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Arrested for drugs, stealing from City Hall, library and medical clinic, hungry man gets last meal at McDonald's

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Following up on a woman's harassment complaint led River Falls police to jail a 39-year-old local man for possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, plus recover a raft of stolen items that allegedly came from City Hall, the public library and the River Falls Medical Clinic. The man, taken into custody at his South Wasson Lane address last Thursday, Nov. 22, may have committed thefts at those places while working for a cleaning company.

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Among the lengthy stolen items: American Flag, Tree City USA flag, bicycle, oxygen tank, medical scope, digital cameras, Kindle E reader, laptop computer, speakers, pediatric oximeter, CAD microphones and more.

The arrested man allegedly told police he's used meth and marijuana for about a decade. He allegedly said he only stole from businesses, not from individuals.

He was also very hungry before going to county jail in Ellsworth. An officer therefore took his money and went to McDonald's to buy him food and bring it back. After having his McDonald's meal, the man was brought to jail and turned over there.

Criminal charges have been filed by the Pierce County district attorney.

Police also:

--Cited a 36-year-old local man for disorderly conduct at 539 S. Wasson Lane last week Thursday evening, Nov. 22. The man allegedly yelled racial slurs and threats against some black female tenants in the apartment building hall. One teenage girl got scared and ran inside her apartment. The man, described as intoxicated, denied being out in the hall and making the slurs and threats. An officer and other witnesses contradicted his claim.

--Investigated the theft of around $550 of bills and coins from a machine at River Falls Car Wash and Lube, 661 N. Main St., between Nov. 14 and 20. Officers found no sign of forced entry. The theft was reported by a court-appointed receiver for the car-wash business.

For more, please read Police Beat in the Nov. 29 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
(715) 426-1050
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