

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