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Phil Pfuehler photo River Falls Police Investigator John Wilson (left) accepts a $1,000 check Oct. 25 from Dick's Hometown Liquor owner Dick Rinehart that will be given as a reward to a local tipster.

Grocer offers just reward

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River Falls Police Investigator John Wilson (left) accepts a $1,000 check Oct. 25 from Dick's Hometown Liquor owner Dick Rinehart that will be given as a reward to a local tipster.

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The informant's help led police to arrest Blake Halverson, a high school student, for robbing a Hometown Liquor clerk at gun point last November. Said Rinehart, "People who know something about a crime are often afraid to come forward. It took a lot of guts for this person to provide information about the robbery. What I'm doing is showing that there are rewards for this kind of help, and that they are paid out."

For his role as the robbery gunman, Halverson, 18, N7923 870th St., was sentenced Tuesday morning in Pierce County Circuit Court to five years in prison and another eight years to follow under the supervision of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. On Friday Halverson is to be sentenced in St. Croix County Circuit Court for a residential burglary in that county. In that burglary, key evidence was uncovered when River Falls police officers conducted a search warrant of Halverson's home in connection with the Hometown Liquor robbery.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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