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Hudson Police: McDonald's mishaps, stolen vehicle (or not)

Arrests

• Kristin Katheryn Snyder, 49, New Richmond, was arrested on a warrant after police were called to Super 8 Motel on Dominion Drive at 12:44 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.

• Billy D. Crofut, 59, Jordan, Minnesota, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, prohibited alcohol content and possession of marijuana after police responded to a two-vehicle crash at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 on First Street. A driver told police she had parked her vehicle in the driveway for the boat launch in order to load some items, when a truck pulling a boat trailer drove around her vehicle and the trailer struck her vehicle. The bumper of the car was pulled off. The woman said the man did not stop and was approached by a witness to notify him that he had struck a vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle, identified as Crofut, told police he wasn't aware that he struck a vehicle. An officer could detect the odor of intoxicants coming from Crofut. He denied having anything to drink, and was uncooperative and difficult to talk to. The officer administered standard field sobriety tests. Crofut did not comply with the first test, but later tests showed signs of impairment. A preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.169. A search of Crofut's vehicle turned up a pouch of edibles.

• Benjamin A. Stadtler, 47, Plymouth, Minnesota, was arrested for trespassing and theft after police were called to Namekagon Street at 11:34 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. A caller told dispatch she awoke to her alarm going off, and saw a man outside her residence putting on shoes and walking away. The caller had a pair of shoes stolen. Police spoke with a group in a garage nearby who said a man matching the description tried to join them. The group was able to identify the man when he later entered the road. The man, identified as Stadtler, was ordered to the ground and taken into custody. He appeared to be heavily intoxicated. Stadtler said he was wearing his shoes. When asked if he entered anyone's residence or if he was staying with a friend he seemed confused about the question. A preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.282. The original caller said her alarm showed a front door breach, and she noticed the light by her front door was on, though she had turned it off when she went to bed. A pair of shoes valued at $90 were missing from by her front door. The shoes Stadtler was wearing matched the description. The caller confirmed they were her shoes.

• Joshua J. Jesmer, 30, River Falls, was arrested for bail jumping and shoplifting at 3:34 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3 after police were called to Walmart on Crest View Drive. An employee told police a man and woman came into the store. The man selected a power inverter and carried it several aisles away, placed the item on the shelf and went to the bathroom. The woman removed the item from the packaging and placed the item on the shelf. The man then came back and picked it up off the shelf. The woman then put the item in her purse. Police approached the two in a vehicle. The man, identified as Jesmer, was belligerent but finally cooperated. He told police he stole the item and the woman did not having anything to do with it. Jesmer was handcuffed and the woman sat in a squad car with their dog while police searched the vehicle. The power inverter was located in the vehicle along with a filet knife with an 8-inch blade, a facsimile handgun and several other knives. Jesmer was informed he violated the terms of his bond stating he shall not commit any crime. Woman issued a notice to appear.

• Joseph Michael Balfanz, 43, Hudson, was arrested on a probation hold at 1:48 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 on O'Neil Road.

• Steven Robert Seekamp, 48, New Richmond, was arrested for a probation violation at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 on O'Neil Road.

• Adam Mark Wittern, 37, Glenwood City, was arrested on a probation hold at 8:08 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 on O'Neil Road.

Gas tank damage

• Property damage was reported on Gray Street at 1:23 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. The complainant said he noticed a strong odor of gas near his truck, and noticed a hole had been drilled into the bottom of the gas tank and all the gas had leaked out onto the ground. Estimated cost to fix the damage was $1,360, as well as the cost of a full tank of gas.

• Another gas tank was reported damaged on Gray Street at 9:24 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The caller reported someone drilled a hole in the fuel tank to his vehicle spilling approximately six to 10 gallons of diesel fuel. The hole was discovered the night of Friday, Aug. 24. While driving the truck that day he could smell the faint odor of fuel, but that was not uncommon. He did not observe any wet spots near the truck due to the heavy rainfall the day prior. The damage likely occurred the evening of Aug. 23 or the morning of Aug. 24. The wholesale cost of the fuel tank was $420, and the caller said he did not know how much labor would cost.

