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Man who ditched car says women drove him crazy

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A 22-year-old local man on foot, without shoes or shirt, was arrested for disorderly conduct last week Wednesday night, May 8, on Main Street after he flipped over two newspaper dispensers. Stopped by River Falls police, the man said he abandoned his car several blocks north because he couldn't stand the bickering and fighting of his two female passengers.

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Officers helped find and retrieve the shoes and shirt the man had discarded after leaving his car.

The car, however, was never found. The man said one of the women must have driven off with it but didn't want the car listed as stolen. He was given a $177 citation.

Police also:

--Arrested a 22-year-old local woman for domestic battery for an incident at an apartment building at 315 W. Johnson St. early Saturday morning, May 11. The woman allegedly kicked out one of her roommates, a 23-year-old UWRF female student, after a night of drinking turned ugly.

While being forcibly kicked out, the victim claimed she had the door slammed on her hands and that her dog was also tossed out. The pooch, hiding upstairs in the apartment building, was later found by an officer,

The victim's possessions, including electronics, had been piled outside the apartment on the ground. It appeared as if water was poured on them, plus a half-eaten Dairy Queen ice cream cake.

No one would answer the door inside the apartment. The woman arrested and jailed wasn't questioned until two days later.

She said she blacks out when angry, didn't remember much but didn't intend to hurt the victim. Two other female roommates were not arrested.

The case goes to the district attorney.

--Arrested a 19-year-old River Falls man for domestic disorderly conduct at his apartment address, 427 E. Elm St., after 1 a.m. Sunday, May 12. Officers found an out-of-control drunk suspect who had punched a mirror, was throwing glass shards and had trashed part of the inside of the rental home.

One officer drew a Taser stun gun as a precaution, but the man was eventually handcuffed without incident. He was described as bloody.

The man said he played baseball earlier in the day, got hit by a ball, was upset, was drinking, and was mad at his older brother, also his roommate. The brother told police that his younger brother became agitated and inconsolable.

After being treated at the hospital the 19-year-old was taken to county jail in Ellsworth.

--Investigated the theft of an 18-foot-by-8-foot grey enclosed trailer from the front yard at 514 S. Wasson Lane last week Tuesday, May 7. The fairly new trailer had white rims, and locks on the side and rear doors. Inside there were two portable ice shacks, ice-fishing supplies and many tools. Loss, including the contents from the trailer, exceed $10,000. Call police at 715-425-0909 if you have tips to solve this theft.

There's more. Please see Police Beat in the May 16 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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