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Fire

On June 21 at 5:50 p.m., police received a report of a fire outside of 109 Woodland Ct. Ronald Duane Salveson, 63, Thief River Falls, was pulling a tree stump out with a four-wheeler when the four-wheeler flipped over. Gas poured all over him and the four-wheeler. Salveson caught on fire and later passed away.

Ronald Salveson September 8, 1958 - June 22, 2022
Ronald Salveson

Trespassing

On June 20 at 12:40 p.m., police received a report of trespassing at Hugo’s. Ricardo Martinez, 31, Thief River Falls, has been cited for trespassing. He allegedly returned to the store even though he was ordered not to be at the store in the past.

Martinez, Ricardo
Martinez, Ricardo

Disorderly conduct

On June 20 at 6:05 p.m., police received a report of a disturbance in the 100 block of LaBree Ave. N. Gina Lee Benavidez, 41, Thief River Falls, and Santos Anthony Bower, 32, Crookston, have been cited for disorderly conduct. They allegedly yelled at each other and created a disturbance.

Gina Lee Benavidez
Gina Lee Benavidez
Santos Anthony Bower
Santos Anthony Bower

Fleeing a peace officer and making or initiating an emergency call while knowing no emergency exists

On June 21 at 5:21 a.m., police received a report of a disturbance at the Law Enforcement Center. Cory Paul Juaire, 31, Thief River Falls, has been cited for fleeing a peace officer and making or initiating an emergency call while knowing no emergency exists. He was arrested. While at the LEC, Juaire wanted to talk to an officer. He then continuously called dispatch, asking to talk to a different officer while talking to an officer at the LEC window. Juaire was warned to stop calling, but he allegedly wouldn’t listen. He then ran from the officers.

Juaire, Cory Paul
Juaire, Cory Paul

Tampering with a motor vehicle

On June 22 at 9:02 p.m., an off-duty sheriff’s deputy allegedly observed a man tugging on vehicle door handles at McMullen Sales. Travis Bruce Johnson, 23, Thief River Falls, has been cited for tampering with a motor vehicle. He was arrested.

Johnson, Travis Bruce
Johnson, Travis Bruce

Fleeing on foot and obstructing of the legal process

On June 23 at 2:48 a.m., police allegedly observed a couple of people riding bikes on the railroad tracks. Michael Thomas Johnson, 32, unknown address, has charges pending for fleeing on foot and obstruction of the legal process. He was arrested. Johnson allegedly ran, but police later located him in the 700 block of Atlantic Ave.

Johnson, Michael Thomas
Johnson, Michael Thomas

Driving while impaired

On June 23 at 2:17 p.m., police received a report that it appeared a man was sleeping in a vehicle in the 1200 block of Edgewood Dr. The caller reported the man was also there that morning. Robert Walter Ekeren, 80, Thief River Falls, has been charged with DWI. He was arrested.

Disorderly conduct and obstruction of the legal process

On June 23 at 8:22 p.m., police responded to a suspicious incident near the intersection of Eighth Street and Davis Avenue. Zachary John Haugen, 37, Thief River Falls, has been cited for disorderly conduct and obstruction of the legal process. He was arrested. Haugen was allegedly yelling and waving his arms around. An officer stopped to check on Haugen to see if he needed help. He wasn’t making any sense and walked away. While walking, Haugen kicked off his shorts and encountered some other individuals. He talked to them and continued to not make any sense. Officers tried to help Haugen, but he started to resist.