Property damage

• Property damage was reported on 13th Street just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. A woman said she was laying on the couch when she heard a smash and the sound of a car she recognized as her ex-boyfriend's. When she looked out the window she observer the ex's car leaving north on her street. When she went outside she noticed her new boyfriend's vehicle had a smashed front passenger door window. The woman told police her ex is very jealous. The broken window was estimated at $300.

• Damage to a vehicle was reported at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. A vehicle parked in an alleyway behind a business on Coulee Road was damaged with a 3-foot scratch along the lower right side of the truck. The owner said he believed the damage was done accidentally by an employee of a nearby business bringing garbage to the dumpsters in a cart. Employees of the business denied doing so. The damage is estimated at $500.

• A tree limb damaged a vehicle on Birch Drive at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3. Public Works removed the part of the tree blocking the street, but not the part on the vehicle itself. The owner said he understood. The extent of the damage was unknown at the time, and estimated at $5,000.

Noise complaints

• A noise complaint was reported by a resident of an apartment on Aspen Drive at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. The complainant said her upstairs neighbor was causing a disturbance with the loud TV volume and stomping upstairs. The neighbor told police she had recently had surgery and was trying to recover. Police have previously been at the residence for the same complaint. The neighbor said she did not hear anything from building management or the tenant below her after the last visit. She was advised to keep the noise down. The complainant and other residents met with police about the issue, saying it has been happening for some time. The complainant said the neighbor was supposed to write an apology note but she never received one. She said she wants something done about the issue. The complainants were informed to notify the landlord.

• Loud music brought officers to Comfort Suites on Center Drive around 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. A man was playing loud music in the parking lot and swore at hotel staff when they asked to turn it down. The man turned the music up louder and then waited a few minutes before driving away. The employee wanted the man to be informed he was not allowed on hotel property. An officer made contact with the man over the phone. He said he had been playing loud music, but said he did not swear at the employee. He was informed he was not allowed back.

Critter patrol

On Wednesday, Aug. 19 shortly after 6 p.m., police responded to an animal complaint for a dog that was attacked by another dog on Ashbury Court. A woman said she was walking her dog past a home, when another dog ran from the residence and attacked her dog. The woman said a man from the residence yelled "no" at the dog as he appeared to see it running toward her. The woman said she had to pull the dogs apart and was assisted by the owner who apologized and checked her welfare. The woman said she had a cut on her foot and her dog had a cut on its paw, but she was not sure how they happened. She did not need medical attention. The woman said she has had a previous encounter with the dog before but did not report it.The woman asked that the owners be warned rather than cited. When the officer arrived at the residence to speak with the owner of the other dog, the officer reported the dog was trying to get at him through the storm door as a woman held the dog back. The officer reported the dog was bearing its teeth and acting in a way that made the officer in fear for his safety in the absence of the storm door. After the dog was put in a kennel, the officer spoke with the two owners of the dog about the incident. They were advised they were being warned for animal at large, and they could face additional consequences if there were any further instances of the dog being off-leash or attacking other people or animals. Both subjects thanked the officer for the information, and apologized for the dog's conduct.

Drug citation

Madeline Elizabeth McMann, 19, New Richmond, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 on Highway 35 after a traffic stop for a defective stop lamp. While speaking with McMann, the officer noticed a green crumb of what appeared to be marijuana. McMann said she does smoke marijuana occasionally and there was probably drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle turned up an orange pill bottle with marijuana shake.

Suspicious incidents

• At 5:11 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, a resident on Namekagon Street reported she had found some white powder in receipts that she wanted to be looked at. She told police her now ex-boyfriend stole her prescription medication back in December and has possibly been snorting it in the garage. She found the receipts in that area. An officer inspecting the receipts did observe a white powder, but it was to small of an amount to be tested. The officer took the receipts and disposed of them.

• Suspicious activity was reported at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 after a woman reported being followed by a man in a vehicle while on a run in the area of Heiser Street and Willis Miller Drive 40 minutes before the call was made. Police checked the area but were unable to locate anyone matching the description. The woman told police the vehicle was driving slowly ahead of her in the same direction as her on Heiser Street when it made a U-turn and started to drive toward her. She said the truck was going slow and turned into a parking lot. The truck then pulled out of the lot and drove slowly again before turning down Willis Miller Road.

Court order violation

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 a resident reported the violation of a court order. The woman received a voicemail from a man who is prohibited from contacting her. The call came in on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The woman asked that a report be filed, but did not want to send it on for charging at this time.

