A 17-year-old boy was arrested for battery last week at a home on Eighth Street for allegedly swearing at his mother, then pushing her so that she fell on her infant son who sat on a bouncy chair on the floor. When the stepfather tried to restrain the teenager, the two toppled over the family Christmas tree.
The mother was allegedly pushed and fell a second time. She complained of back pain but the infant wasn't harmed.
River Falls police this past week also:Arrested a 14-year-old city of River Falls boy for disorderly conduct and property damage at the Wildcat Court apartments. The boy was arguing with his parents when he allegedly started taking their things and then punched a hole in the wall. He was handcuffed and taken to the police station.Conducted an investigation before citing a 15-year-old River Falls boy for battery in the high school commons. The boy was playing with a soft, foamy sword but allegedly backhanded a female student in the face with it. The girl's eye turned black and blue, and she later had to see a specialist because of blood behind the eye. The girl apparently made this joking comment to the boy, "Go, black Oprah," that bothered him because of other racial comments he hears. He said he just snapped.Tried to force their way into a locked apartment at 407 S. Wasson Lane because of what sounded like fighting inside and yelling and crying from a distressed woman. Officers were unable to break down the door but later found an emergency key. Inside they found a 22-year-old man lying on the bedroom floor. A woman, upset and shaken, was sitting on the bed with her baby. The man said he didn't answer the door because he's had trouble dealing with cops. Because he was already on court-ordered probation for battery, the state corrections officials ordered the man brought to county jail in Ellsworth.
For more, read Police Beat in the Jan. 20 print edition of the River Falls Journal.