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Police arrested a 22-year-old UW-River Falls student for battery late Saturday night, but no one's been able to sort out what happened and why. Heavy drinking likely contributed to the conflicting accounts and blurry memories. Neither the college student arrested nor the young man who had his nose split open by a blow to the face could explain.

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Both assailant and victim, along with others, were leaving a house at 302 E. Walnut street for the downtown bars when the attack seems to have occurred.

At first officers couldn't find the victim. He'd already been taken to the hospital.

Hours later the college student who was later arrested also went to the hospital for a banged-up hand that will require surgery.

The convoluted case now goes to the district attorney for possible charges.

This past week, police also:

  • Investigated a burglary at Cashman-Hill Funeral Home, 225 S. Third St. The intruder pried open a door. Nothing inside was seriously disturbed, but a DVD player and a laptop computer were stolen. No one's been arrested.
  • Investigated an apparent suicide on Emily Circle. There, A 34-year-old local man apparently killed himself with a shotgun blast. His wife found him in the garage after being wakened by the sound of a muffled shot. She said he hadn't been acting suicidal.
  • Cited two high school female students for disorderly conduct. The girls allegedly started fighting by the school's locker bay and ended up on the floor, pushing, yelling and pulling each other's hair. Both had minor injuries. The fight seems to have started because one girl accused the other of urinating on some borrowed clothing before returning it.

    For more, read Police Beat in the March 10 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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