Photos taken?

Suspicious activity was reported at County Market on Crest View Drive at 6:47 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 after a staff member noticed a man who appeared to be taking photos of a minor employee. There was a ten-minute delay in reporting the incident. The complainant said every time the employee looked up the man would raise his phone to his ear and pretend to talk to someone on the other end. The staff member went on to follow this man around the store and he eventually left the store without purchasing any items. She said she wanted police to be aware of the situation in case there were other reports of this happening. An officer advised her to report situations like this sooner so police could investigate better.

Underage consumption

Three minors were cited for underage consumption around midnight on Friday, Aug. 31 at Comfort Suites on Center Drive after police responded to a possible underage party. The hotel staff wanted police to check a room that had a lot of people coming and going. When police attempted to make contact no one answered the door. Police obtained a master key and made contact with several people in the rooms. There were several beer cans and open liquor bottles in the room. The three minors agreed to preliminary breath tests and had blood alcohol contents of 0.03, 0.144 and 0.144. They were issued citations. One minor was picked up by a parent and the other two were given a ride home by a sober friend that had a blood alcohol content of 0.00 in a preliminary breath test.

Missing truck, or not

A vehicle was reported stolen from a parking lot on Ward Avenue at 2:18 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, though the vehicle was later found. The owner, who appeared to be highly impaired from alcohol, told police her truck was not in the parking lot and she believed it was stolen. After the woman described the vehicle, an officer noticed several trucks matching that description in the parking lot. After running license plates, the officer found one of the trucks in the lot was the woman's. Inside the unlocked truck, the officer found the woman's purse, wallet, vehicle keys and cell phone. The woman received a sober ride home.

McDonald's mishaps

• Police were called to McDonald's on Crest View Drive at 11:48 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 for two males arguing in the drive through. One of the men told police he pulled into the drive through to get food when the driver of the vehicle behind him got upset at him and got out of his vehicle to pound on the man's window. The first man stated he pulled out of the drive through and into the parking lot, and the second man then left. The second man told police that the first had cut off their vehicle in the drive through line and he was upset. He denied pounding on the windows, but stated he did get out of the vehicle to apologize for becoming upset. He was advised for future incidents to remain in his vehicle and not cause a disturbance.

• A disturbance was reported at McDonald's on Crest View Drive at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 for a customer who was upset over his order. The man returned about an hour after receiving his food because it was made incorrectly. An employee said the man shoved the food onto the counter, demanded it be remade and wanted a gift card for poor customer service. The employee said he felt the man was being rude and offered a partial refund because the man did not bring back the soda and both burgers were half eaten and some fries were gone. The man said he was frustrated that his orders are never made correctly. He said he was trying to get his kid into bed and could not return to the store right away. The employee agreed to a full refund and the man left when asked to.

Sticky fingers

• A theft from a vehicle was reported on Monday, Sept. 3 from Redwood Drive. A woman said someone had entered her vehicle overnight and taken cosmetics, a backpack, some cash and two e-cigarettes. The thefts took place sometime between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. No damage was done to the vehicle. The doors were unlocked.

• A theft from a vehicle was reported at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3 from a parking lot on Crest View Drive.

• A theft from a mailbox was reported on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from a resident who lives on Third Street. The woman told police she checked her mail on Friday, Aug. 31 before heading out of town. When she returned on Monday, Sept. 3 she found one piece of mail. It was a birthday card with three $1 bills in it. The woman contacted the sender, who said there was supposed to be a $20 and $10 bill in the card as well.

Funny money

Police were called to a business on Gateway Boulevard at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3 for a report of a counterfeit bill used at Value Stay Motel in River Falls. The manager told police someone at the front desk took a counterfeit bill as payment two days ago. An officer seized the bill and found it did not pass the marker test and the blue strip was not correct. The color changing security features were not present on the bill. A copy of the report was forwarded to the River Falls Police Department.

Business threat

Threats were reported from a business on O'Neil Road on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The complainant said an unidentified woman left voicemails threatening to shoot an employee because the employee was rude over the phone. The unidentified woman said the employee was a teen mother and that the company should not hire teen mothers. The complainant said the company does not have a teen mother employee and was not concerned that the threat was valid. The number was registered to a customer out of California.

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