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Police deal with spooky behavior leading up to Halloween weekend

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The presence of food seemed to have an unsettling affect on behavior this past week. Consider that at a rental house in the 100 block of North Fourth Street officers had to deal with a 30-year-old male tenant who allegedly attacked another tenant for drinking someone else's juice from a refrigerator. The violence grew so heated that both men had each other by the throat. While this life-and-death struggle took place, the landlord was trying to show the rest of the house to potential tenants.

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The 30-year-old man eventually arrested in the juicy skirmish claimed the victim had also been taking food that didn't belong to him. The arrested man was already on court-ordered probation. He was taken to county jail in Ellsworth.

River Fall police also had to handle a couple of violent outbursts at EconoFoods:

--In one, a 35-year-old local woman driver followed another woman driver to the grocery store after a road incident on Hwy. 35. The 35-year-old claimed the other woman had also given her the finger. She caught up with the woman and her boyfriend in EconoFoods and allegedly punched her, grabbed her by the hair and flung her to the floor. Store workers and the boyfriend finally broke things up. The 35-year-old allegedly also said something about being a gang banger and possibly having a gun. She'd been arrested a week earlier for shoplifting. This time she had her two young sons waiting in the car. The case has gone to the district attorney.

--In the second, an 18-year-old local man allegedly tried stealing a bottle of Phillips vodka and Jagermeister liqueur before being stopped by a clerk and pulled to the floor in the mall area of EconoFoods. His 17-year-old rural River Falls girl companion -- she was later cited for underage drinking-3rd offense and disorderly conduct -- was allegedly screaming for him to be let go and took a swing at a store employee. When an officer arrived, he had to place a Taser stun gun against the 18-year-old's shoulders before the young man stopped resisting. Because he was on a felony probation, the 18-year-old was taken to county jail in Ellsworth. The 17-year-old girl was given fines totaling about $850 and then released.

Over the Halloween weekend, in two separate incidents, police arrested two UW-RF male students for disorderly conduct and for resisting arrest.

One involved a fight outside Boomer's Bar where the 22-year-old man wouldn't stop fighting. It took two officers to subdue him. The 22-year-old was said to be upset by seeing his ex-girlfriend and the people she was with.

The other incident, a brawl with several suspects at 913 S. Main St., led to the arrest of an intoxicated 19-year-old man who had a bloody nose and cuts to his knuckles. Two other male college students were taken to the hospital for their injuries. The 19-year-old had to be forcibly restrained after kicking at officers. After being placed in the back of a squad car, the 19-year-old was spitting all over and finally kicked out a side window while being driven to county jail in Ellsworth. The case will be sent to the district attorney for criminal charges.

For more, please read Police Beat in the Nov. 3 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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