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‘Moon’ men are ticketed for disturbance

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River Falls Days brought out a lot of antics last weekend, including those of two young Minnesota. Both allegedly pulled down their pants to moon girls walking by.

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This occurred around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, near the intersection of Main Street and Cascade Avenue.

According to River Falls police, two girls were unhappy about being mooned. They also warned the mooners that the cops were nearby.

And those cops did confront the men – one from Hastings and one from Minneapolis.

The man from Hastings was puzzled, saying he didn’t know it was illegal to show one’s bare buttocks.

The officer advised that butt bearing was indeed illegal in Wisconsin. Each man was given a $177 disorderly conduct municipal citation.

Earlier in the week, police:

--Arrested a 24-year-old local man who was drinking and apparently had a fit during a card game at 102 N. Fourth St. Officers were sent to that address to handle an uncontrollable suspect with bloody legs who had broken a glass table.

The man was running away when police arrived. People were chasing and pointing him out. He was soon caught by an officer.

Apparently, the man had been playing cards when he started yelling and slamming his hand down on the table. After one of these blows, the table top shattered, spraying shards of glass.

The man was bleeding on the carpeting from glass cuts to his legs. He later allegedly grabbed a bottle of vodka and poured it on the floor as his friends were picking up glass fragments and other spilled items from the smashed card table.

A River Falls ambulance crew bandaged the man’s bloody legs before police took him in form booking. He was given a $240 citation for criminal property damage and will be asked to pay restitution.

--Arrested a 64-year-old rural River Falls man for shoplifting at Family Fresh, 303 S. Main St. The man had a cartful of goods he’d paid for and was waiting for a taxi in the store’s café.

He allegedly got up and walked to the fruit stand, took a package of blueberries and tried leaving with those and his cart for the taxi.

He was stopped by a store clerk and police were notified. During questioning, an officer noticed something sticking out of the man’s front pocket.

What’s that? he was asked. The man pulled out two packs of Luden’s cherry cough drops and said they had been purchased.

His store receipt, however, indicated otherwise and the cough drops were added to the retail theft citation.

The man was given a $177 fine and a one-year no-trespass notice from Family Fresh.

For more, please see Police Beat in the July 18 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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