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Downtown bar scuffle hard to contain, spills outside

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Three people were arrested and three others hurt as victims fighting inside Boomer’s Bar, 106 N. Main St., ended up on the sidewalks just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15.

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Police estimate the agitated crowd at 75-100.  Officers on duty struggled to maintain control. Several folks claimed they were punched in the melee.

A 22-year-year-old River Falls man was forcibly arrested for disorderly conduct while trying to leave the scene. He had tried to return to Boomer’s to retaliate.

A 26-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, both from the same Inver Grove Heights, Minn., address were busted and jailed.

The man, cited for battery and disorderly conduct, was said to have threatened to bring a gun back to the bar and use it there.

He was viewed as the prime aggressor. There was a warrant for him in Pierce County. He was taken to jail there.

The woman, a Montessori teacher in Minnesota, was said to be screaming and swearing as she claimed her innocence. She was cited for battery. There was a warrant for her in Hudson. She was taken to county jail there.

Three so-called victims were all from River Falls and in their early 20s, including one woman.

River Falls police are still reviewing Boomer’s surveillance video of the bar disturbance along with one person’s cellphone video turned over as evidence.

Police also:

--Arrested, with the help of Prescott police, a 34-year-old Hastings, Minn., man for interfering with firefighting equipment at Maverick’s Corner Saloon, 128 N. Main St., Sunday afternoon, March 16.

The Hastings man came to the saloon on a Minnesota party bus. While there, he allegedly grabbed and discharged a fire extinguisher.

The dusty substance got all over floors, tables, and on liquor bottles behind the bar counter.

The man left with the party bus group but was later picked up at a bar in Prescott and hauled to county jail in Ellsworth.

He may be asked to pay cleanup restitution at the Corner Saloon in River Falls. The case goes to the district attorney.

--Arrested and later jailed a 25-year-old Chetek man for property damage at Swede’s Service, 428 S. Main St., before 4 a.m. Sunday, March 16.

A man wearing a black coat and a beanie cap flagged an officer and directed him to the suspect who allegedly kicked and punched a 1994 Buick LeSabre parked at Swede’s. The car was dented.

The Chetek man allegedly swore at and threatened officers, telling them to mind their own business, to get a life and saying his boss would come take care of them.

With this attitude, the man was moved from the police station to county jail in Ellsworth. There, he failed booking and was moved again -- straight to a cell.

There is more of Police Beat in the March 20 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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