TRF Police Report 9-23-21
TRF Police Report 9-23-21

Violation of conditions of release and falsely reporting a crime

On Aug. 10 at 9:44 p.m., police received a report from Crime Stoppers regarding the information it had received that a woman was being held hostage with a knife at Southwood Park Townhomes, 1601 Greenwood St. E. Wayne Allen Hanson, 26, Thief River Falls, has been cited for falsely reporting a crime. He was arrested for allegedly violating the conditions of his release for another incident. Police spoke to the woman, who told them the report wasn’t true.

Wayne Allen Hanson
Wayne Allen Hanson








Trespassing on critical infrastructure, utility or pipeline, and obstruction of the legal process

Another individual has been charged in connection with a disturbance at the Enbridge Line 3 protest site on July 23. Briana Lynn Shewan, 23, Setauket, N.Y., has been charged with trespassing on critical infrastructure, utility, or pipeline, and obstruction of the legal process. The amended complaint was signed on Aug. 16. She was initially identified as Jane Doe and provided her real name at her first court appearance. Shewan allegedly blocked a gate with others at the site despite being repeatedly informed that they needed to leave or they would be arrested. After Minnesota State Patrol troopers arrived, the protestors made a circle and locked arms.

Gross misdemeanor fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance

On July 30, police received a report that drug paraphernalia was allegedly observed at Edgewood Drive Apartments, 1236 Edgewood Dr., Apt. 8. Courtney Alyssa Johnson, 22, Thief River Falls, has been charged with gross misdemeanor fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. The complaint was filed on Aug. 16. According to the complaint, Johnson’s mom reported that she went to drop off her granddaughter at Johnson’s apartment. She had been unable to reach Johnson. She allegedly found what appeared to be drug paraphernalia in Johnson’s bedroom. She believed Johnson was using methamphetamine and trying to get sober. She indicated Johnson’s appearance suggested that Johnson was using controlled substances. A search warrant was later executed at the apartment. Law enforcement allegedly found a meth pipe, several marijuana pipes, and small baggies with meth residue in Johnson’s bedroom. On Aug. 5, Johnson allegedly told a Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force officer that she had relapsed and the meth pipe belonged to her. She told him that her apartment door was unlocked the day she left her apartment.



On Aug. 12 at 10:45 p.m., police received a report that a vehicle was parked in the middle lane of the pumps at Northdale Oil Main. Joy Rosemary Schmidt, 55, Red Lake Falls, has charges pending for DWI. She was arrested.

Vehicle theft

On Aug. 14 at 8:09 p.m., police received a report of a vehicle theft outside of 320 Tindolph Ave. N. Someone had stolen a 1994 GMT 400. The pickup truck doesn’t have a license plate.

Vehicle tampering

On Aug. 15 at 10:18 a.m., police received a report of vehicle tampering outside of 301 Maple Ave. S. Someone had rummaged through a vehicle sometime overnight.

Felony first-degree criminal damage to property

On Aug. 9 at 3:23 p.m., police received a report of property damage in the 600 block of Parnham St. E. James Daniel Bronson, 32, Thief River Falls, has been charged with felony first-degree criminal damage to property. He was arrested. Bronson allegedly smashed a rear window and rear taillight on a pickup truck as well as a rear taillight on another pickup truck. According to the complaint, one of the owners suspected Bronson, who was staring at him and waving a small American flag before the man realized his vehicle had been damaged. At the time, Bronson was also holding two baseball bats. Bronson allegedly admitted to causing the damage, saying he smashed the rear window and taillight of one vehicle because he believed the owner was a member of the drug task force. He said he smashed the rear taillight of the other pickup truck because he believed the owner was harassing him. By causing the damage, Bronson said he felt everything would stop. Neither man had any contact with Bronson; they only knew him as their neighbor. A blue box was found near one of the pickup trucks. Bronson admitted that he owned the box, which contained a metal object and THC wax. The property damage was in excess of $1,000.

James Daniel Bronson
James Daniel Bronson