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Rice Lake man, River Falls woman, nabbed for alleged Vicodin deal

Last week Tuesday, June 18, River Falls Police arrested a 57-year-old local woman for allegedly selling the narcotic prescription drug Vicodin, used as a pain reliever, to a 53-year-old Rice Lake man. The woman lives alone in the 400 block of Kennedy Street. After busting the deal, police got a judge to grant a search warrant to search the woman’s home. Other drug-related items were allegedly found there, include drug paraphernalia.

Police were tipped off ahead of time about the illegal Vicodin sale. The alleged Rice Lake buyer showed up in a black-and-chrome Harley motorcycle.

He was stopped after leaving the woman’s home on Hwy. 65 near Cemetery Road. Police claim they recovered from the Rice Lake man a certain amount of Vicodin.

Both buyer seller were taken to county jail in Ellsworth. Charges are pending with the Pierce County district attorney.

Police also:

--Arrested a 24-year-old local man for domestic disorderly conduct and felony bail jumping last Wednesday, June 19, before 3 a.m. at his rental address in the 900 block of Sycamore Street.

The victim, the man’s 23-year-old girlfriend, said she was pushed several times before being thrown to the floor where she hit and hurt her head. The man also allegedly threw out the woman’s purse and blanket from his second-floor balcony.

He claimed he was punched in the mouth by the woman and that she tossed his cell phone out the patio door. The two had been drinking earlier downtown. Returning to his apartment, she wanted to sleep alone in a locked spare bedroom but he allegedly came in and wanted her to sleep with him.

The woman said she only struck back in self-defense and did toss his cell phone to get the man away from her. He was taken to county jail in Ellsworth.

--Cited a 17-year-old local boy for shoplifting at Family Fresh, 303 S. Main St., at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The boy was stopped walking out the front door by a store clerk. He allegedly had stuffed a 12-inch Classic Ham deli sub and a Monster Energy Drink under his sweatshirt. Both items were recovered in salable condition. The boy was given a $177 fine.

--Cited a 24-year-old local man for public urination after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, against the side of Treasures from the Heart, corner of East Walnut and South Main streets. The man, pulling up his pants zipper, at first denied urinating, then admitted what he had done. He was given a $114 citation.

--Cited a 28-year-old California man for public urination against a dumpster behind Emma’s Bar downtown after 2 a.m. Saturday, June 22. The man exclaimed to the officer: “I had to go! I can’t stop! I’m sorry.” When finished with his business, he, too, was given a $114 citation.

For more from Police Beat, please see the June 27 print edition of the River Falls Journal.