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In River Falls, break-ins can be handled with civility

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It was almost 3 a.m. New Year's Day. An 82-year-old woman woke to noises and lights turned on in her house in the 1300 block of South Main Street. She called out but there was no answer. So she got out of bed and found a young man standing in her bathroom.

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Why are you here? she asked the man who seemed drunk.

He replied that a lady had told him to come stay in the house.

No, said the elderly woman, you're mistaken and must leave.

The young man said OK he would go.

Because it was very cold outside, the woman reminded him to first put on his shoes, socks, coat, gloves and hat before leaving.

He did that and was soon gone.

The woman later found that her young intruder had broken through a service door in the garage. Once inside, he found a package of donuts on a table. He opened the package and snacked on the sweets before moving on inside the house.

The suspect is described as five feet eight, blond, between 25 and 30 years old.

Also last week police:

  • Caught and arrested another male intruder in the 100 block of East Maple Street. The 29-year-old local man was banging and pushing on the door of an upstairs apartment on New Year's morning. The female tenant inside didn't know the man and was very scared. Officers arrived. The suspect didn't know where he was or where he lived. He was taken away and booked at the police station for disorderly conduct.
  • Arrested a 25-year-old local man for drunk driving and hit-and-run in the 1700 block of Rodao Drive at 2:05 a.m. Sunday. The man, leaving a party, allegedly smashed into the back of a parked car, then drove off. The crash left behind road debris, including the suspect car's front bumper. Officers traced the car to where it was parked a block away in a driveway where the suspect lived with his parents. Officers questioned and arrested the man. He was released to his mother after getting fines totaling just under $940. The victim's car was badly damaged and had to be towed.

    For more, read Police Beat in the Jan. 6 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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